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Frequently asked questions

Which halls have air conditioning?

All of our halls have air conditioning. Students can control the room temperature by using the individual controls in their room.

What size are the mattresses?

The mattresses are an 80 inches in size (also known as a Twin XL).

Which halls have bunkable beds

All of our residence hall rooms are equipped with beds that can be bunked. Contact your residence hall staff for assistance.

Are lofts allowed?

Columbia College has a limited number of lofts available to residents in each of the residence halls and Cougar Village. These are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and can be requested by emailing the Director of Residential Life at

Students may not construct their own lofts.

Can I bring a computer

Yes. Students can bring computers for their rooms and access the campus computer network system providing they have an ethernet card or wireless capabilities.

What should I bring

When students pack for their first trip to Columbia, they should remember that there will be a break in the fall, the winter, and the spring.  As a result, there is no need to bring a year's supply of clothing. 

 Check out the packing list to help you easily remember what you may need. 

Is there cable in the residence hall rooms

Yes. Limited cable service is available in all rooms at no extra charge to the students.

Which buildings have elevators?

New Hall is the only residential hall will have an elevator. The rest of our buildings are only three floors. The first floor of Banks and the main floor of Miller are accessible for students with disabilities.

Are there smoke detectors in the rooms

Yes, all rooms are equipped with smoke detectors.

What are the dimensions of the rooms

The rooms in Banks Hall are approximately 13' x 15'. The rooms in Hughes Hall are approximately 13' x 15'. The rooms in Miller Hall are approximately 12' x 14'.  The rooms in New Hall are approximately 13’x 22’. The rooms in Cougar Village range in size from 10' x 12' to 12' x 14'.

What size refrigerators are allowed

Refrigerators 4.6 cubic feet and smaller are permitted in the residence halls. There is a full-sized refrigerator provided in the kitchen of all Cougar Village apartments.

How much does it cost to wash and dry clothes in the residence halls

All washers and dryers are free! Liquid detergent only!

Are coffeepots hot plates toasters and microwaves allowed in the rooms

No. Residential Life allows no open-flame appliances in the halls. Microwaves are not allowed in the rooms due to the electrical strain. However, there are microwaves available in each residence hall for the students' use. There are also kitchen facilities available.

In Cougar Village, a microwave is provided in the kitchen of each apartment. Students are allowed to bring toasters and coffeepots as long as they are always used safely.

How do I make long distance telephone calls

Students must purchase and use long distance phone cards in order to make long distance calls from a residence hall telephone.

Are vacuum cleaners available

Yes. Vacuum cleaners can be checked out from hall staff.

Are the rooms carpeted

Banks Hall, Miller Hall, and New Hall residential hall rooms have carpeting.

Hughes Hall has hardwood floors. If students want carpeting, they will need to purchase their own area rugs.

All rooms except kitchens and bathrooms are carpeted in Cougar Village apartments.

Can I park my car on campus

Yes. Students may park on campus with a parking permit, which may be purchased online.

Are bathrooms cleaned daily

The community bathrooms in Banks Hall are cleaned daily, Monday through Friday. The suite-style bathrooms in Hughes Hall, Miller Hall, and New Hall are cleaned once per week.

Cougar Village apartment bathrooms are cleaned once per week.

Can I bring my own furniture

College-issued furniture must remain in the room at all times. The college's furniture cannot be removed because there is no storage space. Students may bring their own furniture, but pieces must fit in the room with the college-issued furniture.

What residence halls are co-ed

BanksMiller Halls, and New Hall are co-ed, while Hughes Hall is all female.

What are the visitation hours for persons of the opposite sex

Columbia College residence halls have an open visitation policy, meaning guests can visit 24 hours a day, with the consent of the roommate.

When will I get my hall and room assignment and my roommate information

In mid-March, students may begin self-selecting their residence hall and room for fall semester. Students who choose not to select a specific space will be automatically placed in mid-July. All communication about housing roommate and room selection will be emailed to your CougarMail account.

Is housing available during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break

Yes, however it does cost extra. A student needing housing over break periods must sign up for such housing one week prior to the respective break period. The cost is approximately $15 per night and is charged to the student's student account. For international students, this housing fee is waived.

Is housing available in the summer

Yes, providing the student is enrolled in summer classes at Columbia College. Rates are announced in April for the following summer period.

Where can I get the rest of my questions answered

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Residential Life office at (573) 875-7450 or the Student Affairs office at (573) 875-7400.

Questions about Cougar Village

How are apartments awarded

Apartment applications are submitted by "teams" of three or four. Residential Life assigns a point value based on the GPA and credit hours of the members of each team. The point values of the members will then be averaged to calculate the total team score. Residential Life will assign priority to your group based upon GPAs and credit hours. The teams with the highest averages will be selected for Cougar Village. Anyone, including rising sophomores, are encouraged to apply if they are interested.

How many people can live in an apartment?

Beginning Fall 2020 Cougar Village Apartments will no longer allow 4 residents to reside in a 3 bedroom apartment. Cougar Village Apartments will be occupied by the room. Therefore an applicant's name may only appear on a maximum of one 3 bedroom Cougars Village Apartment application type and one 4 bedroom Cougars Village Apartment application type.

Do current Cougar Village residents have “squatter’s right”?

No, we do not offer squatter’s right. Current residents must participate in the application process again as well.

What do I do if I can’t find enough people to get a team of three or four?

Stop by the Office of Residential Life and leave your name. We will try to keep a list of others who are in your situation and introduce you so you can put full teams together.

Does Cougar Village qualify as living on campus

Yes, the apartments are a part of the residence hall system and therefore qualify as living on campus. This also means that while living in Cougar Village you must abide by all Columbia College and residence hall policies.

Meal Plan Options

All Residents must have a meal plan, but there are multiple options. All plans included ALL Day Dining.

  • Platinum: Cost $1800 per semester. All Day Dining, plus 250 Cougar Bucks.
  • Gold: Cost $1750 per semester. All Day Dining, plus 150 Cougar Bucks.
  • Silver: Cost $1700 per semester. All Day Dining, plus 50 Cougar Bucks.
  • 5 Day Plan: Cost $1300 per semester. All Day Dining (5 days a week), plus 50 Cougar Bucks. Only Available to commuter students and residents in Cougar Village.


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