Frequently Asked Questions
Which residence hall is the best place to live?
What are the requirements for appliances in my room?
Small electrical appliances, such as coffeemakers and popcorn poppers, are allowed in student rooms as long as the heating element is completely enclosed. Other appliances, such as microwaves and refrigerators, are allowed if they follow these requirements:
- Microwave: It must not exceed 1000 watts.
- Refrigerator: Refrigerators cannot be more than 4.5 cubic feet and must not exceed 200 watts. It must be noncombustible, nontoxic, and use non-corrosive refrigerator compressive gas such as Freon.
- Microfridge: What is a Microfridge?
It is a combination unit which includes a refrigerator, freezer and microwave. It can be rented from http://www.bedloft.com
- Combination units must not exceed 1200 watts.
- All appliances must be Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. approved.
Can I leave things in my room over breaks?
Is Alcohol allowed on campus?
When can I move in?
Each semester has established dates for check-in. Review your information for exact dates and times for check-in. Check-in takes place at the respective residence hall in which you will be residing. For fall semester 204, First-Year students can move in on Saturday, August 30. Returning students can move in on Sunday, August 31.
Can I bring a bicycle?
Many students find bicycles useful for navigating the campus. Bicycle racks are provided outside of most buildings and students are encouraged to use the racks to lock up their bikes when not in use. Students are encouraged to bring bicycles home at Thanksgiving due to the changing weather and the lack of indoor storage for bicycles.
Can I loft my bed?
Should I purchase personal property insurance?
The Department of Residence Life strongly encourages all students to purchase Personal Property Insurance. This type of insurance protects students from damage or loss to personal property. In case of a fire, flood, theft or other circumstances where damage/loss occurs to resident's personal property, this type of insurance will protect you in these situations. If you are not covered under your parent/guardian's homeowner's insurance policy, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for insurance protection against such losses. CSI Insurance Agency, Inc. offers a CSI Personal Property Protector Plus plan that provides full replacement cost coverage for less than the cost of a homeowner’s deductible. For more information, contact www.collegestudentinsurance.com
What do I need to bring when I move in to the residence halls?
Is there a campus bus service?
What is the standard residence mattress size and are bed linens provided?
Are there quiet hours?
Quiet hours are established in all of the residence halls. Residence Life staff are there to help promote and enforce these policies so that our residential environments are comfortable for the residents and conducive for academics. The hours are from 10:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and Midnight -10:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Courtesy Hours are twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Excessive noise is not allowed outside student rooms where it can disrupt other community members. Additionally, speakers and music cannot be played from residence hall room windows.
Can I stay in my room over breaks?
Can I smoke in my room?
No. All University Residences are non-smoking and anyone smoking must be 30 feet away from buildings
Are there curfews in University Residences?
No, there are no curfews. Residents are not required to be in their rooms at any time. However, guests of the opposite sex are required to be out of individual student rooms as well as out of a student's apartment by 2:00 a.m. nighly. Opposite sex guests are not allowed back into the halls until 10:00 a.m.
Are there people to help me move into the residence halls?
Yes, during first-year student move-in, there are members of President Sullivan's Move-In Crew who will be available in all first-year student buildings to assist with moving in items.
Which residence halls have air conditioning?
Residences that are air conditioned:
- Flynn Hall
- Morrison Hall
- Murray Hall
- Child Development Center
- 2151 Grand Avenue Apartments
- 2085 Grand Avenue Apartments
Residences that can provide an air conditioned room for students who have a medical need for an air conditioned space (must be on the first or second floor and medical documentation must be provided to Disability Resources prior to assignments to guarantee the accommodation):
- Grace Hall
- Dowling Hall
- Brady Hall
- Cretin Hall
- Ireland Hall
- Transfer Houses
When will I know about my roommate(s)?
Generally, assignment and roommate information comes out to students around July 1. We encourage you to contact your roommate with the information provided so you can discuss what items each person is providing for the room. If you have questions about your assignment, please contact our office.
Are there substance-free floors?
Because many students have requested a living environment free of the disruptions that alcohol and drug use sometimes cause, we provide wellness areas where students generally choose a substance free lifestyle. Students who choose a welness area commit to the wellness of their self and community. Dowling 2nd Floor South and Ireland Lower Level/1st Floor North are welness areas. Wellness areas are designated based on preference form requests.
Do I need to clean my room?
May I cook in the halls?
Does the University provide staff in the halls?
Yes. There are professional and paraprofessional (resident advisors or RAs for short) staff working and living in each residence hall. The staff provides opportunities for each resident to enhance their personal, interpersonal, and educational development. Resident advisors provide both social and educational events for residents and do nightly rounds in the building. Residents are encouraged to talk to their RA or the professional staff about any concerns or questions as they are great resources for the students. Additional staff include peer ministers that provide spiritual leadership in the halls and desk and night access staff that provide security and desk services to the residents of the building.
Where can I go if I am ill?
St. Thomas has a comprehensive student health services office located in the lower level of Brady Hall that you enter from outside near the drive aisle. There are also many hospitals in the surrounding metro area.
I lost my keys, what do I do?
If you lose your keys, it is important for you to come into the Residence Life Office immediately so a lock change can be done. This ensures the safety and security of your valuables in the room. Lock change charges are billed to student accounts and vary based on the building.
Does anyone have access to my room?
How safe are the Residence Halls and Apartment style halls?
We strive to provide a safe environment; however, as with any community with a large number of people, it is best to take precautions such as locking doors and making sure your personal items are covered by your parent’s homeowner’s insurance policy. The residence halls do have night access attendants that work the entry doors on a nightly basis and a student of that hall must sign in non-UST guests into the building. Additionally, all of our resident buildings require an active university ID for access.
What can I do if I have roommate problems?
Residence Life encourages open communication between residents. If talking it out between the two of you doesn’t work, your floor resident assistant is an excellent resource for assistance. Roommate agreements are generally done with all students within the first two weeks of moving onto campus. Moving students is a last resort for roommate conflicts and can only be done in accordance and working with the Area/Hall Directors.