The Office of Residence Life provides on-campus living accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students who meet established eligibility criteria. Highest priority is given to those who are enrolled as full-time students and are matriculated in a degree program. Eligible upperclass returning students participate in a formal room-selection process during the spring semester of each year. Incoming freshmen are typically assigned accommodations in Chase Hall, Farnham Hall, Hickerson Hall, Neff Hall, Wilkinson Hall or in West Campus Residence Complex. Incoming transfer students are placed in double rooms or in apartment-style housing, based on total academic credits transferred into Southern, on a space-available basis.
The Office of Residence Life encourages the academic, cultural, and social growth of students by sponsoring nightly programs, lectures, workshops, and entertainment events in each of the residence halls. For convenience, the Office of Residence Life offers a grocery store in the North Campus Residence Complex. Here, residents are able to purchase food items and necessities with cash or on their Hoot Loot Cards.
Quiet hours, a portion of each day set aside in the residence halls for study purposes, create an environment that enhances the student's overall academic performance. To continue the academic growth of on-campus students, the Office of Residence Life maintains four state-of-the-art computer labs in Chase Hall, Hickerson Hall, West Campus, and the North Campus Residence Complex.
A core belief of the Office of Residence Life is that residence halls are not just places to sleep, but also places to "live, learn, and grow." Knowing that the students' personal growth continues outside of the classroom as well, the Office of Residence Life offers different opportunities for involvement within the residence halls.
Hall Council, a committee comprised of students within the residence hall, plans and implements social, educational, and cultural programming. Each Hall Council is allotted a budget, which they can use to implement programs and activities for other residents.
Residents may also become involved with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) which is a national organization which not only serves as the head to all Hall Councils, but also the Residence Life communities. Their purpose is to not only build community among on-campus residents, but to also make sure that their voices are heard.
Through these organizations resident students are given the opportunity to take leadership positions within the halls and gain valuable experience that will benefit them in the future.