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Housing Contract and Policies


    Resident Handbook

    The Resident Life and Housing Handbook is designed to guide students living on-campus at Colorado State University-Pueblo through the important policies and procedures to help maintain the safety and well-being of the community. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

    • Residence Rights and Responsibilities
    • Academic and Live-on Requirement
    • Roommate Agreement and Mediation
    • In-Hall Services
    • Residence Hall Policies and Procedures
    • Maintenance
    • Emergencies
    • Office Hours and Hall Closings

    Each student is given a copy of the handbook at move-in. If a student needs an additional copy, they can stop by the Office of Residence Life and Housing located in Occhiato Student Center, suite 201 or download a copy from the link below.

    Review our Resident Handbook here

    2019-2020 Colorado State University-Pueblo Student Housing Agreement

    Colorado State University-Pueblo's Student Housing Agreement is a legal and binding agreement between the student and the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System, acting by and through Colorado State University-Pueblo. This agreement must be completed through the student's PAWS account. Below is a copy of the current Academic Year Student Housing Agreement for review only.

    Housing Agreement


    2019-2020 University Live-on Requirement

    All First-Year single students, under 21 years of age, with a home address outside of Pueblo County are required to live on campus for two academic years (4 complete academic semesters, excluding summer). Credits taken concurrent with high school and/or credits attained through Advanced Placement (AP) CLEP, International Baccalaureate or similar programs do not apply towards living experience.

    Students seeking an exemption from the live-on requirement for housing must complete a Housing Exemption Form and receive approval. The Housing Exemption Committee will determine if an exemption to the live-on requirement will be granted and students will be notified of the committee’s decision.

    All residential students are required to have a meal plan.

    Students failing to meet these requirements will be assessed the lowest price residence hall (double room rate) and board charges.

    Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the University Housing Office.

    2018-2019 University Live-on Requirement

    CSU-Pueblo requires All newly admitted First Year and Transfer students, under 21 years of age, with a home address outside of Pueblo County, who graduated high school or the equivalent in the preceding academic year are required to live on campus for two academic years (four (4) complete academic semester, excluding summer).

    All newly admitted First Year, Transfer and Returning students, under 21 years of age, with a home address outside of Pueblo County, who graduated high school or the equivalent two academic years prior are required to live on campus for one academic years (two (2) complete academic semester, excluding summer). For example, if a student graduated high school in the 2017/2018 academic year, the student is required to live on campus for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 academic years. If that same student who graduated in spring of 2018, transferred in for fall of 2019, they would only be held to one academic year on campus.

    Students who meet one or more of the following criteria may request an exemption to the two-year live-on requirement. The exemption criteria include but is not limited to:

    1. Student will commute from their parent’s or guardian’s home within Pueblo County.*
    2. Student has lived on campus for the equivalent of two full academic years at another University before transferring to CSU-Pueblo. Students who transfer into CSU-Pueblo with only one year of live-on experience at their previous institution will only need to live on campus at CSU-Pueblo for one year.
    3. Student is 21 years of age or older prior to the start of the fall semester.
    4. Student is married and/or has a dependent child.
    5. Student is enrolled in less than twelve (12) credit hours or taking all online classes.
    6. Student is a member of the United States military who has served for one (1) year or more.
    7. Student is exempted for medical reasons.

    *Special consideration may be given to students with home addresses within 50 miles of CSU-Pueblo who wish to reside with their parent or legal guardian. If granted, the approved address must be listed as the student’s permanent address with the University.

    Students seeking an exemption from the live-on requirement for housing must complete a Housing Exemption Form and receive approval. The Housing Exemption Committee will determine if an exemption to the live-on requirement will be granted and students will be notified of the committee’s decision.

    Students failing to meet these requirements will be assigned housing and will be assessed the costs of the housing rate assigned and board charges.

Roommate Support


    Roommate Conflicts

    Roommate conflicts are natural and healthy. Living in the residence halls requires learning to live with a roommate. This experience helps you to learn essential skills like communication, compromise, and setting boundaries. However, sometimes residents need additional support to overcome challenging circumstances. We have systems in place to address roommate concerns.

    If you are a parent of a resident having roommate concerns, you can help this process by challenging your student to actively work through the issues, instead of avoiding them or looking for easy solutions. Changing roommates is often not the best solution; helping students seek alternative solutions will enhance the learning that can come from this experience. On each floor of the traditional residence halls and in the University Village at Walking Sticks we have Resident Assistants (RAs) who have been trained to handle roommate issues. The RAs or the residents may also ask for assistance from the Residence Life Coordinator when necessary.


    Tips for Parents: How to Support a Healthy Roommate Experience

    As a parent, your student may struggle at times to get a long in the new environment. As expected, even the best of friends will have frustrating times sharing a living space. Below are some helpful tips for you to help your student prevent and address common roommate concerns.

    1. Get into touch.

    Even if the student has chosen his or her roommate, and especially if he or she hasn't, help get them in contact early and often. The more students communicate BEFORE moving in together, the less like strangers they'll feel when the day arrives.

    • Important topics to cover during the summer include sleep, study and social habits. If they are not seemingly compatible, what problem-solving and compromises can they brainstorm? Setting the tone with knowing there will be some differences, but that it's okay to address them, will create good habits in case any other issues arise.
    • Roommates need to know each other's expectations and limitations regarding personal belongings such as clothing, electronic equipment, food, and use of items in the room while one or the other is away. Roommates need to be clear on the behavior expected of each other's guests and how to express concerns to each other. Most importantly for now, roommates need to figure out who is bringing what for the room. Not only is it fun to brainstorm what the new home will look like, it is also just practical to figure out what will be brought into the new home. Absolutely nobody wants to move heavy electronic equipment or a piece of furniture only to move it back!

    2. Take perspective.

    Oftentimes, students realize that there are many habits and expectations that they bring into their new living environment that may be different than his/her roommates. Meeting and living with a student who has a different set of habits and expectations may be difficult, but can often be worked out through communication and/or a conflict resolution.

    3. Encourage communication.

    Communication is certainly a skill that will benefit your student in all arenas of life. Living with a roommate whether a friend or acquaintance requires open communication. While technology makes it easy to communicate in another medium, the Department encourages students to resolve issues together in a face-to-face setting. Please encourage your student to seek help from a staff member if needed early on to address any possible issues. The Department cannot fix issues in which it is not aware.


    Roommate Agreement

    Discussing expectations and conflict is easier at the beginning of the year before you are in the heat of an argument. We expect all students to use the provided Roommate Agreement to discuss conflict and solutions before they occur. Please use the provided Roommate Agreement form.​

    Additional Help and Support

    Most roommate conflicts are able to be resolved with a little hard work and compromise. Some conflicts require more support and alternate solutions. Encourage your student to take advantage of the many support mechanisms in place to address conflict. The Resident Assistant is an upper-classman student who lives on the floor and who has had in depth training on helping students work through conflict. The Residence Life Coordinators, professional staff, are also available to help work through conflict and find compromises and solutions. The Residence Life Coordinator nor the Resident Assistant will solve the problem, but rather help facilitate the process to resolve the issue. Changing rooms is rarely the first or best option and is often challenging when the building is at full capacity.

What do I need to bring?


    What to Bring (All Residence Halls)

    *Optional Items

    • Appropriate seasonal clothes
    • Towels
    • Trash can and Trash bags
    • Desk lamp*
    • Alarm Clock*
    • Computer/Laptop w/Ethernet cord*
    • Power strips with surge protection
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Linens and Bedding (extra-long twin sheets, comforter, pillow)
    • Bathrobe, shower shoes, shower tote
    • Laundry basket or bag, detergent, hangers
    • Posters and wall decorations
    • Plastic dinnerware and eating utensils
    • First Aid supplies
    • Foam pad for mattress*

    Do Bring (Crestone, Culebra, Greenhorn)

    • Toilet paper
    • Hand soap
    • Poster Putty (Ticky Tack/3M Com Strips)
    • Cleaning Supplies for Bathroom
    • Bathroom Floor Mat
    • Bathroom Shower Curtain and hooks (Curtain size: 72"x72")

    What Not to Bring

    • Open heat source appliances
    • Microwave
    • Refrigerator
    • Router
    • Appliances with exposed heating coils (e.g. electric burners, toaster ovens, George Foreman Grills)
    • Candles/Incense or anything with an open flame
    • Anything that needs to be hung from the wall with nails or screws
    • Halogen lamps/lights
    • Water filled furniture
    • Weapons (knives, explosives, paintball/laser guns, firearms, air-soft pellet guns, martial arts equipment, etc.)
    • Anything that needs to be hung from the ceiling
    • Any pets (with the exception of a ten-gallon or less aquarium with fish)
    • No personal furniture (bed, couch, chair, etc.)
    • Mattress (for fire safety and pest control, only CSU-P mattresses may be in the rooms)

    Things to Coordinate

    *Optional Items

    We recommend that you coordinate with your future roommate some of the items you may wish to have in your room.

    • Television, stereo, DVD player*
    • Small appliances such as coffee pots, irons, small vacuums*

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