HOUSING & DINING
Your home away from home Deciding to live on campus is a tough decision – it’s exciting and scary at the same time. SVSU residential students tell us that when they toured campus, the decision was an easy one. Our modern and spacious housing has been called the best in the state, partially because of some of the great features that are not offered other places. But even great living space isn’t enough. SVSU offers impressive student and residential life programs that provide the opportunity to create a rich student experience and memories that last a lifetime! And the food … SVSU features five outstanding dining establishments that offer a variety of choices to suit every taste and schedule. Living on campus isn’t required at SVSU … but each year, more and more SVSU students, particularly freshmen, choose to “live in the center of it all.”
SVSU housing provides residents with: • Private bathrooms • Digital cable TV • High-speed Internet • Living and study areas • Air conditioning • Courtesy telephones in public areas • Fully-furnished rooms • Laundry facilities in each community ($1.25 wash/$1.25 dry) • Smoke-free environment • Convenient parking (permit required, no extra fee) Contact information: Housing Operations Curtiss 118 • 7400 Bay Road • University Center, MI 48710 (989) 964-4255 • firstname.lastname@example.org svsu.edu/livingoncampus
Housing Contract Materials
• Prepayment cannot be covered by financial aid resources. • Prepayment can be submitted by check or money order; do not send cash. • It is strongly recommended that housing materials be sent in advance of orientation. • Date received is used for roommate requests and single bedroom requests only. • Room assignments for freshmen are random among all first year living areas.
All SVSU housing units are equipped with high-speed network ports and wireless service for each student. Limited wireless access is located in select locations of campus buildings. For more information and system requirements, please visit the SVSU Information Technology Web site at: svsu.edu/support.
FRESHMAN HOUSING FIRST YEAR SUITES The suites are designated for first-year students. The unique apartment-like design provides students with a spacious living/ study room, private bathroom, kitchenette, lots of storage and two-person bedrooms. A limited number of single bedrooms are available at an additional cost.
ALL FRESHMAN UNITS ARE FULLY EQUIPPED WITH AIR CONDITIONING, WIRELESS INTERNET, HIGH SPEED DATA PORTS, CABLE TV SERVICE AND KITCHENETTES. Combination of two-person shared and limited single bedrooms.
LIVING CENTERS Living Center North, Living Center South, and Living Center Southwest also house first-year students. The four room styles in the building are complemented by study lounges, lobby desk services and laundry facilities on each floor.
Two- or three-person efficiency units.
Four- or five-bedroom apartments house six or seven students, respectively.
FRESHMAN INTEREST COMMUNITIES Students who qualify for one of the universityâ€™s select freshman living/ learning communities will reside in a designated area of First Year Living. For each program, students will be notified of their eligibility and invited to participate in the application process. For more information regarding these freshman interest programs, please contact the Office of Admissions at 989.964.4200. CARDINAL BUSINESS EDGE PROGRAM
The Cardinal Business Edge Program is a community-based program for incoming freshman with a business major. This program is designed to build personal and professional networks and leadership skills, as well as prepare you for a future career in business. Selected participants will enroll in specially designed business courses the first two years, develop team-building skills, participate in corporate outings to meet business executives and work directly with faculty mentors. A travel stipend is also included. (Residential or Commuter Students)
FIRST YEAR RESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCE (FYRE) PROGRAM
The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program is a community based program that assists first year residential students in their academic transition to SVSU. Selected participants will attend Camp FYRE in August which includes teambuilding, classroom tours, and interactions with SVSU staff. Throughout the first year, students receive academic advising and support through tutoring, career path and academic major exploration, and programming with faculty and staff outside the classroom. (Residential Students Only)
FIT INTO COLLEGE (FIT)
FIT into College is a program that focuses on wellness including: nutrition, healthy cooking, healthy living, sleep, taking care of oneself mentally and spiritually, time management, and a focus on academics and personal growth. Selected participants will attend a FIT Camp before classes begin to meet other like-minded students in the program and get acquainted with campus. Throughout the first year, students will attend weekly information sessions and meet regularly with staff members from the Campus Recreation and Residential Life Offices. (Residential or Commuter Students)
FOUNDATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The Foundation Scholars Program is designed to create a close-knit community of highly talented individuals who are looking for an opportunity to enrich their college experience with both social and academic interactions combined. During the program, students will elect to complete a study abroad experience or a civic engagement/ service learning project. Priority registration and a travel or service learning stipend is included. Selected participants will enroll in two specially designed courses their freshman year and attend an overnight retreat before classes begin. (Residential or Commuter Students)
The Honors Program allows talented students to pursue their major and minor degree work in a distinctive academic environment that enhances their college experience. Selected participants will enroll in specially designed Honors courses in a liberal arts based curriculum their first two years and work closely with faculty in research, creative work and proposal writing (based on student interest and career goals). Priority registration, a travel stipend and potential funding for research projects are also included. (Residential or Commuter Students)
LIVING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Living Leadership Program is designed to provide freshmen with a community where leadership is the true focus. Selected participants live and learn together in a required residential community on campus. Themes for Living Leadership include “emerging leadership” (freshman year) and “mentorship” (second year). Students will engage in a Kickstart Camp before classes begin to build connections with other leaders early on. Students will participate in leadership development opportunities, become an active member of an on campus organization and participate in community service projects. (Residential Students Only)
CARDINALS IN ACTION
Cardinals in Action is a group of first-year students who share a common interest in Community Service. Working together, they strive to make community service an integrated part of their life while interacting in a positive social and academic environment. Selected participants will engage in organized service projects, participate in social functions and community building activities. Opportunities to connect with community service organizations both on and off campus will be provided as part of this program. Students will move in early to attend a CIA orientation. (Residential Students Only)
UPPERCLASS HOUSING UNIVERSITY VILLAGE
Rooms in the Village are spacious and modern. Located in the south-central and south-west parts of campus, the Village is home to more than 800 residents. The community consists of four-person, four-bedroom town homes and a limited number of two-person, two-bedroom apartments and private single efficiency units.
Townhouse Apartments: Four-person,
individual bedroom units.
Located in the north part of campus, Pine Grove is positioned between the Regional Education Center and natural surroundings. Pine Grove is home to more than 400 residents. The community consists of four-person, four-bedroom units and four-person shared bedroom units.
Special university programs coordinated by academic and/or administrative units and SVSU Registered Student Organizations are invited to participate in a program that will accommodate student member group living arrangements in the Pine Grove townhouse style housing. These Affinity residences allow for student cohorts with shared goals to live in adjacent apartments.
Four-person shared bedroom units.
Two-person shared bedroom units.
This community is for upperclass students who wish to participate in a cultural exchange. Each four-person, four-bedroom apartment in Pine Grove has two international and two domestic students. Students will have the opportunity to build a strong community with people from other countries and cultures. In addition to sharing the living space, there are programs for the Global Community residents that expose them to a variety of cultural experiences.
RESIDENTIAL LIFE Living on campus provides each resident student the opportunity to enjoy a complete collegiate experience. To create an optimal experience for residential students as members of the SVSU on-campus community, Residential Life staff focus on the following:
Nurturing a sense of belonging among residential students.
Providing activities outside of the classroom that enhance the academic experience.
FRESHMAN INTEREST COMMUNITIES
Creating unique residential experiences through studentsâ€™ common interests and pursuits.
Providing opportunities for resident students to have a voice in programs and services offered through Residential Life and Housing.
Utilizing diplomatic methods of seeking conflict resolution and a congenial communal environment.
The Residential Life program fosters an environment of inquiry and openness that respects the diversity of all whom it serves.
Enabling each student to strive to establish his or her own identity and transition into adulthood.
CAMPUS LIFE STUDENT LIFE CENTER
The Student Life Center is a centrally-located hub on-campus where students gather to relax, play games, attend meetings and events, hang out with friends or make new ones. SVSU has more than 120 registered student organizations in a range of interests including academic, Greek, honorary, social, community service, spiritual, residential and recreational. Many of our organizations are award-winning and dramatically improve the campus and student life experience.
For more information, visit svsu.edu/studentlife
FRATERNITIES & SORORITIES
Find a kind of brotherhood and sisterhood that results in lifelong friendships.
PARTIES & EVENTS
The Student Life Center hosts many annual campus events, like Homecoming Week, Cardsâ€™ Party and Leadership Days.
FITNESS & SPORTS
Campus Recreation offers a variety of fitness and intramural sports programs. The Fitness Center has cardio and weight-lifting equipment and health and wellness programming.
VOLUNTEERING & LEADERSHIP
You can learn more about yourself by volunteering at one of hundreds of regional nonprofit agencies. The Student Life Center will help you make those connections. Unique leadership development programs are held annually, including Alternative Breaks. For more information, go to svsu.edu/studentlife.
DINING AT SVSU Sure, we eat to live but we also rally around food because it provides a sense of comfort and community. Dining at SVSU offers a wide array of options with a range of hours to fit almost any schedule, and any gathering of friends. The largest dining facility on campus is the Marketplace at Doan, an expansive all-you-care-to-eat restaurant featuring eight stations ranging from a Mongolian grill and salad bar to a bakery and pizza/pasta station. Though the Marketplace accepts cash and credit, using a meal plan is the most economical and efficient way to dine there. All freshmen living on campus must have a meal plan, though all students are welcome to purchase one. Meal Plans have two components: Meals in the Marketplace at Doan and/or Declining Balance. The Meal Plan can only be used at the Marketplace at Doan and the Plan meals are available in either a weekly allotment or a semester block. Meal Plans are based on whether students live on or off campus. Each time a student enters the Marketplace at Doan, one meal is deducted from “the” plan. Declining Balance functions like a dining debit card and can be used at any on-campus retail locations, including Starbucks, Papa John’s, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Albert E’s Food Court, and two convenience stores. Declining Balance can also be used at the Marketplace at Doan after a Meal Plan holder has used their allotment of meals. For more information about dining at SVSU, visit svsufood.com or go to facebook.com/svsufood