Studebaker East will be reopening in the Fall of 2012.  However, due to delays beyond the control of Housing & Residence Life, Stu East will not be able to open in August as anticipated.  Until Stu East is ready to open, students and staff will be living in Botsford & Swinford Halls in the Johnson Complex (pictured above right).

Below is the press release issued by University Marketing & Communications with more information.  We thank you for your continued patience, and we look forward to a great year with you!


Press Release 

For Immediate Release
July 3, 2012


Studebaker East Residence Hall Move-In Delayed

Studebaker East Residence Hall was to be turned over to Ball State on March 31, 2012. The contractor has yet to return the building to the university and is still working to complete its work. The university had planned to have from April until move-in to clean, furnish, and prepare the building for residents. There is now insufficient time to have the building ready for August.

“We are very disappointed about the delay,” said Randy Howard, vice president for business affairs. “We have completed more than 15 new buildings and major building renovations in the last eight years. It’s a source of pride for us that each of those has been completed on time. This is the first time a building has not been ready for students on schedule.”

Returning students that were anticipated to reside in Studebaker East now have two choices. They may choose to be assigned to Botsford or Swinford Hall, and then moved into Studebaker East when it is ready. As an acknowledgment for their inconvenience, students that choose this option will pay lower Botsford and Swinford rates for the entire academic year. Botsford and Swinford Hall will be $8,870 for a 21-meal plan while Studebaker East would be $9,188 for a 21-meal plan. These residents will also receive assistance with moving to Studebaker East including free moving boxes and materials and movers who will move their packed belongings, by appointment.

As an alternative, students may request another residence hall and room type by July 13, 2012. Housing and Residence Life will do its best to accommodate requests for reassignment, as space is available.

“Our priority is on our students,” said Kay Bales, vice president for student affairs. “This is obviously not the outcome we wanted, but we are doing all we can to diminish the inconvenience, increase options, and make the logistics of a mid-year move as smooth as possible. We are excited about the renovated Studebaker East and I’m confident that when the students arrive they will be as well.”

Affected returning students will be notified via USPS letters arriving as early as today. They must respond with their preference no later than July 13, 2012 via email to, phone at (765) 285-8000, or personal visit in LaFollette, N-10. The Housing and Residence Life Office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Returning students who do not respond will be assigned to Botsford and Swinford Halls and subsequently moved to Studebaker East when it is ready.

Approximately 180 returning students and 200 new students will be affected. New students assigned to Botsford and Swinford Halls and subsequently moved to Studebaker East will also pay the Botsford and Swinford rates for the year and receive moving assistance.

Botsford and Swinford Halls must be vacated by the end of 2012 so that renovations on the building can begin in January 2013.



Welcome to Studebaker East! Named after Mark E. Studebaker, former head of the business education department from 1918 to 1954, Studebaker East is an eight-story building that is home to 440 men and women.  Formerly divided into Menk and Hurlbut Halls, Stu East, as it is commonly called, opened in 1965.

Closed for renovation in Spring 2010, Stu East reopened in Fall 2012 as home to the International and Modern Languages Living-Learning Communities.