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Housing: FAQ

How do I apply to live on campus at EGSC Swainsboro?

The housing application is now a 1-step online process from start to finish. Students who have received their acceptance to East Georgia State College may complete the housing application by logging in to MyEGSC Portal and clicking the housing application link on the left side of the screen. Follow the directions carefully, and be sure to visit and complete all pages within the application.

If you intend to live on campus for Summer AND Fall, you will need to complete an online application for each of those two terms.

Is on campus housing available at the Augusta or Statesboro campuses of EGSC?

Housing is available for EGSC Augusta students on the campus of Augusta University on a space available basis. You must contact Augusta University for availability and to apply for housing there. For the last several semesters there has not been any open rooms at Augusta University.

College managed housing is not available for EGSC Statesboro students, but there are a number of off campus options available adjacent to campus. Contact the Statesboro campus for more information on housing options in Statesboro or click the link for Off Campus housing options.

What if I change my intended campus after I have already submitted my admissions application?

If any information for your record changes (permanent address, phone numbers, email address, campus of attendance) be sure to complete an admissions update form. Click here to complete the online update form.

What is the application deadline for housing?

There is no deadline, but rooms are assigned on a first-come basis dependent on completion of housing application and receipt of housing application fee.  Housing is not guaranteed. Once we reach a waitlist situation, the housing website main page will be updated with this information as well as the online housing application.

How do I request a specific roommate?

When you are inside the housing application on the MyEGSC portal, you will come to a roommate search page. You can find roommates by first name OR last name OR cell phone number. You will only find the person you are looking for if they have already begun a housing application. Please note that if you send a request to a roommate they must confirm your request in order for the two of you to be housed together. If you have difficulty finding your chosen roommate, place their name in the "about me" section of your housing application. We will try to put you together whenever possible.

When it comes time to make room assignments, your roommate request will trump your building request. For example, if at the time you apply you request 2 specific roommates and you want to live in Bobcat Villas West, and the only place I have to assign you with three open bedrooms is Bobcat Villas South, you will be assigned to Bobcat Villas South. Roommate preferences always receive priority over building placement.

 

How are roommates assigned?

Roommates are assigned based on information provided on the Residence Hall Application and input from the student. On the application, students can request roommates by name. They also complete roommate profile questions that helps us match them with similar people. Returning students are permitted to select a specific room. New students will be assigned with consideration given to roommate preferences first, building type second, and profile question answers third.

Can you change roommates after they have been assigned?

Yes, you can request a roommate change. Changes can be requested via EGSC email up until 2 weeks before the posted move-in date if space is available. Requests received within the 2 weeks just before move-in will not be considered, and you will have to wait until the open room change period after the semester starts.

If I’m having trouble with my roommates, can I change rooms during a semester?

You may request a room change during a semester, but space may not be available for an immediate move. Roommate Agreements will be completed during the first month that the student is on campus. This agreement will ask the four roommates to consider situations they might encounter during a semester and discuss a plan of action. The agreement can be altered at any time to fit the changing needs of the group, but also serves as a platform for mediation.

Room changes will not be made during the first two weeks of the last 2 weeks of the semester. These are freeze dates used to confirm room occupancy and make assignments for the next term, respectively.

What furniture comes with the apartment?
  • Living room: modular pieces that can be used as chairs or pushed together to make a couch and/or loveseat; window blinds; ceiling fan (Bobcat Villas South)
  • Living room: 2 slipper chairs in living room (Bobcat Villas West)
  • Kitchen: refrigerator with ice maker; stove; microwave
  • Bedroom: extra long twin bed with mattress and drawers; desk; desk chair; track closet system; window blinds; ceiling fan
  • Twin XL Bed Mattress: 36"Wx80"Dx8"H
  • Twin XL Bed : 38"Wx2.5"Dx36"H (South beds have under bed dresser drawers)
  • 3-Drawer Dresser: 30"Wx20"Dx29"H (Bobcat villas west)
  • 4-Leg Desk - Standard Suites: 30"Wx24"Dx29"H
  • 4-Leg Desk - ADA Suites: 34"Wx24"Dx29"H
  • Mobile Pedestal/Nightstand: 16"Wx20"Dx29"H (Bobcat Villas West only)
  • 2-Position Chair: 17.5"Wx25"Dx32.5"H
What are the dimensions of areas in the apartment?
Bobcat Villas-South
  • Living Room Window: 80”w x 76”h (Students wanting curtains that hang to the floor should buy 96" curtain panels)
  • Bedroom Window: 40”w x 64”h (Students wanting curtains that hang to the floor should buy 96" curtain panels)
  • Closet: track system; 48” shelf with bar for hanging clothes
  • Bedroom: 8’ x 9'

Bobcat Villas-West

  • Living Room Window: 59"W x 70"H  (Students wanting curtains that hang to the floor should buy 96" curtain panels)
  • Bedroom Window: 34"W x 58" H (Students wanting curtains that hang to the floor should buy 96" curtain panels)
  • Typical Suite Interior Door: 3'W x 6'-8"H
  • Shower ADA*: 5'W x 2'-10"D
  • Shower Standard*: 4'W x 2'-10"D
  • Bedroom: 8’6” x 11'

Shower Rod provided - Shower curtain and hooks are not provided. Students should purchase stall shower liner. You can also lengthen your standard shower curtain by adding an extra set of shower curtain rings. Ask an RA to show you!

How do I know which apartment I have been assigned?

Students will be notified of their room assignment and roommates when their application is compete (all five steps completed) or by July 15th (whichever comes last). The room assignment will also appear on the confirmation page of your housing application once rooms have been assigned.

Do not expect to see a confirmed room assignment before July 15 of the coming year. Tentative assignments will be available on or just after July 1.

What if I need special accommodations in housing as a result of a disability?

Contact Counseling and Disability Services at counseling@ega.edu as soon as possible because accommodations take time to be approved and arranged.

May I apply for on-campus housing before being formally accepted to EGSC?

Beginning Fall 2018, students interested in housing must be accepted to EGSC before they can apply for housing. The housing application is available as a link on the MyEGSC student portal.

Can I live with a person of a different gender?

No. On-campus housing at EGSC is designed for roommates of the same sex only.

Do I need Renter's Insurance?

The Office of Housing and Residence Life very strongly advises that each resident carry individual renter's insurance for his or her personal property in the event of fire, flood, theft, hurricane, tornado, overflowing tubs, broken pipes, water main breaks, etc.

You must understand that East Georgia State College and the Office of Housing and Residence Life DOES NOT and CANNOT protect any personal belongings against burglary, vandalism, fire, smoke, and other perils.

You must also understand that by not having personal liability insurance, you may be liable to third parties and to East Georgia State College and the Office of Housing and Residence Life, for certain perils which are covered by renter's insurance.

You may be covered by your parents' homeowner's insurance. Check with your parents' homeowner's insurance company to see what is covered and additional information necessary for coverage.

Can I see my room or place items in it before I arrive on opening day?

We will make every effort to have a Preview Room available for touring during Orientation, EGSC Open House, and regularly scheduled campus tours, but cannot allow items to be placed in apartments before a student moves in.

What is a Room Condition Report (RCR)?

You must complete, sign and return a Room Condition Report at move-in to document any problems with the condition of the room when it is initially occupied. You will be held financially responsible for any damages to the room found upon move-out unless originally noted on the Room Condition Report or a previously reported maintenance problem. Severe damages may be submitted as a student conduct violation for vandalism depending on the severity.

Rooms will be inspected again at move-out. You must schedule this inspection and be present when it takes place, or complete an express move-out during which you do not have to be present.

Housing and Residence Life will maintain and repair the mechanical systems, plumbing systems, and appliances. Residents will be responsible for any costs that occur from misuse, abuse or neglect to the apartment or the premises.

Do ONLY freshman get to live on campus?

No, any EGSC student can live on campus.

Are all students living on campus required to have a meal plan?

Yes, all students who choose to live on campus will be required to purchase a minimum 9-meal plan. This plan also includes flex funds.

Will students have access to Wi-Fi if they wanted to bring a laptop?

Wifi is available in both Bobcat Villas South and West!

Students in Bobcat Villas South may have both wired internet and television service if they wish. Students in West will have to choose between wired cable TV or wired internet. There is only one port and it will service only one function.

Do I need a computer?

A computer lab is available inside Bobcat Villas-South and Bobcat Villas-West, inside the Jean and L.C. "Shot" Strange Clubhouse, in the JAM Student Center and in the Library, so a student has multiple options on campus if they do not bring a computer. However, all residents have access to the labs inside Bobcat Villas and all EGSC students have access to the other labs, so a student may have to wait their turn during peak times.

Are cookware and utensils provided?

No, cookware and utensils will need to be provided by the student.

Can students stay on campus during holidays?

Although campus housing will officially close during Thanksgiving Week, the Winter break and Spring break, students can complete Request for Housing during Breaks form with the Office of Housing and Residence Life for approval.  Students may leave all belongings in their rooms during these breaks. Additional charges may be placed on your account depending on the length of the break you wish to stay.

What are the visitation procedures and hours for residents?

See the Resident Student Handbook for complete rules regarding visitation. Be aware that visitors of the opposite gender must be checked out of the residence halls by midnight each night. No opposite sex overnight guests are permitted (including family members).

Are pets allowed?

Only service animals or Emotional Support Animals are allowed in the residence halls. For more information on service animals, contact the counseling office.

Do I have to take a specific number of credit hours to be able to obtain on-campus housing?

We ask that students carry a full academic load (12 hours) during Fall and Spring semesters and at least 6 hours during Summer semester. Special exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis, but students need to be aware that any drop in credit hours below full time may reduce their available financial aid and result in a financial balance owed to the college.

Can financial aid be used towards housing costs?

Financial Aid money can be used to pay for housing and meal plan costs, but it cannot be used to pay for the housing application fee. The application fee must be paid out-of-pocket.

Who is responsible for cleaning the bedrooms and bathrooms?

After students move in, they are responsible for cleaning the apartment. Health and safety inspections will be performed by staff at least twice per semester to make sure the apartments are being cleaned  and maintained to a minimum safe standard.

Can I bring a bicycle?

Absolutely! Bike racks are provided, but students will need to provide their own lock.

Are telephones available on campus or within the units?

Telephone access is available in the housing office for students to use if they need to call home in an emergency situation. Emergency phones that directly dial 911 are located near the emergency exit on each hallway. Residents are recommended to make arrangements for a personal celular phone prior to arriving on campus. Pay phones are not available.

Is tutoring available for students?

EGSC offers free tutoring in the Academic Center for Excellence located in the Luck Flanders Gambrell building.

Where do I receive my mail?

Each resident will have a mailbox in the Clubhouse. Mailbox keys will be provided at housing check-in and must be returned at check-out.

Student packages will be available for pick up between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 7 days a week in the Clubhouse. Do not ask for packages outside of this time period.

Resident address is as follows:

Resident Name
Bobcat Villas _____ (South or West) Apt #____ (Ex: M105A, K316B, etc)
131 College Circle
Swainsboro, GA 30401

Remember that the building code for South is K and the code for West is M.

Is there a curfew?

Residents do not have a curfew. The lobby doors are locked 24/7 and can only be accessed by a current resident with an ID card or staff members with access privileges.

Is cable television service provided?

Each bedroom in both buildings is equipped with a cable box. You will need to provide your own HDMI cord to connect to the cable box. If you experience any cable tv issues while in residence, place a work request.

Where do we do laundry?

Bobcat Villas-South has one laundry room on the first floor; Bobcat Villas-West has one laundry room on the second floor and another on the third floor. Students do have to provide their own laundry detergent, etc., but will not be charged to use the equipment.

Can I bring my own furniture?

EGSC furniture cannot be removed and a clear path has to be maintained to the exit, but students can bring their own furniture to make their apartments feel more homely.

Is there a place where I can hang out?

The Jean and L.C. "Shot" Strange Clubhouse is accessible to residents and their guests. This facility has a game room, four big-screen TVs, a computer lab area, and a multi-purpose room with kitchen. This building is available to residential students and their guests only, but rooms can be reserved by faculty and staff for events and activities through the campus scheduling service.

Game Room Hours: (Fall 2019)
Monday: 5pm - Midnight
Tuesday -Sunday: Noon-Midnight.

Who do I go to if I have questions or need help?

Please contact our office at 478-289-2172 or by email at housing@ega.edu. We will be happy to help you or put you in contact with the correct resource. You can also stop by our offices in the Clubhouse.