Frequently Asked Questions – Transfer Students

As a transfer student where can I live?

Transfer students can choose from any of our three residence hall spaces. For room configurations please visit our residence halls webpage by clicking the blue link at left. As you are making this important decision, please consider these options.

Third floor west wing of Marian Hall hosts our Transfer Living Learning Community. This community is co-educational and specifically designed for incoming transfer students. All residents on this wing are sophomore status or higher. Living with other transfer students in a shared space going through similar experiences can be a great help as you transition into University of St. Francis. Beyond the resident assistant on the wing there are also current USF students who transferred in previously, living on the wing to plan programs and create community building opportunities. Also, students in this wing get to move in earlier than other transfer and returning students, making your move in day much easier.

The fourth floor of Tower and Motherhouse boast a more quiet style living community. These spaces are commonly occupied by junior and senior level students who are focused on their major-related courses. Students choose to live in these spaces to be close to classes and dining options. Many student suggest selecting these options as they were very helpful to them.

How do I apply for on-campus housing?

Housing applications are available on the USF website. The application and $50 housing deposit may be submitted online (stfrancis.edu/admissions/freshman/residence-halls/online-housing-application). Students are encouraged to submit their application and deposit before June 1.

How are roommates assigned? Is it possible to pick my roommate?

Roommates are assigned based on the answers to questions found on the housing application. Those individuals with similar interests and lifestyle habits are placed together to the best of our ability using the information from your application. Students may request a particular roommate by listing that person’s name on the housing application. In order to be placed together, both individuals must list the other as their desired roommate. Both students must have their applications submitted by June 1.

When are housing assignments made?

Staff members begin making housing assignments for freshman and transfer students in April and continue through August. Letters that include room placement are mailed in April and in June. Please contact the Office of Disabilities Serveries (ODS) if you feel housing accommodations are needed due to a disability, including requests for an air conditioner. Questions about housing assignments may be directed to the Director of Residence Education at mrockafellow@stfrancis.edu.

Is it possible to be placed in a single room?

Single rooms are limited and most house returning upperclassman students. However, any student with a legitimate need for a single room should contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-5060.

When can I move in?

Move-in day for transfers will take place on Friday before classes start in the fall and the Friday before classes start in the spring.

What are my meal plan options?

The cost of your meal plan is included in your room and board charge. You get to choose between three meal options. Students are automatically placed into 175 meals and $100 in Dining Dollars. They can request to be switched to 125 meals and $200 in Dining Dollars or 19 meals per week in the café when they arrive on campus and during the first two weeks of the semester.

What are Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars is money that is applied to your ID card. This money can be used at the university snack shop, café, Bernie’s Pub or Bistro by resident or commuter students, faculty, administrators or staff.

How big is a typical room in Marian Hall?

The dimensions of a Marian Hall double room are approximately 13’ x 15’. Layouts for various types of rooms can be found on the residence halls webpage, available by clicking the blue link at left.

What is provided in the rooms?

  • Desk and chair for each roommate
  • Dresser for each roommate
  • Wardrobe for each roommate
  • Twin bed for each roommate
  • Recycling bin
  • Overhead light fixture
  • Cable connection
  • Internet connection
  • Microwave on each floor’s Social Lounge
  • Any specific disability accommodation requests should sent to the Office of Disability Services.

May I decorate my room?

Yes! Your room is your home on campus and you should make it feel that way. Some rules apply, though, like only using removable, non-damaging adhesives, like white sticky tack and 3M Command Strips.

Can I bring my own furniture?

Yes, but university furniture must stay in its assigned room. Tower Hall residents are allowed to have approved lofts in which case the university provided bed can be removed.

When are visitors allowed?

Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. All overnight guests are limited to three consecutive nights and 15 nights per semester. Guests should check in at Marian Hall Desk or with your resident assistant.

What should I bring if I am staying in the halls?

  • Bedding: extra-long twin sheets, comforter, pillow, mattress pad
  • Toiletries
  • Towels, hand towels, washcloths
  • Clothes hangers
  • Alarm clock
  • Telephone
  • Cable cord
  • Fan
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Laundry supplies – laundry basket, detergent, fabric softener, etc.
  • Blinds (Each Marian room has windows that are 2’8’’ across by 4’2’’ high. 32” blinds will fit the window frames.)
  • Window treatments
  • Mini-refrigerator (optional)

What items are not allowed?

  • Hotplates
  • Toasters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Electrical frying pans
  • Blenders
  • Microwaves
  • Appliances with open coils
  • Space heaters
  • Hoverboard