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Frequently Asked Questions

Housing

 

Deciding to Live on Campus

Only current students taking classes at Florida Poly may live on campus. Students must be enrolled in and attending nine (9) or more credit hours at the University during Fall and Spring semesters, and/or three (3) or more hours during the Summer semesters to be eligible to live on campus. 

Students must pass a basic background check to live on campus.

Students must financially qualify to live on campus.

Students can financially qualify one of three ways:

  • Guarantor: Secure a guarantor (co-signer) who makes 3x the monthly rent, has good credit, and has a clean rental history. Guarantors can be anyone age 18 or older with a Social Security number.
  • Self-Qualify: Students who make 3x the monthly rent, have good credit, and have a clean rental history do not need a guarantor and can self-qualify.
  • Down Payment: Pay two months of rent (or more) up front.

For minors, everything, including the application and the lease agreement, will be in the name of their legal guardian for their initial lease term. If the student is over the age of 18 and would like to renew for another year, the renewal lease would then be transferred over into the student’s name

Initially, minors are not subject to the background check. However, once the student turns 18, they will be screened before a new lease agreement is sent in their name.

Florida Poly students are not required to live on campus.

While it is possible to lease just for a spring semester, it is not possible to lease just for a fall semester. The lease agreement for the fall term automatically extends through spring term.

Students who graduate in fall are released from the spring portion of the lease agreement as long as Residential Life and Student Living are both formally notified of the student’s graduation prior to the deadline date.

The cost of living on campus varies from year to year. Visit the Student Living website for rates and availability.

Yes. All students living on campus pay a $250 security deposit, which must be paid before move-in.

Students living on campus are encouraged to pay the entire semester in one lump sum. Any alternative payment arrangements require approval from the Student Living office.

In accordance with applicable federal, state, and local disability laws, Florida Polytechnic University will make every effort to provide reasonable housing accommodations for students who have a qualifying disability. The Office of Disability Services, Office of Residential Life, and Student Living work collaboratively in order to provide appropriate housing accommodations for eligible students living on campus.

Any student needing accommodations related to housing options should contact the Office of Disability Services to request appropriate accommodations and provide supporting documentation.

Yes. Florida Poly Dining Services is committed to providing quality food and excellent service. For more information, visit the webpage.

Per University policy, all residential students are required to participate in a residential meal plan membership. For more information, visit the webpage.

Renter’s insurance is not required for students living on campus; however, students are encouraged to purchase renter’s insurance to insure their personal belongings.

Visit the Student Living website to complete an application to live on campus.

Students living on campus and guarantors are required to upload a copy of their photo ID to the application. The student’s Florida Poly Card issued by the University is an acceptable form of photo ID.

Applicants pay a $35 application fee and a $100 administration fee, which are non-refundable.

Students may request to live with specific roommates/suitemates and efforts will be made to honor this request, but placement with specific people is not guaranteed. Placements are made on a first come, first serve basis, so applying early increases your chances of being placed with a friend.

All students who have a signed lease agreement complete a RoomSync profile that is used by Student Living to best match roommates and suitemates based on likes, interests, and habits. 

Students with a signed lease agreement may request to live in a co-ed unit or room. Students living on campus will never be placed into a co-ed unit or room without their express consent. If a student wishes to live in a co-ed unit or room, they must fill the entire unit with roommates/suitemates they request.

Students are able to cancel their application after they apply; however, the application and administration fees are non-refundable.

If you have Florida Prepaid Dormitory, it pays for a 2 bedroom/1 bath double occupancy unit on campus. Florida Prepaid Dormitory does not pay for deposits, application and administrative fees, or the cost differential for unit/room upgrades. For more information, visit the webpage.  

 

While Living on Campus

 

Florida Poly’s Office of Residential Life partners with students to enhance the residential experience and create a living-learning environment that encourages students’ emotional, intellectual, and personal growth. Residential Life is committed to providing intentional learning through programmatic offerings, academic connections and social networks while valuing collaboration and being an impactful community member. 

All students will be assigned to a Resident Assistant (RA) or Community Director (CD) while they are living on campus. RAs and CDs are full-time students who live in the residence halls and are responsible for a particular community of students. They provide support, act as a resource for students, coordinate social and educational programs, and enforce University, Residential Life, and Student Living community standards and policies within the campus and residential community.    

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, Community Directors (CDs) are also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the halls to which they are assigned, including providing support services directly to students, mentoring Resident Assistants (RAs), and overseeing all educational, social, and operational activities and programmatic efforts.

During the spring semester the Office of Residential Life will begin their Resident Assistant (RA) and Community Director (CD) recruitment and selection process through the Florida Poly U Leas program. Pay close attention to your Florida Poly email and the Florida Poly U Lead website during this time for information on how to apply.

Student Living (Leasing Office) handles all of the leasing and property maintenance for the residence halls. Student Living staff assists with any paperwork associated with a student’s lease agreement and handles all rent payments and charges. Student Living also oversees the facilities and property operations regarding work orders, preventative maintenance, and overall upkeep of the units and buildings. To contact Student Living please email or call at 863-874-8779. 

Active Building is a system platform used by students living on campus to submit work orders, pay their rent, see emails and updates from Student Living and Residential Life, community announcements, and communicate with other students on a community forum. Once students receive their unit assignment, they will receive a notification from Student Living regarding how to sign up for their Active Building account. Active Building is overseen by Student Living. 

After move-in, rent can be paid online using eCheck and cards. Cards come with processing fees, while eChecks do not. Checks are also accepted. 

Florida Poly’s Department of Financial Aid has identified and provided Student Living with a list of students that qualify for rent deferment. Students must complete the Authorization to Apply Financial Aid to Housing Charges form and return to Financial Aid. Once returned to Financial Aid, students will then sign a Financial Aid Addendum from Student Living, confirming they will have their rent deferred. Students will not be eligible to defer rent without both forms. If your financial aid status changes at any time, please contact Student Living

Rent covers water, electricity, cable, internet, and trash.

One sofa, one cocktail/coffee table, one entertainment stand, four dining chairs, one upholstered chair, one end table, one dining table, and window treatments (blinds).

One full-sized bed and mattress (three- and four-bedroom units), one twin XL-sized bed and mattress (two-bedrooms units), one nightstand, one desk chair, one desk, one dresser, and window treatments (blinds).

One refrigerator and microwave (three- and four-bedroom units), one television (three- and four-bedroom units), one clothes washer, and one clothes dryer.

Yes. Each unit in the residence halls has a clothes washer and dryer.

Students are welcome to remain on campus during the Thanksgiving break. Students will be surveyed by Residential Life before the break begins so we are aware of who is looking to remain on campus during the break. Residential Life will continue to provide support during the Thanksgiving break period. Please be aware Dining Services may be closed or have limited hours of operation during this period, and other University services may be limited or not available during the Thanksgiving break. Students will still be required to pay their rent during this time.

The residence halls will close during the winter break and students will be required to vacate the residence halls by 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2022. The University, along with the Residential Life and Student Living offices, will be closed during the winter break, as well. Students do not need to remove their belongings from their units or bedrooms when they vacate the residence halls for the winter break as they will be returning to the exact same unit and bedroom for the Spring 2023 semester. Please ensure that you make the necessary arrangements to find alternative housing over the winter break. 

Students are welcome to remain on campus during the spring break. Students will be surveyed by Residential Life before the break begins so we are aware of who is looking to remain on campus during the break. Residential Life will continue to provide support during the spring break period. Please be aware Dining Services may be closed or have limited hours of operation during this period, and other University services may be limited or not available during the spring break. Students will still be required to pay their rent during this time. 

For more information regarding University breaks, closures, and holidays please view our academic calendar

Students who lock themselves out of their unit and/or room will need to call the Resident Assistant (RA) on-call. Please be aware students will be charged $25.00 after their first lockout per semester. All lockout charges are posted to the student’s account on Active Building.

If a student loses their key, the student will need to contact Student Living at 863-874-8779 as soon as possible. Please be aware the student will be charged for new keys and a lock replacement. Charges will be posted to the student’s account on Active Building.

For all students living on campus there will be a Resident Assistant (RA) and Community Director (CD) in each residential community serving on-call every night from 5:00 PM – 8:00 AM Monday-Friday and 24-hours each day during weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Resident Assistants (RAs) and Community Directors (CDs) are required to complete two community rounds of the residential community each night. These rounds are intended to ensure security of the residence halls in addition to building a social presence within the community for students living on campus. Additionally, there will be a Residential Life professional staff member on-call 24/7/365. Professional staff are trained to handle a wide variety of emergency and crisis situations. 

If you need assistance after hours or on the weekend, please contact the Resident Assistant (RA) on-call. RAs serve on-call during after-hours (5 p.m. to 8 a.m.) and 24-hours on the weekends. The Resident Assistant (RA) on-call numbers will be posted throughout the residence halls and at the Residential Life and Student Living front desks. Only students who live in the residence halls should be contacting the Resident Assistants (RAs) on-call. Non-residential students and parents/family members should contact the Office of Residential Life at 863-974-8789 directly if they have any questions or concerns. In case of an emergency, please contact the University Police Department at 863-874-8472 (select option #2). 

Living with another person or persons may be a brand-new experience for some, which may cause some concerns throughout the semester or year. In the case a student is having issues or concerns regarding their roommate or suitemate they should speak with their Resident Assistant (RA) or Community Director (CD) immediately. From there, the RA or CD can begin working with those involved in our well-planned and thought-out mediation process. Unit and bedroom reassignment is not a solution to roommate/suitemate conflicts and reassignment requests will not be granted. 

At the beginning of each semester, all roommates and suitemates that share a unit will be required to complete and fill out a roommate/suitemate agreement contract. This contract covers various topics when it comes to sharing spaces and living with other individuals (i.e., cleanliness, guests/visitors, studying, sleeping, etc.). In the case of a roommate or suitemate conflict, the roommate/suitemate agreement contract will be reintroduced to ensure all roommates and suitemates are following the rules and guidelines they have set for themselves. Roommate/Suitemate agreement contracts may be updated and changed at any time and as many times throughout the semester and year, as long as all students within the unit and/or bedroom agree to said updates and changes.

Residential Life is responsible for receiving, processing, and distributing mail and packages (parcels) to students living on campus. Parcels for students living on campus will no longer be sent to the University Mail Center, located in the Wellness Center, and students will no longer pick up their parcels from the University Mail Center. 

Students living on campus will not be assigned a mailbox within the residence halls. All parcels, after they have been received and processed, and the student has been properly notified, via our Notifii parcel system, can be picked up from the Residential Life front desk in the Phase 2 residence hall. 

Students shall not permit any pet or animal, without prior written consent from the Office of Disability Services, Office of Residential Life, and Student Living, to be anywhere in the premises or residence halls. If students are found to have a pet in the premises at any time, for any length of time, without approval, the student will automatically be charged a $100.00 pet fine, per day, per animal, and per occurrence and the animal must be removed immediately or the student will be subject to termination of their lease agreement. Students are responsible for any damages to carpet, furniture, and overall premises and any necessary pest control service as a result of an approved pet/animal.

If you need an accommodation relating to your housing on campus, please contact the Office of Disability Services to being the process. Once your intake has been completed and approved by the Office of Disability Services, you will begin working with the Office of Residential Life and Student Living regarding your housing need(s) and accommodation(s). 

Yes, students are allowed to have visitors in the halls and rooms during daytimes. We ask that students review their lease agreement for all rules and regulations regarding visitors. 

Students may have overnight guests with prior authorization from the roommate/suitemates and the person whose bed might be used. Guests will not be allowed in a unit and bedroom unless all occupants in that unit and bedroom agree. Residents should tell their Resident Assistant (RA) or Community Director (CD) when they are having overnight guests. All guests are subject to University regulations and residence hall policies. Students are responsible for the actions of their guest(s), including financial responsibilities for property damage. In addition, guests should always be accompanied by the student hosting the guest. Guests are permitted to stay no more than three (3) consecutive days in a seven (7) day period. Guests are limited to three (3) total days a semester. Non-approved guests will be fined $100.00 per occurrence. 

Florida Poly uses digital parking permits to enforce its on-campus parking regulations. Information and registration, including applicable fees, for parking permits is available on the Parking and Transportation website.

Yes. Students are allowed to bring a bicycle to campus. There are several bicycle racks located outside of the residence halls.

Work orders can be placed online through Active Building or through the phone with Student Living at 863-874-8779.

Quiet hours are in effect Sunday – Thursday from 10:00 PM – 10:00 AM and Friday and Saturday from 1:00 AM – 10:00 AM, unless otherwise determined by Residential Life. During the quiet hour periods, TVs, stereos, voices, etc. must be lowered until inaudible in neighboring units/rooms and hallways. Furthermore, students will refrain from loud and discourteous behavior in the hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, lounges, lobbies, and any common area in or around (outside) of the residence halls. These hours extend to the pool area as well.

Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Excessive loud disturbing noise or behavior at any time during the day or night will not be tolerated. These hours extend to the pool area as well.

During the last week of classes, Reading Days, and final exam week each semester, quiet hours will be in effect 24 hours a day. These hours will be posted, and violations of these quiet hours may result disciplinary action. 

Once the lease is signed, cancellation is only an option if your enrollment status has changed. If you graduate, withdraw, or get academically expelled/suspended, you must alert Residential Life and Student Living right away. Cancellation fees will apply, and those fees will increase if prompt notification is not made to both offices.

Please contact Student Living at 863-874-8779 for any questions relating to 2021-2022 leasing. 

Please contact Student Living at 863-874-8779 for any questions relating to Summer 2022 leasing. 

Move-In Information

Student Living (Leasing Office) sends email communication to students, with a valid lease agreement, their unit and bedroom assignments and roommate/suitemate information on Friday, July 22. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your unit/bedroom assignment or roommate/suitemate placements, please contact Student Living at 863-874-8779.

Move-in is held prior to the start of classes each August for the fall semester. The dates are published on the Move-In Days webpage.

Move-in is also held prior to the start of classes each January for the spring semester. The dates are published on the Move-In Days webpage

Detailed information, including what to expect during move-in, is available on the Move-In Days webpage.

Detailed information, including what to expect during move-in, is available on the Move-In Days webpage.

Detailed information, including what to expect during move-in, is available on the Move-in Days webpage.

Detailed information, including what to expect during move-in, is available on the Move-in Days webpage.

Students are allowed to bring their own microwave and mini-refrigerator with them. However, students are not allowed to bring a full-size refrigerator with them. One microwave and one full-size refrigerator are provided in ONLY the three- and four-bedroom unit's common area.

Students are encouraged to bring their own computer and/or laptop. The residence halls are equipped with ethernet (wired) and Wi-Fi connections. Students are required to bring their own ethernet cord(s). If you are experiencing issues with your internet please submit a work order, let your Resident Assistant (RA) or Community Director (CD) know, or contact Student Living at 863-874-8779.

Painting and wallpapering of any nature is strictly prohibited. Do not use double sided tape in the unit or bedroom as it is extremely damaging to drywall and other surfaces. Small finishing nails may be used to display pictures but must be kept to a maximum of eight (8) per bedroom within the unit. Mirrors are not to be affixed to the walls, doors, or any part of the premises and student will be charged for the removal of such. Dartboards are not permitted on the premises. Hanging items from the doors (i.e., bathroom caddies, pull-up bars, etc.) will cause damage to the door and/or frame and will require a charge at the end of the year. Sticky tack on walls & halogen lamps are prohibited. Student is responsible for all damages above and beyond ordinary wear and tear. 

Move-Out Information

The residence halls will close during the winter break and students will be required to vacate the residence halls by 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2022. The University, along with the Residential Life and Student Living offices, will be closed during the winter break, as well. Students do not need to remove their belongings from their units or bedrooms when they vacate the residence halls for the winter break as they will be returning to the exact same unit and bedroom for the Spring 2023 semester. Please ensure that you make the necessary arrangements to find alternative housing over the winter break. 

Students must move-out of the residence halls by 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.  Students may choose to move out prior to that date; however, they will remain responsible for the rent and unit until May 6. Students who have signed a Summer 2023 lease agreement are still required to move-out by May 6 and will be allowed to move-in once their Summer 2023 lease begins.

Students who are graduating in Spring 2023 will need to inform Residential Life for a move-out extension. 

The move-out process differs slightly year to year. Information regarding move-out will be shared with students prior to their lease end date. 

Contact Information

For any student-related or general questions or concerns you may have, contact the Office of Residential Life at 863-874-8789.

For any lease, rent, or maintenance-related questions or concerns you may have, please contact Student Living at 863-874-8779.