There are many ways for resident students to express their membership in the University community. Becoming an involved resident student is an important component of each student's transition toward adulthood and citizenship. Residential Life offers unique opportunities, inviting each student's engagement.
Pursuant to the University's mission, the Residential Life program "fosters an environment of inquiry and openness that respects the diversity of all whom it serves." Resident students must recognize that living in community requires that we celebrate and embrace our differences.
Residential Life staff creates social and co-curricular activities that serve a wide range of interests and goals, Residential Life applies a philosophy and purpose to these activities, "programming," that is rooted in personal student growth and development.
Staff provide a variety of opportunities for the students to connect, relieve stress and continue to learn. Programming provides students with an opportunity to complement their classroom learning and develop other interests – like community involvement, networking, recreation, and much more!
Residential students will share space with other students. Communication is key to a successful roommate relationship. Residential Life Staff is available to assist in negotiating roommate concerns. Resources for roommate communication, rights, and how Residential Life manages conflicts are here for your use.
Each resident student is automatically granted membership in Residence Housing Association (RHA) by virtue of residency. Resident students financially support RHA and Community Councils through the Residential Leadership Fee, which is collected as a part of the room (and board, if applicable) each semester. Residents are encouraged to express their opinions regarding the residential experience through RHA representation. RHA's office is located on the first floor of Living Center Southwest.
Each resident complex has its own community advisory or government, which SVSU refers to as Council. Every assigned member of the complex is automatically a member and eligible to participate as an E-board (executive) member or member of the general assembly.
The councils are funded through the Residential Leadership Fee, paid by each resident student as part of the room and board payment. These dollars are intended to be used to create programs and events for the residents of the complex.
Living on campus provides each resident student the opportunity to enjoy a complete collegiate experience. Each resident student has the right to engage in those physical, educational and social pursuits that are a necessary part of his or her University life. However, rights carry with them a reciprocal responsibility on the part of the individual to insure right for other residents.
Our Freshman Programs and Programs of Distinction offer an opportunities for students to reside in theme communities with other students who share similar interests, helping students develop lasting friendships. The following programs each have a theme community in Freshman Housing: