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Residence Life

Frequenty Asked Questions

Why should I live in university housing?

Living in university housing provides each student with a multitude of opportunities for personal, social and intellectual growth. These experiences are sure to impact your life while on campus and extend many years after your college days are over. Recent research has indicated that students who live in university housing:

  • Have higher graduation rates
  • Have increased participation in extracurricular activities
  • Assume more leadership roles
  • Are less likely to fail a course
  • You may have more reasons of your own, but consider these:
    • No cars, buses or traffic jams to keep you from getting to class on time
    • Wake up each morning only a few steps away from your class
    • Have the opportunity to connect with friends and attend programs more frequently
    • Can work and earn extra spending money without traveling

How much does it cost to live in University Housing?

Room and board costs are approximately $9,400 per year. View the current room rates (PDF).  Most residents receive additional financial aid just by choosing to live on campus. Please refer to the Financial Aid Web page for more information.

Are there single rooms available for first year students?

We have a very limited number of single rooms on campus and they are reserved for students with disabilities and/ or special needs. Please contact our office for more information.

Do I get to choose my roommate?

If you know someone attending SXU, you may request that person when you sign the housing contract. We do our best to pair up all requests for roommates.

How big are the rooms?

The rooms in Pacelli and Regina Halls (where freshman and most new students are housed) are approximately 10' X 13'. There is also a sink (in most first year student rooms) with vanity area and a walk in closet. The rooms are furnished with 2 beds, 2 desks with chairs, and 2 dressers. Some rooms are carpeted; however, a small area rug, 6' X 9' is a nice addition to any room.

When will I get my hall and roommate assignment?

If you have applied for housing (after being accepted at the University), information about your hall and the room you will live in, who your roommate will be, your University mailing address, as well as other important move in information will be mailed to your permanent home address in mid-July (if your contract was received before June 1).

Where will I live my first year?

Regina and Pacelli Halls are reserved for our first year students. Morris, McCarthy, O'Brien and Rubloff Halls, as well as University apartments, are strictly for upper-division students.

How does the meal plan work?

We provide five meal plans for resident students. The following is a summary of the Scarlet Plan, the minimum meal plan for our residents in Pacelli and Regina Hall, which costs individuals approximately $1,935 per semester and is required for residence on campus. The following are highlights of this plan:

  • The balance of $1,935 is used similar to a debit system. Only the dollar amount spent at the time of a purchase is deducted from the total. (Example: if a student purchases a bottle of soda $2.00 is deducted, or if an entire meal is purchased, approximately $5.75 is deducted). This debit system allows students unlimited access to food service, up to the total dollar amount available on their food card.
  • The meal plan is a very good value. The plan is budgeted at just $14 per day for food.
  • The meal plan is designed with the student's health in mind, assuming that it is important for students to eat regular, healthy meals. We recommend that students eat wisely so that they can perform well both in and outside of the classroom.
  • Meal plan dollars can be used in the SXU Diner, Subway, Starbucks cafe, Rhubarb's, Coffee Cats and Gilhooley's Grande Saloone.
  • Review the general budget (PDF) a student should follow over each week of the semester.

What is the Cougar Card?

Your student ID card, Cougar Card, can be used in a variety of ways. The Cougar Card is the easiest and most convenient form of payment on campus. Students may do laundry, buy a snack or books, photocopy an article, and much more all with the simple swipe of their student ID card. Now students can also link their Cougar Card to a PNC Bank account.

I am planning to live on campus at SXU, what can I bring?

A complete list of dos and don'ts of what to bring is included in your assignment mailing that is sent out by mid-July each year. Some highlights include: do bring twin extra long sheets, do bring computer equipment , do bring a small refrigerator, but leave your microwaves, hot plates and candles at home.

Can my friends come to visit me?

Yes, off campus guests may visit Sunday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. by checking in at the front desk of the building. Overnight guests of the same sex may spend the night on campus if a Resident Overnight Automated Request (ROAR) is submitted through Self-Service on mySXU and approved by the resident assistant on duty.

Are there jobs available on campus?

Yes, many job openings on campus become available each year. The most plentiful include front desk workers supervised by the Department of Public Safety to help deliver services provided at the halls' main entrances. Apply online through Cougar Jobs or contact the Office of Human Resources, E-100B, at 773-298-3451 for more information.

What happens if I don't get along with my roommate?

We encourage you to take the time to indicate your personal preferences on the Housing Contract to help ensure the best possible match to begin with. If you do have problems, you can contact your residence hall director to discuss your options. We expect that each resident will work to respect those they are living with and give each situation a little time before deciding they can no longer live with a particular person. If necessary, the hall director will decide it if a move should be made. Be aware that housing options are very tight during the fall semester and room changes are limited to one change per semester. It's usually best to try to work out initial problems that occur in your current room situation. Open communication with your roommate, resident assistant and hall director will help in this process.

Should I insure my personal property?

Yes, we recommend it. The University does not provide insurance coverage for your personal property nor do they replace stolen or damaged items. Many students find that their parent or guardian homeowner's insurance policies provide coverage. Be sure to check into this before coming to campus.

How do I make telephone calls?

Residence hall rooms are wired for land line telephone use when annual service is purchased through the University's Technology Systems and Network department.

Can I stay in housing during breaks?

The residence halls close during the following University break periods and all residents are expected to vacate the halls during these closed periods:

  • Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Semester Break  
  • Spring Break
  • Easter Break
  • (Specific dates can be found in the Student Planner)

International students and students who live beyond 400 miles of campus may request to reside on campus during the Thanksgiving, Spring and Easter Break closed periods. Requests may be made through Self-Service on mySXU and must be submitted 14-days prior to the scheduled closing. Residents approved to stay in housing during the breaks are billed $35/day per break. All approvals are subject to the discretion of the Director of Residence Life.

University Housing closes for the summer on the last day of finals week. Housing is available during the May Term and summer sessions. A resident must be registered for and complete a minimum of 3 credit hours during any summer session to remain on campus. Once the summer session ends, residents must vacate their spaces until the August move in. Additional fees apply for summer housing.

Residents residing in University Apartment are not required to vacate during the University break periods with the exception of the Semester Break. Arrangements can be made to continue residency during the semester closing provided eligibility requirements are met. Additional fees apply for Semester Break housing in the UA. Residents residing in University Apartments are not required to enroll in summer courses to reside in their apartment for the summer months. Additional fees apply for summer housing.