Glossary

If you're new to on-campus housing, some of the vocabulary we use on our web site and in AccessPlus may be a little confusing. To clear things up, here is a list of the words, phrases and abbreviations people most commonly call us about.

  • AC - Yes indicates the building is air-conditioned.
    • SInce only 7 of the are air-conditioned most new students are assigned non-air housing. In air-conditioned buildings, due to the relatively mild temperatures in Ames, air-conditioning is typically only on the first four weeks of fall and the last two weeks of spring. In times of high heat, air-conditioned common spaces are available in each building.
  • Application Only – Indicates the presence of a Residential Learning Community for which residents must meet specific eligibility criteria. For a complete list of Residential Learning Communities and locations visit http://housing.iastate.edu/places/rlc-th.
  • Area - The residence halls are organized geographically into three area neighborhoods:
    • RC - Richardson Court - Located on the east side of campus near Lied Recreation Center and the Iowa State Center.
    • SC - South Campus - Located south of Lincoln Way. Includes Buchanan Hall, Geoffrey Hall, Wallace Hall, and Wilson Hall.
    • UD - Union Drive - Located on the west side of campus near State Gym and Beyer Hall.
    • Bed Type – Indicates what type of bed is in the room. Options include captain, lofted and unlofted. All bed sizes are extra-long twin, except in Larch and Willow halls where each room has one standard twin bed and one extra-long twin bed.
      • Captain – The beds in these spaces are platform beds with drawers built in underneath. It is not possible to loft these beds.
      • Lofted – Lofts, which raise the bed up, are provided for the beds in these spaces. Residents may not bring their own loft. For more information visit http://housing.iastate.edu/places/furniture/loft
      • Unlofted – Lofts are not provided for the beds in these spaces. Residents may supply their own lofts. For more information visit http://housing.iastate.edu/places/furniture/loft
  • Cap. – Capacity, how many people can live inthe room
  • Coed – Both males and females live in the same building or house in different sections.
  • Corner Suite – In Martin Hall only, these suites have a larger common room than a typical suite.
  • Double – Traditional style room designed for and occupied by two students and containing two sets of furniture.
  • Double Suite – A suite designed for and occupied by two students and containing two sets of furniture.
  • Female – Building / House is all female.
  • Flooring / Floor Type – Indicates what type of floor covering is standard in the room. Options include carpet, tile and wood.
  • House – A grouping of 40 - 60 residents who live on the same floor or section of a residence hall.
  • Housemates – A group of residents who live on the same house.
  • Lofted Suite – Martin Hall only- a two story suite that consists two – three double rooms, a common room and one - two bathrooms.
  • Male – Building / House is all male.
  • Maple Suite – A three person suite in Maple Hall that includes a single room, a double room and a bathroom.
  • Meal Plan - Required indicates a meal plan is required in this building
  • No Pet – Pets (other than fish) are not permitted in this unit.
  • No Smoking – Smoking is not permitted in this unit. Smoking is prohibited in all residence halls and in all Frederiksen Court, Legacy, and Maricopa-Walton apartments.
  • Open Breaks – Indicates that the building/area remains open during Winter Break (the break between the fall and spring semesters). All on-campus housing options remain open during Thanksgiving and Spring breaks.
  • Pet OK – Designated units in University Village that allow pets other than fish.
  • Quad - Traditional style room designed for and occupied by four students and containing four sets of furniture.
  • Rate – How much an on-campus space costs. Rates vary by room/ apartment type. Rates indicated are for the entire academic year (fall and spring).
  • Room Type - S = Single, D = Double, T = Triple, Q = Quad
  • S/F, Sub Free or Substance Free – Alcohol is prohibited to all students in this area, regardless of age.
  • Single – Traditional style room designed for and occupied by one student and containing one set of furniture.
  • Single Gender – All residents of these buildings are of the same gender. Oak-Elm is all female; Birch-Welch-Roberts is all male.
  • Single Suite – A suite designed for and occupied by one student and contains one set of furniture.
  • Smoking – Designated units in Schilletter/University Village that allow smoking. By Iowa law all other rooms and apartments on the ISU campus are non-smoking.
  • Style - The type of room / bathroom set-up in each building.
    • Traditional - Most residents live in double occupancy rooms and share a common, hallway bathroom. A limited number of triple and single occupancy rooms are also available.
    • Suite - Typically, two double occupancy rooms rooms joined by a private bathroom.
    • In Maple Hall, all triples are suites and all doubles are traditional.
    Suite – A grouping of one-three residence hall rooms (of the same gender) that share a private bathroom.
  • Double as Single – Traditional style room designed for two students that is occupied by only one student. All super singles contain two sets of furniture.
  • Triple – Traditional style room designed for and occupied by three students and containing three sets of furniture.
  • Vac. – Vacancy