Information for First-Year Students
Welcome to Residence Life at King’s! We are thrilled that you have chosen to live here at King’s, and we hope that this page will answer most of the questions you have about living on campus as a first-year student. Transfer students, please see the page dedicated specifically to your needs by using the sidebar at left. After you read through the information provided below, you can also check out some additional ResLife FAQs, as well as some of the housing options available to you as you move through your time at King’s.
Departmental Contact Information
Office of Residence Life
133 N. River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
8:30a-4:30p (academic year)
8:30a-4:00p (May 20-August 9)
Housing Application and Sign-Up Process
New first-year students will receive a packet in the mail from our office within the first two weeks of May. Students will need to follow the instructions in the packet and return the required forms, as well as a $150.00 housing deposit, no later than June 5th.
Roommate Assignment Process
Students who return their paperwork by the June 5th deadline will receive room and roommate assignments to their kings.edu email address the week of July 1st. The letter will include the student’s building and room assignment, as well as the roommate’s name and contact information.
What to Bring
Here is a document that can help you start to think about items to bring with you to campus. This is not a comprehensive list but can help you start thinking about what to pack. As you’re packing, please reference your housing contract for items that are or are not permitted, as well as the maximum sizes for some electronic items. Be sure to also leave behind those items that are not permitted on campus, particularly items that are a fire hazard (toaster ovens, candles, space heaters, etc) and pets that are not Service Animals or approved Emotional Support Animals.
Here are room and furniture dimensions for standard rooms in Esseff and Holy Cross Halls. These dimensions are approximations and are meant for planning purposes only. All rooms come fully furnished with a twin XL bed, dresser, closet, desk and desk chair for each student. All furniture provided by the College must stay in the room, so we advise against bringing your own large pieces of furniture.
Under-the- Bed Space
|Holy Cross Hall||16’1”(L) x 10’3” (W) x 8’ (H)||8” (H) x 3’1” (W) x 2” (D)||
High: 5' Mid-High: 2'6" Mid-Low: 1'4"
|Esseff Hall||16’11”(L) x 16’6”(W) x 7’8” (H)||7’8” (H) x 3’8” (W) x 2’3” (D)||1’11”|
First-Year Students All first-year students who do not have permission to arrive early will move in to their assigned residence hall on Thursday, August 22nd, from 8:00am-12:00pm. Students will report directly to Esseff or Holy Cross Halls and will receive their keys from the staff located in the lobby of the building. Students and families will park outside of the building to unload their car, and then will be directed to move their cars to a more permanent parking location by Security officers.
Fall Sport Student Athletes Students participating in Fall sports will move in prior to the rest of the student body. Check in dates and locations for specific teams are listed below, and additional information will be provided to students by their respective coaches. If a student needs to check in outside of regular business hours, all room keys will be available for pick-up at the Switchboard, which is open 24/7 and is located on the 1st floor of the Library.
|Athletic Team||Early Arrival Date||Check-in Location|
|Women’s Volleyball||August 16th||Residence Life Office|
|Women’s Soccer||August 16th||Residence Life Office|
|Cross-Country||August 16th||Residence Life Office|
|Field Hockey||August 16th||Residence Life Office|
|Men’s Soccer||August 18th||
Residence Life Staff
The Residence Life Staff is comprised of 52 individuals who are ready to serve the students they live with. Please check out our staff website to get a sense of who we are, and what we do!
Student Mailing Address
All students are assigned a 4-digit mailbox with a unique combination to open the box. All mailboxes are in the student’s residence hall. Students will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office at the start of the second week of classes, detailing their unique 4-digit box number and combination. Once the student receives their mailbox number, they should provide that to friends and family to be added to the formal address. In the meantime, if a student needs to have a package sent to campus, please use the following address:
133 N. River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
When packages arrive on campus, students will receive an email from the College’s Post Office, notifying them that they have a package that needs to be claimed. Students will have to show their student ID card at the Post Office and sign for their package.
If you are interested in renting a microfridge unit instead of purchasing one on your own, King’s partners with a company called MyMicrofridge. Units will be delivered to a student’s room prior to their arrival on campus and will be picked up after a student moves out in May.
King’s College is not responsible for a student’s belongings in the residence halls. We recommend that all students have renter’s insurance in event of any damage. Many students are covered under their parent’s homeowner’s insurance, so we recommend checking with your insurance company first. If you are interested in purchasing a policy, please visit National Student Services, INC.
Health Information Requirement
Students who live on campus must submit health paperwork and proof of insurance to the Student Health Center, through the Student Health Portal. This information is required and must be submitted for a student to be permitted to move into their campus housing assignment. Any questions can be directed to the Student Health Center at 570-208-5852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First-year students are permitted to have cars on campus, but all cars must be registered through the Office of Campus Safety and Security through the purchase of a parking hang tag. Please visit the Security website for additional information. They can be reached at 570-208-5926 or email@example.com.
Medical Housing Accommodations
Students who require specific accommodation due to medical diagnosis should first speak with Mrs. Sheri Yech, Director of the Academic Skills Center and Disability Services Coordinator. Mrs. Yech will work with the students on obtaining any necessary paperwork to confirm the need for an accommodation and will also coordinate with the Office of Residence Life to implement any approved accommodations. Mrs. Yech can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-208-5841.
Important Upcoming Dates
Below are a few upcoming dates resident students should be aware of. Please reference the College’s Academic Calendar for additional information.
|first-year student move-in day/Orientation begins
first day of classes
last day to add classes
open roommate change period begins
open roommate change period ends/last day to change meal plan
residence halls close for fall break
Get Involved on Campus!
There’s a lot to do here at King’s, and here are just a couple ways to get out and meet new people.
Floor Programs: Your Resident Assistant (RA) will be planning a multitude of events throughout the year for your floor and building. Be sure to attend a few and get to know someone new!
Clubs and Organizations Fair: Held on September 6th, you can check out all the clubs that King’s has to offer and join any that you might share some interests with. If you don’t see the club for you, stop in to Campus Activities and learn how to start one!
Volunteer Fair: Service is an important part of life at King’s. Stop by the Volunteer Fair on September 11th to learn about some of the organizations we work with and serve.