Future Residents Frequently Asked Questions
Application Process For On-Campus Living:
Answer: You must have completely filled out, signed and submitted the following documents:
• Student Housing and Meal Plan License Agreement
• Application Personal Profile
• Emergency and Health Insurance Information
• Payment Plan Agreement
• Meningococcal Disease and Information Form (Freshman only)
• $50 Non-Refundable Application Fee and $150 Security Deposit
Answer: The meal plans are explained below:
Platinum Meal Plan: Unlimited meal swipes in the University Dining Hall (UDH) - 7 days a week from 7am-8pm, plus $150 flex cash each semester for use at Dining Services locations around campus. Also includes one meal per week at The Bucket (On-Campus Restaurant).
Gold Meal Plan: Select 10 meals per week in the UDH, plus $150 flex cash each semester for use at Dining Services locations around campus.
*Silver Meal Plan: Select 7 meals per week in the UDH, plus $200 flex cash each semester for use at Dining Services locations around campus.
(Note: For Returning Residents ONLY. Returning students must qualify for the Silver meal plan in order to obtain it)
Answer: The application will become available on October 15th.
Answer: You will receive either $150 each semester (Platinum and Gold) or $200 each semester (Silver) in flex cash for the academic year. Each semester you will receive $150 or $200 on your Bulldog card (Fresno State ID card). The flex cash can be used at all dining services operations. Each flex dollar is equivalent to one dollar and is used in the same way. The Bulldog card acts as a debit card, which carries a dollar value. When dining at the on-campus eateries (such as Panda Express, Subway, Taco Bell, Snack Bar) you will be able to use your Bulldog card to make purchases. The amount of your transaction will then be deducted from the card. This system is only available in the Food Court.
Answer: Yes. All undergraduate residents of University Courtyard must select a meal plan. Graduate students are not required to select a meal plan.
Answer: A designated payor is the party who is financially responsible for payment of your room and board. A parent, guardian or designated payor can complete the designated payor information on Section II of the Student Housing and Meal Plan License Agreement AND the person must sign the license agreement in the designated payor box. The monthly statements for room and board are mailed directly to the designated payor and the person living on-campus so that payments can be made timely. A designated payor is required for all applicants under the age of 18.
Note: If you are 18 years of age or older, you do not need a designated payor. If this section is not complete, you are held solely responsible for room and board charges.
Answer: You must have submitted a complete on-campus living application packet in order to receive a bed assignment. Bed assignments begin in June and continue on a weekly basis, as space becomes available. If you are assigned, a letter will be mailed or a call made if assignment is. However, it is your responsibility to contact University Courtyard between August 1-20 by visiting our website www.universitycourtyard.org or calling 559.278.2345 to check on your application status and bed availability.
Answer: Students living on-campus are required to provide health insurance information no later than two weeks after moving in. See on-campus living application packet for health insurance requirements.
Answer: All triple occupancy rooms are located in the suites and are the same size as the double occupancy room – 14 feet by 12 feet 2 inches (approximate). Triple occupancy rooms include:
3 beds (80” x 36” wide)
2 closets & 1 wardrobe closet located in the hallway
2 dressers with 3 drawers each
3 standard computer desks with desk chairs
Note: File cabinet is incorporated into the standard desk with drawers. Book carrel with task light is not provided in triple occupancy rooms.
Answer: Community style halls are built in a way that promotes community development. Each floor has two gender-designated wings. On each wing is a hallway with rooms located across from each other and a common, gender designated bathroom. This is the best way to get to meet people, make friends, and find study partners. There is always something to do either with other residents or by participating in social and educational programs held in these halls.
Residence Suites are one, two or three bedrooms. However, there are only a few one bedroom suites. The roommates and suitemates share a living room and bathroom. Since there is not a common hallway and each suite has a separate entrance, residents have to make a greater effort to meet people, make friends, and get involved. Social and educational activities are held and residents go to a central location to participate.
Answer: If you arrive in the fall semester, the “Student Housing and Meal Plan License Agreement” period is for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters). You sign an academic year license agreement and are responsible for all of the Terms and Conditions of the agreement.
Exception: If at the conclusion of the fall semester, you 1) withdraw, graduate, or transfer from Fresno State, 2) join the military and are required to report for duty or 3) are participating in an approved one semester program and your name is submitted to University Courtyard by the program’s coordinator prior to the beginning of the fall semester, you may “Petition to Cancel” your license agreement. If you meet one of these conditions and can provide the required documentation no later than November 1, your Petition for Cancellation will be approved and you will not be charged the spring room and meal plan cost as long as you are not enrolled at Fresno State for the spring semester; however, a processing fee is required and administrative fees may be assessed.
Note: There is an option to apply for spring only semester. This may be done on any regular academic year application. All dates and deadlines are different for the spring only applicants. For more information, please contact our Atrium Customer Service Desk at 559.278.2345.
Answer: The convenience of living on-campus in a community of students who support your academic goals and provides you with an environment that encourages independence separates the on-campus living experience from an off-campus experience. When you move on-campus over 1,100 students will also be moving in and they will be looking to make friends. When you leave home, you’ll be looking for a new support network – study partners, someone to go to lunch with or the movies and friends to share your new university life with. The Residential Life Staff live on-campus and provide educational and social programs. We also have a 24-hour Atrium Customer Service Desk and a Residential Life Staff member is on-call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. We have many safety features that enhance your living experience. Read through the on-campus living application packet and take the tour available at our website. If you would like to visit the campus, University Outreach Services provides tours of the campus or both the campus and housing – visit www.gotofresnostate.com or call 559.278.2048 for an appointment. If you are interested in a tour of our residence halls, sign-up on our website or call 1.800.555.0482 for an appointment.
Answer: No. The university application and admission process is separate from University Courtyard’s on-campus living application process. You must apply separately and housing is subject to availability at the time your completed on-campus living application packet is received. You are encouraged to submit the completed on-campus living application packet immediately upon receiving it for your best opportunity to receive on-campus living.
Answer: No. All housing is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Submit your completed application as soon as possible to receive the best chance at a guaranteed bed. Based on the date of receipt you will be guaranteed a bed space or placed on the waiting list.
Answer: Learning Communities are available for incoming freshmen that apply with University Courtyard before May 1, accept Fresno State before May 1 and register for Dog Days before May 1. All freshmen who meet these requirements will be eligible for the Academic Learning Community program and will be guaranteed three (3) classes for the fall semester. (subject to change)
Answer: No. The only exception is Aquatic Fish in a 5 gallon or less aquarium.
Answer: Safety is a top priority at University Courtyard and includes the following:
Public Safety Assistants (PSAs) who patrol the halls and grounds in late evening/early morning.
University Police who advise the PSAs, respond to emergencies and are available for residents. An officer patrols University Courtyard, seven days a week.
Live-in staff is on call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Professional staff is on call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Electronic key card access for the residents
Hall exterior door and bedroom door
Escort service through University Police Department
Customer Service Desk 24 hours/day, 7 days/week (through the academic year)
Answer: Lot P27 is the closest Student/Visitor Parking Lot to University Courtyard. It is the only parking lot that allows overnight parking. You must purchase a University Student/Visitor parking permit ($93 per semester, subject to change). Parking permit information is available on Fresno State’s website at www.fresnostate.edu/adminserv/police/traffic/permits/.
What to bring (Recommended Essentials)
• Alarm or clock radio
• Sheets (twin extra long)
• Extension cord
• Surge protector
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Laundry hamper
• Laundry detergent
• Renter’s insurance
• Sewing kit
• First aid kit
• Shower gear (shoes and other necessities)
• Towels & washcloths
What to bring (optional)
• Bathroom mat (suites)
• Desk light
• Desk supplies
• Forks/knives/spoons (plastic)
• Iron & ironing board
• Paper plates & cups
• Paper towels/all-purpose cleaner/ air freshener
• Pictures/posters- no more than 50% of wall can be covered
• Postage stamps
• Shower caddy
• Ticky-tac tape or poster putty
Amplified musical instruments
Alcohol or alcohol containers (exception: 21 and older)
Candles and incense
Cooking appliances (hot plates, rice cookers, toasters, popcorn popper)
Controlled substances - illegal use or possession
Gambling and Lotteries
Microwaves (other than microfridge provided)
Motorized vehicles or gasoline-powered equipment to store or work on inside your room
Pets other than aquatic fish (max five gallon tank)
Posters/hangings (no more than 50% of wall can be covered)
Weapons including but not limited to: firearms, fireworks, ammunition, knives, paintball guns, pellet guns, airsoft guns
Weights and weightlifting equipment
Answer: Yes. The refrigerator must be 2.5 cubic feet or less. We do supply a microfridge (compact microwave/freezer/refrigerator combination) to share with your roommates or suitemates. Vacuum cleaners are available for check-out at the Atrium Customer Service desk. A television in the Atrium is available for all residents to use and there is a television in the first floor lobby of each of the community style halls. Free cable hook-up is available in each room; including the suite living rooms. Digital cable convertors are also available through Comcast.
Answer: No. You can stay during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring recess; however, since you were not charged for this time period, there is no refund. Meals may not be included for the Thanksgiving, Winter, or Spring recesses.
Answer: No. You cannot share the same bedroom with someone of the opposite gender. Men live with men, and women live with women. In Baker, Graves, and Homan community style halls, a wing is designated as male or female. However, men and women live within the same building. The bathrooms are gender designated on each wing. Suite style halls are also gender-designated rooms. However, genders of the opposite sex may live next to each other in their separate rooms.
Answer: If both you and your roommate check that it is okay to “release phone number” to prospective roommates on the Application Personal Profile, and a roommate has been assigned to you, then the roommate phone number will be included on your room assignment letter.
Answer: According to the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, we cannot legally provide student information to anyone other than the student unless a student provides in writing the person or persons we are allowed to discuss their account or general concerns about housing. If you are the Designated Payor, you are able to find out all financial information from your child’s account.
Answer: Yes. The Community Style Halls (Baker, Graves, and Homan) and Suite Style Halls (Aspen, Birch, Cedar, Ponderosa, Sequoia, Sycamore) have free wireless internet in each of the rooms. For other internet inquiries, please contact the campus technology services department at 559.278.7000.
Answer: Family or couple housing is not available on the Fresno State campus. There are a number of apartments within a one to five mile radius of the Fresno State campus. You can contact a local rental service for apartment information.
Answer: One of the purposes of living on campus is to develop a network of students who support each other academically and to make new friends. Living in a double occupancy room provides many opportunities to develop this network and to meet new people. In addition, University Courtyard wants to provide on-campus living to as many Fresno State students as possible. We have surveyed residents and asked for suggestions on how to increase the number of beds available. The majority of residents responded to reduce the number of singles. University Courtyard appreciates residents’ understanding as we strive to provide housing to as many Fresno State students as possible.
Answer: On the “Room Options” page, the approximate dimensions of the rooms are shown on the drawings. In a community style hall, most double or large single occupancy rooms are 15 feet, 10 inches by 11 feet, 2 inches. In a residence suite most double occupancy, triple occupancy or large singles in a 2 or 3 bedroom are 14 feet by 12 feet 2 inches. All small singles or singles in a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom are approximately 8 feet, 10 inches by 12 feet 2 inches.
Answer: Double occupancy rooms are furnished with 2 sets of loft style furniture (Including: extra long twin beds, large desks, book carrels with task light, 3 drawer dressers, 2 drawer file cabinets, 2 desk chairs), closets, wastebaskets, overhead light, carpet, windows with blinds, safe.
Residence suite living rooms have a couch, chair, coffee table, and bookcase. There is a microfridge (compact microwave/freezer/refrigerator combination) in the suite living room to share with suitemates and one in every community style room to share with your roommate.
Single rooms have one set of furniture.
You may bring additional furniture for suite living rooms (such as: chairs, couches). Information provided in your Room Assignment packet will explain the check-in process and what to bring. If you are interested in purchasing linen, information from Residence Hall Linens will be sent with your room assignment letter. You can also view their offer at www.rhl.org/csf.
Answer: The mattresses are 80” long by 36” wide and take extra long twin sheets or flat twin sheets. If you would like to purchase extra-long bedding, please visit Residence Hall Linens.
Answer: 20" wide x 16" deep x 9" tall.
Answer: Yes! University Courtyard is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and supportive experience for all students. If you are interested in a gender-inclusive room or the Gender Inclusive Living Experience, we can provide you with a personal and confidential assessment of the available options. To discuss your interest or preferences, please contact Erin Boele, Director of University Courtyard, by phone (559-278-2345/1-800-555-0482) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our Gender-inclusive housing suite features: • Two double rooms (two residents per room) • Shared bathroom • Shared living room