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New Student Housing Application FAQs   

› What is my student type?  
› When can I submit a housing application? 
› Will I be able to reserve a specific residence hall room?
› Are there any rooms available in New Hall North or New Hall South?
› Will additional rooms become available? Can I change my room?
› Do I have to pay a prepayment?
› Can I apply to Tech Village Apartments?
› Can I be exempt from the requirement to live on campus?
› Are there specific housing options based on academic programs or personal interests?
› Can I apply to live on-campus for only the Fall 2024 semester?
› Where can I find the Housing Application?
› I’ve completed my application. When will I receive confirmation of my assignment?
› Will hotels be provided for students who are not able to be assigned to University Housing?
› Where can I find more information about room sizes, accessibility accommodations, and other information about living on campus?  
› What resources are available for off-campus housing?
› Who can I contact for assistance?

What is my student type?  

    • New First Time Freshmen: Newly admitted students for the Summer 2024 or Fall 2024 semester who have never attended college post-high school graduation. This includes students who have earned Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment. 
    • New Transfer: Newly admitted students for the Summer 2024 or Fall 2024 semester who have previously enrolled at a college or university post-high school graduation.  
    • There are other student types as well, such as International, Continuing, etc. 

*If you are unsure of your student type, please contact admissions at 931-372-3635 or admissions@tntech.edu  

When can I submit a housing application? 

    • New First Time Freshmen: The housing application will open at Noon (CST) on Monday, October 2, 2023. On-campus housing is guaranteed for New First-Time Freshmen up to May 1, 2024. For more information, visit the Fall 2024 application page HERE.
    • New Transfer: New Transfer students are not required to live on campus. The housing application will open at Noon (CST) on Monday, October 2, 2023. All Non First-Time Freshmen will be placed on the housing waiting list until we determine how many beds will be available for fall. Your housing will be based on availability and is not guaranteed. We anticipate that we will know the number of available spaces by Friday, March 1, 2024, and we will notify you of your status at that time. For more information, visit the Fall 2024 application page HERE.  
    • Other Student Types: All other students that are not current residents who will be applying for Fall 2024 can review the Fall 2024 application page HERE.

Will I be able to reserve a specific residence hall room?

When completing the application, students (who are eligible to select rooms) can select from all rooms available that have not already been reserved. Please visit the Fall 2024 application page HERE.

Are there any rooms available in New Hall North or New Hall South?

When completing room selection in May, students (who are eligible to select rooms) will be able to see vacancies available in New Hall North or New Hall South, if rooms have not already been selected. 

Will additional rooms become available? Can I change my room?

Cancellations always occur and rooms may become available to those eligible to select rooms. If you have completed room selection, you can log back into the application and change your room (for a limited time) if there are vacancies. 

Do I have to pay a prepayment?

Yes, a $200 prepayment is needed at the beginning of the application for New First Time Freshmen. All other classifications submitting applications will pay the prepayment after room selection. This prepayment counts toward your account balance. Prepayments can be refunded upon cancellation if your request is made in writing by May 1, 2024 and are eligible to cancel. Cancellation requests must be sent from the student's Tennessee Tech email account and include the student's T-Number or the Request for Release form can be completed. 

Can I apply to Tech Village Apartments?

New First-Time Freshmen are not permitted to live in Tech Village Apartments. For other new student types and students currently living off campus, it is rare to get into Tech Village. Returners currently living on campus get first priority. If the application is not available, it indicates there are no vacancies. 

Can I be exempt from the requirement to live on campus?

New First Time Freshmen are required to live on campus. However, students may be exempt from this requirement if they:  

    • Are 21 years of age or older 
    • Will be living with a parent or guardian within 50 miles of the University  
    • Will be living with a sibling who is a full-time Tech student 
    • Is married or a single parent 
    • Have other extenuating circumstances. 

*If you fall into one of the above circumstances, please complete the Request for Release form as soon as possible.  

*Cancellations are not honored after student has checked into room and given key. Applications are for one year (fall/spring) semesters.

Are there specific housing options based on academic programs or personal interests?

Yes, multiple themed housing options are available to provide students with similar interests the ability to live together and participate in events around shared topics. 

Can I apply to live on-campus for only the Fall 2024 semester?

No, University Housing assignments are for both Fall and Spring Semesters (August-May).  

Where can I find the Housing Application?

Students can find the Housing Application on the University Housing website. Students must log in to the application using their TechExpress login. 

I’ve completed my application. When will I receive confirmation of my assignment?

Those who have completed their application will receive an email verifying that the application is complete. However, a student does not have housing until the student has a booking. Please refer to the applications page for all processes, requirements, waiting list information, etc. Those with bookings will receive assignment emails in May with roommate details, move-in information, and more.   

Will hotels be provided for students who are not able to be assigned to University Housing?

There are no current plans to house students in hotels.

Where can I find more information about room sizes, accessibility accommodations, and other information about living on campus?  

    • From the Housing Options Overview page, you can find basic room dimensions, hall amenities, rates, and photo galleries. 
    • The Move-In Guide provides information about what to bring to campus as well as linen, carpet, and other services.   
    • FAQs related to financial aid, disability accommodations, insurance, and other residence hall policies are available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.   

What resources are available for off-campus housing?

Tennessee Tech and University Housing has partnered with an off-campus housing consultant.  Dawn Crabtree has been contracted by the University to provide consulting services for students seeking off-campus housing with a focus on helping students find options in the Cookeville area that fit students' budgets and preferences.

Who can I contact for assistance?

Please contact reslife@tntech.edu for assistance, or call 931-372-3414. University Housing and Residential Life Office Hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm CST.

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Current Resident Student Housing Application FAQs   

› When can I submit a housing application?  
› Where can I find the Housing Application? 
› Who can I contact for assistance? 
› Are housing applications open to continuing Tennessee Tech students who do not live in University Housing? 
› Will additional spaces become available or can I change my room? 
› Do I have to pay a prepayment? 
› I’ve completed my application. When will I receive confirmation of my assignment? 
› Can I apply to Tech Village Apartments?
› Will hotels be provided for students who are not able to be assigned to University Housing? 
› Where can I find more information about room sizes, accessibility accommodations, and other information about living on campus?
› What resources are available for off-campus housing?

When can I submit a housing application? 

The Fall 2024/Spring 2025 University Housing application will open to all current residents on February 1, 2024. Please refer to the Fall 2024 application page HERE for more specific information on processes, room selection, etc.

Where can I find the Housing Application?

Students can find the Fall 2024/Spring 2025 Housing Application on the University Housing website. Students must log in to the application using their Tennessee Tech credentials. 

Who can I contact for assistance?

Please contact reslife@tntech.edu for assistance, or call 931-372-3414. University Housing and Residential Life Office Hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST.

Are housing applications open to continuing Tennessee Tech students who do not live in University Housing?

Yes. Please refer to the Spring 2024 or Fall 2024 application page HERE for more specific information on processes, room selection, etc. On this page, you will find specific requirements and processes for each of the applications.

Will additional spaces become available or can I change my room?

Cancellations always occur and rooms may become available to those eligible to select rooms. If you have completed room selection, you can log back into the application and change your room (for a limited time) if there are vacancies. 

Do I have to pay a prepayment?

Yes, a $200 prepayment is needed after room selection for those who receive timeslots to select rooms. This prepayment counts toward your account balance. Prepayments can be refunded upon cancellation if your request is made in writing by May 1, 2024 and are eligible to cancel. Cancellation requests must be sent from the student's Tennessee Tech email account and include the student's T-Number or the Request for Release form can be completed. 

I’ve completed my application. When will I receive confirmation of my assignment?

Those who have completed their application will receive an email verifying that the application is complete. However, a student does not have housing until the student has a booking. Please refer to the applications page for all processes, requirements, waiting list information, etc. Those with bookings will receive assignment emails in May with roommate details, move-in information, and more.   

Can I apply to Tech Village Apartments?

Please refer to the Spring 2024 or Fall 2024 application page HERE for more specific information on processes, room selection, etc. On this page, you will find specific requirements and processes for each of the applications.

Will hotels be provided for students who are not able to be assigned to University Housing?

There are no current plans to house students in hotels.

Where can I find more information about room sizes, accessibility accommodations, and other information about living on campus?

    • From the Housing Options Overview page you can find basic room dimensions for each hall, hall amenities, rates, and photo galleries. 
    • The Move-In Guide provides information about what to bring to campus as well as linen, carpet, and other services. 
    • FAQs related to financial aid, disability accommodations, insurance, and other residence hall policies are available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

What resources are available for off-campus housing?

Tennessee Tech and University Housing has partnered with an off-campus housing consultant.  Dawn Crabtree has been contracted by the University to provide consulting services for students seeking off-campus housing with a focus on helping students find options in the Cookeville area that fit students' budgets and preferences.

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Application and Prepayment Questions

How do I apply for Housing?
Is there a deadline to apply for housing?
Is there an application fee or prepayment required?
Can I cancel my application or refund my housing prepayment?
What is room selection?
Can I commute to Tennessee Tech?
› How do I change my roommate(s) or room? 

How do I apply for Housing?

An application must be completed through the application portal found on the application page. Please refer tot he details of the page for the different processes, requirements, room selection procedures, etc.

Is there a deadline to apply for housing?

Please refer to the appropriate FAQ sections above for information on completing and/or the selection of rooms/apartments.

Is there an application fee or prepayment required?

Yes, there is a $200 prepayment required for all applications. The $200 is made by debit/credit card only within the application portal and prepayments can't be made at the Tennessee Tech Bursar's Office. The $200 prepayment is essentially a prepayment/investment that will be applied to your total housing cost for the first semester of any application.

Please refer to the applications page and FAQs above for all processes, requirements, waiting list information, etc. 

Can I cancel my application or refund my housing prepayment?

An application can be cancelled before the start of the application/semester period as long as the student has not checked into the room/apartment and the student is eligible to cancel.  Once a student has checked into the room/apartment by signing an inventory form and receiving a key, the application agreement contract has started. In order to cancel, we must receive cancellation verification in writing (an email including name and T-Number from the Tech email address to reslife@tntech.edu) or complete the "Request for Release and/or Cancellation Form" found HERE.

The prepayment is refundable up to certain dates depending on the application and if the student is eligible to cancel. In order for eligible students to receive a refund of the prepayment, all cancellations must be made in writing by:

              • May 1 for all Fall or Academic Year applications
              • December 1 for Spring applications
              • May 1 for all Summer applications

IMPORTANT NOTE: The $200 prepayment becomes non-refundable and will be forfeited if the cancellation occurs after the above dates for all situations.  The non-refundable/forfeited prepayment includes cancellations for all complete or incomplete applications in which the cancellation occurred after the above dates. Cancellations are subject to the terms and conditions found in the Student Housing Policy.

What is room selection?

Room Selection is a process for eligible students to select rooms through the Housing portal. Please refer to the applications page and FAQs above for all processes, requirements, waiting list information, etc. 

Can I commute to Tennessee Tech?

If you are a freshman, you are required to live on campus. We do have some exceptions to this rule.  However, students have to be eligible for the exception. The student can’t already be checked in and in contract after school starts:

            • You are 21 years of age or older
            • Living with a parent or legal guardian at their permanent address within a 50-mile radius of the university
            • Living with a sibling who is a full-time student
            • Married
            • Single Parent
            • Previously have lived in Tennessee Tech housing for 2 full semesters 

If you meet one of these exceptions and already have a housing hold, you may fill out the Request for Release form to go through the housing release process. For more details, please visit our Student Housing Policy.

How do I change my roommate(s) or room? 

Please go back into the application to make these changes. Depending on the application, there amy be deadlines for roommates and room changes.

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Room Assignment Questions

When do we receive our assignment email?
Am I required to have a meal plan?
When is check-in time?
Do the residence halls stay open during breaks/holidays?
Can I buy out my room as a double as a single?
What do I need to do if I withdraw from school?
What is room consolidation?
Are there Co-Ed Residence Halls?
Are there gender specific Residence Halls?
Are there specialty housing Residence Halls?

When do we receive our assignment email?

Residence Halls: Assignment emails will be sent to the students’ Tennessee Tech email addresses around mid May for academic year assignments; in late December to early January for spring assignments; and mid to late April for summer assignments. The assignment email will provide the student with the assigned hall name and room number, roommate's name and email address and a check list of what to bring to campus. For the Fall semester, a separate email will be sent out at the end of July detailing check-in information and making appointments for check-in.

Tech Village Apartments:  Assignment discussions via the assignment specialist will happen in office for students who can come in for a meeting or over the phone/virtual for those who can't.  A follow-up email will be sent at the conclusion of the conversation with assignment, roommate's name, cost, check-in date and an attachment of important Tech Village information.

Am I required to have a meal plan?

All residents with a freshman classification and living in the residence halls must purchase a meal plan for there first two semesters at Tennessee Technological University. Information regarding meal plans can be found on the Tennessee Tech Dining Services website HERE.

When is check-in time?

Residence Halls: For the Fall semester, a separate email from their assignment email will be sent out to students with their check-in time. For the spring semester, check-in is typically the Tuesday before classes begin for the spring semester. The summer sessions vary.

Tech Village Apartments: Tech Village apartment terms do not run with the academic calendar.  Your check-in date will be discussed with an assignment specialist.

      • Fall Semester — August 1 to December 31. If you are not staying in the apartment for the Spring semester (beginning January 1), you must be out by December 15. We will credit the remaining balance from December 15 to December 31.
      • Spring Semester — January 1 to May 31. If you are not staying in the apartment for the Summer semester (beginning June 1), you must be out by May 15.  We will credit the remaining balance from May 15 to May 31.
      • Summer Semester — June 1 to July 31. If you are not staying in the apartment for the Fall semester (beginning August 1), you must be out by July 15. We will credit the remaining balance from July 15 to July 31.

Do the residence halls stay open during breaks/holidays?

Residence halls remain open during fall break, Thanksgiving break, and spring break periods.  Although University Housing and Residential Life is closed during the Christmas/New Years holiday period, students who need special housing arrangements during this time may be offered housing at an additional cost.  Special housing arrangements may be offered for semester break periods in between semesters as well.  There will be an additional daily charge for occupancy during the semester breaks. Students in apartments may stay during any of the breaks as long as they hold a housing contract for each semester.

For Interim/Break housing for students in the residence halls, please visit the application page.

Can I buy out my room as a double as a single?

Room buyouts for the fall semester are only considered after the school year has started and all No-Shows have been processed, to ensure that every student that needs a room has one. Students interested in buyouts will need to speak to their Hall Director after the first week of school. For the spring semester, there is typically more flexibility in available rooms.

For the summer semester, the housing application will include an option to do a buyout if you wish.

IMPORTANT NOTE: University Housing and Residential Life reserves the right to take back a buyout if a space is needed for a student. We will reverse buyouts by those with the latest application dates first. Refer to the rates for all buyouts.

What do I need to do if I withdraw from school?

To officially withdraw from school, please visit the Registrar's Office or complete the University Withdrawal Form found HERE. Housing is provided for students only. Once you officially withdraw from school, you are no longer a Tennessee Tech student. If you withdraw from school, you must check out of your room or apartment within 24 hours. If you need more time, you will need to speak to your Hall Director.

What is room consolidation?

If a student is not assigned a roommate or the roommate moves out of the room, the student remaining in the room will undergo a room consolidation process if University Housing and Residential Life chooses to do so. This process is for the Residence Halls only. It is not for Tech Village apartments.

It is important that we do this for a number of reasons:

        • We need to have additional open rooms to allow students that would like to make a room change and/or get a new roommate the opportunity to do so.
        • We need to have more open rooms to allow students who want to have private/single rooms the opportunity to request one.
        • We need to be fair to those residents who paid for a double as a single room versus those that are living in a double room without a roommate and not buying out his/her room.

With this in mind, the student will need to do one of the following:

        • Find a new roommate of his/her choice to move in (this can be anyone of choice or someone else that does not have a roommate).
        • Move in with someone else that does not have a roommate (this can be anyone of choice, provided there is space or someone is willing to trade rooms).
        • Buy out the room, a double as a single room. Rates can be found HERE.

Are there Co-Ed Residence Halls?

Yes. All but two of our residence halls are co-ed.  Halls that are co-ed are gender specific by floor.  Example: Male students may be on first floor and female students on fifth floor, etc. Co-Ed halls include: Ellington/Warf, Crawford, Maddux/McCord, New Hall North, New Hall South, MS Cooper/Pinkerton and Jobe/Murphy

Are there gender-specific Residence Halls?

Yes. Two of our residence halls are gender-specific. Gender-specific halls include: Cooper/Dunn (Female-only Hall), Browning/Evins (Male-only Hall)

Are there specialty housing Residence Halls?

Yes. We have three types of specialty housing: Engineering housing, WISE Program housing, and Honors housing. There are themed housing as well.

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Financial Aid and Payment Questions

Can I use my financial aid for my housing prepayment?
How and when are charges placed on my account?
Can I make payments on my housing cost?

Can I use my financial aid for my housing prepayment?

Your financial aid or scholarship allotment cannot be used for your housing prepayment. The prepayment has to be made with a debit/credit card within the application on the application portal. If this prepayment creates an overpayment on your student account, the Bursar's Office will process any excess aid and give refunds (if applicable).

How and when are charges placed on my account?

We place the full rent of a residence hall room or apartment on your account. Typically, the Bursar's Office wants student fees on student's accounts at the following times:

        • Fall Semester: Charges are usually placed around mid-July
        • Spring Semester: Charges are usually placed late November/early December
        • Summer Semester: Charges are usually placed mid-April

The Bursar's Office has the right to change fee dates at any time.

Can I make payments on my housing cost?

The Bursar's Office does allow students (if approved) to make installment payments throughout the semester. This payment plan is called a Deferred Payment Plan.  You can review more information on the Bursar's website on the payments page. For further assistance, please call their office at (931) 372-3311.

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Hall and Apartment Questions

What are some of the safety features on campus?
Am I required to clean my own room/apartment?
Can I have overnight guests?
Do I need insurance?
Can I bring a heater or air conditioner?
Is there a curfew?
What personalizations can we do to our room/apartment?
What do I do if I need something fixed in my room/apartment?
Can I smoke or use tobacco products on campus?
What can we bring or not bring?
What if I have a disability housing accommodation request or emotional support animal request?

What are some of the safety features on campus?

In the residence halls, each hall area is secured by a swipe card door that only allows students living in that building to have access to the building. All exterior doors are locked whereby only a student residing in the building can use their Eagle card to gain access to the building. Each student is issued a room key that works on the entry door to his/her room. It is important that students take ownership of their own safety. 

Other safety items provided are:

          • Emergency call boxes strategically placed on campus
          • Exterior phones at every residence hall entrance
          • A University police officer dedicated to the halls
          • A hall staff member on duty in each building every night
          • Security cameras in and around halls and community areas in Tech Village

Am I required to clean my own room/apartment?

Yes. Although custodial workers are employed in all residence halls to keep public areas and community bathrooms clean, you are expected to clean your own room. A New Hall North or New Hall South resident is responsible for cleaning his/her own room and bathroom. Residents in our apartments are also required to keep their apartment cleaned. Housing staff will do monthly health and safety checks.

Can I have overnight guests?

Same-gender overnight visits are allowed. You and your guest must register with the hall staff and it must be approved by your roommate (if applicable). A guest of a resident is not permitted to stay for longer than two (2) nights per week. Students residing in University housing are responsible for assuring that his/her guest(s) is aware of and complies with all policies and procedures of the University residence halls. Cohabitation is prohibited. Please review the "Guests/Visitation" policies in the Guide For Successful Living for more details on guests, visitation, and cohabitation.

Do I need insurance?

The University does not assume responsibility at any time for the private property of its students and is not liable for the loss or damage of any article or personal property anywhere on the premises. You or your parents are encouraged to carry appropriate insurance to cover your personal belongings.

You can purchase insurance from a couple of vendors.  The application contains a process to purchase through GradGuard.  Also, the company NSSI has College Student Personal Property Insurance available to purchase at the link: https://www.nssi.com/portal/tennesseetech

*If you have a Homeowner's Policy, please check to see if you are covered through there or can add a policy to it.

Can I bring a heater or air conditioner?

No. These appliances are not allowed in the residence halls due to the potential for overload of the electrical system and the potential of fire. However, standard box/window fans are permitted. Please also keep in mind that all rooms and apartments on campus have appropriate systems for heating and cooling.

Is there a curfew?

There is no curfew. You may come and go as you please, although all exterior doors are locked in the residence halls. Please carry your Eagle ID Card and room key with you at all times.

What personalizations can we do to our room/apartment?

Please review the online Guide for Successful Living under "Your Room" for information on what furniture is provided as well as other room personalization information. We encourage each student to work with his/her roommate(s) in designing and decorating the room/apartment within the guidelines set by University Housing and Residential Life. If you have other questions, you can consult with your RA or Hall Director.

What do I do if I need something fixed in my room/apartment?

If you are experiencing problem(s) in your room or in any public areas, please contact University Housing and Residential Life or your housing staff. A student may also choose to submit a work order online. In the event that an emergency repair is needed during the evening, holiday or weekend hours, contact the RA or Hall Director immediately.

Can I smoke or use tobacco products on campus?

No. Tennessee Tech's campus became a non-smoking, tobacco-free campus as of January 1, 2010.  Students, faculty, staff and all visitors no longer are allowed to smoke or use any tobacco products in all university buildings, on all university grounds, Tennessee Tech affiliated off-campus locations and facilities, and all state vehicles.  Smoking outdoors on campus will not be allowed. Tobacco use is only permitted in private vehicles.

What can we bring or not bring?

Please refer to the Guide for Successful Living and the Move-In Guide for rules and regulations regarding what is permitted or not.

What if I have a disability housing accommodation request or emotional support animal request?

If you have a physical disability or condition warranting special consideration in making your assignment, you must register through The Accessible Education Center before housing accommodations may be provided.  This includes Emotional Support Animals (ESAs).

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