Housing FAQ

Do I have to be admitted to St. Thomas University first before I can apply for on-campus housing?

YES, before your application can be accepted for on-campus housing; you must first be admitted to the University as a student.

When and how will I find out where I will be living?

Your housing assignment will be sent to your St. Thomas University email address in mid-July.

May I see my room before I move in?

Based on availability, you may be able to see your room or room type with a scheduled visit. You may also refer to our virtual Room Tours (Links to an external site.)

Who is required to pay a housing deposit?

Each student who lives on-campus must pay a one-time, non-refundable housing deposit of $250.

Can I cancel my Housing Contract?

Once signed and returned, the housing contract represents a legal, binding document for the academic year’s duration. You are subject to a contract cancellation fee only if you are a graduating student enrolled in an approved, university-sponsored study abroad program or other qualifying activities (as per contract terms).

What size are the beds?

Most of the beds in the residence halls are extra-long twin beds.

Are there laundry facilities in the halls?

Yes, free laundry facilities are available in each residence hall except Sullivan Hall. Students must bring their laundry detergent and other supplies.

What are the housing rates?

For the most updated rates, refer to our Room and Board Rates (Links to an external site.) on the website.

May I be assigned a single room?

Single rooms may be requested, but are limited. Most new students are assigned a roommate at the beginning of the year. Upper-class students, graduate students, and law students are assigned single rooms before freshman and sophomores on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Do I need to be on the meal plan?

Yes. All undergraduate residents must be on the meal plan, which is included in the housing cost.

What activities are there on and off campus?

Student Affairs, with Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Organizations, plan a host of fun and interactive free events regularly. Check the bulletin boards and your STU email account for advertisements.

Is there a deadline for signing up for housing?

Housing deposits are due when the housing application/agreement is submitted. The earlier you pay your $250 housing deposit and apply for housing, the more likely you will receive one of your preferred assignment locations. However, there is no deadline.

Who can I talk to if I’m having a problem with my roommate?

If you have a problem with your roommate or another member of your suite, you should talk to your resident assistant (RA). Your RA lives on your floor and has been carefully selected and trained to assist you throughout the academic year. The RAs will talk with their supervisors and help resolve your problem, usually meeting all parties involved. You must maintain an open line of communication with your roommates to talk about issues you may be having. We expect our residents to treat each other as adults and discuss their differences openly. That is the first step in resolving differences. If you continue to have problems and have worked initially with your RA, you may next contact the Residence Life Office. The full-time, professional staff members and graduate assistants can assist you in taking additional steps.

What if I want to change my housing assignment?

You may complete a Room Change Request (Links to an external site.)online. However, no room changes will be made during the room freeze period. The room freeze period starts August 1st, ends the second Friday of the fall semester, and December 20th and ends the second Friday of the spring semester. 

May I stay in my room during University holidays and break periods?

Yes, meet with the Residence Life staff to review the terms and conditions. (residentiallife@stu.edu). However, there is winter housing and a summer housing fee; all other holidays are free. 

Are pets permitted in the residence halls?

ESA-approved animals only. Meet with the Residence Life staff to review terms and conditions ( residentiallife@stu.edu ). Please do NOT bring the animal to campus until it has been fully approved.

May I have appliances in my room?

Students may have small appliances, such as microwaves, refrigerators, and air fryers. Refrigerators should be 3.6 cubic feet or less and should have a maximum of 400 watts at 120 volts. Microwave ovens should be 1.5 cubic feet in capacity or less and should have a maximum of 1100 watts at 120 volts. There are no open flame appliances (toasters, hot plates, Etc.) or those containing open coils (stove burners).

May I take my own furniture?

Residents in a single room are the only ones that can take their own furniture. The Office of Residence Life should be notified of this, at least two weeks prior to move-in.

Are the rooms carpeted?

There is no carpeting in student rooms in our residence halls. You may feel free to bring your own throw rug for additional comfort.

Are telephones provided?


Is there internet access?

Yes, the university provides free, high-speed Internet access in the residence halls.

Can I hook my television up to a cable-TV connection?

Yes. Currently, STU has a contract with Comcast Cable Television for general programming at no additional cost to you. No “premium” channels or satellite dishes are available.

Where should my parents and friends send letters and packages?

16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054 (ATTN: Student Name)

If I live on campus, what address should I give to my family and friends?

Your name
St. Thomas University
Building and room number
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054

What do you suggest I bring with me to campus?
What is included in the rent?

All utilities are included. Also included are broadband digital cable TV and high-speed Ethernet access.

Will I get to choose where I live?

Every effort is made to accommodate building preferences. However, preferences are not guaranteed. The earlier you apply, the greater your chance is to get the choice you want.

What if I have a roommate preference?

If you have a person or people you want to live with, you must request them on your housing application, and they must accept the request. There is no guarantee, but we make every effort to grant requests.

How do I pay my rent?

Cash, checks, or credit cards may be used. Many students are eligible for Financial Aid or have grants and scholarships that may be applied to your housing cost. All payments can be made at https://go.stu.edu/pay.