On-campus living

Learn to thrive and honor God through community with your peers. Residence Life pursues five themes: Jesus, Neighbor, Community, Disciple and Accountability.

Living on campus provides experiences that include making new friends, facing new challenges and developing memories that will last you a lifetime. Living within the campus community is an important aspect of a student’s personal development and education. Research continues to demonstrate that students who live on campus benefit in a number of ways. In fact, students who live on campus beyond their freshman year*:

  • Are more likely to persist and graduate
  • Gain more interpersonal contacts with faculty and peers
  • Experience greater personal growth and development
  • Have higher academic engagement and grade point average
  • Have higher social-interpersonal engagement
  • Participate more in out-of-class activities
  • Have more positive and inclusive attitudes and openness to diversity
  • Find more satisfaction with their undergraduate experience

*Source: How College Affects Students: A Third Decade of Research by Ernest Pascarella and Patrick Terenzini. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2005


Requirements

Charleston Southern requires all students under 20 years of age who are enrolled as full-time students, do not live locally, and are classified as dependent (except veterans and married couples) to live on campus. Students must reach the age of 20 prior to the start of a major semester to reside off campus. Students over 20 years of age, who have not previously been a resident, must have dean of student’s approval to reside on-campus. We make every effort to house students who desire to reside in the residence halls.

Your room sign-up indicates tentative approval to reside on campus, and your place is reserved. However, please be advised that in the event we have a shortage of housing for students under the age of 20, it may be necessary to adjust the number of students over the age of 20 we are permitting to live on-campus.

For further questions about this policy, contact the dean of students office at 843-863-8008.


What to expect

We strive to make the transition into campus housing as smooth and comfortable as possible. On move-in day, our friendly community leaders and resident assistants will welcome you into the community. 

When you arrive at CSU, you will check in and move into your assigned room. This is a great time to meet your RA, your roommates and neighbors. College is an exciting opportunity to build lifelong friendships and wonderful memories, get involved early and immerse yourself in the CSU experience!

At the end of your first day, your RA will conduct the first community meeting. During this time they will discuss community guidelines as well as roommate and suitemate agreements. 


Ready to Move In?

Move-In weekends generally are just before the first day of classes. Students should only move into the residence halls during their designated move-in time. The university is unable to approve early move-ins.

Upcoming:
New Student move-in is August 23, 8 a.m.-noon

Returner move-in is August 23, 1-5 p.m. or August 24, 3-6 p.m.

Moving into a residence hall without going through the proper procedure will result in a $100 fine. The Res Life Staff is unable to allow early check-ins unless required by the university. Special groups who are required by the university to move in at a time different from the times listed on our website should contact their program lead. Keep in mind to:

  • Bring your CSU student ID with you to check-in.
  • Read the Student Handbook. Make sure to review items to bring and items to leave at home lists. All of the Residence Life policies and procedures are found in the handbook. Residents are encouraged to contact their RA if questions or concerns arise.
  • Know your room assignment and move-in location.
  • Be on time. Early and late check-ins are unacceptable. If for any reason a resident is unable to check in on time, he/she must inform the Residence Life Office at least 48 hours in advance for arrangements to be made. Please email Residence Life at reslife@csuniv.edu.

After Move-In

Each hall has at least one resident advisor. Residents will have a Welcome Home Community Meeting the day of, or after move-in. Please talk with your resident advisor for more information.

This form needs to be completed by all roommates in a room and turned into the resident advisor within 24 hours after move-in. Check your room to ensure there are no missing items, nothing is broken, and report anything that is not up to par in your room.

Roommate and Suitemate Agreements are filled out by every resident. Communication is the single most important factor in building good relationships. Every year, residents come to the Residence Life staff with issues, and more often than not the issues could have been resolved through a simple conversation. We recommend taking this opportunity to get to know one another and express concerns and reservations regarding sharing space. Take your time filling out these forms and use open, honest communication and listen to one another. These agreements will be completed during a meeting with your RA three weeks after move-in.

Health and Wellness Inspections are designed to identify health and wellness threats and the general condition of dorm rooms. All residents are required to have a monthly room inspection. Follow-ups will be made as necessary.

During Health and Wellness Inspections, the Resident Advisor will check for overall cleanliness of the room. It is each resident’s responsibility to maintain a clean room and bathroom. Some items and areas that will be checked during these inspections are:

  • Floor
  • Trash
  • Mirrors
  • Furniture surfaces
  • Clothing not put away
  • Bathroom (sinks, shower, toilet, trash cans, floor)
  • Damages
  • Maintenance requests

Items that are prohibited in dorms will be identified and confiscated. They are:

  • Pets
  • Hot plates or any open burner device (including cookers, toasters, toaster ovens and grills)
  • Guns, metal point darts, knives, or any object that could be used as a weapon
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Tobacco products
  • Electric blankets
  • Electric heaters
  • Flammables (including lighters)
  • Candles or Incense
  • Paintball guns

 


Ready to Check Out?

Move-In weekends generally are just before the first day of classes. Students should only move into the residence halls during their designated move-in time. The university is unable to approve early move-ins.

Upcoming:
New Student move-in is August 23, 8 a.m.-noon

Returner move-in is August 23, 1-5 p.m. or August 24, 3-6 p.m.

Moving into a residence hall without going through the proper procedure will result in a $100 fine. The Res Life Staff is unable to allow early check-ins unless required by the university. Special groups who are required by the university to move in at a time different from the times listed on our website should contact their program lead. Keep in mind to:

  • Bring your CSU student ID with you to check-in.
  • Read the Student Handbook. Make sure to review items to bring and items to leave at home lists. All of the Residence Life policies and procedures are found in the handbook. Residents are encouraged to contact their RA if questions or concerns arise.
  • Know your room assignment and move-in location.
  • Be on time. Early and late check-ins are unacceptable. If for any reason a resident is unable to check in on time, he/she must inform the Residence Life Office at least 48 hours in advance for arrangements to be made. Please email Residence Life at reslife@csuniv.edu.