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When do I have to submit my application?
Please see Applying for housing.

What if I apply after March 1?
Please see Dates and Deadlines.

How do I request a particular person to be my roommate?Please see Instructions for requesting a roommate.

I have an accessibility, medical or special need that Residence Life should know about in regard to my room assignment.  Have your doctor send a letter on office letterhead to Residence Life prior to June 1.  Our fax number is 630-617-3722.

When will I know my room assignment and who my roommate will be? 
In mid-July room assignments will be posted on my.elmhurst.edu at MyHousing@Elmhurst College. The move-in schedule and information will be posted in early summer.

 How do I select the right meal plan for me?

What if I don't use all of the points included in my meal plan?
Any unused portion of the meal plan will be forfeited at the close of each term for meal points do not carry over from term to term or from academic year to academic year.

What if I need to add points to my meal plan?
If you would like to add additional points to your meal plan, this can be done by going online to TouchNet, or by going to Office of Student Financial Services to pay with cash or with your student account credit balance. It is prudent not to add more points than will be needed for the balance does not roll over.

How do I access my meal plan points?
The selected meal plan is loaded on the multi-purpose I.D. card, Jaypass, that is issued to you. The meal plan is an "a la carte" declining balance system. You swipe your Jaypass as one would a debit card when purchasing a meal in any of the Chartwells' venues—the Frick Center Cafe, the E.C. Grill, the Library Cafe and the Coffee Shop.

Do I need to select a meal plan for each term I am living in a residence hall?
If a student would like to keep the meal plan they have for the Fall Term, no action needs to be taken as their current meal plan will be assigned for the Spring Term.  If the student wishes to change the meal plan, that may be done starting in mid-November.  Watch for an email with dates and directions.

Can I change my meal plan?

Are meal plans different for specific residence halls and apartments?
Yes, residence hall and apartment residents can use their meal plan at the same venues. However, students living in residence halls are required to have a meal plan while apartment residents are not. Residence hall meal plans are per term while the apartment meal plan is for the full academic year. All meal plan points must be used up by the end of the meal plan period. Residence hall students may change their meal plan for the Spring Term and all residents may add points to their meal plan by going online to TouchNet, or by going to the Office of Student Financial Services to pay with cash or with their student account credit balance.

When do I move in?

What should I bring to Elmhurst College with me?

How can I insure my belongings while living at Elmhurst College?
Every student is encouraged to insure his/her personal property as the College does not assume responsibility for loss due to theft or damage to property caused by fire, water, vandalism or any other cause. In many cases, students still residing with family may be covered by the policy for the family residence. Please check with your insurance agent. Another source is National Student Services (NSS), a company that is independent from Elmhurst College. Elmhurst College makes no representations regarding the accuracy of the information contained on the NSS web site or regarding the nature or quality of the services provided by NSS.

How are the bathrooms arranged in the residence halls and apartments?
Cureton, Niebuhr, Schick, Stanger and the lower level of Dinkmeyer Hall have community bathrooms that are gender specific, one on each wing or floor. Each shower is enclosed with a curtain. Dinkmeyer Hall (except the lower level) has a suite-style arrangement, with two rooms sharing a connecting bathroom/shower. Prospect, Elm Park and Elmhurst Terrace Apartments have one bathroom per apartment. West Hall has 1 1/2 bathrooms per suite. The houses contain one or two bathrooms.

What kind of furniture is provided?
Elmhurst College provides each residence hall student with the following furniture:  

  • Bed (twin extra-long mattress) 84"L x 41"W x 29"H
  • Desk 36"W x 24"D x 29"H
  • Desk shelf w/light & tackboard 34"W x 12"D x 29"H
  • Chair 18.5"W x 20"D x 32"H Seat 17.5"H
  • Book shelf 34"W x 12"D x 29"H
  • Dresser 36"W x 24"D x 29"H
  • Blinds
  • Built-in closets or a wardrobe

West Hall has additional furniture in the living room. See the West Hall page. Apartment and house furniture information can be found on their specific links.

Can I rearrange the furniture in my room?
Yes! Our OEM Loft System furniture uses a pin-and-hole design that makes the furniture very easy to rearrange. You don't even need special tools—all you need are pins (available through your RA or RLC) to hold the furniture together when it is stacked. Although some of the pieces are extremely heavy, there are many different options for design. Check out some of the possible furniture arrangements or view videos on how to use your MFS furniture.

What about cable and internet service?
Cable and internet service is provided in all residence halls, Prospect Apartments and Elm Park apartments.  Resident students in College Houses and Elmhurst Terrace apartments are stand-alone facilities and may identify an internet and cable service provider of their choice.  Residents in these communities are responsible for installation and billing arrangements with the service provider.  Students are expected to complete a Cable and Internet Service agreement as a part of the Roommate Agreement.  There is no resident technology fee assessed to students in these units.  Special rates are available for our students by contacting Beth Eggert of Comcast at (630) 689-7571 or Roxanne Monreal of AT&T at (630) 267-3484.  For residence halls, Elm Park and Prospect Apartments, these are the  Cable channels.

Which residence halls have air conditioning?  Cureton, Stanger, and West Halls have air conditioning.  Cureton and West Halls are also elevator equipped.

Can I see my room before I move in?  All tours of the campus and residence halls are arranged through the Admissions Office.  It is not possible to see a specific hall or room as our facilities are in use throughout the summer.

Where are graduate students assigned housing?  The Elmhurst Terrace Apartments are our preferred housing for graduate students and adult learners.

How does parking work at Elmhurst College?
We value student engagement in the campus community as a cornerstone of a student's success in the first year of the collegiate experience. With this in mind, it is the policy of Elmhurst College that first-year residential students not have cars on campus.

Students who are eligible to have a car on campus should consult the Campus Security Parking Regulations.  

What is an RA?
RAs (Resident Advisers) are students who live in the residence halls and apartments, acting as advisers. RAs plan social and educational activities for residents, help students with questions and concerns, and perform administrative tasks. An RA staffs every floor or wing of the residence halls or oversees an area in the apartments/houses.

What is an RLC?
The Residence Life Coordinator, or RLC, is a full-time professional (with a master's degree) who oversees the operation of the residence hall. The RLC provides educational opportunities and administrative support for the residents of the building.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the Office of Residence Life via email at reslife@elmhurst.edu or at (630) 617-3150.

I've changed my mind. I've decided that I don't want to live at Elmhurst College, but I've already paid the housing deposit. What can I do?
The housing deposit is non-refundable. To cancel your housing request, send an email notification to reslife@elmhurst.edu or a facsimile to (630) 617-3722 by August 21.  There is a $200 cancellation fee.  For cancellation requests after August 21 (Fall Term) or December 15 (January or Spring Term), you must formally request a release from the housing contract.

How do I request a room and/or roommate change?

How do I request a release from housing?
You may request release from your housing License Agreement by submitting an application for Release from Housing License Agreement. Completion and submission of the Release from Housing form to the Office of Residence Life does not guarantee release from your License Agreement. Notification of decisions will be made to your Elmhurst College email account within 7 to 10 days.

If you are withdrawing from the College and will no longer be a student here, there is a different form to use, Withdrawal from College and Housing.  The form should be submitted to the Office of Residence Life.  This form should be completed after formal withdrawal from the College in the Advising Office.

 

Updated December 2014

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