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Triple Occupancy Rooms

Why was I assigned a triple room when I requested a double room? In order to meet the housing demands for the 2008-2009 academic year, many prospective residents who applied for housing were offered some type of triple room accommodation, even though this may not have been one of their first choices. For most new students who applied for housing, triple rooms were the only housing option available. For the upcoming 2008-2009 school year, a higher number of first-year students were admitted and have chosen to register at SJSU. In addition, the number of current residents who returned to on-campus housing continued to increase. This situation resulted in an increased demand for on-campus housing for the upcoming academic year. Please do not be discouraged by being assigned to a triple room. Studies show that students living in triple rooms report a high level of satisfaction with the on-campus living experience. As in the past, University Housing Services (UHS) and Residential Life remain committed to offering a wide array of programs and support services to assist students with their transition to SJSU. In addition, added attention will be paid to students living in triple rooms. What is the setup for furniture in a triple room on campus? All three-person rooms on campus have one set of bunk beds and one elevated loft-style bed, two closets and two towel racks. Rooms are 12' by 15' and have carpeted floors, and windows furnished with drapes. Each student is provided with a desk, chair, and chest of drawers. Furniture (including mattresses) may not be removed from student rooms and may not be assembled atop bricks, bookcases, or other structures not originally designed to support it. Lofted or bunked beds may only be assembled by certified University Housing Services Staff. No other person or entity may install or construct lofts or bunk beds in a room. To ensure proper stabilization and anchoring for earthquake safety, lofts in rooms may not be altered. Elevated beds (i.e., bunks and lofts) may not be located directly in front of a window. Ladders and replacement guard rails for elevated beds are available upon request through the front desk of each residence hall. All closets and book shelves must remain secured to the wall in order to prevent injuries during an earthquake. Waterbeds are not permitted in the residence halls.

How do students like living in a triple occupancy room on campus? In the past, our residents have reported that there is no significant difference in the level of satisfaction, feeling a sense of community, and ability to form significant relationships between those who live in double rooms versus those living in triples rooms. What's the best way to manage time when living in a triple room? We strongly encourage you to talk with your roommates and come to an agreement as early on as possible about space usage, classes and work schedules and general roommate expectations! 1. Talk to your roommates about planning your time to study. 2. Discuss class schedules, work commitments and other responsibilities 3. Discuss personal needs, habits, daily routines and any other factors that may impact living with roommates. 4. Be flexible and try and come to a decision that everyone can agree to. 5. Plan ahead and prioritize! 6. Use your RA! They are here to help you in anyway and will work with you and your roommates to develop a roommate agreement and work through any issues.. Can't Study in Your Room? Living Learning Center ­ Located on the first floor of Campus Village Building B, The Living Learning Center is a great place for quiet study, academic support, advising and much more! Hours for the 2008-2009 academic year will be posted soon. Study Lounges in your hall/apartment complex ­ A variety of study spaces are available in each living area. In Hoover, Royce or Washburn, check out the Formal Lounge on the 1st floor of the studying room in the 2nd floor odd wing (Doesn't make sense). If you live in Joe West, the lounges on each floor often are great study areas. On the 2nd floor is a designated study room, perfect for a study group. In Campus Village, there are multiple study lounges in the Resident Activity Center (RAC) located on the first floor of Campus Village Building B. Dining Commons ­ Located between the Bricks and Joe West Hall. UHS Computer Lab ­ Located on the first floor Campus Village Building B. There are computers, color and black & white printing, faxing, and copying. You must have your Tower Card in order to use the Computer Lab. Hours for the 2008-2009 academic year will be posted soon.

Associated Students Computer Lab ­ Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union, this lab is available to all SJSU students. There are 100 computer stations and services include printing, faxing, copying and computer supplies for purchase. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00am ­ 8:00pm. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library ­ The library is the heart of the university. The library is more than a place to study, it also offers electronic resources, making information available around the clock, whenever and wherever our students need it. Log on to for MLK Library hours. Student Union Music Room ­ Lots of windows, couches and tables make this room great for studying. You can also check out a CD and listen to it in one of the three private listening booths. The Music Room is located in the southeast corner of the Student Union second floor. Call x4-6638 for hours. Market Café ­ Use your meal card or gold points for coffee and snacks at the Market Café located across from the Student Union, next to Sbarro's. Hours are MondayThursday 6:45am-8:30pm, and Friday 6:45am-7:30pm. Be Proactive! Things to Do Before Stepping Foot in Your Room or Apartment Want to save yourself a lot of time, energy, and money? CONTACT your other roommates BEFORE moving in and follow these four simple steps. 1. Spend a few minutes on the phone getting to know each other. Find out what you like, don't like, favorite foods, music, classes you're taking, major, study habits, etc. 2. Decide which items you and your roommates are going to bring. Being in a triple makes packing for college so much easier and lighter!!! You definitely don't want to show up on move in day and realize you have three refrigerators! Working together to decide who will be responsible for bringing what items will not only make packing and move in easier, but it will also save you from buying things someone may already you can save money, too!! 3. Decide and agree on what you want in your room. Working together and discussing what you want to have in your room will not only alleviate problems, but will also make packing and organizing much easier. Who knows, the three of you may have similar or different tastes in colors, posters, and knick-knacks, but combining something from each of your likes could create a room enjoyable for everyone!

4. Find out when everyone is moving in. Knowing when your other roommates are arriving and possibly coordinating your arrivals will make move in a lot smoother. If you all arrive around the same time it may be really chaotic OR you may decide that it is much easier to organize and get settled in right away. The three of you should work together to decide what is best for all of you. Getting to Know You... Navigating those first few weeks Coming to college to live with two other individuals you have never met before can seem a little overwhelming. Using these helpful tips when you first meet each other will help alleviate some of the stress at the start of the semester and may help bring the three of you closer together: 1. Rearrange the room together. Find a time when you can all get together and discuss what you want the room to look like. Then start moving!! Working together will help make moving and arranging much faster and easier. It is important that everyone is a part of the decision. 2. Go out together. Spending time together is the best way for you to get to know each other. At the beginning of the school year, there are a lot of welcome activities and events. Take advantage of these opportunities and attend the events as a group! Go to the Dining Commons or see a movie together. You'll get along best when you know more about your roommates. 3. Complete a Roommate Agreement. This can be done in several ways. You and your roommates can informally sit down and discuss the "rules and regulations" of the room. Discussion should include what and when you are willing and not willing to share, your feelings about guests, study hours/times, bedtimes, etc. Discuss anything and everything that you think is pertinent to all of you surviving the year together and getting along. All residents in the Classics and Suites will be required to complete a Roommate Agreement. This form will be something you share with your Resident Advisor (RA) or Resident Life Coordinator (RLC). You can also use it to touch base with your roommates or when a potential disagreement or conflict is on the horizon. Discussing these topics early and really talking with each other about your expectations and needs will help make your "triple living experience" that much more successful. The Residential Life Staff is available to assist you and your roommates in having these discussions and completing the form, so please do not hesitate to contact them. Keeping Your Space Clean and Organized Put things away right after use. Read your mail only once rather than keeping it in a pile ­ either file it away or recycle it right away. Use the vacuum regularly. Vacuums may be checked out at the hall office.

Work out a cleaning schedule with your roommates. Be clear about what needs to be done, who is responsible and when it needs to be done. Use boxes and milk crates for storage. Keep some basic cleaning supplies on hand including dust cloths, window cleaner and carpet cleaner. Keep the floor area clean ­ less clutter on the floor will actually make the room look (and feel) bigger. Still Cramped? Go as vertical as possible with stackable bins and carts with clear drawers so it's easy to locate items Use stackable clear-plastic bins to make closet organization simple. A variety of sizes exist to best meet your needs. Keep toiletries organized in a mesh-style basket with a handle. A limited number of lockers are available in the restrooms in the red brick buildings. Consider multifunction items as much as possible ­ such as a combination light/clock or TV/DVD unit or refrigerator.


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