August will be here before you know it, and you will soon be a student at Butler University. While it may seem like there is a lot to do before you arrive-don’t fret, a lot of great resources and assistance will be provided to you when you arrive on campus. The residence halls at Butler are a great place to get started connecting to people and resources here at Butler as soon as you arrive.
By now, you have probably completed your housing contract and housing preference form and are anxiously awaiting to hear where you are living in the fall. Most freshman are housed in Ross or Schwitzer Halls, which are traditional first year residence halls. Residence Life staff pairs students with similar lifestyle habits to room together-such as people that stay up late, or like to listen to music while they study, or matches students who previously requested to live together. Residence hall living is a great way to connect with new people; many students make lasting connections with roommates and students in their unit.
The Butler campus and Indianapolis are both vibrant places to be. One of the places where students will find a lot to do is within the residence halls. Resident Assistants (commonly known as RAs) plan a variety of different programs for residents. These include events both within and outside of the residence hall. A few examples of programs that RAs plan are movie nights, service projects, exercise classes at the Health and Recreation Complex, Butler athletic events, cultural dinners, study skills workshops, and Clowes Hall performances on campus. Each residence hall unit is also associated with a Faculty in Residence or Faculty Ally who also plans programs for students and gives them the opportunity to interact with a faculty member outside of the classroom. Each resident hall also has a common area where students can watch TV, play pool or table tennis and just hang out! Hall front desks also have a movie library and collection of games that students can check out. As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do within the hall and on campus. That is, of course, after all your studying is done!
Move in day can seem stressful-but it doesn’t have to be! Make sure to contact your roommate(s) before your arrive on campus so you can coordinate who brings what for your residence hall room. It can be tempting to bring everything you need with you-but remember, you can always purchase items when you arrive in Indianapolis. There are a many stores where you can purchase what you need on move in day or during your first semester. The halls will open at 8am for check in, but don’t worry about being the first one in line to check in to the building. There is plenty of staff to assist with check in and arriving a few hours after 8am may ease the process for you and your family. Advice for specific items to bring and not to bring can be found on the Frequently Asked Question section of the Residence Life website at: http://www.butler.edu/residence-life.
All the information you are receiving about your new life at Butler University may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There will be lots of resources provided to you when you arrive in the fall. For now, get excited about becoming a Butler Bulldog! Please direct any questions regarding residence life to (317) 940-9458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.