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.


2022 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.

Move-in Dates/Times 

Students have two options for move-in times:

  • Saturday, January 29th 1-4pm
  • Sunday, January 30th: 1-4pm

Student check-in location will be at the Chapel to be tested for COVID.  Students will also clear any stops they need to take care of before they move into their residence hall.

Late Move-ins

All students who are not able to arrive during the move-in times must get tested before attending their first class.  Please report to the Ammons Fieldhouse to get tested before your class on Monday morning from 7am-10am if you do not make it to check-in on Saturday or Sunday.  If you are arriving after 10am on Monday, please reach out to our staff who are overseeing testing at 828.689.1176 to schedule a time to get tested.

COVID Testing 

We will be testing each student as they move-in due to the increased transmission levels of the Omicron variant.  Students who test positive will have to isolate at home.  If students cannot isolate at home, they can do so in Edna Moore.

Students who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to testing on Tuesdays from 10am-noon in the Ammons field house.

We hope to offer vaccine and booster clinics on campus so that students can become fully vaccinated.

Vaccine Card

For those who have not sent their vaccination card, or for those who have added a vaccination over the break, please email Student Health ( with a picture of your vaccination card.

COVID Guidelines  

The COVID guidelines will remain the same:

  1. Masking is required while indoors.  You do not need to mask while you are outside.  However, you must mask in residence halls, classrooms, while inside buildings, and while in the dining hall (unless you are actively eating)
  2. Guests: You may continue to visit friends in other residence halls.  However, gatherings in residence halls with 10 students or more are subject to suspension from residence halls.  No non-MHU student guests are allowed in residence halls
  3. Testing: Non-vaccinated students will be subject to weekly testing on Tuesdays from 10-noon.

Campus community members can hold other members accountable through the COVID Accountability Form

Remember that three violations of any of these violations could result in a suspension from campus housing.  Gatherings of 10 or more people in residence halls could result in automatic suspension, no matter how many COVD violations you have.


Any student that is on campus now is welcome to come by the Cornwell center any time between 10 and 4, Monday through Friday.  Also any student that is close enough to campus that would like to come early can come by during these hours.  Hours beginning Monday January 31st will be 9 to 4 for the first week of classes.  Textbook pick up during orientation on the 28th will also be 9 to 4.

Keys and ID Cards  

Please visit the Student Life Office on the 3rd floor of Wren on Saturday or Sunday 1-4pm if you lost your ID card or key.  A representative will be there to help.

Work Orders

We have a brand-new work order system that we are really excited about.  This system will allow you to stay in the know of any updates to your request.  This will require you to sign up for an account.  Please see this document for more details or ask your RA for assistance.

Student Handbook & Student Rights and Responsibilities 

Please review our Student Handbook to review our University policies and procedures.  Please note the Rights and Responsibilities section beginning on page 52.

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.