Making you feel at home on campus is one of the main goals of the Office of Housing and Residence Life. To achieve this goal, our office offers the following services.

While some residence halls offer central air conditioning (Baker/Klipple, Palmer/Davidson, Painter/Whitcraft, Park, DeHority, Kinghorn, Studebaker East, Johnson A), we understand that some students with medical needs may require air conditioning in buildings without central air. For this reason, students with written authorization from the Office of Housing and Residence Life may rent air conditioners for their residence hall rooms.

The yearly rental fee is $150, which includes installation, and your Bursar's account will be charged in September for the yearly fee. (Sorry, air conditioning units cannot be installed in Elliott Hall's casement windows.)

(Please do not bring a roll away or freestanding air conditioning unit for your room. Plan to request an air conditioner from our office and follow the established program.)

How to Request an Air Conditioner

  1. Complete a Student Request for Air Conditioner form.
  2. Take a Medical Verification Form to your appropriate licensed health care professional to complete. (Sorry, we're unable to accept a prescription from the physician, and a physician must complete the form in its entirety.)
  3. Mail or Fax the completed Student Request Form and completed Medical Verification Form from a licensed physician to the following address:

    Director
    Ball State University Housing and Residence Life
    LaFollette Complex, Room N-10
    Muncie, IN 47306
    Fax: 765-285-3743

  4. After your information is received and reviewed, you will be asked to sign a contract from our office.

As part of the accommodation process, you may be interviewed. Remember, a request for an accommodation will not be considered without current medical verification of the medical condition and necessity of requested accommodations.

Contact our office for copies of both forms and for additional information, or download the student request and medical verification forms (requires Adobe Acrobat).

Once the forms are received, a review of the information will be made, and our office will respond as soon as possible. An air conditioning contract will be mailed to you upon approval. Completed forms must be postmarked no later than July 1 in order to ensure installation in your room before move-in. Should your form arrive after July 1, it may take up to two weeks after move-in before installation may occur.

Women looking for all-women housing can request to live in Howick/Williams (within Noyer Complex) by contacting our office.

Renting a bike locker is an inexpensive way to protect your investment. The fully enclosed, water-resistant locker helps to protect your bike from the elements, and the lock and key system eliminates theft and vandalism worries.

Bike lockers are conveniently located next to the following halls or complexes:

  • Elliott
  • Johnson
  • LaFollette
  • Studebaker West
  • Noyer
  • Park
  • Anthony Apartments

The rental fee is only $50 for the academic year.

To rent a bike locker, open the Bike Locker Contract (PDF) (must have Adobe Acrobat), type in your information, print, sign your name, and mail or deliver to our office at LaFollette Complex, room N-10.

Once your agreement is processed, you will be assigned a locker and given your key upon move-in to the residence halls. The bike locker charge will be billed to your Bursar account in September.

Because of limited supply, lockers are rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

Starting in 2018, all rooms without air-conditioning will have access to cable television.

A full cable lineup can be found below:

2 WIPB (PBS Muncie)
3 ION
4 WTTV
5 HSN
6 WRTV (ABC Indianapolis)
7 ESPN
8 WISH (CW Indianapolis)
9 WMBH
10 WNDY (MyNetwork)
11 WXIN (FOX Indianapolis)
12 QVC
13 WTHR (NBC Indianapolis)
14 Sci-Fi
15 Cartoon Network
16 Fox Sports 1
17 Animal Planet
18 Discovery
19 Travel Channel
20 Turner Classic Movies
22 CNN
23 TBS Superstation
24 ESPN2
25 Lifetime
26 BET
27 USA
28 A&E
29 HLN
30 The Weather Channel
31 Nickelodeon
32 TNT
33 MTV
34 AMC
36 VH1
37 BTN
38 TLC
39 OWN
40 Freeform
42 The Golf Channel
43 HGTV
44 Disney Channel
46 TV Land
47 Food Network
48 CNBC
49 MSNBC
50 History Channel
51 Comedy Central
52 E!
53 Fox Sports Midwest
54 Fox News
57 Cardinal Vision
59 Esquire
60 Public Access
61 Burris Media Channel
65 Education
95 WGN
96 CSPAN
99 Educational Channel

Student organizations affiliated with Housing and Residence Life offer a variety of fundraising opportunities for students and family members to support.

Residence Hall Linens Program

Students want to be comfortable in their residence hall. As a result, RHA has partnered with our preferred vendor, On Campus Marketing, to offer the Residence Hall Linens Program to students. Extra-long sheets are often a challenge to find, so an array of custom-sized linens guaranteed to fit is offered. We also provide an assortment of other supplies including storage solutions, pillows, extra-long comforters, extra-long mattress pads, and anything else you may need. Funds raised from this program support student events through the Residence Hall Association (RHA).

Order Linens

Care Package Program

Share your love and support all year long with the Care Package Program. This program is sponsored by RHA in partnership with our preferred vendor, Sealed With A Kiss. A care package is the best way to remind your student that family members are thinking of them on a birthday, a holiday, and during final exams. Each of our care packages are loaded with all of your student's favorite snacks and can include a personal note. Don't just show them how much you care, tell them! Money raised from this program supports student events through RHA.

Order a Care Package

You may bring carpet from home or purchase one from the Residence Hall Association (RHA). RHA sells carpet for residence hall rooms in various colors, with proceeds benefiting student leadership development. RHA sells carpets through On Campus Marketing. Each carpet is constructed of high-quality, plush, residential-grade, brand-new material and is bound on all four sides.

RHA will send more information to students during the summer. We encourage you to place an order at that time, so a carpet will be reserved in your name and delivered to your room at move-in.

To learn more, call Residence Hall Carpets at 800-892-8729 or order online.

Each residence hall complex has a computer lab and/or technology center designed to meet your needs, whether you're working on a class project, browsing the web, access to email, document scanners, and a printer/copier. You also may bring a computer from home to use in your room or on campus.

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Each hall has a front desk.

Available amenities include:

  • vacuum rental
  • table tennis and pool items
  • board games
  • change
  • telephone books
  • copier services

A staff comprised of resident assistants (RAs) and hall desk staff work various shifts throughout the day and evening to assist you.

Ball State’s Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, with the support of Ball State’s Housing and Residence staff, will provide approximately 60 spaces for gender-inclusive housing for the 2018-19 academic year.

This is a pilot program. The purpose is to provide safe, inviting living environments for LGBTQ students, including transgendered students and gender non-conforming students, who sometimes ill at ease in being assigned roommates who may not be accepting of their identity or gender expression.

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Each floor has a designated custodian.

Custodians remove trash from trash rooms, clean common areas, and clean restrooms daily (Monday through Friday).

Limited custodial service which includes trash removal and paper supplying is completed on the weekends.

Laundry facilities are located in each building for residents.

In newly renovated laundry rooms in Noyer, Studebaker West, Studebaker East, Woodworth, DeHority, Park, Kinghorn residence hall buildings, and Scheidler Apartments, you may use your Ball State ID card and the washer or dryer fee will be automatically deducted from your Cardinal Cash account.

In our other laundry rooms, washers and dryers take quarters. The cost is $1.50 per wash load and $1.25 to dry for one hour.

Also, make sure to purchase the laundry detergent pods that are "HE" for high-efficiency washing machines. HE detergent pods work better in our front-loading clothes washers in the newly renovated laundry rooms.

Want to see if there are open washers and dryers in your hall or complex or apartment community? Check out the Ball State Laundry WashAlert, a website that tracks the availability of washers and dryers in selected buildings. You may also sign up for free e-mail notification when a specific washer or dryer is available.

In residence halls that have not been renovated, students may bring or build their own lofts or bunk bed units. In newly renovated halls, these rooms are already equipped with stackable or bunk-able furniture, so students may not bring or build lofts or bunk bed units.

The following residence halls are permitted to use lofts. These halls do not currently have stackable or bunk-able furniture.

  • Brayton/Clevenger
  • Knotts/Edwards
  • Elliott

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Students may purchase small refrigerators and microwaves to bring with them to campus, or rent MicroFridges from www.bedloft.com.

A MicroFridge is a combination freezer, refrigerator, and microwave oven designed for students' busy lifestyles. It holds, stores, and prepares the beverages, frozen foods, and microwave products you enjoy at home, but in the compact space you will call "home" while you're away at school.

The separate freezer is complete with a wide door for storage and lots of shelf space.

The dedicated microwave heats food evenly and the whole unit is designed to resist spills for easy cleaning.

The unit requires only a single plug, so there's no need for additional extension cords, outlets, or adapters. Students may preorder their fridge and have it delivered to their room before move-in.

If you choose to bring a refrigerator from home, please make certain that it no more than 5.0 cubic feet. For microwaves, please use one that uses 800 watts or less. In addition, you may have small electrical appliances with unexposed, self-contained heating units. Also keep in mind that with the exception of microwaves, all cooking must be done in the community kitchens.

Students living in the residence halls are encouraged to participate in our in-hall recycling program. When you throw away your trash from your room, separate the paper, plastic, glass, and metal items and pitch those items in the marked recycling box in your hall's trash room. The custodians will keep recycled items in separate bags, but will place these items with trash in the same trash bins outside the buildings, which is called commingled trash. Our contractor that hauls away all trash from the university will separate the commingled trash and recyclable items at its recycling center.

Also, help us conserve energy by following these suggestions from the Ball State Energy Action Team (BEAT):

  • Turn off lights when you leave your room.
  • Use a powerstrip for your electrical needs.
  • Unplug computers and televisions when not in use.
  • Air dry clothes after washing.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED lights, when possible.
  • Turn off the air conditioning on nice days and open the window, if applicable.

Our room repair website allows you to quickly and easily report non-emergency maintenance problems any time of the day.

Learn More         Request Repair        Report Internet/Tech issues

Accommodations are available for students with disabilities, depending on the type of need a person may have.

To request this type of space, as well as learn about other available services at Ball State, call the Office of Disability Services at 765-285-5293.

Questions?

If you have additional questions about our services, please contact us.