Frequently Asked Questions
APPLYING FOR HOUSING
How and when do I apply for housing?
Housing Applications can be accessed through the Housing Portal on Trailhead (located under the Campus Life tab).
- Incoming freshmen students apply for the Residence Halls: April 1 – May 15
- Sophomore students apply to live at 1750 Jackson or Maple Hall: February 1 – 7
- Continuing undergraduates and graduate students apply as new residents at Mines Park Apartments: March 1 -3
- Current Mines Parks residents renew leases: Spring Semester
- New Students/Transfer Students apply for the spring semester: November 1
- New Students/Transfer Students apply for the fall semester: Summer (May-August)
- Summer Residents Apply: April 1 – Summer Sessions
Can I terminate my housing contract mid year?
Once Housing Contracts are signed, there is a penalty for terminating your housing. Students will be responsible for 60% of the remaining balance of their contract. If the termination is mid semester, they will be prorated back 40% of what is remaining in the semester. If you are wanting to move forward with the process, please ensure you are following these steps:
- If you are no longer planning to return to on-campus housing, please contact your RA or RLC to ensure proper check-out and vacating process is completed. Please also email email@example.com to ensure you are also canceling your housing contract in writing.
- You will not have access to the Residence Halls after moving out and all items must be removed from your room
- You will be terminating your housing contract resulting in a 60% cancellation penalty fee being charged to your student account for the remainder of your academic year room rate from your date of check-out.
For additional information about moving out in Spring 2020, please click here.
Are the room selection time slots in Mountain Time?
Yes. The room selection time slots are on a 24-hour clock (military time) in the Mountain Time Zone.
Can I choose my suitemates?
Are the preferences submitted in my application guaranteed?
No. The housing preferences submitted within your application(s) are reviewed by Residence Life staff and taken into account for manual assignments, but location, room type, roommates, suitemates, and neighborhoods are not guaranteed.
When do I choose my meal plan?
GENERAL ROOM & RESIDENCE HALL FAQS
Can I terminate my lease or housing agreement to study aboard?
Yes. Please reference your lease or housing agreement, but qualifying events such as studying aboard or graduating enable residents to terminate housing contracts with advance notice and no penalty applied.
What items are available at the front desk for checkout?
What is the cost to do laundry?
What if I want to switch roommates?
What are the measurements of the room and furniture?
To view Residence Hall measurement information, please visit: https://www.mines.edu/residence-life/residence-halls-measurements/
What is the size of the bed and do I supply my own linens?
Typical mattress size is 36 inches wide, 80 inches long, and 6 inches high. Usually, extra long twin sheets fit the best. You must supply your own mattress pad, sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket, towels, washcloths and toiletries.
Mines partners with a company called OCM to provide a linens service which allows parents and students to find many products including extra long twin sheets, comforters, bath, & storage items. Go to http://www.mines.ocm.com to see the wide selection offered.
How do you loft the beds? Are materials provided? Are rails provided for lofted beds? What is the clearance under the lofted bed when it’s at its maximum?
What electrical items can I use in my room?
Can I bring my own microwave?
Yes, it must be a small portable microwave, preferably 750 to 1000 watts.
Can I bring my own refrigerator?
Yes, it must be a mini-sized refrigerator, less than 3.2 cubic feet. Residence Life works with a company to allow our residents to rent a refrigerator for the year if that works better than purchasing one. Please check out https://www.collegeproducts.com/store/csom/ to learn more and to order a refrigerator or refrigerator/microwave combo. They will be delivered to your residence hall room in the fall and picked up in the spring!
Can students use over the door hooks?
Yes, over door hooks are permitted.
What can I use to hang things on my walls?
We would prefer students not use command strips, we recommend blue painters tape for posters and tacks if they are needed. The command strips tend to not be taken down the way they are meant to and therefore pull paint off with them.
How much are fines for damage to walls? What constitutes “damage” given students are allowed to use push pins?
Damage to walls is considered when a wall needs to be repainted due to large holes, paint pulled off or multiple scratches, holes or any malicious marks in the wall. The cost to repaint a wall is $75.
What is my mailing address?
Colorado School of Mines
Residence Hall, Room number
1301 19th Street
Golden, CO 80401
Can furniture be moved out of the room?
Is smoking allowed in the Residence Halls?
Is toilet paper provided?
Can personal items be shipped in advance?
We cannot accept items before August 20, so please be thoughtful when you are shipping to us. When you ship your items, please put your name and building you will be living in on the address. When the package is ready for pick up, the desk assistant’s in the residence hall will send you a pick up email. Please do not pick up your package without the front desk emailing you, as there is a delay between delivery and when they are accessible.
Is there storage space for boxes and trunks?
How much does it cost to rent a bike locker?
Does the school have gun storage?
Can I bring a vehicle?
First-year students living on-campus are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus unless a parking permit is obtained in advance through the waiver process. Students who demonstrate an exceptional need for a vehicle on campus may complete a First Year Resident Parking Permit Waiver form to request an exception of Section 5.2 of the Vehicle Operation and Parking policy. Students who receive a permit from the waiver system will receive one Resident permit to park exclusively in Lot AA.
First-year students living off campus can automatically receive a parking permit waiver allowing the student to purchase an annual campus permit. Contact Parking Services directly to purchase a permit on this exception basis.
For more information, visit: https://www.mines.edu/parking/freshman-residents/