Housing Frequently Asked Questions
Housing and meal plans rates are set annually for the academic year. Housing contracts terms may be selected for one or more terms (fall, spring, and summer). Residents of Laker Hall are required to select and purchase (fall and spring only) one of three residential meal plan options that consist of a combination of meals per week and Dining Dollars. Laker Village students may, but are not required to, choose from a host of meal plan options through the LakerCard center. Room and meal plan charges are posted directly to the resident's university account and available financial aid funds can be used to pay all or some of the costs. All tuition, housing, and meal plan charges must be paid in full prior to move-in, and students with a balance due will not be permitted access to their room/building. Laker Hall Rates Laker Village Rates
The housing fee includes use of a furnished assigned room space, suite and common area amenities, laundry and all utilities such as electric, water, cable tv, xFinity, Wi-Fi and refuse.
Students planning on living in University Housing (Laker Hall or Laker Village) who meet the full-time enrollment requirement should apply and submit the required nonrefundable application fee through the University Housing website as soon as possible. Housing application and contract deadlines are posted on the university housing website.
Laker Hall—Only full-time, enrolled Clayton State students are eligible to live in Laker Hall. (A minimum of three (3) credit hours are required to live on campus during the summer term.)
Laker Village—Any current University System of Georgia student is permitted to live at Laker Village. Valid proof of enrollment is required for each term of residence. Exceptions to this may be made on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Housing.
Laker Hall—Yes, while the Laker Hallsuites are equipped with kitchenettes that are perfect for fixing a quick afternoon or late-night snack, the required residential meal plan is designed to promote academic success and wellness, which includes a balanced, healthy diet. There are two residential meal plans from which to choose that will suit residents with a hearty appetite and those who prefer to have more flexibility with their dining options. There are a number of different dining options on campus including Lakeside Dining Hall, Chilaca's, Da BrixSub Stand, Chick-fil-A Express and The Grind.
Laker Village—No, Meal plans are optional on the housing application. There are a variety of residential and alternative plans available to Laker Village residents.
Is there a number of credit hours in which a student must be enrolled in order to be eligible to reside in on-campus housing?
Ideally, a resident must be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters (three (3) minimum for Summer term) in order to reside in University Housing. A resident must receive special permission from the Director of Housing to remain in housing if he/she drops below the minimum required credit hours.
Each resident is financially responsible for paying the housing fee for the period that is selected on the original contract. A "Housing Cancellation/Termination" form must be submitted to the University Housing Office in order to officially terminate a contract. In most cases, a termination fee will be assessed to the student based on the date of termination and in accordance termination fee schedule, unless the student qualifies and provides documentation for waiver of the termination fee as specified in the official contract.
There are a variety of safety and security features on campus and as well as in University Housing facilities. Such features include a campus security center, 24-hour police patrol, and an emergency alert system. In addition, residence facilities are equipped with a number of interior and exterior security cameras and there is a 24-Hour Service/Community Desk in the lobby area of Laker Hall. LakerHall has swipe card access into the building and the suite, and each individual bedroom has its own key. As is the case at any institution, students should take all reasonable safety precautions, walk in groups at night, and be aware of surroundings at all times.
Other than authorized University Housing staff, only students who are residents of a university housing facility will have access to that building, suite, and room. The resident will need to swipe his/her Laker Card, in order to access these areas. All guests, including parents and other relatives, must have the resident's permission to enter, show valid photo ID, and sign in/out at the Community Desk.
In the event of a serious situation such as a fire or medical emergency, a resident should immediately contact Public Safety by calling (678) 466-4050. Residents may contact the Laker Hall 24-Hour Community Desk, (678) 466-5130, for general assistance and other inquiries.
University Housing and Residence Life employs a 24-hour staff including over 30 Resident Assistants who reside throughout the housing and are available to assist residents. In addition, the 24-Hour Community Desk at Laker Hall staff is trained to assist residents with issues from maintenance to emergencies. Each Resident Assistant has specific days/times when they are "on-duty." There is always at least one Resident Assistant on-duty during nights/weekends. The professional staff will work in the office in the residence hall during business hours. There is always an administrative staff member on-call 24/7 to respond to emergency situations.
Laker Hall—Each bedroom is furnished with an extra-long, twin-size bed (sleeping surface of 36" x 80"), a chest of drawers, a desk, a chair, and a closet. The shared living room area is furnished with a sofa, chair, end tables, and television stand.
Laker Village—Each room has a private bath and is furnished with a bed, dressers, built in desk unit, and a closet. The shared living space is furnished with a sofa, love seat, coffee table, washer/dryer, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, dining table and chairs.
Yes, each apartment suite has its own thermostat to control the heating and cooling. Residents are encouraged to set thermostats to an energy-conscious 74 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter.
Each apartment suite bedroom is approximately 100 sf. Suite shared areas are approximately 700 sf.
Laker Hall suites and Laker Village apartments have carpet in the bedrooms. The kitchen and bathroom areas have tiled/laminate flooring.
Laker Hall—A community laundry room is located on the main floor for Laker Hall residents and the cost is included in the housing fee.
Laker Village—Each apartment is equipped with one washer and dryer for all roommates to share at no additional cost.
University Housing features "gigabyte" speed coverage Wi-Fi allowing residents to "stay connected" in housing areas.
Yes, all bedrooms and the apartment suite living rooms are equipped with expanded basic Cable TV service. Residents must provide their own TV and cable cord. Residents also have access to xFinity on Campus App.
Living in University Housing
Clayton State University housing units are situated in a suite-style, co-ed living environment. However, each individual apartment and suite is same-gender assigned.
If a resident needs special accommodations, s/he should contact the Disability Resource Center at (678) 466-5445 or email email@example.com.
Residents' Laker Cards will be programmed for access during the move-in process. If there is an issue with a resident's Laker Card not working properly, s/he should report the problem to the Housing Office during business hours or the 24-Hour Community Desk if it is after business hours.
Yes. All residential students are permitted to have a vehicle on campus. Residents must obtain a residential parking permit through the Office of Public Safety and must ensure that their guests park in the designated guest parking areas.
All resident students are advised to purchase renter's insurance for their personal belongings through a private insurance provider, as students' personal belongings are not covered in the event of theft, damage, loss, etc. Some residents may be covered under their parents' homeowner insurance policy. It is best to verify coverage with the insurance company.
Residents will be able to submit routine work orders online from the front page of the University Housing website or can be phoned in to 678-466-4664; however, emergency work orders (i.e., floods, power outages, broken locks, etc.) can be reported to the 24-Hour Community Desk or the Housing Office during business hours.
Residents are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their individual bedrooms and apartment suites. Residence Life staff will conduct monthly Fire, Life,Health and Safety Inspections to ensure that apartments,suites and individual bedrooms are being kept in a reasonably clean and sanitary condition.
Residents are responsible for properly disposing of their trash in the designated trash receptacles areas outside. Trash left in hallways and breezeways is prohibited.
Any issues with the vending or the laundry room should be reported to the Laker Hall 24-Hour Community Desk. Residents at Laker Village should report washer/dryer issues through the maintenance request system.
If a resident has issues with his/her suitemates that cannot be worked out, the resident should contact his/her Resident Assistant (RA) for assistance in mediating the conflict. Residents are expected to make "good-faith" efforts to resolve any issues between suitemates and other students. Room change requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Laker Hall- Each resident will have his/her own individual mailbox, located just inside the rear entrance of the building.
Laker Village—Residents in each apartment share a mailbox located in one of two common areas (main office and clock tower)on the apartment property.
The following format must be used for all mail and packages that are sent to you:
Your Name (as used to apply to Clayton State University)Clayton State University 5809 North Lake Drive, Box # ________ Morrow, GA 30260
Residents should work with the US Postal Service to forward their mail to a different address over the summer. All mail received after move-out will be returned to the sender.
Because University Housing is part of an academic living/learning community, Quiet Hours are strictly enforced after 10:00 p.m. each night. Courtesy Hours are in effect 24 hours a day, which means residents should be reasonably quiet—and if a suitemate, neighbor, or staff member asks another resident to quiet down, s/he is expected to do so.
Move-In Days are usually scheduled for sometime the week prior to the start of semester classes. Residents will receive additional information and instructions regarding parking, specific move-in times, etc., 2-4 weeks prior to the move-in date. All tuition, housing and meal plan charges must be paid in full prior to move-in. Students with a balance due will not be permitted access to their housing room/suite.
Residents can request to be assigned together in an apartment suite by indicating their suitemate preferences on the personal preference form that is completed through the housing reservation/contract process. Each resident will need to list one another as a preferred suitemate in order for this preference to be considered. If a resident does not have a specific suitemate request, the resident will be assigned with suitemates generally based upon the responses on the personal preference form.
Residents will be able to access their suitemate information via the DUCK online portal 2-4 weeks prior to the announced move-in date. An email will be sent to notify residents when this information is available.
It is recommended that a resident try to make contact with his/her suitemates prior to move-in in order to make friendly introductions and possibly discuss shared items to bring.
Residents should plan to bring personal items with them such as bedding, toiletries, school supplies, clothing, etc. A more detailed list of suggested items will be emailed to all residents prior to move-in.
Laker Hall - Each suite has a kitchenette with a microwave and a full-size refrigerator with a freezer. There is a full community kitchen on the first floor.
Laker Village — Each apartment has a full kitchen with stove/range, full-size refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.
All furniture that is in the apartment suite and bedroom at move-in may not be removed, so residents will not be able to bring their own large furniture items. Residents are welcome to bring small personal items, like a filing cabinet or small plastic shelves/drawers.
In Laker Hall and in the 100 - 900 and5000 apartments, the dimensions of the mattress is36" x 80", which is considered extra-long twin-size.
In the 1000 - 3000 apartments in Laker Village, the dimensions of the mattress is 54" x 75", which is considered full size.
While most students prefer to have their personal mobile phone, a public landline phone with VOIP service is located in study lounges of Laker Hall. Residents will be able to use the phone to make on-campus and local calls. These telephones are also equipped with an on-campus emergency notification system.
While resident students should feel free to personalize their bedroom and make it their home, it is NOT permissible to paint the bedroom or apartment suite or put holes (i.e., nails, tacks, etc.) in the walls. Residents are encouraged to purchase non-puncture, removable wall adhesive in order to hang various items.
University Housing Policies
For the comfort and safety of all residents, the visitation policy is strictly enforced for each facility. All residents of a suite must give consent to a suitemate to have a guest in the bedroom or suite. Residents are responsible for their guest(s) at all times and are subject to loss of guest privileges for policy violations.
Laker Hall residents are permitted to host guests in accordance with the Laker Hall Visitation Policy. All guests must show valid ID and be signed-in/out at the 24-Hour Community Desk. Laker Hall Residents are permitted to have overnight guests, which are defined as any non-resident who is not signed-out by Midnight, or is signed-in between the hours of Midnight and 6:00 AM. Laker Hall Residents are only permitted to have overnight guests for up to two nights in a seven-day period. Cohabitation is strictly prohibited. Laker Village—All residents of a suite must give consent for a suitemate to have one or more guests in the bedroom or suite. Cohabitation is strictly prohibited.
Residents' guests must show valid photo ID to verify their identity. This is a security measure to ensure that the Residence Life staff can determine who is in the building at any given time.
Laker Village apartments remain open during academic breaks. Laker Hall closes after fall final exams and will reopen the Sunday before Spring Semester starts. Staffing and services may be reduced or eliminated during break periods, including campus dining.
No, all residential facilities are smoke-free.
Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Laker Hall, even if a student is 21 years of age or older. At Laker Village, alcohol is permissible in limited quantity only in the private bedroom of a resident who is 21 years of age or older. Refer to housing rule and regulations.