This section includes everything a new resident needs to know:
- Reserving a Space in Steel House and how to do it
- Upload a copy of the housing contract
- What to bring when you move into Steel House
- Move-in dates for each semester and vacations
- Staying in the house over the summer
- Fees: when and how they are paid (updated for fall of 2013)
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Information on reserving a space and what’s available
- For the fall of 2013, there are still a couple spaces left on the lower level in the large group room. There are opportunities 2nd semester to change to other rooms as residents make friends and can choose different roommates.
- To reserve a space, contact Del Hungerford, House Administrator:
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: 208.310.1344
- Fill out the “Housing Contract” and include it with a $250 deposit (written to Steel House Inc). Mail both to: Steel House Inc. PO Box 8484 in Moscow, ID 83843
- Be sure to initial the bottom of each page
- Make all information legible.
- The address should be your permanent address
- Have a parent sign if you’re under the age of 18
- Include the e-mail you will check most often
- The “Income Disclosure” (last page of the contract) is for the IRS. This is filled out according to WHO is paying for school. It has nothing to do with the FAFSA and is based on the income level of the resident if SHE is paying for school without the assistance of parents (loans, grants, scholarships, work income, etc).
The Steel House Contract is a legally binding contract for each academic year. Living in Steel House is a year-long commitment. However, residents who are attending summer school and/or have full-time summer jobs may live in the house over the summer months for an additional fee. Deposits are to be paid with the contract and are non-refundable after June 1st if the resident is unable to live in Steel House.
- To sign up for Steel House, first of all, make sure a space is available. Then, upload the “2013 Housing Contract.” (see above) Print off the entire contract, initial each page, sign it, and send it to: Steel House Inc. PO Box 8484 in Moscow, ID 83843
- Residents agree to abide by the Steel House Constitution. It is currently being updated and will be available from this location in the fall of 2013.
- The Income Disclosure is part of the Housing Contract. This is a requirement by the IRS for living groups with a 501(c)3 (charitable) status and is kept confidential. It’s filled out according to WHO will be paying for college. If parents are paying for a majority of the college education, their income is used. However, if the student is getting most of her expenses covered through loans, scholarship, or grants, the form is filled out according to student income.
What to bring to Steel House
You will bring to Steel House whatever you would bring if living in the dorms. In addition, because the majority of the residents at Steel House sleep on porches, you will want a warm electric blanket and extra blankets for our cold winters in Moscow. The porches are not heated but manage to stay fairly warm. Air is circulated easily to help keep germs out when people are ill.
What IS supplied:
- Single bed, dresser, desk, wardrobe closet and built-in shelving units for all second and third floor rooms. Rooms on the lowest level have minimal storage shelves.
- The kitchen has a microwave and all dishes needed to prepare personal meals are kept in the kitchen.
- The house has two regular sized refrigerators for house food. Residents may keep their personal items in these fridges but it would better to have a couple fridges in the individual rooms.
- All cleaning items are purchased by the house. Each fall, the E-board votes on what type of cleaning supplies to purchase. If anyone has specific allergies to chemicals, this must be made known to the House Administrator immediately.
- Toilet paper, paper towels, rags, vacuum cleaners and general household items are purchased out of resident fees for the entire house.
Itemized list of what to bring:
- Single bedding (make sure it’s warm!) and possibly an electric blanket
- Dorm sized refrigerator for the room if desired (talk with roomies first) and… personal dishes (plates, cups, cutlery) if you want to take food to your rooms. House dishes are NOT allowed off the first floor.
- Alarm clock for the porch that can wake you (but not other residents)
- Lamps for your rooms as desired (especially for the lower level rooms)
- Rooms on the lower level have very few shelving units so you may want to consider bringing additional shelving for these rooms. All rooms on 2nd and 3rd floors have plenty of built-in shelving.
- Shower caddy to that can stay in the 2nd floor bathroom to hold everything needed for showers.
- Plenty of bath and hand towels along with wash cloths.
- NO CANDLES or incense. You may bring other perfume-based items to help with the freshness of your room.
- Laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Laundry facilities are part of the overall fees and do NOT require coins.
- Warm clothing, boots, gloves, hats, umbrella, etc. for the many cold Moscow days and nights.
- Personal storage containers for personal items. We do NOT have a lot of storage on-site so please keep this in mind.
- Food storage containers. Moscow has mice so if people plan to keep food in their rooms, it must be kept in sealed containers.
- Laundry storage container. There are laundry baskets but each resident should supply her own with her name on it.
- In the summer, residents (who are returning to the house in the fall) may store items at the house for a nominal fee. It will be cheaper than renting a storage unit.
- Plants and fish are acceptable items to bring. However, no other pets are allowed.
- Microwaves, rice-cookers, and other small appliances probably won’t work in the individual rooms simply because they could set off the fire alarm. Keep these items in the dining room or kitchen. Please be sure all personal items that are kept in public places are labeled.
- Curling irons, hair dryers, etc. are acceptable and can be used in the rooms. There are outlets in the bathroom where mirrors are available. There are very few rooms with mirrors in them.
Fall Semester 2013:
- Residents may move in starting August 12th. Steel House opens early for Marching Band camp at no extra fee.
- Residents are required to be in attendance for the entire day the Sunday before school starts (Sunday, August 25th). Plan to arrive no later than Saturday, August 24th. This is when all training for chores is done and for new residents to learn how to be a part of Steel House.
- Food is provided for residents to cook (on their own) from August 12th – August 24th. Our chef begins cooking meals on Monday, August 26th.
Closing down for winter break:
- Steel House is unique in that we don’t close down during school breaks. Residents may stay at the house during all university vacations at no extra fee. However, they will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own food in addition to keeping the house clean.
- All residents will be required to do a “deep clean” prior to leaving for all university vacations (including Thanksgiving and spring breaks).
Opening up for spring session:
- Residents may return any time during the winter vacation. We realize that students work in Moscow and may not always get that time off. There is no extra charge for staying at the house during school vacations.
- Residents must return by the Sunday before spring semester begins for house meetings. This is when all training for chores is done.
Closing down for summer session:
- Unless a resident is staying over the summer, she must vacate the house NO LATER than the Monday after graduation (with the exception of paid officers who must stay a week after finals are over).
- A daily fee will be charged for those who need to stay longer but aren’t planning on staying the summer.
- Residents may store items at the house over the summer for an additional fee.
- In order for a non-returning resident to get a refund of her deposit, she must complete all check-out chores and go through the check-out procedure.
- Any loss of deposit from year to year must be paid at the beginning of each new academic year.
Staying over the summer:
- Residents may stay at the house over the summer for an additional $600 IF they are attending summer school and/or have a full-tine job. We do not offer a monthly summer option.
- Summer residents are required to do weekly janitorial and kitchen chores
- Summer residents get a break in fees because they will be contributing more to preparing the house for the next fall semester. Understand that staying over the summer comes with responsibilities.
- Summer residents will be required to purchase and cook their own food.
- Summer rent includes everything but food and must be paid in full by the end of May for the entire summer.
Recap on fees and how they are paid
- Fees for fall semester are due: AUGUST 31st.
- Fees for spring semester are due: JANUARY 31ST.
- Fees must be paid in full by the above dates.
- · A double occupancy is $3,000 per semester
- · A single occupancy is $3,500 per semester
- Billing is done directly through Steel House. Bills are NOT included with regular student fees. Residents must write a check (or get a money order or cashier’s check) to pay for fees. Cash is not accepted
- STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LETTING THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN STEEL HOUSE TO AVOID RESIDENCE HALL FEES BEING ADDED TO YOUR SCHOOL BILL! This is VERY important!!!