Families, Parents, and Student Support Networks,
Fall Break is approaching quickly and the Parent and Family Programs Team (PFP) would like to take some time to engage you over what Fall Break is going to look like through our Fall Conversation Series. This article will focus on reminders from University Housing about what students and families should be attentive towards for students living on campus. We would also like to touch on some travel tips if your family decides to travel with your student over Fall Break and the holidays.
++ Residence halls close Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m.
++ Meal plans will be deactivated on Friday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.
++ Keys must be turned in before leaving and will be reissued when students return, and meal plans will be reactivated on Jan. 14 (unless student is registered for Winter Break housing).
++ For students staying in the halls from Dec. 19-Jan. 13, the Winter Break housing application will be made available beginning Nov. 25, and will close on Dec. 16. A limited number of halls will remain open and all residents who need housing will be accommodated.
++ Students who currently live on campus in the residence halls will be given priority access to select the residence hall room of their choice for the 2021-2022 academic year, which includes housing and dining options only available to returning students. Current residents will be sent details, including a link to the Live On returning student application, in early 2021.
++ February 3th, 2021: Students can attend the 36th annual Off-Campus Life Housing Fair. This year the housing fair will take place virtually, but students can still expect a high-quality experience that will offer the opportunity to engage with a variety of property managers all in one place. Click here: Housing Fair – for more information.
There are plenty of options for students who are able to live off-campus in Fort Collins, even during these unique times.
As the only apartment complex on CSU’s main campus, Aggie Village is a great option for students who want to maintain a close connection to campus resources while also having the independence that comes with apartment living. Residents include singe undergraduate and graduate students, post docs, and visiting scholars. Residents who live in the residence halls for at least two years have priority at Aggie Village. Students interested in living at Aggie Village are encouraged to apply early as it tends to fill quickly. Visit housing.colostate.edu/apartments/aggie for more information and to apply.
If students are interested in moving off-campus it is important to understand that signing a lease too early without research can cause problems down the road. Waiting to sign allows students time to decide if they want to study abroad, look for compatible roommates, consider what a realistic budget looks like, and figure out the type of housing they want (apartment vs. house). Keep in mind, however, that if the student has very specific needs (i.e. a service animal, accessibility requirements), they will want to begin researching and will likely make a decision earlier in the process, to make sure those needs can be met. You can learn more about this process from this video.
Off-Campus Life’s Student Handbook will be available online at the Off-Campus Life Website starting finals week, and it can be a great resource for students as they consider their options for next fall. Don’t forget to look at the dates posted above for the Off-Campus Life Housing Fair, which brings in apartment complexes from around Fort Collins that are trusted and verified to rent with.
Please encourage your student to take a breath and slow down before signing a lease. Now is the time for researching and sorting through housing options. Off-Campus Life offers a variety of resources and our team is available to answer any questions your student may have. Students can connect with Off-Campus Life staff via phone, chat, zoom, email or schedule an appointment by visiting their website.
If you do not register for Fall Break & Extended Housing and do not plan on returning for the spring semester, please follow this link on a desktop computer to complete and submit the Intent for Spring Semester 2021 form no later than November 20 (errors may occur if the link is accessed from a phone or tablet).
- Residents who do not intend to return will need to completely move and check out of the residence halls by Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. Keys must be turned in at the hall desk prior to departure.
- Dining plans will be deactivated on Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.
- Vacate procedures can be found at housing.colostate.edu/halls/vacate-procedures/.
- Residents who learn after departure in November that they will not be returning to the halls for the spring semester must contact the University Housing office for details on move-out options between Nov. 21-Jan. 13