Living on Campus
Living on campus plays an important role in your college experience and we are ready to support you. Below you will find commonly asked questions regarding life in campus housing. To learn more about policies and resources, please read through the Resident Handbook.
Are there bike racks in housing?
Bikes are not allowed inside apartments or residence hall suites. They must be kept in a bike rack. There are several located throughout housing. In addition, bikes cannot be kept on apartment balconies or laundry rooms.
Is there campus bus service?
Click to learn about the campus bus service.
Can I have a car on campus? Is parking available?
All residents are allowed to have cars on campus.
USI apartment residents may park in any marked parking space within the apartment complex to which they are assigned, except those spaces restricted by signage. Each apartment complex will have a colored tag associated with it. All residents must have a tag in order to park legally in these locations. Apartment complex residents may not park as a non-resident in other apartment complexes. After visiting hours, non-resident spaces revert to resident parking spaces and a tag for the area is required.
Residence hall students may park in designated campus lots, but not in the campus apartment complex areas. When visiting in the apartment complexes they may park only in the non-resident areas and only during posted visiting hours. Residence hall students are required to have a parking tag.
Can I drive to the main campus?
During the fall and spring semesters, residents may not park in campus lots between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday when classes are in session. For more information about parking, visit Parking.
How many hours do I need to be enrolled in to live on campus?
Students desiring to live in University housing must maintain and be actively enrolled in nine (9) or more credit hours per semester. Exceptions to this requirement are only applicable to those students who have written approval from the director of Housing and Residence Life for circumstances that preclude a student from being enrolled in nine (9) or more credit hours per semester. Students who are not making academic progress in their classes (i.e., failing to attend classes, being dropped from class for non-attendance, etc., and/or who fail to maintain the requisite number of hours pursuant to the housing contract), are considered in breach of the contract and face contract termination and contract cancellation fees.
In an effort to return to a more normal living environment, effective July 1, 2021, Housing and Residence Life will reinstate the guest policy as it was prior to COVID-19. We want all students to have an engaging campus life experience. See below for full guest policy.
Our success depends on your continued attention to safety and following COVID procedures.
The University will continue to monitor the changing COVID-19 climate and the guest policy may need to be adjusted to ensure student safety.
Guests in University housing is a privilege and must be respected in order to maintain an environment conducive to student learning, growth and safety. Housing and Residence Life may revoke guest privileges if necessary to ensure the safety and privacy of the community. Permission must be given by the roommate(s) for a guest (housing resident or non-resident) to be present in an apartment or residence hall suite.
- Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Residents will be charged for any and all violations caused by their guests.
- Guests are prohibited from staying in the apartments or residence halls without the resident. These individuals will be asked to leave by Public Safety officers or Housing and Residence Life staff if found unescorted or unaccompanied in or around University housing property. Residents who leave guests unattended will be held responsible.
- Number of Guests - The maximum capacity of any two-bedroom apartment or residence hall suite is eight (8) persons, including both residents and guests. A one-bedroom apartment or residence hall suite has a maximum capacity of four (4) persons, including both residents and guests.
- Overnight guests can stay up to two consecutive nights (no more than once per month).
- No more than two guests per resident are allowed to stay overnight in a room and total number of occupants in a room cannot exceed the capacity listed in Number of Guests above.
- Permission must be given by roommate(s) prior to any guest staying overnight.
- Any guest staying overnight in University housing must have registered with Housing and Residence Life. Housing residents also must be registered as guests if staying overnight in another on-campus apartment or residence hall suite. To register a guest, log into myUSI, click on the Housing icon and scroll to find the form. Unregistered guests will be asked to leave University housing. Guests must be at least 16 years of age.
- Overnight guests must register their vehicle with Parking, display a temporary parking permit and park only in designated non-resident visitor parking.
What are visitation hours?
Sunday–Thursday: 7 a.m.–Midnight
Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m.–2 a.m.
Multipurpose rooms, lounges, computer labs and other public areas within the residence hall areas are available for individuals to study together after guest hours. All guests staying past guest hours must be registered with Housing and Residence Life.
Is there a cohabitation policy?
Living or staying for any pattern of time in an apartment or suite without an official current USI housing contract for that particular space will be considered cohabitation. Cohabitation is defined as a person (housing resident or non-resident) staying in an apartment or suite for more than two (2) consecutive nights, or other patterned behavior that is intended to allow an individual to stay beyond guest hours. Non-registered guests can be considered as an instance of cohabitation. The resident who allows cohabitation to occur can be held accountable. Students found responsible for a violation of the cohabitation policy may be charged a conduct fine of $50, charged for use of the facility or charged for each night the non-contracted person spent in residence.
Where can I do my laundry?
Laundry facilities in O'Daniel South, residence halls and the Community Center use coins or the Eagle Access Card. The laundry rooms in McDonald East are coin operated only. Currently, the cost to wash is $1.50 per load and to dry $1.25.
Laundry rooms are located on the second floor of each residence hall.
A laundry room is located directly in the Residence Life Resource Center behind the Office of Religious Life.
O’Daniel North and McDonald West
A laundry room is located in the Residence Life Community Center.
A washer and a dryer are located in the stairwell of each building. Residents who wish to use these laundry facilities will have to use quarters to pay for their laundry.
Since living on campus is an opportunity to interact with diverse individuals, we encourage residents to talk with their roommate(s) about any problems or concerns. After that option has been explored, residents can speak with their resident assistant to help resolve the problem. The goal of the roommate agreement/room change process is to promote proactive communication between the residents. All residents are required to complete a roommate agreement in conjunction with their roommates and RA by the end of the second week of the fall semester.
Resident assistants are a valuable resource when dealing with roommate issues. All RAs are trained and equipped with the skills necessary to help you achieve harmony in your room. However, there are times when a room change may be the best solution. If you have talked with your roommate and consulted your RA and still experience issues, then your area coordinator may consider moving you to a new room/apartment. If it is evident that you have done all you can to resolve your issues, then a room change may be granted based on the availability of spaces. Room changes are granted on an individual and space available basis. The room change form can be found on myUSI via the housing icon.
Housing and Residence Life may move or reassign students as needed. When there is a vacancy in an apartment or residence hall, students must keep the vacant space clean in order for another student to move in. Housing and Residence Life staff will inspect vacancies to ensure the space is ready and make every attempt to give residents 24 hours notice before a roommate or suitemate moves in.
How safe is campus housing?
Housing and Residence Life strives to provide a safe environment. However, as with any community with a large number of people, it is best to take precautions such as locking doors and making sure your personal items are covered by your parent’s homeowner’s insurance policy or renter’s insurance.
Is there a campus safety escort program?
Yes. Find more information about the security escort program.
The Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Code of Student Behavior outlines expectations established by the University to foster an environment that is conducive to learning, on—and beyond—the University campus. Also visit HRL's Student Conduct website.
Can I smoke in my room?
USI is a tobacco free campus and residents cannot smoke in their rooms. For more information, see the University's tobacco free policy.
Can I stay in housing during breaks?
Housing is open and residents do not have to leave during fall break.
Housing is open and residents do not have to leave during Thanksgiving break.
University housing is closed to residents from 6 p.m. December 17, 2021, through January 6, 2022. Mail service is held from December 23, 2021, through January 6, 2022.
Students wishing to stay during the winter break period must sign up online by December 10, 2021, and provide a compelling reason for needing to remain in housing during the break period. Approvals have included requests such as involvement in University-sponsored events and international residency.
Any resident approved to stay over break will be charged $150. Housing rates are based on occupancy during the semester and do not cover the winter break period. Students who are discovered living on campus without authorization may face disciplinary action along with an additional $300 fine.
Residents with permanent addresses in Vanderburgh (IN), Warrick (IN), Henderson (KY), White (IL), Gallatin (IL), Posey (IN), or Gibson (IN) counties are not eligible to stay for the winter break period.
Housing is open and residents do not have to leave during spring break.
There is not a summer class enrollment requirement. To be eligible, students must have been enrolled at USI during spring 2021 and be enrolled in classes for fall 2021.
Can I leave my belongings during breaks?
Leaving belongings in your room is allowed for all breaks except summer break. However, it is recommended that residents not leave valuables in their apartments or residence halls during winter break since the campus is closed and there is limited staff.
Where can I go if I get sick?