Wilkes University

First Year Student Housing

First Year Student Housing

Welcome Class of 2021!

The information below is designed to answer any questions you might have about living on campus during your first year of college at Wilkes University.  If you have a specific question and cannot find the answer here, please feel free to contact us at (570) 408-4350 or reslife@wilkes.edu.

Residence Halls & Amenities FAQs  |  Roommate Survival Check List  |  Residence Hall Policies FAQs

Please note that incoming first year students are required to either reside on campus or commute from their permanent home where they reside with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Those selecting on-campus living must fill out the 2017-2018 Online Housing and Dining Contract by June 1, 2017 (prior to the first orientation). Please note that students are contracted for housing and meal plans the full academic year.

In support of student wellness and adjustment to on-campus living, incoming first-year students are required to select the Colonel Gold or Colonel Gold Plus Plan for their first school year. Find out more about Dining Services on campus on the University’s website.

For move in information please look at the Move In Day Website

TO APPLY: In May, you will be receiving a packet of information from Student Affairs. This packet will include information about freshman orientation, how to apply for housing, and a housing survey!

ATTENTION: Incoming first-year students must apply for housing online by June 1, 2017 to receive full consideration for campus housing for 2017-2018 academic year. Contracts received after the deadline will be wait listed for assignment. The $300 deposit paid to the University for Admissions already includes the deposit for housing as well.

Residence Halls Amenities and FAQs

  • 1 twin bed (mattress and box spring)
  • 1 desk
  • 1 desk chair
  • 1 dresser
  • 1 armoire if there isn’t a closet in the room
  • Everything that a student finds in a room must stay in the room. Furniture may not be moved from the room, as there are no available storage spaces.

Mattresses in our residence halls are extra-long (36"x80"). Extra-long sheets are the best choice to ensure a good fit!

The Inter-Residence Hall Council (IRHC) has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide our students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items. Proceeds from this program go to the Inter-Residence Hall Council and are used for programming in the residence halls. Please visit the RHL website http://www.rhl.org/wcp for more information!

The following appliances are permitted in our halls:

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker (automatic)
  • Computer
  • Desk Lamp (non- halogen)
  • Fan
  • Microwave
  • Radio/ Stereo
  • Refrigerator (5.0 cu. Ft. maximum)
  • Television

Students are not permitted to bring the following:

  • Crock Pots
  • George Foreman Grill
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heating coils
  • Mini grills
  • Toaster Oven
We have either wireless network or a combination of wireless and ethernet ports in the residence halls. Further information will be given to the student when they arrive on campus during Welcome Weekend! Each residence hall is equipped with wireless internet as well.
Phones are not provided; one of the residents must bring a phone for the room. The students have unlimited local calling. In regards to long distance calls, students can use calling cards. In most cases, students use their cellular phones.
Housekeepers are employed by the University to clean the common spaces: hallways, bathrooms, and lounges. Students should bring cleaning supplies if they have an apartment or a private bathroom.
Washers and dryers are located within the laundry rooms in the residence halls and they are free of charge!

Roommate Survival Check List

Listed below are a few common sources of roommate problems. Roommates should discuss these issues at the beginning of the semester, thereby avoiding communication breakdowns during the school year. Roommates must remember that compromise is essential and only by communicating with each other will roommates solve any problems.

  1. Daily schedule — sleeping times, quiet hours, TV viewing, mealtime, study conditions
  2. Housekeeping — making beds, vacuuming, picking up clothes, interior decoration
  3. Locks and keys — getting locked out, leaving the door open
  4. Visitation — friends in the room, parties, privacy, overnight guests
  5. Personal habits — exercising, watching tv while studying, etc.
  6. Phone use — taking messages
  7. Sharing — territorial imperatives, saying “please,” respect for other’s property
  8. Moods — grouchiness, silliness, depression, taking things out on your roommate, early morning person
  9. Values — prejudice, religion, philosophy, politics

The relationship you develop with your roommate will have a significant effect on your experience of residence hall living. Each residence hall student has the right to expect the following from his or her roommate:

  1. The right to read and study in one’s room without unreasonable noise and other distractions
  2. The right to sleep without undue disturbance from guests of roommates, noise, etc.
  3. The right to expect that a roommate will respect one’s personal possessions
  4. The right to live in a clean environment
  5. The right to free access to one’s room without pressure from one’s roommate
  6. The right to entertain guests with the expectation that guests will respect the rights of the host’s roommate and other hall residents
  7. The right to be free from intimidation and harm
  8. The right to discuss grievances

A resident student must accept the responsibility for confronting other residents when those residents have violated his/her rights. If a student has difficulty in doing so, the Residence Life Staff will gladly assist in such matters.

Residence Hall Policies FAQs

Residential students are permitted to have visitors. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Only residents of the building can gain access with their ID card or front door key. Visitors must be escorted at all times and residents are fully responsible for the behavior of their visitors. Additional information about the visitation policy is available in the Student Handbook.

In order to maintain our facilities and manage air quality for students with allergies, pets (other than fish in a 10-gallon or smaller tank) are not permitted in the residence halls.

In support of student health and safety, smoking is strictly prohibited in all buildings on campus. Smoking outside of University buildings must be a minimum of 6 feet from any entrances.

First-year students are permitted to bring a vehicle to campus. Students may park only in the lot assigned to them. Parking permits are required and applications will be available during Summer Orientation. We suggest parking at Ralston Field your first year!

Yes! All full-time undergraduate students of freshman and sophomore standing who do not commute from the home of their parent or legal guardian must reside on campus. Students achieving junior class standing may reside off campus. A commutable distance is defined as being no greater than 50 miles away from campus. We do have a housing exemption process for those extenuating circumstances. Please make an appointment with the Director or Assistant Director of Residence Life in order to learn about the process. Below is the housing exemption form, this is to be filled out after a meeting with the Director or Assistant Director of Residence Life.


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