Frequently Asked Questions Concerning On-Campus Housing
Q: How many Residence Halls are there on campus?
There are 3 Residence Halls: Surfsite, Harborview and Hillside. Harborview is a Wellness Hall. Surfsite houses 87 students including 4 Resident Assistants and 1 student Resident Director. Harborview houses 23 students including 2 Resident Assistants. Hillside houses 16 students including 2 Resident Assistants.
Q: What is a Wellness Hall?
A Wellness Hall is a Residence Hall that focuses on heath, wellness and a commitment to academics. Students signing up to live in a Wellness Hall have chosen to live a drug and alcohol free life, or just don't want to be around others who use or abuse substances. Students who live in this hall tend to want more of a quiet academic environment, but at the same time participate in hall activities and have fun!
Q: What is your policy on alcohol and drugs?
Alcohol and drugs are not allowed on campus and in the residence halls. Wellness Hall students caught with alcohol face termination of their housing contract. Students residing in Surfsite Hall and Hillside Hall caught with alcohol are on a "3 strikes and you're out" policy, and will have to appear in front of the Residence Hall House Council for disciplinary action for each violation. Students caught with illegal drugs in the residence halls will face termination of their housing contract. The Residence Life Guide gives more details on this policy and students are responsible for knowing and following the policies in this guide. All students are given this guide upon moving into the Residence Halls.
Q: Can I smoke in my room?
Smoking is not allowed in the residence halls. Smoking areas are provided for students outside of the buildings.
Q: Does everyone have a roommate?
Yes, all rooms with the exception of 3 rooms in Harborview and 2 rooms in Hillside are double occupancy rooms. The exceptions listed here are triple occupancy rooms. During the Spring semesters there might be an opportunity for single rooms at an additional fee.
Q: What about housing for second year students?
Housing is limited for second year students, but students can apply for housing through the Director of Housing and Residence Life. Acceptance is based on the student's behavior in the halls for the first year, the student's GPA and how far the student would have to travel to attend classes.
Q: What about off campus housing?
Portland Hall, operated by the University of Southern Maine, located in Portland, houses approximately 75 SMCC students. Application for Portland Hall is through SMCC's Housing and Residence Life Office. Other options include renting rooms in neighborhood homes as well as apartments. An off-campus housing list is maintained by the Dean of Students Office.
Q: Can I have a phone in my room or cable tv? What about internet service?
Yes, students can contact the local phone company and cable company to have service installed. Students provide their own phones and televisions. Students can access the internet in all 3 residence halls. Currently, there is a $13.00/month fee for Time Warner's Road Runner Service.
Q: What items shouldn't I bring to the Residence Halls?
Halogen lamps, microwaves, candles and incense are not allowed in Residence Hall rooms as they are fire hazards.
Q: Can I bring my stereo, computer and a refrigerator?
Yes, all those items are allowed -- refrigerators should be no larger than 2.7 cubic feet.
Q: How is a roommate chosen for me? Can I choose my own roommate?
The Director of Housing and Residence Life reads the required essay and matches up roommates based on what is in their essay. Therefore, students must be honest in their essays! If you have a friend you would like to room with, please make sure it is noted on your housing application and every effort will be made to honor that request.
Q: How do I get mail and packages?
Packages are delivered to Surfsite Hall and can be picked up there. Mail is put into mailboxes at Surfsite Hall. Students who live in Harborview Hall will have their mail delivered to them by a Resident Assistant. Students who live in Hillside Hall get their mail delivered directly to the Hall. The mailing address for Surfsite and Harborview is: Student Name, 2 Fort Road, Name of Hall, room #, South Portland, ME 04106. The address for Hillside Hall is: Name of Student, 161 Preble Street, South Portland, ME 04106.
Q: What about my meals?
Meals are included with your room and board charge. The meal plan is 19 meals per week.
Q: Are the Residence Halls co-ed?
Yes, the Residence Halls are co-ed. However, Surfsite Hall's 3rd floor is for women, the other floors are for men.
Q: Are pets allowed in the Residence Halls?
The only pets allowed are fish.
Q: Is there a curfew? What about guests?
There is no curfew for students, but guests must leave the Residence Halls by midnight unless they are staying overnight. Residents must sign in their guests and follow guest policies.
Q: When do the Residence Halls close for vacations/breaks?
Residence Halls close for the following breaks: Columbus Day Weekend, Thanksgiving, Christmas, President's Day weekend, Spring Break, and Easter Weekend. All students must leave the residence halls for those breaks. Students must make arrangements to stay elsewhere if they have local jobs or other situations that may cause a problem.
Q: What is there to do on campus for fun?
Resident Assistants plan activities for students who live in the halls. RAs plan movie nights, bowling, pizza nights, game nights, trips to hockey and baseball games, holiday parties, snow football and more! Students who live in the residence halls are encouraged to get involved in helping to plan these activities.
Q: What is a Resident Assistant, how do I become one?
A Resident Assistant is a full time student who has been selected and trained in areas of peer counseling, activity programming, college policies and other topics to assist in helping you. They serve as primary resources to voice concerns or go to in a time of crisis. In the Spring Semester, announcements are made for openings for RA positions for the following academic year. Applications can be picked up from the Director of Housing and Residence Life. Resident Assistants do not get a salary, but receive a room and board waiver.
Q: What is it like at Portland Hall?
Portland Hall accommodates 280 residents comprised of students from the University of Southern Maine, Maine College of Art and SMCC. Owning your own vehicle is not necessary as public transportation is available. Parking is very limited and done through a lottery system and if available costs approximately $125 per semester. All rooms have a private bath, basic cable TV, and phone service with voice mail. There is 24 hour locked front door service. Students can live at Portland Hall for both their 1st and 2nd years. Students can participate fully in Portland Hall's activities.
Q: What are the Room and Board charges?
At SMCC students are assigned a 19meals/week plan that provides 3 meals a day Monday-Friday and a brunch and dinner on the weekends. Meal plan: $1,573 per semester; Room: $1,291.00 per semester for a total of $2,864.00 per semester. A non refundable deposit of $200.00 is charged on the first semester bill towards your second semester room. A refundable $150.00 damage deposit is charged on your first semester bill. Portland Hall has its own cafeteria and offers different meal plans for $1,723.00 per semester; Room rates range from $1,725.00 - $2,100.00 per semester. Please note that all room and board fees are subject to change.
Q: How do I apply for Housing?
You will be mailed an application for housing with your acceptance letter to SMCC. The application and the required $50 deposit should be returned to the admissions office. You will be notified if you are assigned to housing. Housing is limited and first year students who live 30 or more miles away from campus have first priority. Your deposit is refundable through April 30th.