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ST. THOMAS ON-CAMPUS HOUSING


BenEFITS of on-campus living

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SAFETY • • •

STU is among the safest campuses in the state of Florida Nightly patrols by Resident Assistants and Public Safety officers RA on duty every night

ACADEMIC SUCCESS Instructors are close by for consultation, questions and mentorship. • Academic Enhancement Center, Career Services, and other services are easily accessible • Study groups can meet easily

FRIENDSHIPS Endless opportunities to meet new people and develop lasting friendships.

INVOLVEMENT IN ACTIVITIES • Easier to attend club meetings, team practices, sporting events, and study groups • Resident Assistants host programs throughout the year • Off-Campus TRIPS including transportation

CONVENIENCE All STU student residences are a short distance to campus spots, The Marketplace Cafe, Library, computer center, Mac Lab, Rathskellar, campus convenience store, the Chapel of St. Anthony, bookstore and classes. Residents enjoy the convenience of walking to classes and campus events.

EASY AND AFFORDABLE You pay one bill paid twice a year including all utilities, housekeeping/maintenance services, internet, local telephone, cable, and furnished room. Living off campus has hidden costs: Did you know that 71% of off campus rentals are not furnished? By living on campus, you’ll avoid extra utility bills, rent, security deposits and expensive trips to the grocery store.

AMENITIES Each of the Housing complexes offers their own laundry facility. Study lounges are available To residents of Villanova Hall. We also have recreational lounges with a pool table, AIR hockey table, Wii and Xbox games and SEVERAL flat screen TVS, along with ping pong and other games in the Rathskellar. STU has a large recreation field for residents and wellness center with a fitness room, locker rooms, and free gym time on our basketball/volleyball courts.


VILLANOVA HALL

Villanova Hall has all the amenities that would make one feel like a pampered resident. Thi has four floors with access to each via an elevator or the use of internal and external sta floors are triples and accommodate students who share suites assigned for six residents. has a full bath and a half bath, in addition to a kitchenette and living room area. The third single and double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. To enhance the academic a of residents, Villanova Hall has two fully furnished lounges on the first and fourth floors. L are located on each floor alongside garbage disposals for the convenience of residents. residents of this hall receive is room cleaning, which is done on a regular basis. All thes resident students feel at home.


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Building and Room Features

• In-room bath • Moveable hardwood furniture • Vanity-sink • Kitchenette area with a microwave and efficiency size refrigerator (triples only) • Living room • Laundry room on each floor • Lounge on 1st and 4th floor • Flat screen TVs in lounges • Free high-speed internet • Wireless connectivity • Rent includes utilities and cable • Weekly housekeeping


CASCIA H

Cascia Hall offers co-ed wings and pr two residents and include a living room bath and living area with kitchenette. parking spaces for up to 100 residents on each floor.

Building and Room Features • Fully furnished with extra-long twin beds, desks and chairs, dressers, closets • Cable television access • Local telephone service • High speed wireless Internet • Smoke detectors • Dead bolt locks • TV and game lounge • Buildings locked 24 hours a day • Card-operated laundry facilities located on the second floor


HALL

rivate bathrooms in double-occupancy rooms and double-suites. Double rooms house m area with a kitchenette. Double-suites are assigned to four residents, and include a full This two-story structure borders a small courtyard in front and offers convenient, well-lit s. It also features a brand new study lounge, TV and game room, and laundry facilities


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UNIVERSITY INN Building and Room Features • Fully furnished with extra-long twin beds, desks and chairs, dressers, closets • In-room bath • Cable television access • Local telephone service • High speed wireless internet • Smoke detectors • Large room • Weekly housekeeping • 24 hour laundry facilities • Free resident parking • Lake view


great view of the campus lake and gives easy access to the Fitness Center, Mailroom, Affairs Offices. The University Inn is the perfect place for looking for a feeling of privacy. triple occupancy and features a private bathroom and dressing area with additional sink. ent closet space and storage area. Residents of this motel styled hall are offered room n more attractive to the average burdened graduate student. The secluded nature of the rom the potentially bustling college activities.


Yearly Rate Sched Fall and Sprin

All costs are billed to your university account. Housing fees may be paid thr a full meal plan, per week and cash power per semester, for use in the Bobca stu.edu/residencelife. Undergraduates are awarded a housing scholarship of Hall and University Inn triples are reserved for Undergraduate first year stu

Villanova Hall Rates

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• Triple $ 8,670* • Double $11,120 • Single $17,720

• Triple $ 7,720* • Double $10,420 • Single $17,020

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he Fernandez Family Center for Leadership & Wellness has been described as the student hub of St. Thomas University. This facility opened in the fall of 2009 and has all the features of a modern fitness center. The multipurpose building accommodates a gym that contains state of the art equipment for the athletically inclined or for those who want to get back in shape. The Center’s court serves as the home ground for basketball and volleyball games in a fully air-conditioned environment. Other amazing features of the center include a multi-purpose room for dancing and activities other purposes; an Audiovisual Room; food stands and second floor classroom and meeting facilities; among others. The Fernandez Family Center is a stone’s throw away from the residence halls and thus serves as enticement for an active lifestyle for campus residents.

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The Cascia Lounge

Situated on the first floor of Donnellon Hall, the Donnellon Lounge is the ultimate destination Open from 6 pm - 12 midnight on the weekdays, residents enjoy the Lounge, which serves as a questions, and creating community.

The lounge offers a pool table, an air hockey table, two flat screen TVs with surround sound, Lounge games include Rock-band; Karaoke; Wii and many other video and board games. It’s al residents and for watching movies. The lounge is opened to all residents.


for residents to hang out after a long day. a meeting place for exchanging ideas, asking

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The Bobcat Cafe & Book

Certainly residents need fuel to keep up with all academic, athletic and extra-curricula University Residence Halls. This is where Bobcat Dining Services come into play. On bookstore in Carol Hall. The Cafeteria has an array of dishes to melt the appetite of re

Residents have options of meal plans with the typical being three meals during weekd dishes. (Reduced meal plans are available to Law and Graduate students only.) The Bobocat Bookstore contains the books you need for class, university apparel and


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Residence Life programs Residential Life offers a variety of programs, services, and resources for all residents. Our mission is simple: to develop, promote, and support social, cultural, and educational co-curricular activities outside the classroom. Below is a list of past activities that students have enjoyed: • Battle of the Halls • Environmental trips • Bowling trips • Dodgeball & basketball tournaments • Lock-ins

• Video game tournaments • Poolside barbecues • Finals week midnight breakfast • Super Bowl tailgate parties • Bonfire nights chats • Parties


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The Library

The university’s main library is situated in a convenient location for central access by its users. This facility is equipped with thousands of volumes of resource information – be they online, audio or hard copies. The research assistants and librarians are capable of responding to the many requests that you may have and they compliment the flexible opening hours of the library. Within the building, there are three spacious computer labs that give their users adequate access to the internet for assignments or otherwise. With a calming pond at the front of the library, one can also enjoy studying at the entrance of the facility or merely have group project discussions over coffee which is also provided at the circulation desk.


Chapel of St. Anthony The Chapel of Saint Anthony is the heart of our university. Supervised by the Office of Campus Ministry, the chapel meets the spiritual needs of our students in many ways. One can look forward to daily and Sunday mass, concerts, seminars, guest speakers, and RCIA. It is the site for many special celebrations and liturgies to mark church feasts and events of importance to the university and of our society. The Chapel is open throughout the day and provides our university community with a quiet place for private prayer and reflection.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be admitted to St. Thomas University first before I apply for on-campus housing? YES, before your application can be accepted for on-campus housing; you must first be admitted to the University as a student. When and how will I find out where I am going to live? Your housing assignment will arrive in the mail during the summer. All other assignments will be made on a continuous basis; there is generally a four to six week turn-over-time. May I see my room before I move in? Since the residence halls at St. Thomas University are in use year round, it is not possible to see your room. However, the Office of Admissions has guided tours throughout the year, and would be able to show you a residence hall and sample room. Who is required to pay a housing deposit? Each student who lives in on-campus housing is required to pay a non-refundable housing deposit of $250.00. If no space is available for the academic year you applied, your deposit will be refunded in full. Can I cancel my Housing Contract? Once signed and returned, the Housing Contract represents a legal, binding document for the duration of the academic year. Unless you are graduating student, are enrolled in an approved, Universitysponsored study abroad, or other qualifying activities (as per contract terms), you are subject to a contract cancellation fee. What size are the beds? The majority of the beds in the residence halls are extra-long twin beds. Are there laundry facilities in the halls? Laundry facilities are available in each residence hall. Student laundry cards are available in the Campus Life office located in the Student Center. Students must bring their own laundry detergent and other supplies. What are the housing rates? The housing rates change yearly. For the most updated rate contact the Residential Life office, located in Donnellon Hall 102, or by calling 305-628-6554 , or visit www.stu.edu/residencelife. May I be assigned a single room? Single rooms may be requested, but are limited. Most new students are assigned a roommate at the beginning of the year. Upper-class students, graduate students and Law students are assigned single rooms before freshman and sophomores on a first-come first-serve basis. Do I need to be on the meal plan? Yes. All residents are required to be on the meal plan which is included in the housing cost.


What activities are there on and off campus? The Campus Life office, with SGA and the Student Organizations, plan a host of fun and interactive free events regularly. Check the bulletin boards and your STU email account for advertisements. Is there a deadline for signing up for housing? Housing deposits are due when the housing application/agreement is submitted. The earlier you return your Housing Contract and $250 Housing deposit, the more likely you will receive one of your preferred assignment locations. Any applications not accompanied by a deposit will not be processed. Who can I talk to if I’m having a problem with my roommate? If you are having a problem with your roommate or with another member of your suite or apartment, you should talk to your Resident Advisor (RA). Your RA lives on your floor and has been carefully selected and trained to assist you throughout the academic year. Very often the RAs will talk with their supervisors and help resolve your problem, usually with a meeting of all parties involved. It is important that you maintain an open line of communication with your roommates so that you can talk about problems you may be having. We expect our residents to treat each other as adults and discuss their differences openly. That is the first step in resolving differences. If you continue to have problems, and have worked initially with your RA, you may next contact the Residential Life Office. The full-time, professional staff members and graduate assistants can assist you in taking additional steps. What if I want to change my housing assignment? A room transfer freeze period is in effect from the time your initial assignment is made until three weeks into the fall or spring semester. The Fall Freeze allows us to locate all available spaces. You may complete a Room Transfer Request Form found at the Residential Life Office. May I stay in my room during University holidays and break periods? You cannot stay in your room during Winter Break (between Fall and Spring semester) as the University is closed. You may stay in your housing assignment during all other holiday periods including but not limited to Thanksgiving, Spring and Easter break. Students who plan to leave campus during breaks and University holidays do NOT need to remove their belongings. We do ask, however, that they empty their refrigerators (to avoid spoilage) and power off electrical items such as televisions, computers, etc., during longer times away from campus. Are pets permitted in the residence halls? The presence of animals within University housing poses serious health, safety, and maintenance risks. In addition to direct damage incurred by animals, many students have allergic reactions as well. Further, damage and/or problems may become residual, posing difficulties for subsequent residents. Therefore, animals of any kind except for harmless fish in an aquarium, not to exceed a 10 gallon capacity per room are prohibited on and within any room or property. May I have appliances in my room? Students may have small appliances, such as microwaves and refrigerators. Refrigerators should be 3.6 cubic feet or smaller and should have a maximum of 400 watts at 120 volts. Microwave ovens should be 1.5 cubic feet capacity or smaller and should have a maximum of 1100 watts at 120 volts. However, students may not cook in their rooms using equipment which either produces an open flame (camp stoves, Bunsen burners, potpourri burners) or contains an open coil (stove burners.) Are the rooms carpeted? There is no carpeting in student rooms in Donnellon and the University Inn. There is carpeting in Villanova Hall. You may feel free to bring your own throw rug for additional comfort. Are telephones provided? Telephone service is provided to each student room. This service provides unlimited local access calling. You must provide your own phone. Standard services include the internal voice mail system of the University, which allows students to establish their own voice greeting, passcode, and message. You can activate your voicemail service by emailing resteras@stu.edu. Is there internet access? Yes, the University provides FREE, high-speed Internet access in the residence halls.


FAQ

Can I hook my television up to a cable-TV connection? Yes. Currently STU has a contract with Comcast Cable Television for general programming, at no additional cost to you. No “premium� channels or satellite dishes are available. Where should my parents and friends send letters and packages? All on-campus students must a mailbox in the Mail and Copy Center, located in Lewis Hall to receive mail. U.S. mail, UPS packages, and the like, will not be delivered directly to your room. Students may utilize the Mail Room to send letters, packages, etc. If I live on campus, what address should I give to my family and friends? Your name St. Thomas University Building and room number 16401 NW 37th Ave Miami Gardens, FL 33054 What do you suggest I bring with me to campus? We suggest strongly that you bring your computer, bedding and clothes. However, for larger things like televisions, stereos, personal phones, we suggest you wait and get to know your roommate. It could be that you make a list of things each of you will return with from Thanksgiving Break or have parents ship larger items to you later. You can purchase microwaves and refrigerators in multiple locations in Miami. If you are going to shop, wait until you check in and meet your roommate! How do I Apply to live on-campus? Complete the Application on line at www.stu.edu/residencelife and submit it along with a $250 deposit. Information about the Housing Contract can be found in the Residential Office. What is included in the rent? All utilities are included. Also included are broadband digital cable TV and high-speed Ethernet access. Will I get to choose where I live? Every effort is made to accommodate building preferences. However, preferences are not guaranteed. The earlier you apply, the greater your chance is to get your preference. What if I have a roommate preference? If you have a person(s) you want to live with, you must request them on your Housing Contract and they must request you. There is no guarantee, but we make every effort to grant requests. How do I pay my rent? Cash, checks, or credit cards may be used. Many students are eligible for Financial Aid or have grants and scholarships that may be applied to your housing cost.


Residential Life and Housing St. Thomas University 16401 NW 37th. Avenue Miami Gardens, FL 33054

Telephone: 305-628-6554 305-628-6714 Fax: 305-628-6555 Email: reslife@stu.edu


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