Residence Hall FAQs

  • Contact Residence Life

    Phone:
    412.578.8776

  • Two Carlow University students sit and chat in their dorm room 

    Most students residing in the residence halls occupy Dougherty Hall. First-year students reside on the 5th and 6th floors of both Frances Warde Hall and Dougherty Hall. Go to FAQs

    The residence hall is staffed by a director and assistant director of campus life, two live-in graduate resident directors, and resident advisors (RAs). RAs live with the students on their respective floor sections. They help to manage the residence hall, communicate important information to residents on the floors, advise and refer students with personal problems, encourage the development of maturity by their own behavior, help students adjust to a group-living environment, and maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic pursuit.

    Residence halls are a place both for hanging out with friends and quiet studying at Carlow University

     
    1. What is in my residence hall room?
    2. Are there laundry facilities in the residence halls?
    3. How do I obtain my ID card?
    4. Do I need to be a full time student to live in the residence hall?
    5. How do I sign up for housing?
    6. How do I select a roommate?
    7. When will I find out who my roommate will be and where I will be living?
    8. What are the visitation hours?
    9. Can I bring a carpet for my room?
    10. May I have a microwave or other appliances?
    11. Should I bring an extension cord?
    12. How can my room be decorated?
    13. What can or should I bring?
    14. May I bring a pet to school?
    15. May I bring my own furniture?
    16. Are rooms inspected for damage?
    17. Am I responsible for damage of University property?
    18. Is cable TV available?
    19. What size sheets do I need?
    20. Am I able to hook up my computer in my room?
    21. May I bring my bicycle?
    22. Is smoking permitted in the residence halls?
    23. Am I allowed to have a car on campus?
    24. How can I get involved?
    25. What if I lose my key and/or ID card?
    26. What should I do to ensure the security of my property?
    27. What are the bathroom facilities like?
    28. What will my address be?
    29. Am I required to leave the residence hall during holiday/vacation breaks?
    30. Is there a common lounge in the residence hall?
    31. Where do I eat?
    32. What if I get sick?
    33. Is there exercise equipment available?
    34. Is there a Counselor on campus?
    35. Are there jobs available on campus?
    36. How secure are the residence halls?
    37. Are my belongings insured?
    38. Where do I go if I have other questions regarding my living on campus?


    1. What is in my residence hall (dorm) room? Each resident is provided with a bed, dresser, closet, bookshelf, micro-fridge, air conditioner, desk, and chair. All rooms are carpeted.

    2. Are there laundry facilities in the residence halls? Card-operated washers and dryers are located on each floor of the residence halls. Students pay $3.00 for a laundry card that can be reloaded throughout the year with funds to use the washers and dryers.  It costs $1.25 per wash and $1.25 per dry. 

    3.
    How do I obtain my ID card? Each student is provided with a photo ID card that must be carried at all times. The ID card is used to gain access to the residence hall, as well as many other buildings on campus, as a library card and a meal card. New students receive their card during New Student Orientation. You do not have to renew the card each year.

    4.
    Do I need to be a full-time student to live in the residence hall? All students must carry a full-time course load (12 credits or more) to live in the residence hall.

    5.
    How do I sign up for housing? In keeping with the policies and philosophy of the University, the Office of Campus Life does not discriminate when providing housing with regard to race, color, sexual orientation, creed, or age. Application materials for housing and food service will be forwarded to students who have been accepted and have paid their admissions deposits.

    6.
    How do I select a roommate? New Students: Prior to moving into the residence hall, a $100 room damage deposit is made to the Office of Admissions along with a $100 room holding deposit. Once the deposit is made, a Roommate Preference Form is sent. Once completed and sent back, assignments are made using the information supplied on the form. Traditional aged first-year students are required to have a roommate. In the event that you know of another student who is attending Carlow and would like to room with the individual, both students must indicate their preference on the form. Returning Students: A room lottery is held in the spring (April) for students who plan to reside in the residence hall for the following fall term. A deposit of $100 for a double occupancy or a deposit of $500 for a single occupancy is to be paid to the Student Accounts Office before the schedule lottery date. Lottery numbers are pulled and rooms are selected by seniority of class—upcoming seniors, juniors, and sophomores. It is the responsibility of the student to find a roommate. A list of students needing roommates is mailed out during the summer. If a student is unable to find a roommate from the list, she will be assigned to a transfer student. The room damage deposit is carried over from year to year. Each residence hall student is required to maintain a balance of $100 in this account. Providing the student has no fines and/or damage assessment against their account, the remainder is refunded upon withdrawal from the residence hall. The room holding deposit is credited to the cost of the student’s next spring semester housing charge.

    7.
    When will I find out who my roommate will be and where I will be living? New Students: You will receive your housing assignment mid-July. Your assignment will include your room number and mailbox number. You will also receive your roommate name, phone number, and e-mail address. Upperclassmen: Room lottery is held in April. Returning students are responsible for finding a roommate. A list of students needing roommates is mailed immediately after the lottery and again in the summer. If a student is unable to find a roommate from the list, s/he will be assigned to a transfer student.

    8.
    What are the regular visitation hours? To ensure that visitors to the residence hall do not compromise the safety and privacy of resident students, all students shall have the privilege of visitation in accordance with the general policies of the residence hall and the specific rules of the individual floor. Carlow Dispatchers and RAs are responsible for organizing and supervising visitation in the residence hall. The student must escort his/her guests at all times. Each resident is responsible for the actions of his/her guest, including damages. Residents must sign in their guests upon their arrival and sign them out upon their departure at the front desk. Each resident may sign in three (3) guests at a time. All guests must relinquish photo IDs which display name when signing in. A guest pass will be given to the guests. In the event a guest does not have a photo ID, the resident student may use her ID. Only one (1) guest may be admitted in this case. Visitation hours are set as Sunday through Thursday, 10am-11pm., Friday and Saturday, 10am-12am [midnight]. Visitors of a resident student can be signed into the student Commuter Lounge after visitation hours until 3am. 

    9.
    Can I bring a carpet for my room? There is no need since all dorm rooms are equipped with wall-to-wall carpeting.

    10.
    May I have appliances? Cooking is prohibited in residence hall rooms. The use of other electrical devices such as radios, mp3 players, curling irons, and hair dryers is permitted providing such devices are plugged within the room do not exceed the amperage limits of the circuit within the room. UNAUTHORIZED APPLIANCES INCLUDE: Electric blankets, electric potpourri pots, kerosene or electric heaters, toaster ovens, octopus-type electric plugs, and sun lamps. The operation and maintenance of electrical appliances are the full responsibility of the student. All electrical appliances must be kept in good working condition and are subject to inspection by college employees. The college also reserves the right to confiscate unauthorized, dangerous electrical appliances. 

    11.
    Should I bring an extension cord? For safety reasons, if you need to use extension cords, please make sure you use heavy-duty cords with a minimum of 14-gauge wire. If you use surge protectors, please make sure that they are heavy duty with a self-tripping breaker.

    12.
    How can my room be decorated? You and your roommate will have a great deal of freedom to put a “personal touch” on your room! We welcome you to do this but ask that you use white hanging putty, pushpins, removable Command strips, or thumbtacks. Please do not use double-sided or duct tape as these will leave a heavy residue and/or remove the paint. In order to help ensure that there is a clear exit from the room in case of emergency, you are not permitted to hang tapestries from the ceiling or in front of the door. Also, because of the damage caused by self-adhesive decals and nails/bolts, we ask that you refrain from using them. Halogen lamps are not permitted in the hall due to fire safety concerns.

    13. What can or should I bring? Some suggestions: TV, laundry bag/basket, computer/laptop, alarm clock, iron, desk lamp, eating utensils, bowls, cups, pitchers, pillow(s), mattress pad, comforter/blanket, dish soap, regular twin-size sheets, air fresheners, towels, washcloths, under-the-bed boxes, shower flip-flops and caddy, bathrobe, toiletries, hygiene supplies, trash can, hangers, flashlight, batteries, posters and poster putty, daily planner, first aid kit, extension cord, surge protector.

    14. May I bring a pet to school? If your pet is a fish, he or she is welcome. There is a 20 gallon limit on aquariums. During extended breaks/vacations, you are not required to unplug the aquarium. Please leave all other pets at home.

    15. May I bring my own furniture? Furniture owned by students is not allowed in rooms without permission from the Office of Campus Life. Please realize that all of the University provided furniture must remain in your room. The University provides each student with bed, mattress, desk and desk chair, dresser, closet, and a bookshelf. Furniture cannot be stored during the year. University furniture not originally designated to student rooms is not allowed in residence rooms. It is a fire hazard to put up additional drapes in order to divide or partition rooms and/or to block the entrance to the room.

    16. Are rooms inspected for damage? You are responsible for any damage that may occur in your room and will be billed accordingly. Your RA will review the room with each occupant at the beginning of the term and each roommate will sign a room inventory/damage form. At the end of the school year (or when a student moves out of the room) the RA will again review and assess the room for damage with the students. University officials, including RAs, may enter a room for health, safety, or welfare of students, the performance of maintenance, or the enforcement of University regulations. Announced or unannounced room inspections may be made throughout the year for maintenance concerns. Tampering with any residence hall door to hinder one’s entry/exit is strictly prohibited and will result in a charge for any resulting damage and/or disciplinary action. Students are not to enter someone's room without the resident’s permission. Students in violation of this policy may be charged with trespassing. Your room should be kept clean to avoid health hazards.

    17. Am I responsible for damage of University property? Damage or theft of University property occurring in common areas is the joint responsibility of the occupants sharing the facilities. Occupants will be billed for damage or theft. Damage or theft in lounges, study rooms, and bathrooms, etc., located on the living areas of the residence hall will be billed to students living in the area. Misuse or abuse of facilities (i.e. TV lounges, study lounges, hallways, laundry rooms, and elevators) may result in damage charges and/or result in the restriction of its use.

    18. Is cable TV available? Each floor lounge is equipped with cable television. Rooms are wired for cable. Power input: 120 volts, power output: .5. You cannot connect a TV or stereo to the cable of the TV in the floor lounge. Also, TV/radio antennas or wiring are not permitted out the window or in the hallways.  

    19. What size sheets do I need? The beds are equipped with standard twin mattresses.

    20. Am I able to hook up my computer in my room? Yes, all rooms are wired for two (2) computers. There is also WiFi available, but it is recommended for you to use an Ethernet cord for faster speed. The Information Technology Department provides lab assistants as support service for all computer needs. Some of the labs are in buildings with limited hours and some are in areas available for use 24 hours a day. There is a computer lab located on the 3rd floor of Frances Warde Hall.  
     
    21. May I bring my bicycle? Yes. Bikes must be stored in student rooms. They may not be kept in lounges, stairwells, or halls.

    22. Is smoking permitted in the residence halls? To create an environment that promotes and reinforces healthy, responsible living, smoking is strictly prohibited in all buildings on the Carlow campus. Resident students who smoke must go outside to the designated smoking area. 

    23. Am I allowed to have a car on campus? Due to severely limited parking, resident students cannot purchase a permit to park on campus.

    24. How can I get involved? There are many programs/activities offered by the Office of Campus Life which you are encouraged to participate in and perhaps even help plan and coordinate. 

    25. What if I lose my key and/or ID card? If you require a new ID card and/or a room key because of loss, damage, or theft, you can obtain the ID card from the Dispatch Office, and a key from the Office of Campus Life at a replacement cost of $25.

    26. What should I do to ensure the security of my property? You should keep your room locked at all times. Do not leave cash, jewelry, or other valuable items in the open. If you notice anything or anyone unusual in the building, please report this immediately to a staff member of a campus police officer. 

    27. What are the bathroom facilities like? Each floor has a common bath with a number of sinks, toilets, and showers. Shower shoes, a robe and a carrying case for your toiletries are recommended. The shower stalls are single occupancy only. Under no circumstances may two or more people be in the shower together.

    28. What will my address be? All resident students are assigned a mailbox. All mail should be addressed as follows:
    Your Name
    3333 Fifth Avenue, Box ______
    Carlow University
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

    29. Am I required to leave the dorm during holiday/vacation breaks? The residence halls are closed for designated holiday breaks (Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break, and Easter). Students will be expected to make travel arrangements in advance so they are prepared to leave at the appropriate time. All campus facilities are closed during holiday breaks.

    30. Is there a common lounge in the residence hall? Each floor has a common lounge area with a TV, lounge furniture, and very basic kitchen facilities. 

    31. Where do I eat? The main cafeteria is located on the Ground Floor of Tiernan Hall and serves lunch and dinner, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Another option for eating on campus is Franny’s. Franny's is located on the 3rd Floor of Frances Warde Hall and serves sandwiches, snacks, and beverages. Carlow University resident students are required to participate in the meal plans offered on campus. 

    32. What if I get sick? The Health Services Center provides for the health needs for all students. The office is located in Frances Warde Hall, 4th floor. The hours are Monday through Friday: 9am-4:30pm.

    33. Are there wellness services available?  Wellness and Fitness Services provides healthy lifestyle strategies and wellness education to the Carlow community through special events, classes, workshops, and seminars. The department offers individualized exercise programs to the students, faculty, and staff that improve fitness levels and promote cardiovascular health. There are two fitness centers on campus for student use.  

    34. Is there a Counselor on campus? The Counseling Center exists to provide students with a safe place in which to talk about their concerns and feelings in a confidential, non-judgmental setting, either in a private session or by participating in a support group with other students.

    35. Are there jobs available on campus? The University participates in the Federal Work-Study Program. To see if you are eligible for this program, you should contact the Financial Aid Office at 412.578.6058. 

    36. How secure are the residence halls? The Carlow University Police Department is located on the main floor of Frances Warde Hall. Police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The front desk of the residence hall is staffed 24 hours a day. The bottom level entrance of the residence halls can be accessed Monday through Friday 6am-9pm. After 9pm, all students and guests must enter by the 3rd floor entrance. An ID is required at all times to gain entrance to the residence hall. 

    37. Are my belongings insured? The University assumes no legal responsibility for the loss of or damage to personal property due to insufficient or excessive heat, fire, smoke, water, the elements, or action of third party. Residents should carry insurance protection for their personal belongings.

    38. Where do I go if I have other questions regarding my living on campus? After you arrive on campus, your RA is always a good person to start with. If they can’t help you, they’ll put you in touch with someone who can. If questions arise before you arrive, please feel free to get in touch with us (the Office of Campus Life).