Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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. The Health Science Campus and Family and Graduate Housing will also remain open. 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 19, 2014The halls will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, January 2, 2015.

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 19, 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 18th

Please note that you will not have access to the halls after they close on Friday, December 19, 2014; 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 2015 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.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Step Up to the Plate!

by Rachel Vandergriff

There is still time to step up to the plate and fill out a C.L.A.S.S. advocate or resident assistant staff application. Applications are due December 18th at 5 p.m. Before you apply, check out this video about CA-RA life:



Applications are now available. Click here to apply!

In order to apply, you must:
1. Fill out an online application
2. Submit a personal statement of interest
3. Submit two letters of recommendation

Those applying to be a CA-RA must attend an information session to be eligible to apply.  Please bring your UGACard with you to the information session so that we may record your attendance. 

There are TWO mandatory information sessions left to attend:
December 4, 2014…………………… 5-6:30 p.m. MLC 148
December 9, 2014…………………… 5-6:30 p.m. ECV Rooker Fireside Lounge

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.

Apply to be a resident assistant and become part of a winning team!

Rachel Vandergriff is a first year Master’s student in the Social Work Program at the University of Georgia. Currently, Rachel serves as the Graduate Resident for Undergraduate Staff Development in University Housing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Residence Hall Closings for Thanksgiving Break

Please adhere to the following information regarding Thanksgiving Break:

Happy Thanksgiving!
Residents of Building 1516, Boggs, Brown, Brumby, Church, Creswell, Hill, Lipscomb, Mary Lyndon, Mell, Morris, Myers, Oglethorpe, Russell, Rutherford, and Soule Halls:

  • Your residence hall closes at noon on Sunday, November 23, 2014. The halls will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 29, 2014.  
  • (Reed Hall, Payne Hall, and East Campus Village will remain open during the break.)
  • You should be receiving more information from your Community Office so that you can vacate your respected residence hall appropriately during closing for Thanksgiving Break.  Your Resident Assistant, along with other residence hall staff in your community, should be able to answer any questions that you may have. Please note that you will not have access to the halls after they close, so be sure to take what you will need for the break. 

Residents of Reed, Payne, Busbee, Rooker, McWhorter, and Vandiver Halls:

  • Reed Hall, Payne Hall and East Campus Village will be open for residents to remain on campus if they like for Thanksgiving Break.  

Whether you are planning to stay on campus or choosing to leave for Thanksgiving, please be safe. Also, please make sure that your car is moved to the proper location over the break, during which we have two home games. If you have further questions about Thanksgiving Break operations, please see an RA or your Community Office. 

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

-University Housing Staff

Thursday, October 23, 2014

C.L.A.S.S. Advocates and Resident Assistants … A League of Our Own!

by Rachel Vandergriff

Have you ever thought about joining the team of over 200 C.L.A.S.S. advocates and resident assistants who live and work across campus? Here is a guide to coach you through the application process!

Coach’s Notes

Those applying to be a CA-RA must attend an information session to be eligible to apply.  Please bring your UGACard with you to the information session so that we may record your attendance. Applications will be available online November 10, 2014 at 8 a.m.!

In order to apply, you must:
1. Fill out an online application
2. Submit a personal statement of interest
3. Submit two letters of recommendation

Mandatory Information Sessions

November 11, 2014…………………. 5-6:30 p.m. in MLC 148
November 12, 2014…………………. 5-6:30 p.m. in MLC 101
November 16, 2014…………………. 5-6:30 p.m. in MLC 148
November 17, 2014…………………. 5-6:30 p.m. in MLC 101
December 4, 2014…………………... 5-6:30 p.m. in MLC 148
December 9, 2014…………………... 5-6:30 p.m. in ECV Rooker Fireside Lounge

All application materials are due: December 18, 2013 at 5 P.M.

Curious about what a C.L.A.S.S. advocate and resident assistant really do?  Watch this video about current CA-RA staff members and their daily life in the residence halls.


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.

Apply to be a C.L.A.S.S. advocate or resident assistant and become part of a winning team!

Rachel Vandergriff is a first year Master’s student in the Social Work Program at the University of Georgia. Currently, Rachel serves as the Graduate Resident for Undergraduate Staff Development in University Housing.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Find the art on UGA's campus and win BIG!

Do you love the theatre? So do we! To prove it Residential Programs and Services (RPS) of University Housing has a unique opportunity for eight lucky residents to enter to win dinner and a ticket to the smash hit musical Mamma Mia! at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

All you have to do is find art on UGA's beautiful campus -- it can be sidewalk chalk, a sculpture, a painting in the halls, or a mural on a wall -- and share it with us on social media using #UGAfindtheart. We'll randomly select eight winners and provide dinner and transportation on the night of the show.

How easy is that?



Residential Programs and Services (RPS) at University Housing is committed to creating opportunities for residents to participate in a wide variety of arts events taking place in Athens and Atlanta during the academic year. For more information on RPS Supports the Arts, please visit our website.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thank You #HDWH14 Volunteers!





University Housing and the Hunker Down with Housing 2014 Planning Committee would like to extend a gracious THANK YOU to all of our student and staff volunteers. Because of you, we successfully welcomed more than 5,000 students, parents, and families to campus during move-in week.

We appreciate your hard work and dedication, as well as your energy and enthusiasm, in making this event a HUGE success. We hope you had fun and we look forward to working with you again next year!

Many (MANY) thanks,
HDWH 2014 Planning Committee






Thursday, August 7, 2014

Four More Myths to Abandon Before Move In

by University Housing Staff

Here's what you should REALLY know before move in!
Earlier in the summer, we were able to debunk a bunch of myths that were circulating on Twitter and Facebook about the assignments process. It worked so well that when questions started to arise about move in, we decided to try it again. Here are four more myths to abandon before moving in next week:

MYTH: I’ll be charged a fee for moving in on the first day of Hunker Down with Housing.

TRUTH: This year, there is no early move-in option requiring a fee. Contracts begin on August 12 and move in is open to all students. However, in an effort to reduce wait times and crowds, we are encouraging students not participating in Greek recruitment to move in on August 13 or later.

MYTH: I have to move in to the residence halls August 12-13.

TRUTH: Students may move in at any time through the first day of classes once we open our doors at 8 a.m. on August 12. Hunker Down with Housing, our annual move-in event, will be held on August 12-13 and is a designated time where student and staff volunteers are on hand to assist with needs during the move-in process. After August 13, our residence hall staff will remain on standby to assist students moving in at any time. In the past, residents have been able to move in with ease by waiting to arrive later in the week.


MYTH: My PIN is not working to purchase my football tickets… something must be wrong.

TRUTH: The PIN (Personal Identification Number) that you must set up to access the residence halls is completely separate from the online PIN system needed to register for athletic tickets. To access the residence halls you must swipe your UGACard and enter the housing access PIN that you selected at housing.uga.edu/access, then press #.  For information regarding your online PIN for athletic tickets, please contact the Main Ticket Office at 706-542-1231. 


MYTH: I didn’t get a room change before move-in week and the request period has ended.


TRUTH: The request period for room changes has been temporarily placed on hold during the move-in process. However, the room change request process will begin again on the first day of classes and you can also request a room change at any time during the year.

Do you know of any other move-in 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 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 hsgcntst@uga.edu 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!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Residence Hall End of Year Closing Info

Image via http://theattractivearts.com

Please adhere to the following information regarding end of year closing:

Residents of Brumby, Creswell, Russell, Boggs, Brown, Church, Hill, Lipscomb, Mell, Oglethorpe House, Mary Lyndon, Myers, Rutherford, Soule, Morris, Payne, Reed, 1516 and Vandiver Halls:

Your residence hall will close at noon on Saturday May 10, 2014. Only commencement participants may remain in the building until noon on Saturday May 10, 2014. 

Oglethorpe House will be open for those students who have registered for summer housing during May and extended sessions. Residents with a room assignment for May or extended summer sessions can check in at Oglethorpe House lobby no earlier than 3 p.m., May 10. Questions about check in for summer session should be directed to the Hill and Myers Community office at (706) 542-5217.

Please check our website for
more closing info
Visit our website for closing information on checking out of your respective residence hall appropriately to avoid being assessed a fee for failing to follow the closing checklist. Your resident assistant along with other residence hall staff in your community should be able to answer any questions that you may have. Please note that you should check out of your room no later than 24 hours after your last final or by Saturday May 10, 2014 at noon whichever comes first. If you have further questions about end of the year closing, be sure to contact your RA or community office. Have a safe and fun summer!


For residents of Rooker, Busbee and McWhorter that will remain on campus through any portion of summer 2014 (after May 10), please check your email for important information regarding your space in the upcoming months.

ECV residents that will be leaving at the end of the spring semester 2014 (24 hours after last final exam) must follow directions to schedule a checkout time. Instructions will be given at floor meetings and sent via email. All residents moving out, including graduating seniors MUST complete a Contract Termination Agreement no later than April 28, 2014. If you have not already done so, be sure to visit the Housing Assignments Office in Russell Hall as soon as possible to fill out the form!

For more information and instructions, please visit our website.

If you have further questions about spring break operations, please see an RA or your Community Office.