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New Student FAQs

Here are some questions we often hear from new students:

1. When do I check in? Where do I check in?

One of the most frequently asked questions pertains to move-in dates. Halls open at 1:00 pm for Journeys Trip students only on August 17, 2012. Halls open at 9 am for All Students on August 23, 2012. Check in for all students will be in front of Atwood Center or at the Campus Life Office on the 1st Floor of North Atwood. If your flight arrives prior to August 23rd, we recommend staying at one of the hotels here in Anchorage. You may check into the Residence Halls after 9:00 am on your check-in day. The Campus Life Team will be available to help you settle in.

The Campus Life staff knows and understands that relocating to a new and faraway place can be somewhat overwhelming. If you are arriving by yourself, we do offer a shuttle service from the airport on Thursday, August 23. In order for us to accommodate you with this service, make sure to email or call 907-564-8617 with your Name, Cell Phone, Airline, Flight # and Arrival Time by August 5. We will confirm your pick-up day and time a week before your arrival.

2. What if I get hungry? Where do I go to eat?

Resident Dining will open with dinner on August 23rd at 5:30 pm and you can eat as part of your meal plan. The dining center is located on the 2nd floor of the Atwood Center. If your parents or friends would like to join you they can purchase meals using cash.

3. Do I get a mailbox?

Yes, all residents will have a mailbox assigned to them prior to their arrival. Once you are assigned a mailbox you need to visit to the mailroom in the bookstore to learn more about how our mail system works. Our mailroom is a full service facility Monday through Friday and closed on the weekends. You may purchase stamps, envelopes, boxes, and mail out packages and letters. Money orders cannot be processed in the APU mailroom.

4. Can I send some of my belongings prior to my arrival?

Yes, you may send some of your things ahead of time. Make sure that they are properly packaged and sealed. Label your package with the following information:
Your Name, Alaska Pacific University, Your Mailbox Assignment (if you don’t have one assigned yet please put c/o Campus Life Office), 4101 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508.

5. What do I need to bring? May I decorate my room?

All the rooms are furnished but there are some things that you will need to supply yourself. Sheets to fit a regular size twin mattress (estimated size 36″ x 80″), blankets, pillows, comforters, shower rugs, towels, alarm clocks, and personal items. Toilet paper (North and South Atwood only) and shower curtains are provided. Talk with your roommates about stereos, TVs, CD players, tape players, etc. If you are a resident of North or South, cooking appliances such as toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, and crock-pots are not allowed. Other appliances that are not allowed include portable heaters and halogen lights. Please remember that candles and incense are not allowed in the residence halls. These items have caused fires and deaths on other campuses and are considered a dangerous fire hazard.

We feel that it is important that you personalize your space. Posters, plants, comforters, and a throw rug can help make your room feel more like home. However, we do ask that you avoid doing things that will damage the walls or woodwork. For example, transparent tape is almost impossible to clean off. Masking tape and self-adhesive hooks can be used with care. Carefully review the manufacturer’s suggestions for removing these products. Blue tape and white adhesive putty is highly recommended because of their easy removal. The question to ask yourself is whether you will be able to return your room to its previously unimaginative condition at the end of your stay. If the answer is “no”, then don’t do it.

6. May I have a refrigerator in my room? How do I get one?

Compact portable refrigerators (size may not exceed 5.0 cubic feet, 36 inches in height and 1.5 amps) are permitted. Most students rent or buy mini refrigerators (2.7 cubic feet). Refrigerators can typically be purchased at Fred Meyer’s, Costo and Walmart.

7. Can I bring weapons to campus?

Firearms, explosives, and other weapons create a potential safety hazard and, therefore, the use or possession of these items is prohibited anywhere on University property including the residence halls. Weapons include, but are not limited to, knives with blades over four inches, swords, guns, pellet guns, bows and arrows, machetes, Ninja stars, fireworks, grenades, etc.

8. Is parking available? Do I need a parking permit?

Parking is available to all students at APU. Students with vehicles are required to place a free parking sticker on your vehicle in order for the University to identify which vehicles belong to which students. Permits can be obtained through APU Campus Safety.

9. Is there anywhere to do laundry? Must I save it until I go home?

You may take all your dirty clothes home to get washed but it will probably impress your mom if you go home with clean clothes. The laundry room is located in the basement of Atwood Center and is for residents’ use only. Each load is $1.00 to wash and $1.00 to dry. These machines only take quarters. A coin exchange machine and laundry detergent machine are located inside the laundry room.  There is an additional coin exchange machine in the back lobby of Atwood Center. There is also a laundry room in Segelhorst Hall as well as in each University Village house.

10. What if I need to store something? Is there space available?

Limited storage space is available in both North and South Atwood as well as Segelhorst and University Village. Storage is free of charge and is only available to residents. Summer storage is also available, however it is limited to summer and fall residents (returning students).

11. This is my first time to Alaska—how do I find out more about Alaska & Anchorage?

To get more familiarized with this beautiful state and the town of Anchorage, please visit the following links:

The Milepost (for those of you who are driving up):
State of Alaska Webpage:
The Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Student Health Insurance: