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Student Life at ECSU

Housing & Residence Life

Your home away from home.

We want you to have a comfortable, safe, and welcoming place to live while you attend ECSU. That’s just what you’ll find in our on-campus housing. Residence halls at ECSU put food, classes, amenities, and your campus community within walking distance, helping you get the most out of your time at ECSU.



Frequently Asked Questions

: All residence halls will close for Spring Break 2024. All students must vacate the halls. The halls will close on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 12 noon and reopen on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at 9:00 am. Please make all travel arrangements, immediately.

If you need transportation services to and or from the Norfolk Airport, Norfolk train station, or Elizabeth City Bus Station, please complete the transportation request form no later than March 1, 2024.  ECSU Login Service (northcarolina.edu). Drivers will not transport students before 6:00 am or after 9:00 pm. Make your reservations accordingly.

Before leaving for Spring Break:

  • Students are required to sign out of your residence hall via the link that will be sent out the week prior to Spring Break. Failure to do so will result in an improper check-out. This is for your safety.
  • DO NOT leave items on your floor that are subject to damage by events such as flooding, etc.
  • Clean your room, bathroom, and common areas (living rooms, hallways, kitchens)
  • Clean out refrigerators (common area and personal) and discard all items that may expire over the break or are no longer needed.
  • Dispose of all trash in common and personal areas
  • Turn off all lights, televisions, and gaming systems (unplug irons, curling irons, etc.)
  • Take your valuables with you. The University is not responsible for the loss of your personal times for any reason. If you have not done so already, please obtain personal property insurance.    E-brochure Linkhttp://marketing.nssi.com/resources/NSSI-new-trifold.pdf 
  • Take home items you no longer need (this will make your move-out in May much easier)
  • Lock your windows and doors.

All bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas will be inspected while you are away for the purpose of submitting work orders and to determine summer repairs. Charges will be added to your student account for failing to leave your room in the proper condition.
Should you have questions, please email Housing at ECSUHousing@ecsu.edu

Should you run into challenges, please seek the Student Assistance Fund, and visit the Vikings Cares Food Pantry located in Griffin Hall suite 300. Click on the link for more information: 
Student Assistance Fund

Housing will be provided for Session II (5 Weeks): Thursday, June 22 – Friday, July 28

Cleared students may check into the residence hall on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. Students must check out of the residence halls on Saturday, July 29, 2023

2023 Summer Rates: Spaces are limited for summer

  • University Suites Single: $1,180.00
  • University Suites: $968.00

Request Summer School Housing here: https://forms.office.com/r/ag0c6m0Gun

The deadline to request summer school Housing is April 14, 2023

For more information, email Ms. Kellogg

You may apply and pay for Housing after you have been accepted to the University. The Housing Application fee is non-refundable. The application is available in the Housing Portal.

No, You may pay by the following methods:

  • Online via the Housing portal
  • In person to the University Cashier. The Cashier does not accept cash. The forms of payment accepted are credit card, check and money order.
  • Send check or money order via mail (Campus Box 939)

The beds in University Suites, University Towers and Viking Tower are regular twin-sized beds. Beds in Viking Village singles are full sized. Beds in Viking Village doubles are regular twin-size beds.

For your convenience, we have partnered with Dormify to provide an easy, affordable way to purchase Twin XL bedding, dorm storage solutions, and everything else you'll need (and want) for your new home away from home. Please visit ecsu.dormroom.com to get move-in day ready and create your dream dorm!

The Housing Application Fee is $150 and nonrefundable.

Room rates are listed here: Residence Halls (ecsu.edu)

No, currently we do not have an on-campus requirement.

Yes, all boarding students are required to have a meal plan. New First Time Freshmen are required to have the 19-meal plan. All other students may select from a 10, 15, 19 meal plans or a 120 or 160 block meal plan. For more information, please visit Dining & Meal Plans (ecsu.edu)

If assigned to a double room, you may be assigned a roommate at any time during the semester.

Housing will make students aware of when or if they may change rooms. If moving to a higher priced room, students must be able to afford the upcharge. It is the responsibility of the student to check with Student Accounts and/or Financial Aid to see if they can afford the cost. If a room change is made after refunds have been processed, the student must be able to pay the cost up front.

Yes, see below for current classification assignments:

  • University Suites: Seniors & Juniors
  • University Towers: New Freshmen
  • Viking Tower: Sophomores, Freshmen, New Freshmen
  • Viking Village: Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores


No, Housing does not provide microwaves or refrigerators. Students may supply their own microwave (1000 watts or less) and refrigerator (up to 5 cubic feet).

Students will be assigned to the same room for the fall and spring semesters. Students may request a room change during the designated room change period that takes place at the beginning of each semester.

Students are required to take personal belongings home. Facilities will be performing cleaning and sanitizing in the residence halls. Larger items such as refrigerators and microwaves may be left at the student’s discretion. The University is not responsible for the loss, theft and or damage to personal belongings.

All mail and packages must be addressed using the following format:

Student's First and Last Name
ECSU Dormitory Name

Items not properly addressed may cause a delay in processing or be returned to the sender.  

Students are required to leave the residence halls during:

  • Winter Break
  • Spring Break
  • The end of the spring semester
  • The end of summer sessions

See the Community Director of your residence hall.

The hiring process for Resident Assistants’ begins during the spring semester. There will be mandatory interest meetings. Be on the lookout for information via email and social media. Please express your interest to your Community Director.

Our residence halls are staffed 24 hours day. Our staff consist of:

  • Community Directors
  • Resident Assistants’
  • Residential Security Officers

Please take the time to review the information in the links provided below, as well as share this with parents and or guardians. Also, please be mindful the University is not responsible for the loss of your personal belongings, for any reason. Please refer to section #10 on your Housing Contract:

10. Loss/Damage to Personal Property (a) The university shall not under any circumstances assume responsibility for the loss, damage or theft of personal property         belonging to a Student. (b) Student may obtain personal property insurance to safeguard against loss or damage to his/her personal property. Personal property insurance applications are available through the Office of Housing & Residence Life (see the links below).


E-brochure Link: http://marketing.nssi.com/resources/NSSI-new-trifold.pdf 

About NSSI Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnWK5kybQlc



Yes, all of our residence halls are co-ed.

Contact your residence hall staff (Community Director, RA or RSO).

Yes, you may drop Housing at any time; however, charges will apply based on the date you move out of your room.

Housing Cancellation Fees: Please refer to Policy 500.2.10.


  • Students who cancel housing prior to the beginning of the semester will be charged a $100.00 cancellation charge, and the $150.00 application charge is non-refundable.
  • Students who cancel housing on or before the end of the first week of classes will be charged 20% of the housing cost, a $100.00 cancellation charge, and the $150.00 application charge is non-refundable.
  • Students who cancel housing after the first week of classes will be charged 50% of the housing cost for the next four weeks of the semester.
  • Students who cancel housing after the first four weeks of classes will receive No refund.
  • Students that are evicted from on campus housing will be responsible for payment of the entire semester.
  • In the event of a student’s sudden death, Policy Number 500.4.2 in the University Policy Manual will take precedence.


Assignments are made based on date of payment. If your request is not granted it could be due to non-payment of the requested student. (It is best that you both pay at the same time). Also, your requested roommate must also request to be your roommate.


Pets are NOT allowed in the residence halls. However, we do provide accommodations to students with documentation. 



Students interested in housing accommodations based on a medical, psychological, physical, or other disability-related impairment may submit their request to the Office of DEI and Accessibility https://www.ecsu.edu/student-life/accessibility.php  or contact Karen Hinton, Director of DEI & Accessibility @ 252-335-3642 for more information.


Documentation Guidelines

To determine if a particular housing accommodation is necessary, the documentation provided should include the following:

  1. Description of disability or impairment.
  2. Information about the current functional impact of the condition or disability as it relates to the housing modification or accommodation requested.
  3. Recommendation from the professional explaining the need for the accommodation as it relates to a disability/impairment.
  4. If requesting an Emotional Support Animal (ESA), information about how the ESA is necessary to alleviate the impact of a disability or reduce the impact of a specific set of symptoms.