The Catholic University of America

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the questions most frequently asked regarding opening and check-in.  If your question isn't here, contact us. We'll give you an answer and add new frequent questions to our list.

 

How will my room be furnished?

Each residence hall room has one bed, desk, desk chair, dresser, and closet or wardrobe for each student assigned to the room. This includes any space designated as an extended housing assignment. The furniture policy contains additional information.

Can I get more furniture?

We only have enough pieces of each type of furniture in stock to replace items that should become broken or damaged. Unfortunately, we are unable to fulfill requests for additional furniture. 

What size are the beds?

All residence hall beds are extra-long twin size. Linens for this size mattress are available through one of our Move-in Services or at many stores that carry bedding.

Can I store things under my bed?

You can raise your bed so that you have more storage available underneath. On its highest setting, the height under your bed is 30" and will fit the typical 3-drawer dresser.

What other storage is available?

Unfortunately storage space for personal possessions is not available on campus. Students need to keep all possessions within their room.  For storage of personal possessions Housing Services provides information regarding a storage vendor that works with the university community. The storage policy contains additional information.

Is my room carpeted?

Generally only the bedrooms in Curley Court are carpeted along with select ground floor rooms in Ryan Hall (Ryan 001, 002, and 030). You are welcome to personalize your space by adding an area rug.

What is the largest refrigerator and microwave I can have in my room?

Residents are permitted one refrigerator and microwave per room. We provide a MicroFridge unit offered as one of our Move-in Services. The MicroFridge has patented circuitry which prevents blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers while reducing energy consumption. Since it includes a separate true zero-degree freezer, the freezer can store frozen foods including ice cream for extended periods. The MicroFridge will be delivered to your room before the residence halls open in August and collected from your room sfter finals. If you purchase your own refrigerator or microwave, please know that for electrical capacity reasons refrigerators cannot exceed 3.6 cubic feet and microwaves cannot exceed 700 watts. Additional information is available in the appliance policy.

Can I ship items to myself so they're waiting for me?

As one of our Move-in Services Collegeboxes provides shipping to CUA for the Fall semester through their Ship to School program. The Ship to School program allows you to easily ship items via UPS to CUA where they will be conveniently waiting in your room when the halls open for New Students in August. No worrying about fitting everything into your car or carrying boxes up stairs!

If you wish to ship items to yourself prior to your arrival at CUA, please use your individual mailing address. We recommend you do not ship your items too early as there is limited storage space available at Postal Services. Please note that Postal Services does not deliver packages to individual student rooms. You will need to make arrangements to pick your packages up from McMahon Hall and transport them to your room.

What if I forget to bring something?

There are plenty of places to shop in DC! Almost any store that you have at home (or one similar) can be found within 30 minutes of campus. Check out our Shopping Resources for some options.

What if I don't like my room?

On the day of check-in, you will need to check-in to the room to which you have been assigned. If you wish to request a new room once you arrive to campus, you may do so through the Room Change Request process. For administrative reasons, there is a period at the beginning of each semester during which room changes will normally not be considered in order to verify occupancy and identify vacancies. In addition, it is the philosophy of Housing Services and Residence Life that continual room changes are a disruption to the formation of strong and healthy communities. Therefore, room change requests will be reviewed and approved when it is reasonable to do so.

What if I don't like my roommate?

Most students say that having a roommate was one of the most memorable and rewarding aspects of their college experience. However, whether you selected your own roommate or one was assigned to you, there is always an initial period of adjustment. Begin your roommate relationship with an open mind and a positive attitude. If after living together for a few days, things still don't feel right talk to your RA. He or she can help you and your roommate find common ground and bridge any differences you may have.

Will I be safe on living on campus?

While CUA is generally a safe campus, we are located in the heart of our nation's capitol, a typical, large, urban environment. HS, Residence Life and the Department of Public Safety continually strive to reduce risks to your personal safety and security. However, as in any big city, your personal safety is largely dependent on your own efforts. Every CUA student is encouraged to visit the Saftey First, Safety Always and the DPS website to learn what they can do to keep themselves and their belongings safe.