WSSU Housing and Residence Life offers much more than just a place to live. Convenience, safety, service, programming, and an inclusive student centered environment make us the perfect place for you to live and learn. Living in the halls will provide an invaluable complement to your academic success by providing co-curricular learning opportunities. Living and Learning are the hallmarks of the residential experience. Academic support, safety measures, and a dedicated, friendly staff help you focus on what’s important. Student-led programs, events, and leadership opportunities will engage and challenge. We look forward to you joining us.
Moving In at Winston-Salem State University
- During move-in, special parking rules apply. Of course, members of the WSSU community will be on site during move-in to welcome you and provide directions. Once you arrive on campus, WSSU Campus Police and Public Safety Officers will direct you to a parking space / area. For more information contact Police and Public Safety at 336-750-2900.
- A driver must stay with the car as it is unloaded, students must go to the check in station located by or inside your building (signs will direct you to it).
- At the check-in station, you will get your room key and fill out several different types of information.
- Next, grab a load from your car and go to your room. Each building has a different system for entry. The freshmen will have the help of the moving crew and other campus organizations to carry heavy belongings.
- Introduce yourself to the student staff person for your floor.
If you arrive to your room/apartment and it is not as you had expected, first go see your Resident Assistant (in the Residence Halls) or Hall Director. They should be able to get you some assistance. If you cannot find them or need further assistance, here are some trouble shooting contacts that can help: H &RL main office, 336-750-3471
The Department of Housing and Residence Life, along with the Department of Police and Public Safety, are passionate about ensuring that the Winston-Salem State University campus community remains safe for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Safety and security on campus is a team effort. You can assist in maintaining a safe campus environment by avoiding risky behaviors. Following are some key safety tips for resident students, non-resident students, employees, and visitors. For additional safety information, please consult the WSSU Annual Security Report, available online from the Department of Public Safety Home Page or in printed form from the Department, the Admissions Office, the Employment Office, or the Library.
- Lock your room at all times, even if you anticipate being gone for just a minute.
- Report lost keys immediately and get replacements. See Guide to Living on Campus, on the policy to get a replacement.
- Do not leave the room unlocked because you or your roommate have lost the door key.
- Never prop open the building exterior doors.
- Do not let strangers enter a residence hall behind you when you open the door to let yourself
in the building.
- Be sure that the main entrance to your residence hall or apartment remains locked at all
times. Be sure to use the main entrance whenever possible, especially if it is manned or
monitored. Never let anyone in that you don’t know.
- Make sure to keep your room locked, especially when alone in the room or sleeping.
- If you can, keep all valuable personal items and documents locked away in a drawer or safe
inside your room or suite.
- If you have a car, only park in a safe, well-lit location and keep it locked at all times.
- Always keep your blinds closed or curtains drawn when changing clothes.
- If you’ve had the windows open while at home, don’t forget to close them before you leave
the room or apartment.
When on campus…
- Stick to well-traveled and well-populated routes when moving around campus. At night, take
routes that you are fully familiar with and that are well-lit. Many colleges offer night safety
services such as walking escorts or shuttles for late night travel.
- Whenever possible, travel with a friend or in a group. Remember, there is safety in numbers.
- Don’t hesitate to report suspicious persons or activities, or if you feel unsafe.
- WSSU has emergency call boxes across the campus. Familiarize yourself with your school’s emergency system and callbox locations so that you know what to do and where to go in case of a sudden emergency.
- Make an effort to be aware of what is going on around you at all times. In other words, don’t
wear headphones and play loud music and look up–don’t text or play games on your phone.
For additional safety tips please refer to the WSSU Campus Police web pages.
Students should enroll in RAMAlert, our emergency notification system.
Several initiatives centered around the mechanical systems, recycling, and campus plan are guided by a philosophy of sustainability at WSSU. Housing and Residence Life and Winston-Salem State University have begun several green initiatives in order to reduce our carbon foot print and impact on the environment. These efforts will likely result in long term cost savings for the university that will in turn keep costs down for students. You can also help to improve our university’s "carbon footprint". When you are not in your room: Turn off lights, TVs, gaming systems, and computers. Keep your AC set points at a reasonable level 75 degrees in the warm months and no higher than 70 in the cooler months. Throughout campus we hope these changes in policy along with your continued efforts and the efforts of our staff and faculty will lead to new sustainability efforts and energy conservation.
1. Students living in Atkins, Brown, Martin-Schexnider and Wilson Hall do not have refrigerators provided in their student rooms. If residents want to have a refrigerator in their room, they have two options.
Option 1: Students in the indicated halls bringing their own refrigerators (4.0 cubic feet or less) will be required to pay usage fee of $30 for the academic year if they bring a refrigerator. This $30 fee will be applied once students register their refrigerator. Upon registration, students will be issued a 2017-18 sticker that must be placed on the refrigerator. We encourage you to purchase EnergyStar refrigerators.
Option 2: Students may rent a microfridge from our partners at Standards for Living. While microwaves are available in common areas for use, students are not allowed to have standalone microwaves in their rooms. In 2011 Housing and Residence Life initiated the rental program through Standards for Living that allowed for an energy star microwave refrigerator combo for students (Microfridge,TM). This is also the only way students in Atkins, Brown, Martin-Schexnider and Wilson can possess a microwave in their room if they so choose. If students rent a microfridge from Standards for Living, they will not be assessed the refrigerator usage fee as these units are highly efficient. For more information on microfridge rentals visit the Standards for Living website.
Failure to register an appliance of this sort will result in a penalty of $100.
2. In Covington Hall, each room is provided with a mini-fridge for roommates to share. Microwaves will be available in community common areas for residents’ use. As a consequence, residents cannot bring personal mini-fridges or microwaves to Covington Hall.
3. Students living in Foundation Heights, Rams Commons, and Gleason-Hairston Terrace Halls
have kitchenettes and kitchens with large refrigerators installed by H &RL, large enough to serve the
needs of all students in the suite. Refrigerators take a lot of energy to run and energy costs have been
increasing. Students in Foundation Heights, Rams Commons, and Gleason-Hairston Terrace Halls who
choose to bring their own personal refrigerator will be required to register their refrigerator for a $50
academic year fee. Students who rent a micro-fridge from Standards for Living will not be required to
pay a registration fee as these meet the energy standards established by the university.
Failure to register an appliance of this sort will result in a penalty of $100.
New lighting is being installed throughout areas of campus on occupancy sensors that will lower the usage of electricity. The University will be using more efficient light bulbs as well to increase our overall efficiency.
Microwaves provided in Gleason Hairston Terrace and Rams Commons will no longer be replaced by Housing and Residence Life. Over the course of the years, these units have been abused and the damage and cost of replacement to these microwaves does not warrant the continual replacement. The only acceptable replacement microwave that you and your roommates would need to purchase would be 1.3 cubic feet or less and no more than 1000 watts (EnergyStar rated). No convection ovens or toaster ovens are permitted. While we understand that this could be an inconvenience, the continued replacement of more than 40 microwaves a year is not beneficial to our landfills or to your cost for living on campus. Limit one microwave per suite unless a micro-fridge is purchased.
Personal microwaves are not permitted in Covington Hall as microwaves will be provided in the common areas for residents’ use.
Thank you for selecting Winston-Salem State University and becoming a part of the Ram family. The Department of Housing and Residence Life will strive diligently to make this your home away from home.
Please review this list of reminders of essential and optional items to help you with your move on campus. In addition, we have included items that you cannot bring on campus. If you need additional information, please call the office at 336-750-3400, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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