Housing, Residence Life and Meal Plans FAQs

What are the Housing and Meal Requirements?  

Housing Requirement

​A.    As a condition of being admitted to the University of Findlay, all full-time undergraduate students must reside in on-campus housing for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters) unless one of the following requirements is met prior to the start of said academic year:

  • The student is age 21 or older prior to the start of the academic year.

  • The student has already resided in on-campus housing for the minimum requirement of four semesters (fall and/or spring semesters) or two academic years.

  • The student will be commuting from the full-time home of a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian (who live within the 50-mile commuting distance).

  • The student is married.

  • The student is a parent or legal guardian of a minor.

  • The student is a veteran.

  • The student is a part-time student.

  • The student is a graduate student.

  • The student is enrolled in a degree program only offered online; and will be taking no live classes on campus during the course of the entire academic year.

  • The student is a transfer student who has completed four semesters or two years of study at another institution.

B.     If a student meets one of the previous requirements, but voluntarily chooses to live on campus, then they are subject to all terms stated in the Housing License Agreement (see sections C and D below).


C.     Once a student is assigned to on-campus housing, the Housing License Agreement is in effect for the entire academic year and may only be terminated for the following reasons: the student withdraws from the University; or the student is required to live 30 or more miles away from Findlay in order to fulfill an academic program requirement (e.g., internship).


D.    Requests to reside off-campus or terminate a Housing License Agreement must be initiated at the Office of Student Affairs. All such requests will be referred to the housing appeals committee for review. Upon review, the committee will render a decision. This decision shall be final and is not subject to appeal. All students will be charged for room and meals until given permission, in writing from the committee, to reside off campus.


Meal Plan Participation Requirement

All first-year undergraduate students assigned to on-campus housing are required to participate in the full residential meal plan program regardless of which campus housing facility they reside in.

  1. Any second-year undergraduate student who resides in Bare, Deming, Fox, Lovett, Morey, Myers, UF Haven, or UF Village residence halls must participate in the full residential meal plan program regardless of age.

  2. Any undergraduate student in their third year or beyond, and any graduate student who resides in Bare, Deming, Fox, Lovett, Morey, Myers, UF Haven, or UF Village residence halls must participate in the meal program regardless of age, but may choose between the full residential meal program or the partial meal program.

  3. Any undergraduate student in their second year or beyond, and any graduate student in a non-residence hall campus living unit (e.g., house, townhouse, cottage, or apartment) has the option to participate in either the full residential meal program or the partial meal program but is not required to do so.

What forms do I need to complete in order to live off campus?

All housing forms (both On-Campus and Off-Campus) are online. If you are an incoming student, you will receive instructions on how to apply from your Admissions Counselor. If you have any questions about the process please contact Student Affairs at 419-434-4570.

Is a room deposit required?

There is no housing deposit required for on-campus housing.

When will I receive my room assignment?

Freshman room assignment e-mails will be sent at the end of May.

When may I move into my room?

Check in can vary each semester. Watch for communication from Admissions with a schedule. 

May I have a single room?

A limited number of single rooms are available in Morey Hall, Myers Hall, UF Haven, UF Village, various apartment style locations, and some of the  Houses for an additional charge and are occupied mostly by returning students.

Will I be able to build a loft in my room?

All student rooms are furnished with stackable/loftable furniture. A pamphlet offering ideas on how to arrange the components of the loft furniture may be obtained from the residence life staff. Only the components of this loft system (supplied by the University) may be utilized in the configuration of a loft/bunk. No other materials may be attached to the furniture components or used as part of a loft/bunking configuration.

What are the dimensions of my room?

Bare, Deming, Fox, Lovett, UF Village, and UF Haven rooms are approx. 12’ X 15’ (but vary significantly). Morey rooms are approximately 10' X 14'. UF Townhouse bedrooms are approximately 10' X 11'. Special Interest house bedrooms vary in size.

What size are the mattresses?

The University of Findlay provides a twin extra long mattress for every room. Twin extra long sheets will work well, but are not required. 

Is storage space provided?

The closets, dressers, and shelves provided in a student room are the only storage spaces available. Students needing additional storage space will need to make arrangements with one of the storage businesses in the community.

Is cable television service available?

Our office is excited to partner with Philo to provide a wireless cable TV service. Every student who lives on campus has a Philo Account and can stream live television on their laptop, tablet, smartphone, as well as on other devices. Residents can also access the Philo system on their television through a Roku Stick or by connecting their computer with an HDMI cord. In addition, to live television, residents will be able to record at least 20 hours of programming to watch later, as well as have access to a host of other benefits.

Can I bring my computer from home?

Yes. You may bring your computer from home. Each room has a network jack for Internet access and e-mail. We also have wireless internet access across campus. You will want to contact Information Technology Services for more information.

Who is responsible for cleaning my room?

Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Vacuums may be signed out in the Residence Life Staff offices in Lovett, Bare, and UF Village residence halls. Housekeeping will maintain communal living areas.

May I switch rooms?

The Office of Student Affairs places a 2-week freeze on room assignments after the start of each semester. During this time, no room change requests can be granted. After the 2-week freeze, residents have the option to request a room change, if all parties involved agree with the move. Room changes will only be granted if space is available. Students interested in changing rooms must work with their RA to complete a Room Change Request form.

Are laundry facilities available?

All residence halls, special interest houses, fraternity/sorority houses, cottages, and townhouses have a laundry room. Washers and dryers are free to operate (the cost is included in room rates) and are to be used by residents of that facility only. 

How are on-campus housing facilities staffed?

The Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life oversee day-to-day operations of all campus living units. They are assisted by resident directors and resident assistants. Resident assistants are assigned to residence hall floors, special interest houses, cottage and townhouse areas.

Are there study floors?

All on-campus living units have "quiet hours" which are in effect from 10 p.m. – 10 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

What is furnished in my room?

Each room has a bed, desk, chair, dresser and closet for each student, except in some houses. Drapes and/or mini-blinds are also furnished in each room. Special Interest Houses, UF Cottages, UF Village, UF Haven, and UF Townhouse residents have carpeted bedrooms.

What is the visitation policy?

Each on-campus housing area has designated visiting hours. Visitation is defined as periodic visits by a guest of any gender identity and does not include cohabitation.

Visitation policies determine when and if residents may have guests in their rooms. Residents must observe the designated visitation policy. Enforcement of the visitation policy is the responsibility of the residence life staff as well as residents. Visitation may be revoked for individuals or groups in living units where violations of the visitation policy or other University policies occur.

Visitation Policy 

Visitation within student rooms for guests of a different gender identity is restricted to the following hours:

  • Sunday–Thursday — 9am–midnight

  • Friday–Saturday — 9am–2am

  • Outside of these hours, guests of a different gender may only be present in common living areas which include:  lounges, living rooms, and kitchens.

  • There are no exceptions to this policy during break periods.

  • Roommates must agree that the guest can be present in the room.

Visitation within student rooms for guests of the same gender identity is restricted as follows:

  • Roommates must agree that the guest can be present in the room.

  • Guests of the same gender identity may stay no more than a total of three consecutive nights.

Cohabitation Policy: Cohabitation (a living arrangement in which a couple, in a romantic relationship, lives together) is not permitted at any time in on-campus housing locations. Excessive frequency of visits and/or duration of visits may also indicate a cohabitation policy violation. This determination shall be made at the sole discretion of Student Affairs.

Guest Policies:  Guests are permitted in on-campus housing areas only at the request of residents, who then become responsible for the conduct of their visitors. Guests must remain in the company of their resident host throughout their visit and must be escorted at all times. All guests must abide by university policies. The presence of guests shall not deny access or entry into the living unit, nor shall visitation cause any undue hardship on any other resident of the living area. A guest in a room or living area is an individual who does not have a current housing assignment in that room or living area. In addition, residents of a co-ed living area are considered guests when visiting with a member of a different gender identity within the same living area. 

Overnight Guests:  Guests of the same gender identity may stay overnight in a student room provided that each resident of the room gives their permission. Guests may not stay in university housing for more than three (3) consecutive days except by permission from Student Affairs. Guests of a different gender identity may not stay overnight in living areas. Cohabitation is not permitted in any living area.

What is the alcohol policy?

General Guidelines:

The possession, distribution, and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages are not permitted on any property owned or controlled by The University of Findlay or at functions sponsored by The University of Findlay off campus. The only time there shall be an exception to this policy is when the President, Vice President for Business Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs, at their sole discretion, determine that alcohol may be present at specific events/locations on or off campus.  In such cases, alcohol may be present and served to persons 21 and older with proper identification if a special-event form granting permission for alcohol to be present and served has been completed and signed (electronic signatures are permissible) by the President, Vice President for Business Affairs, and Vice President for Student Affairs (or their designees). Solely the President shall govern alcohol use at the President’s primary residence unless alcoholic beverages are offered for sale at a resident event.

Student Specific Guidelines:

Any student, regardless of age, who exhibits definite signs of intoxication or who has possession of alcoholic beverages on University owned or controlled property or at a University-sponsored event off campus (this includes field trips, conferences, and any other events paid for with University funds) will be subject to judicial action that may include one or more of the following: a monetary fine, probation status, counseling, community service, restitution, restriction in campus access, suspension, or dismissal. This also applies to the possession of empty alcohol containers or “empties” used for any purpose, including decoration. The only exception to this clause shall be in cases where the event is sanctioned and approved by the University as stipulated in the General Guidelines section.  In those cases, students age 21 and older would be permitted to responsibly possess and consume alcohol.

Since alcohol is not permitted on University owned or controlled properties or at University-sponsored events off campus, unless the University, at its sole discretion and as stipulated in the General Guidelines section, determines that alcohol may be present at a specific event on or off campus, all persons present where an alcohol violation occurs are subject to disciplinary action regardless of age. For example, in University townhouses, cottages, apartments, residence hall rooms, special-interest houses, group houses, and fraternity and sorority houses, all persons present can be held responsible for alcohol violations occurring anywhere in the unit. In addition, any individual providing alcohol, or a location for alcohol to be consumed, to individuals under the age of 21 may be found responsible for providing/supplying alcohol to individuals under the legal drinking age; thus resulting in additional sanctions.

Employee-Specific Guidelines:

Any employee regardless of age, who exhibits definite signs of intoxication or who has possession of alcoholic beverages on University owned or controlled property or at a University-sponsored event off campus will be subject to personnel action by the Human Resource Office. That action may include one or more of the following: warning, probation status, counseling, restriction in campus access, suspension, or dismissal. The only exception to this clause shall be in cases where the event is sanctioned and approved by the University as stipulated in the General Guidelines section. In those cases, employees age 21 and older would be permitted to responsibly possess and consume alcohol.

Student Organization Guidelines:

Any recognized student organization of The University of Findlay that violates the alcohol policy is subject to the following:

  • First Violation - Two years of disciplinary probation* and loss of eligibility for Student Government Association funding for the organization during the probationary period.

  • Second Violation (while on probation) - Extension of probation* for one year, a $1,000 fine for the organization, continued loss of eligibility for Student Government Association funding for the organization during the probationary period, and possible loss of University recognition as an organization.

  • Third Violation - Automatic loss of recognition by The University of Findlay.

Probation terms for student groups will vary based on the type and severity of the violation, and The University reserves the right to assign probation terms as it sees appropriate.

Please note that employees accompanying/overseeing student groups on trips or overseeing on/off-campus student events funded in any way by the University are required to ensure student compliance with the alcohol policy.

What can you tell me about on-campus safety and security?

The University of Findlay has a Campus Safety and Emergency Management department that operates 24 hours a day. Police officers and Security officers make regular rounds on campus during the day and throughout the night. Residence Life duty staff also perform rounds and are on duty from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day. Only the main entrance doors to residence halls that include offices or classrooms unlocked from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. All other entrance and exit doors of residence halls and other on-campus housing units are kept locked 24 hours a day. Residents must use their exterior door key to gain access. Call boxes are located by the main entrance door of residence halls for emergencies and to allow visitors the ability to call residents within the building.

Can I bring my car?

Yes. All students are permitted to have a vehicle on campus. You are required to register your vehicle with the University of Findlay Security Office. This may be done during the first week of classes. There is no charge to receive a parking permit. 

Will I have email access?

All UF students may request an e-mail account free of charge from ITS. Every campus lab has access to e-mail. There are also computer banks in the Davis St. Building, and the Alumni Memorial Union where students can check their e-mail.

​Does the University provide personal property insurance?

Insurance for your personal property is not covered by the University of Findlay. This type of coverage commonly falls under your parent’s homeowner’s policy. Check with your insurance agent for full details. We encourage you to obtain "Renter’s Insurance" if you are not covered under a homeowner’s policy.

What are the available meal plan options?

  • Plan #1 - Full Meal Plan - Unlimited swipes, 10 Simply to go meals per week, $200 Derrick Dollars

  • Plan #2 - Full Meal Plan - Block, 200 meals per semester, $300 Derrick Dollars

  • Plan #3 - Full Meal Plan - Weekly, 10 meals per week, $300 Derrick Dollars

  • Plan #4 - Partial Meal Plan - Oiler Plan, 7 meals per week, $325 Derrick Dollars

  • Plan #5 - Partial Meal Plan - Arch Plan, 5 meals per week, $400 Derrick Dollars

Meals with the Residential Dining Plans are not available during official University breaks. However, Derrick Dollars are accepted at all other locations during Thanksgiving, Spring, and Easter Breaks.

Derrick Dollars are accepted at The Cave, Domino's Pizza, East of Chicago Pizza, Marco's Pizza, George House Coffee and Tea Company, Henderson Dining Hall, Penn Station, Main Street Deli and Jimmy Johns. 

Meal plans cannot be changed during the semester. Changes must be made by the first Thursday of the semester (the first Thursday classes are held). 

Student ID cards serve as meal cards for students on a meal plan.

What are Derrick Dollars?

Derrick Dollars are a part of our meal plan options. Derrick Dollars may be spent in Henderson Dining Hall for an additional meal or at Domino’s Pizza, East of Chicago Pizza, George House Coffee Shop, Penn Station, Main Street Deli, Sweet Frog, Culver's and Jimmy Johns. Derrick Dollars that come with meal plans expire at the end of each semester and are non-refundable.

What should I bring to the University of Findlay?

  • Alarm clock

  • Bedspread/comforter

  • Blankets

  • Change for vending machines

  • Detergent/fabric softener

  • Fan - all residence halls are air-conditioned but fans are ​a nice addition​

  • First aid/cold medicine

  • Flashlight

  • Hair dryer

  • Hangers

  • Laundry bag or basket

  • Mattress pad

  • Pillow

  • Posters/wall decorations

  • Radio

  • Sewing kit

  • Sheets - mattresses are XL Twin, but twin sheets will also fit

  • Shower caddy

  • Sturdy key ring

  • Towels/washcloths

  • Trashcan/recycling bin

  • UL approved power strip

  • Umbrella/rain gear

  • Warm winter clothing

Optional items to bring:

  • Address/phone book

  • Bike and bike lock

  • Computer

  • Iron

  • Keurig or coffee pot with automatic shut off

  • Microwave

  • Mugs/cups/bowls/silverware

  • Personal electronics

  • Playing cards/games

  • Refrigerator (compact size, no larger than 6.0 cubic ft. capacity [3 ft. x 2 ft.])

  • Sports equipment

  • Stamps/stationary

  • Storage crates

  • Study lamp

  • Television and Roku stick

What to leave home:

  • Air conditioners

  • Alcohol, non-prescription ​drugs or drug paraphernalia​​

  • Appliances with open heating elements such as George Foreman Grills, toasters, hot plates, air fryers, instant pots, crockpots, food dehydrators, rice cookers, popcorn makers, etc. 

  • Candles

  • Dartboards

  • Extension cords

  • Hoverboard

  • Incense

  • Pets (non-dangerous fish are permitted in a tank not to exceed 20 gallons)

  • Potpourri burners (candle warmers that melt wax are permitted)

  • Space heaters

  • Sunlamps

  • Weapons, fireworks or hazardous chemicals

Are there any ATMs on campus?

The University has three ATM’s located on campus. Two are located in the Alumni Memorial Union by the Facilities Office, one is operated by 5/3rd Bank and the other is operated by CardTronics. The third ATM is located at 1330 North Main Street, operated by First Federal Bank.

Can I bring a pet?

Non-dangerous fish are the only pets permitted on campus. One aquarium per person not exceeding twenty (20) gallons in size is permitted provided that fish are the only inhabitants. A UL-approved power strip must be used to connect to the power source. Electrical aquarium accessories must be unplugged during extended vacation periods, such as Christmas break. If any unauthorized pet is found on-campus it must be removed within 24 hours.

For policies regarding emotional support animals and service animals, please see those policies.