Before you arrive:
Campus View Village only houses students who are taking at least 12 academic credits at Skagit Valley College for fall quarter and 6 academic credits winter and spring quarters. These credits may be made-up of any combination of classes taken at any Skagit Valley College campus, online, and in any for-credit SVC program.
Residents are assigned to one, single-occupancy bedroom within a four-bedroom apartment. Room assignments are made using both the information students include in their application packet and the information known about the spaces available at Campus View Village at the time of the resident's move-in.
New resident room assignments can change at any point prior to the students' arrival due to fluctuating available spaces and ever-changing residential population needs. It is for this reason that exact apartment assignments are not usually able to be disclosed until the day of move-in.
All Campus View Village apartments are already furnished. Students may bring their own furniture, but pre-existing furniture may not be removed from the apartments. Students will need to bring their own cooking utensils and cookware, dishes, linens, and toiletries.
Currently, Campus View Village does not offer a meal plan. Skagit Valley College's Culinary Arts program operates a great on-campus cafeteria for weekday breakfasts and lunches during the academic term, but discounts are not given to CVV residents. Residents will need to learn to cook for themselves using the appliances in each apartment that are shared among all four roommates. Groceries should be included in each resident's budget.
When you move-in:
Check-in day is busy. It is best to plan to arrive to Campus View Village earlier rather than later in order to allow yourself time to navigate the check-in traffic and to unpack before you have to sign your lease. For fall quarter, the lease is signed during a two-and-a-half hour orientation. For winter, spring, and summer quarters, signing your lease takes about 30 minutes. Staff will always work to make sure that you understand what you are signing.
Other than signing the lease, the most important part of your arrival process is making sure that you meet your new roommates. Everyone has different expectations about how they want their roommate relationships to look, but Campus View Village believes that you should always try to get to know your roommates. Having a common understanding of each other's backgrounds makes communication a lot easier.
You may want to spend some time early in your arrival process exploring everything that Campus View Village has to offer, including a great social/study lounge located in the CVV office area and excellent outdoor spaces for relaxing and playing casual sports.
Setting-up your apartment should be an enjoyable process. No permanent alterations may be made to the apartment and when residents are decorating the common spaces, they need to be sure to work with all of their roommates to ensure that everyone is amenable to the decor choices.
A lease term is a commitment that cannot be undone without prior discussions with the Associate Director. Leases run from one week prior to the start of classes to the end of the quarter and may be renewed each quarter so long as the resident remains eligible to live in Campus View Village. Signing a quarterly lease is a low-level commitment compared to most apartment complexes, which will typically require at least six months or more for a lease.
Approximately half-way through each quarter, Campus View Village staff will post a notification on each resident's door. This notification is known as the "Intent to Renew form" and it is required each and every quarter from all CVV residents. The Intent to Renew form will offer the resident at least two options: the first is to renew their lease, meaning s/he will need to visit the CVV office and sign a lease for the following quarter, committing them to pay for the next quarter's rent. The other option is to choose not to renew, in which case the resident must identify a date and time to move out of CVV prior to 4:00pm on the last day of finals week.
Upon check-out, students should have engaged in an intensive deep-clean of their apartments and bedrooms. Even if roommates are planning to stay, all residents must share in the cleaning of the entire apartment prior to any one roommate's check-out appointment.
Staff will deduct any necessary charges from residents' deposits, at this point, and will have the remaining deposit amount mailed to the student's new address within 14 days after vacating the apartment.
Families and mentors play an important role in the success of each and every Skagit Valley College student, Campus View Village residents included. Often times, students will use family members and outside friends as confidants to their experiences on-campus and occasionally, these individuals become burdened with information that needs to be shared with staff.
Campus View Village encourages family members and mentors of students to share their experiences with staff, directly. If they feel that their students are not disclosing critical information about their experiences, family members and friends are welcome to contact Campus View Village staff and share their concerns with the understanding that first-hand accounts of all situations are the most valuable to staff in providing follow-up support to students.
FERPA and Campus View Village:
Compliance with the Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) is a legal obligation taken by colleges and universities to treat student information as sensitively as possible. Students who are over the age of 18 and/or who are legally viewed as adults are treated as such and will be expected to communicate with staff about all issues directly, including their current room assignment, roommate concerns, billing information, academic and co-curricular engagement, and other information. Family members and friends, no matter what level of responsibility they feel for students, will not be privvy to this information with prior written consent by the student.
Adjusting to college:
Sometimes students are surprised at how vastly different Campus View Village life can be in comparison to their previous experiences at home or at other apartment and housing environments. Living with three roommates, most of whom will likely be strangers, at first, is a difficult experience for anyone, especially students transitioning to Skagit Valley College from other areas or life experiences. Students and family members should know that Campus View Village celebrates this challenge! It is uniquely one of the most valuable life skills that CVV can offer students while living on-campus.
Being a family member or friend of a college student who is living away from home can be difficult, at times. Campus View Village encourages families and friends to keep in regular contact with students, but to also allow them the space necessary to grow as an independent adult. Finding the critical balance between support and control is not an easy process, but can be immensely rewarding.