FAQ

 

  1.  How can I allow my parents to access information on my records (i.e. housing assignment, contact information, etc)?
  2. What if I have a medical condition and I want to live on campus? Whom should we  contact in case of an emergency?
  3. I am interested in living on campus all year-round. Can you give me details on housing for summer and winter break periods?
  4. What are the `Community Living Standards' and how am I affected as a resident on campus?
  5. I am interested in leadership opportunities to develop my resume and personal skills-building. What sorts of opportunities exist for me in the residence halls?
  6. What appliances are not allowed in the rooms?
  7. What kind of activities and events can I get involved in while living in QF residence halls?
  8. My roommate and I are having some issues living together. What should I do?
  9. I am a new student to Education City. I'm not sure I want to live on campus. What should I do?
  10. Do I have the option of only contracting for one term?
  11. I don't like my room assignment. Is there any way I can change rooms?
  12. I am an incoming student to Education City. Can I request a particular roommate?
  13. Why didn't I get the roommate I requested?
  14. Is transportation provided for Friday (Jumaah) prayers?
  15. Are the residence halls safe?
  16. Are pets allowed in the Residence Halls?
  17. What are my food options in Education City? Will I be able to cook for myself? Is there a meal plan?
  18. I need to arrive prior to the official opening date of the Residence Halls. How can I make this request?
  19.  Can I rent a room or apartment for studying in the Residence halls?
  20. Can I stay in my current apartment during summer if I was assigned a new room for the coming Fall semester?
  21. Why do I have to check In/out during the summer?
  22. Why I have to hand over my apt key/PED upon departure?
  23. How I’m supposed to move my boxes to the store?
  24. Can I leave my boxes in the current apt and take them when I come back?
  25. If I lose my apt key, can I get another one?
  26. How about if I lose my PED?
  27. I will be leaving Education City for one semester! What do I have to do?
  28. Can I have a cleaner clean my room?
  29. Is it possible to be accommodated alone in one bedroom?
  30. I paid the reservation fee for Fall housing and learned I will be studying abroad in Fall. Am I eligible for a refund of the reservation fee?
  31. What are new incoming students provided with in their apartment?
  32. I will graduate this semester and I want to stay in my room for few weeks after graduation. Is it possible?
  33. Why do I have to PED in/out every time?
  34. Can I have overnight visitors?
  35. Is it possible I can bring my own refrigerator?
  36. I don’t want to keep a big TV cabinet in my apt can I remove?
  37. Do you have separate housing for married student?
  38. I have a medical problem is it possible I can bring my own mattress?

 

How can I allow my parents to access information on my records (i.e. housing assignment, contact information, etc)?

We believe in preserving the privacy of each resident in Qatar Foundation housing. However, there may be times when you would like information to be easily accessed by your parents or guardian. The only time we share student information is when students give written or verbal instructions for specific individuals. As a rule, our department does not release information about residents to anyone.

If you would like to grant another person access to your Residence Life information (apartment phone number, apartment number, conduct information, etc.) you may do so by filling out an authorization form, which may be received by contacting our staff via e-mail  .

 

What if I have a medical condition and I want to live on campus? Whom should the housing office contact in case of an emergency?

Upon moving onto campus, Housing and Residence Life will require that you complete an Emergency Card informing us of any medical conditions you may have. On the card, you must also provide the full contact details of your parents/guardian – who will only be contacted in case of emergencies. We also suggest that you share information about any medical conditions with your Residence Hall Director (RHD) so he/she is better prepared to assist you in an emergency. The more comfortable you are in communicating with our professional staff members, the more effective our response is in the event of an emergency.

 

I am interested in living on campus all year-round. Can you give me details on housing for summer and winter break periods?

Students who require on-campus housing during winter (December) and summer (May to August) breaks will pay a daily rate for housing. If you already occupied a room during the school year, you can remain in it during the winter break (December). You may, however, need to switch rooms during summer (May-August), depending on our office’s housing plans/needs for the following academic year.

In order to have housing during these breaks, you must fill out the Break Housing Form by a certain date. Contact for more details on break housing.

 

What are the `Community Living Standards' and how am I affected as a resident on campus?

The Community Living Standards (CLS) are the rules and regulations that govern community living in Qatar Foundation's Housing and Residence Life. The CLS include information on what students may have in their rooms, how they may decorate it, safety and visitation policies as well as the Conflict Resolution Process if a student becomes involved with a conduct situation. You can learn more about the Community Living Standards here.

 

I am interested in leadership opportunities to develop my resume and personal skills-building. What sorts of opportunities exist for me in the residence halls?

Students have various options for leadership involvement such as running for Residence Hall Council (RHC) and participating as an RHC Ambassador. Furthermore, all students that are in their second semester of study in Education City can apply to be a Community Development Advisor for the following academic year.  In addition, interested students could apply to be a Sustainable Living Ambassador (SLA) to further sustainability within the residential community.

 

What appliances are NOT allowed in my apartment/room?

Appliances such as (but not limited to) halogen lights, air conditioners, appliances with exposed heating elements (such as: toaster ovens, grills, hot plates, coffee makers, “George Foreman” Grills), microwaves using more than 900 watts, crock pots, portable heaters, and electric blankets are not permitted. Refrigerators no larger than 2 cubic meters, one meter in height and 1.5 amps are allowed.

If you have questions about a specific appliance you are planning to purchase, please contact your RHD directly or Housing and Residence Life at.We strongly recommend you check with your staff BEFORE purchasing the item.

 

What kind of activities and events can I get involved in while living in QF residence halls?

There are plenty of events for you to take part in throughout the school year. Community Development Advisors and Residence Hall Council offer many options throughout the year for residents to get involved as well as assisting residents to plan their own activities. Some examples of residence hall events include a trip to the Old Souq, a nearby beach for some swim fun, Reverse Trick-or-Treat, Midnight Breakfast during final exams week, Welcome & Iftar Dinners and many more! Check out the current residence hall newsletter Swalif. Programs for more information .

 

My roommate and I are having some issues living together. What should I do?

Roommate conflicts are an inevitable part of life when people are living together. The good thing is Housing and Residence Life is here to help! Your first resource is your Community Development Advisor (CDA). Feel free to contact him/her to ask for tips on how to handle a roommate conflict. You may also Click Here to find resources on working through roommate conflicts. You will find some thoughts on how you can help yourself work through the issues you are experiencing!

 

I am a new student to Education City. I'm not sure I want to live on campus. What should I do?

Students who are interested in living on campus must apply for housing, pay a non-refundable reservation fee of QR 1000 and a damage deposit of QR 2000. The QR 2000 is fully refundable upon leaving a room clean and without damage at the end of your stay in our residence halls. Should you decide you do not want to live in the halls after completing this process, you must notify our office so we can refund your damage deposit. If you strongly feel that you might want to live on campus, we encourage you to apply for housing as space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like to talk with someone about living on campus, please email and include your questions and contact information, and one of our professional staff members will contact you.

 

Do I have the option of only contracting for one term?

Yes, so long as you make this clear on your housing application. You may be contacted by Housing and Residence Life for additional information.

 

I don't like my room assignment. Is there any way I can change rooms?

If you want to change your room assignment, you need to contact your Residence Hall Director in person, by phone or email. Room changes will only occur after the beginning of the 3rd week of the semester. There is no guarantee that a room change will happen. We are bound by the availability of space and the specific requests for the room change.

 

I am an incoming student to Education City. Can I request a particular roommate?

Students may request a specific roommate prior to receiving a room within the residence halls. To do so, you must include in an attached letter, the name and contact details of the person you are interested in rooming with, including their email and branch campus affiliation. Your preferred roommate MUST also do the same. This does NOT exempt you from filling out the Roommate Matching Form. Make sure to include this form with your housing application. We will do our best to match roommates who have requested to share a unit. Please be advised that our ability to fulfill your request will depend on the availability of space.

 

Why didn't I get the roommate I requested?

Students who want to live together must ensure they make the same request with their applications. If the request is not mutual, you will not be placed together. Should you feel your request has not been treated fairly, please feel free to contact Housing and Residence Life via e-mail.

 

Is transportation provided for Friday (Jumaah) prayers?

There are shuttles provided by Qatar Foundation Transportation taking students to English and Arabic speaking prayers on Fridays. Please check with your Community Development Advisor (CDA) and/or the bulletin boards in the Residence Halls for the specific shuttle pick-up times.

 

Are the Residence Halls safe?

We are proud to say that our communities are very safe. Each of our buildings is staffed by 24-hour security staff and equipped with video cameras in various locations. Students are required to provide proof of residence in the halls (PED) or provide an official picture ID to enter the building.

 

Are pets allowed in the Residence Halls?

No.

 

What are my food options in Education City? Will I be able to cook for myself? Is there a meal plan?

Cafeteria and food vendors are available in nearly every academic building, as well as the Student Center . These venues provide different types of food options, from buffet style to coffee shops.

Every apartment is equipped with a full-size kitchen, equipped with the appropriate appliances for you to cook. Shuttles for local supermarkets/shopping malls are available every week.

At this moment there is no meal plan, however plans are underway to make this available to students.

 

I need to arrive prior to the official opening date of the Residence Halls. How can I make this request?

Please e-mail with your request. Please do so at least 48 hours (business days are Sunday through Thursday) before your arrival  to ensure that your apartment keys are ready.  You will receive a confirmation via email confirming whether or not your request is granted.

 

Can I rent a room or apartment for studying in the Residence halls?

Only the full time enrolled undergraduate students living outside a 20km radius of Education City can apply for housing. We aren’t able to rent out apartments to local students who just want to use it as a study space.

 

Can I stay in my current apartment during summer if I was assigned a new room for the coming Fall semester?

You are able to stay in your current room until your Fall assigned room is ready for you to move. At that time, Hall Desk Clerk staff would contact you and would have 48 hours to completely move.

 

Why do I have to check In/out during the summer?

Students are requested to check in and out every time during summer as during summer break housing is charged on a daily rate If the student doesn’t check in and out every time they leave the halls they will be charged for the entire summer session.

 

Why I have to hand over my apt key/PED upon departure?

Every student should return their room key and PED (when completing a checkout) every time they check out from the residence halls as evidence that they are not using the space during summer and to ensure safe keeping of the key and PED until their return.

 

How I’m supposed to move my boxes to the store?

Prior to checking out, students will need to pack their items and to move them into the designated storage. Trolleys can be borrowed from FB3 reception desk to assist moving boxes.

 

Can I leave my boxes in the current apt and take them when I come back?

Only if you are returning to the same apartment in the Fall semester. Otherwise you have to move your boxes to the designated storage area prior to your check out.

 

If I lose my apt key, can I get another one?

First you need to report the loss to FB3 reception desk. Your door will be recored with a new lock and you and your roommates will be issued a new key. You will be billed QAR 100 for this.

 

How about if I lose my PED?

You need to report the loss to FB3 reception desk. A new one will be issued to you and you will be charged QAR 200.

 

I will be leaving Education City for one semester! What do I have to do?

If you are leaving to study abroad for one semester you need to check out from your apartment and to return the key and PED before your departure. Also, you will need to re-apply for housing for the next semester at least one month prior to your intended arrival.

 

Can I have a cleaner clean my room?

QF does not provide cleaners to clean personal student living spaces. If the student wishes to utilize such a service, they can bring in a cleaner at their own expense, and must adhere to the visitation policy in the CLS, which includes correctly signing them in to the hall and staying with the visitor at all times.

 

Is it possible to be accommodated alone in one bedroom?

Answer: Due to space limitations we cannot offer single accommodation. All bedrooms are shared between 2 or 3 students, depending on the building.

 

I paid the reservation fee for Fall housing and learned I will be studying abroad in Fall. Am I eligible for a refund of the reservation fee?

The reservation fees for returning students might be refunded if the student sends an official email request prior to the deadline which is May 1st of every year. For new students the reservation fees are non-refundable.

 

What are new incoming students provided with in their apartment?

All apartments are fully furnished with TV, furniture, kitchen appliances. In addition, all new incoming students are provided with one Pillow, one pillow case, one fitted bed sheet, one flat bed sheet, and one towel.

 

I will graduate this semester and I want to stay in my room for few weeks after graduation. Is it possible?

Unfortunately we cannot house students after they have graduated. Students have 48 hours after their graduation ceremony to check out of the residence halls.

 

Why do I have to PED in/out every time?

The Community Living Standards mandates that residents use their PED to register their entry and exit of the residence halls. It is an important security measure, as only residents are issued with PEDs, and provides more convenience than signing in and out manually.

 

Can I have overnight visitors?

No overnight visitors are permitted. Visitation hours are posted in the residence hall lobbies. After visitation hours, you can host a visitor in your building’s social room but must remain with them at all times. No one is permitted to sleep in the social room.

 

Is it possible I can bring my own refrigerator?

Refrigerators no larger than 2 cubic meters, one meter in height and 1.5 amps are also allowed.

 

I don’t want to keep a big TV cabinet in my apt can I remove?

All QF furniture must remain in the room in which it is originally located. Housing and Residence Life does not provide storage facilities for furniture.

 

Do you have separate housing for married student?

At this moment in time we cannot house graduate or married students on campus. We will assist in referrals if possible.

 

I have a medical problem is it possible I can bring my own mattress?

All furnishings provided by QF, including mattresses, bed ends and bed springs, must remain in the room/apartment/common areas unless specifically authorized by the Residence Hall Director in writing.

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