Fall 2020 Housing Information
Updated as of 8/21/20 @ 1:30pm
Face masks are required on-campus during move-in by students, faculty, staff, and visitors when indoors and/or wherever social distancing cannot be maintained.
Living on campus is an important part of the Bobcat Experience and student success at Montana State University. MSU remains dedicated to the personal development of students living on campus through intentional connections and crafted support. We also acknowledge the uncertainty students may be feeling due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes to their daily life.
What is MSU Residence Life doing to address COVID-19?
Montana State University is adhering to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Gallatin County Health Officials and implementing plans to address the unique needs of our on-campus communities. We are committed to following the CDC guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, hand washing, and disinfection of our facilities. Our ability to control COVID-19 depends on the efforts of everyone and we must all actively do what is needed to protect ourselves and others.
- Students are required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth in all interior public spaces and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Only students assigned to a specific residence hall will be allowed to enter the building. No guests will be allowed in any of the residence halls during the fall 2020 semester.
- Resident access to buildings will be limited to one entrance and desks will be staffed 24 hours a day. Students will need to check in at the front desk with their Cat Card.
- Custodial services will follow rigorous cleaning protocols to disinfect public spaces and other high traffic touch points in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- Each student will receive a Clean ‘Cat kit that includes a face mask, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and 3 microfiber cloths. Each residence hall will have a “Clean ‘Cat kit” refilling station with sanitizer and disinfectant. Hand sanitizer will be available at residence hall entrances.
- Protocols are in place to address the quarantine of students, if needed, including space reserved and provided for students who live in a residence hall.
- Furniture in public spaces will be limited and configured in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
- Lounges and meeting rooms that cannot accommodate social distancing will be closed.
- Residence hall gatherings and programs will be planned in accordance with the local health department guidelines.
- Residents will be asked to complete roommate agreements that outline expectations in regard to sharing space, resolving conflict and keeping themselves and the community safe. In addition, we are asking students to share their personal safety plans, should they need to go home, isolate or quarantine.
- MSU's room and board refund schedule which can be found on the Residence Life website.
Helping to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 is a shared social responsibility by all members of the community. We hold a clear expectation that each of us will embrace these preventative procedures to protecting not only ourselves, but every member of the Bobcat community.
In addition to the measures above, community councils will be established in each residence hall with representation from residents, student staff and professional staff. These councils will discuss community standards and provide input on health and safety protocols. With the staunch commitment of every Bobcat, we are confident MSU Residence Life will be an engaging and vibrant community that promotes public health and best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
If you have any additional questions for Residence Life, please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director | Housing & Residence Life
Montana State University
On July 20, President Cruzado sent out an update to the MSU Campus Community regarding masks.
Dear Residence Hall Students and Parents,
We want to thank you for your patience as we carefully developed a plan to move students into the residence halls for the fall 2020 semester. Montana State University looks forward to welcoming you this fall, and we want to communicate the fall move-in plan so that you can begin making your travel arrangements.
To allow for as much time as possible for students to move into the residence halls while also allowing for appropriate precautions for a safe and orderly move-in process, fall move-in is scheduled to take place between Monday, August 10 – Sunday, August 16, 2020.
Returning Students: Residence Life is asking that all returning students who will be living in the residence halls plan to move in on either Monday, August 10, or Tuesday, August 11. This will allow our returning students to settle into their rooms, assist with other move-in and welcome events as well as assist with various employment opportunities that will be recruited for over the course of the summer.
New Students: All new students are asked to schedule their move-in between Wednesday, August 12, and Saturday, August 16. MSU is prepared to welcome all of our students to campus with additional programming and engagement opportunities and allow them to get settled into their rooms prior to the first day of class.
Sign-Up Process: We are asking all students to sign-up for a move-in time this year through the following website and select the day and time that best works for them. These times will be strictly enforced and have been setup based on occupancy and limits on how many students can move-in per day.
Early Arrival Programs: Students who have signed up for an early arrival program (e.g. Adventures MSU, Trailheads MSU, Marching Band, Native Pathways to Success Orientation, etc.) will not need to sign-up for a move-in time. If you are participating in one of these programs, please check-in with your program for details on your specific move-in date and time.
The Residence Life team has been working closely with MSU, county, and state health officials to evaluate all aspects of campus housing and make required adjustments in our physical environments, and we will continue to work with those partners. In an effort to provide a the lowest-risk and most streamlined process move-in possible, Residence Life is asking that all students and families abide by the expectations:
- All students and family members are required to wear a cloth face mask or face covering when they enter the residence halls. Many of our hall lobbies and public spaces do not allow for 6 feet of social distancing, and we are asking for your assistance in wearing a mask. If you do not have a mask, MSU will have masks for students and family members upon their arrival to campus.
- All students are limited to two family members or guests in the building. This does not affect the number of additional family members or guests outside of the building, but in an effort to limit the number of people in the buildings, we will be enforcing the guest and visitor policy upon entry to the building.
- MSU will be placing markers on the ground identifying specific spots to either wait for an elevator or wait for service at our front desks. We ask that all students and family members abide by the markers on the ground to provide for ample space between individuals in and around our buildings.
Ship Personal Belongings Ahead of Time: This year, Residence Life is asking students and families to consider shipping personal belongings and items to their residence hall ahead of time to reduce the number of items they need to move in. Plan to have your shipped belongings, packages and orders arrive to the residence halls on or after Monday, July 27, 2020. For specific mailing addresses, please visit the Residence Life website for residence hall mailing addresses.
Again, we greatly appreciate everyone’s understanding as we prepare for the fall 2020 semester to provide the safest and healthiest environment we can for our students and staff.
For questions or concerns, please contact Residence Life at email@example.com. Students and families are also encouraged to check the MSU COVID-19 webpage, which includes additional information about the fall semester.
Director | Housing & Residence Life
Montana State University
As Montana State University looks forward to welcoming you this fall, we have been planning multiple scenarios of when and how to open with the utmost consideration for a safe campus experience.
Today, President Cruzado updated the MSU Community about new dates for the 2020-2021 academic year. We wanted to update our students about the changes that these new dates have for the residence halls and move-in for the fall semester.
Residence Life is finalizing a move-in plan implementing a staggered move-in schedule beginning in early August that allows students through a pre-selected date and time to move into the residence halls in a safe and orderly fashion with sufficient time before the beginning of the fall semester on Monday, August 17. Additional information will be provided through emails and on the Residence Life website in the days and weeks to come regarding specific move-in details.
The Residence Life staff is working closely with MSU, county, and state officials to evaluate all aspects of campus housing and required adjustments in our physical environments. Culinary Services is reviewing all necessary physical changes to the dining halls, as well as adjustments to offerings and services to ensure that the dining halls are operating at the highest levels of safety. All plans are being developed to keep the health and safety of our students, families, and staff at the forefront of our planning.
For questions or concerns, please contact Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students and families are also encouraged to check the MSU COVID-19 webpage which includes additional information about the fall semester.
We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we prepare for the fall 2020 semester to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff.
All students are required to sign-up for a move-in time unless they have signed up for an early arrival program that they are supposed to move into the residence halls prior to Monday, August 10. Students should visit the website below to select their day and time for their move-in.
- Each student will have 2-hours to move into their room
- If students need to cancel or change their move-in time, they need to contact Residence Life at 406-994-2661 or email@example.com to discuss their change.
- If students are not part of an early arrival program, but need to request arrival prior to Monday, August 10, they need to complete an Early Arrival Request form found in the Housing Portal.
Residence Hall Webinars
Residence Life in partnership with the Bobcat Parent & Family Program hosted two live webinars/presentations with information about fall housing, fall move-in information, and additional items for parents and students to hear about. The webinars also had a portion of live question & answers to better assist our students and families preparing to move into the residence halls. If you want to rewatch the webinars please click on the links below.
Health and Safety Expectations
The Residence Life staff has been working closely with MSU, county, and state officials to evaluate all aspects of campus housing and required adjustments in our physical environments. We will continue to work with our partners to develop mitigation strategies for all of our residents moving into the residence halls. In an effort to provide a safe and streamlined process for everyone as they move-in, Residence Life is asking that all students and families abide by the expectations laid out below for the move-in process:
- All students and family members are required to wear a mask when they enter the residence halls. Many of our hall lobbies and public spaces do not allow for 6-feet of social distancing and we are asking for your assistance in wearing a mask. If you do not have a mask, MSU will have masks for students and family members upon their arrival to campus.
- All students are limited to 2 family members or guests in the building. This does not limit the number of additional family members or guests outside of the building, but in an effort to limit the number of people in the buildings, we will be enforcing the guest and visitor policy upon entry to the building.
- MSU will be placing various markers on the ground identifying specific spots to either wait for an elevator or wait for service at our front desks. We ask that all students and family members abide by the markers on the ground to provide for ample space between individuals in and around our buildings.
- MSU staff will be wiping down all move-in carts in between each individuals use of the carts with disinfectant wipes. Custodial staff will also be wiping down elevator cars, button, and all other touch surfaces throughout the residence hall on a regular basis.
- All volunteers will be stationed outside of the residence halls at proper social distances to assist students and families with questions or concerns they may have with regards to the move-in process.
Traffic and Parking
MSU is currently working on all of the logistics with regards to traffic and parking arrangements in and around the MSU campus. As soon as traffic maps and parking maps have been developed, they will be posted on this page for students and families to gain a better sense of what to expect navigating around campus during the move-in process.
All students and families that drive to campus will be expected to place a temporary move-in parking credential on their vehicle dashboard when parking on campus. The parking credential can be dowloaded from this page or will be sent to all students and parents in an email later this summer.
Ship Personal Belongings
Residence Life is asking students and families to consider shipping personal belongings and items to their specific residence hall ahead of time to reduce the amount of items that are needed to move into the building during the move-in process. All personal belongings, packages, and orders shipped to the residence halls should plan to arrive on or after Monday, July 27, 2020.
Hannon, Hapner, Johnstone, Langford, Mullan, Quads
100 (Hall Name) (Room Number)
Bozeman, MT 59715
Headwaters, Hyalite, North Hedges, Roskie, South Hedges, Yellowstone
200(Hall Name) (Room Number)
Bozeman, MT 59715
We realize that moving into the residence halls is a new and exciting time in your life. When you arrive at your assigned residence hall, Residence Life staff members (including Resident Advisors, Resident Directors, and Program Coordinators) will be waiting to help you through the administrative processes necessary to get your room key. Staff members train prior to your arrival to ensure you have a positive transition.
- Students will need either their CatCard or barcode image that will be emailed to them later in July
- Residence Life offers loft bed rentals for Johnstone Center (Pryor, Colter, Mullan) students on a first come first serve basis. All other halls (except Quads and some ResLife Apartments) will have bed lofting systems. More information about bed lofting options is available online on the Residence Life website.
- Residence Life has partnered with Collegiate Concepts, Inc. (CCI) to offer students the opportunity to rent MicroFridges for the entire academic year that are delivered and installed in their room prior to arrival. More information about this option is available on the Collegiate Concepts website.
In your room, you will find the following furnishings: extra long twin bed (regular twin beds are furnished in the Quads and Roskie Hall), closet, trash can, desk, and chair.
What To Bring
Students are expected to keep MSU Residence Life furniture in their room and it must be in the same condition at the end of the year as it was at the beginning of the year when the student moved in.
Multi-outlet plug-in strip, envelopes, stamps, highlighters, stapler and staples, rubber bands, paper clips, poster tack, markers, binders, paper, stationery, post-its, tape, glue, pushpins, note cards, safety pins, desk lamp, pencil holder, pencil sharpener, writing utensils, 3-hole punch, ruler, scissors, calculator, calendar.
Shower shoes, bathroom caddy, toothbrush, toothbrush holder, toothpaste, soap, bar soap container, shampoo, conditioner, shaving kit, cosmetics, deodorant, bathrobe.
Laundry basket/bag, detergent, softener, bleach, Woolite, dryer sheets, hangers, drying rack, iron/clothes steamer, ironing board.
Towels, wash cloths, blankets, sheets, pillows.
Microwave (must be UL-Approved), mini refrigerator (up to 4.5 cubic feet), coffee maker, CD player, speakers, DVD player, HD television, computer, printer, fan, alarm clock, water filter, hot pot, floor lamp, blow dryer, curling iron. MicroFridge Information can be found on the Residence Life website.
Pictures, yearbook, wall decorations, rugs, favorite books, music, video games, movies, strands of lights, plants, camera, planner, temporary shelving, keepsakes, boots, waterproof jacket, athletic equipment, windshield scraper, dishes, silverware, water bottle, medicine, batteries, storage bins, furniture, posters, sewing kit, packing tape, first aid kit, food, umbrella, stress ball, tool kit, cards/dice/board games, extension cords.
Ski & Bike Lockers
For those students that live in Yellowstone, Hyalite, or Hapner Halls only, you have the ability to rent a ski locker and/or a spot in the secure bike storage area for the academic year. More information will be emailed to these students in July and sign-up for these items will begin on July 10, 2020 at 9am, MST through the Housing Portal.
Please note that Hapner residents only have access to rent a ski locker as there is not secure bike storage in Hapner Hall.
MSU and partnered with Collegiate Concepts to provide a MicroFridge rental for students living in the residence halls. For additional information on the cost and process to reserve a microfridge, please visit the MicroFridge webpage for more information.