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Residence Life is viewed by the University as an integral part of a student’s complete educational experience. In order to ensure that each residential student lives in a safe place which is conducive to sleep and study, the University has outlined policies which are specific to housing. The policies address health and safety, positive community atmosphere and/or individual responsibility.

For the full text of these policies, please view our Student Handbook.

The Office of Residence Life, Housing and Event Services believes campus residency is an integral part of a student's complete educational experience. The residency requirement is published in the University Bulletin, on the University Housing website and in the Student Handbook. It requires students to live on a college campus for four complete semesters, not including summer terms, or to be exempt from the requirement.  Exemptions only apply prior to signing the housing contract.  We will not approve mid-year move outs because of the binding Academic Year Housing Contract.  Each student wishing to be exempt for any of the following reasons must submit an On-Campus Housing Exemption Request Form to be considered for the exemption.

Exemptions to this requirement are limited to four categories:

  • Living at home with parent(s)/legal guardian within 30 miles of campus. The student must submit an On-Campus Housing Exemption Request Form prior to the start of each academic year that they are choosing to live with their parent(s)/legal guardian until the live-on requirement has been fulfilled (2 years).
  • 21 years of age. Students who are 21 years of age prior to the start of the semester qualify for a housing exemption.
  • Marriage/Children. Students who are married or have children qualify for a housing exemption. A marriage certificate to prove actual marriage is required. A birth certificate is required to prove that the student has a child.
  • Medical conditions. This category is rare, as it only applies to those medical conditions that University housing is unable to accommodate.

Each of these reasons requires some verification from third parties associated with documentation of the situation. The On-Campus Housing Exemption Request Form must be accompanied by the documentation before decisions will be made on the request. Students will be notified of the decision via their Regis email account.

The Academic Year Housing Contract is for a full academic year, so please plan accordingly.

Roommate Conflicts

Roommate conflicts are natural and healthy. Living in the residence halls at Regis requires learning to live with a roommate. This experience helps you to learn essential skills like communication, compromise, and setting boundaries. However, sometimes residents need additional support to overcome challenging circumstances. We have systems in place to address roommate concerns.

If you are a parent of a resident having roommate concerns, you can help this process by challenging your student to actively work through the issues, instead of avoiding them or looking for easy solutions. Changing roommates is often not the best solution; helping students seek alternative solutions will enhance the learning that can come from this experience. On each floor of the traditional residence halls and in all of the village communities, there are Resident Assistants (RAs) or Community Assistants (CAs) who have been trained to handle roommate issues. The RAs or the residents may also ask for assistance from the Residence Life Coordinator when necessary.

TIPS FOR PARENTS: How to Support a HEALTHY ROOMMATE EXPERIENCE

As a parent, your student may struggle at times to get a long in the new environment.  As expected, even the best of friends will have frustrating times sharing a living space.  Below are some helpful tips for you to help your student prevent and address common roommate concerns.

1) Get into touch.

Even if the student has chosen his or her roommate, and especially if he or she hasn’t, help get them in contact early and often. The more students communicate BEFORE moving in together, the less like strangers they’ll feel when the day arrives.

  • Important topics to cover during the summer include sleep, study and social habits.  If they are not seemingly compatible, what problem-solving and compromises can they brainstorm?  Setting the tone with knowing there will be some differences, but that it’s okay to address them, will create good habits in case any other issues arise. 
  • Roommates need to know each other’s expectations and limitations regarding personal belongings such as clothing, electronic equipment, food, and use of items in the room while one or the other is away.  Roommates need to be clear on the behavior expected of each other’s guests and how to express concerns to each other.  Most importantly for now, roommates need to figure out who is bringing what for the room.  Not only is it fun to brainstorm what the new home will look like, it is also just practical to figure out what will be brought into the new home.  Absolutely nobody wants to move heavy electronic equipment or a piece of furniture only to move it back!

2) Take perspective.

Oftentimes, students realize that there are many habits and expectations that they bring into their new living environment that may be different than his/her roommates .  Meeting and living with a student who has a different set of habits and expectations may be difficult, but can often be worked out through communication and/or a conflict resolution. 

3) Encourage Communication.

Communication is certainly a skill that will benefit your student in all arenas of life.  Living with a roommate—whether a friend or acquaintance—requires open communication. While technology makes it easy to communicate in another medium, the Department encourages students to resolve issues together in a face-to-face setting. Please encourage your student to seek help from a staff member if needed early on to address any possible issues. The Department cannot fix issues in which it is not aware.  

ROOMMATE AGREEMENT

Discussing expectations and conflict is easier at the beginning of the year before you are in the heat of an argument. We expect all students to use the provided Roommate Agreement to discuss conflict and solutions before they occur.

ADDITIONAL HELP AND SUPPORT

Most roommate conflicts are able to be resolved with a little hard work and compromise. Some conflicts require more support and alternate solutions. Encourage your student to take advantage of the many support mechanisms in place at Regis University to address conflict. The Resident Assistant is an upperclass student who lives on the floor and who has had in depth training on helping students work through conflict. The Residence Life Coordinators, professional staff, are also available to help work through conflict and find compromises and solutions. The Residence Life Coordinator nor the Resident Assistant will solve the problem, but rather help facilitate the process to resolve the issue.  Changing rooms is rarely the first or best option and is often challenging when the building is at full capacity.

Moving in is an exciting part of being a college student but it can also cause anxiety. To ease the tension, here is a list of some items you'll want to consider bringing to campus.

What You Should Bring

  • Extra long twin sheets (80x30 and 75x38 ½)
  • Pillows, bedspread or comforter, blankets
  • Towels, washcloths, and bathrobe
  • Shower tote, caddy, and shower shoes
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Telephone or Cellular phone
  • Calling card (if you don't have a cell phone you won't be able to make long distance phone calls without a phone card)
  • Power strip and extension cords
  • Laundry basket, high efficiency detergent, fabric softener
  • School supplies/ backpack
  • Alarm clock or clock radio with batteries
  • Flashlight

What You May Want to Bring (Optional)

  • Stereo or docking station (bookshelf size)
  • TV and DVD Player
  • Computer/laptop/printer (optional due to computer lab in each residence hall)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Posters and sticky tack (absolutely no tape or nails can be used on walls; the University recommends UHU Tac)
  • Camera
  • Fan and/or humidifier
  • Bike and bike lock
  • Hand-held vacuum or carpet sweeper (vacuums available with staff for check-out)
  • Sports equipment (skis, snowboard, etc.)
  • Calendar, daily planner
  • Storage bins, small organizer
  • Desk/floor lamps
  • Full-length mirror (may not be hung on residence hall doors or wardrobes)
  • “George Foreman”-type grill
  • Food items
  • Coffeemaker
  • Lockbox for valuables or medications

Please Don't Bring

  • Refrigerator or microwave (they will be provided)
  • Pets, with the exception of fish (limit of up to one 25-gallon tank)
  • Waterbed or mattress from home
  • Drapes for the windows
  • Hot plates, toasters, anything with exposed coils
  • Halogen- or torchiere-style lamps
  • Unapproved materials for hanging, including Scotch or duct tape, electrical or masking tape, tacks, and nails; anything that might damage walls
  • Valuable possessions you don’t really need
  • Candles, incense, or fireworks
  • Anything in violation of the Regis University Student Handbook

Health Items

Student Health Services recommends bringing the following items:

  • Tylenol/Advil
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury)
  • Band-Aids
  • First aid ointment
  • Decongestant
  • Cough medicine
  • Calamine lotion
  • Medic Alert bracelet for serious illness or allergy
  • Any maintenance medication prescribed for student (i.e. inhalers)

Items to Discuss with Your Roommate Before Purchasing

  • T.V.
  • Carpet/rugs
  • Video game console

Renters Insurance

According to the Regis University Housing Contract, "The UNIVERSITY assumes no liability for the loss of money, clothing, or other personal property or for loss or damage to student property housed in UNIVERSITY facilities. The room rates are based upon the absence of such liability. STUDENTS are encouraged and should carry private insurance on their personal property." ~ No. 10

We encourage residents to speak with their parents to determine if their personal property is covered within their homeowner's insurance policy if such loss were to occur while living in our residence halls. If not, students should carry other private renter's insurance for their property. The following are links to renters insurance companies. Regis University and the Office of Residence Life, Housing & Event Services do not endorse any of the following companies or their products.

DeSmet, O'Connell & West Hall Laundry Services

LaundryView® Makes Laundry More Convenient

LaundryView allows you to check the status of machines in your laundry room online without ever setting foot outside your dorm room. And the LaundryView® Text Alerts feature lets you ask the machine for a text message when your cycle is compete. Together they make doing laundry a breeze.

Need Laundry Help? The Campus Clothes Line™ has the answers

Do you have a stubborn stain or do you need a refresher (or a complete) course in laundry education? Check out The Campus Clothes Line™, a new interactive resource for all things laundry - including: laundry instructions & advice, stain tips, videos, prizes and more!

Easy Service Reporting: LaundryLinx™ & Customer Care Center

If a machine isn’t working properly, log on to LaundryLinx™, and select the problem from a few simple drop-down menus. This, in conjunction with Mac-Gray’s auto-dispatch technology, provides a direct link to your campus service technician so the problem can be addressed quickly. Or, if you would rather speak to someone, call 1.800.MAC.GRAY (800.622.4729) for friendly customer service from one of our specially-trained Customer Care Representatives.

Residence Village & Ignatian Village Laundry Services

Every townhouse unit in the Residence Village has a private washer and dryer in the unit for the six residents to share. Each of the off-campus houses in Ignatian Village also has a private washer and dryer for the house’s residents.  These washers and dryers are high-efficiency appliances, which require the use of high-efficiency laundry detergents. Look for the following HE logo on your preferred brand of laundry detergent.