Department of Housing
Frequently Asked Questions
- When can I move in?
- How will I be billed for my room?
- What should I bring and what should I leave at home?
- Which halls are co-ed?
- Are the halls open during academic breaks?
- Does my room have Internet access?
- If I do not have a computer, is one available for me to use?
- What kind of telephone service is provided?
- Where can I wash my clothes?
- Are pets allowed in the apartments?
- Can I subscribe to any other cable service besides the one that the University provides?
- Are the apartments open during the summer months?
- What is the availability of the apartments?
- What appliances are furnished?
- Does the University provide Internet service?
- Q: When can I move in?
A: Residence halls open for occupancy at 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday prior to the first day of registration for the term. All check-in processes are managed in the Department of Residence Life. Late arrivals should notify the Department of Residence Life at least 24 hours in advance.
- Q: How will I be billed for my room?
A: The University now uses e-billing which you access through your UNA Portal Self-Service account. Housing rent is applied to your tuition bill and is due when your tuition is due at the beginning of the semester. Any nonspecific financial aid (grants, loans, and general scholarships) can be used to cover housing rent and will be applied to your balance.
Your housing application fee is not applied to the cost of the room. The housing application fee is payable when you make your initial application for on-campus housing. Your housing application fee is a one-time, out-of-pocket fee and continues for subsequent semesters as long as you remain in the campus residence halls.
- Q: What should I bring and what should I leave at home?
- Q: Which halls are co-ed?
A: Lafayette, Rice and Rivers are co-educational separated by floor; Covington and Hawthorne, by cluster. Co-ed buildings are subject to change based upon demand. (LaGrange is all-female, starting Fall 2012.)
- Q: Are the halls open during academic breaks?
A: Covington, Hawthorne, and Appleby East and West operate on a 12-month contract (August-July) so those buildings do not close. Rice, Rivers, LaGrange, and Lafayette do close for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and interim academic periods.
- Q: Does my room have Internet access?
A: All rooms in each residence hall are now equipped with high-speed Internet service via wireless Internet. There is no charge for this UNA Internet service. You should remember that this is an unsecured network. If you wish, you may still go through Comcast to get your own modem. The Dept. of Housing is not responsible for the cost and/or the privacy of the network. Routers are prohibited.Click here to view the University of North Alabama Information Technologies Acceptable Use Statement.
- Q: If I do not have a computer, is one available for me to use?
A: Computer labs are located in Rivers, Rice and LaGrange Hall for all residence hall students, as well as Lafayette Hall for students in the Honors Program. Labs are equipped with both Gateway and Macintosh computers. Software includes word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs.
Network printers are available using student's mane card.
Computer labs are available in each of the cluster-style residence halls: on 2nd and 3rd floors in Covington, Hawthorne, and Appleby East and West.
- Q: What kind of telephone service is provided?
A: You should bring a personal cell phone and charger. Telephone service is not available in resident rooms.
- Q: Where can I wash my clothes?
A: Coin-operated washers and dryers are located in each residence hall and are available for use by all residents. Soft drink and snack machines are also available. The mane card may be used for some laundry and vending services.
- Q: What is the alcohol and drug policy?
A: No illegal substances or paraphernalia are permitted on campus. Drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated by residence hall staff and/or officers of the UNA Police.
No kegs are allowed in any area at any time. According to university policy, university students are expected to be aware of and to abide by local and state laws and university regulations.
The resident's rights of privacy and study will be maintained. Loud and/or disruptive behavior, interference with the cleanliness of residence halls, or drinking habits injurious to the health or education of an individual or those around him/her are reasons for appropriate disciplinary action.
In the State of Alabama, individuals must be 21 years old to purchase, possess or consume alcohol. It is unlawful for minors to "purchase, consume, possess or to transport any alcohol, liquor, malt or brewed beverages within the state..."
In addition, anyone who furnishes alcoholic beverages to a minor is subject to a civil suit by the minor's parents or guardian. There is no limit to the damages that may be awarded in such a suit. At the University of North Alabama, any minor found with alcohol, or anyone hosting a minor with alcohol, will be subject to university disciplinary action.
- Q: Where is smoking allowed?
A: There are designated smoking areas outside of each residence hall. Smoking is not permitted inside any building on campus.
- Q: Am I required to have a meal plan?
A: If this your first time to live in a UNA residence hall, then you must purchase a meal plan. When you sign the housing contract, you are agreeing to a mandatory meal plan if you live in Rice, Rivers, LaGrange, Lafayette, Hawthorne, or Covington Hall.
The requirement is for two regular semesters (Fall and Spring). If you do not select a plan, then the Business Office will select and charge you for the meal plan.
You may order your meal plan (board) by completing the meal plan contract when you submit your housing contract. You may also order on-line through your UNA Portal account. Or, if on campus, visit the cashier's window in Bibb Graves Hall. Meal plan prices are subject to change. You can visit www.una.edu/diningservices for more info.
- Q: Does the Department of Housing offer property insurance?
A: If students are interested in purchasing property insurance, they may visit National Student Services, Inc. Or, check your parents' homeowner's insurance policy, if applicable.
- Q: Are pets allowed in the apartments?
A: The only pet that we allow are fish in a tank not bigger than 5 gallons. Sorry, no cats or dogs.
- Q: Can I subscribe to any other cable service besides the one that the University provides?
A: No, cable services go through the University. If you are interested in premium services, you need to go through Comcast for that upgrade. Satellite dishes are not permitted.
- Q: Are the apartments open during the summer months?
A: Yes, the apartments are open during the summer months. On the apartment application you have the option of choosing to begin leasing an apartment during the summer. If you are already in an apartment, you may renew your lease and continue in the apartment until May 31 of the next year.
- Q: What is the availability of the apartments?
A: The availability will depend on the number of apartments that will become vacant. This can vary from year to year, so if you are interested in an apartment, submit your application and deposit as soon as possible.
- Q: What appliances are furnished?
A: All apartments are provided with a refrigerator, stove, and oven. The single-level and Lion's Gate apartments have dishwashers.
- Q: Does the University provide Internet service?
A: No, the University does not provide Internet services. The University will, however, provide tenants with a list of local providers upon request.