Residence Life

Residence Life FAQs

How are roommates chosen? Can I choose my own roommate?

For first-year students, roommates are generally paired by a brief questionnaire found on the housing application. Our office can ONLY guarantee mutually requested roommates. To guarantee a roommate, both students MUST request each other by listing each other's name on the housing application, which is sent in late May. We cannot accept suitemate requests. Returning students choose their roommates and room during the housing lottery, which takes place sometime in April.

What housing options are available to freshmen?

Freshmen are housed in Guzman Hall and Sakac Hall. 

What does the room/suite include in the freshmen buildings?

Each suite includes one or two bathrooms, refrigerator/small freezer, microwave, cable access, phone jack, dressers, and two closets per bedroom. 

Does each person have his or her own Internet access?

We provide a wireless network that works with most wireless laptops and desktop computers.

What type of meal plan is offered to residents?

All first-year students are on an Ultimate Access Plan in Aquinas Dining Hall which includes $50 Flex dollars. The Ultimate Access Plan allows freshmen to go in and out of the dining hall as many times as they would like during hours of service. The upper class residents can choose from the following options: 

  • Ultimate Access plus $50 flex dollars/semester
  • 15 meals per week plus $125 flex dollars/semester
  • 12 meals per week plus $175 flex dollars/semester
  • 10 meals per week plus $225 flex dollars/semester

There is a Student Teacher Meal Plan that is only available to student teachers (100 meals plus $300 flex dollars/per semester.) Students are able to change their meal plans during the first two weeks of each semester. After the deadline, students will have to wait until the next semester to change their meal plan.

Is there security in the Residence Halls?

Yes. There is a 24-hour staffed security station in the lobby of both Sakac Hall and Guzman Hall. Building residents are required to swipe their identification card to gain access to areas beyond the security station. Likewise, access to the living areas of the College Courts is restricted to individual building residents by swiping their identification card. In addition, ground level windows in all residential rooms are equipped with tamper resistant security screens.  

Can my friends visit me?

Yes, however there is a visitation policy.

For upperclassmen, the visitation policy is: Sunday through Thursday, you can have visitors from 10 am–1 am, and Friday through Saturday you can have visitors from 10 am–3 am.

For freshmen students, visitors of the opposite sex are not permitted in the freshmen residence halls except in the lobby lounges only. Parents are permitted in the residence halls rooms at any time, and other close relatives may visit the residence hall rooms; however, the student must first seek approval from the Director of Residence Life. This policy applies to freshmen visiting upper-class areas as well.

No overnight opposite gender visitation is permitted for any student. There is a freshmen curfew all year long (1 am during the week, and 3 am on the weekends). For the complete visitation policy, please review the student handbook.

What kind of staffing can be found in the residence halls?

There are Residence Assistants on each floor and/or wing, and a Residence Director in each area.

How do students do laundry?

Laundry rooms are located in College Court 12, 21, 392, and 408, on the ground floor of Guzman Hall and Sakac Hall, and in the Dominican Center. Have someone teach you how to do laundry before you get here!

Can beds be lofted?

Yes. During opening day/week, a member of the maintenance staff will be able to raise, bunk, or loft  beds. We allow one loft per bedroom.

How many residents live on campus?

Slightly more than 1,000 students live on campus. The number of students continues to increase each year.

What features are there in Sakac Hall and Guzman Hall?

  • Sakac Hall: one, two, and three-bedroom suites each have one or two private bathrooms. Two and three-bedroom suites have a common area lounge.
  • Guzman Hall: one and two- bedroom suites with a private bathroom. Two-bedroom suites have a common area lounge.

Both residence halls feature a full kitchen, common area lounges on each floor, fitness room, movie lounge, laundry room, and computer room. All residence halls are smoke-free. We also supply toilet paper.

Is housing guaranteed for all four years?

We guarantee housing for residents who pay the required housing deposit before the deadline set by the Residence Life Office. This is subject to bed availability.

Will I be assigned to a triple?

Only about half of our incoming freshmen are assigned to a triple room. The triple rooms are de-tripled as space becomes available. Students are able to request a triple.

Can freshmen have cars on campus?

Freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus. There is a shuttle service provided by the Student Activities Office that does a frequent loop to the local malls, shopping areas, train station, etc.