Welcome to Housing & Residence Life

The Office of Housing & Residence Life at Youngstown State University would like to be your home away from home while you are on campus. We believe that living on campus greatly enhances your YSU education and provides a fuller college experience. Whether you are an out-of-town or local student, you will find a residential campus community that fosters academic success and personal growth. You’ll also find that living on campus offers you independence and comfort. Students tell us one of the best things about living on campus is that you meet so many people and learn so much about yourself and others. We encourage you to come home to YSU and discover how beneficial living on campus can be.

Here are just a few of the perks of living on campus:

  • The Penguin Tuition Promise means that you lock in your room and board (rent and meal) rate now, and it will not change as long as you live with us. What a great way to budget in advance!
  • Each residence hall has a full-time, live-in staff member. If there is ever an emergency you know that there is someone who can respond quickly to address any issue.
  • Your room and board charges go right onto your student bill. That means that all financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships, can apply directly to these charges. No need to learn to budget for rent, utilities, and groceries!
  • Our maintenance and custodial staff take care of all the public areas of the building, ensuring that issues are addressed in a timely manner. Daily cleaning of the restrooms, hallways, and lounges means less work for you, too!
  • There is no better way to meet people than living in the residence halls. The buildings are designed to support community building, and our RA and professional housing staff help make sure this happens by promoting programs, events, and other activities in the halls regularly.


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Interested in living on campus?
Our application is online, and includes the opportunity to select your own roommate, your specific room, and your meal plan. Priority deadline for Fall 2020 housing is April 30 for returning students and May 15 for new students.



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All students living in the residence halls are required to be immunized. You must download a form from our partner website (MedProctor), take it to your healthcare provider to be completed, and upload it back to the MedProctor website for verification. This must be completed prior to moving into the residence halls.



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