Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Residence Hall Closings for Winter Break

Please adhere to the following information regarding Winter Break:

Be safe and enjoy your winter break
East Campus Village, Payne, and Reed Halls will be open for residents to remain on campus if they like for winter break. Whether you are planning to stay on campus or choosing to leave for the winter break, please be safe.

Building 1516, Boggs, Brown, Brumby, Church, Creswell, Hill, Lipscomb, Mary Lyndon, Mell, Morris, Myers, Oglethorpe, Russell, Rutherford and Soule Halls will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013The halls will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Closing Checklist

Before leaving, make sure to:
  •   Take your prescription medications and other essentials
  •   Close and lock all windows
  •   Close window blinds
  •   Remove all trash from your room
  •   Defrost your refrigerator and remove all perishables
  •   Turn off all lights
  •   Lock your door

Your room will be inspected by staff to ensure that you have completed the
steps outlined on the checklist. Failure to follow the above checklist may result in a policy violation.

Failure to vacate your residence hall by noon on Friday, December 13, may result in a $25 late checkout fee or a policy violation.

Failure to remove trash from your room and dispose of it properly will result in a $25 trash removal fee.

This is important information

Your mail will not be forwarded during winter break.  If you are expecting an important package or letter, make all arrangements to assure that you receive it no later than Thursday, December 12th

Please note that you will not have access to the halls after they close on Friday, December 13, 2013; so please make sure to take with you what you will need for the break.

Your Resident Assistant, along with other residence hall staff in your community, should be able to answer any questions that you may have. 

If you have further questions about winter break closing, be sure to contact your RA or your Community Office.

Cancellation Notice:
Residents who will not be on campus spring 2014 due to graduation, study abroad, internship, etc. must complete a termination agreement before leaving for the winter break in the Housing Assignments Office located 116 Russell Hall (first floor).

Have a safe and wonderful winter break.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Who says there's no place like home?

There's an old saying that goes: "There's no place like home." That's hard to believe, however, when standing in the doorway of our Room of the Year and Best Video Tour finalists. Couches, coffee tables, fuzzy colored carpets and Christmas lights are just a few items that University Housing residents use to transform their living spaces into homes away from home. As one finalist put it, "the more work you put into it, the more it feels like home."

Each year residents pull out all the stops for our room decorating and video tour contests and the entries continue to wow us as the competitions grow. We caught up with some of this year's winners to learn more about why they chose the University of Georgia, how they picked their residence hall, and to get some of their best decorating tips.

Jessica Hauser and Olivia Tuttle, Roswell, Ga. 
2013 Best Female Room Winners

Why did you choose the residence hall that you live in?
J: I liked the suite-style living that is offered in Oglethorpe. I also liked its location in relation to Tate and the dining halls.
Jessica and Olivia's first-place winning
room in Oglethorpe House

O: I chose to live in O-House with Jessie because we wanted our own bathroom and sink in the room. It has been so convenient, and if I could do it over again, I would choose O-House every time.

Have you decided where you will live next year? If so, how did you make that decision?
J: We have not officially decided which residence hall we will be living in; however we have decided to live in one of the apartment style buildings in ECV. My three other roommates and I wanted to live in an apartment, but wanted the benefits of living on campus.

O: We love the idea of having a kitchen and our own rooms! 

What made you decide to come to the University of Georgia?
J: The amazing opportunities offered by such a large campus is what drew me to UGA.

O: I wanted to come to UGA because of its beautiful campus, awesome football team and southern hospitality.

Jessica (right) and Olivia
What one item did you bring from home that you just can't live without?
J: I definitely could not live without my pictures of my friends, family and animals!

O: I brought several incandescent lamps from home and I don't think I could live without them. I love the warm, homey feeling the lamps give off, and we never even turn on the overhead lights.

What's your best decoration tip for those moving into the residence halls?
J: My best decoration tip would be to put pictures on the walls and have a large colorful rug. These things really brighten up the room.

O: My best decorating tip is to keep it simple and work with a color scheme. The rooms are small so they can easily feel cluttered if you have too many decorations or if your decorations are not cohesive. 

Greyson Ike, Dunwoody, Ga.

2013 Best Video Tour Winner 
Greyson (left) is pictured with
her roommate, Catherine.

Why did you choose the residence hall that you live in?
I actually didn't choose Brumby, we registered late. I'm happy living there, though.

Have you decided where you will live next year? If so, how did you make that decision?

We have decided! We're going to live in an apartment-dorm in ECV, because... apartment style dorms. East Campus. Why NOT?

What made you decide to come to the University of Georgia?

UGA has always been a big school in my family; my grandparents live in Athens and my dad attended. I probably would have chosen Georgia even if that wasn't the case though, there are so many opportunities here. Also, Athens is a great town.

What one item did you bring from home that you just can't live without?

My eno hammock!

What's your best decoration tip for those moving into the residence halls?

Make it homey. And don't worry about having a "theme" or having everything coordinate perfectly, you want it to be like a real room. Oh, also- get a good rug. I promise it's worth it.

Check out Greyson's tour of her Brumby Hall room with roommate Catherine:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

University Housing: You are here…

Where do you want to live next year?
 …And so is everything else.

That’s why choosing to live on-campus after your first-year is a wise decision. You’re closer to class, more connected with the things you love about college, and you get to continue enjoying the academic and personal support that comes with living in a residential community. Still need more reasons to register for next year?

You are… Invested.
Research shows that students who live on campus have higher GPAs.
You are… Close. Class is only a few minutes away and parking is not an issue.
You are… Wireless. On-campus housing provides access to free cable, computer labs and high-speed wireless Internet.
You are… Secure. The safety of our residents is part of our mission. Trained staff is available 24 hours a day.
You are… in a Community. Students who live on campus interact with and learn from people from all walks of life and from all over the world. 
You are… a Leader. Living on campus is ideal for involvement in student organizations and those leadership skills look great on a résumé.
You are… Smart. The cost of living on campus can be significantly less than living off campus. Our all-inclusive package beats paying monthly bills any day.
You are… Connected.  On-campus residents report a higher satisfaction rate with their college career because they are living in the center of all the action.
You are… Fun. Living in the residence halls is a social experience. There’s always someone around if you want to talk, study, eat, play or go to the game.
You are… Committed. Committed to your education, committed to your future, committed to the G. Whichever way you put it, you have made being a student your top priority.

You are… oh well, you get the point: You are here, and so is everything else!

#RSU14 Photo Challenge

So, where do you see yourself living next year? Do you want to be in apartment-style living in East Campus Village or with your best friend in a suite at the new Brown Hall at the Health Sciences Campus? Let us know!

On Tuesdays in November, use the hashtag #RSU14 in pictures of where you want to be next year and enter to win a first-round appointment in the room sign-up process for next year. You’ll be one of the first people to choose your space! We’ll select winners on 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19, so start planning NOW!

Beginning December 3, returning residents will have the opportunity to apply online for housing for the 2014-2015 academic year. Now is the time to think about potential roommates and begin researching hall information to see floor plans and rates.

For more information on the room sign-up process including important dates and FAQs, visit:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Are you ready for your next great adventure?

by Ariella Perry

Your C.L.A.S.S. advocate (CA) and resident assistant (RA) know you by name. They greet you each time you pass each other on campus, talk to you about the difficult midterm in your near future, or address music being just a little too loud on the hallway. But do you know what it truly means to be a member of the CA-RA team? Better yet, do you have what it takes?

Being a member of our CA-RA team is a great adventure, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out this video with CA-RA giving you the inside scoop on life as a member of our student staff:

That’s just a little taste of what to expect when you join our team. Applications for CA-RA positions for the 2014 - 2015 academic year will be available beginning Monday, November 11 at 8 a.m. and will be accepted until Friday, December 13 at 5 p.m. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for your next great adventure with University Housing:

The Itinerary for Your Adventure
Those applying to be a CA or RA must attend an information session to be eligible to apply.  Please bring your UGACard with you to the information session. Applicants will need to fill out an application as well as submit a personal statement of interest and two letters of recommendation.

Work for University Housing: Your adventure starts HERE!

Important dates:
November 11 at 8 a.m. Applications available online.

Mandatory Information Session Dates
November 12            5-6:30 p.m.     MLC 214
November 13            6-7:30 p.m.     Rooker Fireside Lounge
November 17            5-6:30 p.m.     MLC 214
November 18            6-7:30 p.m.     MLC 248
November 21            6-7:30 p.m.     MLC 150
December 2              3-4:30 p.m.      MLC 214

December 13 at 5 p.m. Applications and two references are due.

Want to learn a little more about CA-RA positions? Watch this testimonial video of current CA-RA staff members talking about their experiences this semester.

For more information about the CA-RA application process, please visit our website or contact University Housing’s Staff Development and Student Conduct Office at 706-542-8191.

Set off on your next great adventure and join us here at University Housing! 

Ariella Perry is a first year Master’s student in the Public Health Program at the University of Georgia, concentrating in epidemiology and a certificate in disaster management.  Currently, Ariella serves as the graduate resident for undergraduate staff development in University Housing.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Best Video Tour: Where are they now?

Last year, Jessica Jarrett and her roommate, Caroline Bagley, took flight with the Best Video Tour contest -- figuratively at least. For their tour of Creswell Hall, the two transformed into flight attendants and gave the entire University Housing crew a tour of all the things they loved about their hall and their room. In the end they reached their destination, taking home the title of "Best Video Tour" and securing their living spaces for this year. Watch the entire 2012 Best Video Tour playlist on our YouTube channel.

Caroline Bagley and Jessica Jarrett transformed into pilots
for their winning Best Video Tour.
After taking home the title, the two decided to select separate living spaces for this year. University Housing caught up with the pair to talk about their participation in last year's contest, the big win, and find out how they're making the most out of their prize picks.

UH: How much time and effort went into completing your Room of the Year entry? 
JJ: We spent quite a bit of time cleaning and preparing for the video; all the Goodwill shopping and all that jazz. It took a while to film and to edit the footage but the whole process was extremely fun.

CB: We definitely had to tidy up the room a bit before we started filming. Let’s face it. We’re college students.. our dorm never really looked as nice as it did in our video! After everything was in order, beds made and rugs vacuumed, we were ready to start filming.  Our original idea was an MTV Cribs style video that never really turned out, so we ended up refilming everything only a couple of days before the submission deadline. I guess it’s a good thing our first video was such a flop since our finished product actually ended up winning the contest!

UH: Would you do it again? 
JJ: If I hadn’t won, and wasn’t living in the amazing dorm I am now, I’d definitely do it again. It was a lot of fun, and I’m always up for a little friendly competition.

CB: I’d love to do it again. It was fun to stretch out some creative muscles I hadn’t used in a while.  My roommate Jessica handled all of the video editing and most of the filming (and thank goodness, I would have had no idea what to do!). But, I’d like to try again and see what I could come up with on my own. I also had a really bad cold at the time that we recorded the sound portion of the video, so if anything I’d just like to prove to the UGA student body that no, I don’t always sound like that, and yes, I am capable of pronouncing nasal consonants.

UH: Why did you enter last year's contest?
 JJ: I entered last year’s competition because I really wanted to be on East Campus for this year. The dorms are fantastic and I’m a music major. It was incredibly convenient for me to live over here since I practically lived on East Campus last year anyway.

CB: My roommate and I just really, really wanted to be able to pick our housing. Sophomores seem to be at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to getting housing assignments, so we wanted to make sure we got the dorms we wanted. Don’t get me wrong, Creswell was… well, Creswell was Creswell.  I loved it while I was there but I knew I’d like a little more space my sophomore year.

UH: If you took advantage of the prize, how did you select a living space for this year? 
JJ: Oh, I definitely took advantage of the prize. I live in Vandiver Hall in a corner room and I absolutely love it. I was able to choose my roommates and the specific room I wanted to live in. (The biggest one out of four. Holla.)

CB: I visited friends in Myers Hall my freshman year and I knew that the rooms were bigger and that the amenities there were really nice.  Plus it’s right in-between Snelling and O-house, which is probably my favorite feature about the place.  Location, location, location!

UH: How did it benefit you to be able to select your space for next year?
JJ: The convenience factor was a huge part for me. I live on East Campus, I have all of my classes on East Campus, and I work at the Ramsey Center which is on East Campus. An all-around, win-win-win situation for me.

CB: This year I’ve got a single dorm in Myers and it’s absolutely fabulous.  Of course sometimes I miss having a roommate, but there are many advantages to having a space to yourself that you can unwind in. 

UH: Did you decorate your space again this year? Would you mind sharing pics?
JJ:  I decorated my room very similar to my room last year, except I have an obscene amount of wall space this year that made decorating a little harder. I hung all of my posters from last year, added a few more, hung Christmas lights all around the ceiling in my room, and bought a butterfly chair to hang out in. We decorated the living room with some artwork, this really awesome lamp my roommate, Sarah, brought, and a significantly larger TV than we had last year, curtsey of moi.

CB: Jessica was big on decorating last year, and that’s why our dorm looked as nice as it did.  I thought she was insane for suggesting we buy softer lights instead of using the overhead fluorescents and I really didn’t understand the need for the amount of command hooks she purchased over the course of the year.  Obviously she knew what she was doing though, because this year I’ve decorated with Star Trek posters and piles of dirty laundry… my dorm doesn’t quite have that same ambience that it had last year.

UH: Anything else?
CB: Overall entering in the contest was a really fun experience.  I heard that they showed our video to the entire freshman class this year, which is pretty neat.  Plus, the YouTube video got way more “likes” than all of my cat videos combined.  Score!

Check out pics of Jessica's new living space in Vandiver Hall below: 

Do you think you have what it takes to win the title of Best Room? Enter to win the Room of the Year contest today!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Best Female Room: Where are they now?

Sarah and Audrey's 2012 "Best Female Room"

Last year, Sarah Carnes and her roommate, Audrey Wright, swept the annual Room of the Year contest with the "home-style" decor of their Mell Hall room.  Their Pinterest-inspired arts and crafts and living room set up earned them the title of "Best Female Room" for 2012 with a margin of more than 300 votes. 

University Housing caught up with Sarah Carnes to talk about her participation in last year's contest, her big win, and her living space on campus this year - and we got some pics too!

UH: How much time and effort went into completing your Room of the Year entry? 
SC: It took a good many shopping trips over the summer to find the perfect pieces that fit into the homey/eclectic like feel we were going for. The fact that we constructed one-of-a-kind pieces also added to the total time we spent on making our dorm just as we wanted.

UH: Would you do it again? 
SC: Competing in - and going on to win - the Room of the Year Contest was one of the highlights of my freshman year. I see the opportunity as a great way to encourage first year students to grow closer to their roommate.

UH: Why did you enter last year's contest?
SC: My roommate, Audrey, and I knew that we wanted to enter the contest before we moved into 323 Mell Hall. We saw it as a fun way to begin our tenure at the University of Georgia. I'm also pretty sure I used the contest as an excuse when my dad asked why I needed everything I did.

UH: If you took advantage of the prize, how did you select a living space for this year? 
SC: We chose to live in Vandiver Hall, mainly because we still wanted to live on campus but in a more apartment style residence hall.

UH: How did it benefit you to be able to select your space for next year?
SC: We didn't have to worry about scrambling to sign up for housing - it was all taken care of long before registration was even open, thanks to all of the helpful University Housing staff. 

UH: Did you decorate your space again this year? Would you mind sharing pics?
SC: We did indeed! I'm a true contender that you should live in comfort; that your home (whether it be temporary or permanent) should offer a sense of solace - give you peace of mind, especially after a long day.

Check out pics of Sarah's new living space in Vandiver Hall below: 

There's much more sitting space in Vandiver Hall!

Similar colors, different room. Same unique style!

Apartment-style spaces in Vandiver Hall have room for all of Sarah's "home-style" decor.

Apartment-style living complete with a kitchen!

Do you think you have what it takes to win the title of Best Room? Enter to win the Room of the Year contest today!