Housing and Residence Life

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • General Questions

    I want to tour the campus and see a room, how can I plan a trip?

    For pictures of our dorm rooms see the floor plans and gallery. Most campus tours throughout the year provide a tour of a double room as well as the rest of the campus. For information on planning trips and setting up a tour of the campus check out our page about visiting Seattle University.

    How do I get to Seattle University?

    For detailed travel information and tips check out our visitor's page.

    What are the Safety and Security measures and benefits of living in the Residence Halls?

    1. Very low rates of theft - electronics have walked away when students leave them unattended
    2. Residence hall Room doors close & lock automatically.
    3. Students must swipe into the building (non-office hours) and swipe into the elevators
    4. Tips for living in a city - travel in groups, keep your head up, utilize Public Safety escorts, note the blue light emergency phones around campus, and use the Nighthawk service
    5. Front Desks are open Monday-Friday 8am-10pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm
    6. Public Safety staff sits at the front desks from 8pm to 4am, and patrol the halls 24 hours a day.

    My computer (or Internet) is not working correctly. What is wrong?

    To get personal help with computer, internet, and network or network login problems, contact OIT Helpdesk at helpdesk@seattleu.edu or browse the online help.

    What can I bring to campus?

    Bring: Sheets (XL are recommended), blankets and comforter, pillow and pillowcase, mattress pad (if needed), towels, hangers, desk lamp, alarm clock, laundry bag.

    Please do not bring: everything you own, anything flammable, cooking appliances, weapons, halogen lamps, space heaters, toaster ovens, microwave/refrigerator (already provided)

    Please discuss with your roommate(s) who will bring: TV, stereo, etc.

    How will the application process work? Where can I find all the general housing information I need to know in one place?

    Check out the Guide to Residence Hall Living for a great collection of important and helpful information about living on campus for the coming year.

    I cannot pay my bill right now. What is the policy regarding payments?

    All University payments go through Student Financial Services (SFS). For questions or concerns about your ability to make payments and learn how to go about paying your bill, contact SFS at financialservices@seattleu.edu or (206) 220-8020. To discuss the meaning behind certain housing related charges, contact our office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

    Can I store my belongings on campus over the summer until I get back to school in the fall?

    No, the University does not provide any on campus storage options due to our various events, cleaning of facilities, and high occupancy over the summer. Students are encouraged to use local storage options and find one that best fits your needs.

    What are your policies on alcohol?

    Students under the age of 21 or with roommates under the age of 21 may not possess, consume, furnish, manufacture, sell, exchange or otherwise distribute alcohol. Find more details on this policy and more in the Resident Handbook.

    What are your policies on visitation?

    All non-residents of a particular residence hall must be escorted by a current resident of that residence hall whenever present in the building. Given the values of Seattle University, cohabitation is not permitted in University residence halls or apartments. Only guests of the same gender and in a non-amorous relationship with their resident hosts are permitted to stay overnight in the residence halls. It is expected that students will get the permission of their roommate(s) before inviting overnight guests to stay on-campus, as well as inform their Resident Assistant and the front desk of their hall. Overnight guests may not stay more than three consecutive nights without express permission of the Resident Director of the hall. More details of this policy can be found in the Resident Handbook.

    Can I bring a car? Can I bring a bike? What are the public transportation options?

    First year students are not allowed to bring cars to campus and will not be given a parking pass. Second-year students and older can purchase a parking pass from the office of Public Safety and Transportation located in the University Services building.

    Students are allowed to bring bikes and we provide both outdoor and covered bike racks. We recommend using a U-lock to lock your bike and registering your bike with Public Safety.

    There are bus stops on just about every corner and the Campus Assistance Center (aka "The CAC", located in the Student Center) checks out free daily bus passes. In addition, Public Safety sells discounted bus passes.

    What if my property is stolen? Does the University offer Property Insurance?

    No, The University’s property insurance only covers property that is owned by the University. It does not cover damage to students' personal property. It is highly recommended that students insure their own personal property via their parent’s homeowners insurance or a renters/tenants insurance policy. It is important to confirm with your homeowner’s insurance carrier that student’s property (including computers and other electronics) will be fully covered for loss while housed outside of the family dwelling.

    The University assumes no legal obligation to pay for loss of or damage to items of student’s personal property occurring on campus, however, it is important to report any lost or stolen items to Public Safety to help prevent theft in the future and increase the chances of having your item(s) returned.

    For your reference, the following is a list of insurance companies that specialize in renters/tenants insurance to college students. Please note that the University does not endorse any of the companies listed below:

    National Student Services, Inc. http://www.nssi.com
    CSI Insurance Agency http://www.collegestudentinsurance.com

    "I'm planning an event for this summer that requires a few nights housing, I was wondering if SU allows the use of its residence halls during the summer to outside parties and what the price would be?"

    Please contact Conference and Event Services (CES) at (206) 296-2545 or visit their website. That office manages the residence halls over the summers and is able to work with groups to provide accommodations.

     

    Housing Policies

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    How can I be exempt from the Housing Requirement as a freshman/sophomore?

    There are several reasons why a student might be exempt from the Housing Requirement. For more details, see at our Housing Policy. If you have further questions, contact our Housing Office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

    How do I cancel my housing?

    For detailed information on how to cancel your housing at the University and to avoid cancellation fees, look at our Cancellation Fees and Timeline.

    I need to move off campus, how do I go about doing that?

    All information regarding a housing release request can be found on our website. Mid-year housing releases are only approved for certain reasons so make sure you are also well acquainted with the Housing Cancellation Policy and was also Section D of the Housing Agreement you signed for the academic year. For more information see our Housing Policy.

    Housing Applications

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    I was just accepted, do I get housing?

    Freshmen and sophomores are guaranteed housing, so please apply on the myHousing Portal as soon as possible. Upperclassmen are not guaranteed housing however they are encouraged to apply. If we are currently working off of an extensive waitlist for the upperclassmen housing units, we are sometimes able to place willing students in our other residence halls (Bellarmine, Campion, Chardin, Xavier). Upperclassmen can also email our office to request resources to aid their search for off-campus housing. If for any reason you are having issue accessing the portal above to submit an application, please contact our office at (206) 296-6305.

    How will the application process work? Where can I find all the general housing information I need to know in one place?

    Check out the Guide to Residence Hall Living for a great collection of important and helpful information about living on campus for the coming year.

    How do I apply for housing?

    Students can apply for housing through the myHousing Portal. For more information see Applying for Housing.

    I am having trouble logging into the myHousing Portal. Why is my username/password incorrect?

    For most students, your SU ID number is required in the first field followed by the password used for SU Online/MySU services. On rare occasions or for first time users one's SU ID number may need to be entered in both fields.

    What options are available to me?

    Freshmen typically live in one of our traditional residence halls: Campion, Bellarmine, or Xavier. These rooms are usually double occupancy, and include bed and mattress, desk and chair, wardrobe, sink, shelving Internet access, cable TV, and all utilities. Residence Hall floors are usually co-ed, but contain single sex bedrooms. Many of the residence hall buildings also include: lounges with kitchenettes and TVs, an educational Center equipped with a computer lab, study rooms, and presentation space, a community kitchen, laundry room, vacuum and recreational equipment checkout services. See more about Housing Options and On-Campus Services and Amenities.

    Can I see a room?

    Students stay in Bellarmine Hall during summer orientation. All rooms in Campion, Bellarmine, or Xavier are approximately the same square footage, and have the same furniture. Tours of other buildings and rooms are not available outside of SU preview days.

    I am studying abroad - how can I secure housing for my return?

    Students who plan to return to Seattle University after studying abroad can fill out a housing application prior to their return. We usually recommend that students fill out a housing application a month or so prior to their return. Students should also be aware that while we do our best to honor your preferences for housing placement is based on what is available.

    Can I live on campus without being a student?

    Unfortunately, we do not have the housing capacity to offer housing to non-SU students.

    However, the Douglas Apartments are university affiliated and directly adjacent to our campus and they sublease to non-SU students over the summers. Contact their leasing office at (206) 860-3024, email them at info@theDouglasatSeattleU.com or visit their website at www.theDouglasatSeattleU.com

    Additionally, there are a number of resources we provide to our upperclassmen students searching for off-campus options that we can provide that request. This includes a list of apartment buildings, websites, and other recommendations.

    "I'm planning on getting married/am married; can my wife/husband/betrothed and I live together on campus?"

    Unfortunately, SU does not offer any family housing. Although men and women can live on the same floor of a residence hall, they cannot share a room. However, if you are a first or second year student and are married then you are exempt from living on-campus; therefore you and your wife/husband may reside together off campus. Visit the myHousing Portal and fill out the Housing Release Request.

     

    Housing Assignments

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    When are Housing Assignments sent out for incoming freshmen?

    All new and incoming freshmen will receive your Housing Assignments via email on August 5th (see more Important Dates). If you are not a freshman or missed the application deadline, your Housing Assignment may come at a later date.

    Can I change or request a new roommate?

    We will e-mail your room assignment and roommate information after the final Summer Orientation, around August 5th. In the meantime, if you identify someone from your Learning Community that you would like to room with, please let us know during this orientation session or by sending us an e-mail (housing@seattleu.edu) by July 20th. Please know that roommates must be mutually requested, meaning we must hear from all parties involved. Additionally, if requesting a roommate who is not in your LC, that means one of you must switch Learning Communities; switching LCs is dependent on space available and if you have any linked courses. Read the above for more information about requesting to change LCs.

    What happens if roommates do not get along?

    We encourage roommates to communicate over the summer about sleep habits, study habits, favorite bands, etc. We spend considerable time matching roommates based on their responses to the housing form. During the first week, roommates will sign a roommate agreement form outlining their agreed upon expectations for their living situation. This includes questions about noise & activity level as well as what students are willing to share; this is a tool to help get residents communicating about their expectations. Resident Assistants are there to help mediate conflicts and will refer to the original roommate agreement if applicable. Learning to live with someone is an important life skill, and we provide both student and professional staff support to residents as they navigate this challenge.

    Can I change my room?

    It is possible to change rooms under certain circumstances. For more details check out our Room Change Request Policy.

    Can I change my Learning Community?

    Your Learning Community (LC) placement is based on your listed preferences, and many of you have linked courses associated with that particular LC. If you do not have a linked course (which you can check in the HRL office), you may email our office at housing@seattleu.edu to request a change to your LC which will be honored as space permits. The Housing & Residence Life office does not impact student schedules and New Student Registration generally does not change academic course schedules based on LC change requests. Therefore, we cannot change the Learning Communities of students placed in linked courses.

    I put in a room change request - when will I hear back?

    Our office has been processing those requests as space has been available and as they have been received. Any changes that can be made will be reflected in the periodic housing update emails. You will be notified of your final placement and roommate before you arrive on-campus.

    How can I contact my roommate?

    You can use your roommate's name to search for them in the Global Address Book of SU. This can be done by logging onto your SU email and searching them in the 'Find Someone' bar. Many students have also been successful in finding their roommate on Facebook. There is also usually a group for each graduating class where you could meet not only your roommate but other students as well.

     

    Special Accommodations

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    "I have a medical condition/disability that requires special accommodations in the residence halls, what steps do I need to take to get those?"

    We work closely with the Office of Disability Services and follow the recommendations of their office. Please contact Rich Okamoto at Disability Services at (206) 296-5740 or at okamotr@seattleu.edu to discuss your accommodations for the residence halls and any other support you may need on-campus. Accommodations can include (but are not limited to) things like: a single room, access to a handicap-accessible bathroom, etc. Please discuss with Rich what you think you will need to be successful at Seattle University.

     

    New Students

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    I was just accepted - Do I get housing?

    Freshmen and sophomores are guaranteed housing, so please apply on the myHousing portal as soon as possible. Upperclassmen are not guaranteed housing however they are encouraged to apply. If we are currently working off of an extensive waitlist for the upperclassmen housing units, we are sometimes able to place willing students in our other residence halls (Bellarmine, Campion, Chardin, Xavier). Upperclassmen can also email our office to request resources to aid their search for off-campus housing. If for any reason you are having issue accessing the portal above to submit an application, please contact our office at (206) 296-6305.

    How will the application process work? Where can I find all the general housing information I need to know in one place?

    Check out the Guide to Residence Hall Living for a great collection of important and helpful information about living on campus for the coming year.

    I am having trouble logging into the myHousing Portal. Why is my username/password incorrect?

    For most students, your SU ID number is required in the first field followed by the password used for SU Online/MySU services. On rare occasions one's SU ID number may need to be entered in both fields.

    I want to tour the campus and see a room, how can I plan a trip?

    To see pictures of our dorm rooms see the floor plans and gallery. Most campus tours throughout the year provide a tour of a double room as well as the rest of the campus. For information on planning trips and setting up a tour of the campus check out our page about visiting Seattle University.

    What should I bring to campus?

    Bring: Sheets (XL are recommended), blankets and comforter, pillow and pillowcase, mattress pad (if needed), towels, hangers, desk lamp, alarm clock, laundry bag.

    Please do not bring: everything you own, anything flammable, cooking appliances, weapons, halogen lamps, space heaters, toaster ovens, microwave/refrigerator (already provided)

    Please discuss with your roommate(s) who will bring: TV, stereo, etc.

    *Coffee makers with auto shut off are permitted.

    I put in a room change request - when will I hear back?

    Our office has been processing those requests as space has been available and as they have been received. Any changes that can be made will be reflected in the periodic housing update emails. You will be notified of your final placement and roommate before you arrive on-campus.

    How can I contact my roommate?

    You can use your roommate's name to search for them in the Global Address Book of SU. This can be done by logging onto your SU email and searching them in the 'Find Someone' bar. Many students have also been successful in finding their roommate on Facebook. There is also usually a group for each graduating class where you could meet not only your roommate but other students as well.

    Can I move in early?

    Early arrival requests were due on August 13th. Any late submissions may be subject to a $25 processing fee in addition to the $35/night charge if approved. Early arrivals are generally approved for students traveling internationally or from Hawaii, and for students involved in campus affiliated activities such as student employment/leadership, academic commitments, or athletic teams. If the latter applies to you make sure your supervisor/coach/hosting department contacts our office on your behalf. The early arrival request form can be found on the myHousing portal under 'Housing Forms' and further questions about this process can be directed to our office at housing@seattleu.edu.

    Do I have to check-in at my appointment time?

    You may move in at your appointment time or anytime thereafter. Please do not arrive before. Appointment times help move-in go smoother for everyone as it decreases foot and car traffic.

    What size fridge can I bring? What about microwaves?

    There is no need to bring a fridge or microwave! Starting June 2014, Campion, Xavier, Chardin and Bellarmine are equipped with micro-fridges. This includes a 3.2 cubic feet mini-fridge as well as a microwave. The Murphy Apartments are equipped with full size kitchens, including a refrigerator and microwave.

    How can I loft or bunk my bed?

    To loft a bed, students may submit a work order online. Students in double rooms may only raise their bed to about hip-height. This set up provides about 31" of clearance between the floor and bottom of the bed frame a lower bed provides about 8". Triple rooms come with two beds bunked and one lofted. To see more, browse through the floor plans for each Residence Hall or apartment or see our Room Gallery.

    Beds will only be bunked if facilities receives permission from all students in the room. Our facilities staff also asks that you be as detailed as possible when requesting a lofted bed (meaning which side of the room and what height - some bed frames provide more flexibility to be raised in 6" increments).

    Can I bring a coffee maker? What about other appliances?

    Coffee makers (or other small appliances) with automatic shut off are allowed in the residence halls, however, not small grills or Panini makers, etc. Keep in mind, though, that all of the six eateries on campus serve a variety of local coffee and coffee makers can take up much valued space. For storage purposes, you may want to consider bringing a French press or pour-over coffee maker instead. As always, we recommend discussing these decisions with your roommates.

    When can I ship my things?

    We ask that you ship items so that they arrive no earlier than 5 days before you move in. For specific shipping addresses, see your Residence Hall.

    How can I change my meal plan?

    It is our policy that all freshmen and sophomores living on campus are required to have at least Meal Plan 4. If you would like to make any changes to your meal plan within policy, you can do so on the myHousing portal in the 'Housing forms' section. These requests are generally processed within 3-5 business days but can take longer for changes to appear on students' accounts/cards (check online with eAccounts). Students wishing to make changes outside of policy will need to go through the Meal Plan Exemption process which is explained in further detail on the meal plans page. Meal Plan Exemptions are also submitted on the myHousing portal but require students to answer some additional questions found on the form.

    How and where do I pay my bills?

    Bill payments can be made through SU Online under "My Bill." For more information, see Student Financial Services (SFS).

    I cannot pay my bill right now. What is the policy regarding payments?

    All University payments go through Student Financial Services (SFS). For questions or concerns about your ability to make payments and financial planning, contact SFS at financialservices@seattleu.edu or (206) 220-8020. To discuss the meaning behind certain housing related charges, contact our office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

    Where can I find more information on what to expect at Seattle University?

    For more detailed information including dates, events and frequently asked questions check out our New Student and Family Programs.

     

    Returning Students

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    This is my first year in college but I'm a junior by credits, do I have to live on-campus?

    Yes. The housing policy includes all freshmen and sophomores under the age of 21, all first and second year students under the age of 21 as well as students still within two years of high school graduation who are under the age of 21. If this is your first year, and you are under the age of 21, you are still required to live-on campus for another year.

    I turn 21 next year, do I have to live on-campus?

    The housing policy applies for students who turn the age of 21 after the start date of the term. For fall quarter, if your birthdate falls after September 25th you are required to live-on campus for another year.

    I am planning to apply for an exemption to the housing policy, what is the deadline to do so?

    Keep in mind exemptions are limited and require supporting documentation. Returning students applying for an exemption to the residential requirement are required to submit a request by May 1st, late requests are not accepted.

    If I plan to commute from home next year, what documents do I need to submit?

    Students commuting from home must live with the family member in their primary place of residence (approx. 20 miles or less from campus, please see map with approved commutable areas). “Family” is defined as a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, spouse, or children. “Primary place of residence” is defined as a person’s true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation, to the exclusion of all others. It is the place where the person intends to remain permanently. Also keep in mind that students applying to live with family must submit the following documents (by May 1st for returning students, or August 1st for new students):

    1. A notarized letter from the family member (Must use the family information form, which must be notarized prior to submission).
    2. A photocopy of a valid form of ID from the family member you will be living with.
    3. A photocopy of a utility bill from the address that you will be commuting from.

    Contact our office at housing@seattleu.edu for more information.

    What housing options are there for sophomores?

    The same residence halls that were open to freshmen (Bellarmine, Campion, Xavier). In addition, Chardin is only available to sophomores. There may also be opportunities to live with upperclassmen in our apartments. Learn more about our Residence Halls.

    What housing options are there for upperclassmen?

    Upperclassmen may apply to live wherever they choose, however underclassmen are given priority in the dorms. Popular options for upperclassmen include: Murphy Apartments, The Douglas, Off-Campus Housing, and more. For more assistance, contact Housing at housing@seattleu.edu.

    What if I want to live in the Douglas?

    The Douglas Apartments are reserved for juniors/seniors and students who are over 21. The Douglas offers one, two, four, and five bedroom options. You can sign-up with roommates or just reserve your own bedroom. For more information contact the leasing office at (206) 860-3024 or email at info@thedouglasatseattleu.com

    Contact the Douglas Apartments at 206.860.3024

    How and where do I pay my bills?

    Bill payments can be made through SU Online under "My Bill." For more information see Student Financial Services (SFS).

    I cannot pay my bill right now. What is the policy regarding payments?

    All University payments go through Student Financial Services (SFS). For questions or concerns about your ability to make payments and financial planning, contact SFS at financialservices@seattleu.edu or (206) 220-8020. To discuss the meaning behind certain housing related charges, contact our office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

    How do I sign up with a roommate?

    If you already have a roommate picked out, the best way to sign-up is by creating a roommate group. If you do not have a roommate picked out, make sure you accurately answer the housing profile questions; you may also search for a roommate by these questions when you are selecting a room.

    How do I create a roommate group?

    Step-by-step instructions:

    1. Identify a "Group Leader" for your roommate group (in most cases this person will have the earliest housing selection appointment time).
    2. The "Group Leader" will log-in to the myHousing Portal and select "Create a new group" under the Options tab below.
    3. Enter a group name and password (Group names must be 5 or more characters long). Then Hit Save & Continue.
    4. The other members of your roommate group will login individually and select the "Add Yourself to a Group" under the Options tab below.
    5. Once you enter the name/password of your roommate group, hit Save & Continue. Click on “Roommate Groups” to see if you have been successfully added to your group.
    6. After group members have added themselves, the group leader must select the "verify group” button under the options tab. Warning: if you do not complete step 6 your roommate group will not be complete and you will not be able to select a room for your group.

    If the group has been properly created, the group leader will be able to assign each member to a bed space within the unit of choice.

    What if I can’t find the room I want?

    If you have not completed your two year On-Campus Living Requirement, you will need to select a place to live in on-campus housing. Please note you cannot request a different room or building after your housing assignment has been given.

     

    Move-In

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    When can I move on-campus?

    The Move-in date varies depending on the student and where they are moving. Most first year students will move in on September 21st, 2013 for Fall Quarter. Each student should receive a specific move-in time as well through their SU Email. Returning Students move in on September 22nd.Check the Important Dates page for more student specific Move-in dates. Click here for more information on receiving an early check in, or contact Housing at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

    What should I bring to campus?

    Bring: Sheets (XL are recommended), blankets and comforter, pillow and pillowcase, mattress pad (if needed), towels, hangers, desk lamp, alarm clock, laundry bag.

    Please do not bring: everything you own, anything flammable, cooking appliances, weapons, halogen lamps, space heaters, toaster ovens, microwave/refrigerator (already provided)

    Please discuss with your roommate(s) who will bring: TV, stereo, etc.

    *Coffee makers with auto shut off are permitted.

    When is my appointment time?

    Fall Quarter only: Students receive detailed information about Move-In and Welcome Week in late summer, be sure to check your SU email frequently for your appointment time.

    If you are moving in during Winter or Spring Quarters, you will receive an appointment time by email.

    Do I have to check-in at my appointment time?

    You may move in at your appointment time or anytime thereafter. Please do not arrive before. Appointment times help move-in go smoother for everyone as it decreases foot & car traffic.

    Where can I park?

    During Move-In week, the mall near the Bellarmine Turnaround (12th Ave. and Columbia St.) is open to new students and families to unload.

    Campion residents can park temporarily near the Murphy Apartments. Please avoid Campion's Jefferson address on Move-in Day.

    Xavier residents will find temporary parking around Xavier Hall for Move-in.

    I'm moving from my lease in the Douglas, back onto main campus, can I be accommodated in that time period?

    We are always willing to accept new Housing applicants. Please contact our Housing Office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305 for more information.

    When can I ship my things?

    We ask that you ship items so that they arrive no earlier than 5 days before you move in.

    I have been approved to arrive early but am not coming at a time when the front desk is open - what should I do?

    Please contact the Housing Office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305 and they will help arrange for a smooth move-in.

     

    Learning Communities

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    What is a Learning Community?

    All first year students (both residential and commuter students) belong to a Learning Community (LC), as do all second year residential students. Each LC is home to an average of 150 students who have self-selected to be part of the community. They live together on adjacent floors in the residence halls, develop and participate in programs related to their community theme, and enroll in Core courses that are relevant to that theme. The themes are based on the core values and mission of the university, making it easy for students to engage more fully with both the academic and cultural spirit of the campus.

    LC students take courses with other members of their community and get involved in frequent and exciting co-curricular activities such as trips to museums, film nights in the residence halls, intergroup dialogues, extended class discussions, community projects, and retreats. Students in the communities consistently report higher levels of academic and community engagement than their colleagues who are not members of communities, and the faculty members teaching classes linked to communities find bonds among students and readily available study groups powerful assets in their courses. Click here to learn more about the University's Learning Communities.

    Can I change my LC placement?

    Your LC placement was based on your listed preferences, and many of you have linked courses associated with that particular LC. If you do not have a linked course (which you can check in the HRL office and through your SU Online class schedule) you may email our office at housing@seattleu.edu to request a change to your LC which will be honored as space permits. The Housing & Residence Life office does not impact student schedules and New Student Registration generally does not change academic course schedules based on LC change requests. Therefore, we cannot change the LCs of students placed in linked courses.

     

    Rooms

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    What size fridge can I bring? What about microwaves?

    There is no need to bring a fridge or microwave! Starting June 2014, Campion, Xavier, Chardin and Bellarmine are equipped with micro-fridges. This includes a 3.2 cubic feet mini-fridge as well as a microwave. The Murphy Apartments are equipped with full size kitchens, including a refrigerator and microwave.

    I am assigned to live in a Regular Triple or Efficiency Triple. What is the room configuration like?

    Both types of triples come with three sets of furniture (wardrobe, chair, desk, and mattress). Both types of triples come with a bunked bed as well as a third, separate bed. In most efficiency triples the third bed comes lofted (raised to 64 inches). If students wish to loft a regular bed frame, they can fill out a Work Order Online.

    How can I loft or bunk my bed?

    To loft or bunk a bed, students must login and fill out a Work Order Online. Students in double rooms may only raise their bed to about hip-height. This set up provides about 31" of clearance between the floor and bottom of the bed frame a lower bed provides about 8". Triple rooms come with two beds bunked and one lofted.

    Beds will only be bunked if facilities receives permission from all students in the room. Our facilities staff also asks that you be as detailed as possible when requesting a lofted bed (meaning which side of the room and what height - some bed frames provide more flexibility to be raised in 6" increments).

    Can I bring a coffee maker and other appliances?

    Coffee makers (or other small appliances) with automatic shut off are allowed in the residence halls, however, not small grills or Panini makers, etc. Keep in mind, though, that all of the six eateries on campus serve a variety of local coffee and coffee makers can take up much valued space. For storage purposes, you may want to consider bringing a French press or pour-over coffee maker instead. As always, we recommend discussing these decisions with your roommates.

    What can I bring to campus?

    Bring: Sheets (XL are recommended), blankets and comforter, pillow and pillowcase, mattress pad (if needed), towels, hangers, desk lamp, alarm clock, laundry bag.

    Please do not bring: everything you own, anything flammable, cooking appliances, weapons, halogen lamps, space heaters, toaster ovens, microwave/refrigerator (already provided)

    Please discuss with your roommate(s) who will bring: TV, stereo, etc.

    *Coffee makers with auto shut off are permitted.

    How big are the rooms?

    The rooms in Campion and Bellarmine are approximately 12'x15' feet. The rooms in Xavier are about the same square footage but the rooms are slightly squarer measuring approximately 14'x13.5'. The triple rooms (regular triples, not efficiency triples) located at the end of each floor are slightly larger. For more details, see the floor plans and gallery.

    What is the difference between an Efficiency Triple and a Standard Triple?

    An Efficiency Triple is the same size as a double room and includes extra furniture for a third student as well as a lofted bed for added space in the room. A Standard Triple is larger than a double room and contains all the furniture of an efficiency triple. In some cases a lofted bed may not be available for regular triple rooms, to request a lofted bed students must fill out a work request online.

     

    Meal Plans

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    Do I have to have a meal plan?

    Yes, all students living in residence halls must choose a meal plan option. In concert with the on-campus-living policy, freshmen and sophomore students living on-campus are required to have at least Meal Plan 4.

    What if I have too little/much money at the end of the quarter?

    The SU Campus Card has many uses, from access to Residence Halls to grocery shopping on campus. If you find your card has excess money towards the end of a quarter, explore the spending options on OIT Campus Card. If you find you are running low on funds you may add money to your card through out eAccounts Portal (login credentials must be created by the student and are different from your SU username and password). There are two money plans on each card: a meal plan ("Meal Plan Deposits") and a debit card ("One Card"). The meal plan can only be used in on-campus eateries. The debit card may be used for a variety of on-campus locations including laundry, vending machines, and more. For more information see OIT Campus Card.

    How does the meal plan work?

    Meal plans work as a declining balance, like a debit card or a gift card. A student's full balance of their requested meal plan will appear at the beginning of the quarter and it is up to the student's discretion how much they spend per day based on their eating habits. We provide recommended daily spending as well as balance charts outside of some of the eateries to help students keep track of about how much money they should have left throughout the quarter. Students can also now manage their meal plan funds online by registering for an eAccount. More information can be found here.

    Meal plans are automatically renewed for the next quarter. During the academic year, an amount of $100 may be rolled into the next quarter. At the end of the quarter, any remaining funds, excluding the $100, will be removed from the meal plan. At the end of spring quarter, no funds will be rolled over to the next academic year and all remaining funds will be removed from the meal plan. Remaining funds are not refundable. Additional money can be added to your account at any time. To add money to your campus card, use the eAccounts Portal linked to above. Students may also request to change their meal plan during the first two weeks of each quarter.

    How can I change my meal plan?

    It is our policy that all freshmen and sophomores living on campus are required to have at least Meal Plan 4. If you would like to make any changes to your meal plan within policy, you can do so on the myHousing portal in the 'Housing forms' section. These requests are generally processed within 3-5 business days but can take longer for changes to appear on students' accounts/cards. Students wishing to make changes outside of policy will need to go through the Meal Plan Exemption process which is explained in further detail on the Meal Plans page. Meal Plan Exemptions may be submitted on the myHousing portal but require students to answer some additional questions found on that form.

     

    Housing Breaks

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    Can I move in early for Fall Quarter?

    Early arrival requests for Fall Quarter are due on August 1st. Any late submissions may be subject to a $25 processing fee in addition to the $35/night charge if approved. Early arrivals are generally approved for students traveling internationally or from Hawaii, and for students involved in campus affiliated activities such as student employment/leadership, academic commitments, or athletic teams. If the latter applies to you, make sure your supervisor/coach/hosting department contacts our office on your behalf. The early arrival request form can be found on the myHousing portal under 'Housing Forms' and further questions about this process can be directed to our Housing Office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

    Do the halls close for thanksgiving break?

    The residence halls do not close for thanksgiving break, but students who are staying here need to sign up at the desks of their respective residence halls in order to stay over the break. Thanksgiving break is from Wednesday, November 27th through Sunday, November 30th.

    When do the halls close for Winter Break? When can I come back from winter break?

    The residence halls close on December 14th. Students are able to move back into their residence halls on Sunday, January 5th.

    I need to stay on campus for part of winter break (e.g. arriving early to the halls before they reopen) - how can I request that?

    Late departure and early arrival requests for winter break are due on November 10th. Students can request to be approved for a late departure or an early arrival online through the myHousing Portal under 'Housing Forms'. Students are generally approved for students traveling internationally or from Hawaii, and for students involved in campus affiliated activities such as student employment/leadership, academic commitments, or athletic teams who may need to stay later or arrive early. If the latter applies to you, make sure your supervisor/coach/hosting department contacts our office on your behalf. Any further questions about this process can be directed to our office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

    Do the halls close for spring break?

    The residence halls do not close for spring break, however, students who will be staying over the break need to sign up at their halls respective front desk. Spring break is from Sunday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 30th.

    When do I need to check out for summer break?

    Students need to check out for summer break no more than 24 hours after their last final. Students will sign up at their front desks for a check out time. The residence halls close for summer break on Sunday, June 15th. Students who need to stay later will need to fill out a late departure request on the myHousing Portal no later than May 19th.

    I have been approved to arrive early but am not coming at a time when the front desk is open - what should I do?

    Students who arrive early when the desk is not open will need to contact their respective hall's Resident Director and make arrangements in advance. You can call the Housing Office at 206-296-6305 and we will connect you to the Resident Director, or you can email us at housing@seattleu.edu and we will pass on your message.

     

    Paying Bills

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    How and where do I pay my bills?

    Bill payments can be made through SU Online under "My Bill." For more information see Student Financial Services (SFS).

    I cannot pay my bill right now. What is the policy regarding payments?

    All University payments go through Student Financial Services (SFS). For questions or concerns about your ability to make payments and how to go about paying your bill, contact SFS at financialservices@seattleu.edu or (206) 220-8020. To discuss the meaning behind certain housing related charges, contact our office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

     

    Forms

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    Where can I find out what forms I need to fill out? Do I need to print out any forms and turn them in?

    Most of the housing application process is completed online through the myHousing Portal and do not require any hard copy. Below is a list of common forms for your convenience:

    Housing Application - To apply to live on campus.

    Meal Plan Change - To increase or decrease the amount of available money on your campus card.

    Meal Plan Exemptions - To apply for an exception to the required minimum meal plan for Freshmen and Sophomores (see Housing Policy).

    For Room Change Requests see our Room Change Information or speak with your Resident Assistant or Resident Director.

    Early Arrival Request - To move into on-campus housing before the residence is open to students.

    Late Departure Request - To extend your stay on campus through breaks or summer.

    Winter Occupancy - To stay on campus over Winter Break.

    Summer Housing Discount Form - For qualifying students staying on campus during the summer, see Summer Housing for more information.

    Housing Requirement Exemption Request: The "Release From Housing" form completed through the myHousing Portal as well as a notarized Residential Requirement Exemption Request Form from a family member. For more information see our Housing Policy about exemptions.

    Repairs and Maintenance - For repairs, maintenance, and to loft a bed on campus students must submit an online work request with Facilities. To learn more, see Repairs and Maintenance.

     

    Fall Quarter

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    When can I move on-campus?

    The Move-in date varies depending on the student and where they are moving. Most first year students will move in on September 21st, 2013 for Fall Quarter. Each student should receive a specific move-in time as well. Returning students move in on September 22nd, 2013. Check the Important Dates page for more student specific Move-in dates. Click here for more information on receiving an early check in, or contact Housing at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

    How will the application process work? Where can I find all the general housing information I need to know in one place?

    Check out the Guide to Residence Hall Living for a great collection of important and helpful information about living on campus for the coming year.

    Is there a shuttle service to and from the airport?

    Housing does not provide shuttles, but sometimes the Office of Public Safety does provide shuttle service for students that need to get to and from the airport. For more information please contact Public Safety at (206) 296-5990.

    What can I bring to campus?

    Bring: Sheets (XL are recommended), blankets and comforter, pillow and pillowcase, mattress pad (if needed), towels, hangers, desk lamp, alarm clock, laundry bag.

    Please do not bring: everything you own, anything flammable, cooking appliances, weapons, halogen lamps, space heaters, toaster ovens, microwave/refrigerator (already provided)

    Please discuss with your roommate(s) who will bring: TV, stereo, etc.

    *Coffee makers with auto shut off are permitted.

    Does anyone stay for thanksgiving break? What is there to do?

    The residence halls are open over Thanksgiving break. You need only tell the front desk that you plan on staying. Generally, there is a large Thanksgiving Dinner put on by Housing.

    I want to stay on-campus for Winter Break. What is the process?

    In order to be allowed to stay in the residence halls for winter break you will need to fill out the Early Arrival/Extended Stay/Winter Break Occupancy form found on the myHousing Portal. These requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. There is a $35 per night charge for students who need to stay for winter break. These requests are generally only approved for international students, students who work with an office on campus, or students in emergency situations. Those forms are due by November 10th in order to avoid a $25 processing charge.

    When do we have to leave for Winter Break?

    All students must check out of their residence hall rooms for winter break. Students must be checked out of their rooms by 24 hours after their last final or by noon on the Saturday after finals week, whichever comes first.

    When do the residence halls reopen for Winter Quarter?

    The residence halls reopen for winter break the day before classes begin (see our Important Dates). If you need to arrive earlier than that, you will need to fill out the Early Arrival/Extended Stay/Winter Break Occupancy request form on the myHousing Portal; this request is generally only approved for students traveling internationally, working on campus, or in emergency situations. For more information see Early Arrivals/Late Departures.

    How and where do I pay my bills?

    Bill payments can be made through SU Online under "My Bill." For more information see Student Financial Services (SFS).

    I cannot pay my bill right now. What is the policy regarding payments?

    All University payments go through Student Financial Services (SFS). For questions or concerns about your ability to make payments and how to go about paying your bill, contact SFS at financialservices@seattleu.edu or (206) 220-8020. To discuss the meaning behind certain housing related charges, contact our office at housing@seattleu.edu or (206) 296-6305.

     

    Winter Quarter

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    When can I move back on campus for Winter Quarter?

    Move-in for Winter Quarter begins January 5th, 2014. Classes will resume January 6th, but if you need to move in earlier you may submit an Early Arrival Request on the myHousing Portal.

    I want to stay in the residence halls for Spring Break. Does it cost extra?

    The residence halls remain open for spring break. It will not cost extra, you need only to let the front desk of your hall know that you are planning to stay on campus.

    When do we sign-up for housing for next year?

    Housing Selection generally takes place in the first couple of weeks in April. Our office begins sending out information about this process beginning in winter quarter so be keeping an eye out for Newsletters and Flyers from our office. Sign-up for housing will take place through the myHousing Portal.

    Is there a shuttle service to and from the airport?

    Housing does not provide shuttles, but sometimes the Office of Public Safety does provide shuttle service for students that need to get to and from the airport. For more information please contact Public Safety at (206) 296-5990.

    Spring Quarter

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    When can I move back on campus for Spring Quarter?

    Students may begin moving back on campus starting March 30th, 2014. If a student needs to move in earlier they must fill out an Early Arrival Request through the myHousing Portal.

    Can sophomores live off-campus?

    Sophomores can only live off-campus if they have been exempt from the 2-year on-campus living requirement. Learn more about our Housing Policy.

    What housing options are there for sophomores?

    The same residence halls that were open to freshmen (Bellarmine, Campion, Xavier), in addition, Chardin is only available to sophomores. There may also be opportunities to live with upperclassmen in our apartments. Learn more about our Residence Halls.

    What housing options are there for upperclassmen?

    Upperclassmen may apply to live wherever they choose, however underclassmen are given priority in the dorms. Popular options for upperclassmen include: Murphy Apartments, The Douglas, Off-Campus Housing, and more. For more assistance, contact Housing at housing@seattleu.edu.

    What if I want to live in the Douglas?

    The Douglas Apartments are reserved for juniors/seniors and students who are over 21 years old. The Douglas offers one, two, four, and five bedroom options. You can sign-up with roommates or just reserve your own bedroom. For more information contact the leasing office at (206) 860-3024 or email at info@thedouglasatseattleu.com

    Is there a shuttle service to and from the airport?

    Housing does not provide shuttles, but sometimes the Office of Public Safety does provide shuttle service for students that need to get to and from the airport. For more information please contact Public Safety at (206) 296-5990.

    Summer Quarter

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    Can I live on campus during the summer?

    You qualify to live in on-campus housing during the summer if you meet at least one of the criteria below:

    • You are registered for at least one class on-campus class
    • You are an employee, volunteer, or intern for any faculty or staff member on campus
    • You are an intern in an academically sponsored internship off campus
    Note: If you are a student attending in spring quarter and registered for fall term that may have a particular need for summer housing, approval will be granted on a case by case basis.

    What are the rates for summer? What buildings can I live in?

    The housing rates and locations vary by year. See our page for detailed information on Summer Housing options.