Roommates and the Legendary Social Atmosphere
Roommates are essential to the freshman experience. SouthGate’s legendary social environment is based on a one-of-a-kind roommate matching program. Through using Facebook, the world’s largest social network, our students have the opportunity to meet and choose someone who fits them best. With our Facebook system and with a roommate they love, all our students arrive more comfortable, excited, and ready to get involved at FSU! SouthGate freshman can all choose their own roommates and can even request to live near their friends from high school! SouthGate is defined by a great social atmosphere, academic achievement, and a successful transition into the college environment. Its where students can meet new friends and get involved in everything from FSU intramural sports, to campus life, and learning all the traditions of the Garnet and Gold! The friendships and experiences our students take away will be with them at Florida State for the rest of their college career.
SouthGate Aspects, Features, and Particulars
SouthGate has a team of FHP and Tallahassee Police Officers that have been helping our students for over 10 years. They are here seven nights a week to give you peace of mind while your student is away from home. Dads and moms can feel comfortable at move in, and get a chance to speak to the officers that will be taking care of their students throughout the year.
If you’re working with financial aid, we have a deferment plan for your loans, grants, or scholarships. Parents and students can pay for their room and board with financial aid, they can pay in advance by July 1 and save $300.00, or pay in installments to stretch their payments out over 10 months.
Parking is available in our private garage so that you can avoid the hectic parking scenes of Tallahassee and FSU. At SouthGate students don’t have to worry about finding a spot, they have their own assigned space right next to the dorm. Our garage is priced at $450.00 per semester.
SouthGate’s meal plan package allows students the freedom to get what they need on their schedule. Whether it’s some fruit before class, a snack, or a meal, enjoy our home-cooked entrees, endless made-to-order selections, an always healthy 25-item salad bar, and the popular slushy and ice cream treats. You can’t beat having all this right downstairs right where you live!
SouthGate Meal Plans and their Social Connection
A meal plan in a dorm atmosphere is ideal for all freshman students. As part of the freshman program, SouthGate strongly encourages unlimited meal plans. We believe all the kids have a better opportunity to hang out with friends, meet more people, and get more involved when they have unlimited access to the social center of SouthGate; the dining hall! We support this package through making the savings between unlimited meals and 14 meals per week only $100.00 per semester. Try not to think just about food when choosing a meal plan at SouthGate, the social experience our students develop during their freshman year is much more important.
Payments and Making a Commitment
Our flexible payment options include the advanced plan with the discount price mentioned above, the semester payment option, allowing you to use loans, grants, or scholarships (most common), or the installment payment plan breaking everything down with your monthly bills.
Please do not hesitate to call or email us to go over everything and ask any questions you may have. When you do decide to join us and want to secure a space for 2018, you can make your commitment and secure your space in the dorm by calling the office and speaking with the Director of Residence Life, Mike DeFeudis! You will receive an additional email orientation package with all you need to be accepted and guarantee that you’re in at SouthGate in 2018!
SouthGate Campus Centre was the most sought out place for freshman students to live in Tallahassee from 2009-2017! Experience the Best of Florida State, Don’t miss out, come join the tradition and live the legacy!
What does it mean to have an individual dorm housing contract?
Individual leasing means that each person is only responsible for their portion of the unit lease or bed space. If your roommate ends up not coming back for the spring semester, you’re not responsible for their payment.
What is included in the room and board?
SouthGate’s rent is all-inclusive. Your rent includes: All utilities (water, sewer, trash, and electricity), cable, high-speed ethernet and WIFI access, food, weekly housekeeping, access to all of SouthGate’s amenities, and a wonderful staff that is there to help you anytime you need them.
Do you have a roommate matching system?
Roommates are essential to the freshman experience. SouthGate’s legendary social environment is based on a one-of-a-kind roommate matching program. Through using Facebook, the world’s largest social network, our students have the opportunity to meet and choose someone who fits them best. With our Facebook system and with a roommate they love, all our students arrive more comfortable, excited, and ready to get involved at FSU! SouthGate freshman can all choose their own roommates and can even request to live near their friends from their home town!
When is my room and board due?
Most of our students make room and board payment twice a year, on July 1 and December 1. Some parents and students pay their room and board by installments, which is due the 1st of every month July- April.
How do I pay my room and board?
There are several ways that you can pay your rent. You can:
Pay with a personal check, money order, or cashier's check.
Pay with a credit card in person or over the phone (with a 2.6% transaction fee).
Do you allow pets?
Pets are not allowed. The only exception is fish!
Is there insurance coverage in the event of a fire, theft or natural causes? Does my lease provide coverage for my belongings?
It is a good idea to get your things put under a parent’s homeowners insurance; SouthGate is not responsible for losses of this kind.
What if I have a change of plans at the end of fall and don't return for the spring semester?
We have a wait list process for the spring semester from which we accept incoming transfer students for the second semester. There are four acceptance dates in the fall and you must make sure that you have requested a release before these dates. If there are enough students coming in, you will be released from your obligations for the spring. If there are not, you are responsible for your room and board for the remainder of the academic year.
What if I need Maintenance in my dorm?
At our Freshman Orientation we will discuss how you should report maintenance issues in your room. Please go to the RA’s at the desk in the dorm lobby and report any problems you have. Most maintenance issues are resolved within 48 hours, unless it is an emergency which is fixed immediately.
What furniture is provided?
All students have their extra-long twin sized bed, desk, desk chair, and an armoire/closet provided for them.
How do I receive mail and packages?
Mail is delivered by our Housing Director daily. Packages are logged by RA’s into our system called Notifi. It will send a text message letting you know that the package has arrived. Once hey can come down and receive their package
How close are you to campus?
SouthGate is on sorority row and right across from FSU’s historic east side residence halls. It is a short walk to campus!
What type of parking is available at your community?
SouthGate has parking available for students in a private garage. Spaces are first come, first serve, assigned individually, and limited to half the number of students in the dorm.
What do I need to bring to my dorm freshman year?
While you will receive in your welcome pack a “Things to Bring” sheet that lets you know everything you need to bring to SouthGate and FSU, here’s a basic list you can start from:
- Bedding for an extra-long twin-sized bed
- Everything you'll need for your classes
- An alarm clock- can't be late for class!
- Decorations to make your new room feel like home!
What is a Resident or Community Advisor?
These are students who lived in the dorm their freshman year and decided they wanted to work with freshman, helping them make a successful transition into the college environment. RA’s/CA’s are role models in the community and are responsible for a certain number of students who they encourage, counsel, and educate on all the traditions of college and FSU. Our RA’s/CA’s are here to help students get the best start to their college careers.
What kinds of events do you have at SouthGate?
We have numerous events designed to bring students together, encouraging them to make the friends they will take with them for the rest of their college career. One style is large themed get-togethers such as our Mathletes vs. Athletes Social, the CMT BET Hip Hop Hoe Down, or FSU themed parties for tailgates and away football games. Our RA’s also work on individual events for their specific students, such as taking them out in groups to play Frisbee on Landis Green, going for an afternoon at the FSU Reservation, or even taking groups to the FSU gym for cardio and exercise classes. Together these get our kids meeting each other and involved at FSU!
How do your meal plans work?
Each student is required to have a meal plan as part of their dorm package and freshman experience. We strongly encourage our unlimited meal plan because of the social connection our kids get from being able to visit the dining hall and hang out with friends as much as possible. Students do have a choice between 7, 14, and unlimited meals per week, though. The meals are non-transferable and do not roll- over each week.
SouthGate is a Living-Learning Environment, made especially for students!
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SouthGate is FSU’s most well known freshman experience, immersing students in all the traditions of Florida State, right on Sorority Row and across from FSU’s historic east side residence halls. At SouthGate students get the best of Florida State’s campus environment and develop friendships they will take with them for the rest of their college career.
SouthGate is also the first choice for the TCC to FSU program, giving students the opportunity to experience all the traditions of Florida State while they prepare at TCC to become a Seminole!
SouthGate is defined by a great social atmosphere, academic achievement, and a successful transition into the college environment. Its where students can meet new friends and get involved in everything from FSU intramural sports, to campus life, and learning all the traditions of the Garnet and Gold! The friendships and experiences our students take away will be with them at Florida State for the rest of their college career.