Key tips for first year students
University Hostels or residential colleges are the choice for most first year students.
Fiji National University provides outsourced cafeteria where students can choose many variety of meals based on preferences. You will share bathrooms, common rooms but have your own room as your sanctuary and study place. In most cases they are on, or are short walks from, campus, and all have active social programs. When it is time to study, hostels provide a supportive and encouraging platform.
It is the friendships you can make – from anywhere – in hostels that can help enrich and define your time at university or at tech. Most of the others in hostels or halls are in the same position as you will be, first year students in a new city. It’s exciting. Hostels give you a good introduction to everything and make you feel part of university life.
Hostels comes with real costs
There is a significant cost to halls of residence or hostels. A year can cost between $2,000 – $3,000 for accommodation rooms only.
Some of the costs can be covered by a Student Allowance. This is a payment provided by the government (TELS) to help with your living expenses while you study. It’s money that you don’t have to pay back now. You usually need to be studying one full-time course at one education provider to get a student allowance, and pass to keep it but all this will need to be paid back eventually when you start working.
Living in a hostel is definitely something that you will need to work out with your parents. It can be a big commitment for you and your family.
Apply early for your hostel or Accommodation space
You need to apply for a hostel or residential college after you are accepted into a course/program at university. You need to be enrolled and produce an enrollment receipt and program invoice statement. Applications for hostel space need to be made as early January each calendar year.
Get onto it – it is better to apply and secure a room rather than delay and take your chances on long waiting lists. Applications require a reference from your school as well as all your other details, and it’s important that you know this has been done and can accompany your application.
Keep asking if you don’t get in
If you don’t get in first time around, don’t give up. Quite a number of prospective students change their minds in December and January, resulting in places becoming available to students on the waiting lists. Visits to hostels can be arranged if wanted, and these can be organized through the respective institution’s accommodation office.
How do I get my meals?
There are outsourced cafeterias available in all campus and students can buy their meals of their choices however with limited operational hours.
What do I need to bring with me?
This will vary depending on what you decided to get such as your belongings, towel etc. Other facilities will be supplied by your accommodation provider once you have secured an accommodation space.
How do I pay for my university arranged accommodation?
Payments can be made to our BSP accounts. Full payment instructions are provided with your offer, including the dates you’ll need to pay your fees by.
On Campus Housing
The Halls of Residence are provided through 9 campuses, 7 in the Central Division (Koronivia, Nasinu, Pasifika, Hoodless, Samabula, Public Health and Nursing School) and 2 in the Western Division (Lautoka and McGregor).
The main motive of the department is to move forward, raise the standard of our services and ensure that we promote quality services to the students.
LIVING IN A COMMUNITY
Community is defined as a group of people living in the same locality and under the same government. Residents at Fiji National University have chosen to become part of a large community of people who work hard to foster personal, spiritual and educational growth. Within the residence halls you become members of a smaller community that share much more than common facilities.
Students are encouraged to be responsible for their individual actions as well as for the way the community functions as a whole. Inherent in any community is basic responsibilities for all members; these guidelines are outlined as follows:
The Basic Responsibilities of All Residents: A Social Contract
- To treat other residents with respect and consideration
- To understand all policies and regulations necessary for the hall community to function, and to abide by those rules
- To be responsive to all reasonable requests of fellow residents
- To be responsive and cooperative in all dealings with residence hall and University staff members
- To accept responsibility for personal and community safety – refrain from misusing safety equipment, propping open locked doors, losing or forgetting room keys
- To recognize that public areas and their furnishings belong to everyone, and abuse of those areas violates the rights of the community
We ask that each resident abide by the previously stated social contract to ensure that the needs of all students are taken into account.
Eligibility for on-campus
Be enrolled full-time for the forthcoming semester (with the enrolment fee paid and, for first year students, in receipt of an acceptance letter).
Be eligible for an NTS scholarship or a TELS study allowance as per the 2019 “Study Where You Live” policy.
Be studying at the campus where the hostel is located.
New applications must apply for a room in the Halls of Residence are to be made to the Manager Accommodation on email email@example.com, no later than 8th February of each calendar year. Late application will only be considered on the availability of the rooms.
Continuing students must apply for a room before 31st December 2020 via email to Manager Accommodation email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only enrolled students shall be entitled to reside in the halls of residence.
All applicants will be advised whether they have been allocated a place in hostel by 15th February 2021.
ALLOCATION FOR HOSTEL ROOMS
The following priority allocation system applies to all hostels except for Pasifika, McGregor, Falekau and Hoodless House.
- 1st priority: first year students (18 years and above) and registered disabled students (where the University can make reasonable adjustments to ensure student safety).
- FNU Accommodation welcomes and supports the applications from students with disabilities or those with medical and support needs, however, placement will depend on whether the University can make reasonable adjustments to ensure student safety. (Students must declare their disability.)
- All students under the age of 18, require their parents to complete the parental consent section of the accommodation application form.
- All students with disabilities and under the age of 18 will be accommodated on the ground floor for safety reasons.
- 2nd priority: second year students.
- 3rd priority: final year students.
- 4th priority: all other eligible students.
The following Priority allocation system is for Pasifika, McGregor and Hoodless House:
- 1st priority: MBBS students in fourth, fifth and sixth year on clinical attachment.
- 2nd priority and below: as per standard priority allocation system starting with first year students, etc.
The University reserves the right to set aside a limited number of hostel places for regional students, as per a sponsorship agreement with their government of funding agency.
Any hostel rooms unallocated after 15th February will be available to any enrolled student, on a first come, first served basis.
Fees & Charges
Accommodation rates for 2021 are as below.
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2021 Academic Term Dates
Undergraduate Programmes will be offered in Semester Mode for all Continuing and New Intake. View Academic term Dates here.
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- Additional daily charges for accommodation will be incurred for every day before and after the above semester accommodation dates.
- No refund is payable if the vacated room is not filled after a withdrawal.
A deposit of $100.00 is required to secure a room; it is credited to the student’s room account at the Accommodation Office. Only returning students who have paid the deposit are eligible to check-in in the room. Caution fee for returning students are refundable depending on the student (refunding each semester or after completing their study).
Residents who damage facilities in the hall or in their rooms shall be charged on the depreciated value with labour cost from the caution fee. If the amount exceeds the student shall pay the balance minus caution fee.
Residence Hall Facilities
Any area or space other than individual student rooms is known as a common or public area. These include hallways, lounges, lobbies, stairways, bathrooms, etc. Residents jointly share responsibility for the condition of common areas. Since all residents have the right to use public areas you are reminded to be courteous of each other’s rights to those facilities. TV and lounge space usage is on a first come first served basis. Common lounges and equipment can be reserved at any time for special programs or activities by signing up in advance with the staff member on duty.
Furniture such as tables, chairs or hall equipment are for use in the common areas only. Please do not remove anything from the lounges or kitchenettes that does not belong to you. If you bring personal items into the common areas, please take them with you when you leave. The University is not responsible for loss of stolen items.
HOSTELs COMMITMENT TO RECYCLING
The Fiji National University is sensitive of the need to recycle. All sorted and/or mixed paper (colored or white), magazines, books and cardboard is acceptable for recycling. Large brown recycling containers/box are located near your blocks.
Shared kitchenettes are provided in each residence hall. These areas are equipped with sinks, refrigerators/coolers, microwave ovens, and ironing boards for your use. Because so many residents use the kitchenettes they must be cleaned up immediately after use. Students are prohibited from cooking or use any other electrical appliances.
Each residence hall has a laundry areas equipped with washers and dryers, for resident’s laundry needs. Residents must supply their own soap, etc. The cost per machine/wash load is posted in each laundry area. The main laundry rooms in each building are considered shared by all residents unless otherwise posted. The student must pay to finance and obtain a receipt and submit to Housekeeper to use the facilities.
Laundry facilities are available to students on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the rates payable through the M-Paisa platform at each Campus Residential Office or to the Finance office. The housekeeper shall provide services upon submission of the receipt. Students also have the option to get their laundry done outside on their own
Personal mail can be received at the hostel, on the respective campus address. Mail for residents would be kept at the office of the Housekeeper/ Hostel Supervisors, and should be collected from them. They may advise residents by email, of any mail arriving on their name. All residents are encouraged to activate and check their Fiji National University student e-mail accounts.
PHONE FACILITIES SERVICE
The University does not provide any public telephone service. Residents are encouraged to carry their own mobile phones.
You are requested to use the shower rooms on your floor only. Failure to be sensitive to this can create inconveniences for others. You are expected to treat these facilities with respect so that all floor members will have the benefit of a clean, problem-free area. Please report leaks, floods or any other problems to the residence staff member on duty.
IN-ROOM TECHNOLOGY SERVICE
Residence hall is equipped with Digital Fiji Wi-Fi. This will allow students to connect to the World Wide Web through the University’s own network. Information Technology Services is available to all resident students to assist with technological problems within the halls. All residents are required to activate and check their Fiji National University student e-mail accounts.
Local Cable Service (Wilesi channels) is provided in each residence hall common rooms.
STUDENT HEALTH CARE SERVICE
FNU does not provide health care services. However, sick bays are maintained at all residences, which students can use if they do not feel well. Students who are ill should seek medical assistance promptly. Residents are advised to immediately inform their RA or the Warden when they encounter health problems or need assistance. Housekeepers or Matrons or Wardens should be contacted if there is a need for emergency medical evacuation from the halls to Government medical facilities. All FNU students are entitled to consultation and medication from any Government medical Centre. Sponsored students are encouraged to arrange for medical expenses with their sponsors.
SECURITY SERVICE AND CCTV SURVEILLANCE
Fiji National University employs 24 x 7 monitoring security officers who will make every effort to ensure the safety and security of all residents, staff, equipment and facilities on campuses. Security services are outsourced on some campuses. Residents must adhere to the University’s security policy. Some hostels are under CCTV monitor surveillance.
The University aims to ensure that residents experience minimum stress or other forms of bother that can unsettle students. In circumstances where students need help with dealing with any such matter, or, which they feel the need to talk to a trusted person, they should contact their Warden or Matron or the Manager Hostel. Wardens, Matrons and Accommodation Managers are residents’ most immediate and trusted support personnel at the Hostels. If necessary, they will arrange for professional counseling.
Fire Safety Regulations & Emergency Evacuations
FIRE SAFETY REGULATIONS
Open flame sources such as candles burners, coils, incense, bottled gas appliances, lanterns and the like are prohibited in residence hall rooms.
No cooking is allowed in Hostel premises at any point in time.
Students should know all of their choices of exits and stairways, before they actually need to use them in an emergency. All residents must vacate the building when the fire alarm is sounded during a fire or fire drill. Evacuation procedures are explained below and posted on your floor. Any person who willfully sounds the fire alarm or tampers with any fire equipment without cause will be subject to severe disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution and may be suspended from the residence halls.
IN CASE OF FIRE…
If you discover a fire in your building
- Do not endanger yourself, get out of the building as soon as possible
- Activate/Pull the fire alarm station on your way out of the building
- Be sure to leave the surrounding area of the building and report to the Hostel Supervisor/Student resident assistant
- Please be cooperative and follow instructions from OHS staff or University personnel
The Accommodation Department in conjunction with the OHS and the Student Resident assistant conducts fire drills. Student participation is mandatory at all drills. You must evacuate the building IMMEDIATELY when the fire alarm sounds. It is the sole responsibility of the student to evacuate whenever an alarm sounds. The University advises all residents to familiarize themselves with the location of fire extinguishers, fire alarm boxes and fire exits.
Response Team and Hostel Evacuation locations
EMERGENCY EVACUATION CENTRES
Prepare and determine in advance the nearest exit from your work location and the route you shall follow to reach that exit in an emergency. Emergency evacuation signage is posted in buildings. Building occupants should become familiar with evacuation routes and assembly points. Establish an alternate route to be used in the event your route is blocked or unsafe.
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HOLIDAY DECORATIONS AND LIGHTING
Many residents like to decorate their rooms and/or doors during the holidays. While this adds to the festive mood of the residence halls, we must be cautious with regards to fire safety regulations. lighting is a fire hazard and are not permitted anywhere in the residence halls.
FIREARMS, WEAPONS, FIREWORKS, EXPLOSIVES AND FLAMMABLES
The possession of or use of any firearm, weapon, deadly weapon or other dangerous or flammable material is strictly prohibited on the Fiji National University campus. Violations of this policy will result in suspension from Hostel.
Deadly weapons are defined to be any firearm, knife or other substance or thing which, in the manner it is used, intended to be used, or threatened to be used, is known to be capable of producing death or serious bodily injury. Violation of this policy will result in a disciplinary hearing and/or legal prosecution.
HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS
During the academic year, monthly health and safety inspections will be conducted in each room of each hall. These inspections are conducted by members of the Hostel Supervisor, Student Resident assistant and accompanied by Security, with the intent of insuring that all health and safety precautions are being taken. Any violation of University policy, neglect or damage to a room or area, or other activities, which are noted, will be processed in accordance to policies outlined in this HOR Regulation.
FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Each of the residence halls is equipped with a variety of safety equipment. This equipment, which includes such items as fire extinguishers, exit signs, and emergency lights, is not to be tampered with at any time. Abusing these items is subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, dismissal from housing.
1.0 ACCOMODATION SECTION EMERGENCY CONTACTS.
2.0 EMERGENCY PHONE CONTACTS
2.1 The following numbers can be contacted.
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2.2 Utility Company Contacts
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