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Residence Life FAQs

Last updated June 14, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I sign up for housing?

Once your college application and deposit have been received, you will be sent a link to your Dashboard.  Your Dashboard will guide you through the items you need to complete, including a link to your online housing application.  Applications will be processed in June in the order in which they were received.  Be honest when completing the Roommate Selector Form, this information will be used to pair you up with a roommate.  The priority deadline for fall housing applications is May 1.  Applications for spring semester will be processed in mid-December. 

How are students assigned to rooms/roommates?

Rooms will be assigned based on the building and room preferences you indicated on your housing application. Rooms are based on availability when the application is processed.  Applications are processed in the order they are received.  Roommates are paired up using the information provided on your housing application

How do I get mail?

Every resident student is issued a campus mailbox.  You will receive your box number and combination when you arrive on campus.  Please follow this link for more information on the Student Post Office

Do I need property insurance?

Morningside College does not cover damage to or theft of student possessions.  It is recommended that you check with your parent's home owners insurance and find out what items they cover or purchase a renters insurance policy. Morningside College recommends all students purchase renters insurance.

Can I bring a Keurig or Coffee Pot?  

Yes you can have a Keurig or Coffee Pot.  see Housing Hints for more information on what is and is not allowed

What furniture is provided in student rooms?

Double rooms are furnished with 2 beds (standard twin or ex-long twin), 2 desks, 2 chairs, 2 closets or wardrobes and most rooms have dresser space. The Plex has clothing storage provided in wardrobes not dressers. 

Where can I access the internet?

Every room has Wi-Fi and wired internet access. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus.  It is recommended that students who are streaming or gaming plug in using an Ethernet cable.  Students provide their own Ethernet cable available for purchase at most department stores.  See Information Services for more information on internet access.

Do I need to bring carpet and/or curtains?

If you live in Roadman (2nd or 3rd North or Grnd, 1st, or 3rd South) or  Dimmitt Hall, you may want to bring carpet as those rooms have tile floors.  All windows have mini-blinds.

Is there anything NOT allowed in the residence halls?

The following items are not allowed: microwave ovens, halogen lamps, incense, candles, air conditioners, pets (other than fish), any appliance with an open heating element (this includes the George Foreman grills), and weapons/guns.  No items are allowed to be mounted on walls, this includes TVs.

Can I bring a loft?

Morningside College is in the process of updating residence hall room furniture.  In the rooms where new furniture has been installed the beds are already lofted so personal lofts are not allowed.  In all other rooms lofts are allowed.  Please see lofting rules for a list of rooms that have lofts and lofting instructions.

Can I live/stay in my room all year long?

The residence halls close for the close at the end of each term and reopen at the beginning of the next. The residence halls remain open for Labor Day weekend, Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break, and Easter Break.  Students may register for a fee to stay for winter break.  Students should watch their email for more information on winter break housing.  Students will need to sign up for housing for May and Summer Term if they wish to stay.  May/Summer Housing

When can I move in?

Your move in day will be emailed to you in your housing letter.  Move in dates are scheduled to coincide orientation activities.  Students are not permitted to move in early.  Coaches will make arrangements for fall athlete housing. 

Where do I report on Move-In Day?

Students are to report to the residence hall in which they will be living. During assigned check in times Residence Hall staff will be in the lobby to assist with check-in. Each student will be asked to verify and sign a room inventory. It is important that each student checks to make sure that the room inventory accurately describes the condition of the room and its furnishings. This same form is used at the end of the academic year when assessing room damages. 

Are rooms air conditioned or can I bring my own? 

All rooms in Dimmitt Hall, Waitt Hall, Poppen Hall, and Lags Hall are air conditioned.  Rooms in Roadman South are also air conditioned.  The room numbers for Roadman South are 30-41, 130-142, 230-246, and 330-349.   Due to electrical requirements, NO rooms are permitted to install personal window or portable air conditioners.

Is there storage in the residence halls? 

Unfortunately, there is no storage space available. All furniture in residence hall rooms must stay in the room.

Do I clean my own room or is there a maid?

All students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Vacuums, brooms, and dustpans are available at the front desk of each residence hall. Students are responsible for taking their room trash to the outside dumpsters. Trash is not to be left in the hallways or stairwells. The public areas of the residence halls (bathrooms, hallways, etc.) are cleaned by the Housekeeping staff. 

Where do I wash my laundry?

There is a laundry room in each residence hall. The laundry room is available 24 hours/day.

Where do I eat?

All students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan. The dining hall is located in the Olsen Student Center.

How do I hang up posters/pictures in my room? 

Use poster putty to hang up pictures and posters. Poster putty can be found at most department stores.

Can I bring a car to campus? Where can I park my car?

All students are able to bring a car to campus. All vehicles operated or parked on campus must have a valid parking permit. Parking lots are assigned based on the building the student lives in.  Visit the Campus Safety & Security Website for parking permit information.

What if I get sick?

The College Health Office is located in the lower level of the Olsen Student Center. It is open Monday-Friday and is staffed by a registered nurse. Nurse practitioners and doctors are available at designated times during the week. Student Health Website  In case of an extended illness, hospitalization, or family emergency, the Dean of Students 712-274-5191 should be notified. In cases of minor illness, which causes a student to miss class, it is up the student to inform his/her instructors as to why he/she was absent from class.

What size are the beds in the residence halls?

The mattresses in these residence hall rooms are extra-long (36”x80”): Dimmitt Hall, Roadman Hall rooms 30-41, 130-142, 230-246, and 330-349, Poppen Hall, Waitt Hall, Lags Hall, or Garretson Houses.  Extra-long sheets will fit on a standard bed.  To avoid purchasing new bedding every year consider purchasing XL bedding.  it will fit standard beds.