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Are Freshmen required to live on campus?
While the majority of freshmen live on campus, it is not required.

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When are the application and prepayment due?
Prepayments must be paid before you can apply. Refer to the Assignments page and click on your specific student type for deadline dates.

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Where do I submit my housing prepayment?
You can submit your housing prepayment with a credit card online on www.bursar.gatech.edu or if you would like to use a check, you can mail it to: Georgia Institute of Technology, Bursar's Office, Lyman Hall, 225 North Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. Be sure to include your gtID number on the check.

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When are the remainder of the fees due?
All fees including meal plans, housing and tuition must be paid to the Office of the Bursar by 4pm August 24, 2015.

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Can I receive a delay of prepayment?
Certain returning students are eligible for deferment. If you are eligible for a delay of prepayment, you will be able to proceed with your online application without first making the prepayment.

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Does the prepayment go towards my rent?
Yes, with the exception of a one time non-refundable $80.00 application fee.

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How do I get a copy of my contract?
Contracts are accepted online and may be viewed or printed, as needed. If you need official proof of residency, contact the Central Housing office at 404-894-2470.

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When will new students find out room and roommate information?
Room and roommate information will be posted online the 1st or 2nd week of July for the fall semester and late November for the spring semester.

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Are undergraduate transfer students guaranteed housing?
Yes, if you prepay and apply before the May 1st deadline for fall semester. However, transfer students are not guaranteed for spring and summer semesters.

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Can I move in Early?
There is no early move in for Spring and Summer semesters. Fall move-in dates will be posted on our calendar located on the home page of the Housing website.

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What if I decide not to attend Georgia Tech or decide to live off campus? How do I cancel my contract/application?
You may cancel your housing online via your My Housing account. Refer to the housing application/contract for penalties which may apply.

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Can I have a tour of a room in the residence halls before I arrive?
We do not offer tours of the residence halls at any time due to privacy reasons.  Click here to take a 360º tour by selecting your building.

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What are the dimensions of the rooms?
Room dimensions vary in the residence halls. East Campus traditional buildings are approximately 12' X 10' to 15' X 11'. West Campus Room dimensions vary in the residence halls. East Campus traditional buildings are approximately 12' X 10' to 15' X 11'. West Campus traditional buildings are approximately 15' X 11'. Suite style, Harris is 12' X 10' and Woodruff hall is 15' X 12'. The apartment style buildings have individual bedrooms which are approximately 11' X 8' 10". Window dimensions of the rooms vary as well. Sizes range from 44" X 95" to 51" X 116". You will need to determine the size of your window once you arrive on campus. Blinds are provided and already installed.

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Can I loft my bed?
Lofts may not be constructed or erected in any residence hall room. However, most rooms do contain beds that can be arranged in multiple configurations. Please see the "Lofted Beds" for more specific information.

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What furniture is in my room? What should I bring with me to my room?
Please see Items to Bring.

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What are the sizes of the mattresses?
Mattresses are twin extra long (Twin XL, 80 inches long).

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Are microwaves, refrigerators and other appliances allowed in the residence halls?
Microwaves using less than 10 amps of power and refrigerators no larger than 4.5 cubic-feet are allowed in the residence halls. Appliances with exposed heating elements are not allowed in the residence halls (e.g. toasters, toaster ovens, space heaters, etc.).

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What about my laundry?
Convenient laundry facilities are available for all residents.  The location of the laundry for each residence hall is provided on its Building Detail page which can be accessed from the Building List.  All laundry room machines are front loading HE washers, and HE detergent pods are recommended for the best results. Washer and dryer progress may be monitored online through LaundryView.

BuzzCard is the method of payment, and the cost August 1, 2015-July 31, 2016 is: 
  • $1.59 per washer load
  • $0.32 for ten minutes to dry

Tenth & Home Apartments have full size washers and dryers inside each apartment.  Also, Hamper-Haven College Laundry Services is in the Student Center.

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Can students remain on campus during breaks? Are the dining halls open?
Students can remain on campus during semester or holiday breaks. The dining halls are NOT open during this time.

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What is the Freshman Experience Program?
Please see the FE web page.

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What is my mailing address?
Your box number is available via your Buzzport account. If you do not yet have a box assignment, address package as "Incoming new student, Georgia Tech Station" on line 2.

When sending packages through UPS, DHL, FedEx or any others which do not accept packages addressed to P.O. Boxes, please use the following format:
Line 1: Student's Name
Line 2: 350 Ferst Drive
Line 3: Box Number 3##### Georgia Tech Station
Line 4: Atlanta, GA 30332-0450

Overnight Mail is delivered the same day of receipt.

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What are my meal plan options?

All meal plans are handled by the BuzzCard Office, www.buzzcard.gatech.edu.

The cost of your meal plan is not included in your housing fees.

The Freshman Meal Plan is required as part of your housing contract for all freshmen living in on-campus housing.

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I have to sign up for parking now, but I don't know my actual room assignment. What do I do?
Sign up for the area in which you think will be most convenient to your classes. For a fee, GT Parking will work to change your parking area at a later date if space is available in the area you wish to park.

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I am a new student, how do I get my gtAccount (email)?
After your application is received by Georgia Tech you will be given an email account known as the "gtAccount". To activate your account, simply go to www.passport.gatech.edu, click on I need to activate my account (Students Only), and enter the required information. The Department of Housing will communicate with students via e-mail as much as possible. Check your GT e-mail account regularly.

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What is my GTID #?
The GTID # is a nine digit The GTID # is a nine digit number used as the student's ID. It will also be assigned after your application to Georgia Tech is received by admissions.

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What is the mailing address and fax number to the Georgia Tech Department of Housing?
Student Services Building
Department of Housing
353 Ferst Drive Suite 102
Atlanta, Georgia. 30332-0459
404-894-2470 Phone
404-894-6573 Fax

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Do I need personal property insurance?
Accidental fire and flooding or theft and vandalism can cause damage to or loss of your possessions. What if:

  • you drop your laptop and crack the screen?
  • your cell phone is stolen?
  • you want to travel abroad?

Steps should be taken to protect your electronics, clothes, books, bike, identity and more.                                                                                                                                                 

Georgia Tech strongly encourages students to secure insurance coverage for personal belongings either through their parent’s/guardian’s homeowners insurance company or with a separate renter's policy. For more information please visit:collegestudentinsurance.com/download/csi_brochure.pdf

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