Housing and Resident Life
Living on campus is a wonderful opportunity to meet undergraduates from all of Education City’s branch campuses. The HBKU residence life program is dedicated to fostering a diverse and vibrant living and learning experience. For many Georgetown students, the residence hall community becomes one of the most exciting and stimulating places on campus. Student housing is available to all full-time students, and about one third of all Georgetown students choose to live on campus.
The HBKU Housing and Residence Life staff helps provide a warm and intellectually invigorating environment, working with students to plan educational, social, and recreational activities. Popular events include movie nights, intramural competitions, potlucks, and guest speakers.
Housing Complex Options
HBKU residence halls are located within the grounds of Education City. Male and female students live in separate apartment blocks. Each residence hall floor will have a community kitchen and laundry rooms with lounges for study and social space.
There are four room options: a residence hall room and three apartment styles. All freshmen will be assigned a “residence hall room” and their rooms will be grouped together. For non-freshmen, apartments consist of studio, one and two bedroom apartments.
Each student will have their own private bedroom (even in a 2 bedroom apartment), bathroom, TV and refrigerator. Only the apartments have a kitchen in the unit.
Married student housing is also available upon request.
First time applicants are required to pay a refundable damage deposit of QR. 2,000,which also acts as a reservation fee. The balance is due to Qatar Foundation prior to move-in.
On-Campus Housing Costs 2017-2018:
Security Deposit (Refundable) 2,000 QR.
Annual Housing Fee (10 months) 17,680 to 23,880 QR.
Summer Housing Fees (2 months) 563 to 734 QR. per week
How to Apply for Housing
This is a 2-step process. First, Georgetown needs to verify that you are a student. Once this is done, students will shortly receive an email from StarRez. You should respond to the instructions sent by the StarRez system.
Information for students who do not live in Qatar will automatically be provided to HBKU Housing and Residence Life (HRL). HRL will then send information to your Georgetown email with instructions for completing your housing application through their StarRez system.
Students who live in Qatar who wish to live in the residence halls should go to the following site to access the link to request housing. Please note that this is not the application for housing. This information will then be passed on to HRL who will send you a link to their StarRez system.
Applying for Housing
Please click on this Link in order to start the application process for HBKU Residence Halls. Please note that after submitting your information here, you will receive an email from HBKU directing you to their StarRez system. You must follow the instructions emailed to you in order to reserve a space.
For information on housing, please go to: https://hbku.edu.qa/en/life-hbku/hbku-student-housing
For inquiries about student housing, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I request a roommate?
Only the 2-bedroom apartment has an option for a roommate, but keep in mind that freshmen are not eligible for an apartment. Please contact HBKU residence hall staff at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Do I have the option of requesting on campus housing for one semester?
Yes. Students should be sure to indicate that on their housing application and may be contacted by Housing and Residence Life for additional information.
I am interested in living on campus year-round. Can you give me details on housing for summer and winter break periods?
Students who require on-campus housing during the break between the semesters and during the summer will pay a weekly rate for housing. If they have a previously assigned room during the school year, they may be able to remain in the room during the winter break. Depending on their housing plans for the following academic year, a student may need to move rooms during summer housing. In order to have housing during these breaks, students must fill out a winter break housing form, or they will need to sign up for summer housing by a certain date. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on break housing.
What are laundry facilities like in the QF residence halls?
There are self-service laundry machines in each of the residence halls. There is no paid laundry service. If students wish to arrange for laundry service, they must do so on their own.
Is there housekeeping service in the residence halls?
The HBKU residence hall housekeeping staff maintains the cleanliness of common areas but does not clean individual rooms or apartments. If students wish to arrange for housekeeping, they must do so on their own.
What appliances are allowed in the rooms?
It’s probably easier to cover a list of what is not permitted. 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. A small refrigerator is already provided in each room. If you have questions about a specific appliance you are considering purchasing, please contact your residence hall director directly or Housing and Residence Life at email@example.com.
How do I make a Wire Transfer?
Please use the following information: list the student’s full name and student ID number. Indicate the purpose of the transfer (i.e. housing deposit; housing fall fees). Transfer the funds to the following bank and keep a copy of your receipt:
BANK: Qatar National Bank
If paying in Qatari Riyal, use the following information:
IBAN: QA19 QNBA 0000 0000 0013 0241 7100 1
If paying in US dollars, use account number: 0013-035555-061 0013-035555-061 free
SWIFT CODE: QNBAQAQA
ACCOUNT NAME: Qatar Foundation
What are students provided with in their apartment?
All apartments are fully furnished with a TV and refrigerator. 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.
If I have a medical problem, can I bring my own mattress or do I need to look for another accommodation?
All furnishings provided by HBKU housing, including mattresses, bed ends and bed springs, must remain in the room/apartment/common areas unless you have received a medical accommodation recommendation. Please contact the HBKU Housing and Residence Life office for a medical accommodation sheet which must be completed by an attending physician.