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Frequently asked questions

Which halls have air conditioning?

All of our halls have air conditioning. Students can control the room temperature by using the individual controls in their room.

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What size are the mattresses?

All mattresses are twin size, extra long.

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Which halls have bunkable beds?

All of our residence hall rooms are equipped with beds that can be bunked.

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Are lofts allowed?

Columbia College has a limited number of lofts available to residents in each of the residence halls and Cougar Village.  These are distributed on a first come, first served basis and can be requested by emailing the Director of Residential Life.  

Students may not construct their own lofts.

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Can I bring a computer?

Yes. Students can bring computers for their rooms and access the campus computer network system providing they have an ethernet card or wireless capabilities.

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What should I bring?

When students pack for their first trip to Columbia, they should remember that there will be a break at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and in the spring.  As a result, there is no need to bring a year's supply of clothing.  Students should consider bringing the following:

  • Bed linens for twin, extra long bed
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Personal toiletries
  • Pillow
  • Alarm clock
  • Desk lamp
  • Dictionary/thesaurus
  • Iron
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Hangers
  • Radio/stereo/headphones
  • Portable TV
  • Personal computer
  • Posters/pictures
  • Cups/plates/utensils
  • Laundry soap – high efficiency liquid detergent only
  • Trash can
  • Backpack

Students living in Cougar Village, should also consider bringing:

  • Pots, pans and other cooking utensils
  • Dish washing soap and detergent
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Basic cleaning supplies

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Is there cable in the residence hall rooms?

Yes. Limited cable service is available in all rooms at no extra charge to the students.

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Which buildings have elevators?

None. All of our buildings have three floors. The first floor of Banks and the main floor of Miller are accessible for students with disabilities.

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Are there smoke detectors in the rooms?


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What are the dimensions of the rooms?

The rooms in Banks are approximately 13' x 15'. The rooms in Hughes are approximately 13' x 15'. The rooms in Miller are approximately 12' x 14'. The rooms in Cougar Village range in size from 10' x 12' to 12' x 14'.

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What size refrigerators are allowed?

Refrigerators 4.6 cubic feet and smaller are permitted in the residence halls. There is a full-sized refrigerator provided in the kitchen of all Cougar Village apartments.

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How much does it cost to wash and dry clothes in the residence halls?

All washers and dryers are free! Liquid detergent only!

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Are coffeepots, hot plates, toasters, and microwaves allowed in the rooms

No. Residential Life allows no open-flame appliances in the halls. Microwaves are not allowed in the rooms due to the electrical strain. However, there are microwaves available in each residence hall for the students' use. There are also kitchen facilities available.

In Cougar Village, a microwave is provided in the kitchen of each apartment. Students are allowed to bring toasters and coffeepots as long as they are always used safely.

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Are phones provided in each resident's room?

No. The college does not provide phones in each individual room. However, several phones are available in each residence hall and are easily accessible to students! Students are encouraged to bring a calling card to place long-distance calls when using these phones.

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How do I make long distance telephone calls?

Students must purchase and use long distance phone cards in order to make long distance calls from a residence hall telephone.

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Are vacuum cleaners available?

Yes. Vacuum cleaners can be checked out from hall staff.

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Are the rooms carpeted?

Banks Hall and Miller Hall rooms do have carpet!

Hughes Hall has hardwood floors. If students want carpeting, they will need to purchase their own area rugs.

All rooms except the kitchen and bathrooms are carpeted in Cougar Village apartments.

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Can I park my car on campus?

Yes. Students may park on campus with a parking permit, which may be purchased online.

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Are bathrooms cleaned daily?

The community bathrooms in Banks Hall are cleaned daily, Monday through Friday. The suite-style bathrooms in Hughes and Miller Halls are cleaned once per week.

Cougar Village apartment bathrooms are cleaned once per week.

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Can I bring my own furniture?

College issue furniture must remain in the room at all times. The College furniture cannot be removed because there is no storage space. Students can bring their own furniture, but it must fit in the room with the College issued furniture.

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What residence halls are co-ed?

Banks and Miller Halls are co-ed, while Hughes Hall is all female.

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What are the visitation hours for persons of the opposite sex?

Columbia College residence halls have an open visitation policy, meaning guests can visit 24 hours a day, with the consent of the roommate.

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When will I get my hall and room assignment and my roommate information?

No hall/room assignments can be made until a student submits a signed housing contract to the Residential Life office. Students are notified of their hall/room assignment for the fall semester by July 25. At that time, you will be provided with your roommate's home telephone number (if available) and Cougar email address.

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Is housing available during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break?

Yes, however it does cost extra. A student needing housing over break periods must sign-up for such housing in the Student Affairs office one week prior to the respective break period. The cost is approximately $15.00 per night and is charged to the student's student account.

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Is housing available in the summer?

Yes, providing the student is enrolled in summer classes at Columbia College. Rates are announced in April for the following summer period.

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Where can I get the rest of my questions answered?

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Residential Life office at (573) 875-7450 or the Student Affairs office at (573) 875-7400.

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