Student Housing Living Guide
EFSC Housing Frequently Asked Questions
The new Student Housing move-in dates are set for August 4 and 5 for student-athletes and August 11 and 12 for other students. Safety protocols to protect against the spread of COVID-19 are part of EFSC's Transitional Operations Plan that outlines the detailed process under way to safely reopen EFSC Campuses.
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Question 1: Who is considered eligible to apply for on-campus housing?
A student who intends to attend Eastern Florida State College as a full-time student* can apply for on-campus housing before or after they are accepted.
To be eligible to occupy a room at any time, students must remain in "good standing" by meeting all of the following requirements:
- Be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA at the end of each term),
- Have no unpaid financial obligations owing to EFSC,
- Not be suspended (even temporarily) or expelled, and
- Not be subject to any active College trespass notice.
*Full-time students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during both the Fall and Spring Terms. Exceptions to the minimum credit hour requirement may be authorized by the College V.P. for External Affairs (or their designee).
Question 2: If I am only taking classes in the Fall and Spring Terms and don't need to live there for the summer, is there an option for that?
Each housing contract is for one full academic year (the two major terms, plus summer). However, there is an early termination option if a student does not want to live on-campus for the Summer Term.
Students (or if student is under 18 years of age, the student’s parent or legal guardian) may elect to terminate the housing contract early and vacate the facility at the end of Spring Term 2021 by notifying the College and paying a $500 early termination fee by March 20, 2021.
Upon early termination, the Summer Term payment of $2,000 (if the payment-by-term option was selected) or the last three monthly payments of $700 (if the monthly payment option was selected) will be canceled.
If the payment in full option was selected, the Fall and Spring Term charges of $3,500 each, plus the $500 early termination fee, will be deducted from the full payment, and the student will be refunded $1,000.
Question 3: What is the current status regarding student housing on the Melbourne Campus?
With the newly released guidance from the Florida Department of Education, plans for occupancy beginning August 4 and 5 are moving ahead on schedule. At this stage, we do not expect interruptions in our ability to open student housing on schedule.
Question 4: Will COVID-19-related health and safety precautions be in place for Student Housing residents?
Safety protocols are under development for the Student Housing building and the adjacent Amenities/Laundry facility. These will be shared with residents before they move into housing in early August.
View EFSC's General Reopening Plan and Health/Safety FAQ for more information.
Question 5: The College has announced plans to require masks or face coverings when inside all Campus Buildings to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Will this apply inside the Housing facility?
Masks or facial coverings will be required while using elevators or attending any gatherings where social distancing recommendations cannot be met. However, while inside their assigned suites with only their assigned suitemates, students will be encouraged but generally not required to wear masks or facial coverings unless circumstances dictate otherwise.
Question 6: What happens if a housing resident tests positive for COVID-19?
EFSC Housing staff will work in close collaboration with local public health officials to make decisions related to on-campus housing if a student resident becomes ill with COVID-19.
Individuals with COVID-19 may need to be moved to temporary housing locations. These individuals will need to self-isolate and monitor for worsening symptoms according to the guidance of local health officials.
Any on-campus resident who may have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should follow instructions provided by local public health officials including possible temporary relocation to alternate housing for self-quarantine and the monitoring of symptoms.
Question 7: Are there any student health requirements for Housing, such as immunizations?
Florida law (F.S. §1006.69) requires all students who attend a Florida college and reside on-campus to receive both the meningitis and hepatitis B vaccines, or to submit a waiver stating that they have made an informed decision not to be vaccinated (if the student is under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver).
The Director of Student Support Services will supply the related form(s) as part of the housing contract process.
Question 8: Do I have to sign a contract to live in student housing?
Yes. If a student is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign on their behalf.
Following the application process, the Director of Student Support Services will supply the contract to students who are offered a position in housing. You also may request a copy of the contract to review before applying.
Question 9: Once the housing application has been submitted, how long after are you notified if you are approved or denied?
Applicants for Fall Term 2020 were notified via their student email and it is our goal to notify students during or before the week of June 22, 2020.
Question 10: How do you choose a payment plan and pay student housing bills?
At the time the housing contract is signed, the student (or if student is under 18 years of age, the student’s parent or legal guardian) must select a payment option. The required payments are then posted to the student's EFSC account inside the myEFSC Student Portal. These are payable through the same online payment system used to pay other charges, such as tuition.
- Payment in full: $8,500 paid in full on or before 5 PM on July 20, 2020
- Payment-by-term ($9,000 total):
- Fall Term 2020: $3,500 paid on or before 5 PM on July 20, 2020
- $3,500 paid on or before 5 PM on November 20, 2020
- $2,000 paid on or before 5 PM on March 20, 2021
- Monthly payments ($9,300 total):
- 8 monthly payments of $900 each paid on or before 5 PM on the 20th of each month,
with the first payment due July 20, 2020 and the last payment due February 20, 2021, AND
- 3 monthly payments of $700 each paid on or before 5 PM on the 20th of each month, with the first payment due March 20, 2021 and the last payment due May 20, 2021
- 8 monthly payments of $900 each paid on or before 5 PM on the 20th of each month, with the first payment due July 20, 2020 and the last payment due February 20, 2021, AND
Question 11: Is there a separate meal plan for students in on-campus housing?
The College does not offer meal plans; however, EFSC does have five food vendors, located in the Melbourne campus student union that offer cost effective meals during the school year. Please visit the Food Service page, choose the Melbourne campus, and view the menus provided.
Question 12: If selected, do students have the option to choose roommates?
Roommates are matched based on the lifestyle and living preference the applicant submits as part of their application. The application form also includes the ability for students to list specific roommate requests. Roommates must complete their individual forms, putting each other’s name in the specific roommate box. Roommate requests are not guaranteed.
Question 13: How will I know the rules for living on campus, plus information about other logistics like parking and mail delivery? (Updated 8/6)
Each student is provided a copy of the Student Housing Living Guide, prepared under the direction of the EFSC Student Housing Corporation. The Guide can also be viewed online. It includes information about all aspects of daily life on campus, plus safety information related to campus security and weather emergencies.
Parking is allowed in the Residence Hall parking lot and for Fall Term 2020, an EFSC student parking permit is not required. Information about parking for future terms will be provided as available.
Students can also reach out to the on-site Residential Assistant and the Director of Student Support Services, Lena Copeland, with questions.
Lena’s office is located in the Student Union (Building 16). Her regular office hours
are Monday through Thursday (excluding days the College is closed) from 8:30 AM to
Question 14: Is there 24-hour security, 7 days a week on the Melbourne Campus?
Yes. The College’s Security Department is committed to providing a safe, secure and orderly living environment on-campus.
To contact Melbourne Campus Security at any time, students can call 321-403-5909 or visit the security web page.
If there is an urgent health or safety emergency, first call 911. The dispatcher will initiate a response and contact Campus Security.
Question 15: What is the policy on smoking and alcoholic beverages?
Smoking and/or vaping is not permitted in any residential facility, room, hallway, lounge, kitchen, laundry room, community center, common space, classroom or enclosed stairway of any building owned or managed by EFSC.
Unless approved in advance by the College President, alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all Eastern Florida State College campuses, as well as at all College-sponsored activities and events.
Students found to be in possession without prior approval, in possession unlawfully or under the influence of alcoholic beverages while on-campus or at a College-sponsored activity or event are subject to discipline including suspension or expulsion.
Question 16: Are animals, including service animals, allowed in EFSC student housing?
Animals are not permitted on any property owned or controlled by the College unless they meet the definition of "service animal" under federal and state law, are an approved accommodation by the Office of Student Access for Improved Learning (SAIL) or are part of an approved course or presentation.
See also Sections 203.5 and 203.6 of the College Procedures Manual.
Question 17: Are guests allowed to visit student housing?
Under normal circumstances the following guest protocol will prevail. However, there may be a need to modify the guest protocol temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure all residents are in the safest possible environment. If modifications are necessary, College officials will balance the needs and safety of the residents.
Normal Operations Guest Protocol: Guests are permitted to be physically present inside rooms/suites from 7 AM to 12 MIDNIGHT. No “overnight” guests are allowed. In addition, the College reserves the right to prohibit any guest at any time for any reason. In addition, students are responsible for the conduct of their guests, and may be subject to discipline for their guest’s misconduct, as if their guest’s misconduct was committed by the student (see EFSC Student Code of Conduct, “Guest Responsibility.”)