Move-In FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are my belongings insured while I'm living in the residence hall?

A: The university does not purchase property insurance covering any loss of, or damage to, a student's personal property and the university assumes no responsibility for the payment of such a loss. You need to verify that your parents' insurance policy covers full-time students living away from home.

The university DOES NOT accept liability for damage or theft of personal property of University Housing residents. Coverage through home-owner's insurance or purchase of other coverage is strongly recommended.

Consider using the property inventory provided by UNLPD to keep a record of your belongings.

Q: Where can I do my laundry?

A: Every hall has laundry facilities. Machines are operated with a credit/debit card payment system (NCard will not work in the laundry system). No coins are accepted. The cost of a wash is $2.25 and drying is free in most halls.

Q: Can I bring my bike?

A: Bicycles are permitted in your residence hall room, suite or apartment as long as they do not block emergency exits (doors/windows) and are acceptable to your roommate(s). There are bike racks located outside residence halls. Be sure to buy a lock to secure your bike. Campus Recreation offers bike locker rental and storage. It is recommended you register your bike and electronics prior to coming to campus.

Q: What if I don't get along with my roommate(s)?

A: Students who have concerns with their roommate(s) are encouraged to talk with their roommate(s) about their concerns. If this does not help, the student should then bring their concerns to the resident assistant (RA) on the floor, or to the residence director of the hall.

Q: What if I want a room change?

A: Any student interested in a room change of any kind must talk with their residence director (RD), who will discuss options with the student. During the first two weeks of each semester a room freeze is in place and during this time residents are unable to move.

Q: Can I have visitors?

A: Of course you can have visitors, but they're required to follow all Residence Life/University Housing and UNL policies. All guests must be accompanied by their host at all times. The host is responsible for the behavior of his/her guests.

Q: Do I have to clean my own room?

A: It is the student's responsibility to clean their own room. (Basic cleaning supplies and equipment are provided in your residence hall for your use). Custodial services are provided for all public bathroom facilities, corridors, floor lounges and other public areas.

University Housing staff clean and perform general maintenance of bathrooms within each unit/suite every other week in Courtyards, Village, Eastside Suites, Kauffman, Knoll, University Suites, and the apartment-style units in East Campus Residence Hall.

Q: How much space is beneath a lofted bed?

Some students bring futons or place other furniture such as chairs or stackable crates underneath their loft beds.

Dimensions:

  • From the floor to the bottom of the loft bed: 64"
  • From end to end (length of the mattress): 81" *Make sure your item is 80" or less so you don't scratch the wood.
  • From back to front (width of the mattress): 37"

Q: What is the max wattage for a microwave allowed in the halls?

A: Microwaves of 750 watts or less can be brought into Abel, Harper, Sandoz, Schramm, Selleck, Smith and Neihardt. Microwaves are provided in all apartment and suite-style halls, as well as in Husker and traditional rooms in East Campus Residence Hall.

Q: A note about bed bugs.

A: Anything that you have bought, borrowed or picked up second-hand may be harboring bed bugs and that's something you really don't want.

You may not be aware of how difficult it is to treat bed bugs and how fast they spread, nor how almost undetectable these insects can be. Bed bugs are a one-fourth-inch long reddish brown insect that hides in cracks and crevices of mattresses, box springs, sofas and chairs, according to University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension. Females can lay three to five eggs a day and the white eggs, about the size of a pin head, can be difficult to see. Usually people don't know they have a problem with bed bugs until after they've been bitten. The nocturnal bugs crawl onto sleeping humans and bite, feeding on blood. The bite is painless but the result is red, swollen, blotchy skin that will itch for several days.

A resurgence in bed bugs was noticed in the United States in the late 1990s and the problem has been growing. It can be an especially difficult problem in apartment buildings and other housing units where the bugs can be brought in by one person and affect nearly everyone, crawling from unit to unit.

Travelers sometimes pick up bed bugs while staying in hotels. The bugs will crawl into suitcases and be brought to homes. They can also be brought into the home through the purchase of used furniture.

Our advice is, if you aren't sure something doesn't have bugs, don't bring it. (Housing Bedbug Protocol)

Q: Where can I find the University Housing calendar?

A: The Housing calendar can be found on our website.