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International Students

You may have questions about where you are going to live while studying at Ball State University.

Ball State offers two different types of living accommodations for students: residence halls (dormitories) and the University Apartments. The following information is provided to help you make the decision on which type of living space to request.

International students must meet our freshman residency requirement when attending Ball State. The policy states that all students are required to live in university housing (dormitory) unless they will be 21 years of age prior to the beginning of the term for which they are enrolling, have 24 or more semester hours of Ball State University accepted credits achieved after their graduation from high school, are married or are a custodial parent of a dependent child, or are living with their parents in the parents' primary residence within a 60-mile radius of campus. If you do not meet this requirement, you must request housing in the residence halls (dormitory).

Residence Halls (Dorm Room) Advantages/Descriptions

University Apartments Advantages/Descriptions

Available for unmarried freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate (master's and doctoral) students

Available for students who have completed at least 63 credit hours, or are married, or have a dependent child, or are age 21 or older

Roommate assigned to live in the room with you

You and a roommate (of the same gender) you find or
You and your wife/husband, children

One room for studying and sleeping

Living room, bedroom(s), kitchen, bathroom

Meals provided in campus dining centers (Cooking, except using a microwave, is not permitted in student rooms)

You prepare your meals in the apartment kitchen

Easier to meet people

More private

Lounges, hallways, and bathrooms cleaned by staff and you clean your room

You clean your apartment

Laundry (washers/dryers) for you to wash your clothes

Laundry (washers/dryers) nearby for you to wash your clothes

Computer lab in building and you may use your computer in your room

Computer lab in complex and you may use your computer in your apartment

Furnished with bed, dresser, desk, chair

Most not furnished; furnished apartments limited

Within walking distance of academic buildings

Free shuttle bus to campus available during fall and spring semesters (not available during break periods)

Price Range: $9,866-$11,474 plus $120 Technology Fee for the academic year (plus $125 housing/dining deposit)

Price Range: $6,120-$8,958 plus food and phone for the contract year

Residence halls open officially for fall semester on Thursday, August 14, 2014. International students may move in after Friday, August 8, with an additional $20 per day charge.

International students choosing University Apartments select their move-in date based on when they will arrive at Ball State.

Contracts are for the year, beginning the day you move in and continuing through May 2, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Contracts (leases) are available for semester only or the academic year.

Learn more about residence halls.

Learn more about University Apartments.