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.
Q: Why does the application require me to include credit card information?
A: The credit card information is required to pay your $100 housing application. The Application Fee is
Q: Will I be living with other BSSM students?
A: Yes, we group all of the BSSM students in the same section of a Residence Hall. You will have one
roommate and two suite-mates that will share a bathroom with you and your roommate.
Q: Can I have a single room without a roommate?
A: We are not able to offer single rooms as our goal is to offer housing to as many students as possible.
Special circumstances will be given consideration.
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 section of the pre-application on bssm.net/housing; both roommates must request each
other. Please note that we do not pair Bethel students with Simpson students.
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, two chairs, and two desks with hutch
attachments. 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 housing application. 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 $50 fine, as well as the cost for the room€™s deep cleaning and any
damages 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 allowed in each other’s rooms during designated times only.
Q: May I have a friend stay in my room?
A: Guests are allowed to stay in renter’s rooms for a total of six nights in a school year, and three nights
consecutively. 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 is a common area/kitchen in the dorm?
A: Yes, there is a BSSM Lobby on the second floor of the Residence Hall that is shared by all the BSSM
residents. The lobby contains: a kitchen with a microwave, a refrigerator, a toaster, a stove and oven, and
Q: Can I cook my own food in my room?
A: Cooking of food may only be done in the main kitchen area of the residence. Microwaves, hot plates,
crockpots, rice cookers, toaster ovens, or other cooking appliances are NOT allowed in the student rooms.
Coffee pots and mini fridges are allowed in the rooms.
Q: Are there laundry facilities nearby?
A: Yes, laundry facilities are located on the first floor of the residence hall. 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 in 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 the room. 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 through the semester.
Q: Where do I go to pay my rent each month?
A: Once you sign your lease through Hignell Property Co, they will set you up to make payments online.