All of the Facts
Preparing to begin your college education involves your whole family. We encourage you to work with them to find the right residence hall for you. The detailed facts on these pages will provide many of the answers you will need.
Q. Is the application a legally binding contract?
A. The application and earnest money you submit simply HOLD a space for you in the room of your choice as long as spaces remain. It does not guarantee that space and is not a legally binding lease contract. You can choose to rescind your application for residency prior to signing a lease. Your initial $50 deposit will remain non-refundable.
The only way to ensure you’ll be in the dorm and the room style of your choice to sign a lease, which is legally binding, but also risk free if you follow our cancellation policy (next question)!
Q. What is your policy on canceling housing leases?
A. Our lease is a legally binding contract that secures you housing in the dorms at Lucky. If you’re set on attending school in Madison, there’s no reason to wait:
If you choose to attend a school that’s not in Madison, you will be released from your lease provided the following apply (when applying for the fall semester):
- You notify us in writing before June 1, 2020.
- You provide a copy of the denial or admittance to the other school.
- You are not cancelling your lease to change living arrangements in Madison. Your initial $50 deposit will remain non-refundable.
- New leases received after June 1, 2020 and spring semester leases cannot be canceled and cancellation requests or notifications received after June 1, 2020 cannot be honored.
Q. How do I pay my contract total?
A. There are multiple ways to pay the monthly installments. Most families choose recurring automatic deduction from their bank account. Other methods, such as checks and credit/debit cards, are also accepted. We’ll provide payment details prior to move in.
Q. What happens to my $50 deposit?
A. It becomes part of your total $300 security deposit. The remaining $250 is due on or before June 1, 2020 (when applying for the fall semester).
Q. When are housing payments due?
A. The total contract price will be paid in nine equal installment payments when moving in at the fall semester and four installments when moving in at the spring semester; each is due on the first of the month. Your first installment payment is due on August 1, 2020 for the fall semester (January 1 for the spring semester). You will make one payment on or before the first of the month for each subsequent month. Your last payment will be made on April 1, 2021 (2019 for the spring semester).
Q. Are any utilities included in the price?
A. Yes. Heat, electric, furniture, laundry, and Internet with speeds up to 1 Gbps are included for a flat Facilities Fee.
Q. Do I need insurance coverage?
A. Yes. Your personal property is not covered under your contract terms. For your benefit, we do require the purchase of renters insurance or that you obtain coverage through your parents’ homeowner’s policy. It’s not expensive and is well worth its value.
Q. What happens if there are roommate conflicts?
A. We’ll do everything we can to help. Our Resident Assistants are trained to work through roommate issues. Most residents find our roommate matching process works exceedingly well for them.
Q. When do I move in and when do I move out?
A. Most students will choose to move-in early on August 24, 2020. This is a great opportunity to get used to your campus before you have to hit the books! There is a nominal programming fee for early move in. The standard move-in date will be August 30, 2020. Move out day is May 8th, 2021.
Q. What household items do I need to bring?
A. All of the standard items are included: beds, mini blinds, a full-size refrigerator, microwave, clothing storage, etc. You’ll want to bring basic kitchen utensils, small appliances, dishes, shower curtains, towels, and a few other basics.
Q. Do I have to leave during campus breaks?
A. No. You can remain in the building and in your unit, during the entire lease term. This includes winter and spring break.
Q. Will I have access to my school’s libraries, unions, cafeterias, and health services if I live in a private hall?
A. Absolutely! Regardless of where students live, they still have access to all services their college or university offers.
Q. Is it safe to live in a Private Residence Hall?
A. We take every precaution to provide a well-maintained and well-monitored environment. We use cameras, 24-hour front desks, and doors with after-hours locks. We also screen all employees, hire private security, and we have 24/7 Resident Assistants and Maintenance Technicians on call.