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FAQ for MSV and SSV

General Information

What is the benefit of living on campus?

An unique educational opportunity exists within the residential communities of IIT. Residence Halls at IIT are more than just places to sleep, and out-of-classroom learning experiences will account for a significant amount of your education here. We encourage you to use your time in University housing to participate in activities, develop new friendships, and learn more about yourself and others who live in your community. There are opportunities to expand your personal horizons through involvement in numerous academic, social, cultural, and recreational activities.

Living on campus will provide you with many new freedoms and personal choices, including decisions about when to sleep, study, eat, and relax. Responsibilities also accompany these freedoms. You will be expected to be considerate and respectful of other residents, to do your part to promote a safe and secure environment, and to commit yourself to your academic course work and other activities which promote learning.

Residence and Greek Life staff can assist you in taking full advantage of all the resources the University offers. Whether you are a first-year student or pursuing your graduate studies, we feel confident that we can offer you an environment that will enhance your overall success as a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Is smoking allowed in the residence halls?

All residence halls are smoke-free. Students and guests wishing to smoke must do so outside, at least 100 feet from the building.

What is the best hall to live in?

Choosing a residence hall varies from person to person. Each hall has different amenities and features, and halls develop their own personality based on resident dynamics. Some things to consider include:

  • Proximity to classes
  • Living options - Suite style versus double occupancy
  • Housing amenities

What is not allowed in the residence halls?

  • Alcohol (if you're under 21)
  • Appliances with an exposed heating element
  • Candles / incense
  • Hot plates
  • Illegal drugs
  • Microwaves
  • Music amplifiers
  • Pets
  • Refrigerators over 3.0 cubic feet drawing more than 2.0 Amps
  • Space heaters
  • Toasters / toaster ovens
  • Waterbeds
  • Weapons

Remember, all appliances must have an approved UL rating. Appliances or equipment such as ceiling fans may never be directly wired to a residence hall room. Small appliances, such as toasters, irons, and coffee makers, may be used in designated areas of each hall, but not in student rooms. Students are encouraged to use these areas, since cooking in student rooms is prohibited for fire safety and ventilation reasons.

Where can I get information about my room assignment?

All new residents will receive a mailing over the summer providing basic information about living on campus. Included in this mailing will be your room assignment, your extension, and the name and phone number of your roommate (if applicable). Additionally, check-in information for both new and returning students will be included in the mailing. You can also find this information by logging into My Room.

What is provided in each room?

MSV and SSV residents are provided a XL-twin mattress & frame, desk & desk chair, dresser and closet. All MSV rooms are carpeted, while SSV rooms feature concrete floors. Windows hold either mini-blinds or drapes.

Administrative

WHEN ARE CONTRACTS DUE?

Contracts are accepted on a rolling basis. Students are strongly recommended to submit their housing contracts as soon as possible to secure their preferred housing option. Room assignments are done on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier an application is received, the more likely you are to recieve one of your preferences. Read More

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY CONTRACT?

Students wishing to cancel their housing contract must notify Residence and Greek Life in writing. A cancellation fee will apply and is based on date of cancellation. For more information, contact our office at housing@iit.eduRead More

DEADLINES

Please visit the calendar for a list of important dates and deadlines.

WHERE IS THE RESIDENCE AND GREEK LIFE OFFICE LOCATED?

We are located in MSV Suite 110. You can reach us by phone at 312.567.5075, or email us at housing@iit.edu.

WHAT ARE THE HOUSING RATES?

Please visit the MSV and SSV pages of our website, choose the desired Residence, and you will find the current rates for the various styles.

Safety

WHAT ABOUT SECURITY MEASURES?

All residence halls have only one entrance and exit area available for student use. All other doors are for emergency use only. All residents are allowed to access McCormick Student Village, State Street Village, Gunsaulus Hall and Carman Hall with their student identification card (Hawkcard). All guests are required to be checked into the residence halls and present a  valid picture ID. The host must check in his or her guest at the front desk and escort guests at all times. The residence halls are walked through regularly by both Residence and Greek Life staff and Public Safety officers.

IS THERE A CAMPUS ESCORT SERVICE?

Yes. The Office of Public Safety is happy to escort anyone that requests this service. Public Safety can be reached at 312.808.6300 for non-emergencies and 312.808.6363 for an emergency.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN THE FIRE ALARM SOUNDS?

When the fire alarm sounds it is required that you evacuate the building regardless of the alarm's nature. If you see smoke or fire, please pull the fire alarm and alert a Residence and Greek Life staff member on your way out of the building.

SHOULD RESIDENTS GET INSURANCE FOR BELONGINGS BROUGHT TO CAMPUS?

Students are strongly encouraged to check their parents' homeowners insurance. Many homeowners insurance plans will cover students' belongings while away at college. Illinois Institute of Technology is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items; therefore, having insurance is highly recommended.

WHAT SHOULD A STUDENT DO IF THEY ARE HAVING ROOMMATE PROBLEMS?

Students are encouraged to discuss potential issues with their roommate before a problem occurs. Should a problem occur, students can utilize the Residence and Greek Life Staff to help to resolve conflicts between roommates.

Access

WHAT DO I DO IF I GET LOCKED OUT OF MY ROOM?

If you are locked out , please stop by the front desk of your residence hall for assistance. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY KEYS?

If you lose your keys, please report that they are lost to the Residence and Greek Life Office immediately. You will be issued a temporary key and you will also be given a limited window of time to find your keys. Your lock will be changed and new keys will be issued to you if you do not find your keys in the allotted time period. There is a $120.00 per key charge for lost keys.

I CAN'T GET INTO MY HALL. HOW DO I GET MY CARD REPROGRAMMED?

If you are unable to gain access to your Hall, please come to Residence and Greek Life, located in MSV. If it is after hours, call Public Safety at 312.567.6300.

Services

WHAT IF THERE IS SOMETHING NOT WORKING OR BROKEN IN MY ROOM?

Maintenance concerns such as leaking water, clogged drains or heating problems should be reported immediately. A maintenance technician will respond to minor issues within ten days. Repairs/damages may be charged to the student(s) living in the room depending on the nature of the repair. Read More

Amenities

WHAT AMENITIES ARE OFFERED?

All utilities including electricity and heat are provided. Free, high-speed wireless internet access and cable television are available throughout the halls, and laundry facilities are located in the basement.

WHAT IS THE CLEANING SCHEDULE FOR THE RESIDENCE HALLS?

Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Maintenance staff are responsible for cleaning the common areas (hallways, lounges, etc.), public restrooms, and the community bathrooms in  McCormick Student Village.

CAN I BRING MY OWN FURNITURE?

Students can bring small pieces of furniture to further furnish their room. University furniture must stay in student rooms, and storage is not available.

HOW DO THE LAUNDRY FACILITIES WORK?

The laundry facilities are free for all students living in the residence halls. 

Can I have guests in my room?

Residents are required to sign in all guests at the front desk of their building. The front desk is staffed 24-hours a day by IIT students. Residents may have guests at any time of the day, but for no more than three full nights in a 14-day period. Roommates should discuss with one another how they each feel about having a guest in the room and come to an agreement. All guests in the residence halls are required to leave a picture ID at the front desk while they are in the building.