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Temporary Housing Frequently Asked Questions

I. Why do we have triples and temporary room assignments?
II. Where are these temporary assignments?
III. How will my room look?
IV. What are the advantages of living in a triple/temporary room?
V. Why was I assigned to a triple room?
VI. I returned my application right after I received it, so why was I placed in a temporary assignment?
VII. When will I be reassigned to a permanent room?
VIII. Where will my permanent room be?
IX. What are things I can do to get along with my roommates?
X. Who is there to help if I have any problems?

 

I. Why do we have triples and temporary room assignments?
As more and more students choose to attend LMU, the demand for student housing continues to increase. We are committed to providing as many students as possible with the out-of-classroom learning and life-enriching experiences that come from living in student housing. The combination of a large first-year class size and our commitment to housing first -year students requires us to expand our preferred housing capacity and create temporary accommodations in order to fit everyone in. By doing so, we are providing students with the opportunity to be on campus close to their classes and to live in a community with other students. We are also able to provide those students with a secure environment in which to live and a Residence Life staff trained as resources and peer mentors.

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II. Where are these temporary assignments?
There are two types of temporary assignments.

1. Some students are placed in study rooms which are converted into student living quarters. Each student assigned to a study room is in a temporary assignment. Study rooms are converted to temporary housing in Del Rey North, Del Rey South, Desmond and McKay.

2. We also have triple rooms, where a student in a temporary assignment is placed with two students who have a permanent assignment in a double occupancy space. We spread the triple rooms throughout most of the traditional residence halls including Desmond, Del Rey North, Del Rey South, Huesman, Rosecrans, Sullivan, and Whelan.

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III. How will my room look?    
In triple rooms, two beds are bunked, and one is set at captain's height. Two wardrobe closets and three chests of drawers are provided along with two desks and two chairs. You may want to consider this as you begin to pack for your move onto campus. It might be best to pack some of your belongings in plastic storage containers that can be stored under your bed and easily accessed. If you live nearby, you might want to bring just the essentials for the first few weeks of school. The three students assigned to the room will need to share these furnishings until the temporary person receives a permanent assignment.

In a study room, each room may have up to 4 beds, set at captain's height. There are also three wardrobe closets and three chests of drawers, desks, and chairs.

Please note that in McKay, two study rooms are connected, housing a total of four students in the large two-room space.

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IV. What are the advantages of living in a triple/temporary room?    

  • You will receive a 20% discount for each day you are living in a temporary assignment, a triple, or have a temporary person assigned to your room.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
  • You will be able to walk to your classes and to study with your classmates.
  • By living on campus for your first year, you will be guaranteed on-campus housing for your sophomore year.

 

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V. Why was I assigned to a triple room?    
We make room assignments in the order that we received students' completed application materials.
  • The first students to turn in their paperwork were placed in permanent assignments in double occupancy rooms.
  • The next group of students to submit their applications received permanent assignments in rooms temporarily tripled.
  • The students who returned their applications even later were placed in temporary assignments in triple rooms.
  • The very last students to return paperwork were assigned to temporary housing in converted study rooms.
  • Students will be reassigned to permanent assignments in the same order, so that the last people to return paperwork will also be the last to receive a permanent assignment.

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VI. I returned my application right after I received it, so why was I placed in a temporary assignment?   
We make assignments based on the date completed application materials are processed in comparison to the mid-to-late March start date, not by how many days it takes a student to return paperwork. We send paperwork based on the date that a student commits to the University. So those students who send in their commitment deposit to Student Accounts before April are the first to be sent housing application materials.

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VII. When will I be reassigned to a permanent room?   
We will be working throughout the summer to reassign most students out of these temporary spaces and into permanent assignments before the residence halls open at the start of the semester. Any students remaining in temporary housing once classes begin will be placed in a permanent assignment as soon as space becomes available during the fall semester. In the past, we have been able to reassign most of the students in triple rooms before the residence halls opened, and the remainder were moved within the first couple of weeks. Several students remained in converted study rooms throughout the fall semester and were moved to a permanent assignment for the spring.

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VIII. Where will my permanent room be?    
We are able to move students out of temporary spaces as students with permanent assignments cancel their housing. Since these cancelations can happen in any of our facilities, you could be moved to any building on campus. 

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IX. What are things that I can do to get along with my roommates?   
Learning how to negotiate issues of space while living in a triple/temporary assignment can be quite challenging. As you plan for your first year at LMU, we encourage you to think about how you will communicate with your roommates and how you may use your space most effectively. Remember that roommates who get along successfully are not necessarily the ones who have the most similar personalities or backgrounds, but those who take a few essential steps. They make clear to one another their expectations, communicate honestly, compromise willingly, and use available resources (Resident Advisors, Resident Directors, Area Directors, and Resident Ministers).

Once you and your roommates get to know each other, you will learn the best ways to approach issues that come up each day, such as differing sleep schedules, music preferences, and housing visitors. Remember that talking about concerns before they develop into problems is the key to successful roommate relationships.

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X. Who is there to help if I have any problems?    
One of the best resources for any resident of University housing is the Residence Life staff. When you have questions about the logistics of living in a triple/temporary room, communicating with roommates, or the re-assignment process, ask your Resident Advisor, Resident Director or Area Director. If they do not know the answer, they will refer you to the person who does!

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