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Incoming First-Year Students are typically notified of their hall, room, and roommate in mid-July. 

We offer single, double, and triple occupancy rooms for Incoming First-Year Students. Within the Housing Application, students are able to list their room-type preferences. Please note that room-type placement is dependent on availability. 

At this time, Incoming First-Year Students cannot request a specific hall, however, students can request room-types (single, double, triple) and a Living Learn Community (LLC) if they'd like. 

Yes! Using the Housing Portal, students are able to choose their own roommate, if they'd like. One thing to note is that in order to add a roommate, they must also have fully completed their Housing Application. For more information on adding roommates, please watch this video tutorial

If you do not have someone in mind that you'd like to live with, the Office of Residence Life will match you with another Incoming First-Year Student based on your Housing Application answers. Placement is based on both study and living habits, as well as social preferences. We highly encourage all students to complete the Application honestly so we can be sure you are matched with the best student! 

Yes! Many of our Greek Communities live on campus in Sutowski Hall. Visit our Student Involvement page for more information on Greek Life and other involvement opportunities. 

Inspired by our institution’s Jesuit identity, the Office of Residence Life at John Carroll University creates inclusive living-learning environments. We educate students to embrace their identities as engaged learners, develop meaningful relationships, and appreciate community.

Although the University has set standards of behavior for all students, some additional guidelines are necessary for those who live in the residence halls. For a list of community standards, please visit our Forms and Resources page

For questions or comments, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 216.397.4408 or jcureslife@jcu.edu.

All entering students, of traditional-age, need to declare their status as a resident or commuter through the Enrollment Reservation Form sent by the Office of Admission.

Those not commuting from home are required to live on campus during their first two years. This policy also applies to those who transfer into JCU as traditional first or second-year students. Commuting is defined as living exclusively in the permanent and primary residence of a parent or legal guardian. The residence of the parent or guardian must be located within 35 miles of the John Carroll University campus.

Priority is given to matched roommate groups where both students are in the LLC. If there is availability, matched roommate groups where one student is in the LLC will be placed on the floor. In the past, we have been able to honor all LLC requests, but please note that this is not a guarantee. 

Students typically bring different sizes of rugs depending on if they are trying to cover a smaller area around their bed or a large area shared with their roommate. Most rectangular medium-sized area rugs are a good fit, but if you are looking to cover the entire floor, you may want to wait to make this purchase after you decide how you and your roommate will set up your room during move-in.

The Office of Residence Life uses the answers you provide in your Personal Preferences to match you with a roommate based on living habits, study habits, and then hobbies/interests.

At this time we anticipate that our Living Learning Communities will be in more than one of our First-Year Residence Halls.

There is a printing station in every Residence Hall. You can print from your computer in your room and your print job goes to a virtual queue. It can then “be released” at the print station. For more information visit https://jcu.edu/its/services/computing-and-printing

Laundry is push-button operated in your Residence Hall. You do not need any money to operate these machines, but you will want to bring detergent, dryer sheets, and any other laundry items you need. There are detailed instructions on machine use in the laundry room and even an app to check if there is a dryer/washer available!

All of our Residential Meal Plan offer different options, so you will want to see what makes the most sense for you as an individual. You may wish to visit our Dining Services site for more information about each meal plan.

Resident Assistant recruitment and selection typically takes place during the start of the Spring Semester. There are information sessions, group processes, and interviews that you are able to participate in and learn more about this wonderful leadership opportunity.

Our Living Learning Communities continue to grow and expand in our Residence Halls, we are excited to launch our Health and Wellness LLC this coming Academic Year!

Living in the Residence Halls presents a new opportunity to join a community of peers engaged in a shared educational goal. This opportunity can also sometimes feel intimidating. We have heard from our students and Resident Assistants that a great first step to get connected is through the introduction to your RA. They are a student staff member who is there to help provide resources and develop community.

Once you have deposited at John Carroll University, please allow between 24-48 hours for the Housing Application to open to you in your Housing Portal. If you have any concerns after that time, please contact our office.

During your orientation sessions, you will receive a list of what to bring and what not to bring to campus. If you ever have a specific questions on an item, just email us at jcureslife@jcu.edu.

Some photos of general room types are available upon request and on our website. General room information and furniture dimensions can be found on our Living Options page.

There is now a virtual tour available on our website here

While we know the current situation continues to be fluid, the University will continue to share information, guidance, and decisions on the University website at jcu.edu/healthupdate. Room, Board, and Parking Fees will be determined based on when the campus is open, residence halls are occupied and classes are held in person on campus.

While we have a limited amount of single rooms for incoming first-year students, we utilize your room type preference when making housing assignments. It is important to list your preferences in order (ie: single, double, triple) as much as you are able.

Your roommate assignment will be shared at the same time as your room assignment. Please ensure if you are matching with someone in particular that you both have confirmed your match in your Housing Portal. Unmatched roommates will not be assigned together.

All of our First-Year Residence Halls have a focus on creating vibrant communities, so there are not many differences among these buildings other than the location. First-Year Residence Halls do not have air conditioning, all have standard double rooms. Campion and Hamlin Halls have some triple rooms, and Pacelli Hall has a limited number of single rooms. Every room has a set of bedroom furniture per student included a bed with extra-long twin mattress, desk, desk chair, dresser, and wardrobe. Please visit our Living Options site to learn more about each building.

Priority is given to matched roommate groups where both students are in the LLC. If there is availability, matched roommate groups where one student is in the LLC will be placed on the floor. In the past, we have been able to honor all LLC requests, but please note that this is not a guarantee.

Living Learning Community events have traditionally been open to other First-Year Students where applicable and when advertised.

Please check with your Enrollment Manager about Social Network groups that you may become a part of. Feel free to follow the Office of Residence Life on Instagram - @jcureslife!

We hope you will bring any snack that you enjoy! It is always a good idea to consider getting to know your roommate and if there are any foods they may have an aversion or allergy too. It's also a good time to remember to read any microwave instructions on heating up things like popcorn and checking to ensure whatever dish you use is microwave safe!

Our First Year Residence Halls have community-style bathrooms on each floor. These have showers, bathroom stalls, and sinks.

Taken from our Mission Statement, "Inspired by our institution’s Jesuit identity, the Office of Residence Life at John Carroll University creates inclusive living-learning environments. We educate students to embrace their identities as engaged learners, develop meaningful relationships, and appreciate community." We also encourage you to read our full Welcoming Statement: We believe in the uniqueness of each individual and therefore welcome all students in the residence life community without regard to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, ability, privilege, sexual orientation, political ideology, religious affiliation, or citizenship.

We hope to foster an environment where students feel empowered to examine their beliefs, attitudes, and actions toward all people. We will encourage students to challenge stereotypes by increasing their knowledge base, widening their experiences, and engaging in meaningful dialogue about differences. In so doing, we hope that fear and ignorance are reduced and that acceptance and celebration are easily recognizable.

We will reach out to students who may feel unwelcome, unseen, or unheard. We will examine department policies and practices to ensure inclusion. We will encourage students who feel marginalized to find their voice through involvement in the campus community as leaders.

We expect all individuals to be treated with the dignity and respect their humanness demands. We will accept nothing less.

Additionally, please view our Gender-Inclusive Housing Statement below: 

The John Carroll University Office of Residence Life strives to provide an inclusive living-learning community welcoming to all students regardless of race, ethnicity or national origin, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ability, privilege, political ideology, religious affiliation, or citizenship. In order to ensure students feel welcome and comfortable in their living spaces, we will strive to provide reasonable and appropriate gender-inclusive housing accommodations, requested. Housing arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis, in order to provide the best possible accommodations for each student’s specific needs and preferences. Throughout this process, all disclosed information regarding an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression will be kept confidential and shared only with University personnel on a need-to-know basis. To request gender-inclusive housing arrangements or to learn more, please contact the Senior Director of Residence Life, Lisa Brown Cornelius (lmbrown@jcu.edu), or Associate Director of Housing Operations, Brendan Dolan (bdolan@jcu.edu).

Printing pages are allotted to students at the beginning of every semester. Additional pages can be bought. ITS also offers a poster printing service. Please visit: https://jcu.edu/its/services/computing-and-printing for additional information

There are study lounges in each Residence Hall. Campion and Hamlin Halls have community kitchens with fridges, though many students may choose to bring a small fridge with them (one per student room) but the Residential Meal Plans provide meals for students while living on-campus.

Please visit https://jcu.edu/parking-jcu and contact the parking office for any additional questions.

While toasters are not permitted, you are able to bring a microwave (1 cubic foot and under 900 watts). You can also bring a Keurig-style appliance and we allow one fridge per room (All refrigerators must be 4.6 cubic feet or smaller). For more information on approved appliances visit: https://jcu.edu/student-life/welcome-campus-living/current-students/forms-resources

There are benefits provided in the Student Leadership Role of a Resident Assistant, for more information, please attend on of our Information Sessions during the RA recruitment and selection process during the Academic Year.

Please watch this Tutorial Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoebggXnvqU and visit our https://jcu.edu/student-life/welcome-campus-living/incoming-first-year-housing website. If you are still having trouble, please email jcureslife@jcu.edu and we will contact your parent or legal guardian to help.

U.S. Mail Service
Students may pick up mail in the mailroom located off the Atrium in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center. A box number is assigned to each resident on campus and should be used on all correspondence addressed to you. Your address should look like this:


Name
JCU Box XXXX
1 John Carroll Blvd.
University Heights, OH 44118-4581


It is important that those corresponding with you do not include “P.O.” before your number so that mail is routed quickly and correctly. Problems with your mail service should be directed to the main mailroom in the Administration Building.

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