Here's some answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions:
How will the Office of Housing & Residence Life communicate with me?
The Office of Housing & Residence Life will communicate with students primarily by their NCC Student Email (@student.northampton.edu). It is important that students check and read their email ever day to make sure they receive important information and announcements.
Students can setup their NCC email to be forwarded to their another email account to avoid having to check multiple accounts. For more information about your NCC Email, CLICK HERE.
How many credits do I need to take per semester to live on campus?
In order to reside on campus, students must be enrolled for at least nine (9) or more credits per semester. Students are expected to maintain at least nine (9) credits over the course of the semester.
Students who drop below nine (9) credits will need to speak with a member of the Housing & Residence Life Staff to ensure they are able to remain living on campus for the duration of the semester.
How much does it cost to live on campus?
The cost to live on campus varies based on building (i.e., apartments versus residence halls) and room selection (i.e., single versus double occupancy rooms). Housing costs and meal plan rates also vary by year. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the cost of living on campus so you know how much aid covers these costs and what you will have to pay in the end.
Can I have a car on campus?
All students are welcome to have a car on campus. There is ample parking outside of the residence hall complex and apartments. Please submit a Parking Permit Registration Form to register your car and you will receive a resident parking permit when you move in or can pick it up at the Public Safety Office.
What if I don't have a car?
You can still get to local events and area stores to get what you need. Residents will have access to discounted transit passes for programming trips that are coordinated by Housing & Residence Life staff to venture out to local community events. Additionally, Housing & Residence Life staff may use vans to transport students to events and local stores on occasion.
Can I have friends over?
Due to the current pandemic, all visitation has been suspended until further notice. Non-residents are not permitted in the Residence Hall Commons or the Apartments at this time. This change has been made to help keep our residential community as safe as possible. Housing & Residence Life will continue to monitor the pandemic and review this policy moving forward. It is our hope to restore visitation privileges as soon as possible.
When is new resident check-in and orientation?
For the Fall 2021 semester, move-in for new students will occur on either Friday, August 27th, or Saturday, August 28th. More information regarding specific dates/times will be sent out to your Student NCC email mid-Summer.
Regarding New Resident Orientation, there will be an online component to complete prior to moving on campus. This information will be sent to your NCC Email address a couple weeks before move-in. For the Fall 2021 semester, in-person sessions are being planned for Sunday, August 29th for all new resident students to attend in addition to the online component.
What size sheets do I need to buy for my bed?
All of the mattresses in the residence hall and apartments are twin extra-long.
What do I do if something is broken or not working in my room? (Ex. My overhead light stopped working)
Students can place a work order by simply emailing email@example.com. This will go directly to the Facilities Maintenance Department and a maintenance staff member will work to address the issue as soon as possible. If the situation is an emergency (water leak, no heat, etc.) please see a member of the Housing & Residence Life Staff to help address the situation as soon as possible.
What are courtesy and quiet hours?
Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00pm – 9:00am. During this time, residents are asked to keep noise and volume at a minimal level.
Courtesy hours are 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Please respect the rights of others at all times. If a resident asks you to turn down your music and be quieter outside of quiet hours, please respect their wish and be courteous.
Who Cleans My Room?
Residents are responsible for keeping their rooms or apartments clean and sanitary. College staff will clean restrooms and public areas including the apartment hallways.
Do I need to bring a fridge or microwave?
Starting in the Fall 2021 semester, all rooms will have a Microfridge (refrigerator, freezer, microwave) unit placed in the room upon arrival. Students no longer need to bring their own fridge or microwave as it will already be supplied in the room, free of cost.
What is GradGuard and should I sign up?
Housing & Residence Life has partnered with Grad Guard, a national company who specializes in college student renter's insurance. Resident students have the opportunity to sign-up for an insurance plan when applying to live on campus to cover their personal belongings. Students can select and customize their plans to help cover their belongings with an affordable renters insurance plan.
Our office recommends that students have their own plan to cover any potential theft, damage, or liability issues that may occur while living on campus.
CLICK HERE for more information regarding Grad Guard.