Housing Concerns (Even After the First Year)

As the housing application/re-application process for the 2013-14 school year begins, your student may be feeling the pressure of finding the “perfect” place to live next year.   Here at Missouri State University we offer a variety of community living styles for students to choose from.  Here’s a primer that includes phrases you might hear your student mention and some bits of information about each type of housing so you can help him or her make the best choice.

Living-Learning Communities** – this approach to living offers unique living environments that build community among students with similar interests.  Beginning in the fall of 2013, Missouri State will offer seven of these communities, which include:

  • Bear Business Community
  • First-Year Experience
  • Deciding Students
  • Sophomore-Year Experience
  • Future Health Care Professionals
  • Fit and Well
  • Physical Science, Math, and Engineering

For more information about Living-Learning Communities (LLC) please visit the Residence Life LLC website.

Traditional Residence Halls** – Missouri State also offers several traditional residence halls which feature a variety of amenities and living styles.  These residence halls include:

  • Blair-Shannon House
  • Freudenberger House
  • Hammons House
  • Hutchens House
  • Kentwood Hall
  • Monroe Apartments
  • Scholars House
  • Sunvilla Tower
  • Wells House
  • Woods House

*Greek Housing – students who are members of fraternities or sororities that have housing may also choose to live there.  This offers students a way to connect with the fraternal brothers and sisters and build a sense of camaraderie while living together.  However, this style of housing is not managed by Residence Life.

Off-Campus Housing* – this style of living is available to students who have completed the Missouri State Housing requirement (typically upper-classmen or those who have an approved housing waiver).  Talk with your student about the off-campus option. You might want to help him make a list of the pros and cons and then make your decision together.  Living on –campus assures parents that maintenance concerns will be addressed in a timely manner, security is in place in the form of fire alarm systems and campus security patrols, and there is a staff person available 24 hours a day in case of emergency.

  • When moving off-campus your student will want to consider the following:
  • Is the landlord local? If not, is there someone on-call in case of an emergency?
  • What is the rent? How is that collected?
  • Are there city policies that limit the number of people who can live in an apartment?
  • How will the costs for rent, food, and transportation compare with those related to living on campus?
  • What safety features does the apartment include? Deadbolts? Smoke detectors? Fire escapes? Audible carbon monoxide detectors?

For more details regarding campus housing and the application/re-application process, please visit the Residence Life website.  Also, feel free to stop by the Off-Campus Housing information page to find some helpful resources about local housing opportunities.

 

*Tips taken from Parent Pages, 2007

**Taken from the Residence Life website

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3 Responses to Housing Concerns (Even After the First Year)

  1. Hi there,

    I just wanted to make one further point on your ‘Off-Campus Housing’ section. You mention checking for things like smoke and carbon detectors. I just think its worth mentioning that you need to be very careful in ensuring that the carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home have audible alarms – not all do.

    There are CO detectors of the ‘patch type’ variety which are basically small cards which have a sensitive central area that changes colour on detection of CO. The problem with these is that they need to be noticed visually, so they’re obviously not much use at night. You therefore must have audible detectors with an alarm as your first line of defence. The patch detectors should only be used as a back up, or further measure.

    Therefore, to avoid confusion, I just wanted to emphasise that students should check for CO alarms, and that the patch type CO detectors are not adequate protection on their own.

    Kind Regards,

    Julian

  2. Debbie Q says:

    My daughter wants to live off-campus next year. How do you find rental properties or apartments when you live HOURS away from Springfield??
    Any suggestions on how to find off-campus housing that is affordable and decent and near the campus…??? So many questions..

    • Erica Garnett says:

      Finding housing in Springfield while living away can be tough. But there are several resources that your daughter can utilize:

      - Encourage her to visit the office of Student Retention Services website (http://www.missouristate.edu/retention/86670.htm) to find several suggested Springfield leasing companies.
      - Contact the leasing offices directly or visit their websites. There are several rental properties in Springfield and most are able to cater to a the non-Springfield native college student. Also, look on the websites to see pictures, diagrams, and apartment specifications for the rental property. While not all leasing companies offer this feature, several have a similar available feature.
      - Ask your daughter to reach out to any one that she may know from the Springfield area. Locals may be very helpful in pointing her in the right direction.