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Florida State University


The beautiful Florida State University campus spans 489 acres including Heritage Grove and boasts over 10,000,000 square feet of buildings. The campus is bordered by Stadium Drive to the west, Tennessee Street (U.S. Route 90) to the north, Macomb Street to the east, and Gaines Street to the south.  The Westcott building is arguably the school's most recognizable feature. Dodd Hall, the campus' original library was ranked as 10th on AIA's Florida Chapter list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.
There are a number of residence halls. Broward, Bryan, Cawthon, Gilchrist, Jennie Murphree, Landis and Reynolds are located on the eastern half of campus. There are three new residence hall complexes; Ragans and Wildwood that are located near the athletic quadrant and DeGraff hall located on Tennessee Street. Florida State University campus is also home to Heritage Grove, Florida State's Greek Community, found just up the St. Marks Trail. The Florida State University campus has seven libraries in the vicinity; Dirac Science Library named after the Nobel Prize winning physicist and Florida State University professor Paul Dirac, Strozier Library, Maguire Medical Library, Law Library, Engineering Library, Allen Music Library and the Goldstein information library. Strozier Library is the main library of the campus and is the only library in Florida that is open 24 hours Sunday-Thursday throughout the Fall and Spring semesters

Undergraduate Students: 32,201
Women: 17,761 (55.2%)
Men: 14,440 (44.8%)
Graduate Students: 8,886
Students in College Housing: 71% of freshmen, 20% of all students
Freshman Housing Guarantee: Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing.
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting: 80%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance- Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available.

Find the campus map here.

 

F.S.U. Library System
The Libraries' collections contain more than 3 million volumes, with more than 549,000 available as e-books. The Libraries subscribe to more than 78,000 periodicals and serials and more than 600 databases, many of which are available for searching via the Internet.
The Florida State University Libraries (www.lib.fsu.edu) include 8 libraries on campus:

Student Review of Florida State University:
Florida State University had negative and positive attributes like all colleges. Overall it was a good experience and I met life-long friends!
Negatively, there were too many graduate assistants teaching undergraduate courses. Classes were lecture size (unless in upper-level seminar) which required you to put in extra effort to know professors. Greek Life and Athletics reign supreme here and yes they get special attention! Tallahassee is a small town with not many activities to do hence all the partying. The movies are packed every night!

On the other hand, positively, the professors that I did have were brillant and I believe I recieved an A rate education. There is ample opportunity to get involved in a student organization. I was a Resident Assistant, FYE Peer Leader, Honors Program, Department Club, and worked on the Renegade Yearbook. I was able to meet many friends who shared my interests. Since FSU has such a large student population, you will be surrounded by people of all different races, beliefs, and creeds. I loved that! FSU also has one of the most beautiful campuses, I loved walking to class and hanging out on Landis Green. Tallahassee offers a lot of independently owned restaurants and shops which I really miss now! MR. ROBOTO is delicious!All in all, I am proud to be a Seminole. I am thankful to have a job in my field and use my knowledge on a regular basis. FSU is a sports school though some programs are highly regarded it is not especially known for academics which you can sense on campus with students. A great thing to keep in mind, FSU is one of the cheapest schools in the country and Tallahassee also has incredibly cheap rent. A great bargain for a good education :)Students Review

Advantages of F.S.U.:
-FSU Seminole football
-Warm weather
-FSU Flying High Circus
-Checking out the "student bodies" on Landis Green

Disadvantages of F.S.U.:
-Student parking
-The humidity in August
-Airfare in and out of Tallahassee
-The terrible roads in and around campus

Student Review of Campus and Dorm Life:
Okay I know all you freshman don't want to do the gross community style halls... But honestly, that's most likely where you'll end up. And honestly, they're not that bad. Especially as an incoming freshman, community style dorm rooms force you to go outside and be social... that's right! Half of the people I know who stayed in suit style dorms didn't meet half the amount of people I did, all because they had their own microwaves and bathrooms. Some of them never met a single kid in their hall, which is unfortunate in my opinion because our floor used to go out as a group, we functioned like a little sorority! Yes, the quality of these dorms is in the crapper, but at least you have something you can all complain about (which is the best way to make friends, is it not?). Also, the old dorms have thick walls and heavy doors, so you can't hear anything from the outside. Although for some odd reason, you can hear everything on the street (but they can't hear you).

The best advice I can give the freshman: LIVE ON CAMPUS!
You know nobody to rent an apartment with yet, and nobody to have a social life with off campus. It's like being an FSU commuter student except without your mom to do your laundry. You will not hang out on campus or go to events, and meet nobody, trust me. You might think right now that you will, but you won't.
Definitely go on campus, and definitely go community. You can handle it, even if you are a Miss Priss.College Prowler

 

Student Review of Campus Dining:
Most students will complain about on campus dining, but ironically, the restaurants and dining halls are usually busy. The loudest complaints are often from underclassmen who are still adjusting to not having a home-cooked meal every night. Upperclassmen will grumble about the food, because they eat it all the time. They'll eat it, still, mostly out of convenience. Many of the establishments are open late, which is a plus for night owls and late-night revelers. The meal plans get mixed reviews. Students who are just looking for fuel to get through the day would probably do well with a meal plan due to a few buffet-style dining halls and all-you-can-eat options. For those who just grab a quick bite between classes or are interested in healthy dining, you would be better off venturing off campus or waiting for the next care package from home.

The food scene on campus has been steadily improving over the past several years, offering more choices and better quality than in the past. But still, it is cafeteria food and in no way can compare to the food your mom makes at home. You won't starve, but you won't be amazed, either. There are also several vendors who pop up on campus around lunch time who offer the obligatory hot dogs, chips, and soda, which can come in handy if you need a quick bite while hustling to your next class.College Prowler

Housing
Types of Housing:         Coed dorms, women's dorms, married student apartments, single student apartments, disabled student housing, fraternity/sorority housing.
Residence Hall Rental Rates
Rental Rates for Fall 2012/Spring 2013

Rates are per person, per semester.


Residence Hall

Hall Type

Room Type

Rate/ Student

Deviney / Dorman / Kellum / Smith

Community-Style

Double with Floor Bath

$2,360

 

 

Single with Floor Bath

$2,785

 

 

Double with Private Bath

$2,785

 

 

Single with Private Bath

$2,915

 

 

 

 

Broward / Bryan / Cawthon / DeGraff /
Gilchrist / Jennie Murphree / Landis /
Reynolds / Wildwood 

Suite-Style

Double with Shared Bath

$2,910

 

 

Single with Shared Bath

$3,290

 

 

Triple with Shared Bath

$2,730

 

 

Single with Private Bath

$3,415

 

 

Double with Private Bath

$3,290

 

 

Triple with Private Bath

$2,895

 

 

Quad with Private Bath

$2,895

 

 

 

 

Salley

Salley Suite-Style

Double with Shared Bath

$2,690

 

 

Single with Shared Bath

$3,070

 

 

 

 

McCollum

Apartments
(Returners only)

2 Bedrooms / 1 Bath

$2,515

 

 

1 Bedroom / 1 Bath

$3,255

 

 

 

 

Ragans

Apartments
(Returners only)

4 Bedrooms / 2 Baths

$3,280

 

 

 

 

Traditions

Apartments
(Returners only)

2 Bedrooms / 1 Bath

$3,500

Rates listed include furnished rooms (bed/dresser/desk/chair/refrigerator), electricity, water, high speed internet (RESNet), and general maintenance and custodial services.
-Assignment to these buildings, with the exception of DeGraff and Wildwood Halls, require the purchase of a meal plan through Seminole Dining. This requirement is not in effect during summer semesters.-
-Apartments indicated above include a living room and kitchen in addition to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms listed. In these apartments, each student has their own bedroom, except the McCollum 2 bedroom/1 bath apartments. McCollum 2 bedroom/1 bath apartments have 2 students in each bedroom for a total of 4 in each apartment.

Residence Hall Building Styles
Before choosing the 4 residence halls that you will preference when completing your housing contract, consider the advantages of a community-style hall, with its open-door tradition and vibrant social atmosphere, versus those of a suite-style hall, which offers a little more privacy.

Community-Style Halls
These halls provide the most traditional residence hall experience and provide the most opportunity for social interaction since students must leave their rooms to use the restroom. Community-style residence halls are traditional corridor style with 2 community bathrooms per floor. Each community bathroom is equipped with 3 or more shower stalls, toilets, and sinks. Another benefit of community-style halls is that they have the only bathrooms that are cleaned each weekday by University Housing custodial staff.

Suite-Style Halls
These halls feature two bedrooms that share a bathroom.  Bathrooms in all of the suite-style halls have one shower and toilet that are shared by 4-5 students. Residents of the suite are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms.  One sink is located in each bedroom, except in Salley Hall where the sink is located within the bathroom. Salley Hall suites also include a four-person study room within the suite.

Deviney Hall


Community
245 men and women
Community-style building
Limited visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender floors
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types 
84% Doubles (2 person room)
14% Singles
1% Singles with Bath
1% Triples
Twin xl sheets
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Dorman Hall

Community
282 men and women
Community-style building
Limited visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender floors
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
97% Doubles
2% Singles
1% Triples with Bath
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Kellum Hall

Community
538 men and women
Community-style building
Limited visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender floors
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
98% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
1% Double with Bath (2 person room that has a private bath)
1% Singles with Bath
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

 

Smith Hall

Community
562 men and women
Community-style building
Limited visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender floors
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, shelves, dresser, desk/chair
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
98% Doubles
1% Doubles with Bath
1% Singles with Bath
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Broward Hall
Community
135 men and women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Mandatory meal plan
80% First-Year Students / 20% Upperclassmen
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator
Room Types
91% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
5% Double with Bath (2 person room that has a private bath) 
4% Single with Bath (private room that has a private bath)
 
Laundry Facilities
Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Bryan Hall

Community
131 men and women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender suites
Mandatory meal plan
First year students in the Bryan Hall Learning Community only
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

 

Room Types
77% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
9% Double with Bath (2 person room that has a private bath)
14% Triples with Bath

Cawthon Hall


Community
297 men and women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender suites
Mandatory meal plan
Furnishing
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
4% Singles
1% Singles with Bath
63% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
5% Double with Bath (2 person room that has a private bath) 
1% Triples
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities
DeGraff Hall

Community
700 men and women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender suites
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
94% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
5% Double with Bath (2 person room that has a private bath)
1% Singles with Bath
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Gilchrist Hall

Suite
229 men and women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender suites
Mandatory meal plan
Honors Housing for Fall & Spring Semesters
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

 

Room Types
9% Singles
6% Singles with Bath
71% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
5% Doubles with Bath
9% Triples with Bath
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Jennie Murphree Hall


Suite
327 women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Mandatory meal plan
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
2% Singles
1% Singles with Bath
72% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
9% Doubles with Bath
11% Triples
4% Triples with Bath
1% Quads with Bath
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Landis Hall

Suite
403 men and women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender suites
Mandatory meal plan
Honors Housing for Fall & Spring Semesters
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
6% Singles
1% Singles with Bath
62% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
24% Triples
5% Triples with Bath
2% Quads with Bath
Laundry Facilities Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Reynolds Hall

Suite
243 men and women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender suites
Mandatory meal plan
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
7% Singles
1% Singles with Bath
68% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
4% Doubles with Bath
14% Triples
6% Triples with Bath
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Wildwood Hall
Suite

700 men and women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender suites
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
1% Singles with Bath
94% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
5% Double with Bath (2 person room that has a private bath)
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Salley Hall

Suite
570 men and women
Suite-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender suites
Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, closet, dresser, desk/chair 
Per Room - sink and mirror, small refrigerator

Room Types
1% Singles
97% Doubles (2 person room that shares bath with room next door)
2% Doubles with Bath
Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

McCollum Hall

Town Houses & Efficiencies
199 men and women
Apartment-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender suites
Efficiency Furnishings
Per Resident - bed, dresser, kitchen unit, closet, dresser, desk/chair, study area, bathroom
Town House Furnishings
Twin beds, dresser space, desks with chairs, a study area, a living/dining area, a kitchen unit and bathroom
Room Types
20% Efficiency Apartments
80% Townhouses

Laundry Facilities - Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Ragans Hall

Apartment
555 men and women
3 to 4 students per apartment
2 bathrooms per apartment
Apartment-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Co-ed building / Single-gender apartment
Returning residents and above freshmen level only
Furnishings
Twin beds, dresser, desk/chair, full-size refrigerator, electric range, two seater couch, two single side chairs, two end tables
Room Types
100% Single Rooms

Laundry Facilities Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

Traditions Hall
276 men and women
Apartment-style building
Self-regulated visitation
Meal plan NOT required
Eligibility
Returning residents and students above the freshmen level
Furnishings
Twin beds, dresser, desk/chair, full-size refrigerator, electric range, two seater couch, two single side chairs, two end tables, two bar stools
Room Types  
2 bedroom / 1 bath apartments
Laundry Facilities Click to view laundry facility information for all housing facilities

 

F.S.U. Meal Plan
Students are able to utilize their meal plan whenever and wherever they please with over 15 restaurants on campus with some open 24hrs.

Each meal plan is a package deal and comes with two components: meals and FlexBUCKS.
1. Meals
There are two main residential restaurants here on Florida State University. The Suwannee Room and Fresh Food Company are located on the opposite side of campus both conveniently located from the residence halls. Both restaurants are all-you-care-to-eat and the meals are served fresh at EIGHT different stations: American Diner, Grill, Pasta, Pizza, Salad, Vegan, Deli, and even Dessert. Even though the restaurants have the same stations, the recipes vary and the menus are on an eight week cycle so that students won't get bored of the food! These meals are allotted in the form of block plans or all access plans.

2. FlexBUCKS
FlexBUCKS function as a gift card for on campus dining. ALL of our restaurants accept FlexBUCKS and is accessed through the student's FSUCard. Each meal plan comes with a set value of FlexBUCKS that the student can use throughout the semester. It is a declining balance account, just like a checking account, but there are no hidden or additional fees. Just like a gift card, if there is a shortage in the balance of FlexBUCKS for a transaction, it will simply be declined instead of being charged an overdraft fee.

Fall 2012/Spring 2013 Meal Plans
(All 2012/2013 meal plan prices include tax)

 

7 Day All Access Plus***Most Economical Membership
Unlimited all-you-care-to-eat meals/semester plus $350 FlexBucks
$2150/semester = $18.70/day

7 Day All Access Pass
Unlimited all-you-care-to-eat meal/semester plus $150 FlexBucks
$1999/semester = $17.38/day

7 Day All Access Premium
Unlimited all-you-care-to-eat meals/semester plus $500 FlexBucks
$2350/semester = $20.43/day

175 Block
175 all-you-care-to-eat meals/semester plus $300 FlexBucks
$1925/semester = $16.73/day

 

150 Block
150 all-you-care-to-eat meals plus $400 FlexBucks
$1900/semester = $16.52/day

5 Day All Access Plus 1
The 5 Day All Access Plus 1 is composed of unlimited access (Monday-Friday) to our dining halls with the addtion of one meal equivalency per day from a pre-determined menue, to be used at the following locations on campus before 10:00am and after 2:00pm: Subway, Salad Creations, Einstein's Bagels, Miso, Pollo Tropical, Papa John's, Freshens and Denny's/ The Cost of this meal plan includes no declining balance. NOTE: Meal exchange at Denny's All Nighter between 10:30am-7:00pm.
$1849/semester
*no Flexbucks attached

The "meal" portion of the meal plans can be used at our two residential restaurants (Fresh Food Company & Suwannee Room) open Monday - Sunday and at the Coyle Moore, Figg Players Dining Room for lunch Monday - Friday. All meal plans come with FlexBucks - extra money you can use at any Seminole Dining retail location. Unused FlexBucks roll over from Fall to Spring once we receive your Spring meal plan payment. All FlexBucks expire at the end of the Spring semester.

Restaurants:

  • The Fresh Food Company
  • The Suwannee Room
  • The Figg Player's Dining Room
  • Freshens
  • Subway
  • Einstein Bros.
  • Salad Creations
  • Miso
  • Papa John's
  • Pollo Tropical
  • Chili's
  • The Trading Post
  • Barrister's Bistro
  • Starbuck's
  • Denny's All Nighter
  • Garnet-N-Go

A map of dining locations can be found here.