New Student Housing Guide

Important Housing Dates for New Students

Action Date

Last day new students can withdraw without penalty   

May 1, 2014

2014/15 Housing and Dining Contracts are due for full consideration;

deadline for building preference and roommate requests

June 27, 2014

Housing Assignments are available to view on U-Online

July 15, 2014

Move-in for first year and transfer students participating in
Orientation IV Students ONLY
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Check-in at the Campus Center

August 22, 2014

Move-in for all first-year and transfer students ONLY

A - K    9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
L - Z     12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Check-in at the Campus Center

August 24, 2014

Signing Up for Campus Housing

All incoming students must complete a Housing and Dining Contract. Please print and mail your completed contract to:

University of New England
Office of Residential Education and Housing
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005

Once you have submitted your $500 deposit to Student Accounts ($200 housing deposit / $300 admissions deposit), your housing application will be activated.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Education and Housing at (207) 602-2272 or housing-office@une.edu.

How can I make changes to my housing contract?

Please email our office at housing-office@une.edu with any changes you might have and we will add them to your contract. You have until June 27, 2014 to make any changes to your contract since we will be assigning housing shortly after this date.

What happens after I receive my assignment?

Your housing assignment will include the academic year room assignment, mailing address and roommate information including their UNE email address.  If you are concerned about what to pack, you can download and print our What to Pack list complete with measurements for beds and windows.

Can I bring a microwave and refrigerator?

Coordinating who is bringing the microwave, refrigerator and television is one of the first things you may want to discuss with your new roommates. You and your roommates may want to consider splitting the cost of renting a MicroFridge since our upperclass suites are furnished with full-sized refrigerators in their kitchenettes.

MicroFridges are delivered right to your room.  If your MicroFridge breaks, a replacement is sent out immediately and the broken unit is returned to the company. If you are interested in participating in the MicroFridge program, ordering and additonal information is available at www.universityelectronics.net.

Decorations

Students who want to decorate their rooms with curtains, tapestries and  flags need to have these items treated at the University so they are flame retardant.  During fall move-in, Residential Student Life Association (RSLA) sponsors dip for all students and it is a very easy process!  Students drop off their items with RSLA and receive the treated items back within 24 hours.  Information will be posted in the residence halls during move-in for this service. 

Once You Get Here

Q: What is a Resident Advisor (RA) and how can they help me?

A Resident Advisor (RA) is a student and community leader who is responsible for creating and supporting a community amongst a floor of residential students. They work with a team of other RAs to assist the Office of Residential Education and Housing to efficiently manage the residence halls. 

One way RAs help the Office accomplish this is through the on-call process. The on-duty RA is the point person for any needs or concerns their residential students might have once the Office of Residential Education is closed. This includes everything from signing in guests, addressing residents who may be disrupting others who are trying to sleep or study, or working with the professional staff to handle emergency situations. 

The purpose of the duty system is to ensure that residents always have someone they can go to if they need help. The RA lives in the same community in which they work, which makes the RA a perfect person to advocate for the needs and desires of their community. Think of an RA as your older brother or sister at UNE. They are someone you go to for advice, someone who celebrates your triumphs and sticks up for you when you feel helpless, someone who plans fun and educational events, and ultimately someone who motivates you when you fall off the right track. When you're not quite sure where to go or what to do, it is a pretty safe bet that your RA can point you in the right direction.

Q: Why does my RA have floor meeting and programs? Is it mandatory that I attend the meetings and programs?

Living in a residence hall is not just about having a room to sleep in on campus. It's important to challenge yourself to meet new people and gain new experiences. Attending a floor meeting once a month is a commitment you make but a worthwhile one. It's an opportunity to gather with the people you live with and build a community that accommodates everyone's needs as well as to express any concerns that the community faces. At floor meetings, your RA will also have important information to share with you about procedures and happenings on campus. Programs planned by your Resident Advisor are created to challenge and expand minds, an opportunity that no resident should miss.

Q. What happens if I have issues with my roommate(s)? How can I get a room change?

The first step is to go to your RA about the problem. Within the first few days here at UNE, you will be given a Roommate Agreement Form in which you will sit down with your roommate(s) and set certain boundaries and rules for the room such as a guest policy, your standard of cleanliness and personal space. When a roommate conflict does occur, the first step is to go to your RA about the problem. 

The RA will refer back to this agreement form and will use your previously set rules to come to a resolution. If this does not alleviate the problem, a mediation is required between you and your roommate(s) which can be facilitated by your RA and/or Area Coordinator. If the situation does not improve after the mediation process, you must go to the Residential Education and Housing Office (located in East Hall) to complete a Room Change Request Form. 

After requesting a room change, you must meet with your Area Coordinator in order for the request to be considered by the Assistant Director. It is important to understand that without completing these steps, you cannot move out of your room. Changing rooms without the approval of the Housing Office will result in additional problems, so it is very important to follow procedure.

We realize that roommate conflicts can be extremely frustrating, but it is important to try and work things out with your roommate(s) before immediately deciding to move out. The goal of the Housing Staff is to make sure that all residents have a sense of safety and comfort wherever they may be living on campus. Our team will do all that we can to help you have the most enjoyable residential experience possible!

Q: I have been assigned to a triple but I need quiet to study, where can I study on campus?

Living in a triple can be... cozy and sometimes you need to escape to a quiet space to study. One of the best places is the library.  There are silent floors where no talking is allowed, and group study rooms where you and a few other people from a study group can work together in a private area.  The great part about the library is that the Windward Café is right downstairs!  When you feel yourself starting to drag, you can go down and grab a smoothie or a Starbucks coffee and go back to studying. 

Q: If I get sick or hurt who should I contact?

If you are sick it is crucial you go to the Student Health Center located in the Pett's Center.You may want to call ahead and make an appointment if you can, but they do accept walk-ins. Students who do not visit the Health Center risk getting friends and classmates sick. The Health Center staff can give you a pass for missing class; most professors require a doctor's note or note from Health Services. They can also prescribe medication if needed. If the Health Center is not open, you can contact your RA, Campus Security or Student EMS. We do have an on call doctor that can be contacted 24-hours a day who can advise a student over the phone if they need to see a doctor or go to the hospital.

Q: What is the cell phone reception like in the residence halls?  If I wanted a landline how can I get one in my room?

Getting a landline in your room is easy! Each room has its own extension so all you need to do is bring a traditional phone from home and ask your RA to contact facilities to get your landline activated; you will be up and running in a day or so. Cell phone service is excellent across campus and the residence halls are no different. 

Q: When it is time for a break, do I have to leave campus or remove all my things? What if I have to stay for break?

Students who do not wish to stay on campus during breaks will be instructed by their RA about what they need to do before leaving for each break. Students do not need to remove any of their items during breaks except for summer break when they need to take everything home. Unfortunately, UNE does not have storage space for student belongings.

During breaks, students are required to leave campus unless they need to stay for reasons such as academics, athletics or some other pre-approved reason. Students who wish to remain on campus during breaks must fill out a Break Housing contract that needs to be approved by the Housing Office. If they are approved to stay on campus, students will be assigned to a room in East, since this is the only dorm that remains open during breaks. This process is applicable for all breaks, except for the first two weeks of winter break, when the entire campus is closed. Students will need to find some place to stay during those first two weeks (e.g., with a classmate, friend or professor). Note that since the school year is deemed out of session during breaks, a meal plan is not offered.

Q: Why do I need to keep my UNE ID on me at all times?

Your UNE ID is very important for a number of reasons! It gets you into your building as well as your room depending on which residence hall you live in. It also allows you to use meals from your meal plan in the dining hall, and purchase food from The Hang and Windward Café. It is important in case security needs to identify you for any reason; if security asks to see your ID and you don't have it, displinary action may take place.

Q: What happens if I lock myself out or lose my UNE ID/keys?

If you lose your ID card, you should go to UNE Safety and Security and inform them so they can take proper action and get you a replacement or temporary card until you have another one made. You will receive a $20 charge if you have lost or broken your ID card. If you lose your room key, you should go to housing if they are still open, as well as call Security.  If housing is closed, go straight to Security.

If you are locked out of your room, follow these simple steps to get back in:

   1. Find your Resident Advisor; if they are unavailable, try to find another RA in the building.
   2. If you can't find any RAs and it is before 5:00 p.m., call the housing office at (207) 602-2272.
   3. If it is after 5:00 p.m., call UNE Safety and Security at (207) 602-2298 and they will be able to properly assist you.
   4. After 8:00 p.m., the front desk staff can contact the RAs on duty to assist you.