Welcome to The Catholic University of America and on-campus living!
Living on campus is about more than a room — it is about being a part of a dynamic campus community. A Residence Life program that guides the formation of community and personal development is active in on-campus housing. Housing Services works diligently to address and meet resident needs through caring, student-focused processes. The success of these combined efforts is evidenced by the high demand for on-campus housing and the desire of students to return to on-campus living.
First-year students benefit from living with their peers, surrounded by other students who are having the same experiences as they make the transition into the next phase of their lives. For that reason, we have set aside several buildings across campus concentrating on the needs of first-year students. Undergraduate students live in single sex residence halls. Coupled with programs directed toward student's personal, spiritual, and moral development, single sex housing fosters an environment of virtuous living consistent with the Catholic intellectual tradition. Each residence hall has several Resident Assistants (RAs) who provide hall leadership, information and activities, and serve as a resource for all students.
On-campus housing offers a variety of residence hall options ranging from traditional style residences (a shared double or triple room with a shared bathroom down the hall) to suites (multiple rooms sharing a bathroom) and apartments. With a variety of residential buildings available, on-campus living can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience during your entire academic career at CUA.
Where do first-year students live on the CUA campus?
How do I apply for first-year student housing?
Newly admitted first-year students apply for housing via the online New CUA Student Application. Once the residential enrollment deposit has been received and processed, first-year students will be able to access this application online in Cardinal Students. You can access MyHousing by logging onto Cardinal Students and using your Username and Password. Newly admitted students should have received this information in the mail. If you have misplaced your Username and Password, you can call the CUA Computer Help desk at (202) 319-4357 afor assistance. The housing application deadline is May 15th. More information on the application process is available here.
Housing Requirement for Freshmen and Sophomores
CUA strongly believes in the benefits that on-campus living has to offer to our first- and second-year students in terms of academic success, personal development and involvement within the CUA campus community. As such, CUA requires all first- and second-year undergraduate students to live in on-campus housing. In addition to new residential students, housing is only guaranteed for continuing first- and second-year students who adhere to established application timelines and procedures regarding room selection processes. For more information please refer to the Student Housing Policy on the University Policy page.
Planning Ahead: Housing for Continuing Junior and Senior Students
As is the case on most residential campuses, on-campus housing for junior and senior students is not automatically guaranteed. During the spring semester, a lottery is conducted where interested junior and senior students may select housing from available rooms for the next academic year. The Office of Housing Services also offers guidance and support to upperclassmen seeking off-campus residence. These options include:
The online Off-Campus Housing Resource Center, available on the Housing Services website, provides listings of off-campus properties and links to helpful information on topics such as renter's insurance, tenant's rights, being a good neighbor, etc.
The Off-Campus Housing Resource Center located in Housing Services offers pamphlets and brochures on local apartment complexes, apartment guides, housing resources, and maps, and more. A computer station is also made available for students to search online listings.
The Off-Campus Housing Coordinator is available to meet with individuals or small groups to provide consultation to learn more about navigating the off-campus housing market.
Students may request to be placed on the Junior/Senior Wait List and will be assigned to available vacancies as they occur during the summer months.
For more information please refer to the Student Housing Policy on the University Policy page.
Dining Plan Requirement
CUA strongly believes that students beginning their collegiate studies benefit from participation in a dining plan as they adjust to life away from home. As such, all residential freshmen and sophomores are required to enroll in CUA's dining plan program. Freshmen and sophomores may select from the Anytime Dining Plans. More information on dining plans is available on the Dining Services Web site.
In order to honor roommate requests for new students, the requests must be mutual. Roommate requests will not be honored if there are pending or "does not match" requests within the group. Roommate requests should be indicated in the houisng application. Please note that after May 15th it will be difficult to honor late roommate requests as assignments are already in progress.
Students and their families wishing to see a typical residence hall room are encouraged to participate in an Admissions Tour, view the panoramic tours of rooms in the Campus Map, and visit the Housing Services Web site for more information regarding the various housing options at CUA.