Office of University Housing

Fall 2020 Housing Online Portal Closure

(This announcement is for students who have not applied for Housing or have not received a room assignment)

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Office of University Housing’s mission is to ensure students a healthy living learning environment. As the quest to produce a vaccine for the Coronavirus continues to plague our country, there have been changes made to ensure our University’s commitment to a healthy student living learning environment.  

In an effort to stay compliant with the  policies established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which is to provide our students with a healthy learning environment while living on-campus, the Office of University Housing will be practicing “Residential Distancing” in the on-campus residential facilities. “Residential Distancing” provides an adequate amount of space between students in a residential facility to decrease the chances of spreading COVID-19.

To begin the process of “Residential Distancing” the department closed the Housing Application Portal on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 5 P.M. This will provide the department with adequate time to remove students that have been assigned in rooms with double occupancy to a room with single occupancy.

While we are heavily committed to our mission of providing students with a healthy living learning environment, we do understand these changes may inconvenience many of our students. We hope the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below will provide some clarification on the onset of changes. Please find the section that best describes your current application status. 

Portal Closure Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I am a student that has a room assignment:

  1. With the launch of the “Residential Distancing” practices, will my current room assignment change?

    • While changes are being made, there is a possibility your room assignment could change. You will be notified on July 6, 2020 of your assignment.
  2. Will I have a roommate/housemate?

    • All rooms will be single for the 2020-2021 year. In the apartments, the singles will remain the same. The double apartments will have one person assigned to each room. For example, in an apartment that would normally house 6 people per apartment, now there will only be 3 per apartment.
  3. Will I have to be moved to a different residence hall and pay the difference?

    • There is a possibility that you could be moved to a different building. All students will be notified by July 6, 2020.  All rates will be adjusted to reflect the semester dates approved by the University’s Board of Trustees on June 4, 2020.
  4. Will I have to pay the price of a single room or will the pricing still be the same for a room with a roommate?

    • All rates will be adjusted to reflect the dates approved by the University’s Board of Trustees on June 4, 2020
  5. If I no longer want to live on campus how do I cancel my housing assignment, and will I be charged a cancellation fee?

    • You may cancel without penalty if you submit your information by completing the Opt-Out Form sent to your FAMU Email Address, by Monday June 22, 2020, at 5 P.M. Cancellation requests received after that date and time will forfeit the $200 prepayment.
  6. How soon will we know about the final room changes?
    • You will be notified on July 6, 2020.

 I have paid the $200 deposit but have been placed on the general waitlist or have not been able to book my bed space online:

  1. With the closing of the portal and the launch of “Residential Distancing” practices, will I be guaranteed a bed space placement?

    • You are not guaranteed a bed space. It depends on when you applied, how many cancellations we receive, and space availability.

  2. I have paid my $200 and understand that it is non-refundable, but considering the circumstances, will my money be refunded?

    • Your money will be refunded if you submit your information by completing the Housing Opt-Out Form sent to your FAMU Email by Monday June 22, 2020, at 5 P.M. or if we do not have the space to accommodate you.

  3. If I placed myself on the waitlist for Gibbs Hall, Sampson and Young Hall, Palmetto South and Phase III, will I be guaranteed a bed space?

    • Considering the circumstances no one is guaranteed a bed space. Placement will be contingent on the application submission date, how many cancellations we receive, and space availability.

  4. I am a freshman and I am required to live on campus, if I cannot book my room because the portal is closed will I be penalized?

    • If the Office of University Housing is not able to accommodate your housing request, you will not be penalized.

  5. Are there any chances of me getting a room on campus or should I begin to look for an off-campus apartment?

    • You will be sent a notification on July 6, 2020 that will assist in your determination.

I have not applied for Housing yet:

  1. If the Housing Application Portal is closed, does that mean I cannot apply for Housing for the 2020-2021 Academic School Year?

    • The Housing Application Portal is closed and will not be reopened. If you have not applied for Housing yet, mailed applications must be postmarked by Monday June 22, 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Contact Info

1596 Gibbs Hall Trail
Lower Level of Gibbs Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32307

P: 850.599.3651
F: 850.561.2620