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Parents and Families

A family's role in their student's college career is a special one. As your student continues to grow and develop, your guidance is important. We encourage you to supply them with the moral support they need as they meet the challenges of this stage of their lives. We look forward to working with you as your student engages and connects with the world in their own way as they grow throughout their time at Stetson University.

One of the major transitions that you will face as a family member, will be the way you will be able to receive information about your student's educational experience and what you are able to do on behalf of your student. FERPA is a federal act designed to protect the privacy of your student and we encourage students and families to familiarize themselves with it.

FERPA for Families

Stetson University is a home away from home for many students, facilitating opportunities that challenge our students in a safe environment. A fundamental part of the residential education experience at Stetson is that students live in communities with and learn from other students, who might be very different from themselves. That's why our assignment processes don't involve considerations of entertainment preferences, social values, political views, religious beliefs, economic background, etc. 

Stetson University is a residential liberal arts university that is entirely rooted in our values of personal growth, intellectual development and global citizenship. Our staff in Residential Living and Learning are striving to create a residential environment in which there are many opportunities for students to freely mix with one another. We ensure that there are staff and students present to provide insights and foster personal growth while in the residence halls. Residents will have numerous opportunities to be involved and engaged in a community that is grounded in learning objectives.

Two great resources for your students throughout their time at Stetson will be their Resident Assistant and Residential Life Coordinator. These individuals live in the buildings and are available to help students with any concerns as they adjust to life at Stetson. Also, feel free to reach out to the appropriate Residential Life Coordinator if you have pressing questions or concerns.

If you are ever concerned that your student's health or well-being is seriously at risk, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In emergency situations, please call the Stetson Department of Public Safety at (386) 822-7300 regardless of the time, and they will involve the appropriate university staff.

In non-emergency situations related to housing, please contact the Residential Living and Learning office at (386) 822-7201 during regular business hours and speak to the appropriate Residence Life Coordinator.

In non-emergency situations, the Dean of Students office is the main contact for parents and can be contacted at (386) 822-7473 during regular business hours.

Additional emergency resources are available from the Department of Public Safety.

All housing fees and related charges will appear on the student's financial account and can be paid through the Stetson OneStop.


Stetson University is proud both of its residential campus and its tradition of a vibrant campus community. Therefore, the university has a three-year residency requirement.

Residency Requirements

The Department of Residential Living and Learning is committed to providing a healthy, inclusive and safe environment that supports the growth and development of all students. We recognize that some residential environments and configurations may not be completely accessible to all students. Therefore, students may request consideration for their housing assignment in order to have equal access to the residential experience.

Housing Accommodations

Our residence hall rates are available online, we strive to keep these up-to-date and accurate for your reference.

Housing Rates

Stetson University is unique in allowing residents in a designated area to live with their pets. The future of the pet privilege rests on the successful administration of the policy and the willingness of students to abide by and enforce, the policy. The opportunity to bring a pet to campus is a privilege, not a right.

Animal-Friendly Housing

Frequently Asked Questions

We recognize that many students have questions as they consider on-campus housing. You are invited to review our frequently asked questions page for more assistance!

Housing FAQs