Spring Arbor University

Residence Life

Living on a college campus is an exciting aspect of higher education. Many people have fond memories of their college years — from late night philosophical discussions with roommates to spontaneous outbursts of music and singing to that last study session with your best friends. By cultivating and encouraging active participation in this close-knit, intentionally Christian community, Spring Arbor University is committed to providing you with the best possible residence life experience, but we can’t do it alone. Your contribution to campus culture and community is just what we’ve been waiting for.

For more information regarding housing, call 517-750-6330 or email housing@arbor.edu.

Below are all the housing options available to students at Spring Arbor University. Traditional residence halls are typically reserved for underclassmen. This type of housing encourages the formation of a strong community. These buildings range from two to four floors with each floor sharing common bathroom facilities.

Women's Hall

Women’s Halls

Lowell Hall

Lowell Hall ExteriorYear Built: 1970

Capacity: All-female residence hall; 286 residents

Features: Laundry facilities, two lounges, kitchen, computer lab, study rooms, chapel, fitness room and theater room

Resident Director: Hannah Sinkovitz

About Lowell: Lowell Hall is the largest residence hall on campus and consists of four wings: Gamma, Beta, Delta and Alpha. With so many people living in the dorm, on any one day you will find something going on like movies and crafting in the rooms, conversations in every hallway, late night games of euchre, and praise and worship in the lounge.

Lowell Hall Interior

Lowell Events: A traditional event in the fall is the Lowell Luau, a Hawaiian-themed campus activity hosted by the Lowell Hall residence life staff.

Room Floor Plan:

Lowell Hall Floor Plan

Gainey Hall

Gainey Hall ExteriorYear Built: 2006

Capacity: All-female residence hall; 210 residents

Resident Director: Courtney Sanders

Features: Laundry facilities, two lounges, kitchen, a grand entryway, computer labs, a study room and an elevator

About Gainey: Gainey Hall is a residence hall for women at the corner of College and Second Street. Gainey’s residence life staff is eager to explore new and creative ways to encourage community among all six floors, so each month something new is happening.

Gainey Hall InteriorGainey Events: Gainey is known on campus for hosting a life-size game of Clue, with prizes for the winning team, and an annual ice cream fire drill. A popular recurring event is Book Group, where residents desiring to grow spiritually get together to discuss books relevant to them.

Room Floor Plan:

Gainey Hall Floor Plan

Men's Hall

Men’s Hall

Andrews Hall

Andrews-HallYear Built: 2010

Capacity: All-male residence hall; 214 residents

Features: Laundry facilities, lounge, kitchen, computer lab, study rooms, chapel, fitness room and theater room

Resident Director: Billy Stone

About Andrews: Andrews Hall houses two men per room. Students are greeted by a large, open lounge that spans two stories. Andrews Hall has kitchen and laundry facilities for the residents, a fitness room located on the first floor, a large theater-style media room and den located on the third floor, as well as a computer lounge and game room on the fourth floor.

Room Floor Plan:

Andrews Hall Floor Plan

Upperclassman Housing

Upperclassmen Housing

The villages and K-houses are generally reserved for upperclassmen.

Villages

SAU villages exteriorYear Built: Post Village, 2001; Ogle Village, 2003-2005

Capacity: 36 residents per village house, 3 houses of women’s suites (Post Village) and 2 houses of men’s suites (Ogle Village)

Features: Laundry facilities, lounge, kitchen, study room, outdoor grill and deck

Resident Director: Lucas Barres

Villages ExteriorAbout the Villages: Ogle and Post Villages are a wonderful place to live. The lobby in each house is a beautiful place to socialize with friends, surf the web, play shuffleboard, have a Bible study or watch TV. It is often a place to cook and eat dinner, meet friends to head to the dining commons or rally for intramural sports. With a park-like setting outside, Ogle Village is relaxed and off the beaten path.

Villages Community Rom Interior

Each Village contains a central living room for students to enjoy with comfortable couches, a game (dome hockey, foosball, etc.) and television. Students often cook their own meals in the kitchen area provided for them just off the lounge. The kitchen includes a large refrigerator and freezer for residents, microwave, plenty of cupboard space, oven and stove top. From early morning to late at night, you can find students using the study loft that is found on the second floor, which overlooks the lounge below. All of the village rooms are organized as suites that are joined by the bathroom.

Village Events: Ogle Village hosts Choptoberfest every fall. It is a plaid-clad festival with live music, mechanical bull and many competitions including log sawing and a caber toss. Throughout the semester, residents project movies on the wall in the lounge, have birthday parties, watch games and engage in casual conversation.

Room Floor Plan:

Ogle Villages Floor Plan

Koinonia Houses

Koinonia houses, or “K-houses,” are residential homes around campus available for students to enjoy a deeper community atmosphere. Koinonia means “Christian fellowship” or “communion” with God or with fellow Christians.

They are located around the perimeter of campus within walking distance to classes, the library and the dining commons. Students seeking to live in a K-House must submit a spiritual mission statement. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply to live in the Koinonia Houses.

This space is allotted by total credit hours earned at the discretion of the Residence Life Staff. Generally, more groups apply than there are available houses. Students in these housing types are not required to be on a meal plan, but may choose any meal plan they would like. All K-houses are equipped with: stove, refrigerator, app-activated washer and dryer and one set of bedroom furniture per resident.

Bishop House Exterior

Bishop House

Male housing

The Bishop House contains three separate units, each with 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 living room and a deck.

Unit #1 — Marston

Capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 3

Unit #2 — Cryderman

Capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Unit #3 — Fairbairn

Capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 2

 

Gallagher House Exterior

Gallagher House

Female housing

Capacity: 6

Bedrooms: 4

Features: 2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 dining room, 1 living room

 

Exterior

Gregory House

Female housing

Location: on a hill behind the SAU Fieldhouse

Capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Features: 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 living room

 

Maddox House Exterior

Maddox House

Female housing

Capacity: 8

Bedrooms: 5

Features: 3 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 2 living rooms

 

Sydow House Exterior

Sydow House

Reserved for K-house RA

Male housing

Capacity: 7

Bedrooms: 4

Features: 2.5 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 dining room, 2 living rooms

 

Taylor House Exterior

Taylor House

Female housing

Capacity: 6

Bedrooms: 4

Features: 2 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 2 living rooms

 

Trevan House Exterior

Trevan House

Male housing

Trevan House is a duplex. Each unit contains 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen and one living room. Due to limited floor plan space, Trevan 2 does not include an app-activated washer and dryer. Residents in this unit can utilize the washer/dryer units in Trevan 1 or in the adjacent Village unit.

Trevan 1

Capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 3

Trevan 2

Capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 2

 

Warner House Exterior

Warner House

Reserved for K-house RA

Female housing

Capacity: 6

Bedrooms: 5

Features: 2.5 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 living room

 

Wesley House Exterior

Wesley House

Female housing

Capacity: 4

Bedrooms: 3

Features: 2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 living/dining room

Family Housing

Family Housing

West Arbor Apartments, located off of Chapel Rd. on Park Dr., are available for specific groups of people:

  • Married students*
  • Students with families*
  • Select employees

*The occupant must be carrying a total of 26 semester hours or more during three consecutive semesters plus the intervening summer session. Any time it is determined that a normal full-time load for the remainder of this period cannot meet this requirement, the apartment occupant may be required to move.

Download the Family Housing Handbook to see floor plans (located at end of document) and for more information.

Rent and living options

Buildings A, B, C, D, E rent cost Approximate square footage (plus closets) Pro-Rated per day
1 bedroom
$550
465
$18.08
2 bedroom
$650
655
$21.37
3 bedroom
$750
766
$24.66

 Each apartment includes:

  • Kitchen – Ceiling light, plus light over sink and light in range hood. Refrigerator and range furnished.
  • Closets – One is located just inside the main door. Each bedroom has one, except the three-bedroom unit, which has three closets in the main bedroom.
  • Bath – Tub with shower.
  • Laundry – Coin-operated washers and dryers are located in each building basement.
  • Storage – Unit for each apartment located in basement. A, B, C, D & E residents must furnish their own padlock.

Responsibilities

SAU pays:

  • Heat (gas – forced air)
  • Hot water
  • Water (township water system)
  • Sewer
  • Trash pick-up (three times weekly)
  • Telephone – phones are part of the campus phone/Internet system and will be installed within 1-2 days of moving into the apartment upon request. Questions on phone service should be directed to extension 1646.

You pay:

  • Electricity
  • Cable TV

If you are interested in applying for family housing, please contact Shannon Haight at (517) 750-6646 or email her at Shannon.Haight@arbor.edu

Personalizing your room

Spring Arbor University extends the privilege of personalizing individual rooms. The goal is to create an enjoyable, living environment, which is consistent with the philosophy of the Spring Arbor University community.

  • Occupants are expected to keep their rooms clean.
  • Items not in keeping with the character of the University are not to be displayed in student rooms or on University property. These include wall coverings which involve nudity or are otherwise morally objectionable or socially offensive, containers for alcoholic beverages, and other alcohol and drug related paraphernalia (e.g. signs, posters, clocks, etc.).
  • Nails, screws, tape, or other adhesives which cause damage or leave sticky residue on the walls or surface may not be used. Double sided sponge tape is not acceptable.
  • Candles and incense are not permitted, lit or unlit.
  • Halogen lamps are not permitted.
  • School furniture must remain in the campus residence at all times.
  • Pets, with the exception of fish, are not permitted.
  • Painting rooms is not allowed.
  • Use of wallpaper or contact paper is not acceptable.
  • The possession of property owned by private agencies such as realtors and contractors, or the property of public agencies or utilities is appropriate only when used with their expressed permission.
  • The use of personal electrical appliances is limited because of the safety and sanitation needs created by living in a community. Consequently, cooking appliances are not permitted, with the exception of automatic coffee makers, and hot pots. Enclosed cooking devices, such as the George Foreman Grill, may only be used in kitchen areas. Microwaves, hot plates, toaster ovens, and electric space heaters are not permitted in the residence halls.
  • Students may have small refrigerators in their rooms (6 cubic feet or smaller).
  • Electrical wiring, switches, outlets or fixtures must not be tampered with.
  • Only one extension cord per outlet is acceptable. No multi-plug receptacles or adapters may be attached unless they contain an internal fuse or circuit breaker with a maximum rating of 15 amps.

What you can bring/What you should leave home

If you’re thinking about what should be on your packing list for college, consider our list of dos and don’ts regarding what should be on that list. For additional information, please consult the Student Handbook.

Included in your room:

  • Bookshelf
  • Bed/mattress
  • Desk/lamp hutch
  • Dresser
  • Phone – rooms are network accessible

For personalizing your room:

  • Bedspread or comforter
  • Posters, pictures, plants
  • Memo board
  • Lamp
  • Couch/chair
  • Sticky tack for posters

For snacks:

  • Hot pot
  • Mug (coffee, tea, soup)
  • Bowl and silverware
  • Mini refrigerators – 6 cubic ft. or less

For wearing:

  • Casual clothing (pants/skirts, jeans, shirts/blouses, dresses, sweaters, shorts, sweats, hats)
  • Dress clothes for Sunday and special occasions
  • Raincoat, winter coat, boots, gloves, scarves, hat
  • Bathrobe, slippers, flip-flops
  • Shoes (dress, casual, sandals, athletic)

For recreation:

  • Camera
  • Frisbee
  • TV/DVD/Blu-Ray
  • Football
  • Golf clubs
  • Bicycle
  • Tennis racket/balls
  • Swimming suit
  • Baseball glove

For everyday use:

  • Alarm clock
  • Extension cords/power strip with circuit
  • Hangers
  • Pillows, sheets, blankets (Mattresses are not standard size; extra long sheets fit best)
  • Towels, washcloths
  • Bathroom caddy (for carrying essentials to bath)
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, laundry basket, quarters for operating washers and dryers
  • Shampoo, toothpaste, soap, Kleenex, etc.
  • Health insurance card
  • Social Security card
  • Window fan
  • Backpack
  • Lamp
  • Crates for storage
  • Computer

For occasional use:

  • Umbrella
  • Iron
  • Sewing kit
  • First-aid kit (Band-aids, aspirin, etc.)

What to leave at home:

  • Pets
  • Microwave
  • Hot plate
  • Toaster oven
  • Telephone answering machine (provided)
  • Candles, incense, halogen lamp

Housing FAQ

  • What furniture is provided for each student in campus housing? Desk, desk chair, bed, extra long twin mattress, hutch, bookcase and a dresser.
  • Do I have Internet access in my room? Yes, students who live in the residence halls, village houses and apartments have RES Net (our high speed connection) in their rooms.
  • Does my room have a phone? You may request a phone. Each phone has a voice mail and an individual PIN for long distance calling.
  • What size sheets do I need to bring? Extra long twin.
  • Where is the nearest laundry facility? Each of the living areas has laundry facilities on-site.
  • Do students have to live on campus?Spring Arbor University recognizes the value of the interaction between students who live and learn together in Christian community. With this in mind, SAU students are required to live on campus unless they meet one of the following criteria:
    • 22 years of age
    • Married
    • Independent status as defined by the financial aid office
    • Involved in a student teaching semester
    • Living at home with parent(s)
    • Exceptions may be granted by petition for students wishing to live with a guardian, pastor or faculty/staff personnel.

    What is an RD?

    A Residence Hall Director is a professional staff member who supervises, manages and directs the residence hall and staff. SAU RDs live in the resident halls and are all college graduates.

    What is an RA?

    A Resident Assistant is a fellow student living on your floor or in your building who provides leadership to his or her particular living area. RAs receive professional training and provide guidance to students from a peer perspective.

For more info on housing, contact Bobby Pratt at 517.750.6532 or robert.pratt@arbor.edu.