What should I do if I am a current First Year Student?

John Carroll University has a 2-year residency requirement.  You are required to live on campus during your sophomore year unless you are commuting from home (defined as living exclusively in the permanent and primary residence of a parent or legal guardian).  Because of the residency requirement you are also guaranteed a space on campus for the 2015-2016 academic year.  If you are currently living on campus, but plan to commute from home during your sophomore year, you must do the following by March 9, 2015:

  • Complete a “Request for Release” form.
  • Submit a notarized or certified letter from a parent/guardian with a signature and contact information stating that you will be commuting from home.

What should I do if I am a current Sophomore, Junior, or Returning Senior?

Housing is not guaranteed after your first two years. Housing options will be available, but it is not guaranteed,  If you plan to participate in the Housing Selection Process, you must complete the Apply On-Line process by March 9, 2015.  Please note:  Accepting the Housing Agreement does not guarantee you space in on-campus housing.  If at the end of the Housing Selection Process, you are not able to select a room because space is not available, the following will happen:

  • You may choose to be placed on a waiting list in the event vacancies occur at a later date.
  • The Office of Residence Life will provide you with contact information and resources about local off-campus housing options.
  • The Housing Agreement is binding.  In the event that housing is not available, you may be released from the agreement.  However, if space (even if it is not your first choice space) is available you must select a room and you will be held to the entirety of the Housing Agreement.

How do I determine my class status?

Your class status is based on your cohort (social) class.  This is determined by your date of first enrollment at JCU, high school graduation date, your anticipated date of graduation, and/or your birth date.  Check your class status during the Apply On-Line process; if you think your class status is incorrect after reviewing, please contact the Office of Residence Life.

Where can I live next year?

Rising Sophomores (Currently a First Year Student)
Rising Juniors and Seniors (Currently a Sophomore, Junior, or non-graduating Senior)

Do I need a roommate?

It is absolutely required that you have requested a roommate(s) and the request is mutual by the time your selection period begins or you will NOT be able to select a double room (or for Rising Juniors and Seniors the Duplexes, Houses, or suites in Murphy).  Only single rooms in Murphy may be available (Juniors and Seniors only) if you do not have a roommate.  There are no single room options available for Rising Sophomores.  Rising Sophomores must live with other Rising Sophomores.   Rising Junior and Seniors must live with other Rising Juniors and Seniors.

If you are looking for a roommate, please attend a Roommate Matching Event:

  • For current First Year Students:  Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:00p.m. in the Idlewood Room (in Student Center)
  • For current Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:00p.m. in the Millor Hall Lobby

Also, be sure to come to the Office of Residence Life to review and place your name in the Roommate Finder Binder.

What if I plan to study abroad during 2015-2016?

Residence Life will not be placing a hold on rooms for those studying abroad during the 2015 Fall semester.  If you are going to be abroad during the 2015 Fall semester and would like to return to housing for the 2016 Spring semester, please do the following:

  • DO NOT accept the On-Line Housing Agreement.  You will sign the agreement once you have been assigned a space for the 2016 Spring semester.
  • Sign up for the waiting list for the 2016 Spring semester housing OR,
  • Let the Office of Residence Life know if you have made plans to take the place of a student who plans to study abroad or intern during the 2016 Spring semester.
  • For either option, contact the Office of Residence Life at jcureslife@jcu.edu after March 30, 2015.

If you are planning to live on campus for the 2015 Fall semester, but planning to study abroad for the 2016 Spring semester, complete the Apply On-Line process and Housing Selection process as outlined.

Should I have a back-up plan if I plan on living in a single, suite, duplex, or house?

Yes, make sure you are prepared with a back-up in case you are not able to select your desired housing preference at your scheduled time.  It is important that you talk with your potential roommates about what you will do if a suite, specific room, duplex, or house is no longer available.  Make sure all of you understand your back-up plan so someone is not potentially left out of housing options.

Can I change my room after the process?

No, there will be no room changes from the time you make your housing selection this Spring until two weeks into the Fall semester.  Make sure you are selecting your roommate/suitemates based on compatibility-not their selection time.

What should I do if I plan on living on a Greek floor?

If you are living on a Greek floor it is important that you follow the instructions shared by your chapters housing coordinator.  If you have questions about living on a Greek floor, see the Greek Housing Coordinator.

What should I do if I was selected as an Alternate for the RA position?

You should go through the room selection process.  If you are selected and accept the RA position after the Housing Selection Process is completed, we will work with your roommate to fill the vacancy in your room.

What Halls are open during the breaks?

All residence halls will be open during the Fall, Thanksgiving, Spring, and Easter break periods.  Registration is required, but there is no additional cost.  All residence halls will close for Winter Break.  Limited housing will be available for an additional cost.  The houses and duplexes do not close for any of the breaks, including Winter break.

What if I want to see the different living options?

There will be several chances to participate in tours of Millor Hall, Bernet Hall, the renovated Murphy Hall, and JCU houses and duplexes.  All tours leave from the Student Center Atrium.

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 4 PM to 5 PM
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 4 PM to 5 PM
  • Monday, March 16, 2015 from 4 PM to 5 PM

Tours of living options will not be offered at other times, so please plan accordingly.

Further questions?

Please contact your Area Coordinator or the Office of Residence Life at (216) 397-4408 or jcureslife@jcu.edu