Frequently Asked Housing Questions
Is housing available for the Fall semester?
Yes, Kean will have housing available for the fall 2020 semester. In order to maintain social distancing, housing capacity has been reduced. Room assignments have been modified to accommodate a single student in a bedroom, not necessarily a single bedroom. We will try to accommodate as many students as possible that have to apply but we expect to have students on a waiting list.
How much will the housing cost be for the fall?
While students will be living in a bedroom by themselves, the cost for housing will remain equivalent to a double occupancy rate in that particular residence hall. For example, while you will be the only student living in a double occupancy room, you will still only be charged a double occupancy rate for space. The following are the housing rates for students assigned in:
- Cougar Hall $6,078.25/semester
- Freshman Residence Hall $5,923.00/semester
- Whiteman Hall $4,905.00/ semester
- Upperclassman Residence Hall $6,192.0/semester
- Quad (Bartlett, Burch, Rogers, Sozio Hall) $5,221.00/semester
What do I need to do once I have been assigned?
Students who have been assigned will receive email notifications about their assignment for the fall semester from RSS. Additionally, if you have not paid your $125 housing application fee, you must complete payment by Wednesday, July 15 via the housing portal. Students who fail to pay their housing application fee by the deadline will forfeit their assignment and they will lose their housing space.
Lastly, students need to make sure that they register as a full-time student in order to secure their housing space.
How will the waiting list be prioritized?
Students will be placed on a waiting list based on their home distance to the University as well as the day students completed their housing contracts.
Why was I not paired with a member of my roommate group or not assigned to the preferred building?
Due to the limited spaces available for the fall semester, some roommate groups and building preferences were not able to be granted. At this point, the university is prioritizing assignments based on the home distance from the University, which students will need to be accommodated on campus.
What can I do now, since I was not assigned to the building that I listed on the application?
Your name will remain on the waiting list and as vacancies become available you will be contacted Our priority at this point is to accommodate as many of our students as we can with on-campus housing.
If I still have an outstanding balance on my account. Can I still move-in?
All students must be current with their financial responsibilities and registered for the fall semester in order to move into the residence halls..
What health information does the University need from me in order for me to reside on-campus?
All students who wish to live on campus must submit proof of health insurance as well as the following vaccines: 2 MMR vaccines, 3 hepatitis B vaccines, Meningitis ( ACYW) vaccine. The university highly encourages students to get the flu shot prior to the academic year. For more information please CLICK HERE to see the Student Health Services Immunization page on the website.
When are move-ins?
In order to comply with social distancing guidelines from the CDC, students will be allowed to schedule a move in time beginning, August 26th. Detailed move in information will be emailed within a few weeks.
What should I plan for move-ins?
Students will be allowed to come to campus with one other person to assist them with the move-in process. Both individuals must bring their Kean ID’s and their own PPE (gloves and face covering), in order to access to the Residence Halls. Bins will be limited.
What should I bring to campus?
The Office of Residential Student Services will send a recommended list of items students should bring to campus ranging from face protection, thermometers, and other personal items. We highly encourage students to only pack what is absolutely necessary. Try to pack as lightly as possible and only bring those items that are absolutely necessary. We highly discourage students from bringing any type of, TVs and other large items.
Will guests be allowed in the residence halls?
To minimize potential exposure, guests will not be allowed to enter the residence halls. Students who are living on campus will only have access to their respective buildings. Students who live in the same building will be discouraged from visiting each other. Modifications to the guest policy will be reviewed throughout the semester.
What measures is Residential Student Services taking to keep its students safe?
We are working with our custodial staff to ensure that all touch surfaces in the residence halls are sanitized throughout the day. Hand sanitation stations will be installed at the entrances of all residence halls including the cafeteria.
Signs will be displayed throughout the residence halls reminding students to wear face coverings when they are in elevators or about social distance at least 6 feet apart.
Will the computer labs, kitchen, and lounge spaces be open?
The computer lab and community kitchens in the Upperclass Residence Hall and business center in Cougar Hall will be available to students during limited hours. Game rooms and certain lounges will not be open. As the governor’s office lifts its restrictions, the university will re-evaluate its policies.
Will there be food options available on campus?
The university is currently working with the food vendor to finalize food options for all students. More information will be emailed to students about the on-campus eateries and the meal plans.