Why live on campus?

Your time in college is an opportunity to grow not just academically but also expand on your maturity and social skills. For many students, this is their first opportunity to live away from their parents or guardians. We take your academic and personal growth seriously. So, we do everything we can to make sure you have the resources to succeed both inside the classroom and out. 

Residency Requirement

Living on campus at SEMO is an essential part of your college experience. In fact, students that live on campus tend to be more involved and are more likely to return the following year. That’s why full-time Southeast students are required to live on campus for their first four semesters. Find out more about Residency Requirements and if you may be exempt. Students requesting an exemption to the on-campus policy should complete a Student Residency Release Application.

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New Students

Applying for housing at SEMO is easy and can be completed entirely online once you’ve been admitted. Choose between traditional community-style housing and ever-popular suite-style housing. Rooms are available in single, double, or a limited number of triple occupancy. The sooner you submit your housing contract and deposit, the sooner you will be able to select your room. However, if your contract and deposit are submitted later than April 30, your room assignment will be made by Residence Life staff. Visit the Room Selection page to learn more about the process including deadlines, selection dates, and a step-by-step video on how to pick your room. 

If you require special accommodations, contact the Office of Accessibility Services as early as possible to discuss available housing options and to ensure your needs can be met. They will partner with the office of Residence Life to assist with your housing arrangements.

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International students

International Education and Services will be your primary contact for all important information regarding your admission and arrival at SEMO. You are strongly encouraged to complete the housing contract prior to your arrival to ensure an assignment can be made.  

The application process is simple and can be completed online once you have been admitted to the university. You have two options to make your deposit, an electronic check or a credit/debit card. If you use a credit or debit card, you will be asked to provide a billing address. Some country codes are not accepted with this method. 

For the purpose of completing the transaction please use 1000 Towers Circle, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Using this billing address does not change where you receive your credit card statement.

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Current Students

If you’re a current student, you can complete your housing contract starting in September. The sooner you submit your housing contract and deposit, the sooner you will be able to select your room. However, if your contract and deposit are submitted later than April 20, your room assignment will be made by Residence Life staff. Visit the Room Selection page to learn more about the process including deadlines, selection dates, and a step-by-step video on how to pick your room. 

Housing Contract instructions

Your housing contract is completed through the MySoutheast portal and you'll be walked through each step of the way once you reach the Residence Life Housing Portal.  

  1. Log in to MySoutheast.
  2. Select the "Student SS" tab.
  3. Scroll down to locate the “Residence Life” channel.
  4. Select the “Residence Life Housing Portal” link.
  5. Select “Residence Life Housing Portal” once again.
  6. Select “New” or “Current/Returning Students.
  7. Click on Complete Housing Contract.
    1. Select appropriate application period.
    2. Select application period from drop-down list and click "Next."
    3. From the drop-down list, pick either new, returning or transfer; enter arrival date if different than official move-in day, select type from drop-down list if eligible for a housing deposit waiver, and click "Next."
    4. Review the informational page and click "Next."
    5. Review contract cancellation information and click "Next."
    6. Click "Upload" to add a profile picture. This is optional.
    7. Verify all profile data and click "Next."
    8. Enter any medical information, select appropriate meningitis vaccination response and click "Next."
    9. In the Special Interest Housing section, choose the community you want to apply for acceptance. You will be directed to the application at the end of the contract. Click "Next."
    10. Enter all preference information.
      1. Select preferences on viewing student information.
      2. Select meal plan preference.
      3. Click on the green plus sign to rank your building choices in order of priority. (No residence hall is guaranteed.)
      4. Click "Finish."
    11. Agree to the terms and conditions of the Contract for University Housing.
      1. Check the five "I understand" boxes.
      2. Enter Southeast ID number (capital S and a zero, not an O).
      3. If under 18 years of age, enter parent/guardian e-mail address for signature authority.
      4. Click on "I Agree," then click on "Okay."
      5. Close the windows to return to MySoutheast.
  8. Pay the $150 housing deposit.
  9. While still logged on to MySoutheast, click on the Student SS tab.
  10. Locate the Residence Life channel, click on "Pay Housing Deposit."
  11. Click on "Pay Housing Deposit" again.
  12. Follow the prompts to pay via credit/debit or electronic check.

More Housing Information

Summer housing is available for students who need to remain on campus during the summer session. Because of the relatively small number of students that choose to remain on campus over the summer and due to space needed for summer camps and conferences, summer school housing is limited to one building. Based on availability, residents can choose between a single or double room within Towers South.

Apply for Summer School Housing

Students living on campus during the summer must complete the Summer Contract for University Housing on the Residence Life Housing Portal on MySoutheast. Be sure to include the session(s) date(s) you will need housing and what meal plan you would like. Summer housing assignments are typically made in early April and as needed after that.


2022 Summer Room Rates for May 15-August 12

  • Double- Occupancy: $12/night, or $1092 for the entire semester
  • Single- Occupancy: $22/night, or $2002 for the entire semester

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do the same rules apply during the summer as the academic year? 

Yes, as noted on the Contract for Summer Housing, the same policies and rules for the academic year apply during the summer. You can read more about the rules and policies of the residence halls by reading the Resident Handbook. 

Are there desk, custodial, and maintenance services during the summer?

Yes. Many of the same services during the academic year are also provided during the summer. The Towers Desk does not operate as a 24-hour desk; however, regular mail and desk services are provided. Custodial and maintenance services are unchanged during the summer term.

Can I change rooms?

Yes, but only within the summer housing residence hall. You should contact the Summer Hall Director to discuss a room change. To discuss room changes, contact Residence Life to be put in contact with the Summer Hall Director.

Are there meals during the summer? 

Yes, students will be abler to choose a meal plan during the summer. Dining service, provided by SEMO Dining, will be in the Tower's Landing venue. 

We offer a one-semester transitional housing program. This program is available for new students who are traveling a great distance to live at Southeast who have already met the University residency requirement or who will meet the requirement by the end of their first semester at Southeast. Students who are exempt from the residency requirement prior to enrolling at Southeast and are only in need of housing for one semester can also participate in our transitional semester housing program. Through this program, students can complete a housing contract and meal plan for one semester without buyout or cancellation charges.

Note: This program is for new students. Arrangements must be made prior to arrival at Southeast, otherwise, charges will apply.

Apply for Transitional Semester Housing 

  1. Contact the Office of Residence Life prior to arrival. The Office of Residence Life will verify that you meet the University residency requirement and are eligible. You will receive written confirmation of your eligibility to participate, which will include a waiver for buyout charges.
  2. Complete a Contract for University Housing and pay the housing deposit so your housing assignment can be arranged.
  3. To move off-campus, contact the Office of Residence Life to cancel your contract for the second semester. Your cancellation request will be approved without charges.

Additional Information

  • This program is for a full semester, most often the fall semester.
    • Students interested in living on campus for only a few days or weeks should consider Guest Housing.
  • Efforts are made to consider each student’s housing preferences, however, the date a student submits their Contract for University Housing and housing deposit will determine the availability of space in high priority residence halls.
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