Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to bring my own bedding?
A: Yes, linens, towels, pillows, and blankets are not included in BSSM housing rooms. Each room is equipped with a bed, desk & chair and dresser. All other items must be provided by the student.
Q: Why does the application require me to have a co-signer and do they have to fill out and pay for an application also?
A: A co-signer is required for all students. The exception to this is if you can provide verification that you have enough savings to cover the full amount of your rent and board for the year, or if you have an income equivalent to 3 times your monthly room and board cost or if you pay your full-year agreement upfront. A co-signer helps commits to pay your bill in the event that you are unable to pay it and helps to guarantee that you won't have issues in meeting your financial commitment to Bethel. And yes, your co-signer will need to fill out an application and pay the application fee.
Q: Will I be living with other BSSM students?
A: Yes, we group all of the BSSM students in the same two Dorms at Simpson - Measell and Copper. You will share your room with one roommate and two suite-mates that will share a bathroom (between your two rooms) with you and your roommate.
Q: Can I have a single room without a roommate?
A: We do have a limited number of single rooms, available on a first-come basis.
Q: Can I choose my roommate?
A: Yes. We do our best to accommodate all requests. Please list your requested roommate in the
Roommate Choice on your roommate profile which will be sent to you after you have filled out your application; both roommates must request each other.
Q: What is the size of the room?
A: The room is approximately 11 feet by 20 feet, with a 7-foot long closet, and a bathroom that is 7 feet by 9
Q: What is included in the room?
A: The room comes with two twin beds (can be bunked), a dresser, one chair, and one desk with a hutch. A second desk and chair can be requested. Extra-long beds may be available to those over 6 feet tall. If you would like to request an extra-long bed, include that information on the roommate profile. Each suite has its own thermostat. Students are expected to bring their own toiletries and provide their own cleaning supplies for the room.
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: No pets are allowed on campus. This includes but is not limited to, cats, dogs, birds, and reptiles. Failure to
adhere to this guideline will result in a $100 fine, as well as the cost for the room to be deep cleaned and sanitized and any damages the animal may have caused.
Q: Can I paint the walls in my room?
A: The walls can be decorated with appropriate items, but the paint color cannot be changed. For a list of
appropriate items please refer to our Traditional Undergraduate Handbook on Simpson’s website.
Q: Are males/females allowed in each other’s rooms?
A: Males/females are not allowed in each other’s rooms. There are lounges on each floor and building of the dorms and these are co-ed spaces during designated hours.
Q: May I have a friend stay in my room?
A: Same-gender guests are allowed to stay in renter’s rooms for a total of six nights in a school year, and three nights consecutively. This must be negotiated with your roommate and you are required to fill out a visitor request. The renter is responsible for their guest and should be with the guest at all times. This includes Simpson students visiting BSSM rooms and lounge.
Q: Is there a common area/kitchen in the dorm?
A: Yes, there is a Lobby on each floor of the Residence Hall that is shared by all the BSSM
residents. As well there is a kitchen in each dorm that is only available to 2nd & 3rd year students with reserved access.
Q: Can I cook my own food in my room?
A: Cooking of food in your room is not allowed. Hot plates, crockpots, rice cookers, toaster ovens, or other cooking appliances are NOT allowed in the student rooms.
Microwaves, coffee pots, and mini-fridges are allowed in the rooms for storing and heating meals and leftovers from the cafe.
Q: Are there laundry facilities nearby?
A: Yes, laundry facilities are located on each floor of the residence hall. The use of the laundry is free but students will need to supply their own laundry detergent (High Energy laundry detergent only) and laundry baskets/bags.
Q: Is there a gym on campus that I will have access to?
A: Yes, but there may be limited access due to Simpson University sports teams and special events.
Q: Is there a place to study on campus?
A: Yes, BSSM students are welcome to study at the Simpson University Library. There is also a prayer chapel
on campus with a piano that BSSM students may use.
Q: Is there a curfew?
A: There is no curfew in the residence. However, we do enforce quiet hours, which also requires members of
the opposite sex to depart from certain lobbies. These times will be discussed at the first meeting of the semester
with all the residents.
Q: Are there any rules at Simpson I should know about?
A: Students residing at Simpson University are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects
good citizenship, representing Christ in a community. Simpson University considers the following to be
inappropriate: violations of any university policy, code, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available
electronically on the university website, violation of any federal, state, or local law, possession or use of
pornographic material (regardless of media type), use of obscene language, any type of abuse, attempted or
actual theft of and/or damage to property, possession of firearms, explosives, or other weapons on campus,
possession and/or use of alcohol, tobacco products, or illegal substances on campus.
Q: May I bring my car on campus?
A: Yes. If you would like to bring your car onto campus you will need to purchase a parking permit, which
costs $200 per year.
Q: May I bring a bicycle on campus?
A: Yes. Bicycle racks are available on campus. Bicycles are to be stored on these outdoor racks only. Bicycles
should be kept locked up and registered with Campus Safety.
Q: Am I required to have a meal plan?
A: Yes. All students living on our campus are required to have a meal plan, which is included in the total price.
Q: How/where do I go to get these meals?
A: Meals on campus are served in the Dining Center. All students will receive a meal card with which they
scan upon entering the Dining Center. Meals are loaded on the cards on a per-week basis (21 meals). Meals
reload on Friday mornings.
Q: Am I paying for meals when the dining center is closed?
A: No, we calculate all the meals you will be eating in the Dining Center for the whole semester and average
the cost throughout the semester.
Q: Where do I go to pay my rent each month?
A: Once you sign your lease through Redding Revival Community, you will be set up to make payments online.