Leo Goodwin Sr. Residents

Frequently Asked Questions

Room Selection

All students wishing to reside on campus are required to complete a Housing Contract. Upon completion of the Housing Contract, you will be emailed instructions about the next step in the process which will include information on how to keep or pick a new room. The contract will be available on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm. (noon). Our housing portal looks different this year, so please visit our instructional videos at the bottom of our Housing Process page to familiarize yourself with the new system.
You can submit your housing contract beginning Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Remember: rooms are limited and assignments will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. As a result it is important you complete your housing contract as soon as possible. As a point of reference, we received 335 contract submissions on the first day last year.
Typically, if you submit your contract, you will receive an automated email confirming the submission within a minute. However, in rare cases, you will not receive the email.  In these situations, you should log back into the housing application page and see if the contract in question is still available. If it is, you will need to resubmit the contract. If it isn’t, please call us at (954) 262-7052 or email us at housing@nova.edu.

The majority of incoming first-year students will end up living in either a double or triple room in Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall. Some first-year students may reside in The Commons Residence Hall based on availability, but most incoming first-year students should expect to live in Leo Goodwin.

All current undergraduate residents who will have 0–48 credit hours by the end of the Winter semester (May 7, 2017) will reside in The Commons. 

Undergraduate students who will have 49 or more credit hours by the end of the Winter semester (May 7, 2017) will have the opportunity to live in the FFV/CLC apartments for the 2017–2018 academic year. With limited availability in the FFV/CLC apartments, and the University expecting a large incoming freshman class that is required to live on-campus, housing will not be guaranteed for students with 49 or more credit hours.

Undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older may live in the upper class or graduate apartments, depending on availability.

Graduate students may live in Rolling Hills Building A or Rolling Hills Building C.

All current FFV and CLC residents can keep their current room assignment via RMS/Mercury from April 17 to April 18. You must submit a 2017–2018 Housing Contract by 3:00 p.m. on April 13. Current Commons and Goodwin residents who will have 0–48 credit hours at the end of the Winter term (May 7, 2017) will select a space on designated floors within the Commons Residence Hall. This may or may not include your current room assignment.

All current Rolling Hills residents can keep their current room assignment via RMS/Mercury from April 21 to April 24. You must submit a 2017–2018 Housing Contract by 3:00 p.m. on April 23.

Current FFV/CLC Residents:

If you would like to select a different room, the Office of Residential Life and Housing will assign you to a new space based on the date you completed your contract.  Please note, however, if you choose to be assigned to a new space, you will be lumped into the general “49+ credit hour” category and will be assigned based on date of contract completion along with the general population.  We strongly recommend you utilize the retention option if you want priority.

All other undergraduate residents:

If you currently reside in Goodwin or the Commons and will have 0–48 credit hours by the end of the Winter semester, you will have the option to choose a room in the Commons via RMS/Mercury from April 19 to April 20. You must submit a housing contract by 3:00 p.m. on April 13.  We encourage you to complete your contract in a timely manner so you can choose your own room.

Current Rolling Hills residents:

If you would like to select a room in Rolling Hills that is different from your current room, you will have the option to choose a new room via RMS/Mercury from April 25 to April 26.  You must submit a housing contract by 3:00 p.m. on April 23.

Undergraduate residents who have a completed contract on file, but do not get a space in FFV/CLC, will be placed on a waitlist. The waitlist will be for housing in The Commons, FFV, or CLC and you will be assigned based on the first available space in any of these areas on a first–come, first–served basis.
Yes – however, this depends on availability at the time you complete your 49th credit hour. You will not be included in the group of students being assigned to FFV/CLC during the original process. Please note there may be a sizeable waitlist by the end of the summer when you complete your 49th credit so it is recommended you secure a room in the Commons and request to be placed on the waitlist. You will be added to the waitlist only when you complete your 49th credit hour.

With the expectation of a large incoming freshman class that are required to live on-campus, Greek assignments will be done on a request-only basis and will be available only to active members of social and multi-cultural Greek-letter organization with 0–48 credit hours. In order to reserve a space, please contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing at housing@nova.edu. Greek housing requests must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Everyone requesting the suite must have a contract on file for the 2017–2018 academic year. Requests will only be granted if you have 4 persons willing to occupy a 4 bedroom suite, or 5 persons willing to occupy a 5 bedroom suite, 2 of which will be sharing a double. If you are not able to fill a complete suite, we recommend that you participate in the room selection process and choose your own room.

The majority of students will be able to request a roommate using our RMS/Mercury student housing portal that is typically made available to you a few days after you submit your housing contract. Students retaining their rooms in either the upper class apartments who wish to request roommates to replace those moving out should do so by sending an email to housing@nova.edu. Please keep in mind that roommate requests are accommodated when possible, but are not guaranteed.

Current graduate residents who are retaining their rooms and wish to request a new roommate for the upcoming year should do so by sending an email to housing@nova.edu.

The short answer is “no.”  During the self-selection process, a suite will be locked for a few minutes while a student is selecting their bedroom. Students wishing to live together should plan to select bedrooms within the same suite immediately after one another.
You will not need to resubmit a $500 deposit, as we hold onto your original deposit until you choose to leave housing altogether. When you submit a new contract, our system will see that you have a deposit on file and should not ask you to submit another one.

We make assignments in the upper class apartments based on the order we receive applications. If your friend has 49 or more credits and submits their contract early enough to receive a room in the apartments, we may take your request into consideration. Specialized requests like these may be made via email to housing@nova.edu.

The above also applies to graduate students, albeit without the credit requirement.

Students who need to leave housing prior to the conclusion of their housing contract for academic reasons may be exempt from buying out their contract. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Please direct your requests to housing@nova.edu. The earlier you can provide us with your request, the better.

All our housing assignments are decided on a first-come, first-served basis. For incoming students new to NSU or for returning students with 49 or more credits, this means that the earlier you apply for housing, the more likely you are to receive your room preference. However, we cannot ever guarantee that a student will receive their preferred room type.

For returning students participating in the room self-selection process, you may select a single room for yourself if there are any available at the time you try to select your room. If there are no more singles during this process, it means we do not have any available.

Undergraduate students may apply for the upper-class apartments if they will have 49 or more credit hours by the beginning of the academic year or if they are at least 25 years old.

Every single student who wishes to live on campus needs to submit a housing contract, Razor’s Edge included. However, if you are in Razor’s Edge, you will not participate in the regular room selection or retention process. The director of your particular program will be emailing you with more information about the Razor’s Edge process. Please keep an eye out for that email and follow their directions.

Room and Meal Plan Information

Please follow the link below for information about room costs:

The proposed housing rates for the 2017–2018 academic year are pending final approval and are subject to change. By submitting your housing contract you are agreeing that you understand that housing rates may increase. Students are urged to carefully consider this condition prior to submitting this contract.

Undergraduate students wishing to reside on campus for Summer 2017 semester must complete a separate Summer 2017 housing contract. The Office of Residential Life and Housing will then assign you to a space in Founders, Farquhar, Vettel, or CLC. Students currently residing in Goodwin and Commons will be moved to FFV/CLC during the summer. The Summer 2017 contract will also be available on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12 p.m. (noon). Please submit your summer room preferences via RMS/Mercury by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

Graduate housing does not have stand–alone summer contracts. All summer terms are connected to a corresponding academic year contract.

There are a total of 78 Singles in FFV and CLC and there are a total of 182 Double rooms in FFV and CLC. Remember – all students with 49 or more credit hours qualify to live in the apartments, so it is important to complete your contract in a timely manner.

Based on 2016–2017 prices, residents in Leo Goodwin and The Commons will have a $1,495 mandatory meal plan per semester. Residents in FFV/CLC will have a mandatory $205 meal plan per semester. Please keep in mind that Dining Services and meal plans are managed by Nova Southeastern University Business Services, and that these rates are subject to change for the 2017–2018 year. To learn more about changes in meal plans please contact Business Services at (954) 262–8830.

Residents of Rolling Hills are not required to have a meal plan.

A student’s mandatory declining-balance plan rolls over from the fall semester to the winter semester, but expires at the end of the winter semester. There are no mandatory meal plans required or provided during the summer term. If a student has an optional declining–balance plan, those funds are accessible by the student for seven years, and may be used year-round. However, optional declining–balance plans are non–refundable. Mandatory meal plans for the 2016–2017 academic year will expire on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m..

Incoming Students

No. Given our first-come-first-served approach to determining single/double/triple room configurations, in addition to the increasing number of students requesting specific roommates, we discovered that roommate matching surveys were not very effective in making room assignments. Additionally, studies have shown that roommate matching surveys in general are not always effective due to students’ habits and preferences changing once they begin living away from home.

In our upper-class apartments (FFV, CLC) and our graduate apartments (Rolling Hills), students are provided with a full-sized refrigerator and a stove/oven. The rooms and suites in Leo Goodwin and The Commons do not come with any kitchen appliances. Students may bring microwaves up to 900 watts, mini-fridges up to 4.0 cubic feet, and any other appliance that does not have an external heating system. This means something like a Keurig is allowed, but something like a hot plate is prohibited.

All of our beds require Twin Extra Long (or Twin XL) bedsheets. The mattress dimensions are 39 x 80 inches.
We strongly discourage the use of beds that are not provided by our office, as the mattresses that we provide comply with the strictest state fire codes and have a strong resistance to bed bugs. A student may bring their own bed, but they may not remove the university-provided bed from their room, so it may reduce the person’s usable space.
Yes, you may. However, please keep in mind that we typically have a lengthy waiting list of returning students who also have 49 or more credits and wish to live in the apartments. For this reason, it is highly unlikely that you will begin the year in Founders, Farquhar, Vettel, or the Cultural Living Center.
No, you do not. For your own convenience, we recommend submitting your immunization records as soon as you are able to after submitting your contract.  However, as long as you submit the required immunization records prior to arriving at NSU, you will be allowed to move in. You may email them to us at housing@nova.edu or fax them to (954) 262-3812.

Moving Out

Nova Southeastern University has a residency requirement for all undergraduate day-time students entering an academic year with fewer than 49 credit hours, except for in the following cases:

  • You are married or in a domestic partnership.
  • You reside with a parent or legal guardian within the tri–county area (Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach).
  • You are a veteran or active United States military personnel.
  • You are 25 years of age or older.
If you will be moving off campus at the end of the year and do not intend to return to housing, you must fill out a Housing Contract Release Form, which can be found on the Current Residents section of our website. Before filling out a form, you should make sure to read the guidelines and familiarize yourself with any potential fees.
From the date a student moves out of housing, it could take up to a week for the student’s check-out to be processed by our office. Once your checkout has been processed, the Bursar’s office releases your housing deposit back to your student account. If you have an account balance, the deposit goes toward paying off that balance. If you do not have an account balance, the deposit will either be released back to the card used to pay it originally or sent to you as a check. Please reach out to the Bursar’s office at (954) 262-5200 for more information.

Miscellaneous

At this point in time, we do not have any kind of family housing and do not allow children to live on campus.

Unfortunately, no. We require students to be registered for classes for all terms during which they are living on campus. The only exception we make is for undergraduate students living on campus during the summer. If you find yourself in this situation, please reach out to us as soon as possible at housing@nova.edu.

These questions all have different answers depending on the year and depending on each individual situation. We have a number of camps and conferences on campus each summer, and many of our summer move–over dates are dependent on the dates and locations of these groups. Additionally, our summer housing is located in our upper class apartments, many of which will not become fully available until after graduation.

In general, move-over into summer housing occurs within the first week of the summer housing term and move-over from summer housing into fall housing occurs either toward the end of the summer housing term or shortly after. If you currently live on campus, will live on campus during the summer, and will live on campus in the fall, you will never be completely without housing. We try to communicate specific move-in and move-out details at the beginning of the summer.

Unless you are living in summer housing, you must completely remove your belongings from the residence halls. We do not provide summer storage services, as our rooms are used during the summer for camps, conferences, and summer students.

Unfortunately, if a student is not registered for classes, they will not be able to reside in on-campus housing. If a student is only registered for courses for the first eight weeks of a semester, they will not be able to live on campus for the second eight weeks unless they register for more classes. The same applies to students who are only registered for the second eight weeks of classes within a semester.

The only exception to this rule is undergraduate housing for the summer term. An undergraduate student may live on campus during the summer without being registered for summer courses, provided they are registered for courses the following fall semester.

Nova Southeastern University provides student housing 365 days per year, and 366 days during a leap year. We also have three to four levels of on-call emergency response every hour of every day. You are not required to move out of housing at any point during the duration of your contract, with the exception of emergency evacuation periods. However, if you will be remaining on campus during longer breaks like winter break, we request that you notify your Resident Assistant and Area Coordinator.