Housing & Residential Life
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Dean of Students?
Kathy Kotecki, Student Union Room 223, 406-657-1696
How much is resident housing?
Student Life: What can students do?
- From the moment students arrive on campus as freshman, they have opportunities to involve themselves in a wide range of student activities and sports. The University has 40 clubs and organizations, a number of intramural sports, and service opportunities. Check them out at the Center for Engagement.
- Get a part time job or work study job on campus.
- The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the student organization for students on campus, serving all of the residence hall students in both Petro and Rimrock Hall. RHA’s main focus is social and educational programming for residents, providing ample opportunities for interaction and involvement. RHA is a wonderful way to get involved with campus activities, meet new people, network with administration, and hone important transferable skills…not to mention it is a lot of fun!
What are the colleges and degrees offered?
Are freshmen required to live on campus?
All students with less than 30 credit hours are required to live in a Residence Hall. You must petition for exemption if you are: married, single parent, students registering for 5 or fewer credit hours, students who reside with their parents in the local area, and students over 21 years of age. (Online Exemption Form)
What is the fee for a parking pass?
Please visit University Police's website for more information on parking and rates.
May I have guests stay with me in my room?
You may have an overnight guest under the following conditions: 1) You occupy a single room or have obtained the permission of the roommate if you occupy a double room. 2) Guests must show a Montana University System ID or driver’s license and residents can check in a maximum of 3 guests at one time. 3) The stay is a maximum of two nights. Guests are limited to a maximum of 20 nights per semester. 4) Any resident or guest who is in violation of the guest visitation policy may be subject to misconduct action by the Housing Staff. 5) All residents are responsible for the actions of their guests.
What is provided in my room?
Each room is provided with a bed, desk, and chair. Each room is equipped with a sink and wireless internet service. Information regarding obtaining a residence hall phone will be available to you when you arrive on campus. Phone service is not provided, but can be activated for $100 per semester. Room dimensions are 11 x 14. (See also: Amenities)
What size are the beds in the residence halls?
All beds have extra long, twin mattresses. We have a limited quantity of longer mattresses for those who may need additional accommodations. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 657-2333 to learn more.
Do I have to buy a meal plan?
All residents living on campus MUST purchase one of meal plans. You will select your meal plan as part of your Housing application.
Can I have any kind of pet in my room?
Although it is the policy of Montana State University Billings that individuals are generally prohibited from having animals other than fish in any type of University Housing, Disability Support Services will consider a request by an individual with a disability for a reasonable accommodation from this prohibition to allow an assistance animal. However, no assistance animal may be kept in University Housing at any time prior to the individual receiving approval as a reasonable accommodation pursuant to this Policy.
The question in determining if an Assistance Animal will be allowed in University Housing is whether or not the Assistance Animal is necessary because of the individual’s disability to afford the individual an equal opportunity to use and enjoy University Housing and its presence in University Housing is reasonable. However, even if the individual with a disability establishes necessity for an Assistance Animal and it is allowed in University Housing, an Assistance Animal is not permitted in other areas of the University (e.g. dining facilities, libraries, academic buildings, athletic building and facilities, classrooms, labs, student union building, etc.).
If you feel you need an assistance animal as a Housing accommodation, please review the policy and application HERE.
What are the policies regarding smoking?
Starting August 15, 2012 there is NO SMOKING OR TOBACCO use on the University Property. You must go off the property or you will be in violation and subject to conduct. (See: policies and procedures)
Can I stay in the halls over school breaks?
Students who are living on campus during the semester preceding the fall and have signed a contract for the Spring semester may stay in the residence halls during the break for a minimal charge. Students who are involved in misconduct situations during the semester may be denied housing during break periods. Students are allowed to stay in the residence halls during Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break, at no additional charge. Desk, computer lab, and dining hours are extremely limited during holiday breaks.
For what reasons will the university terminate my housing?
Resident students who flagrantly or repeatedly violate housing policies may be subject to eviction from the residence halls and/or referral to the University Misconduct Process. Failure to make installment payments may also result in termination of your contract. (See: policies and procedures)
How do I receive mail in the Residence Halls?
All mail is received in the MSUB mailroom where it is sorted and brought to the Housing office where it is distributed to the halls. Mail is distributed Monday-Friday, with the exception of holidays. Outgoing mailboxes are located in the lobbies of both halls and by McMullen Hall.
Where are my guests and I allowed to park our cars?
A resident can park their car with a valid parking permit anywhere in Student Parking. Guests can park in the visitor parking lots at a minimal cost during the day. Campus Police does have free guest permits available if you stop by their office. (See:Security - Parking)
What if I can not pay my installment payment on time?
Residents are required to pay their bill at the beginning of the semester or set up monthly installment plans. If a resident does not pay their bill on time, they can be subject to eviction from the halls. The Housing Office staff is willing to work with all residents regarding their semester bills; however, it is important that residents communicate with the Housing staff to avoid eviction.
Are laundry services available?
Laundry services are located on each floor in both halls. Laundry is a pay for service program and units take quarters or you can use your U-Card if you have money on your General Account. To add money to your general account online visit HERE. For more laundry information and refund information visit HERE.
How do I terminate my rental/housing agreement when I want to move out?
You must fill out a Contract Release Form to be approved by the Housing Office prior to moving off campus. The Housing Office has the right to deny a release which means you will be charged for your room.
Is there a game room available on campus?
YES! It is located in the Student Union Building and is available for use during the SUBs operating hours. Ping pong is available in Petro Lobby and board games are also available in the Rimrock Lounge or at Petro Front Desk.
Is there a reward policy for getting a high GPA?
The Housing Office offers a High GPA reward policy for those residents who stay on campus. The High GPA is a Cumulative GPA from MSUB of 3.75 or above and you have to have lived on campus for at least one semester at MSU Billings. The reward is either a single room for the price of a double or money on your u-card. (See: High GPA Reward Policy)
Do I have to be a full time student to live in the residence halls?
You must be a full time student while living in the residence halls. If you are taking under the full time limit you must fill out a Credit Exemption Request form and return it to the Housing Office to be able to stay in the halls. (Get:Credit Exemption Form )
If I do not have a car, is there transportation methods close by?
The MET bus system runs by the campus and schedules are located in the residence halls and the Student Union Building.
If I have problems with my roommate what do I do?
Talk to your RA about the problem first to see if anything can be done to resolve the situation. The first step is to attempt to positively communicate with your roommate to discuss the situation. If assistance is needed in communicating with your roommate, your RA is available as a resource to assist you. A resident may always be moved to another room as a single or into another room with someone, but we will work to mediate the situation prior to moving you to another room. If you cannot find your RA please go to the Hall Director. Your hall director is also available to assist you in resolving a roommate conflict.
If I have a disability how do I make special arrangements?
When signing up for a room it is good to list your disability on the housing application or if you are visiting the campus please stop by the Housing Office. If you need special accommodations you will need to fill out the ADA request form with the Disability Support Services. To get help on campus please contact Disability Support Services at (406) 657-2283 or the Academic Support Center at (406) 657-1641.
Can a nursing student live in the halls?
MSU Bozeman nursing students may live in the residence halls. You may be required to get an MSUB ID card for use on campus.
Is there plug-ins available for cars?
There are no plug-ins available for cars.
Are there job opportunities for students on campus? Where do I look?
The University has work study and part time jobs available on campus for students. Jobs are posted online here. Work study jobs are available through the Financial Aid office which is located in McMullen hall also.
If I have a maintenance problem in my room what do I do?
Please complete a maintenance request form HERE and allow for up to 4 days to have your issue corrected.
If I am a non-traditional student which hall should I request? Am I still required to have a meal plan?
Most non-traditional and upper class residents live in Rimrock Hall. All residents living on campus are required to have a meal plan.
What are the policies regarding drinking?
Personal consumption of alcoholic beverages by residents of legal drinking age or their invited guests (also of legal drinking age), in private living quarters in the residence halls or other campus living units, shall not unduly interfere with the rights of others, not cause the normal operation of the residence halls or campus living unit to be disrupted. Individuals who are not residents may not bring alcohol into the residence halls. No alcohol is permitted in community gathering places. Students, who are not of the legal age, may not be present in a room where alcohol is present or being consumed. (see policy & procedures)
Can I post something on the bulletin boards or digital screens in the residence halls?
Bring your postings to the Housing office or email us your screens. See Housing Posting Policies
Do I get my housing deposit back when I move out?
Housing and Residential Life security deposits ($125) are NON-REFUNDABLE.