Room Assignment Process
One of the most anticipated events for a college student is finding out who your roommate will be and then meeting that person for the first time. Below is an outline of the process that is used to make roommate assignments:
Returning Students Room Assignment Process
The associate dean of students for residential life oversees processing of all housing assignments and is assisted by each of the resident directors.>
Returning Students are given an opportunity every spring to sign up for a room and a roommate for the upcoming year. The "how to's" and dates are in a brochure handed out in to students in each residential area.
New Students Room Assignment Process
Those new students who attend summer orientation are able to sign up for a room and roommate based on the date their enrollment deposit of $200 is received at the University.
After summer orientation, all other new students will be assigned a room in the order that room deposits are received. Those who are unable to attend summer orientation may list a roommate preference on the housing application.
Every effort is made to honor building and roommate requests; however, building and roommate requests cannot be guaranteed.
If you do not state a roommate preference, you will be assigned a roommate based on the information provided on the housing application.
Conveniences of Residence Halls
The following conveniences and services are provided in the residence halls and/or apartment areas:
Telephone ServiceTelephones are provided in each floor located in the hallway for use by residents. These phone are capable of receiving long-distance calls.
Drink machines are available in the four major residence halls.
Laundry services are pre-paid. Laundry rooms are available in each of the dorms and apartment areas for the students' convenience.
All residence halls and apartments are air-conditioned.
Housekeeping service is provided in public areas of all residential areas.
Cable television hookups are available in each room and apartment.
Prayer rooms and Study RoomsPrayer rooms and study rooms are available in each of the four residence halls.
Each residence hall room has a computer connection provided. For specific information regarding computer connections, contact the ITS Department at 615-248-1236.
Each residence hall has a computer lab with four to six computers and a printer.
Residential life staff
Trevecca has residence directors (RDs) who are full-time staff and residence assistants (RAs) who are student staff. These people are specially trained to help students have an enjoyable and productive learning/living experience.
The Trevecca campus has a number of conveniences that students need for day-to-day living:
The Hub Food Court is located in the lower level of the Jernigan Student Center. Hours are generally 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. on weekdays and 6:00 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. every evening. Wednesday and Sunday hours are 8:00 P.M. - 10:30 P.M. The Cube Food Court is located in the Boone Business Building. Hours are Monday thru Saturday 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., closed on Sunday. It is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
It has pool tables, foosball, and television and is located in the Hub Food Court.
An ATM machine for withdrawals is located in the Hub Food Court.
University Post Office
The Post Office window is open from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. every weekday and can be accesssed during other regular working hours through the door to the Post Office in the Campus Bookstore.
Professional services and medications are available at a modest expense to students. The clinic entrance is located on the rear side of Georgia Hall.
PE Center and ball fields
These areas include a gymnasium, swimming pool, weight room, racquetball courts, tennis courts, and a jogging track. The PE Center is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. A baseball field, a new softball field, and a soccer field are also located on campus.
Waggoner Library and Learning Resource Center
This impressive building opened in August of 2000. It is centrally located on campus with hours throughout the week, Monday through Saturday. It includes computer hookup access and many group study rooms.
Residence Hall Linens
Most of the University's residence hall rooms and all of its apartments contain extra-long beds which require special linens to comfortably fit the mattresses. The University works with a company to provide these linens to our residents. Students receive a letter and order form in the mail during the summer that describes the products and special value packages that are available. For more details or to place an order, please call 1-800-957-4338 or check out the Website at www.rhl.org.
Study and Quiet Hours
In a community living situation, consideration of one another’s study and sleep needs is extremely important. All residents are asked to observe the following quiet hours:
- Monday – Thursday 7 P.M. - 10 P.M.
- Sunday – Thursday 10 P.M. - 9 A.M.
- Friday – Saturday 12 A.M. - 9 A.M.
For the fall semester, the residence halls open at 8:30 A.M. on the Friday before registration day. Spring semester check-in will be announced at a later time. Students need to check in between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. If you must arrive late, please notify the Office of Admissions.
You will need to bring your health insurance information in order to check in at the residence hall.At check-in you will be asked to read and sign a housing contract and a room damage report.
Students need to provide the following:
- $200 Enrollment Deposit: This amount is paid to the Office of Admissions at the time of application and serves to reserve a space in University housing for you.
- Your own linens--sheets, pillow, blanket, bedspread, towels, and washcloths. (See special sizing of mattresses elsewhere in this site.)
- Bathroom/cleaning supplies--You will need to provide cleaning supplies* (i.e., broom, small mop, cleanser, glass cleaner, toilet brush, bleach, etc.). The University provides toilet paper.
Students may wish to provide the following:
- Computer (The University supplies one computer line and jack to each room.)
- Alarm clock or clock radio
- Trash can
- Drapes/curtains and shower curtain (mini-blinds on windows are supplied).
- Bed lamp
- Fan (mostly for white noise)
- Carpet (Carpet can be laid but not glued or taped down.)
- Vacuum cleaner (Several vacuum cleaners are available for use in the residence halls, if you choose to have carpet in your room. However, you may choose to provide your own vacuum cleaner.)
* You may want to discuss these items with your roommate(s).
Getting Along with Roommates
What Makes A Great Roommate?
Should you room with someone you know from high school or church camp or should you just jump in with both feet and meet all new people? That’s a tough one, and there’s no right or wrong answer. Some students say that living with someone they already know makes the transition easier; others say that living with a friend kept them from meeting new people and getting involved in new activities. Here are some suggestions you might want to consider as you make your decision.
The best roommate is someone whose lifestyle fits easily with yours, who shares your study habits, and is someone with whom you can talk and live. Sometimes, roommates become best friends, but not always. You may get along great sharing a room, but you don’t necessarily hang out with them.
Oftentimes, best friends from home decide they wish to be roommates. Be sure to discuss lifestyle issues carefully. Living together on a day-in, day-out basis can be hard on a friendship!
Break the Ice: You Can Call or Write
One of the great things about Trevecca housing is that you receive your assignment either at summer orientation or approximately four weeks before we open for the fall semester. If you come to summer orientation you can meet your roommate and exchange addresses and phone numbers right then and there. If you are unable to come to summer orientation you will receive your assignment and the name and address of your roommate in a letter. That means you can get in touch and make plans before you arrive, which takes a lot of pressure off that first day.
Laying the Groundwork
Begin by talking with one another about your families, reasons for choosing Trevecca, your majors, interests, and hobbies. What time of day or night do you like to study? How much noise can you tolerate while studying? Are you a socially active person or one of solitude? Do you like to have people around, or do you need time to be alone? Knowing each other’s likes and dislikes will take you a long way in beginning to build a positive living environment.
Attitudes about lifestyles vary greatly. It is rare for roommates to agree on everything. Remember, others have the right to their own opinions, and you don’t have to win them over to your way of thinking. Different is not necessarily wrong. And flexibility is a precious commodity when it comes to being a roommate.
What If I Just Can’t Live With My Roommate?
Do your best to communicate your concerns to your roommate first. If you cannot resolve it on your own, then talk with your resident assistant and/or your resident director. They will help you work through any problems and find a workable option. If all else fails, roommate changes can be made early in the semester or between semesters.
How to make it work
- Communicate: It’s the most important element in building a successful relationship with your roommate. If something is bothering you, the sooner you talk about it, the sooner you’ll have it resolved.
- Be Open and Friendly: It takes a lot of energy to be either on the giving or receiving end of the cold shoulder. Instead of giving it…talk about what’s bothering you. If you get it…ask why.
- Be Understanding: Everyone can be irrational at times, or in a bad mood, or just down. Try to understand the motives behind your roommate’s actions. Helping one another through the tough times builds a strong relationship.
- Give Each Other Some Space: Togetherness is great, but you can have too much of a good thing. Consider your roommate’s need for time alone, and find your quiet time when he/she is at class or an activity. If it doesn’t work our naturally…talk about it.
- Ask Before You Borrow: Each person has a different comfort level on sharing belongings. Unless you already have come to an agreement on common-use items, ask first and avoid misunderstandings.
- Define Neatness: There’s a lot of room between a neat-freak and a slob. Talk with your roommate about where you fall on the scale. You can each adjust accordingly and find a place that suits you both.
All non-married students under the age of 23 at the time of registration, who are enrolled for six or more credit hours per semester and do not live at home, are required to live in college residence halls and participate in the board plan. Exceptions to this policy are made for unusual cases only. Single students may qualify for an exception based on the following criteria:
- Living at home with parents in the Nashville area
- Living with mature relatives other than parents
- Approved rent-free housing when job provides it as a condition of employment
Application for exception should be made through the Office of Student Development well in advance to the start of the semester. The residency requirement does not apply to students enrolled for summer school courses.
Students who are enrolled for five or less credit hours, are 23 years of age or older, have a previous baccalaureate degree, have been previously married, or have children who desire to live in residence halls may do so subject to permission from the Office of Student Development. For more information contact the Office of Student Development by e-mail or by calling 615-248-1398.
Cooking in Benson, Georgia, Johnson and Tennessee Residence Halls is limited to the following appliances:
- hot pots
- popcorn poppers
- coffee pots
- refrigerators (not to exceed 6.0 cubic feet)
Although microwaves, other than the MicroFridge, are not to be kept in the individual rooms, a microwave is available in each of the main residence halls for everyone’s convenience.
The MicroFridge is a combination refrigerator/freezer and microwave oven that is designed for today’s student. It holds, stores, and prepares all the beverages, frozen foods, and microwave products that one regularly enjoys at home but in the compact space that you call "home" when you are away at school. The MicroFridge design is approved for several reasons: it requires only a single plug and automatically cuts off power to the refrigerator/freezer whenever the microwave is turned on so that it never draws more than 10 amps or overloads a circuit. The University leases these units on a first-come/first-served basis at a cost of $150 per year. Lease agreements are available through the Office of Student Development, 615-248-1245.
For more information about this convenient appliance, download the following PDF:
Decorating Your Room
You probably have a vision in your mind about how your room will look, but the first time you walk in, the room will not match the vision. With bare walls, stripped beds and no floor coverings or personal touches, the room may appear quite sterile.
However, as you add your personal effects, the room will quickly begin to feel more like home. As you get to know each another, you will put up posters and add items that reflect your common interests. Before long, the room will really be yours.
It is a good idea for you to call or write your roommate in order to discuss what to bring. This contact and planning will help you avoid ending up with two televisions and no carpet, or two refrigerators and no radio. Some students even discuss color schemes and coordinate their bedspreads while others decide to just let the room evolve as they get to know each other.
Lofting Your Bed
Trevecca University partners with Bedloft.com to provide students with a loft rental program. Renting a loft is an easy, affordable way to create additional living space in your room. Students may preorder a loft at www.bedloft.com for easy pick-up on move-in day. Lofts may also be rented on move-in day, but quantities will be limited. Futons are also available through Bedloft.com. To place your order today: visit www.bedloft.com.
The Bedloft product is the only loft construction approved by the university for use in the residence halls.
Bedloft.com is endorsed and approved by Trevecca University.