Housing FAQs

Once you know that on-campus housing is what you want, you’ll need to know when, how and where to apply and the steps you need to take. Of course, you have a lot of questions and, in this section, we cover some of the most popular questions. If you don’t see your question, don’t hesitate to contact a Residential Life staff member either by email at residentiallife@fontbonne.edu or by phone at 314-889-1422.

Fontbonne University’s Department of Residential Life is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for University holidays. If you need assistance to report cable or internet outages, need to borrow a key or access card or submit a work order, please visit us in Medaille Hall, in the Student Affairs office on the first floor.

New Students

When can I tour a residence hall room?

You can tour a residence hall during your visit to campus or during Griffin 101. Since we have residents and visiting guests in the halls during the summer, we cannot give tours of specific rooms. More information about the room accommodations and furnishings can be found on the Residential Housing page on the website.

When Should I Apply for Campus Housing?

We encourage anyone wishing to live on campus to apply as early as possible to receive priority housing.
Housing applications for new students are found on the university’s website, Apply for Housing. First-year students can indicate their housing and roommate preferences on the housing contract.

A tuition and housing security deposit must be made at the time the application contract is completed and submitted to the FBU Residential Life office. Every effort is made to accommodate those preferences as assignments are made over the summer.

If you need special accommodations, let us know so we can work with you.

Can beds be lofted?

No, sorry, although bed risers may be used. Mattresses can be raised to the highest level to have accessible storage below.

How do I get mail?

Mailboxes for students living on campus are located in Medaille Hall. All residents receive their mailbox assignment with their room assignment. You receive the combination for your mailbox when you pick up your room key and access card at check-in. Mail should be addressed this way for accurate delivery:

First Name Last Name
Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd., Campus Box Number
St. Louis, MO 63105

Students who receive a package will get a slip in their mailbox and can pick up the item from the mail room on the first floor of Ryan Hall. Bring your Fontbonne ID.
If you no longer have the combination for your mailbox, come to the Student Affairs office to get a new copy.

When is move-in?

Typically, freshman move in the Thursday before classes begin in August. Returning residents and transfer students move in the Saturday before classes begin in August. Housing assignment letters are sent to your Fontbonne email. The letter will give the day in which a student will move in. More details are available as Fall Welcome approaches.

What can I bring to the residence halls?

This is an overview of typical items that are used in the halls. Space is limited. Discuss with your roommate regarding who will bring what, especially larger items like: mini-fridge, microwave, TV and gaming console. All electrical items on this list must be Underwriters Laboratory (UL) rated. This is not an all-inclusive list. If you have questions about an item, please contact Residential Life at residentiallife@fontbonne.edu

Bath: shower caddy & flip flops, shower products, shower curtain (Medaille/Southwest), towels/washcloths

Bedroom: Extra-Long (36×80) twin bed linens (blankets, sheets, comforter), pillows

Clothing: seasonal clothing-casual and dress clothes, hangers, inexpensive jewelry

Personal Items: Prescriptions, first aid kit, sewing kit, safety pins, contacts, glasses, pain reliever, hair products, toothbrush/toothpaste

Approved appliances: computer/printer, Surge protector (15 amp circuit breaker with reset switch), microwave, mini-fridge, TV, cable cords and adaptors, toaster, fan, curling iron (auto shut-off), hairdryer

General Items: bicycle/lock/helmet, cleaning products, flashlight, storage–stackable or under the bed, Surge protector (15 amp circuit breaker with reset switch), trashcan, laundry baskets/detergent, umbrella, dishes and flatware, carpeting/rug, blue tape, poster mount putty

Class related: Backpack, notebooks, paper, pencils/pens/tape/scissors, stapler, calculator, flash drives, white-out, highlighters

What NOT to bring to the Residence Halls

This is not an all-inclusive list. Check out the Griffin Scratch Student Handbook for more information.

General Items not to bring: air conditioners, dartboards, waterbeds, mattresses, candles/incense, flushable wipes, halogen lamps, wireless routers, mug warmers, cinder blocks, e-cigarettes, pets-small aquariums-okay, command hooks or strips

NO drug paraphernalia, hookah pipes, illegal drugs

NO Weapons of any type, no martial arts tools

Do residence halls have a curfew? What is the policy on guests in the rooms?

There is no curfew. Please review other residential policies that are found in the Griffin Scratch Student Handbook.

A few more things about your room...

Furniture in Medaille and St. Joseph’s rooms include twin bed frames, mattress and box springs, a desk and chair, dresser, bulletin board and mini blinds. Beds in Medaille and St. Joseph have extra-long twin mattresses. For hanging artwork and other decorations: use poster mount putty in Medaille and St. Joseph halls. You should remove the putty before checking out at the end of the year. There are charges assessed if there is damage from nail holes or screws.

Southwest Hall features 4 individual bedrooms with a standard twin bed in each, and shared spaces: living room, bathroom and kitchen with appliances. Southwest residents can use tacks, pushpins or small nails. NO adhesive stickers allowed. Charges are assessed if any adhesive is used on the walls.

University housing is furnished and inventoried. You are responsible for your room and/or all included furnishings in it. If you remove any university furniture without the permission of the Director of Residential Life, you assume responsibility for the replacement cost of the missing furniture at check-out. Replacement costs are charged to your student account.

Any furniture brought from home must have floor saver felt pads under them including refrigerators. If there is damage to the floor, charges are assessed at check-out.

University rooms and apartments cannot be painted. If you paint your room, your student account will be assessed a $400 fine with the possibility of additional discretionary charges. Recycle bins are in your room for your convenience. Recycle cans, bottles, and paper. Then empty the bin into larger recycling bins available on your floor.

On Campus

I just left my keys in my room and I am late for class! What do I do now?

Residents who get locked out during the day can come to Student Affairs to check out TEMPORARY building access cards or room keys or both.

If this happens after the Student Affairs office is closed, call the RA On Duty phone, 314-325-6573. Resident Assistants (RA) are on duty from 4:30pm to 8:00am the next day.

I can't find my ID and want to eat! Now what?

If it is during regular business hours, come to Student Affairs. We can issue a TEMPORARY Meal Card until you find your ID.

Mops and vacuums

Residents can check out mops and vacuums to maintain the cleanliness of their rooms. See a staff member in Student Affairs on the first floor of Medaille Hall.

Where can I do my laundry?

St. Joseph residents have a laundry room on the first floor. It features 4 washers and 4 dryers, 24/7 availability, at no charge.

Medaille Hall has a laundry room on the lower level and is also equipped with 4 washers and 4 dryers. They are accessible 24/7 at no charge.

Residents in Southwest apartments have a laundry room on their floor with 2 washers and 2 dryers with 24/7 accessibility at no charge.

My room has a maintenance problem. How do I report it?

  1. Report the problem immediately. Complete a Work Order Request form in Student Affairs, 8:00am – 4:30pm.
  2. If there is an after-hours maintenance emergency in your room in the evening or over a weekend, call Public Safety at 314-889-4596. Emergency repairs are given priority.
  3. Be specific on the location and description of the problem so repairs are accurate.
  4. Residents are financially responsible for repairs resulting from misuse or damage to the facilities.

How can I help my HVAC unit to work properly in my room?

  • Please don’t put anything directly in front of the unit. For the unit to operate properly, keep an 8-inch clearance at the floor level to avoid condensation build up and poor air circulation.
  • Please don’t put any items on the top of the unit. Covering the vent even partially, can reduce or stop air flow. This is not a shelf.
  • Do not run the AC unit on low or with the windows open. Low speed is for the heating mode.
  • AC units running on a low fan can cause freeze ups. Especially if there is something blocking the air flow.

I'm not feeling well. What should I do?

Fontbonne has a campus nurse who can provide free, confidential medical care for our students.

The nurse’s office is located in Medaille Hall in the Student Affairs office. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10am – 2pm, appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome.

If you wish to make an appointment to see the nurse, call 314-889-4784 or email chagan@fontbonne.edu. If no answer, contact Student Affairs at 314-889-1411.

Can I stay over the break?

At certain times during the year, there are scheduled breaks when most students go home or on vacation.

Sometimes athletic teams, internships and other university sponsored activities are scheduled over these breaks. To accommodate our students, you can sign up to stay in their rooms during these break periods.

If you are not staying on campus for a university sponsored activity, a charge of $25 per night will be added to your student account. Breaks include Thanksgiving, Christmas/Winter and Spring Break.

When do I sign up for housing for the next academic year?

Upperclassmen start the housing renewal process during the spring term for the next academic year. Residents are contacted through their FBU email account to explain the Returning Resident Renewal process. Room assignments are made in the spring before the end of the semester.

I am not renewing my yearly housing contract. How do I get my security deposit refund?

You may receive a housing security deposit refund, if you:

  • Follow the correct withdrawal procedures
  • Have no outstanding financial obligations to the university (i.e. fines, cleaning charges, damages, library fines, parking tickets, etc.)
  • Complete and submit an end of the year Room Cancellation form to Residential Life department during the Returning Resident Renewal process
  • Missed completing the Room Cancellation during the renewal process? The form is on the website. You must complete and submit the form to Residential Life by the June 1 deadline to receive a housing security deposit refund.
  • The refund is applied to your Direct Deposit account.
  • International student must have the refund applied to a current credit card only.
  • If you are graduating, you might receive a check. Make sure we have your correct address.

When is check-out after final exams?

Students are expected to check-out within 24 hours after their last exam, and all students are expected to move out by 12pm on the day after the final exam day. Students who are unable to check-out at that  should complete a Request to Stay Late. If you are not going home over the break you must sign up to stay. Information regarding each request process will be in the Live Fontbonne newsletter.

Is there storage over the summer?

There is no available storage over the summer. Everything must be removed from your room when you move out.

A few more things about your room...

Furniture in Medaille and St. Joseph’s rooms include twin bed frames, mattress and box springs, a desk and chair, dresser, bulletin board and mini blinds. Beds in Medaille and St. Joseph have extra-long twin mattresses. For hanging artwork and other decorations: use poster mount putty in Medaille and St. Joseph halls. You should remove the putty before checking out at the end of the year. There are charges assessed if there is damage from nail holes or screws.

Southwest Hall features 4 individual bedrooms with a standard twin bed in each, and shared spaces: living room, bathroom and kitchen with appliances. Southwest residents can use tacks, pushpins or small nails. NO adhesive stickers allowed. Charges are assessed if any adhesive is used on the walls.

University housing is furnished and inventoried. You are responsible for your room and/or all included furnishings in it. If you remove any university furniture without the permission of the Director of Residential Life, you assume responsibility for the replacement cost of the missing furniture at check-out. Replacement costs are charged to your student account.

Any furniture brought from home must have floor saver felt pads under them including refrigerators. If there is damage to the floor, charges are assessed at check-out.

University rooms and apartments cannot be painted. If you paint your room, your student account will be assessed a $400 fine with the possibility of additional discretionary charges. Recycle bins are in your room for your convenience. Recycle cans, bottles and paper. Then empty the bin into larger recycling bins available on you floor.

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