Housing & Residence Life Frequently Asked Questions

Why live on campus?

  • You will make friends and memories. By walking through the lobby or down the hall, you’ll meet people from around the world. You’ll attend cultural and athletic events with hallmates. You’ll be able to form study groups and join intramural teams. It will not be long before you make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
  • You are likely to make better grades. In general, residence hall students earn higher grades than students who live off campus. As an on-campus resident, it will be easier to study with people from your classes, access academic resources such as the Writing Center and Davis Memorial Library, and learn important skills from residence hall programs.
  • You will probably pay less. Living on campus is typically less expensive than living off campus. Sometimes it is much less. Additionally, residence hall charges are paid in a lump sum each semester, so you don’t have to worry about monthly rent, utility bills, or a 12-month lease.
  • You can take the lead. This will be important to your future career success. You can help govern your community by joining your hall council or the Residence Hall Association. You will get involved in volunteer or and service projects. Housing and Residence Life also employs many student leaders in various positions.
  • You will love the location. Where else can you roll out of bed 10 minutes before class and still make it on time? You won’t have to fight for a parking place, sit in morning traffic, or warm-up the car. You will have an easy walk to your classes, the Student Center, and all the athletic facilities.
  • You will feel safer. Although the Methodist campus is quite safe, security is taken very seriously. All vehicle traffic entering the campus must pass through a staffed welcome center. Hall entrances are locked. Campus police and security patrol the campus 24 hours a day.National research has indicated that students who live on campus:
    • Make higher grades than peers who live off campus,
    • Are more likely to stay in college and graduate,
    • Are more likely to join extracurricular activities,
    • And are more satisfied with their overall college experience.

What types of housing does Methodist offer?

Methodist offers a variety of housing options, including:

  • two person rooms with common floor bathrooms (Cumberland and Sanford Hall)
  • two person suites that share a bathroom (North, Garber, Weaver, Pearce, West)
  • two person rooms with private bath in a Village Style House (Village Houses)
  • four bedroom apartments that share two bathrooms (Cape Fear Commons Apartments)
  • four bedroom apartments where each bedroom has a bathroom (McLean Complex)

Most first-year Methodist students live in rooms or suites; apartments are reserved for upperclassmen.

How and when will I receive a room assignment?

  • New Students: Information will be sent to your MU e-mail and the procedure will be posted on your myMU Portal.
  • Current Commuter Students: Current commuter students can receive a Fall room assignment after current student room selection. You must provide a receipt from the Office of Student Accounts indicating you have paid the $150.00 deposit and complete a housing application/contract. Visit the Housing Office in Berns Student Center or call (910) 630-7626.

Who will my roommate be?

You can request a roommate or have one assigned to you. Requests for roommates must be mutual and from the students. Requests from other parties (i.e. coaches) will not be honored. If you don’t have a roommate request, we will assign you a roommate based on the information you provide to us in your housing application/contract.

What if I don’t like my room or my roommate?

We hope you will take time to get to know your new roommate and learn to compromise in living with another person  See your RA for help.

What is provided in the residence hall rooms?

Each resident has a bed, desk, chair, and a chest of drawers, closet, or wardrobe. Each room is equipped with cable television. Additionally all rooms have direct Internet access.

What should I bring?

  • power strips
  • small refrigerator (“dorm” size)
  • stereo/radio/CD player, computer, television
  • linens, towels, blanket, pillow
  • desk lamp, alarm clock, small trash can
  • electric fan
  • hair dryer, curling irons, razors
  • command strips for hanging posters (no double sided tape or nails)
  • microwave
  • Click here for a complete list

What shouldn’t I bring?

  • halogen lamps, ceiling fans or track lighting
  • power tools
  • gas or charcoal grills
  • candles or incense
  • any open coil heating appliance
  • pets (only fish in aquariums of ten gallons or less are permitted)
  • fireworks or weapons

How can I get involved?

Each hall has a hall council that serves as an advocate for resident concerns and plans and organizes activities for residents. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) represents all residential students, represents the campus on a regional and national level, and plans and organizes programs. The Monarch Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is a honor society designed to recognize the top 1% of residence hall leaders.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Once you have been accepted to Methodist University and have paid your Admissions deposit, you will not have to pay any additional fees to the Department of Housing and Residence Life.