Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring?
See sample packing lists on our "Living on Campus" page
TIP: You don’t need to arrive in August with every possession! Pack enough to get you through the first break. You don’t need a winter coat and five blankets in August.
What should I not bring?
This is just as important. We don’t want you to be frustrated if something has to go back home! See the above page for specifics. But in general: no space heaters, no pets other than fish (unless you have special accommodation approval), no alcohol or drug paraphernalia, and no candles/incense/lava lamps. Nix the open campfire idea.
Want a microwave and/or fridge?
You can rent through https://www.mymicrofridge.com/ and it’s delivered right to your room. We even have a linen purchase program.
What’s included in most rooms?
All traditional hall double rooms offer each student a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a wardrobe with drawers, a mirror, a towel-rack/hook, a desk light, blinds which are pre-hung on the windows, and wireless networking. In lieu of a wardrobe with drawers, some traditional halls will have an open closet with drawers. Windows are typically 4' wide by 5'8" high and the bedrooms are typically 12' wide by 16' long.
I have to do laundry (or so my family tells me). Where do I go?
Each hall/complex has laundry facilities. There are no additional fees for laundry. Students are responsible for collecting their items in a timely manner, as laundry rooms are shared by the community.
Who cleans my room?
Grab a mirror. Each student is responsible for cleaning their own room or apartment. The shared bathrooms are cleaned by YCP facilities staff.
Can I pick a roommate?
This is done through the housing software. There is a roommate request period April 15–June 21, 2024. Roommate requests may not be considered after the due date.
Please note that a roommate selection isn’t always cut and dry. If you or your roommate are athletes, are part of a Learning Community, or have housing accommodations, it may be difficult to satisfy everyone’s needs.
You will also be able to request up to three building preferences. Please discuss the options with your roommate.
Wait, what’s a Learning Community?
Several of the First-Year Seminar courses (a required course for incoming first-year students) as well as STEM Scholars offer a Learning Community. In short, you live with the students who are in your class so there’s more chance for personal growth and creating a community. Instant friendships and study groups! If that sounds appealing, you’ll want to try to sign up for that kind of First-Year Seminar class or apply for STEM Scholars. These all have limited availability. You can sign up for First-Year Seminar classes at New Spartan Days summer orientation.
Do I have to have a meal plan?
Students living in traditional or suite-style housing with no kitchen accommodations are automatically assigned a 165 Block Advantage meal plan with $275.00 dining points. This full meal plan gives students the advantage of using meal swipes in traditional dining halls as well as the flexibility to eat in on-campus retail dining locations by using dining points. You have the opportunity to change your plan to the 225 Block, 225 Block Advantage, or the Ultimate Plan. More information about each plan can be found at dineoncampus.com/ycp or on the Business Office website. Meal Plans can be used at “all you care to eat” dining facilities. Meals cannot be used in retail locations, but dining points can.
Can I bring my car?
Students may bring their car. However, it must have a YCP registration tag, which is available through the Department of Campus Safety. More information regarding parking regulations may be found by visiting the Campus Safety section. Parking permits cost $100 for residents and $50 for commuters for the academic year. Commuter students may register two vehicles. The second permit is free.
Have a bike? There are bike racks outside each residence hall or close by. Register your bike with Campus Safety.
I want to stay on campus during a break. What do I do?
If you need to stay over during any College break, you must fill out the Break Request Form by the announced deadline.
What about visitation?
Visitation in student rooms is permitted on the basis of the schedule and regulations below:
- Sunday–Wednesday, 12 p.m.-1 a.m.
- Thursday–Saturday, 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
All guests must be escorted in and around the building by their host resident at all times. From 12 p.m. until closing, all guests must sign in and out at the front desk of the lobby (if applicable). Photo identification must be left (college ID, driver’s license, etc.). Residents are responsible for informing their guests of policies, rules, and regulations. Students will be held accountable for their guest’s behavior. These policies extend to facilities without front desks as well. All non-student guests must be 18 years or older unless with their parent/guardian.
Visitors must obtain a visitor permit to park on campus in designated parking spaces. Please visit the Campus Safety webpage for information on obtaining a visitor parking permit.