All students are offered the option of living on-campus at Valdosta State University. Approximately 24% of the enrolled students live in the residence halls and on-campus apartments. You will receive a housing brochure and application in your acceptance packet from the Office of Admissions. Detailed information about the residence halls is also available on the Housing and Residence Life website: http://services.valdosta.edu/housing/.
The residence halls (also called dormitories, or, simply, dorms) provide convenient, inexpensive housing on campus for students. Most students will share a room with another student (roommate) and a bathroom with other students nearby. Students may apply for a room without a roommate for an extra fee, if there are enough rooms available.
Once the student is accepted in a VSU program, a housing contract will be mailed to her/him. Students must sign a room contract, pay a $25 application fee and a $300 deposit in order to live in a residence hall. The contract obligates the student to live in the residence hall for the entire nine-month academic year (2 semesters). The $300 fee is applied to the rent for Spring Semester.What you need to know about your housing contract (Word)
What you need to know about your housing contract (PDF)
Housing Contract (Word)
Most dorms are closed during holidays and school breaks. The only exception is Centennial Hall and the campus apartment buildings. Centennial Hall is the only residence hall open the entire academic year and new international students will reside in this Hall. Centennial Hall houses fully furnished apartments that feature all the comforts a student needs to feel at home for the cost of $1,782 (four bedroom), $1,895 (two bedroom), $2,007 (one bedroom). This fee includes the house fee which is used for social and educational programming, and the post office fee which pays for the rental of the mailbox. This Hall accommodates both men and women and has 24-hour visitation policy. You can view the unit features, community amenities, image files depicting building and room layout, and construction pictures at the following website: http://services.valdosta.edu/housing/centennial/.
The on-campus apartments, Converse Hall, are open all year. They are, however, in great demand. If you want to live in an on-campus apartment, stop by the Office of Housing and Residence Life on Georgia Avenue for more information.
If your room needs repairs or you have questions and concerns about any aspect of life in the residence hall, you should contact your Resident Assistant. The resident assistant, or RA, is a student who lives in the hall, but this student is an employee of the Office of Housing and Residence Life. The RA enforces the rules of the residence hall. The RA also handles issues such as changing rooms or roommates and reporting repairs as needed. The Residence Hall Director supervises the resident assistants of the residence hall. Your questions and concerns about life in the residence hall should be addressed to the RA or the Residence Hall Director. The Office of Housing and Residence Life staff will also be glad to assist you.
During recent years, the demand for on-campus housing has been high. It is very important that you carefully read any correspondence from the Office of Housing and Residence Life. You need to follow specific procedures in order to reserve your room each year. Please make a note of all deadlines and procedures by visiting the Housing and Residence Life website: http://services.valdosta.edu/housing/.
Living with an American roommate can be an excellent way to practice English, learn about the American culture and customs, or meet new friends. Living with another person requires patience, tolerance, and kindness, especially as you get to know one another during the first few weeks. It can also be one of the most enjoyable aspects of your stay on campus.
You should expect to disagree with your roommate about some things. This is normal. The best way to solve your differences is to speak honestly to one another. Americans are accustomed to direct discussion of problems. If there are problems, which cannot be resolved between the two of you, you may go to your RA (Resident Assistant) who will work with you to assign a new roommate.
OFF CAMPUS HOUSING
Off campus housing is plentiful in Valdosta. There are many apartment complexes and rental houses near campus and around town. Listed below are a few suggestions of places to look for off-campus housing.
- Visit the link provided at the Housing and Residence Life website: http://services.valdosta.edu/housing/offcampusapt_agreement.aspx.
- Valdosta Daily Times, the local newspaper, lists apartments, houses, and rooms for rent in the classified advertising section of the paper. The ad will usually list the monthly rent as well as a phone number to call for more information.
- Bulletin boards and notices on campus: check classroom buildings for notices and ads about apartments for rent. Many students looking for roommates advertise in this manner.
- The telephone directory: look under "Apartments" in the yellow pages.
- The Center for International Programs has a listing of apartment complexes in Valdosta, which lists such information as rental cost, size, and distance from campus.
BEFORE SIGNING A LEASE:
- Understand that all leases can be modified if both the landlord and tenant agree. Anything that the landlord and tenant agree upon verbally should be written in the lease. This includes repairs which the landlord promises to make, arrangements for snow removal and lawn maintenance, etc. GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!
- Before agreeing to sign a lease with roommates, understand that all tenants are each responsible for all the rent (not just their part of the rent). This means that, if your roommate moves out, you will be responsible for all of the rent. You might consider signing a roommate agreement with your roommates.
- Be sure that the length of the lease corresponds to your time frame. If you will only be in Buffalo for nine months, but you sign a twelve-month lease, you can be held responsible for the remaining three months.
Please note that the Housing and Residence Life is independent from the Center for International Programs, and they operate under their own policies and procedures. If you have any questions and would like to speak with a housing representative, please contact: Housing and Residence Life (229) 333-5920 or send an email.