Housing for Incoming Students
Incoming students living on campus will receive a packet from Admissions containing the housing questionnaire. Students need to either fill out the paper copy and return it to the college or fill out the online housing questionnaire. It is important to fill out the housing questionnaire accurately because it is used in matching roommates and residences. If students have a specific roommate in mind, please enter that person's name as the first roommate choice.
The Office of Residence Life begins placing incoming students into housing during the second week of May. Only incoming students who have returned their housing questionnaires are placed at this time, given that the information on the questionnaire is used to match roommates. Students will then receive a notice via the Unity College email system informing the student of housing placement as well as the names of the students' Resident Advisor (RA) and roommate, including contact information. When the student receives access to the Unity College student portal, this information can also be found under housing. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their assigned roommate before arriving on campus, in order to begin to get to know one another and figure out who is bringing what for the room.
Residence Hall Move-in Date and Process
If a student is on the last Nova trip of the summer (August 18 through 22), he or she will be moving into their residence hall room before the trip on Saturday, August 17. Check in is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. When students arrive on campus, they should go to the Allison M. Hall Welcome Center. The director of residence life will be there to greet students and direct to them to their residence halls. If a student feels that he or she will arrive after 2:00 p.m., please contact the director of residence life in advance.
All other incoming students will be moving into their residence hall rooms on Saturday, August 24, at the start of New Student Experience. Check in is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. When students arrive on campus, they should go directly to their residence halls. If a student feels that he or she will arrive after 12:00 p.m., please contact the director of residence life in advance.
When students arrive at their residence halls, they should look for their RAs—who will be wearing a navy blue polo shirt—who will show students to their rooms and make appropriate introductions.
The RA will help students with the check-in form: students will need to check their room against the form, noting any differences. When the student has finished reviewing the form, they should return it to your RA, who will then issue a key to the room and answer any questions. At this point, the student may then begin to move his or her personal belongings into the room.
Fall Returning Students
NOTE: Incoming students' housing applications are handled through the admissions process. Returning students entering for the spring semester should contact the Director of Residence Life for housing details.
- Submit a $100 housing deposit to the Business Office by the first Tuesday after spring break. Unity College is a residential campus. We encourage students to live on campus. Students are required to live on campus until they are 21, or have completed 60 credits. The only exception is granted, upon request, for students living with their parents within 50 miles of the college. The housing deposit of $100 must be forwarded to the Business Office by the first Tuesday after Spring Break to secure a space for the upcoming academic year. Students may pay the $100 housing deposit online.
- (Optional) Update the housing questionnaire.
- Housing Selection Numbers (pdf). All students who have paid a housing deposit will also be sent a notice telling them of their housing selection number and their housing selection date and time. Housing selection numbers are weighted by the number of semesters completed, ensuring that seniors pick first, followed by juniors, then sophomores, and finally first-year returning students. Students who paid their housing deposit late, (after the first Tuesday after spring break), will have a late penalty applied to their housing selection number and will be selecting after first-year returning students.
- In the order of the housing selection number and at the time assigned, students come to the Office of Residence Life and select their rooms and/or roommates. The director of residence life will have residence floor plans available. Students are not excused from classes to attend housing selection. Students who cannot attend housing selection may send a proxy to select for them. Alternatively, they may contact the director of residence life with their housing preferences, and the director will select for the student when their housing selection number comes up.
Any student whose deposit is received by the Business Office after July 1 will be placed on a "space available" basis. If the student is required to live on campus and no space is available prior to registration day, the student's registration may be canceled.
Students who wish a refund of their housing deposit must submit a request to the Business Office. No housing deposits will be refunded after June 1 of the same year.
Students not required to live on campus may request, in writing, a change in housing status/billing to the Director of Residence Life before the first day of classes for the fall semester.
All resident students are required to participate in the Campus Plan, as described in the Student Handbook. A student who wants to request a change in the Campus Plan due to extenuating circumstances must submit a written appeal to the Dean for Student Affairs. All campus plans are for one full academic year.