You made the right choice in choosing to live on campus while pursuing your academic goals! Research in higher education shows that students who live on campus generally perform better academically, establish stronger connections with others and the University community, become more involved on campus, and graduate at a higher rate.
Georgia State University’s (GSU) residence halls are home to approximately 5,200 residents who come from many states throughout the U.S. as well as countries around the world. Students are of different backgrounds, ethnicities, races, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, national origins, abilities and other identities. This richness in diversity is what makes living on campus so great. Living and interacting with people who are different than you help you learn and grow as a person, increases your understanding of others, and better prepares you for living in our increasingly diverse and global world. We encourage you to take the initiative to meet and become friends with someone different than you. You are certain to create lasting friendships and many memories.
While living on campus has its benefits, it also has responsibilities. As a residential student and community member at GSU, we expect you to be accountable for yourself and the well-being of others. This guide contains policies, guidelines, important information, safety tips, and an overview of expectations for appropriate behavior and conduct. Below are some key points and suggestions that we would like to share with you:
- Get to know your roommates, residents on the floor, and others that live in the community
- Pay attention to who is coming in behind you, and who walks in as you exit the residence hall
- Never double-up, triple-up, etc. (enter with multiple people at once) at the turnstiles and front doors of buildings
- Check-in your guests and escort them at all times – if you see unescorted people in the building that you don’t recognize, tell your Resident Assistant (RA), Residence Hall Director (RHD), Assistant Hall Director (AHD), or the staff member working at the community desk
- Show your Panther ID each time you enter the residence hall – residents are given a residency sticker at the beginning of each semester that allows University Housing staff to differentiate GSU residential and nonresidential students
- There is zero tolerance for weapons in University Housing – GSU is serious about student safety
Again, we are so pleased to have you as a member of our extended family in University Housing! Our enthusiastic and well-trained staff is always available and ready to assist you when you need us. Whether it is related to your personal well-being or academic success, just let us know what we can do to help make your experience living on campus more enjoyable.