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New Students

Preparing for the Move

Your room is your home away from home. Here you'll sleep, study, and learn about yourself and others. You are an individual and you have your own characteristics, habits, and dislikes - remember that like you, your roommate is also an individual. Having a roommate will be a learning experience and is similar to other relationships - to be successful it requires openness, flexibility, and respect. Remember that communication and respect for each other's differences are key. Your RA will help guide you through the Roommate Agreement where you will mutually agree on important issues that affect your living together and can help you and your roommate work through problems and challenges.

Expect Differences

The halls are communities of learners from different disciplines, backgrounds, experiences, abilities and lifestyles. Expect to meet and room with people who are different from you. Different does not mean anyone is wrong, ignorant, immoral, or strange. Talk to your roommate about your differences to understand why they exist. You might be surprised to learn that not all people view the world as you do. In the end, you also might have to agree to disagree and that is fine too.

Do's and Don'ts when Setting Up Your Room

Do bring an ethernet cord

Internet access in the residence halls consists of direct access from the use of Ethernet cords and WI-FI. We recommend that you don't connect more than two devices to the WI-FI at any time. WI-FI is available throughout the building, however, with the ever- increasing reliance on and use of technology, limiting the number of devices on the WI-FI improves access for everyone.

Don't connect printers and video consoles to the Wi-Fi

Limit streaming videos to Ethernet connected devices. This excess traffic can bog down the system and frustrate users due to the sluggishness of the system.  Connect printers and video consoles to the Game Network for better reliability or turn off devices that are not currently used to avoid additional traffic.


Suggested Items

DO Bring

Bed and Bath

  • Bedding
  • Decorations
  • Lamp (Non-Halogen)
  • Trash Can and Liners
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies
  • Bath Towels/Washcloths
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower Shoes


  • Laundry Basket
  • Detergent (HE only)
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hangers


  • Snack Food
  • Can Opener
  • Dishware/Silverware


  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ethernet Cord
  • Laptop/Computer
  • Jump Drive/Memory Stick
  • Calculator
  • Radio, Stereo, MP3 Player, iPod, etc.
  • TV (must contain a Clear QAM Digital Tuner)
  • Mini-Refrigerator (max 3.2 cubic feet)
  • Microwave (max 800 watts)
  • Surge Protector


  • First Aid Kit
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Umbrella

DO NOT Bring

  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
  • Valuable/Irreplaceable Items
  • Space Heaters
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Wi-Fi Routers (will be confiscated if found)
  • Window Air Conditioners
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Candles/Incense
  • Toaster Ovens
  • George Foreman Grills
  • Air Fryers


Alcohol and Marijuana are major inhibitors of student academic success; Southeast Missouri State University will enforce the ban on alcohol and alcohol containers (full or empty). The use of recreational or medicinal marijuana in any form is prohibited by University policy.

Candles are a concern for your safety and are a danger to you and every other student in your building. However, electric candle warmers and electric scents are welcome.

Cable and internet are two things you will want to set up after you move into your room. Students must supply their own television and coaxial cable cord to view cable channels. All televisions must be equipped with a digital “QAM” or “Clear QAM” tuner. To access campus internet, you will need to register all electronic devices that need WI-FI. Instructions for accessing the internet are available online.

Microfridges are available for rent through the Office of Residence Life for a fee per semester or academic year. They are provided with a mounted microwave.

Are You Ready to Move In?


Pursuant to Missouri  Revised Statute §174.335, all students who reside in on-campus housing, including fraternity and sorority housing, are required to have received the meningococcal vaccine not more than five (5) years prior to the date of enrollment at the university.  If you have not submitted a copy of your shot record containing proof of meningitis vaccination, you need to submit verification before you move into the residence hall. If you have not received the vaccination prior to your arrival, you will be directed to the Campus Health Clinic, operated by Southeast HEALTH, to obtain your meningococcal vaccination. The Health Clinic accepts most insurances and the charge can be applied to your student account. If you want to be exempt from receiving the shot, you must complete the waiver form and submit it to the Office of Residence Life. Both forms can be submitted by email or fax. Our email address is and the fax number is (573) 651-2557. Proof of your meningococcal vaccine, or a completed waiver form must be on file prior to the first day of classes.

Early Arrivals

Students arriving prior to August 15th, or prior to their organziation's time slots listed below, will be charged a nightly rate of $25/night until their approved check-in slot.

Move-In Information

Our traditional check-in process is returning for Fall 2021! A centralized check-in process will take place in the Student Recreation Center/Show Me Center on Thursday, August 19. Students will receive their key, first-year t-shirt, and have an opportunity to interact with student organizations, campus departments, and community vendors. Students arriving prior to August 15th will be considered an "early arrival" and are subject to the $25/night early arrival fee. Additionally, any student arriving earlier than the scheduled timeline listed below for their specific group, will be charged the $25/night early arrival fee.

The following schedule has been developed to limit the number of students checking into a building at one time.

August 6-14: Open "early arrivals" check-in paying the $25/night charge, no pre-registration required - all early arriving students check-in at the Customer Service Desk in the Towers Complex

August 15: Marching band, Success @ Southeast Institute participants, approved students returning for campus department training – check-in will take place at the halls

August 16: Greek students and Show-Me Gold participants - check-in will take place at the halls

August 17: Meal plan usage begins with dinner service in limited locations

August 19: New and transfer students – check-in at the Student Recreation Center/Show Me Center (1333 N. Sprigg St., Cape Girardeau, MO, 63701)

August 19: All dining locations begin operating on normal academic year schedules

August 21/22: Open move-in, no pre-registration required - check-in will take place at the halls

Check-in will take place between 8am and 4pm on the above dates. Students will reserve a move-in time slot on their designated day. Limited Move-in Crew volunteers will be available on Thursday, August 19 from 8am-4pm. Limited carts MAY be available, however, students are encouraged to bring their own to assist with their move-in. We encourage students to minimize what they bring from home and not bring anything but necessary belongings, and limit large furniture items. This will make it easier to move in and keep a non-cluttered living area.

Students who are unable to arrive during their assigned date should contact Residence Life via or 573-651-2274 to discuss alternate arrival days/times.

To sign up for a move-in time slot log into the housing portal. Click on the Move-in Time Slot red box. The date and time available for you are listed. Select the date and time you wish to check-in.



Dobbins River Campus Center                                               Towers

410 S Fountain St                                                                             1000 Towers Circle

Room #                                                                                                    Towers **** & Room #

Cape Girardeau, MO  63703                                                      Cape Girardeau, MO  63701

LaFerla Hall                                                                                          Vandiver Hall

982 Greek Drive                                                                                350 N. Henderson Street

Room #                                                                                                    Room #

Cape Girardeau, MO  63701                                                     Cape Girardeau, MO  63701

Merick Hall                                                                                          Greek/Group Housing

330 N. Henderson Street                                                             1000 Towers Circle

Room #                                                                                                    Building Letter & Room #

Cape Girardeau, MO  63701                                                      Cape Girardeau, MO  63701

Myers Hall

321 Dearmont Circle

Room #

Cape Girardeau, MO  63701





(573) 651-2274
Towers Complex 102

Office of Residence Life
One University Plaza, MS 0055
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701