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Housing FAQs

APPLICATIONS

Is the $40.00 housing application fee the same as the one for college admission?

No; the $40.00 housing application fee is separate from the $35.00 admission fee. The $40 housing application fee is non-refundable.  

Do I have to pay the first installment of $100 before school starts in the fall?

Yes, the $100 installment must be paid before you are assigned a room. You may be entitled to a refund, or partial refund, of the first installment based upon the date of your notification of cancellation.  Refer to housing contract under "Cancellation & Refund Policy." No refunds will be issued after July 1st, 2018 for Fall Semester.  

How do I acquire the housing scholarship?

Students receiving the Williams County Graduate or Regional Scholarship for tuition and fees may also be eligible for a housing scholarship.  There is no additional paperwork needed for housing scholarships; disbursement is dependent on the Housing Application completion date. Housing Applications are considered complete once submitted and all fees are paid.  Because funds are limited, they are dispersed based on the applications completion date.  You are encouraged to submit your housing application and fees sooner rather than later, to secure an earlier completion date.

HALL AND ROOM

Do I have to live in a residence hall?

All first-year students are required to live in a residence hall on campus for their first, full academic year or apply for an exemption.   Find out more about the First Year Living Requirement.  

Are rooms assigned by seniority?

Current WSC residents are given the opportunity for re-assignment first; reassignment week usually takes place in late March to early April.  Once reassignment week is over, remaining rooms are prioritized in order completed applications have been received in the housing office. An application is not considered complete until both the housing application fee and first installment have been paid.  Room assignments are sent to students on or before August 1st.  

Are there single rooms available? 

There are a limited number of single rooms available at an additional 50% of the double occupancy rates.  All rooms in Frontier Hall are designed as double rooms, however, rooms will be tripled as necessary.  All students will have a roommate unless a single is designated on the application; the application completion date will determine the order in which students receive a single room. Additional charges apply.  

Is bedding supplied by WSC?

WSC supplies all students with a bed, dresser, desk, and chair.  Students must bring their own bedding, towels, and personal items. Find out more about what to bring to campus.   

What will my suite/room look like?

Natural light pours into each room through a large window highlighting the tall ceilings and industrial feel. Beds have the ability to loft at six different heights so students are able to customize their room to suit their needs and personal style. To view layouts and photos, click here.  Typically, four rooms share a common space consisting of a large mirrored vanity, three sinks and multiple drawers and cabinets for storage. Within this common space, there are two private rooms with showers and toilets.     

Can I bring my pet?

Pets (other than fish in a tank no larger than 10 gallons) are not permitted in any residence halls and/or rooms.  

How often to RA's check on your room's cleanliness?

Room checks are completed at least once per semester.  Specific days and times will be communicated to residents via their WSC email address in addition to being posted throughout the Residence Halls. Bathroom checks are performed every week.  

Can I say in my room over breaks?

Residence halls close during Thanksgiving and Spring Break and students may stay for no additional cost.  Contract rates do not cover housing costs over Winter Break between semesters, students will be charged $12 per night for the duration of the break.   Students requiring interim housing over Winter Break must contact the Director for Residence Life for approval. Housing during Winter Breaks is not guaranteed.  During breaks there is a zero-tolerance behavior policy is in place and no guests including non-resident students are permitted during these times. Summer housing is available with an eight (8) week minimum stay.  Summer rates start at $20 per night/$140 per week for a double occupancy room.  Find out more about Summer Housing.  

What if I decide not to attend WSC and I've already paid my application fee and first installment?  Will I get a refund?

The $40.00 application fee is non-refundable.  You may be entitled to a refund, or partial refund, of the first installment based upon the date of your notification of cancellation.  Refer to housing contract under "Cancellation & Refund Policy." No refunds will be issued after July 1st, 2018 for Fall Semester.

ROOMMATES

May I choose my roommate?

You and another individual can request to be roommates. WSC does it's best to honor these requests.  If you want to choose a roommate, you and your proposed roommate must request each other on the Housing Application.  The earlier you submit your completed application, the more likely your roommate request will be honored.  

If I do not have a roommate preference, what factors will be used to select a roommate for me?

If a roommate is not requested, you will be assigned one based on your preferences on the housing application.  Roommates are matched using specific questions regarding what you are looking for in a roommate. Be sure to answer these questions honestly to help with the best placement.  

What happens if I don't get along with my roommate?

On-campus living provides a unique opportunity to meet new people, experience different cultures, lifestyles, and backgrounds. We encourage roommates to work through initial concerns and perceptions of each other rather than expecting an immediate roommate switch.  Students should work with Residence Life staff if they need further information regarding room/roommate changes.

DINING 

Is it possible to live in a residence hall and not purchase a meal plan?

No, all students living in Frontier or Nelson Halls must have a meal plan.  

What do I do if I have an allergy?

Food Services management is trained to assist with special types of dietary needs. If you have an allergy or a specific dining need you are encouraged to visit with the Food Service Director immediately. The Food Service Director can be contacted at willistoncollege@aviands.com or at 701-774-4274.  

Is the cafeteria open during holidays?

Holiday hours vary in the Teton Grill from limiting hours to closing.  Holiday specific hours will be posted on the Teton Grill website and communicated with students via their WSC email address.  If the café does close for a holiday, students are welcome to get prepared meals ahead of time.

STAFF and SECURITY

Who is an RA?

A Resident Assistant (RA) is a student or staff member who lives in the hall.  RAs serve the Residence Life community by organizing activities and programs in which everyone can be involved.  They are trained in communication, conflict mediation and group facilitating to able to help students navigate on-campus living and adjust to college life. Find out more about Resident Assistants.  

How do I apply for an RA position?

Contact the housing office at 701-774-4528 or wsc.housing@willistonstate.edu.  

Are the entrances to the Residence Halls secured?

WSC residence halls are locked 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  Residents gain access through the main entrances via their key fob issued by the Housing Office. 

What are other security features available at WSC?

WSC Security Services are available on campus throughout the week. Security responds to calls for assistance including emergency and crisis situations and provides other safety-related services. Security can be reached at 701-570-6699. In addition to on-campus security, all residence halls are equipped with video surveillance.

What is the guest policy?

WSC permits invited guests in the residence halls as long as they are escorted by residents.  Residence hall visitation hours are 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM Friday and Saturday.  All guests of residents must be signed in upon entry and signed out upon departure.  Any overnight guest must be approved by the Director of Residence Life and guest stay must not exceed 72 hours without written permission.  Residents are responsible for the behavior of guests and liable for loss or damage to property caused by their guests.