Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Four Assignment Myths You Should Stop Believing Today

by University Housing Staff

Over the past few weeks we’ve received several questions on Twitter and Facebook about our assignments process. In the midst of our Q&A, we’ve discovered a few recurring myths that are troubling the hearts of our incoming class, so we wanted to address them head-on. Take note of these mythbusters below and share them with a friend.

Don't believe everything you read on social media - These are the facts!
MYTH: University Housing hasn’t sent me an assignment; I’ll be homeless in the fall.

TRUTH: The University of Georgia has a live-on requirement for first-year students, which means that your living space is guaranteed. We’re working our way through a list of more than 5,000 students, roommate requests, hall preferences and more. Unfortunately this process takes time; however, we try to be as fair as possible by assigning based on original registration date.

MYTH: University Housing hasn’t sent me an assignment, so I’m not getting the hall of my choice.

TRUTH: It is possible that you will receive an assignment for the hall of your choice. This week we’ve sent out assignments for each of the three high-rises (Brumby, Creswell and Russell) and for halls in the Hill Community, which are some of our most popular choices for first-year students. Just because you haven’t received your assignment for a particular hall yet doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

MYTH: If I haven’t received my assignment yet, I won’t be able to submit a room change request.

TRUTH: After executing your contract in The Dawg House you can submit a room change request at any time throughout the year. However, it is important to note that room change requests are not guaranteed and are also granted based on the original registration date and space availability. Toward the end of July we’ll temporarily freeze the assignments process as we prepare for move-in, but after classes start we’ll pick back up the room change process again. Each year we have students who fail to execute contracts or show up for the first week of classes, so there is a chance that room change requests will be granted in the beginning of the semester.

MYTH: If I haven’t received my assignment, I’ll probably get “stuck” in supplemental housing.

TRUTH: Although it is true that some students will be assigned to supplemental housing this year, the actual number is few. Supplemental housing involves placing students into spaces that are in the residence halls and on the floors, but in locations that we traditionally do not use as student rooms, including lounges and study rooms. Students assigned to supplemental housing may have between two and five roommates, depending upon the size of the assigned space. In the past, students have reported being pleasantly surprised by their supplemental housing experience, which allows them to have more roommates and an unconventional first-year bonding experience. We captured student experiences with supplemental housing in 2011 on our YouTube channel. Supplemental spaces are placed across campus, which means that you could still end up in one of your preferred halls. Additionally, our staff will continue to work to move students from supplemental spaces to traditional spaces as they become available, which has often been the case in the past. However, we have had students who didn’t want to give up the supplemental lifestyle!

Do you know of any other myths or rumors that we should address? Share them in our comments and we’ll get back with an answer by the next business day.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

First-Years: Share your F1RST LOOK at UGA!

In the coming weeks, you’re going to have a lot of firsts: your first night sleeping in a residence hall, your first time eating in a dining hall, your first time meeting your roommate, or your first time exploring your new college campus as an accepted student.

Last year, we were able to follow Krista, a first-year student from Villa Rica, Ga., as she went through orientation and moved in to Oglethorpe House. This summer, we’re hoping you’ll take a look at Krista’s first 24 hours at UGA and share some of your own!

Here’s how it works…

  • Get ready to experience a lot of amazing UGA firsts.
  • Take pictures and videos and tag them on FacebookTwitter or Instagram with #firstlookuga by August 18, 2014. (HINT: We’ll see your pictures more easily if you tag @UGAHousing in your posts!)*
  • At the end of the summer our social media street team will select five F1RSTS to be shared on our blog. (HINT: Think outside the box! Are you merely shopping for room d├ęcor at a convenience store or on a thrifting adventure discovering your personal style?)
  • From our five finalists, a randomly selected grand prizewinner will receive a generous welcome basket for their room courtesy of University Housing... just in time to prepare for our 2014 Room of the Year and Best Video Tour contests. 

*Not currently active on social media? Don’t worry! Snap your pic and send it to us via email at with a brief description and #firstlookuga in the subject line.

So what are you waiting for? What’s going to be your #firstlookuga experience?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dawgs Donate in a Major Way!

A partnership between University Housing, UGA Hillel and Goodwill of North Georgia resulted in the collection of 30,407 pounds of donations from 11 locations around campus during spring move out. That amount is more than twice the amount of last year's donations, which were valued at more than $20,000.

Nearly 60 student volunteers, along with Goodwill of North Georgia employees, worked for nearly two weeks during move out to make the program a success. It is estimated that the donations will help fund approximately 1,000 hours of job training. Check out this interactive infograph for a full #DawgsDonate breakdown:

Monday, May 12, 2014

There's No Place Like... HERE!

Our new #GODAWGS shirt will
be perfect on Game Days!
We know you’re going to miss your home away from home this summer (we’ll miss you, too!) so we’ve come up with a genius #TBT (Throwback Thursday) contest to help pass the time. We'll share the photos and you share the memories—and be entered to win some amazing UGA SWAG!

Here's how it works:

On Thursdays this summer we’ll post a #TBT photo on social media. In the comments below, share your memories about the location featured in the photo and you'll be entered to win cool housing SWAG, including our newly designed #GODAWGS shirt! It's that simple. 

Here's why it rocks:

If you're one of the lucky commenters selected to win SWAG, we'll mail it to your summer address so you can have a piece of your home away from home—at home! Or at the beach, at your internship... you get the idea! 

Stay tuned—the fun starts on May 15 and ends on July 31, 2014. Here's a sneak peek of our first #TBT photo:

We can't wait to hear about the memories you made at the arch!