Hi there, everybody. My name is Alicia, and I'm coming to you from the Student Housing and Conference Services office here at Fort Lewis College. And today I'm going to answer some commonly asked questions that we get in regards to student housing.
Probably the number one question we get is how do I apply for housing. So the housing application is located online. It's on the Housing portion of the Fort Lewis College website. You'll just go to that and you'll click on Apply for Housing. In order to apply for housing, you do have to be accepted, you have to be admitted to Fort Lewis College. So that kind of gives you the green light to go ahead and apply. The housing application becomes available on January 15. So when you apply for housing, there is a housing deposit that is required. It's essentially like a damage deposit. It's $150, and that is refundable. So let's say you live on campus with us for a year or or whatnot, and you decide to move off campus, you do get that money back. It's essentially like a damage deposit, so it's refunded back to you. The other really neat thing is if you decide to continue to live on campus over your four years at Fort Lewis College, that deposit carries over year after year after year, so you just have to actually pay at one time.
The next question we get all the time, it's kind of a big one, is when will I hear about which room I'm in or my roommates? So there's kind of a couple of things with this. So in the housing application, from January to May 1, students that apply for housing can do what we call self select a room. So let's say you really want Cooper Hall. That's kind of where you want to want to live. And you want to live on the second floor, and you have certain things that you want, you can actually when you apply for housing, lock into a room, you know, click on it, it's yours, lock into it. You're assigned that room, and you're good to go. We refer to it as self select a room. Part of that is you can actually engage with other students that are looking at attending Fort Lewis College. So there is a lifestyle indicators quiz that you'll fill out as part of the application process. And that's going to give you some information of other students looking to attend Fort Lewis, and the two of you can chat and decide, hey, I'm from the dadadadada, and I'm from this area. Hey, we should live together, it looks like we have very similar interests and whatnot. So you can actually chat and communicate with other students. You don't have to go that route, but that's just kind of an option. But ultimately, students are notified of their specific room and their roommates and suitemates, if you're in a suite, typically around the first week of June. That's going to go to your Fort Lewis email account, so just make sure to be checking that.
The other question we get is, how much does It costs to live on campus? It really depends. I think one of the really cool things about Fort Lewis College, given our size, is that we have so many different options on campus. That, you know, we have options where you can choose a place on campus that has a community kitchen, you can choose a suite, you can choose traditional style if you want your own room. There's so many options for students attending Fort Lewis. I just think it's really neat that students have those options. So the breakdown of cost is actually located on the Fort Lewis College website under Housing. It's what we call a rate sheet, so you can kind of take a look at that.
The next question we get is meal plans. The cost of meal plans is also located on there as well too. Living on campus you are required to have a meal plan if you live in a residence hall, and there's three different options that you can choose from, and you can choose those when applying for housing. We actually default to you to the largest meal plan if you don't select one. But you have up until census date, which is about two weeks into the semester to make changes to your meal plan if you find this is not quite working for you.
So the last question I get a lot is, what should I bring? So that's kind of a big question and there is a list on our website. But what we provide the students is an extra long twin bed, a desk, a chair, your wastebasket, your recycling bin. We really want it to be your own. So we encourage students to bring anything that they want to make it their own. There's just some exceptions, like fire hazard and things along those lines. So if you have more questions, I know this was pretty short. But if you have more questions, please feel free to reach out to Student Housing at fortlewis.edu. Again, my name is Alicia. I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know if you have more questions. Go Skyhawks.