Bu Brain Housing Assignment

The following information will assist you in completing MyHousing Self-Service. It explains choosing a roommate, answering personal information questions, and the different meal plan options. Please read it carefully before completing MyHousing Self-Service.

Choosing a roommate

The Residence Life philosophy is that a well-rounded education includes out-of-classroom learning. In our on-campus housing setting, you are encouraged to:

  • develop an awareness of and respect for the rights of others;
  • understand the responsibilities of community living;
  • develop a sense of independence and self-discipline;
  • enhance relationships with people of diverse backgrounds;
  • encounter new ideas, attitudes, and value systems;
  • contribute to our campus and town community;
  • and explore opportunities for involvement and leadership

The selection of roommates is a critical factor in this learning process and has the potential to enhance your experience and learning. Whether you choose someone you have known for years as a roommate, or opt to have the staff match you based on your personal preference responses, age and major, there will be many new things that you will learn about the person as you share living space with them. How will they deal with their new found freedom? How will you? What will happen when you both begin to meet new people and enjoy their company as well as each other's? We realize that it is difficult to predict the answers to these questions now, but this is what we mean by new learning experiences. On-campus living is all about people, how they live, think, feel, and deal with the day-to-day happenings in their lives. Words to keep in mind: flexibility, tolerance, compromise, appreciation, understanding, communication. It is our goal to help you refine these qualities through your experiences with your roommate(s) and others on your wing, hall, and university community.

Choosing a Roommate: If you wish to request a roommate(s) you will need to log-in to MyHousing Self-Service and enter the correct spelling of their name(s). Please be sure to notify them that you have made a request to be roommates as they must go on and accept/confirm the request. We will only honor mutual roommate requests.

Personal Preference Questions

While some freshmen opt to pick their roommate, many prefer to be assigned roommates based on the personal preference questions. Survey results indicate that many students want to be assigned a roommate for a new experience, to meet new people or because they don't know anyone coming to Bloomsburg. The personal information questions are designed to help us match students who have compatible living habits. No assignment system can ever guarantee that all matches will be successful. This includes requesting a specific roommate(s). Realizing this fact, we use this process in the hope of significantly reducing those conflict factors most commonly responsible for roommate disharmony.

The personal information questions are used to make roommate assignments for those students who do not request a roommate (or who lose a roommate prior to arrival). While we recommend that parents/guardians and students discuss these questions, it is important that the student complete MyHousing Self-Service. We base roommate assignments on these answers so honest responses help us make the best possible match. Please answer all Personal Information questions even if you are requesting a specific roommate.

Selecting a Meal Plan

Bloomsburg University has partnered with "ARAMARK" services to provide the dining services on campus. On campus sales volume exceeds $10 million annually. Residence Hall students are required to have a meal plan. All plans include $250 or $300 in FLEX, except in summer and winter sessions. The meal plan chosen in the fall will automatically be re-assigned for the spring semester unless the student chooses to change the meal plan within the defined dates.

What is FLEX?

FLEX is a declining balance account accessed by your ID card. FLEX use includes, but is not limited to: supplementing a meal beyond cash equivalency, snacks during scheduled food service hours, a catered event, gourmet coffee or candy, purchase of a gift basket or special food item for someone special. FLEX may be used at any food service outlet on campus. FLEX carries over from Fall to Spring, but must be used by the end of Spring semester each year. There is no FLEX during the summer and winter sessions.

How do I use my meal plan?

Your Student ID is also your Meal and FLEX card. Your photo is taken during summer Orientation days and you pick up your ID at Residence Hall/Apartment check in when you return in August.

Can I eat breakfast twice and skip lunch?

19, 14 and 10 meal per week plans only provide for 3 meals/day Monday through Friday (2 meals/day on Saturday and Sunday) with not more than one meal in any meal zone. If you want to eat more than one meal per zone the 275 Block plan should be chosen. Meal zone hours are:
ZoneStart TimeEnd Time
Breakfast7:00A10:29A
Lunch10:30A3:59P
Dinner4:00P9:29P
Late Night9:30P12:00A (Midnight)

Can I change my meal plan?

Yes, but only during the first week of the semester. Residence hall students can only choose from specified traditional or block meal plans. Traditional meal plans available provide 19, 14 or 10 meals per week. Block plans available provide 275 or 175 meals per semester. Each plan has unique benefits and different usage rules. After that, the only change you can make is to add value to your FLEX account.

Can I use my meal card anywhere besides the Scranton Commons?

YES! You can use your meal card (using meal or cash equivalency where accepted, FLEX or Husky Gold) at any of the following dining facilities: Husky Lounge, Roongo’s, Starbucks, Subway, Steak ‘n Shake, Chik-fil-A, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Centennial POD, JKA POD, Husky Box, Lunch Cart, Espresso Cart and Monty's.

What kind of food is available at the different facilities?

FacilityOfferings
Scranton CommonsFeatures freshly prepared "all you care to eat" meals.
Steak 'n Shake®Located on ground floor in the Scranton Commons, is a classic American brand famous for the original Steakburger and hand-dipped milkshakes.
Husky LoungeLocated in Kehr Union, offers Burger Studio, Home Zone, Montague’s Deli, Husky Fried Chicken, and Express grab and go options.
Monty'sMonty's is a quaint eatery located on upper campus with a stunning view of the Susquehanna Valley. In addition to many comfort foods, Monty's offers rotisserie chicken, quesadillas and specialty burgers. It also hosts 'Restaurant Night' each Wednesday which provides students a way of getting away from campus without actually leaving.
Starbucks®Located on the first floor of the library and lower level of the Scranton Commons and offers breakfast items and drinks. Cash, FLEX, Husky Gold, Visa/MasterCard only.
Roongo'sLocated in the Warren Student Services Center, offers a deli, soups, entrée of the day and fresh-baked bakery items. Cash, FLEX, Husky Gold, Visa/MasterCard only.
Espresso CartLocated on the ground floor of the Warren Student Services Center offers, sushi to go, homemade confections and of course, as the name implies a variety of coffee.
Subway®Located on the lower level of the Scranton Commons offers fresh-made subs and beverages. Cash, FLEX, Husky Gold, Visa/MasterCard only.
Chick-fil-A®Located on the ground floor of the newest building on campus, located right next to Qdoba and the University Store. It has those world famous chicken sandwiches.
Qdoba Mexican Eats®Located on the ground floor of the newest building on campus, located right next to Chick-fil-A and the University Store. The name says it all!
PODs (Provisions on Demand)Located in JKA Community Building and Centennial Hall offering an array of grab and go items.
Husky Box and Lunch CartLocated near Centennial Hall and Student Services Center, respectively, offering a limited menu during temperate weather and during the heart of the academic day.

Note: Husky Lounge, Monty’s Subway, Steak ‘n Shake, Husky Box, Lunch Cart and PODs accept cash equivalency for most food items.

What if I have special dietary needs?

Notify any campus dining manager of special restrictions or needs. The staff dietitian offers nutrition consultation on a by appointment basis. Nutritional information about most food items offered in the campus dining facilities can be found at: http://bloomu.campusdish.com/. Choose the meal zone and location you plan to visit. From there highlight the menu item offered to see the nutritional information associated with it.

Meal Plans

PlanDescription
Plan AOffers 3 meals on weekdays, plus 2 meals on weekend days for a total of 19 meals per week.
Plan BOffers any 14 meals served during a one week cycle (Monday through Sunday up to 3 meals per weekday and up to 2 meals per weekend day).
Plan COffers any 10 meals served during a one week cycle (Monday through Sunday up to 3 meals per weekday and up to 2 meals per weekend day).
Plan EOffers 175 meals during the semester with limited use restrictions.
Plan GOffers 275 meals during the semester with no use limits per meal zones.

All meal plans provide access to the Scranton Commons for "all-you-care-to-eat" meals and come with cash equivalency, and a starting FLEX balance. The meal plan rates are based on having $250 FLEX as indicated by the number 1 after the letter. Or students may choose a starting flex balance of $300 indicated by the number 2 after the letter. Cost for all meal plans can be found at http://www.bloomu.edu/mealplan.

Note: The Plan D (5 meal per week) and Plan F (75 meal per semester) plans are options for on-campus apartment and off campus students only and include $300 flex. There is no $250 flex option for Plan D or Plan F.

See How Meal Plans Work for complete details on how the dining service program works at Bloomsburg University.

Housing Types

Residence Life's housing initiatives are a response to the needs and changing preferences of our students reflected by surveys, pilot studies and continuing consultation with Residence Hall and Campus Apartment students. The majority of students are assigned to coed side-by-side housing as this is the most common and preferred type of housing available.

  • Single Gender Floor or Wing Residence Hall: students on the floor/wing are all of the same gender (limited rooms available). To request placement on a single gender floor or wing email buhouse@bloomu.edu no later than June 1 for fall admits and December 15 for spring admits. We cannot guarantee to meet your request but we will consider and accommodate it if possible.
  • Coed Side-by-Side Residence Hall: two female students may be assigned a room next to a room housing two male students.
  • Coed in Room Residence Hall/Apartment: coed or gender inclusive housing is available on the 2nd floor east wing of Northumberland Hall or in the Montgomery Place, Mt. Olympus or Jessica S. Kozloff Apartments ONLY. Current on-campus students interested in coed living must complete the HOST process and select housing in one of these areas. New students must email buhouse@bloomu.edu no later than June 1 for fall admits and December 15 for spring admits to request placement in one of these areas. Students will be assigned as space is available.
  • Suite Style Residence Hall: range in size from 1 to 4-person single bedroom, shared bathroom and common space suites; limited availability 4-person/2-bedroom, shared bathroom suites.
  • On-Campus Apartments: range in size from 2 to 6-person single bedroom apartments with shared kitchen, living room and bathroom(s).
  • 12 Month Housing: this housing is only available to students who submit an advance written request stating why they need housing over semester & holiday breaks. Students must also submit an Interim Housing Agreement to secure housing over breaks (upon notification that the agreement is available). Housing and dining charges will be applied at that time.

There is a gender neutral bathroom on the 2nd floor east wing of Northumberland Hall. Students will be randomly assigned to all residence halls, however if you prefer placement in this area please email buhouse@bloomu.edu no later than June 1 for fall admits and December 15 for spring admits. Gender neutral means the bathroom is available for both male and female use at the same time. There is also be a female bathroom on 2 East and male and female bathrooms on 2 West.

Note: All Residence Halls and Campus Apartments are Non-Smoking.

Accommodations

Special Housing Accommodations

Students with special housing accommodation requests, including university provided air conditioning, must submit the Special Housing Accommodations Request Form. Depending on the nature of your request, you may be referred to the Department of Equity and Accommodations to provide documentation from your physician stating your specific housing request and reason/need for this request. They will review those materials and make a recommendation to our office of how best to meet your needs. Requests received after the deadline will be accommodated ONLY if there are rooms or spaces available. This means roommates requests, learning community participation or other housing accommodations may be disrupted to fulfill a request.

The University will make room assignments in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University will make every reasonable effort to provide equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination for all members of the University community and visitors to the University. Consistent with the commitment to maintaining an environment of dignity and respect, also house students that are free from all forms of harassment and discrimination, whether because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, content observed on social media or any other characteristic protected by law. Students can be assured that accommodations will be provided in a non-discriminatory manner, be comparable, convenient, and accessible, and will be at or less than the cost assigned to other students.

Air Conditioned Rooms

All campus apartments, Soltz, Columbia, Elwell and Lycoming Halls are air conditioned. A limited number of rooms in our other residence halls have been designated as air conditioned rooms; either with a wall-mounted or window air conditioner. The wall-mounted units will be turned on at the beginning of each semester and will remain on throughout the semester. The window units have been permanently installed to reasonably withstand winter temperatures and will not be removed at any time. All rooms equipped with air conditioning are billed at a higher rate than non-air conditioned rooms.

  • Floor Model Air Conditioner
    • For reasons of need or convenience, you may provide your own FLOOR MODEL ONLY air conditioning unit not to exceed 10,000 BTU's with no fee charged by the university. It is not necessary to submit the Special Housing Accommodations Request Form or doctor's note to bring your own floor model unit. Click here to view images of a permitted floor model. Non-university provided window units are prohibited and subject to restitution if damage is discovered.

Learning Communities

Learning Communities are all by invitation only. For more information you can visit the Learning Communities website at http://lc.bloomu.edu/.

Computer use in the halls

Information is available for getting connected to the on-campus network at the Residential Computing web site at http://rescomp.bloomu.edu.

All students residing in residence halls/suites/apartments are provided high speed wireless access that is included at no additional charge. All rooms, and select common areas in apartments, have Ethernet jacks installed, but are inactive. The cost to maintain both a wired and wireless network access system is high with less than 10% of students opting for wired connections. As a result, most of the infrastructure that supported the wired network has been deactivated in an effort to keep housing rates as low as practical. A limited number of wired connections are still available, but at an additional charge. Computers that do not have wireless cards in them (i.e. desktop computers) are typically easy to convert with the purchase of a wireless network card or USB adapter that is most often less expensive that the cost to activate deactivated network jacks.

The University requires minimum computer hardware and software specifications prior to granting access to the University's computer network. Refer to the Residential Computing web site for guidelines for getting connected. Computers can usually be configured to meet the University standards prior to moving in which can get you up and running upon arrival to campus.

All questions and concerns can be emailed to rescomp@bloomu.edu. The Residential Computing web site also has a service request form for anyone having problems in getting connected.

Meningitis Vaccine

As of August 2002, Pennsylvania state law requires that all students residing in campus owned facilities must either have received the meningitis vaccine or agree to the online waiver after having received information concerning the benefits of this vaccine. This information must be completed before you move into the residence halls.

Certain college students are at increased risk for meningococcal disease; potentially fatal bacterial infection commonly referred to as meningitis. In fact students living in dorms are found to have a six-fold increased risk for the disease. The American College Health Association recommends that college students, particularly first-year students living in residence halls, learn more about meningitis and vaccination.

Pennsylvania has passed (Senate Bill 955) stating All Students Residing in a Residence Hall or Housing Unit MUST have the vaccine or sign a declination statement after having received information concerning the benefits of the meningitis vaccine.

What is meningococcal meningitis?

Meningitis is rare. But when it strikes, this potentially fatal bacterial disease can lead to swelling of fluid surrounding the brain and spinal column as well as severe and permanent disabilities, such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, limb amputation and even death.

How is meningococcal meningitis spread?

Meningococcal meningitis is spread through the air via respiratory secretions or close contact with an infected person. This can include coughing, sneezing, kissing or sharing items like utensils, cigarettes and drinking glasses.

Who is at risk of meningococcal meningitis?

Certain college students, particularly first-year students who live in dormitories or residence halls, have been found to have an increased risk for meningococcal meningitis. Other undergraduates can also consider vaccination to reduce their risk for the disease.

Please remember that when submitting the on-line agreement, you are indicating that you understand the responsibilities that students undertake while they reside on campus.

Please Note:

  • Roommate requests must be submitted in MyHousing Self-Service no later than June 1 for Summer, July 15 for Fall/Spring, and December 15 for Spring. Roommate requests will be honored whenever possible provided the requests are received by the assigned date.
  • Special housing accommodation requests must be submitted by May 1 for Summer, June 1 for Fall and December 15 for Spring.
  • Summer housing assignments will be available in MyHousing Self-Service in mid-June for New Students and two weeks prior to the start of your scheduled summer session for Returning Students.
  • Fall housing assignments will be available in MyHousing Self-Service in early August.
  • Spring housing assignments will be available in MyHousing Self-Service in early January.
If you wish to begin your online application, please continue to MyHousing Self Service.

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