Student Housing
  • Question Can I have a tour of student housing?
  • Answer Yes, you may request a tour of student housing. Appointments must be made for a tour. Call the Resident & Student Life Manager to set up an appointment.
  • Question Can I pick who I want to live with or how do you assign roommates?
  • Answer If you know someone who is also attending Southwest Tech and you would like to live in the same apartment, you may tell our office you want to room together. Otherwise, all students fill out a Lifestyle Survey and we match roommates according to how students answer the survey questions.
  • Question Do you have co-ed apartments?
  • Answer We will assign males and females to the same apartment ONLY if all parties are in agreement with the living arrangements. We would never assign males and females to the same apartment without the students' permission.
  • Question Are the apartments furnished?
  • Answer The apartments are not furnished. Refrigerators and stoves are the only items provided. To see a list of recommended items to bring to housing, please review the What To Bring To Southwest Tech handout .
  • Question Are utilities included?
  • Answer There is a monthly utility allotment included in the rent. Currently, for the 2-person apartments the allotment is $160; for the 4-person apartments it is $180. This includes water, sewer, heat, electric, and garbage. Should an apartment exceed their monthly allotment, all residents in the apartment would split the amount of the overage equally.
  • Question Are TV and Internet available?
  • Answer TV and Internet access are not included. Students must contract with a local provider for those services. Contact numbers for providers will be given to students upon move-in. Typically the service is hooked up in one roommates' name and all roommates equally split the bill and pay the roommate who receives the bill.
  • Question Do the apartments have washers and dryers?
  • Answer No, the apartments do not have washers and dryers. However, there is a laundry facility located in the basement of the Sixplex apartment building that is open to all housing students. The cost is $1 to wash and $1 to dry.
  • Question Is parking available and do we have to pay for a permit?
  • Answer Parking is available at housing. All residents will be issued a parking permit free of charge.
  • Question When is move-in and move-out?
  • Answer Generally, move-in is the week before classes start in August. All students must be moved out of the apartments by the Friday following graduation in May.
  • Question Who do I contact if I need help at housing or need something fixed?
  • Answer Students may contact one of the Resident Assistants that live at housing or the Resident & Student Life Manager if they have questions, concerns, or need something in the apartment fixed. The Resident Assistants are available during the evenings and weekends to assist students after normal business hours.
  • Question What do I do if my roommate and I aren't getting along?
  • Answer You need to set boundaries and rules with your roommate as soon as you move in. This will help eliminate unwanted behaviors and establish the ground rules for living together. If you and your roommate are not getting along, you must first try and talk to your roommate about any issues you are having. If that doesn't work, contact one of the Resident Assistants for help. If you still need further assistance, please contact the Resident & Student Life Manager and she will try to mediate a successful outcome between roommates.
  • Question Is housing closed during holiday breaks or can students still stay in the apartments?
  • Answer Housing does not close for holiday breaks. Students are allowed to stay as they wish. However, all housing rules and policies remain in effect and are enforced.
  • Question How do I pay my rent: monthly or by semester?
  • Answer When students sign their lease, they will choose what type of payment option they would like. Option 1 is to pay the full amount for the semester up front at the start of each semester. Option 2 is to pay in 2 different installments each semester: one at the beginning of the semester and the second the same day financial aid is disbursed (typically late September and February). Semester rent must be paid in full by the financial aid disbursement date.
  • Question Do I receive a rent bill so I know how much I have to pay?
  • Answer The amount you owe for rent will be included on the bill you receive from the College.
  • Question Can I use financial aid to help pay my rent?
  • Answer Yes, grants and student loans can help cover the cost of your rent. However, you need to make sure you are receiving enough financial aid to cover both tuition and rent. The College will apply financial aid to tuition, books, and fee costs first; the amount of financial aid left after paying these costs may be used to pay your rent. The remainder of your rental payment will then need to be made out of pocket.