Many international students choose to live in the residence halls (dormitories) because of the conveniences offered or live in the halls to meet the residency requirement. (Note: You must be an admitted student at Ball State and not married to live in the residence halls. If you are not sure if you have been admitted to the university, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs.
International students who apply for the residence halls (dormitories) will automatically be eligible for double rooms. Some of our double rooms are located in halls that stay open during university break periods (Thanksgiving break, semester break, and spring break), while other halls close during breaks. If you are in a hall that is not open for breaks and need break housing, accommodations can be arranged for you at an additional cost. Overnight guests are not permitted during break periods. There is no meal service during break periods. Cooking in your room, except when using a microwave oven, is not permitted.
There may be opportunities for international students to upgrade their room at a higher price to a single room, large double room, or other type of accommodation, based on availability. (If you are interested in an upgraded room, contact our office.)
The academic year contract for the residence halls (dormitories) is effective August 16, 2012, through May 4, 2013. We also offer a spring semester contract that is effective January 7, 2013, through May 4, 2013. The contract is a legal agreement, and if you break or cancel the contract, there is a penalty.
After you arrive on campus (and you have a signed contract on file), you will be issued a room and key. Guests and family members must make other sleeping arrangements, and several hotels are located near campus. For spring semester, the earliest day international students may move in to your hall (dormitory) is January 3, 2012 from noon to 4 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). You must have a signed contract on file with our office before you can move in. Because your housing/dining contract does not begin before January 8, if you move in before that day, there will be an extra charge of $20 per day added to your contract.
When you live in the halls (dormitories), your contract is for both your room and your meals. First-time international students will begin their housing/dining contract with the 21 meal plan. The cost to live in the residence halls in a double room for the academic year (with break housing) is $8,714, or $4,357 for the spring semester. In addition, you will pay a $125 housing deposit and a $60 per semester technology fee.
The residence halls (dormitories) are for single students only. International students may request a roommate using our online application or be assigned to a roommate when they arrive. If you have a roommate request, please include this information on the online application.
(Note: Bed linens are not included in room and board. Please plan to bring these items to the hall when you move in.)
Let us know your intention to live in the residence halls (dormitories). As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, completing the online application will allow our office to save a space in the halls for you.
Apply today for a residence hall room.
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