Your Florida Southern experience will be more than just attending classes.
Some of your most memorable experiences will happen with roommates and friends, lingering over dinner at Wynee’s, sipping Starbucks at TûTû’s, or hanging out in the lounge in Wesley Hall late at night.
As a residential college, Florida Southern provides a wide array of services to all students living on campus, including telephone, cable, computing, maintenance, mail services and dining—all make living on campus a great option! See campus amenities »
Living on campus is an important part of your college experience, giving you the opportunity to meet new people, experience new ideas and develop important study habits and social skills.
Each area is a unique community staffed by well-trained Hall Directors and Resident Assistants who can provide assistance and support.
Not only is living in the campus community convenient and enjoyable; you are just steps away from classes, computer labs, recreation and new friends. Residents can participate in great programs and events, right here on campus! Comedians, concerts, garden parties, movies and dances are a convenient source of entertainment.
Housing is offered year round, although on a limited basis in designated areas during the academic semesters. See break schedule for details »
The Office of Community Living oversees all aspects of life in the residence halls. Here, you’ll find information for incoming residential students, safety regulations for residents, a directory of the community living staff, and other important info about life at Florida Southern.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions!
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All buildings close on Thursday, April 25th by 5pm. All graduating Seniors can remain in their housing until Sunday, April 28th by noon when they should be checked out.
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From the moment you unpack your boxes, you’ll become a part of a community. From study groups to movie groups, from Resident Advisors to roommates, the opportunities are there for you to settle in and start a successful career at FSC.
Experience a family-like environment where you know your neighbors and programs are designed specifically for second-year students.
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As an upper-class student, you’ll have a wide variety of residence halls from which to choose.
Upper-Class housing options
Learning communities offer a unique opportunity to establish a solid foundation ensuring your success. Open to first-year students, they will help you to connect with the campus and other students during the fall semester (and possibly beyond).
Resident Advisors are students just like you. They live in the residence hall community providing support, encouragement, guidance, and direction for their peers.
At Florida Southern, you will find a wide variety of dining options that accommodate your busy schedule as well as nutritional demands.
Life with roommates can provide some of the most rewarding times you'll have at college.
Imagine a college campus where 100% of the students are involved in extracurricular activities. At FSC, you’ll stay busy morning, noon, and night.
Community life on the Florida Southern campus is about getting connected, and there’s no better place to connect with others than in our spacious, attractive, and comfortable residence halls.
At FSC, you’ll find a variety of housing options, from traditional halls, to apartments, to theme-based living arrangements. And because your residence hall will be your “home away from home”, we’ve made sure that it has all the amenities you need for a comfortable and productive stay.
After all, a visit may be all it takes to decide Florida Southern in the place for you! Schedule your tour, today!
Your first year on campus is likely to be a bit overwhelming as you become acclimated to your new home.
At FSC, we’ll help ease your transition with living environments dedicated specifically to first-year students.
Affectionately known as “JR,” one of the four original buildings on campus, it combines everything you’d want in a residence hall: history, personality, and functionality. Community life is big here—the women of JR form groups within the building as a whole and also within the “wings” and smaller hallways.
Also one of four original buildings on campus, “Spivey,” as it’s called, offers a relatively traditional hall setting. A four-story building, Spivey stands adjacent to Joseph-Reynolds Hall in the center of campus and is conveniently located between Edge Hall and the Ordway Building.
The gift of alumni Carol '79 and Barney Barnett '65, Wesley Hall & Nicholas Hall, named in honor of their sons, are the two buildings that compose the architecturally revolutionary Barnett Residential Life Center, designed by world-renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern. These stunning, four-story masterpieces house first-year student with rooms notable for their views of magnificent Lake Hollingsworth. Each building boasts four student lounges and a large student kitchen.
Each hall offers the same positive student environment that you may have experienced as a first-year student at FSC, including relevant and motivating programming that will continue to help you develop your academic, personal, and social growth.
Hollis Hall is located on the east side of campus across the street from the Publix Commons. Hollis is part of a three-building upper class student residential community that includes Miller Hall and Dell Hall. It is a traditional style residence hall offering all spacious, single rooms for residents.
Completed in January 2004, Miller Hall connects Hollis Hall and Dell Hall to form a larger living community. You can choose between single- and double-occupancy rooms with a shared bath. Miller Hall houses male and female students on separate floors.
Similar to Hollis Hall in design, Dell Hall is a traditional residence hall housing both male and female students consisting of double-occupancy rooms with furnishings built into the design of the facility. The Second-Year Experience (SYE) program has prioritized housing within Dell Hall. Students choosing to live within the SYE community will be able to participate in activities, events, and services exclusive to second-year students while living near their peers.
A grouping of four residence halls, Greek Village consist of Jenkins Hall and the three buildings that comprise the Publix Commons. Jenkins Hall, located on the corner of Duke Place and Harvard Road, offers double-occupancy rooms and floor bathrooms. Publix Commons is conveniently located on the corner of McDonald Street and Ingraham Avenue, close to just about everything on campus. All three buildings offer suite-style living in which six students reside in single-occupancy or double-occupancy rooms and share a living area and bathroom, Publix 62 and 63 are for female students and also serve as the home for the FSC sororities and females who choose to live independently. Jenkins Hall and Publix 61 are male residence halls and home to FSC fraternities and independent men.
Apartment-style housing is also available at Florida Southern. Living arrangements consist of one- or two-bedroom units, with living rooms and kitchens, and are generally reserved for our more mature students looking for a more independent lifestyle.
A short walk to campus, these high-style “villas” offer modern convenience coupled with independent living. This complex, which overlooks lovely Lake Morton, is comprised of 77 units each outfitted with ceiling fans, walk-in closets, dishwashers, and sleek IKEA furnishings.
These apartments located on Success Avenue, one of Lakeland’s loveliest streets, offer independent living moments from campus. Each of these spacious units offer ample living space, nice size kitchens, and plenty of parking.
Conveniently located on the corner of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Crystal Lake Drive, the Lake Hollingsworth Apartment Complex boasts spacious one- and two-bedroom apartment options for qualified upper class students and is just a short walk or drive away from campus.
Each residence hall has a near by laundry facility that is free of charge for students living on campus.
Bring your TV and laptop to enjoy the latest technology in your room and around campus.
Students living on campus can use their meal plan to purchase food from any of our on campus dining options. Learn more about dining services.
Your room includes a desk, bed, dresser, and armoire/closet to help you make the most of your space.
The majestic waters of Lake Hollingsworth offer the perfect backdrop to your experience at FSC. You can choose to stay in Nicholas or Wesley Hall to wake up to a lake view every morning.
No matter where you live on campus, there's a study space nearby. Equipped with computers for student use, you can leave your computer in your room.
Dorms are swipe access only, limiting entry to residences of the building.
Looking to sweat off the calories in the gym or relax in a yoga class? The Wellness Center offers modern work out equipment and variety of fitness classes.
Enjoy the Florida weather and take a dip in the pool. Whether it is 60 or 90 degrees out, the water is always perfect!
Rest assured, you’ll have one thing in common with your roommate; They are just as nervous about sharing a room! National statistics indicate that more than 95% of entering freshman have never had to share a bedroom.
But you can relax. With halls designated specifically for first-year students, you’ll meet people who are experiencing the same anxieties and concerns as you are—encouraging friendly and comfortable interaction.
And remember that housing application you completed? Our Community Living staff reads each and every one and matches students based on their responses. They’ll take into consideration habits and patterns that tend to cause conflicts in roommate situations, like room cleanliness and bed times, and try to pair you with someone who has similar lifestyle preferences.
In early July, you will receive a letter informing you of your room assignment and roommate. We encourage you to contact your roommate over the summer to begin the process of getting to know each other.
But don't feel compelled to become best friends for life with your roommate. There is nothing wrong with just being good roommates. You will find that you will have a more positive roommate experience when they get to know other people in your hall.
After your first year at FSC, you’ll be able to select your own room and choose your roommate(s) via a housing selection process that occurs every spring.
Life with roommates can provide some of the most rewarding times you'll have at college. Many people develop lifelong relationships that begin as roommates. With a little effort, you can create a roommate experience that you will remember fondly for years to come.
Mix together programming, resources, and mentoring and you've got the Second-Year Experience, specifically designed to fit the needs of YOU as a second-year college student. SYE focuses on support and ensuring success as you enter your next phase at Florida Southern.
Staffed with experienced Resident Advisors, a Hall Director, and overseen by a Community Living Coordinator, this is a program which provides a personal touch.
Not just a residence hall. SYE provides services and programs to
ALL second-year students
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The Office of Community Living, a part of Student Development, located in Student Life House (SL), works synergistically with a number of offices on campus including Campus Safety, the Wellness Center, and the Facilities/Maintenance staff to oversee all aspects of life in the residence halls.
The Director is responsible for residential housing and overall supervision of the Office of Community Living.
The Assistant Director is responsible for student accountability processes and direct supervision of the Community Living Coordinators (CLCs).
The Community Living Coordinators are full time professional staff members responsible for the well-being of the resident students, the administrative needs of the residence halls, student accountability, housing operations, room assignments, and marketing events. CLCs directly supervise Hall Directors.
The Hall Directors are professional staff members who live in the residence halls and create welcoming inclusive communities for our students. They serve as a resource for students' social and academic needs. Hall Directors are responsible for interpreting & upholding college policies and they meet with students to resolve conflicts and provide guidance. Hall Directors directly supervise Resident Advisors.
RAs are paraprofessional staff members and undergraduate students at Florida Southern College. They are responsible for community development, social and educational programming within the residence halls, interpretation of college policies and various administrative tasks. In addition, the RAs are trained in mediation and listening skills to serve as peer helpers. In total, there are 61 RAs across campus, with higher concentrations in first-year student areas.
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The transition issues of first-year students are different than those of returning or transfer students. As a result, Florida Southern has created first-year living environments to aid students with the social, academic, and personal growth that will occur during the freshman year. The first-year housing areas have a lower student-to-staff ratio, typically around 20 students per RA as compared to upper-class housing, which is approximately 35 per RA. The Community Living staff also plans social and educational programming that centers around the transition issues of the first semester and year of college. Students transferring with fewer than 15 hours will be placed in first-year housing as space allows. Students who completed college course work while still in high school will be considered a first-year student, regardless of the amount of college credits earned. Students living in first year housing will be expected to complete the academic year within the first-year housing environment. Students enrolling in the January term will live in first-year housing as space allows. Students may not return to the first-year housing environment in the Fall of the following academic year or any subsequent term unless hired as a Community Living staff member. First-year students who move on campus for the Fall semester will live in first-year housing for two semesters. First-year students who move on campus for the Spring semester will live in first-year housing for one semester.
Moving to another room
Residents are not allowed to change rooms without the approval of the Director of Community Living (or designee). It is imperative that in case of emergency, the Community Living and Campus Safety offices have an accurate listing of room assignments. Students who illegally change rooms may be required to relocate back to their original assignment and/or be adjudicated for Failure to Comply.
You may elect to live off-campus if you meet the following criteria: You are 23 years of age; you are married, or you live within a 30-mile radius with your custodial parent or guardian. If you feel you meet the above requirements, please complete the Off-campus Housing Request and return to the Office of Student Development.
Quiet hours are from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Each resident is responsible for keeping noise levels to a minimum at all times. Noise levels should be low enough so as not to disturb others.
Courtesy hours are 24 hours a day.
During midsemester and final exam weeks, quiet hours are 24 hours a day.
Open visitation hours are as listed below. During these times students from other residence halls and off campus guests, including opposite gender guests, are welcome in student rooms provided the guest is escorted at all times and has the approval of the student’s roommate. Daily visitation hours are as follows:
All Students: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Residents and their guests are required to conform to the guidelines of the visitation hours established by the college. All residence halls work on the honor system. Abuse of the visitation policy may result in a revoking of the honor system in any residence hall. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests and must inform them of Community Living and College policies. Only guests of the same gender are permitted to sleep in the residence hall rooms. Cohabitation is prohibited; only the residents assigned to a room may live there. Roommate approval is required for any guest(s). Hall Director approval is required for guests of the same gender planning to stay overnight; guests of the same gender may be approved to stay up to three consecutive nights. Guests must have a guest pass and picture ID. Overnight guests must be 17 years of age or older.
Residents and/or guests may only use residence hall bathrooms designated for use by their respective gender.
Housing ApplicationOff-campus Housing Request Vehicle Registration FormRepair Request FormHousing Selection Proxy Form Break Housing Registration Form
Student Handbook Emergency Guide Safety Guide
No pets are allowed in the residence halls, except for small fish in small bowls.
In compliance with state law, smoking is prohibited in all campus facilities.
Each resident is responsible for the proper care of his/her room, section, and kitchen, including the guidelines for break/holiday periods and checkout. All residents using the kitchen are responsible for cleaning the stoves and ovens. Individual residents will pay for any charges assessed for damages in their rooms. All residents may be responsible for floor damages and will equally pay for any charges to the floor. Respect for fellow residents and Community Living staff is shown by properly disposing of garbage and boxes and by not creating unnecessary messes in hallways, individual student rooms, lounges, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Telephone hardware, antennas, and cable TV
Splicing or splitting into existing television cables or outlets, wrapping TV cable, or otherwise adding to the existing cable is prohibited. Tampering with telephone hardware is prohibited. Residents are not permitted to set up outside antenna or satellite systems.
Each residence hall room is equipped with one cable jack. Cable service is provided by Bright House Networks as part of the room fees.
The throwing, dropping, or pouring of anything (to include keys) from windows, balconies, ledges, and landings is strictly prohibited. Residents are responsible for damages and/or clean-up charges that result from this action.
Roofs, ledges and balconies
Residents are not allowed on roofs, ledges or balconies at any time.
Residents may not enter or exit a building through windows. Leaning out of windows for any reason is not allowed. No decorations (including alcohol signs/neon signs or cans) may be displayed in room windows. Windows may not be covered except with the blinds installed by the college or personal curtains. Window blinds may not be removed.
Tampering with or removing screens is prohibited. Residents will be billed for screens that must be replaced.
Behavior which is disruptive to orderly community living is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, throwing items in the hallway, bouncing balls on the floor/hallways, fighting, pranks, or any other behavior that may cause physical injury or is potentially dangerous to the health and well-being of residents.
Intimidation/Invasion of Privacy
Threatening or abusive behavior will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual, racial or religious harassment, intimidation, hazing, pranks, or unwanted telephone calls, or invasion of privacy.
Failure to respect FSC property and any other property that is not your own is prohibited. Residents may be assessed restitution for any damages incurred.
All buildings close on Thursday, April 25th by 5pm. All graduating Seniors can remain in their housing until Sunday, April 28th by noon when they should be checked out.
Failure to Comply
Residents and guests must present proper identification when requested. Students must comply with FSC or Community Living official’s request (including Resident Advisors, Community Living Coordinators, Hall Directors, Student Development Staff and Campus Safety Officers) when such official is working within the performance of his/her duties. A notification to schedule and/or maintain an appointment or meeting with a staff member must be honored.
Room and public area decorating policy
Residents are encouraged to personalize their rooms and decorate public areas within established guidelines and policies. These guidelines and policies are available through the Hall Director for each building. The use of contact paper and stickers is prohibited in all residence and public area locations. No decorations may be displayed in room windows. Windows may not be covered except with the blinds installed by the college or personal curtains.
Christmas Lights/Christmas Trees/Holiday Decorations
Christmas lights and live cut Christmas trees are prohibited in the Residence Halls and college apartments. Artificial Christmas trees are allowed, but may not contain Christmas lights (ornaments and tinsel are okay). Other holiday decorations must be approved by the Hall Director for the building or the Office of Community Living.
Any personal or commercial solicitation (including door-to-door and distribution of advertising circulars) within residence hall living areas or public areas is prohibited (violators should be reported to Campus Safety). Residents or official student organizations may use public and common areas with approval from Student Development. Guidelines and approval forms are available at Student Development.
Posting signs and information in public areas
The Office of Community Living reserves the right to limit the number of materials posted per event or organization to ensure equitable access to limited bulletin board space. Posters are not permitted on walls, doors or windows. All signs must be approved and stamped by the Center of Student Involvement before posting.
FSC is an alcohol prohibited campus. No alcohol is allowed in the residence halls or on campus. No person may possess alcoholic beverage containers in their room (including decorative collections).
In compliance with state law, the illegal possession, sale or use of drugs is prohibited. Possession of drug-related paraphernalia is prohibited in the residence halls and is subject to confiscation.
Residents should not leave items unattended on the stove or in the oven at any time. Residents are responsible for the proper use of approved cooking appliances and attention to food items while using the appliances.
Residents are not allowed to cook in their room but may use the following items in their room or kitchen areas. Hot pots, airstream ovens, electric crockpots, coffee pots, drip coffee makers, popcorn makers and small George Foreman grills.
Any item that has an open coil (including but not limited to toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates) is prohibited.
Microwaves are allowed in residence hall rooms. They should be no larger that 4 cubic feet. All microwaves are subject to inspection by the Community Living staff.
Students may bring a refrigerator provided the following guidelines are met:
The refrigerator is not to exceed 3.6 cubic feet. Full-size refrigerators are not allowed. All refrigerators must be UL-approved. Door gaskets must be in good condition. All refrigerators must be equipped with a (3) three-prong grounded outlet.
Students must maintain refrigerators in a safe and sanitary condition.
There are multiple student computer labs on campus so a student shouldn't feel obligated to bring a computer to campus. Each of the residence hall rooms is however wired for the Local Area Network (LAN). To connect to the network the computer would need a network card and a CAT 5 cable to connect.
Residents may not install air conditioners or ceiling fans in their residence hall rooms. Residents may not plug AC units into any other outlet not designed specifically for the unit. Residents may not open windows when air conditioning units are in use.
Residents are permitted to use barbecue grills at a safe distance (15 feet or more) from all residence halls. The use of grills is not permitted under covered walkways, landings, or balconies.
Propane tanks, charcoal, or lighter fluid may not be stored within the residence halls.
All furniture assigned to student rooms and apartments must remain in the room. This includes bed frames, springs and mattresses. No furniture is to be removed from floor lounges or other public areas. Beds may not be elevated from the floor by cinder blocks or any means other than bunk bed units provided by facilities and maintenance. There is a limited supply of bunking pins available that can be obtained from The Office of Community Living.
Tampering with or damaging lock mechanisms is prohibited. Additional locks may not be added to doors or other college property or equipment.
It is certainly our hope that everything in your room will function properly upon your arrival and throughout the year, however, sometimes things need a little attention. Students may submit work requests to Facilities/Maintenance.
After hours emergency repairs should be called in to the Office of Safety and Security or reported to a member of the Community Living staff.
Storage space is not available on campus. If you would like to store your belongings during the summer, check out:
Metro Self Storage
624 Robin Road
Lakeland, FL 33803
Six Locations in Lakeland
Cubesmart (formally Ustoreit)
2200 Heritage Drive
Lakeland, FL 3380l
Residence Hall security is a shared responsibility of the FSC staff and residents. Do not prop open or allow doors to be propped open for any floor or building exit door. Residents should never allow people who are not their guest into the building or onto the floor. Residents should always carry their keys and lock their doors. Residents may not borrow keys from each other or loan keys to anyone. Residents must return keys immediately upon check-out or reassignment and must report any lost or stolen keys. No student will be permitted to enter a resident's room without the express written consent of the residents who live in that room.
Theft/unauthorized use of property or services
Theft of any kind or the possession of stolen property (including street signs, safety cones, and hazard barriers) is prohibited. This includes unauthorized borrowing or unauthorized use of any service (including phone cards, long distance codes and identification cards).
See Campus Safety Guide for more info
Firearms, weapons, fireworks, explosives and flammable liquids
Possession and/or use of these items or look-a-likes (including but not limited to, bottle rockets and any other firework, chemical bombs of any kind, BB guns, stun guns, firearms, rifles, bayonets, bows and arrows, switch blades, knives, nunchucks, marital arts weapons, medieval weapons and slingshots) is not permitted anywhere on campus.
No paint, paint cans, spray paint, paint thinner, tiki torches, tiki torch fuel, propane canisters for BBQ grills, charcoal lighter, cigarette lighter fluid, gasoline or gasoline cans, etc., are allowed in the residence halls.
Arson or the setting of fire, tampering with fire safety equipment, falsely pulling fire alarms, stopping existing fire alarms, or failing to immediately evacuate during a fire alarm are all violations of state fire codes. Immediate evacuation when an alarm sounds is mandatory and re-entry into a building before the alarm is silenced is prohibited. | See Emergency Guide for more info
All candles, or anything that must be lit, is prohibited in the residence halls.
Halogen lamps are prohibited in the residence halls.
Extension cords/multi-plug adapters
For the protection of the residential community, residents are permitted to use extension cords with the following restrictions. Please refer to the publication "Fire Safety and Prevention in the Residence Halls" for a more detailed explanation and diagrams.
Only UL-approved three-prong grounded extension cords that are 14 gauge or heavier are permitted. Note: The lower the gauge number, the heavier/thicker the cord is. Cords cannot exceed 10 feet in length. Only one appliance/item may be plugged into an extension cord. Only one extension cord may be used per double outlet.
Only UL-approved multi-plug adapters with circuit breakers are permitted. Up to three appliances/items may be plugged into one multi-plug adapter per double outlet. Extension cords and multi-plugs may not be connected.
All students are welcome to bring a car to campus as long as they obtain a parking decal from the Office of Safety and Security and properly register their car. Download Vehicle Registration Forms
Motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, and jet skis must be parked in designated areas. Under no circumstances are they allowed in the buildings.
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698