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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residence Hall Housing

Amenities

Are bathrooms co-ed?

What about telephone service in my room?

What are the dimensions of the room?

Whom do I contact about telephone and network (WIRED) services?

 

Break Housing

Are the residence halls/apartments open over Pacing Break?

Are the residence halls/apartments open over Semester Break?

Are the residence halls/apartments open over Spring Break?

Are the residence halls/apartments open over Thanksgiving Break?

 

Expectations & Regulations

Am I allowed to have pets in my room/apartment?

Can I build a loft?

Can I store unwanted University furniture off-campus if I bring it back?

May I have a refrigerator in my room?

What do I do if I am locked out?

What do I do if I have lost my keys?

What do I do if I want to change rooms?

What do I do if something is wrong with my room?

What items are not permitted due to fire safety regulations?

Who can enter my building?
 

First Year Housing

How are the first-year student buildings arranged?

How are first-year student room assignments processed?

How are first-year student roommates matched?

What if I'd like to change the room assignment I received? Can it be changed?

What should I do if I already submitted my residence application and wish to add a specific roommate choice or change the information I originally indicated?

What should I do if I need special housing consideration due to a medical condition?

When will I receive my student assignment and roommate information?
 

Housing Requirements

Are students guaranteed housing on campus?

Will I have the same room assignment for four years?
 

Meal Plan Information

Are all on-campus students required to be on a meal plan?

Can I change my meal plan?
 

Opening-August

Can I move in early?

Can I see my room before moving in?

What furniture will be in my room when I arrive and what do I need to bring for the room?

What should I do if I want to forward some personal belongings to campus?

What size sheets should I bring?
 

 

Amenities

Are bathrooms co-ed?
Both gender neutral and gender specific bathroom facilities are available in residence halls.

What about telephone service in my room?
A landline is provided in each room. Students must supply their own telephone.

What are the dimensions of the room?
Floor plans and 3D images are available under each individual building listing on our housing website.

Whom do I contact about telephone and network (WIRED) services?
The Lehigh Office of Library and Technology Services is located in Linderman Library and can be contacted via phone or e-mail for telephone or network questions and/or problems:

Long distance services (758-5005)
Voice Mail services (758-5300)
Network (WIRED) services (758-2666)
General help (758-4357)

 

Break Housing

Are the residence halls/apartments open over Pacing Break?

The residence halls are open over Pacing Break. There are limited dining options during breaks. Students interested in staying during breaks should consult the Lehigh Dining Services website for further dining information.

Are the residence halls/apartments open over Semester Break?

The availability of break housing over the Semester Break will be limited during the upcoming academic year to only students who are required to remain on campus for NCAA sanctioned practices and events and/or international students. All other residents are expected to make alternative housing arrangements during these break periods.

Are the residence halls/apartments open over Spring Break?
The availability of break housing over the Spring Break will be limited during the upcoming academic year to only students who are required to remain on campus for NCAA sanctioned practices and events and/or international students. All other residents are expected to make alternative housing arrangements during these break periods.

Are the residence halls/apartments open over Thanksgiving Break?

The residence halls are open over Thanksgiving Break. Students who will be remaining on campus over Thanksgiving break must register with Residential Services. There are limited dining options during breaks. Students interested in staying during breaks should consult the Lehigh Dining Services website for further dining information.

 

Expectations & Regulations

Am I allowed to have pets in my room/apartment?
No animals are allowed except non-predatory fish in properly maintained aquariums of 10 gallons or less (aquariums must have noise-free compressors for the filters) are allowed in the residence halls.

Can I build a loft?
Lofts must comply with specifications established by the Office of Residential Services. These specifications prohibit the removal of any University furnishings or affixing lofts to walls, furnishings, or ceilings. The loft policy and regulations along with the waiver is available on-line through the portal.

Can I store unwanted University furniture off-campus if I bring it back?
It is expected that all University provided furniture remains in a student's room throughout the academic year. Some furniture can be disassembled and stored within the room if not wanted (e.g., bed).

May I have a refrigerator in my room?
Personal refrigerators may be brought, but are not to exceed 4.6 cubic feet. MicroFridge units are available for rental from Campus Specialties.

What do I do if I am locked out?
If locked out, students are encouraged to find a roommate to let them in the room. If they unable to find a roommate, alternate options are available. Between 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM on weekdays, students may go to the IDEAL Office. Upon presenting identification, a temporary key will be issued. Students may also find a Residence Life staff member in order to gain access to their room. Between 6:00 PM and 7:00 AM, students should call the Gryphon on-duty phone for the building where they reside. Phone numbers are posted on the staff office door. There are fines associated with lockouts.

What do I do if I have lost my keys?
Individuals who have lost their keys should go to the IDEAL Office.

What do I do if I want to change rooms?
Students who would like to change rooms should contact their Assistant Director of Residence Life (AD-RL). The AD-RL will be able to assist the student with the room change procedure.

What do I do if something is wrong with my room?
Problems related to a student room or common areas within the building can be directed to the student's Gryphon. Gryphons can direct and assist students with repairs and corrections.

What items are not permitted due to fire safety regulations?
Halogen lamps, candles of any kind (including decorative), incense, automatic drip coffee makers, percolators, all cooking appliances such as hot plates, hot pots,microwave ovens, toasters, toaster ovens, electric fry pans, grills/griddles, portable heating units of any kind, electric blankets, and sun lamps. See GPO for a more complete list.

Who can enter my building?
Students living in the building, maintenance, custodial staff, Residence Life and Residential Services professional staff are the only individuals with access to a specific building. Custodial staff has access to common areas. If requested by the student, maintenance staff has the ability to access individual rooms to make repairs.

First Year Housing

How are the first-year student buildings arranged?
Traditional housing is coed separated by floor (i.e. 1st floor men, 2nd floor women) or by section, usually with a stairwell and fire door diving them (i.e. left side female, right side male).

How are first-year student room assignments processed?                                                                                                                                                                                        Lehigh assigns rooms based on desired housing and programmatic preferences. A random process will be utilized for all deposited students to determine your housing assignment along with others who have made similar selections. To accommodate all students, halls are pre-designated by gender based on enrollment. Room rates are the same for each building. Once your residence hall is assigned, you are matched with a roommate using the information you provide on the Housing Contract. If you request a student and he or she requests you, you will automatically be placed together.

How are first-year student roommates matched?
Once it is determined which building the student will be assigned in, the students are then matched according to the information they provide with in their housing contract. If students mutually request to be together, they will be assigned together.  

What if I'd like to change the room assignment I received? Can it be changed?
Past experience has shown that as the student becomes part of the camaraderie of the building, he/she usually no longer wishes to change. No room changes will be done prior to arrival. Students are asked to give their assignment a 10-day trial period. If the student is unhappy after that time, everything possible will be done to try to relocate him/her. Room change requests should be directed to your Assistant Director of Residence Life (AD-RL)).

What should I do if I already submitted my residence application and wish to add a specific roommate choice or change the information I originally indicated?
You can re-enter Housng Self Service and update your housing application which will override the first application. Assignments are processed at the end of May; therefore, the application must be complete by May 31st in order for it to be considered.

What should I do if I need special housing consideration due to a medical condition?
More information about medical or disability related considerations for housing can be found here.

When will I receive my student assignment and roommate information?
Room assignments and arrival information will be emailed in mid July.

Housing Requirements

Are students guaranteed housing on campus?
First-year and Second-year students are required to live on campus and therefore guaranteed housing. All upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) wishing to reside in residence hall housing will participate in a lottery for residential spaces.

Will I have the same room assignment for four years?
No, each year students participate in a housing selection process to select a housing space for the next academic year.

Meal Plan Information

Are all on-campus students required to be on a meal plan?
All first-year students are required to be on one of four meal plans. The Unlimited, 19 meals per week, 200 Block plan, or the 225 Block plan per semester. Upper class students residing in Trembley Park, Sayre Park and Campus Square apartments are not required to be on a meal plan. All other on-campus upper class students are required to be on at least a 150 block meal plan. More information on Meal Plans can be found on the Dining Services page.

Can I change my meal plan?
Meal plans may be changed within the requirements of the living area up to the 10th day of class of each semester. Changes can be made through Housing and Dining Self Service. Changes outside of the required meal plan or after the 10th day of class for reasons such as medical condition must petition and receive approval from The Executive Director of Student Auxiliary Services. If such changes are approved, cost adjustments will be processed on a pro-rated basis.

Opening-August

Can I move in early?
The Office of Residential Services recognizes that specific individuals may need to be permitted to occupy their residence hall rooms earlier than the scheduled check-in. Early arrival information will be available in mid July. Early Arrival requests must be must be submitted by the first Friday in August. Residential Services will review your request and notify you by e-mail if your request has been approved. If so, you will be informed of the date, time, and check-in location that have been scheduled for your arrival.

Can I see my room before moving in?
Throughout the summer months, residence halls at Lehigh University are utilized for conference programs. Since rooms are in use, they are not available for viewing. Check out Buildings for information, details and floor plans about our residence halls.

What furniture will be in my room when I arrive and what do I need to bring for the room?
Each room has all of the basic furniture for each student. A bed frame, mattress, desk, desk chair, closet or wardrobe, and dresser are provided. There is a ceiling light and mini blinds. Check out Buildings for information specific to your assigned building.

What should I do if I want to forward some personal belongings to campus?
Personal belongings should be shipped after the student arrives on campus and should be addressed directly to the University box number where you will receive all mail being sent to you. This box number will be available for you to view through the portal in July. For more information regarding sending items to your student mailbox see Student Mailing Tips on the Mail Center website.

What size sheets should I bring?
All mattresses are 36" wide and 80" long and take extra long twin sheets except for McClintic-Marshall (M&M) and a limited number of rooms in Dravo, which provides mattresses that are 36" wide and 75" long. Extra long sheets will fit these smaller mattresses as well.