Residence Life
Residence Life
Residence Life
Residence Life

Housing & Residence Life

The Housing and Residence Life Office strives to make the residence halls a “home away from home” for students. We are dedicated to the social and mental well-being of our residents, as well as their physical comfort while living on campus. We are pleased to provide a safe environment conducive to the educational, social, and overall developmental growth of the resident.

For more information about the Housing & Residence Life program please come by our office in the Student Life suite on the 3rd floor of Wren Student Union or call us at 828-689-1253.



2021 COVID-19 Policies

In light of current CDC guidance, consultation with MAHEC, area transmission rates which are currently classified as high, and confirmed vaccination rates on campus, Mars Hill University will continue the current policy that all campus faculty, staff, students, and guests must wear a face covering when indoors and around others. Normal exceptions will continue to apply, such as when eating or when in a personal residence hall room.

We will continue to review all data and guidance on a daily basis, and plan to issue an update to our mask protocols on or before September 1.

All students need to present vaccination information or a negative COVID-19 test at check-in. We will provide on-site testing during check-in. 

REQUIRED: Please complete the following forms:

Please understand that we will not have room to accommodate students required to quarantine or isolate due to a COVID-19 exposure. 

  • With that understanding, please complete this Q/I registration form, indicating where you will spend your quarantine period if you are required to do so due to an exposure or COVID-19 symptoms.  

Emergency Contact Information

We keep your number on file for our campus alert system, as well as parent or guardian info in the case we need to make an emergency contact. In order to make sure we have your most up-to-date info, please update it in Self Service. If you need more information about how to do this, please watch this instructional video.


Please register for parking using this link. This will help speed up your move-in process. Use this link to get registered and email with questions. If you will not have a car on campus, please fill out the parking waiver form

On- campus visitation: Students may visit other residence halls, but must adhere to occupancy for each type of housing. Each resident may have one student guest. Therefore, a double room may have no more than four students total; a Dickson-Palmer Apartment may have no more than six students total.

Masks: While masks do not need to be worn in students’ private rooms, suites, or apartments, all students must be masked in their room, suite, or apartment if there are student guests present that do not live in that room, suite, or apartment. This is subject to updates. 

Outside Guests: No outside guests will be allowed at this time.

Testing: In addition to presenting a negative test at move-in, students who are unvaccinated will be subject to weekly testing. 

Violations: The Community Accountability Form will be used to document students who are not adhering to these policies. Students will be sent home if they receive three COVID violations throughout the year.


Items to Bring and Not to Bring

We encourage residents to ask ahead of time about items they wish to bring if they feel those items may run counter to our policies. Below is a selected list of items to bring and items to not bring. Please note that all items to not bring have been identified by both our Facilities Office as well as our Safety and Security Office as items that could contribute to a dangerous residential environment. For more information about policies and procedures, please view the Student Handbook, which is on our website under “Current Students.” 

Items to Bring

For new students, please refer to the information provided to you from our linens program 

  • Fan
  • Microwave (700 watts or less)
  • Toilet paper for residents who live in suite and apartment-style housing (**note this is a change from previous years)
  • Mini fridge (no larger than 1.2 to 2.0 amps or 4.0 cubic feet)
  • Coffee pot—must include an automatic shutoff timer
  • Power strip with surge protector

Items Not to Bring

  • Holiday lights
  • Candles/incense
  • Unapproved animals other than a fish in a 10-gallon-or-less tank
  • Cooking appliances with open heating elements (toasters, George Foreman grills, hot plates, electric frying pans, etc.)
  • Weapons (knives with blades of 4 inches or less are permitted for culinary purposes)
  • Space heaters
  • Extension cords
  • Air conditioner units
  • Ceiling fans
  • Freezers
  • Christmas trees

**Bathrooms/Toilet Paper

Those who live in residence halls with communal bathrooms such as: Myers, Laurel, Gibson, Dogwood, Huffman, and Jarvis will be supplied toilet paper. Those who live in suite- or apartment-style bathrooms, such as: Brown, Turner, Fox, Dickson-Palmer, and Lunsford will be required to provide their own toilet paper. Additionally, students who live in residence halls with non-communal bathrooms will be required to clean their own bathroom. Packing some additional cleaning supplies will also be helpful! This means that students in: Brown, Turner, Dickson-Palmer, Fox, Azalea, and Lunsford will be required to keep their bathrooms clean. 


As shared earlier, we have increased our wifi bandwidth all around campus for students to utilize their gaming systems and smart TVs. To accommodate a stronger wifi bandwidth, cable in individual rooms has been removed. Cable will be provided at TVs in residence hall lobbies.

Room Freeze Period

Beginning Monday, August 2, and through Monday, September 13, students will not be able to move rooms. We will still house students in this time frame who need housing, but we will not be able to switch people from assignments. Students who wish to move rooms may complete a request form that will be sent out in September.

Dining Hours for Fall


  • Breakfast: M-F: 7:00am-9:30am, Saturday-Sunday: 9:30-11:00am
  • Lunch: M-F: 11:00am-2:00pm, Saturday Brunch: 11:00am-1:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am-1:30pm
  • Dinner: M-TH: 4:30pm-7:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 4:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday: 4:30pm-7:00pm

Hilltop Café:

  • M-TH: 7:00am-2:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm, Friday: 7:00am-2:00pm, Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Lion’s Den:

  • M-TH: 10:30am-3:00pm, 4:30pm-11:00pm, Friday: 10:30am-2:00pm, Saturday: open on home football games, Sunday: 7:30pm-11:00pm

Textbook Pickup/Bookstore Hours for Move-In

  • The bookstore will be open Wednesday, August 25, from 9:00-4:00 & Saturday, August 28, from 11:00-2:00.
  • Students may pick up their textbooks in Cornwell Hall Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm

Fall Break

Students may stay on campus through fall break. They will be required to register. More information will be shared with students throughout the semester.

Residence Halls Close Date

Residence halls close 5:00pm, December 11. Please plan ahead. Late stays will not be approved due to a lack of staffing. Students who do not vacate by 5pm on December 11 will be charged additional fees.

January Term

Residence halls will open Monday, January 3, 2022 for students who are taking January Term classes.

Residence halls open on January 28-29 for continuing students who will not be on campus for January Term.

Lions Covid Safety Guidelines