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The Murray State University Housing Office welcomes you to the on-campus living experience.  The information below is designed for you, the parent or guardian of a soon-to-be student at Murray State, and is provided to our parents at Summer Orientations and Racer Days. It is designed to help you get a better understanding of Housing and Residence Life. Murray State University is committed to making the Residential College environment a positive learning experience for your son or daughter.

During the many years we have worked with parents, we have compiled a list of questions that parents have asked. We hope that through these questions that other parents posed, you can find the answers to your most-asked questions.

    We are excited your son/daughter has chosen Murray State University . We are proud he/she will be living in our colleges. If there are other questions you have or if you need additional information concerning our facilities, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and can be reached at 270.809.2310 or toll free at 1.877.551.7774 or e-mail us at msu.housing@murraystate.edu.

    Housing FAQs

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    • How much is the housing deposit? Do scholarships cover it?

    • When will my son/daughter receive his/her room assignment?

    • What if my son/daughter does not receive one of their requested colleges or roommate?

    • What if my son/daughter wants to room with someone they met at Summer O?

    • Are all the colleges/buildings coed and what does that mean?

    • What can my son/daughter do to decorate the room?

    • Can I loft my bed?

    • What are the standard bed sizes?

    • How does my son/daughter receive mail?

    • What about telephones?

    • Can my son/daughter cook in his/her room?

    • Why can’t we have two microwaves per room?

    • What about refrigerators in the rooms?

    • What about TV and cable?

    • May my son/daughter bring a computer and what about internet service (RESNET)?

    • Does the heating and A/C work like my system at home?

    • May my son/daughter bring a car to campus?

    • Can my son/daughter bring pets?

    • How can my son/daughter apply for a reasonable housing accommodation?

    • How can my son/daughter appeal the decision on their reasonable accommodation request?

    • May my son or daughter have visitors of the opposite sex in his or her room?

    • If my son/daughter has a roommate conflict, what are his/her options?

    • Who is responsible for my son’s/daughter’s personal property?

    • What about insurance for my son’s/daughter’s belongings?

    • Can I bring my favorite candle from home?

    • What is the residency requirement?

    • Is there a residency requirement associated with receiving regional tuition?

    • What is liquidation?




    The Residential College System

    Residential Colleges are the center of Murray State University . The Residential College System at Murray State University redefines collegiate living and educational experiences for undergraduate students. Every undergraduate student belongs to one of the residential Colleges. At the heart of each is the Residential College . The Residential College provides the focal point for all Residential College activities. Each Residential College is composed of students from a variety of academic majors, grade classifications, ethnic backgrounds and extracurricular interests. Residential Colleges are designed to celebrate the rich diversity of Murray State University students, staff and faculty. Each offer a stimulating living-learning environment for students.

    Residential Colleges provide students with opportunities to interact with faculty on a daily basis outside of the classroom. The small community atmosphere allows students a chance to establish a sense of pride and common purpose. After being assigned to a Residential College, students are connected with that community throughout their undergraduate years. Students, staff and faculty establish enduring friendships through the experience. The Residential College develops traditions and lasting bonds that remain with students years after graduation.

    Residential College Activities

    Residential Colleges are places for the exchange of ideas, experiences, feelings and interests. Thus, the development and implementation of programs and activities are important aspects of the Residential College experience.

    Residential College Council

    The Residential College Council is a group of students who represent the interests of an individual Residential College. Composed of students elected by students living on each floor or in the college, this group plans programs and activities for its Residential College. Officers are elected each Spring for the Residential College Council. While the organization of the governing body varies from college to college, each group's purposes are similar. Each college council implements programs and activities that meet the needs of the residents as well as represent the residents on issues that affect their living environment. Activities that college councils have sponsored in the past include Welcome Week activities, intramural teams, Homecoming and Parent's Weekend receptions, and end-of-the year cookouts.

    Residential College Association

    The Residential College Association (RCA), a coordinating body among the Residential Colleges and their communities, consists of one representative per Residential College . Each college is responsible for choosing its representatives. RCA works with housing staff and residents in facility modification, distribution of publications, addressing areas of concerns for residents and planning activities and programs for the Residential College community.

    Murray State University Housing Staff

    The Department of Housing employs approximately 10 full-time staff members. In addition, there are 8 College Heads, 10 Residence Directors, 83 Resident Advisors, 45 Night Clerks, and 30 Day Clerks. Several other students hold part-time positions in the Residential Colleges. Together, these staff members have responsibility for various aspects of residence life-physical facilities, staffing, programming, room assignments, policy formation and student group advising. All of these individuals are committed to helping your son or daughter have a positive residential college living experience.

    Resident Advisors (RAs) live with the residents on each floor or wing. They are student staff members selected on the basis of their skills, interests, and activities that enable them to assist and advise students in obtaining the most from their experience at Murray State University . Each Resident Advisor is trained in student referrals with academic and personal concerns. This is the most important staff member for your son or daughter to get to know.

    Residence Directors perform a wide range of functions in providing leadership for the Residential College . They are the initiators-energizers who help set the tone for the Residential College. Their role is manager and educator. The Residence Director is responsible for student personnel, management operations, facility maintenance, staff development, and fiscal management.

    College Heads are tenured professors who spend half of their time in the Residential College . They each have an office in their Residential College and they are available to assist students. College Heads work with the Residence Directors, RAs and Residential College Council to provide overall leadership and direction for the Residential Colleges.

    Night Clerks are the personnel responsible for working the front desk during the overnight hours. These student employees work from midnight to 8 a.m. They check student IDs, make rounds in the Residential Colleges, check outside doors and respond to calls.

    Along with these staff members, the central staff strives to provide a standard of service that meets the needs of our students. The five full-time professional staff members include the Assistant Director of Administrative Services, Assistant Director of Resident Services, Assistant Director for Residence Education, Coordinator of Housing Operations, and the Director of Housing/Residence Life. If there are ways that they can assist you, please let them know.

    Private Rooms

    Unfortunately, due to a high demand for on-campus housing, we cannot grant private rooms at the start of fall semesters.  If space becomes available, we may be able to grant private rooms shortly after the semester begins, but we cannot guarantee private rooms to begin the fall semester.  Residents are encouraged to submit a request for a private room when they arrive on-campus in August.  Space may become available shortly after the semester begins and we may be able to grant private rooms a few weeks into the semester. 

    However, if your son or daughter has a documented medical condition that would necessitate them having a private room your son or daughter will need to submit a Request for Housing Reasonable Accommodations Form to the Office of Student Disabilities Services, 423 Wells Hall, by May 31.  In addition to this form your son or daughter will need to provide supporting documentation from their physician.  The Office of Student Disabilities Services will review the request and make the appropriate recommendations to our office.


    Consolidation is the process of moving together residents who are paying for double occupancy but for some reason are in a room without a roommate.  Students will be notified via email and will be provided a list of names of same gender residents who are also without a roommate.  Residents who may find themselves in this situation should consider this process as an opportunity to find someone that they would like to have as a roommate.  Our goal is not to inconvenience our residents; rather encourage our students to find someone that they would feel comfortable sharing a room with.  This ultimately creates a better living environment and fosters academic achievement.  

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