Living on Campus

Living On Campus

It's Your Home Away from Home!

One of the best parts about going to college at Northwestern is living on-campus and being around others with similar interests, as well as those with varied life experiences and cultural backgrounds. 

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a returning senior, the convenience of living so close to your classes, the cafeteria, the snack bar, the library, the wellness center – everywhere – can’t be matched.  Also, we’re one of the safest and most affordable campuses in the state.

Living on campus also will help bridge the gap between living at home with your parents and living on your own for the first time – all without having to worry about cooking for yourself. The experiences of living “on your own” will give you important life skills needed for adulthood.

By living on campus, you’ll be more active in campus clubs and student events because you’ll know what’s happening around you every day. Studies show that you also may make better grades and have a better chance at graduating – not to mention that you could possibly meet some of the best friends you’ll ever have.

Join us in University Housing and make it your Home Away from Home!  


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Housing and Residence Life
(580) 327-8418
Ryerson Hall 131

Move-In Day

Move-In Day for all residence halls is the Thursday prior to the first day of classes beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Please go to the front desk of the assigned residence hall to start your check-in process. There will be a Resident Assistant to assist you.

The Cafeteria will begin serving on Saturday at noon following Freshman Orientation.

Moving Out?

Residents should reach out to their Hall Supervisor to arrange a checkout time for a walkthrough of their room and to return their key.

Failure to checkout may result in additional charges on the resident's account and forfeit of deposit.

Apply for Student Housing

If you’re planning to live in University Housing, you’ll need to fill out and submit the information below. Applications will not be considered complete, and room assignments will not be made until the following steps are completed:

Step 1. Apply for housing on our eRezLife portal.

NEW RANGERS - Access to eRezLife is granted once you are enrolled and have access to your self-service, it may take up to 48 hours after enrollment for your account to be generated on eRezLife. If you still have issues please contact IT.

To log in visit Your login for the eRezLife portal is the same as your login for self-service. If you are unsure how to access that information please see our account access page, if troubleshooting steps do not work please contact IT for assistance.

  • If you are unable to access eRezLife and would like to fill out a paper application click here for a fillable pdf.
  • If you are unable to access eRezLife and would like to fill out an application for summer housing, please click here.
  • Forms may be scanned and emailed to or mailed to NWOSU, Attn: Housing, 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717. (Please use the Adobe Scan app if you need to use your phone camera to send your form).

Step 2. Payment of Housing Deposit:

We offer several ways for new residents to pay their housing deposit:

Check, Cashier Check, and Money Orders can be mailed along with your application to the Housing Office, 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717.

Debit or Credit card payments can be taken over the phone by calling the Business Office at (580) 327-8534
Dorm deposits and application fees are the only items you can pay for by phone or in person with a credit card at the Business Office.

Cash and all of the above forms of payment are accepted in person at our Business Office located in Herod Hall, 709 Oklahoma Blvd. Alva, OK 73717.

If a new resident student has not paid their deposit prior to moving in and the Business Office is closed, the student may pay their Hall Supervisor with a check, cashier check, or money order written to Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Housing staff cannot accept cash or card payments. Payment arrangements can be made with prior authorization with the Director of Housing (580) 327-8148 

Room & Meal Plan Costs

All housing residents are required to have a meal plan. You can use your meal plan in the Student Center Snack Bar/Ranger Market or Coronado Café. Payment will come by having your current student ID scanned.

Use the breakdown found in Paying for College to choose what type of room and meal plan you are interested in. For your total room and board cost, add the room cost and board cost together.  

Sibling/Family Housing Agreement Waiver

Complete and submit this form to the financial aid office each year when you and at least one sibling attending Northwestern are living in University Housing. This scholarship waives the cost of a semi-private room for one student’s bill. Both siblings will need to live on campus.

Freshman Residency Requirement

Freshman Exemption Residency Requirement

All first-time freshmen, attending the Alva campus, are required to live in university housing for two academic semesters (only fall and spring semesters apply). 

This policy is in place to help increase your involvement while on campus and to ensure your personal and academic success. Northwestern's research consistently shows that freshmen residing on campus have higher GPAs than freshmen living off-campus. This research is consistent with the national research on freshman GPAs and retention rates.


  • You are married or a single parent with children.

  • You are a first-time freshman who is at least 21 years of age.

  • You are taking less than nine credit hours.

  • You are a transfer student with more than 24 credit hours earned.
    Concurrent hours taken during high school do not apply

  • You will be living with a parent or legal guardian.

How to apply for exemption:

  • Click here for a fillable PDF version of the Freshman Exemption Form

  • Draft a written statement stating why you are requesting an exemption

  • Provide supporting documentation if applicable to your situation

  • Email documents to

Freshmen who fail to complete the freshman residency exemption process, or who are denied the exemption, will be charged for university housing for two academic semesters. Freshmen who are removed from housing for any disciplinary reason may be charged for two academic semesters.

Housing & Residence Life Staff


Matt Adair
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Recruitment
Director of Housing
(580) 327-8418
Ryerson Hall 131

Kaylea Brown
Residence Life Coordinator
(580) 327-8146
Ryerson Hall 131


DT Barkley
Ament Hall

Dawson Tidaback
Coronado Hall

Maddie Long
Fryer Hall

Kaylea Brown
Cunningham Hall

Student Employment Opportunities

Dorm Crew:
Dorm Crew members are responsible for maintenance around the residence halls and housing office. Responsibilities include: assembling beds, moving furniture, replacing ceiling tiles, painting, and other duties as assigned. The dorm crew reports to the Director of Housing and all four hall supervisors. Dorm Crew members can work up to 15 hours a week.

If you are interested in working at Northwestern as a member of the Dorm Crew, please fill out this application and return it to Ryerson Hall 131 or e-mail it to

Resident Assistant:
Resident Assistant responsibilities are numerous as the RA is the focal point for the day-to-day operation of his/her floor.  The RA is at one time: student, community developer, mentor, leader, referral agent, business manager, peer, friend, and disciplinarian.  The diversity of roles and responsibilities is challenging and calls on the RA to develop organizational and interpersonal skills.  The position of RA provides an opportunity to maximize self-development, maturity, and confidence during the college years. 

If you are interested in working at Northwestern as a resident assistant (RA) in any of the student housing options, please apply using this application form and submit it to your Hall Supervisor.


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