Monday, July 9, 2012

Orientation FAQ's

by Brittany Brewster and Brennan O'Lena

Can you believe that we've already made it halfway through summer? Orientation sessions are moving right along and pretty soon, it'll be move-in day! Below you'll find some of our most frequently asked questions at the resource fair for the month of June - just in case, you know, you find yourself wondering what the answers were again.

Early Move-In
Q: What is early move-in and is it really worth it?
A: Early move-in is a great opportunity to transition to campus earlier than most students. Early move-in occurs August 7th - 8th, beginning at 9 a.m. each day. Typically, August 7th is the date for students who are participating in fraternity and sorority recruitment and that morning is extremely crowded and busy! To move in early, all you have to do is show up! A $20 fee is charged to your student account; however, no registration is required. Beginning on August 8th, there is no fee for moving in and the crowds start to lessen - you might consider moving in later on in the week if you want to avoid the rush!

Meet us at our table during the Resource Fair on Day 2 of Orientation.

Room Assignments
Q: I don’t know my roommate! When will I find out who I’m living with?
A: All currently assigned students will find out their exact room and roommate in the middle of July via an email sent to their UGA MyID account.

Q: What if I don’t get along with my roommate?
A: The college experience is about meeting new people and learning how to work well with others who may be different from you. To ensure that your housing experience with your roommate is positive, University Housing has a variety of methods in place to support you in the process including roommate contracts and helpful residence life staff that can be a resource to you. Read more about  roommate relations.

Lofting Beds
Q: Am I able to loft my beds?
A: Most traditional residence halls come with loftable beds. No special equipment is necessary to adjust your bed to your liking.

Furnishings
Q: What furniture is included in my room?
A: Most residence halls are equipped with loftable beds, desks, and dressers, as well as connections to cable television and high-speed Internet service. Designated closet space is also found in each room; however, each space is unique to each residence hall.

Housing Tours
Q: I really want to see what the inside of my room looks like! When can I take a housing tour?
A: Housing tours are a GREAT way to see the inside of the various residence halls. Tours are available on day 2 of Orientation from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Check your Orientation Passport for an up-to-date listing of all open halls available for touring.

Community Bathrooms
Q: I’m nervous about community bathrooms! How do those work? HELP!
A: Community bathrooms are a great way to meet your fellow neighbors. Community bathrooms are designated by gender. University Housing cleans the bathrooms daily to ensure that they meet the needs of our residence. We suggest you bring a shower caddy and flip flops to make your showering experience more comfortable!

Transportation
Q: This is a big campus. How do I get from my room to where I need to go?
A: The University of Georgia offers premiere bus transportation that is easily accessible from all residence halls. In addition, all UGA students can ride Athens public transportation for free with their student ID. If you have any questions, please feel free to visit UGA’s Campus Transit website.

Have questions that weren't answered here? Post in the comments below and we'll try to get you an answer within 24-48 hours.

Brennan O’Lena is currently a graduate student at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., pursuing a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. This summer Brennan is the Administrative Services and Communications ACUHO-I Intern for University Housing.

Brittany Brewster is currently a NODA intern or the Center for Leadership and Service at UGA and University Housing. Brittany is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Higher Education with a Student Affairs track at The Florida State University.

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