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The honors residential community on the Downtown campus is housed in Taylor Place. In partnership with ASU Housing, Barrett works to create a supportive environment for all residents. Should you have any additional questions that are not addressed below, please email Kira Gatewood

How is the Barrett Residential College community staffed?

There is a professional full-time University Housing staff dedicated to the Barrett Residential Life community. Community Directors live in Taylor Place to provide 24/7 support to students. There are approximately five student Community Assistants (CAs) living with the residents of our community. The Barrett faculty, administrative staff, and deans have their offices in the University Center Building. 

For more information on becoming a CA or to learn more about University Housing staff and their roles, click here.

What is the housing expectation for Barrett students?

Living on campus is critical to a successful transition to university life and first-year academic success. Each residential college provides access to resources and services to prepare you for the rigors of your academic major and success in your chosen discipline.

ASU expects first-time freshmen to live on campus in the residential college of his or her major, with the exception of honors students who live in the Barrett Residential College. As a result, University Housing guarantees to house to all first-time freshmen. Students who intend to live elsewhere during their first year should notify University Housing, so we can connect you to valuable resources and support for your first year.

To apply to live on campus, or to notify us that you will be living elsewhere, please log in to the My Housing Portal and complete your housing intention form/application.

I am a second-year Barrett student; do I have to live in the Barrett Residential Community?

Second-year Barrett students are expected to live in the Barrett Residential College at the campus of their primary major. The Barrett Honors experience is such that first and second-year students live on campus as a part of the signature four-year Barrett residential college community. Activities, events, college connections, and access to resources are some of the benefits of living in the Barrett community for the second year. 

How do students apply for housing?

All students must apply online to live on campus by going to the University Housing & Residential Life web page or through the housing portal on their MyASU page. In the housing portal, you will be able to sign your license agreement, find a roommate, and select your room from those that are currently available. 

What is the Housing and Dining Confirmation fee?

All University Housing & Residential Life students must read and electronically or physically sign the University Housing License Agreement. For upper division students, a nonrefundable Housing and Dining Confirmation fee will be automatically billed to their ASU student account and will be due immediately. This fee is for processing, preparing, and reserving your housing preferences. This is not considered a contract fee and is due regardless of whether an actual housing assignment is made.

If I live in Barrett housing, is a meal plan also required?

All first-year ASU students living on-campus, including Barrett students at the four metropolitan Phoenix campuses, are required to have a meal plan. Residential Barrett students on the Downtown Campus purchase one of the Traditional Meal Plans.

Is alcohol allowed in the Barrett Residential College for those that are 21?

Alcohol is not permitted on any of the ASU campuses or in any of the residential communities, including Barrett.

If I want to cook some of my own food, where are the kitchens located in Taylor Place?

The kitchen is located on the first floor of Taylor Place.

Are there any situations where a student might live for only one semester in Barrett?

If a student needs to leave anytime during the academic year, they must petition for a release from their License Agreement. Students should inform their Community Director. Typical justifications for a License Agreement Release (LAR) include extraordinary financial or medical hardship, study abroad opportunities, withdrawal/transfer/graduation from ASU, academic internship sponsored by ASU, and military duty activation. 

Are there co-ed floors in the Barrett Residential College community?

Yes, but males and females do not share a room or bathroom, just common hall space. The university offers gender-inclusive housing accommodations for interested students. More information about this option can be found here.

Is family housing available?

Family housing is available to students with dependents on ASU’s Polytechnic campus. More information about this option can be found here

The honors residential community on the Polytechnic campus is housed in Century Hall and South Desert Village. In partnership with ASU Housing, Barrett works to create a supportive environment for all residents. Should you have any additional questions that are not addressed below, please email Jennifer Brady at jbrady@asu.edu.

Where is the closest parking?

Incoming freshmen who will reside in Century Hall will find that Green/Resident Lot 8, off of Innovation Way N. and S. Sterling Ave. is the most convenient place to purchase parking. For more information on how to purchase a Resident Parking Permit, please visit Parking and Transit Services.

For upper division students who reside in South Desert Village, parking is assigned and included in your housing reservation.

Am I required to have a Barrett meal plan?

Students residing in Century Hall are required to purchase a Polytechnic meal plan. However, students on the Polytechnic campus are not required to purchase a Barrett meal plan. Only students at the Tempe campus are required to purchase a Barrett meal plan. Students in South Desert Village have access to full kitchens within their houses and are therefore not required to purchase a meal plan. However, they are more than welcome to do so for convenience.

If I want to cook some of my own food, where are the kitchens located?

The first floor of Century Hall features a state-of-the-art community kitchen for resident use, just off of the main lobby area.

The shared houses in South Desert Village feature full kitchens, which you can read more about here.

 Barrett/University Housing Staff

How is the Barrett Residential College community staffed?

There is two professional full-time University Housing staff embedded in the residential communities in which Barrett resides. Community Directors live in the Residential Halls and Neighborhoods to provide 24/7 support to students.

In addition, the Barrett Polytechnic faculty, administrative staff, and Associate Dean have their offices on the first floor of Academic Center (Suite 145), which is less than 130 yards from Century Hall.

For more information about becoming a Community Assistant or learning about University Housing staff and their job duties, please click here.

What is the process to become a Community Assistant?

It is not uncommon for several Barrett students to apply for Community Mentor positions because they provide students with necessary leadership and conflict resolution skills that can be further developed in any professional environment. In addition, CAs also receive room and board, as well as a stipend. There is a comprehensive application process that interested individuals are required to complete, including an in-person interview process. The application process will be advertised by University Housing, as well as through the Barrett Poly Digest. Questions should be directed to Jennifer Brady (jbrady@asu.edu) or University Housing professional staff.

The Barrett Residential College is managed through a partnership between Barrett, The Honors College, University Housing at ASU, and developer American Campus Communities. University Housing facilitates the housing selection process and manages all hall staff and operations 24/7, American Campus Communities manages the property and facilities in the Barrett Residential Community and Barrett @ Vista, and the Student Services staff in Barrett assist students by providing guidance and directing inquiries to an appropriate party in University Housing. If you are an incoming first-semester freshman or transfer student, please contact Natalie Young with any questions related to the FAQs below.

General FAQs

Barrett Residential Amenities

Barrett/University Housing Staff

University Housing Application Process for Barrett

Barrett Residential Safety/Access

 

General FAQs

What is the housing expectation for Barrett students? Top ]

Living on campus is critical to a successful transition to university life and first-year academic success. Each residential college provides access to resources and services to prepare you for the rigors of your academic major and success in your chosen discipline.

ASU expects first-time freshmen to live on campus in the residential college of his or her major, with the exception of honors students who live in the Barrett Residential College. As a result, University Housing guarantees housing to all first-time freshmen. Students who intend to live elsewhere during their first year should notify University Housing, so we can connect you to valuable resources and support for your first year.

To apply to live on campus, or to notify us that you will be living elsewhere, please log into the My Housing portal and complete your housing intention form/application.

I am a second-year Barrett student; do I have to live in the Barrett Residential Community? Top ]

Second-year Barrett students are expected to live in the Barrett Residential College at the campus of their primary major. The Barrett honors experience is such that first-year and second-year students live on campus as a part of the signature four-year Barrett residential college community. Many juniors and seniors continue to live in the Barrett residential community to take advantage of all of the benefits of living on campus. Activities, events, college connections, and access to resources are some of the benefits of living in the Barrett community for the second year. Additionally, second-year students in Tempe are eligible for five Barrett meal plans that include a wide range of options and prices.

Can I choose which campus I live on? [ Top ]

Students must live on the campus of their primary major.

Is alcohol allowed in the Barrett Residential College for those that are 21? [ Top ]

Alcohol is not permitted on any of the ASU campuses or in any of the residential communities, including Barrett.

What are "Special Communities" within the 4-year Barrett Residential College? [ Top ]

There are four special communities within the Barrett Residential College. Three of these communities are for first-year students with majors in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, the W.P. Carey School of Business, and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. All Barrett first-year students majoring in these areas are encouraged (but not required) to live in these communities. The Barrett Engineering and Herberger communities are located in Cereus Hall, and the W.P. Carey School of Business honors community is located in Agave Hall.

The fourth community provides a space within Barrett for students of all majors that are dedicated to sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability House at Barrett (also known as SHAB) is an intentionally-designed, student-led community created for individuals who have an interest in communal, sustainable living. Any Barrett student interested in a strong community of like-minded individuals learning about how they can live more sustainably is welcome to live in SHAB. SHAB freshmen live on the second, third, and fourth floors of Sage Hall South, and SHAB upper division students live on the second, third, and fourth floors of Sage Hall North. For more information click here.

Where can I find information about the dining and meal plans? [ Top ]

Learn more about dining in Barrett Honors Hall and Barrett meal plan options in Tempe here.

If I live in Barrett housing, is a Meal Plan also required? Top ]

Yes, all first-year ASU students living on-campus, including Barrett students at the four metropolitan Phoenix campuses, are required to have a meal plan. Upper Division students living in Barrett Complex in Tempe are also required to have a meal plan. Barrett students in Tempe living in Barrett @ Vista or Barrett students living in South Desert Village at the Polytechnic Campus as sophomores, juniors, or seniors are strongly encouraged to have a meal plan. 

Where is the closest parking? [ Top ]

The ASU Rural Road Structure (Parking Structure 4) is just north of the Barrett Honors Complex at the intersection of Rural Road and Lemon Drive. Upper division students living in Barrett @ Vista can park in the Vista parking garage, which is managed by ASU’s Parking and Transit. Many students also choose the less expensive option of Lot 59, located adjacent to Sun Devil Stadium and accessible by the FLASH shuttle bus.

Barrett Residential Amenities

What furniture is included in the rooms? [ Top ]

In the first-year student halls of Agave, Cereus, Rosewood, and Sage North, each student has the following: twin extra-long bed with mattress, desk chair, desk with one-shelf hutch, small file cabinet with shelf, three-drawer chest, and two-shelf bookcase. Every student also has a two-sided closet with two mirrored sliding doors. Rooms with a private bedroom/private bath have a full bed rather than a twin extra-long.

The bedroom furniture in the quad rooms of Cottonwood, Juniper, and Rosewood for first-year students and Willow for upper-division students is the same as the other room types. Common area furniture for the quads includes a kitchen table with four chairs, mini refrigerator, small sink, sofa, chair, end table, coffee table, and entertainment center.

The Barrett @ Vista private rooms include a full-size bed, dresser, nightstand, study desk, and a chair. The shared room in the 3 bedroom apartment includes two twin beds, two study desks, two chairs, two nightstands and two dressers. Common area furniture includes leather-style furniture, a sofa and side chair, a coffee table and end table, dining nook stools and an entertainment center. Each suite also has its own stackable washer and dryer.

Do any of the rooms have a full-size bed? [ Top ]

Given space constraints, full-size beds are only designated in private bedroom/private bathrooms and some of the four-bedroom quad units in Willow Hall:

303, 304, 305, 307, 310, 311

403, 404, 405, 407, 410, 411

503, 504, 505, 507, 510, 511

Private rooms in the Barrett @ Vista del Sol community for upper division students also contain full-size beds.

If I want to cook some of my own food, where are the kitchens located in the Barrett complex?Top ]

Each of the residence halls in the Barrett Complex has a single kitchen located within their respective sky lounge. Juniper, Rosewood, and Willow Halls share a kitchen facility, and there is a kitchen in SHAB on the second floor of Sage South, which is utilized often to support sustainable living programming.

Apartments in the upper division Barrett @ Vista del Sol community contain a full-sized kitchen with black appliances, full-size refrigerator with ice maker, electric oven/range, garbage disposal, dishwasher, microwave, and built-in dining area with stools.

Barrett/University Housing Staff

How is the Barrett Residential College community staffed? [ Top ]

There are ten professional full-time University Housing staff dedicated to the Barrett Residential Life community. Community Directors live in the Barrett Residential Complex to provide 24/7 support to students. There are 91 student Community Assistants (CAs) living with the residents of our community. For more information about becoming a CA or learning about University Housing staff and their job duties, visit the Student Employment page.

What is the process to become a Community Assistant and Peer Mentor? Top ]

Several Barrett students apply for Community Assistant positions because they provide students with necessary leadership and conflict resolution skills that can be further developed in any professional environment. CAs also receive room and board and a stipend. The CA selection process for each academic year begins during the fall semester of the previous year. There is a comprehensive application process that interested individuals are required to complete. The application process will be advertised by University Housing. Questions should be directed to any of the Barrett Community Assistants or Barrett University Housing professional staff.

Students can also apply each spring semester to the Barret Peer Mentor position. Barrett Peer Mentors serve the first year Engineering, Herberger, and Business communities, as well as upper division students in the Barrett @ Vista residential community. Vista and off campus Peer Mentors are compensated with a private room/private bath in a 4 bedroom apartment in the Vista community and Barrett Complex Peer Mentors are compensated with a private room/shared bath. Questions should be directed to bhcstudentservices@asu.edu.

University Housing Application Process for Barrett

How do students apply for housing? [ Top ]

All students must apply online to live on campus by going to the University Housing & Residential Life web page or through the housing portal on their My ASU page by logging in with their ASURITE ID and password. In the housing portal, you will be able to sign your license agreement, find a roommate, and select your room from those that are currently available.

I was just accepted to Barrett but have already selected a room in another community. How do I change that? [ Top ]

Students can adjust their housing assignment once admitted to Barrett online through the housing portal on their My ASU page. If you log into the portal and cannot see Barrett residence halls, please e-mail University Housing at housing@asu.edu or call (480) 965-3515. Barrett students live in the honors community their first two years, and many decide to live in Barrett all four years. The honors college is a four-year community where first-year students can benefit from the mentoring of upper-division students.

I am an upper division student, and I noticed that there is an additional fee. What is that? [ Top]

All University Housing & Residential Life students must read and electronically or physically sign the University Housing License Agreement. For upper division students, a nonrefundable Housing and Dining Confirmation fee will be automatically billed to their ASU student account and will be due immediately. This fee is for processing, preparing, and reserving your housing preferences. This is not considered a contract fee and is due regardless of whether an actual housing assignment is made.

Are there any situations where a student might live for only one semester in Barrett? [ Top ]

If a student needs to leave anytime during the academic year, they must petition for a release from their License Agreement. Students should inform their Community Director. Typical justifications for a License Agreement Release (LAR) include extraordinary financial or medical hardship, study abroad opportunities, withdrawal/transfer/graduation from ASU, academic internship sponsored by ASU, and military duty activation.

Are the floors in the Barrett Residential College community mixed sex? [ Top ]

Yes, but males and females do not share a room or bathroom, just common hall space. The university offers gender-inclusive housing accommodations for interested students. More information about this option can be found here.

Is there married housing? [ Top ]

Yes, this option is available at the ASU Polytechnic campus only.

Barrett Residential Safety/Access

Safety is a top priority in Barrett, and we invite you to be proactive and learn about safety both in the residence halls and on the ASU campus by clicking here.

The honors residential community on the West campus is housed in Casa de Oro and Las Casas. In partnership with ASU Housing, Barrett works to create a supportive environment for all residents. Should you have any additional questions that are not addressed below, please email Sasha Billbe at Sasha.Billbe@asu.edu.  

Am I required to have a Barrett meal plan?

Students residing in Casa de Oro are required to purchase a West meal plan. However, students on the West campus are not required to purchase a Barrett meal plan. Only students at the Tempe campus are required to purchase a Barrett meal plan. Students in Las Casas have access to full kitchens within their apartment-style residence halls and are therefore not required to purchase a meal plan. However, they are more than welcome to do so for convenience.

If I want to cook some of my own food, where are the kitchens located?

The first floor of Casa de Oro features a state-of-the-art community kitchen for resident use, just off of the main lobby area.

The shared houses in Las Casas feature full kitchens.

 Barrett/University Housing Staff

How is the Barrett Residential College community staffed?

There are two professional full-time University Housing staff embedded in the residential communities in which Barrett resides. Community Directors live in the Residential Halls and Neighborhoods to provide 24/7 support to students. Casa de Oro staff can be reached by calling the front desk at 602-543-5648.  Las Casas staff can be reached by calling the front desk at 602-543-2272.

What is the process to becoming a Residential Student Leader?

It is not uncommon for several Barrett students to apply for Community Assistant, Peer Leader, or Ambassador positions because they provide students with necessary leadership and conflict resolution skills that can be further developed in any professional environment. The student hiring selection process for each academic year begins during the spring semester of the previous year (e.g. selection for 2018-2019 will begin in the spring of 2018). There is a comprehensive application process that interested individuals are required to complete, including an in-person interview process. The application process will be advertised by University Housing, as well as through the Barrett West Weekly. Questions should be directed to Sasha Billbe (Sasha.Billbe@asu.edu) or University Housing professional staff.