Below are some frequently asked questions that should help you prepare for your experience in the residence halls.
Q: How are Roommates assigned?
A: After you have completed and mailed your Campus Housing Agreement to the Office of Residence Life, you will also fill out a Roommate Matching Form on-line. This form has questions about your specific living preferences (music preferences, interests and hobbies, sleeping and study habits, etc.) Roommates are created based on your responses.
Incoming students may request specific roommates, however all "housing / residential placements" are determined on a date priority / first come, first serve basis. Requests are not guaranteed.
Q: When will I find out my housing assignment?
A: Once we have received your completed Campus Housing Agreement, Roommate Matching Form and paid your deposit, we will match you with a roommate. Room assignments can be found through e-mu, OASIS tab under Current room assignment the first week in August.
Q: What happens if I do not get along with my roommate(s)?
A: Living with someone is challenging and takes hard work and can require a lot of adjustment. Resident Assistants (RAs) are trained to help you with any problems which may arise. Part of our educational process is to have roommates, who are experiencing problems, go through our formal mediation process. During this process, you will be taught essential communication and compromising skills that will help you to effectively resolve your situation.
There is a formal room change process once each year that occurs toward the end of the first semester.
Q: Can I change the meal plan that I selected at the beginning of the academic year?
A: YES. Meal plans may be changed during the first two weeks of each semester.
Q: Are there single rooms available?
A: There are no single room accommodations for first year students.
Q: What size beds are in the residence halls?
A: The beds are 36" by 80"
Q: Can I bring a refrigerator, microwave, or other appliances with me?
A: The only appliances / items that are permitted in student rooms are: clocks, fans, hair dryers, curling irons, hot pots (must have closed heating elements), popcorn poppers, radios, shavers, stereo equipment, televisions, gaming systems, DVD players, computers, and printers. Halogen and Medusa lamps are strictly prohibited.
If you choose to bring a refrigerator or microwave (instead of renting one) please be sure not to exceed the size limitations of 4.6 cu. ft. for refrigerators and .9 cu. ft. for microwaves.
RENTAL INFO: Every room on campus is eligible to rent a Micro Fridge unit. More information about this program will be shared during Summer Orientation. You can place your rental order by visiting www.mymicrofridge.com
Q: Can first year students have a car?
A: First year resident students are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus. Individual exceptions may be granted on a need basis through the Vice President of Student Affairs Office.
Q: Is there a laundry or linen service?
A: Each facility has coin-operated washers and dryers. (Quarters are needed.) Residents are responsible for their laundry needs.
Q: Can a resident paint his / her room?
A: NO. Residents are not permitted to paint any part of their bedroom and / or living space.
Q: Can residents remain in their room during vacations / breaks?
A: NO. Opening and Closing dates and times for room occupancy are specified on special postings / targeted announcements for each academic semester and must be observed. Residential facilities are closed during vacations and NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
Q: Are there any storage facilities?
A: There are no storage facilities on campus for personal belongings. Students are asked to only bring essential items.
Q: Is alcohol permitted on campus?
A: Misericordia University adheres to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and does not permit students under the age of 21 to possess, consume, or be in the presence of alcoholic beverages on campus. Therefore, the University does not permit students under 21 to posses or display empty alcoholic beverage containers in their rooms.
Misericordia recognizes the right of individuals 21 years or older to possess and consume moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages; however all University policies must be strictly followed.