Moving to Campus
For more information about living on campus, please see the Resident Handbook.
What should I bring?
What items are prohibited? [Back to Top]
There are also some items that are prohibited in both the residence halls and on-campus apartments, such as:
- Pets (except for small fish - Beta fish are popular)
- Electric, charcoal, or gas grills
- Halogen lamps
- Alcohol containers
- Candles - no on-campus facilities may have any candles
- Paintball guns
- George Foreman grills
- Drug paraphernalia
- Space heaters
- Personal wireless routers
Do I need to pay for utilities? [Back to Top]
All costs for utilities (electric, Internet (high speed and wireless), water, local phone, basic expanded cable, sewage) are included in student housing rates. The University pays these utilities as a convenience for the student. Residents who abuse this convenience by running the air conditioner with doors and windows open, leaving water running, not reporting water leaks, etc., may be charged the extra costs associated with this abuse or neglect. Residents also can face fines/disciplinary action for this behavior.
When can I move in? [Back to Top]
For the academic year beginning fall 2013, early check-in (for $20 per each additional day) is only available to those students who receive approval from Housing and Residence Life.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Living Learning Community residents only can move in from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Check-In for new students only
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Check-In at the Physical Activities Center
- 9 a.m. Residents with last names between A-L may begin arriving
- 12:30 p.m. Residents with last names between M-Z may begin arriving
- 3 p.m.–Midnight Check-In at the Housing and Residence Life Center
Friday-Sunday, August 23-25
Check-in for all remaining residents
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Check-In at the following locations:
- Residence Hall residents – Newman Hall
- O’Daniel North and O’Daniel South residents
- Housing and Residence Life Center
- McDonald East and McDonald West residents – Residence Life Community Center
- 5 p.m.–Midnight-Check-In at Housing and Residence Life Center
Can I move my belongings into my room before I move in? [Back to Top]
Do I have to purchase a meal plan? [Back to Top]
Students who will be living in the residence halls (Newman, Governors, O'Bannon or Ruston Hall) are required to choose between the Red, White, or Blue meal plans. Students not living in the residence halls have the option of purchasing a meal plan, but it is not required.
Are University Residences co-ed? [Back to Top]
Each suite in the residence halls has four students of the same gender living in it. However, there could be residents of the opposite gender living in other suites in the hall.
What is an RA? [Back to Top]
A resident assistant (RA) is a student that has lived in housing and has chosen to work to help other residents. RAs are there to assist residents in solving any housing problems. They can assist residents with working out roommate conflicts,explaining housing policies and procedures, and providing general information to students. They are the ultimate resource for every student living in housing.
Do I have to live in university housing? [Back to Top]
No one is required to live in university housing at any time.
Are lofts allowed? [Back to Top]
USI does not provide lofts and if a resident chooses to lofts his or her bed, none of the university's furniture can be removed from the resident's apartment/room. In addition, the lofts must be freestanding lofts and cannot be left in the room after the academic year.
What kind of cable is in my room? [Back to Top]
USI provides cable TV to each room at no additional charge. It includes our own SETV which shows movies and also announcement of campus happenings. Click to access the SETV movie schedule.
Is there a phone in my room? [Back to Top]
Each room is provided with a USI telephone as a service to our students. It is important to note a few things:
- Only the USI telephone will work in housing facilities as we provide digital service to provide additional features and testing.
- Answering machines will not work in our facilities - you can sign up for voicemail by purchasing it at the Cashier's Office, then take your receipt to USI Telecommunication Services office next door. If you have questions, please call 812/465-1080.
- Long distance service is not provided - you can sign up for long distance service with USI by contacting USI Telecommunication Services at 812/465-1080, or by using a calling card with a toll-free access number.
- For specific information about telephone services, how your voicemail and phone work, and for any quick reference guides, visit USI Telecommunications Services.
Can I connect to the Internet from my room? [Back to Top]
USI provides wireless and wired internet access in housing. For information on how to connect to both, please see Information Technology.
Do I need to purchase property insurance? [Back to Top]
USI strongly advises that personal renter's insurance be purchased by students living in housing. USI shall not be directly or indirectly liable for loss or theft of personal property, or for damage or destruction of such property by fire, water, or other causes. Check your family's homeowner's insurance policy; college students living on campus may be covered.
Are pets allowed? [Back to Top]
No. Only small fish are allowed in both the residence halls and apartments.
What is the standard residence mattress size? [Back to Top]
The standard twin mattress size is 39 inches wide by 75 inches long.
Are bed linens provided? [Back to Top]
Residents must provide their own linens.
Can I get a single room? [Back to Top]
Single bedrooms are available to students at a higher cost. These rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Do I need to bring cleaning supplies? [Back to Top]
Residents must provide their own cleaning supplies and are responsible for cleaning their own space as well as common areas in suites and apartments.
Do I need to bring light bulbs? [Back to Top]
If you need a florescent light bulb replaced, submit a work order. Residents are responsible for replacing all other light bulbs. USI housing usings CFL bulbs only. Residents may not replace CFL bulbs with any other kind of bulb. Since CFL bulbs contain mercury, the bulbs cannot be thrown away in the trash. Retailers such has Home Depot or Lowe's offer in-store recycling of CFL bulbs.