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Housing FAQ

As President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. shared, Florida A&M University is extending remote and alternative methods of instruction until the end of the spring semester. Given that, along with university efforts to decrease density in student housing, all residential students should make plans to move out of on-campus housing beginning April 6, 2020.

The Office of University Housing is working around the clock to provide our on-campus residents with an exceptional student experience. Please know that our team is in the office ready to answer any questions current or prospective residents may have about resident accommodations during this time.


Students Who Are Staying in the Residence Halls
1. With the recent changes of the University’s transitioning to remote and alternative methods of instruction for the remaining of the semester, are students allowed to stay in the residence halls?

  • Yes, current residents can continue to reside in our residence halls. 


2. If I am choosing to stay in the residence halls, what is being done in the residence halls to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
a. The Office of University Housing is taking proactive steps to reduce exposure within each of the residential communities. These efforts include:
b. Increasing the frequency of surface cleaning (targeting handrails, elevator buttons, and door handles in particular).
c. Providing hand sanitizer in public spaces.
d. Posting signs about proper handwashing in restrooms.
e. Ensuring that front-desk and residential staff know where to direct students with concerns about coronavirus.

3. If I am choosing to stay in the residence halls, how long will I be allowed to stay?
a. If you plan on staying in the residence halls, you will not be required to check out by May 2, 2020 at 11 A.M.

4. Can my friend or family member come to my room during this time?
a. No visitors are allowed in the residence halls. Only residents who reside in the residence halls can be present at this time.

5. What can I expect, if I choose to stay on-campus?
a. There will be limited staff available in the halls. Information about how to contact a staff member will be posted at each front desk.
b. Expect social distancing. According to the Center for Disease Control, social distancing is the act of staying at least six (6) feet away from an individual and limiting the number of social gatherings.
c. There cannot be more than 10 people in a room, common area, etc.
d. Contact FAMUPD at 850-599-3256 in the event of an emergency. Kitchens, lounges, and laundry facilities will be open in the halls.

6. All University Regulations, including the FAMU Student Code of Conduct and Housing policies and procedures must always be followed. Any violation will result in being removed from the building and additional student disciplinary action. Continue to follow FAMU.edu for any updates regarding travel guidance and University functions.


Prospective Students
1. I booked a space for Fall 2020, are these changes going to affect my bed space?

The current changes to the University currently have no impact on the Fall 2020 semester housing. If impacts are made, we will inform residents promptly.

2. If I cannot bring my Housing Application into the office, how can I apply for Housing?

While we do offer the option to submit a paper application, anything you may need to apply for housing can be found on our website, www.famu.edu/housing/ . You can also stay connected and receive our latest updates on our social media platforms. Follow us @famuhousing1887.


Should you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our department directly at:
1596 Gibbs Hall Trail Lower Level of Gibbs Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32307
P: 850.599.3651


Students Who Plan to Stay for the Remainder of the Semester:
Students who are planning to remain in the residence halls until the end of the semester must check out by May 2, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Please be aware, that if there is a need to consolidate rooms, according to your signed Housing Agreement, the University has the right to do so.

Students Who Plan on Moving Out of the Residence Halls Prior to the End of the Semester:
Residents who would like to return to campus to get their items can do so beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 6 – 11 a.m. on May 2.

Housing is currently monitoring developments related to the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Below are updates and FAQs related to the virus and its impact on University Housing communities.

How can residents help to protect themselves from Coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (within six feet). 
  • Stay away from others when sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Get adequate rest. 
  • Eat well. 
  • Get a flu shot.

How is University Housing helping to protect residents? 

  • We are following regular updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As new information emerges, University Housing will follow the recommended actions as directed by these entities.
  • Since the beginning of flu season, University Housing has been cleaning high traffic points such as doorknobs, handrails, drinking fountains, elevators, laundry facilities, etc. even more frequently than usual. 

How is University Housing making residents aware of steps to take to protect themselves?

  • Extra signage in and near restrooms about the importance of washing hands and proper instructions.
  • University Housing social media platforms and webpage.
  • Created a flyer of songs with a 20 second chorus to sing while washing your hands.

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Contact Info

Office of Communications
1601 S Martin Luther King Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32307

P: (850) 599-3413

E: communications@famu.edu