Frequently Asked Housing Questions
What type of residence halls do you have on campus?
There are seven residence halls on campus that house approximately 2,000 students. Cougar Hall and the Freshman Hall consist of suite-style rooms (two rooms with a bathroom) and Burch Hall, Rogers Hall, Sozio Hall, Bartlett Hall and the New Upperclassman Hall consists of two-bedroom apartments.
How much is room/board?
To view the housing rates, please click here to view the rates page.
Is there graduate housing available?
Yes, there are very few on-campus graduate housing spaces. Graduate students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have been accepted to the University.
Do all first-year students have to live in the first-year residence halls?
Yes. First-year students live in Cougar Hall and the Freshman Residence Hall. These communities are unique and provide an atmosphere for students with a variety of backgrounds who strive to develop a well-rounded experience at Kean University. However, it is not mandatory for freshmen to live on campus.
How does the Office of Residential Student Services meet the various academic needs of the residents?
The Office of Residential Student Services designed the ACCESS program (Aiming to Create a Community Empowered with Student Success) for our residential students who might need additional resources to help them succeed academically. The components that ACCESS uses to help students make academic progress are: Tutoring Services, Workshop series and a Mentoring Program for those students who fall below the required 2.0 GPA to live on campus. In addition, there is a 24-hour computer lab located in the New Upperclass Residence Hall. Students who possess personal computers have access to the internet in their individual rooms.
Do you provide housing for students with children?
There is currently no housing at Kean University for students with children.
Room Setup/Hall Setup
What type of furniture is provided in each room/apartment?
Cougar Hall the Freshman Hall:
These halls consist of suite-style rooms, which contain beds, desks and dressers/wardrobe for each student. In addition, a microwave/refrigerator is provided for each room.
Bartlett Hall, Burch Hall, Sozio Hall, Rogers Hall and the New Upperclassman Halls:
These halls consist of two bedrooms that house two students each and contain beds, desks and a wardrobe for each student. The living room contains a three-seat couch, a chair, TV stand and two side tables. The kitchen has a dining table for four, a full-size refrigerator and a microwave.
Can students bring their own furniture?
For safety reasons, residents are prohibited from bringing any outside furniture. All rooms and apartments are completely furnished. Students are encouraged to create a “home away from home” atmosphere with the use of personal items.
Are there laundry facilities?
All of the residence halls are equipped with coinless washers and dryers.
Are there study lounges?
The New Residence Halls have several study nooks on every floor. All halls also have lounges that students could use for study or social purposes.
Miscellaneous Room Questions
Is there computer internet access in the residence halls?
Each resident will have access to his or her own personal data line that will provide internet access. All halls also have wireless capabilities.
Can we bring a microwave or refrigerator?
No, the University provides all apartments with a full-size refrigerator and a microwave. In the suite-style rooms, the University provides a micro-refrigerator unit per bedroom. For any additional appliances, residents will need to submit their request in writing.
How does the heat/air cooling work?
All have self-adjusting air conditioning and heating units. Students are encouraged to bring fans for added comfort. Small heaters and space heaters are not permitted.
Is there cable TV?
The residence halls are serviced by Campus Televideo cable system, which includes over 100 premium and local channels including HBO and Cinemax. Additionally, we offer IPTV so students are able to access cable channels in any of the portable devices on campus.
Safety and Maintenance Policies
What is the guest policy?
Guests are permitted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 a.m. Guests must present VALID picture.
Overnight guests are permitted, Wednesday – Saturday, with prior approval from your Residence Hall Director and roommates.
How do I report maintenance concerns if something needs repair in my room?
All maintenance concerns can be reported via the residence life website online Office of Residential Student Services - Online Work Order Request or the residence hall Community Center. Emergency maintenance staff is available at night and on weekends to help meet the needs of our students.
What is Kean University doing to make sure the buildings meet fire codes?
All of the residence halls contain several fire prevention measures including sprinkler systems, an alarm system, fire extinguishers in each apartment and regularly scheduled fire drills throughout the academic year.
The Office of Residential Student Services provides activities both on campus and in the surrounding community. There are many programs presented by Kean faculty and staff as well as outside resources. This is to provide educational and social programming to meet the needs of our students.
Do I have to buy a meal plan, and, if so, do I have to get the maximum amount?
Kean University provides a meal plan for its students. If you are a first-year student, you must purchase a meal plan at the cost of $1,972. Sophomore students are required to purchase a meal plan at the cost of $1,412. Upperclass returning or transfer students may purchase at varying amounts. Students must contact the Student Accounting office to apply and for additional information.
Are students allowed to have appliances in the rooms?
No. Electrical heat-producing appliances, including hot plates, coffee makers and heating units, are prohibited. Each apartment/suite has a microwave that could be used to warm and cook food.
What are Resident Assistants, and what do they do?
Resident Assistants are undergraduate students who provides leadership and guidance to their peers by living on the floors and interacting with the students. Resident Assistants are trained in crisis intervention and conflict mediation as well as many other skills that make them a strong resource for our residents.
What are Desk Assistants, and what do they do?
Desk Assistants help enforce visitation policies and regulations by working closely with the Resident Assistants and by providing desk security every night in each residence hall.
How can I join the Residential Student Services staff?
The Office of Residential Student Services implements a Resident Assistant and Desk Assistant selection process during the academic year. Watch for advertisements late in the fall semester for the application process to join the Residential Student Services staff.
Where can I have my mail sent, and how can I receive packages?
All mail should be addressed to:
Apartment/Room Number, Bedroom A or B
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
All packages are available at the Office of Residential Student Services and may be picked up during regular business hours.
Students are discouraged from receiving money or valuables through the mail.
Are residents allowed to park on campus?
First-year students are not allowed to park on campus. First-year students in need of having a car on campus for academic or medical purposes must submit a written request with supporting documentation to the Director of the Office of Residential Student Services.
The Office of Residential Student Services provides a van shuttle during certain days of the week to shopping malls and local supermarkets. Weekend van shuttle service includes trips to nearby bus stations and train stations for students wishing to travel outside of Union.
Can I pick my own roommates and suitemates?
First-year students can request a roommate choice on their contract, and every effort will be made to honor the request. Current residence hall upperclass students must bring all of their roommates to the room selection process to guarantee this.
Are the rooms and bathrooms cleaned before students move in?
All rooms are cleaned before check-in by an outside contractor.
When can I move in?
You will receive a letter after you have been accepted into housing stating your roommate, room assignment and the move-in procedures, dates and times.
Are residents allowed to have pets?
All pets, other than fish in a maximum 10-gallon tank, are strictly prohibited.
Can I have a car on campus?
First-year students are prohibited from having a car on campus. Special consideration will be given to students with extraordinary circumstances such as medical reasons. All letters requesting special consideration may be directed to the Director of the Office of Residential Student Services. Upperclass students are permitted to purchase a Kean University decal and park on campus. All vehicles must be registered with the University Parking Office. Please keep in mind that there is limited parking.
Can I live in housing year-round?
Residence Halls close down for the winter recess between semesters and after the end of the second summer session. Summer housing is only available to students who are enrolled in summer classes. The halls remain open during Thanksgiving, winter session and spring break.