Housing, Meals, Insurance
On-campus housing is reserved for first-year students (mostly 17- and 18-year-olds) and we've had a record number enroll this year, forcing us to move most of our visiting international students to a private apartment complex off campus.
However, some on-campus rooms do occassionally become available. You can apply for one of these rooms once you are fully admitted to the University. Directions for booking can be found at http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/stu_housing/apply.html. If you are selected to live in one of these rooms you would pay the cost assessed by the University Housing Office. Rates are listed at http:///www.olemiss.edu/depts/stu_housing/rates.html.
If you book accommodation on campus please list this on the Housing Request Form (PDF) so that we know not to hold a room for you at University Trails.
Off-Campus Housing Reserved by International Outreach
Due to the limited number of spaces available on campus, the International Outreach Office has reserved rooms for visiting international students at University Trails, an apartment complex near the campus. Students will have a private room and will share a living room, bathroom, and kitchen with 2 to 3 roommates.
You can read more about University Trails' amenities at universitytrails.com/oxford/
The cost of University Trails is $2300 per semester in fall and spring and $500 per month in the summer. This cost is billed to your Bursar Account in September and/or January, plus a $75 application fee. In order to book a room at University Trails you need to complete the Housing Request Form (sent with your admission packet) and submit it to the International Outreach Office no later than 30 days prior to the start of your session
Off-Campus Housing for Independent Booking
There are many other off-campus housing options available to students. The best place to start looking is offcampus.housing.olemiss.edu/.
If you choose any of these housing option you must arrange accommodations on your own. Please remember that some apartments are not within walking distance of campus or on the city bus routes.
No matter where you choose to live off campus, be sure to request a written lease from your landlord including:
- a description of property and total number of people allowed to live in the property,
- specific occupancy dates,
- subletting allowance,
- deposit requirements,
- monthly rent amount and due date,
- how utilities are handled,
- and responsibility of maintenance and repairs.
If you book accommodation independently please list this on the Housing Request Form (PDF) so that we know not to hold a room for you at University Trails.
» Meals & Dining
The Student Union Food Court offers options including sandwiches, pizza, Mexican, sushi, salads, and more. Students can use their student IDs or cash to pay for food at the Food Court. The Food Court is open 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday, 7 am to 6 pm on Friday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays, except on holidays.
Starbucks in the J.D.Williams Library is primarily a coffee shop but also serves sushi, fruit, and sandwiches during the lunch hour. It is open 7 am - 2 am Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 2 am on Saturday, and 8 am to 2 am on Sunday.
Johnson Commons, usually the choice of students that live on campus, is the University cafeteria. A variety of MEAL PLANS may be selected — for more information about meal plans please visit the ID Center Office. This is also the office where you would sign up for a meal plan. The Commons offers all-you-care-to-eat dining at an affordable price. The different stands offer American entrees, ethnically inspired foods, vegetarian selections, and more. The Commons is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm and for brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. It is also open limited hours during some University holidays.
From fast food to gourmet, Oxford has many venues for you to try amazing food. In addition, there are several grocery stores and markets if you want to cook for yourself.
Approximate costs for off-campus meals are:
Breakfast: US $5-7
Coffee: US $2-3
Lunch: US $5-10
Dinner: US $7-15
For more info about restaurants in Oxford: http://www.oxfordcvb.com/dining.html
» Health Insurance
The University of Mississippi requires that all international students have adequate medical and accident insurance coverage, and you will be automatically enrolled in the University of Mississippi Office of International Programs health insurance policy (ISEP students are exempt from enrollment). Enrollment into the insurance policy is automatic for F-1, J-1, J-2, and H-4 visa holders, as well as people with pending Permanent Residency. The cost for health insurance is billed to the bursar account at the beginning of each semester.
Please note that this is required and that you will not be able to get a waiver even if you have purchased adequate health insurance in your home country. You will have health insurance during your semester or year abroad, so please consider this before purchasing additional insurance in your home country.
Students enrolled in fall semester classes will be covered and charged for health insurance for the months of August through December. Students enrolled in spring semester classes will be covered and charged for health insurance for the months of January through August. Students attending UM for the full academic year will be charged for health insurance at the beginning of each semester.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a mandatory referral requirement under this plan. Students are required to be seen at the University of Mississippi V.B. Harrison Health Center first. There will be no coverage for treatment received without a referral from the Student Health Center.
For more information about the Health Insurance Policy provided through the University of Mississippi please find the Plan Brochure at: http://www.aetnastudenthealth.com/
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