FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:
Undergraduate Residence Halls

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  1. I am an incoming student, how do I apply for housing?
  2. Am I allowed to live off-campus?
  3. Am I eligible to live on campus if I am a part-time student?
  4. Who is housed in the residence halls?
  5. What do the residence halls look like?
  6. What are the housing rates?
  7. Is there a waiting list?
  8. Can I request to be assigned to a specific residence hall, room, or roommate?
  9. Can I elect to live in a single room?
  10. What if I have allergies or a medical condition that may affect my living situation?
  11. When will I receive my housing assignment?
  12. Can I change my room assignment?
  13. I would like more information about my residence hall, when will I hear more?
  14. How can I contact my roommate during the summer?
  15. Can I get the room dimensions to my room?
  16. I want to buy a rug, what size should I buy?
  17. I want to build a loft for my room, what should I do?
  18. What type of furniture is in the room?
  19. What size is my bed?
  20. When can I move in?
  21. Can I arrive earlier than the move in date?
  22. Can I ship my belongings so they arrive before I do?
  23. What is my mailing address?
  24. Can I bring my pet?
  25. Is a telephone included in the room?
  26. What about long-distance service?
  27. Can I install a satellite dish in my room?
  28. Can I get insurance to cover the loss of personal property?
  29. Can I bring my car?
  30. Is parking available?
  31. Can I bring a bicycle?
  32. Is there bicycle storage during the winter?
  33. What are other forms of transportation?
  34. How convenient is shopping?
  35. What should I bring with me?
  36. I am going to be a fifth-year senior next year. Where can I live?

 

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  1. I am an incoming student, how do I apply for housing?

    Once you are admitted and confirmed as a student by the University and have an active e-mail address, you are considered eligible to apply for housing.

    To apply, log into homeunderthedome.nd.edu.  There, you will find links for undergraduate and graduate housing. Select your appropriate category.

    Incoming first-year students are required to live on-campus, unless they are residing locally with a parent or guardian. If you have questions about applying for housing, please visit housing.nd.edu/apply/ or contact Laura Silva, Assistant Director for Assignments. 

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  2. Am I allowed to live off-campus?

    The University currently requires all first-year students to live on campus, in a University residence hall, unless they are residing locally with a parent or guardian.

     

    Students currently enrolled at Notre Dame (graduating classes of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) may choose to live off-campus. During the application period, they may decline their housing application for the upcoming academic year with no penalties. Once a housing contract is signed there are penalties associated with breaking the housing contract per the terms of the contract. View active housing contracts here.

     

    Beginning with the matriculating class of 2018 (graduating class of 2022) first-year, sophomore, and junior students are required to live on campus for six semesters. Learn more here.

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  3. Am I eligible to live on campus if I am a part-time student?

    You must be a full-time, degree-seeking student (as defined by the Academic Code) to be eligible to live on campus.

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  4. Who is housed in the residence halls?

    Undergraduate students live in one of 30 single sex residence halls; 16 halls house male students and 14 halls house female students.

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  5. What do the residence halls look like?

    Each residence hall is unique. Refer to residence hall links which provide information, photos, and a brief history of each hall.

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  6. What are the housing rates?

    Rates can be found on the Student Accounts website at http://studentaccounts.nd.edu/rates/.

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  7. Is there a waiting list?

    Incoming transfer students, students who take a leave of absence, students who withdraw from the University, or students who currently live off-campus and are considering moving back on campus are placed on a waiting list for housing and are placed as space becomes available. Prior to the beginning of the academic year, these assignments may be very last minute; we encourage you to remain flexible with your housing plans for as long as possible if you want to live on campus. To apply, log into homeunderthedome.nd.edu.  There, you will find links for undergraduate and graduate housing.

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  8. Can I request to be assigned to a specific residence hall, room, or roommate?

    We will not honor requests for special housing arrangements unless there is a medical need that requires an accommodation. Incoming first-year room assignments are randomly generated by computer. The process helps to accomplish social and geographic diversification within all the residence halls.

    For upperclassmen, room picks provide an opportunity to pick a room and roommate(s) for the upcoming academic year. Room picks are done during the months of March and April. Contact your Rector for information about your hall’s room pick process.

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  9.  Can I elect to live in a single room? 

    Residence halls are a “point of entry” for introduction into the broader University culture, and first-year students are required to live on campus in residence halls with at least one randomly assigned roommate. This practice encourages first-year students to develop a shared sense of responsibility and to cultivate a capacity to live with people of all backgrounds. It also helps students to develop points of connection within their residence hall; to utilize support, help, and resources for themselves and others by consulting with hall staff; to resolve differences; to demonstrate ownership and accountability for their behavior; and to grow as active participants in Christian community. As such, first-year students may not request to live in, and are not allowed to transfer into, single rooms.  
     

    Consistent with the continued formation created in residential life, sophomores and juniors, beginning with the incoming class of 2018 (graduating class of 2022), will be required to live on campus. These students can make more choices about their living arrangements, and can select their roommate(s) along with the rooms and sections where they live. Seniors can choose rooms in groups, which can mean picking neighboring rooms together. This allows students to move as a group and to celebrate – and model – the community and friendship they have formed over time at Notre Dame.


    The University’s room pick process is a seniority-based lottery system through which current students renew and elect their University housing and room assignments for the following academic year. Room picks are held in the spring semester and students are first allowed to participate in the room pick process during the spring of their first year, when they renew and elect the housing and room assignments that they will enjoy during their sophomore year. Students may also elect to submit an application to float for a single when renewing housing for the following year or semester. Students are first allowed to float for a single during the spring of their first year, when they select their room assignment for their sophomore year.
     

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  10. What if I have allergies or a medical condition that may affect my living situation?

    Students who have, or think they may have, a disability or allergies that may affect their living situation should contact the Office of Disability Services at (574) 631-7157. A request including medical documentation must be submitted to the Sara Bea Disability Services office. To ensure adequate time to process requests, students should submit supporting documentation by the deadline stated on their particular housing application. After the deadline, requests can only be fulfilled if space becomes available.

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  11. When will I receive my housing assignment?

    Incoming first-year students should receive their housing assignments by mid-July. Your residence hall’s Welcome Weekend committee will also contact you in August with specific information about that hall.

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  12. Can I change my room assignment?

    The University reserves the right to make changes to room assignments. Room changes may not be made during the first three weeks of the semester. Room changes are a means of last resort, only after all parties have made all efforts at resolving the issues. A student-initiated room change is possible only after a lengthy process of mediation and must be accepted and approved by the Office of Housing in consultation with your Rector. Students may request inter-hall transfers only between semesters (applications available in November) or prior to room picks in April (applications available in March).

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  13. I would like more information about my residence hall, when will I hear more?

    Each residence hall has a Welcome Weekend committee that sends out information specific to each of the residence halls. They also assist first-year students throughout Welcome Weekend, answering questions, checking in first-year students, and providing a helping hand. Refer to our residence hall links which provide information, photos, and a brief history of each hall.

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  14. How can I contact my roommate during the summer?

    Contact information for first-year students is sent along with the housing contract and room assignments by mid-July. There will be information about your room assignment along with your roommate(s) name and his/her e-mail address.

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  15. Can I get the room dimensions to my room?

    Unfortunately we do not have room dimensions available. Part of the unique character of many of our buildings is that room dimensions differ for every room, because of this we are unable to provide this information. 

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  16. I want to buy a rug, what size should I buy?

    If you plan to purchase a rug for your room, we recommend an 8x10 or 9x12. Either size will cover a majority of the open area of the floor and still be easy to roll up and take home at the end of the year.

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  17. I want to build a loft for my room, what should I do?

    If you are considering building a loft, we strongly recommend you wait until you receive information for your hall before making plans. Some halls do not allow first-year students to build lofts and other halls may be fully outfitted with modular furniture which makes lofting a bed very easy.

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  18. What type of furniture is in the room?

    Each room is outfitted with a student desk, a desk chair, a bed, and a wardrobe unit. Refer to our residence halls; the photos that are available can be extremely helpful in getting a feel for what rooms look like. Visit sites for more than just one hall; there are many great storage and decorating ideas.

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  19. What size is my bed?

    Most beds are extra-long twin (an 80” mattress).

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  20. When can I move in?

    A listing of important housing dates can be found on our website.

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  21. Can I arrive earlier than the move in date?

    There are specific dates and times for move-in. If you need to arrive early due to placement testing, band tryouts, or for an organized activity, confirm with that department or group to verify you are on their early arrival list. If there are extenuating circumstances that require an early move in, please complete the Early Arrival Request Form.

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  22. Can I ship my belongings so they arrive before I do?

    If you are having items shipped, make sure they are scheduled to arrive AFTER you check-in. There is no secure area to store packages or shipments that arrive prior to the beginning of the year.

    If you are shipping UPS, they may be willing to hold the packages for you at the UPS distribution center located near the South Bend Regional Airport.

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  23. What is my mailing address?

    You can determine your mailing address by reviewing the appropriate way to address your mail.

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  24. Can I bring my pet?

    Pets of any kind are prohibited in University owned housing facilities at all times. This policy extends to guests who may also wish to bring pets. The only exception is non-carnivorous freshwater fish in an aquarium (up to 30 gallons).

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  25. Is a telephone included in the room?

    No telephone is included with your room. However, you have the option of purchasing "Opt-in Phone Service" within the first 4 weeks of the semester. If you choose this option, you must provide your own phone, provided it is not a 2.4 GHz cordless phone (this frequency will disrupt the University's wireless network). There will also be one or more "house phones" in the dorms for all residents to use. Additional information regarding phone service can be found at the Office of Telecommunications website.

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  26. What about long-distance service?

    Long distance services will not be provided by the University. You can use prepaid calling cards on your dorm's "house phone". If you have purchased the "Opt-in Phone Service", you can use a prepaid calling card or your own long distance plan. Please refer to the Office of Telecommunications website for more information.

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  27. Can I install a satellite dish in my room?

    No, satellite dish installation is prohibited by the University. However, cable will be provided in every room by Comast. All that is needed is a standard coaxial cable to connect your TV to the port in your room. The charge for this service is included in your room and board cost. You may still purchase additional premium packages from Comcast (such purchases will be billed directly to you by Comcast). For more information please refer to the Office of Telecommunications website.

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  28. Can I get insurance to cover the loss of personal property?

    Your parent’s homeowner’s insurance may cover your belongings. If that is not an option, consider purchasing renter’s insurance to protect your possessions. For more information, visit our link here.

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  29. Can I bring my car?

    First-year students who complete their first semester in good standing are eligible to purchase a parking pass following Christmas Break and continue their parking privileges throughout their time at the University.

    All upperclassmen may have a car; the car must be registered with Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP). Visit their website at ndsp.nd.edu for more information.

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  30. Is parking available?

    Yes, there are parking lots designated for student use and are patrolled by Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP). Visit their website at ndsp.nd.edu for more information.

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  31. Can I bring a bicycle?

    Many students find bicycles useful for navigating the campus. Bicycle racks are provided outside of most buildings and students are encouraged to use the racks to lock up their bikes when not in use. Visit the NDSP website for more information on how to register your bicycle.

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  32. Is there bicycle storage during the winter?

    Visit the NDSP website for more information on how to store your bicycle.

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  33. What are other forms of transportation?

    There are local cab services and free public transportation from Transpo. Transpo now offers "The Sweep", a route that has pick-up spots around campus (both ND and St. Mary's); for bus route information and shuttle schedules you may visit Transpo's webite.

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  34. How convenient is shopping?

    One shopping complex is located approximately six blocks away. Other, larger shopping areas are located approximately five miles away; it is accessible by car or via Transpo Route #7 Notre Dame – U. P. Mall Outbound. Show your Notre Dame I. D. card to the bus driver.

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  35. What should I bring with me?

    A checklist of what to bring (and what not to bring) can be found here.

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  36. I am going to be a fifth-year senior next year. Where can I live?

    Fifth-year students are eligible to reside in the O'Hara-Grace Residences, four-bedroom townhouses on campus which are managed by Bradley Company.  If you wish to apply for fifth-year housing in the O'Hara-Grace Residences, please complete this Contact Us Form to inform Bradley Company of your intent.  After you submit the form, Bradley Company will be in contact with you regarding the Fall 2017 housing application.  O'Hara-Grace Residences will close as student housing following the conclusion of the Spring 2018 semester. This information was originally announced on June 17, 2014 to allow current and incoming students to plan appropriately.



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