Traditional Halls Frequently Asked Questions
How can I contact the Housing Office?
The Housing Office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. You may call us at 402-472-3561 or 800-742-8800.
Email can be directed to: email@example.com
When contacting us please be sure to indicate:
1) a subject
2) your name
3) your NUID#
UNL Housing responds to all e-mail. If you do not receive a response, the e-mail has not been received by our office.
Correspondence can be mailed to:
Division of University Housing
PO Box 880622
Lincoln, NE 68588-0622
When are contracts available for students?
New Students: Only students admitted to the University are eligible to receive a housing contract. The first mailing of housing contracts for new Freshman fall entrants will be the end of January and thereafter approximately 2 weeks after the student pays the $250 enrollment fee to Admissions. If you are an incoming FR, the Admissions Office will notify us that you need a contract after you have submitted the $250 fee. It is not necessary for you to contact our office directly.
Returning Students: Students returning to the UNL Residence Halls will have contracts available in March. Summer Housing Contracts are available in early April.
How do I get a housing contract?
To receive a housing contract please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 402-472-3561. Students must be admitted UNL students in order to receive a contract.
What is the contract deadline?
There is no deadline for new students; students are served equally on a first-come, first-served basis. Returning students have a deadline in March that allows them to have priority housing. Please watch for postings in the residence halls for important dates and times regarding returning student contracts.
Current residents may submit a contract after the March deadline but will not receive priority housing.
What is Kauffman Hall and how is it different from the other halls?
The Esther L. Kauffman Academic Residential Center is located west of Selleck Hall. It is open only to students in the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management.
How do I receive a contract for The Courtyards and The Village ("Apartment-Style" halls)?
Apartment-style halls are available to upperclass and graduate students. Please call 402-472-3561 or 800-742-8800 or e-mail email@example.com to request a housing packet.
When will I get my room assignment?
Assignment for the 2012/2013 academic year will be sent out June 15 for contracts submitted by April 1, 2012. For contracts submitted after April 1, room assignment information will be available the end of July. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
What happens if my roommate leaves?
You will be contacted by your Residence Director (RD) or Residence Life Services Supervisor (RLSS) to review the choices available. Your choices may include: selecting your own new roommate, moving to another room with another student with double room status, changing your contract to single room status (if eligible), or Housing will assign you a roommate. Pound and Cather rooms are sold as singles. If you and your roommate choose to share a room as a Pound or Cather double and your roommate moves out, the contract will automatically convert to a single. If you want the room to remain a double, you will need to talk to the Residence Director about your options.
What is an advance payment?
An advance payment is a partial payment of your housing charge made when you submit your contract. The contract is not valid until the advance payment is received. Payment can be made by credit/debit card, by personal check, or with cash brought to the Housing Contracts Office at 1115 N. 16th Street. The advance payment for traditional halls is $400 and $500 for apartment-style halls.
When will my advance payment of $400 be applied to my charges?
The total advance payment is applied to the last billing cycle of the second semester as directed by your preference choice of Billing Plan 1 or Billing Plan 2. If you requested Billing Plan 1, your advance payment will be applied in February. If you requested Billing Plan 2 your advance payment will be applied in April.
What are the payment plans?
For your convenience, we offer two payment plans: Plan 1 allows a student to pay for housing once a semester. The bills will be due in September and February. There is no additional fee for this payment plan.
Plan 2 allows a student to spread out payments via installments. The fall semester payments will be due in September, October and November. The spring payments will be due in February, March and April. An additional fee of $30 per semester is charged for Plan 2.
Please refer to Billing Plan Options in your Contract Policy Booklet for complete information on amounts due and dates.
I expect to receive Financial Aid - which payment plan should I choose?
Your financial aid will be applied to your centralized bill. You should select Payment Plan #1 if Financial Aid covers all or most of Tuition and Housing cost.
Where do I make housing payments?
After the advance payment has been sent to University Housing, your remaining payments will be made to:
Payment Processing Center
P O Box 2119
Omaha, NE 68103-0119
Do not send cash through the mail. For further information on receipt of your payments (excluding advance payment), please contact the Bursar's Office at (402) 472-1734
Do I get a Returning Student Discount (RSD)?
To qualify for the RSD, you must meet two conditions: you must have lived in the residence halls for the entire second semester of the prior academic year, and you must live in the residence halls for the entire academic year represented by this contract. Knoll Residential Center or apartment-style residents do not qualify for a returning student discount.
Since students must live in the residence halls for the entire academic year represented by this contract, the RSD's will appear on the Spring centralized bills.
What amenities are included in Harper/Schramm/Smith, Abel/Sandoz, Neihardt and Selleck?
Student rooms in Harper/Schramm/Smith, Abel/Sandoz, Neihardt and Selleck include a dry erase board, loftable/adjustable extra-long twin beds, a full-length mirror, computer-friendly desktop and chair for each student, and 6 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer unit.
What amenities are included in Cather?
Student rooms in Cather Hall include a dry erase board, dresser, loftable/adjustable extra-long twin beds, a microfridge, and traditional desks/chairs.
What amenities are included in Husker and Fedde?
Husker and Fedde rooms include an extra-long twin bed, microfridge or refrigerator and separate microwave, desk, dresser and dry erase board.
What amenities are included in Pound?
Pound rooms include an extra-long twin bed, microfridge, desk, dresser and dry erase board.
What amenities are included in Burr?
Burr rooms include one loftable/adjustable extra-long twin bed, one extra-long twin bed, microfridge, desk, dresser and dry erase board. Residents of Burr may request a second loftable/adjustable bed after they have checked into their room.
Can I stay in the halls during vacation breaks?
Only students who are permanently assigned to a break hall may stay in their room over breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break). Designated break halls are Selleck (except 8000 building), Cather, Knoll, Fedde, and Husker Hall. During the summer a limited number of halls are available for student housing, making it possible to live in the residence halls year-round. Courtyards also provides year-round housing for students.
How do I sign up for phone or long-distance service?
Contact Telecommunications office at (402-472-5151). Charges for long distance calls that have been placed will appear on the centralized billing statement.
Which halls are coed?
Love Memorial Co-op is an all female hall, the remaining halls are coed. Coed divisions by floor = Harper, Schramm, Smith, Cather, Pound, Neihardt, Sandoz, Husker, Burr, and Fedde. Coed divisions by floor wing = Abel and Selleck. In Knoll, all suites are single gender and each floor may include a mixture of male and female suites.
Which halls are smoke-free?
All UNL residence halls are smoke-free.
Where are laundry facilities located and are they coin operated? What is the cost for 2012/2013?
Laundry facilities are located in each complex and are both coin and card operated. In Burr/Fedde/Love/Husker, the maximum cost for one load of wash is approximately $1.00 and one dryer load is 75 cents. In all other halls a wash is $1.75 and dry is free.
What size carpet should I purchase?
A double room would accommodate a maximum carpet size of 8' x 10' and a super double room would accommodate a maximum carpet size of 10' x 12'.
Do I need to bring my own vacuum cleaner?
UNL Housing provides a vacuum cleaner for each floor.
What size microwave is allowed in the residence halls?
Microwaves must have a wattage of 750 or less.
What type of bathroom facilities does UNL have?
Community bathrooms are located on each floor. Private shower stalls and toilet stalls are provided.
What should I bring to the Residence Hall?
These are suggestions on what to bring with you to your room.
- Alarm clock
- Bedspread or comforter
- Coffee mug
- Circuit-protected multi-plug for computer
- Extension cord
- Extra pillows/bean bag chair
- First aid kit
- Laundry basket/soap
- Photos of family, pets and friends
- School supplies
- Sewing kit
- Shower tote and flip flops
- Sheets/blankets (extra long twin)
- Throw rugs or carpet
- Towels and washcloths
How do I cancel my contract if I decide not to attend UNL?
Before picking up a key to your room:
Notification for cancellation must be made in writing to UNL Housing. Withdrawing or suspension from school will not automatically cancel your contract. In any instance where you want to cancel your housing contract, you must contact the Housing Office directly - it is not possible for another UNL Department to cancel your contract, including the Admissions Office and your advisor.
After picking up a key to your room:
Contact the Residence Director of your assigned hall to cancel your contract. Students are held liable for room and board charges until the cancellation is approved in writing by University Housing.
Will I have a cancellation fee if I leave the residence halls?
Yes, the amount of the cancellation fee depends on the date and reason for the cancellation. Please refer to the contract policies regarding specific dates and amounts. [Contract Policy Booklet]
How do I check out of the halls if I cancel?
Check out arrangements should be made with your Residence Director and your Resident Assistant at least three weeks prior to the anticipated checkout date. An improper check out will result in an additional fee of $50.
What if I need to move into the halls before my housing contract starts in August?
Checking into the halls before the official opening day is highly discouraged. However, if circumstances necessitate your having to move in before official opening, you must submit a Request for Early Check-in Form to the Assistant Director of Housing for Contracts and Student Services 2 weeks prior to your requested move-in. Permission may be granted according to the hall and room assignment and move-in date.
The rate for early arrival is $22 per day. The early arrival fee will be posted to your UNL centralized bill due October 12.
When do the halls open for Fall Semester?
August 16, 2012 @ 8 a.m. [Contract Policy Booklet]
When do the halls open for Spring Semester?
January 4, 2013 @ 1 p.m. [Contract Policy Booklet]
Who is required to live on campus?
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln requires all unmarried students who have less than 27 credit hours and who are under 19 years of age after the first day of classes for the fall semester to live in University-approved housing (residence halls, fraternities, sororities, or co-ops) for the entire academic year (Residency Requirement form - pdf). Students may also be given special permission to live with a parent or immediate relative and commute, provided that family member lives within a 30-mile radius of the UNL Campus. Please see the detailed information in the contract booklet.
How many credits must I be taking to live in the halls?
During the academic year, a student must be enrolled for at least six semester hours (not to include extension or correspondence courses). During the summer, students will be required to take at least three credit hours total during one of the summer sessions.
What does my Residence Hall Contract include?
The contract includes room (with utilities), meals, refrigerator, basic cable TV service, computer access wired and wireless, high speed internet service and membership in the Residence Hall Association (RHA).
Can I have a room only contract?
Housing contracts are room and board for the full academic year. Exceptions to the room and board requirement are made for a Husker Hall contract (for graduate and non-traditional students).
How do I get a board-only contract?
If you are living in Greek houses, Husker hall or off campus and are interested in having a meal plan, contact the Housing office. You can choose from a 7-day meal plan or a 5-day meal plan. Your NCard will be scanned at the cafeteria each time you eat.
Who should I talk to about my disability or special need?
Students requiring special room accommodations because of a disability or medical condition need to contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, 402-472-3787, a minimum of six weeks prior to the desired move-in date.