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Housing Information

  • Arrival to Campus & Room Keys
  • Damage Deposit
  • Housing Assignments
  • Housing Contract
  • Residency Requirement
  • Room Features and Furniture
  • Student Property Insurance
  • To Do List
  • What To Bring / What Not To Bring

Arrival to Campus
Students will be given a move-in date and upon arrival, should check in with the Student Life staff in the Salveson Lobby to receive instructions on how to proceed. Students participating in school-sponsored camps and/or fall sports should arrive on the assigned arrival date for their organizations Approval for an earlier arrival day may be obtained only under special circumstances and only by contacting the Office of Student Life. A $25 per day fee may apply.

Room Keys
After checking in when you arrive, you will receive your room key from your hall staff.

Damage Deposit
In order to secure your space in the residence halls, please mail your $125 housing damage deposit as soon as possible to the below address. Please include the student's name on the check or money order. Damage deposits may also be paid over the phone with a credit card by contacting our business office at 641.585.8135.

Waldorf Business Office
Attn: Housing Damage Deposit
106 S. Sixth St.
Forest City, Iowa 50436

Please note that housing damage deposit is separate from the $100 tuition deposit and is held in the student account to cover any damage charges that the student does not pay once the end-of the-year billing is sent. Damage deposits stay on file until the student graduates, transfers or withdraw and are refundable within a few weeks after the time you check out of the residence hall. If damages or other charges are incurred by the student (or unknown persons in the student's room or on their floor/residence hall) this amount will be taken from the deposit. The student can request their damage deposit from the business office once they have left Waldorf.

Waldorf has a policy of charging a prorated amount to all residents for unnecessary damages that may occur on floors or in common areas of the residence halls made by unidentified persons. The residence halls are operated on a self-sustaining basis with no provision in the budget for the cost of materials and labor to repair undue damage. However, no charges are levied against students for the normal or expected wear and tear on facilities, furnishings or equipment. Whenever possible, Waldorf prefers to charge unnecessary damage costs directly to the student(s) responsible. Thus, we encourage all students to take an active role in discouraging careless or destructive behavior in their rooms, on their floors and in their residence halls.

Housing Assignments
Housing assignment letters are sent to students toward the end of July. These letters contain as much information as possible concerning the student's room, meal plan, parking permit and mailbox for the fall semester. These assignment letters also provide students with information concerning their roommate and contact information should they plan to connect before the semester begins.

Roommates are assigned using the roommate survey. (When filling out the survey, please be as accurate as possible. Student Life does use this form to find you the most compatible match.) If you have a roommate request, please make sure that this is listed on your housing form and turn it into the Student Life Office early. Student Life will make every effort to match you with your requested roommate; however, if your requested roommate has not turned in their housing form before housing letters are distributed, will be assigned another roommate. We strongly encourage students to only request someone that they have met before and know they will be compatible with for the year. Some coaches may encourage their players to room together; however, you are not required to live with someone from your team or from your activity.

Housing Contract
Housing contracts are updated each year and provide students the most comprehensive overview of the policies and procedures associated with living on campus. First-year students will be asked to sign their contract upon arriving to campus. Signed copies for students will be made if requested. Returning students sign their contract during the housing selection process in the spring semester. (Signed copies are provided to those students in the fall if requested.) Please read all the information provided in the contract carefully.

Residency Requirement
Campus housing is available for all full-time students. Students are required to live in university housing and have a board plan unless they meet at least one of the following exceptions. Students must:

  • Be at least 21 years old by September 1 for the fall semester and by January 15 for the spring semester
  • Be married
  • Have children living with them
  • Have lived on campus for at least six semesters
  • Have transferred in with at least 60 earned transferable credits prior to the start of the semester
  • Live at home with parents and commuting from their permanent address within a 35-mile radius of the university

Room Features and Furniture

Furnished Items
For all the traditional residence halls on campus, the university provides a bed, closet, drapes, dresser and a desk and chair set. Card-operated washers and dryers are located in every residence hall and a limited number of telephones can be checked out. (Telephones are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.)

The Waldorf Bookstore carries various phone cards that students can purchase and use for long distance calling. Waldorf also provides cable TV service (included in room/board costs) in each residence hall room. Students are responsible for providing the cable cord (standard coax cable with male RF connectors on each end) that connects from the TV to the wall connection. This cable may be purchased at the bookstore if unable to bring from home.

With the exception of Breen Hall, Tanner Hall and Timberland at The Village Apartments, all residence hall rooms are uncarpeted. For most rooms, an area rug will provide adequate floor covering. However, students are allowed the option to fully carpet their rooms.

Carpet should not be secured to the floor with carpet tape or glue. The following dimensions have been measured for all rooms regarding proper carpet placement (with the exception of Ormseth Hall, which has a few different room sizes). Johnson Hall and London Hall rooms measure 14’x6’5” (not including the additional 3 feet of the room occupied by the built-in bed units that should not be removed). Students may contact the Admissions Office on campus to make arrangements to view a room to take proper measurements.

Most residence hall rooms range from 8’ to 8’6” from floor to ceiling. Students may contact the Admissions Office to make arrangements to view a room in order to take exact measurements. If students choose to build lofts, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • All lofts must be checked by the area coordinator to make sure everything is in compliance.
  • A safe, secure ladder should be attached.
  • Lofts are not allowed to be stored during the summer on campus.
  • Lofts should be free-standing and cannot be affixed to any furniture or part of the room, walls or closets.
  • There must be adequate room for the student to sit without bumping his/her head on the ceiling.

Each residence hall has a small area designated for storage of travel bags, suitcases and/or certain furniture. Due to fire codes, the university is unable to allow empty boxes and lumber from lofts to be stored in these areas. All hallways must be clear of belongings and boxes on each floor.

Storage is primarily available for international and out-of-state students traveling from long distances. In these cases, students are allowed to make special arrangements to store belongings in the summer months. All students may store a limited amount of belongings during the summer months for a fee to be determined by the residence life staff.

During the school year, students must make contact with their area coordinator as soon as possible to make these arrangements. The university is not at liberty to guarantee storage space for all students, especially for carpeting, large items or furniture. Each item placed in storage must be properly packaged and labeled including the student’s name and room number.

Student Property Insurance
Students are encouraged to have property insurance for their belongings through their parents home insurance plan or a separate plan. Below is a link that provides information about college student property insurance. This is not a requirement or a program run through the university. The university is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items from residence hall areas, locker rooms, vehicles, storage, water damage, mildew, theft or other damages.

Housing To Do List

  • Choose a roommate
  • Choose a place to live
  • Choose a back-up living location
  • Don’t forget your student ID
  • Obtain a parking permit if you will have a vehicle on campus
  • Pick a meal plan
  • Read your housing contract
  • Remember your sign-up time
  • Sign up for summer housing if needed
What To Bring:
  • Bedspread: Beadspreads should fit a twin XL bed (38" x 80")
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Refrigerators: Refrigerators should be no taller than 3 feet. There is a maximum of one refrigerator allowed per room.
  • Sheets
  • Small appliances: Clocks, microwaves (no larger than 700 watts), radios, stereos, televisions and similar equipment is allowed.
What Not To Bring:
  • Candles
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates: Any appliances with an exposed heating element are forbidden.
  • Water beds
  • Window air conditioners
  • Pets – $100 fine (we do allow small fish tanks)
  • Smoking devices
  • Pizza ovens/Foreman Grills
  • Toaster (provided in the hall kitchen)
  • Tobacco, marijuana & alcohol (not allowed in the residence halls)
  • Fireworks
  • Pellet guns/bb guns or weapons of any kind
  • For complete list click here
Office of Student Life