Housing - FAQ

Housing - FAQ

Q: How are first-year students assigned roommates?
A: Roommates are matched by the Office of Residence Life using the Resident Student Application, filled out by each resident student along with the other information they receive with their housing packet. It is very important that the student fill this out as accurately as possible in order to make the best roommate match.

Q: What happens if a roommate does not like their assigned roommate?
A: Except in cases where there is an unusually severe problem between roommates, first-year students are encouraged not to change roommates during the first semester. Most early roommate problems are simply the result of adjusting to a new situation. However, if a change is necessary, resident students are able to make arrangements with the assistant director during the "Open Room Exchange" which takes place during the second full week of the semester.

Q: Can I receive a single room as a freshman resident?
A: The Office of Residence Life strongly encourages all first year students to have a roommate. If there is a medical or special needs situation, please schedule an appointment with the Office of Residence Life. Students with documented needs that prevent them from having a roommate will receive special consideration for a single room. 

Q: Can I have a car on-campus as a freshman resident?
A: Although a car is not a necessity for a resident student, students who wish to have a car on campus may do so by registering their vehicle with the Office of Security and purchasing a parking decal. In early to mid July, the Office of Campus Security and Safety will send a mailing to all new students in order to make arrangements for on-campus parking. The Office of Campus Security and Safety is located in the basement of Luksic Hall.

Q: Is there housing for just first-year students?
A: The residence halls at King's are not segregated by class year. Most floors are comprised of first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with the greater number being first-year students and the lesser number being seniors.

Q: How are residence halls supervised?
A: The Office of Residence Life employs 29 undergraduate Resident Assistants who develop a strong community and assist students with their needs while living in the residence halls. In addition, Resident Counselors, who are non-students who hold a bachelor's degree, live in the halls and serve as positive adult role models for students.

Q: What types of activities are held in the residence halls?
A: Activities in the residence halls are designed to promote a more positive community. These activities can be of a social nature or more educationally focused. For example, a floor may have dinner together in the dining hall or go on a shopping trip off campus. Floors, as a group, will typically attend films, plays, or lectures given on campus. Other offices on campus conduct workshops on study skills, career planning, and personal relationships.

Q: Are residence halls closed during semester break and vacations?
A: The Housing Contract does not provide for room and board during semester breaks, recesses, or official College holidays. Under special circumstances and for an additional fee, arrangements may be made with the Office of Residence Life to remain in a residence hall during a break. College dining is not available during this time.

Q: May resident students return a day or two early from breaks or at the beginning of the semester?
A: No. The residence halls are closed during each recess or official College holiday and in between semesters. Permission to stay on campus during these times can only be granted for academic or athletic reasons by the director of residence life.

Q: What furniture is provided in each room?
A: All resident rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, closet, desk, and desk chair for each student.

Q: How does a student report a maintenance concern?
A: Resident students can fill out a maintenance report form or they can personally report the concern to their resident assistant/resident counselor.

Q: What types of electrical appliances are permitted?
A: All resident students are required to limit their use of electrical appliances to the following: stereo equipment, TV, clock, hairdryer, refrigerator no larger than 5.0 cubic feet, microwave ovens no more than 900 watts, hot pots, coffeemakers with UL-approved heating elements and automatic shutoffs. Any appliance without an enclosed heating element, such as a hot plate, toaster or toaster oven is in violation of the safety codes and is not permitted.

Q: Should students bring bed linens and towels?
A: Students will need to supply their own twin XL sheets, blankets, towels and any other necessary linens.

Q: Are there laundry facilities on campus?
A: Laundry facilities are found in the basements of Holy Cross Hall, Esseff Hall, Flood Hall, and Luksic Hall. Alumni and O’Hara Halls have laundry facilities on the second, third and fourth floors. Laundry machines operate on a Laundry View system, which allows you to access information on available laundry machines from any computer. This unique feature also allows you to be texted when your laundry is completed. Laundry machines operate on the King’s Cash system which is through the student ID card. Money can be placed on the King's Cash account for the student and can be deducted each time the washer or dryer is operated. Laundry machines cost $1.00 for a washer and $1.00 for the dryer. Deposits to the King's Cash account can be made three ways: in the Business Office during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m), by using the PHIL station, located on the first floor of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, or online

Q: Are members of the opposite sex allowed to visit in rooms?
A: Yes. Visitation in the living areas of the residence halls by persons of the opposite sex is permitted during the following hours:
Sunday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to Midnight, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Q: Will King's College reimburse a student for stolen or damaged personal items?
A: King's College is not responsible for a student's personal belongings. The College highly recommends that you check your homeowner's insurance to make sure that student property is covered while living at college. Some carriers will provide a standard policy to insure personal belongings while attending college.

Q: Are there locks on resident students' rooms?
A: Each resident student's room in College-owned housing has a keyed door lock. Both residents of a room are issued a key and are encouraged to lock their doors whenever they are not in their rooms.

Q: Are personal computers allowed in residence halls?
A: Yes. Students living in the residence halls may bring personal computers and laptops and connect them to the network. Internet connections via the campus network are available for every resident student. Several local computer sales and service vendors are available in the area or you may opt to utilize the King’s College Personal Pricing Connection .

Q. Is internet access available from student residence hall rooms?
A. Yes. Each student room has access to the college internet system. Specifications for computer configuration (ethernet) is available through the IITS area.

Q: Are land-line phones installed in student rooms?
A: There are emergency phones located on most residence hall floors in common areas for student use.  911 and local calls will work on these emergency phones.

Q: In the case of a family emergency, how can a student be contacted?
A: In a family emergency, the College staff can be a valuable resource. If you would like to have a College staff member inform a student of a family emergency, you may contact the Student Affairs Office at (570) 208-5875 during office hours or the College switchboard at (570) 208-5900 after hours.

Q: When does the housing application process for the following academic process year take place?
A: Updated information will be available in December for returning residents regarding college apartments and the lottery process. In addition, the housing application process for students returning to Esseff and Holy Cross will be held in mid March following the winter break. Information about the process will be made available at floor/hall meetings prior to the winter break.

Q: What are the qualifications to live off campus?
A: All first-year and sophomore students who do not reside with their parents or legal guardian and who are under 21 years of age, are required to live in one of King's College's residence halls. Junior and senior students may reside off campus but they must submit a request form to the Office of Residence Life.

Q:  What are the room dimensions?

Esseff

 

Room

Length – 16 feet 11 inches

Width – 16 feet 6 inches

Height – 7 feet 8 inches

 

Closet

Width – 3 feet 8 inches

Height – 7 feet 8 inches

Depth – 2 feet 3 inches

 

Bed Clearance

1 foot 11 inches

 

Holy Cross

 

Room

Length – 16 feet 1 inch

Width – 10 feet 3 inches

Height – 8 Feet

 

Closet

Width – 3 feet 1 inch

Height – 8 feet

Depth – 2 feet

 

Bed Clearance

High – 5 feet

Mid High – 2 feet 6 inches

Mid Low – 1 foot 4 inches

Low – 8 inches

 

Holy Cross Suite

 

Room

Length – 18 feet

Width – 14 feet

Height – 8 feet

 

Closet

Width – 5 feet

Height – 8 feet

Depth – 2 feet

 

Bed Clearance

Same as Holy Cross

 

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