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Questions on what to bring from home? 

Click here to view a checklist of items to bring with you at move-in. This list covers only the basics and a few optional items. Please also note the items that are not allowed in the residence halls by reviewing the Residence Hall Handbook Prohibited items list.

New in Fall 2019! Themed Floor Communities

For more information about possible TFCs offered, please consult our 2019-2020 TFC Overview.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

Emporia State University values and welcomes the benefits of diversity, and pledges to current and prospective students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the public that we expect and demand the worth and dignity of all people be recognized without regard to any classification that might preclude a person from consideration as an individual. The University regards inappropriate behavior, unfair treatment or harassment of any individual to be inconsistent with its goals of providing an atmosphere in which students, faculty, staff, and administrators may safely learn, work, and live.

Emporia State University is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. Accordingly, the University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, ethnicity, or any other factors which cannot lawfully be considered by law.

Students who feel they have been discriminated against on the basis of any item set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity, Equal Educational Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs, or the Affirmative Action Officer. Staff, Faculty, or members of the public should contact the Affirmative Action Officer.

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Residential Life Services

Cable Television

Cable is provided in social lounges within the residence halls free of charge. Residents wishing to purchase cable subscriptions for their individual rooms or suites may contact CableOne at 620-342-3535 or visit their office at 714 Commercial Street, Emporia, KS 66801.

When contacting CableOne your physical address is just your room number and building name.

Community Lounges and Lobbies

Community lounges and lobbies are for use of all students in an assigned community. Residents are encouraged to not leave personal items unattended in lounges and to be respectful of the space. Students are responsible for cleaning up any personal trash and disposing of it properly. Cleaning charges may be assessed to the floor community for excessive cleaning or removal of trash.

Freshman Live On Requirement

The State Board of Regents requires all freshmen students to live in Emporia State University residence halls, with the understanding exemptions may be made in the event of specific circumstances.  This residency requirement serves important educational and developmental purposes. The community living experience provides a valuable part of the total higher education program, and, therefore, assists students with their adaptation to University life.  The on-campus experience provides a unique climate for academic and personal growth opportunities, which are an integral and intentional component of the University education.

Exceptions are limited to those students commuting 30 miles or less to the campus while living with a member of their immediate family (father, mother, sister, brother, aunt, uncle or grandparents), who are married, a single parent or who have graduated from high school at least one year prior to enrolling at Emporia State University. For more information on completing a Housing Waiver form visit our Forms page here.

Hall Activity Councils

Residents within both Morse and Towers Complex are given the opportunity to participate in the Activity Council within their respective complex. Both Morse Activities Council (MAC) and Towers Complex Council (TCC) are student-led groups that exist to provide programs and events for the residents within each complex. Participation in MAC or TCC is a great way to get involved in the campus community and meet new people.

Housekeeping and Maintenance

Housekeeping provides cleaning and sanitation services to common areas and community restrooms during business hours. In the event that excessive cleaning is needed in a public area (i.e. hallway, stairwell, lounge) or the surrounding grounds of the building, community charges could be assessed for the cost of the cleanup.

The Residential Life maintenance team assures our facilities are in top working order at all times. If you have a problem with something in your room or common area, please notify the Reception Center to fill out a maintenance request. Most requests will be handled during business hours, Monday-Friday but emergency concerns will be addressed as quickly as possible.


All resident rooms and lounges have wireless internet access. Wireless is available, but signal strength can vary depending on the student’s device and distance from the wireless access point. Students should contact Information Technology (IT) with questions about wireless access and setup instructions. Resident rooms also feature Ethernet ports which require device registration prior to use. Information including policies governing the use of technology, support, and other services are available on the IT website, IT can be reached for help or questions at 620-341-5555 or IMPORTANT: Residents are not permitted to set-up wireless routers in residence hall rooms.


The cost of laundry is included in housing charges. Coin-less laundry facilities are located in each housing area. Students are encouraged to remain near the laundry facility for the duration of both washing and drying cycles. Residential Life is not responsible for lost or damaged laundry. Abandoned laundry will be disposed of periodically throughout the academic year.


Mail is delivered Monday-Friday and distributed by the Reception Center staff. Each mailbox is shared by roommates of a room or suite. Combinations to mailboxes are available at the Reception Center. Each Complex has a different mailing address.

The Towers Complex includes North Tower, South Tower, Singular and Trusler Residence Halls.

The Morse Complex includes Central Morse, Abigail Morse and Northeast Morse Residence Halls.


Towers, Singular & Trusler Mailing Address Morse Complex Mailing Address
Resident Name 
1501 Market St 
Building, Room number 
Emporia, KS 66801-5066
Resident Name 
1500 Morse Dr. 
Building, Room number 
Emporia, KS 66801-5074

Mail Forwarding

Room changes on campus: Contact all businesses and individuals that send you mail (e.g. banks, credit cards, magazines, family).

Moving off campus :

  1. Go to the United States Post Office and fill out an Official Change of Address Form, or go to
  2. Fill out an Emporia State University Change of Address form at the Reception Center.
  3. Contact all businesses and individuals that send you mail (e.g. banks, credit cards, magazines, family).
  4. Change your address with Emporia State University at

Reception Center

For the convenience, assistance, and safety of students in the halls, each complex has a Reception Center. This center can provide access to mail and package service, assist with lock-outs, fill out maintenance requests, and check out a variety of recreational and cleaning equipment. The reception center also collects lost and found items. Items not collected will be disposed of at the end of each semester.

Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. – Midnight (Sunday-Thursday) and 10:00a.m. - 3:00 a.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Morse Reception Center: 1st floor of Central Morse Hall: 620-341-6753
Towers Reception Center: 2nd floor in the Towers Lobby between North and South Tower: 620-341-6743

Telephone Service

There are no active phone lines in any resident rooms.

Vending Machines

Vending machines are located throughout the residence halls. These machines are not stocked or serviced by Residential Life. Any issues or concerns, including refund requests, should be directed to the Memorial Union ID Center on the first floor of the Memorial Union, 620-341-5859.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I send my outgoing mail?

Regular mail can be dropped in the outgoing mail slot located near the reception center in each hall. The US Postal Service typically picks up outgoing mail in the morning.  

How do I open my mailbox?

You can get your combination from the reception center. You will need to know your room number and have your student ID. Mailboxes may be a little tricky to get open the first time, follow instructions carefully and remember: practice makes perfect!

How do I know if I have a package and how can I get it?

Packages can come throughout the day depending on the delivery schedule of the driver. Once a package is received, a slip will be placed in your mailbox. You can retrieve your package from the reception center. Make sure to bring your ID and the package slip.

Where can I mail a package?

The Union Welcome Desk can help you send most basic packages via US Mail. If additional help is needed you can go to the US Post Office or the UPS service center in the Emporia community. The Post Office is located at 625 Merchant St and UPS is located at 3204 W. 6th St.

Do you have postage stamps/envelopes for sale at the desk?

The Reception Centers do not handle monetary transactions of any kind and therefore do not sell postage or envelopes. The Memorial Union Welcome Center sells envelopes and postage.

How do my parents address mail to the residence halls? 

Anyone sending you mail with need a couple of pieces of information: Your name, room number and hall name, and the university address:

Towers, Singular & Trusler Mailing Address Morse Complex Mailing Address
Resident Name 
1501 Market St 
Building, Room number 
Emporia, KS 66801-5066
Resident Name 
1500 Morse Dr. 
Building, Room number 
Emporia, KS 66801-5074

What time does the mail arrive and get put in the boxes?

Mail delivery varies depending on the day and the schedule of the mail carrier but your mail is typically available by early afternoon.  Each reception center has a sign where they will indicate if the mail has been sorted for the day.


What do I do if I get locked out?

The reception center assistant can assist you if you have been locked out. They will verify your name matches the resident of that room and will escort you to unlock the door. You will have to supply your ID to verify your identity, if the ID is locked in the room they will ask you to present it after they have let you into the room.

How many lockouts are free?

The first two lockouts are free. Each additional time is $10, billed to your university account.


Where are the laundry facilities?

Laundry facilities are provided at no charge to residents of the halls. A laundry room is located in each building; in North and South Towers they are located on the 1st Floor, in Morse and Singular the laundry is located on the Ground Floor.

How do I find lost laundry?

After laundry has been left unattended for more than a day, housekeeping will remove it and deliver it to the reception center and can be claimed there. Laundry unclaimed for an extended period of time will be donated.

Can the desk move someone’s laundry that is still in the machine?

No. Desk employees will not remove laundry. If left unattended for more than a day, housekeeping with remove and turn into lost and found.

What cleaning supplies are available?

The reception center keeps a supply of window cleaner, disinfectant, brooms, and vacuums for residents to use to keep their rooms clean.


Can I make a change at the front desk?

The reception center does not handle monetary transactions of any kind.

The vending machine is broken; it took my money but didn’t give me anything.

The ID center, located in the Memorial Union, is responsible for the vending machines on campus. If you inform the Reception Center of the problem they can call ahead to the ID Center to let them know you are coming.

How do I get billed for this? (lockouts, replacement keys)

Any fees are turned into the university cashiers office. Payment can be made through Buzz-In or by going to the cashiers office, located in Plumb Hall.  


What is the guest policy?

Guests must be accompanied by the resident at all times.

I’m expecting a visitor. Can you let them in?

The resident must meet guests at the door. If a guest knocks and is let in by a reception center assistant, the resident must meet the guest at the desk. Unaccompanied guests will not be allowed in the building.


If you have any additional questions please contact us by phone at 620.341.5264, by email at, on Twitter or on Facebook.

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