Unlike any other urban community college in the state, Rose State proudly offers exclusive, on-campus, apartment-style housing for students. We spoke with Alyssa Loveless, Coordinator of Residence Life, to learn more about what makes The Village the best housing option for students at Rose State.
Throughout the month of April, Rose State hosts Spring into Enrollment events where prospective students can fill out an application to be admitted, meet with an advisor, tour the campus, and fill out a housing application and contract at The Village. Tours of The Village are available any time, but it’s smart to take advantage of these Spring into Enrollment events where you can have a personal session with an advisor and get a comprehensive look at the campus as well. “It’s essentially a one-stop-shop for new students,” Loveless says.
Can’t make it to a Spring into Enrollment event? You haven’t missed your chance. During the summer, The Village at Rose State will host Thursday Preview Days. In July, the model apartment will be open for tours, and staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.
The Village’s annual Welcome Back Bash will be August 19-21, the weekend before the fall semester begins. Join the Residence Life staff and other new students and their families for a move-in celebration, along with barbecues and outdoor games. For current students, The Village will host outdoor games, events and programming all summer long.
Can I choose who I live with? How are roommates selected?
Yes! If you and another Rose State student have agreed to live together, you must both list each other as your desired roommate on your housing application. Staff members are able to accommodate most requests. The Village also has a process to match you with a roommate, if desired. “You’ll fill out a questionnaire with your lifestyle preferences, including sleep schedule, study habits, cleanliness, and temperature preferences, and the Residence Life staff will match you with someone who you’ll be most comfortable living with,” Loveless says.
Is The Village at Rose State close to food and shopping?
Located in the heart of Rose State’s campus, The Village is central to all that Midwest City has to offer. Recent developments along Southeast 29th Street have brought new restaurants and shopping to the area, all within minutes. You’ll be close to Target, Raising Cane’s, Pei Wei, McAlister’s, Cheddars, and more. Along Sooner Road in Del City, attractions include The Garage, Ted’s Café Escondido, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Plus, The Village is only a seven-minute drive to downtown Oklahoma City, so you’ll be close to the nightlife in Bricktown, too.
What amenities are available?
The clubhouse at The Village at Rose State offers a 24/7 laundromat, a pool table, ping pong, foosball, and three large televisions for you to watch movies or Thunder games.
What safety measures are in place at The Village?
The Village is completely gated, with card-operated vehicle gates as well as pedestrian gates along the perimeter fence line. “Each individual bedroom within the apartments has its own unique key that will also unlock the apartment’s main door, so you only have to worry about keeping up with one key for both doors, but your individual belongings are kept safe,” Loveless says.
Campus security, contracted through G4S, patrols campus continuously and is on-call 24/7. The Midwest City Police Department also patrols campus daily, and police officers are on site at The Village until the late night hours. “Our students know these officers, and they know they can call them 24/7 if they need assistance or help in any way,” Loveless says. In the event of inclement weather, The Village has a community safe room with capacity for all 180 residents and staff.
Freshman Criminal Justice major Olivia Henderson-Green says the proximity of the brand new facilities enticed her to live at The Village at Rose State once she enrolled in classes, but it was the people she found there who truly affirmed her decision. “It’s been so fun meeting new people at The Village. I’ve been able to connect with people I might not normally connect with, and it’s been good to build those relationships.”
Residence Life Coordinator Alyssa Loveless echoes her sentiments. “Living at The Village gives students that sense of community. They’re at the center of all that’s happening on campus. They’re close to their peers, close to their classes, and they can have that true college experience that people look back on. Eventually, they can transfer to a four-year institution and continue that college experience, but it starts here.”
Loveless is quick to point out that living on campus puts you in the heart of the college experience.
“Living here, you’re getting to know your neighbors. You can knock on someone’s door – a fellow classmate – and ask for homework help or just to hang out. It’s not an experience you can get anywhere else. The Village gives our students that home touch, and here, they have the support and mentorship from the residents and staff to help them achieve their goals – that’s the reason they’re here in the first place.”
Interested in living at The Village? Learn more here.