The Catholic University of America

 

Graduate, Law, and Non-Traditional Student Housing

Caldwell Hall, Aerial View

 

Frequently Asked Questions

On-Campus Housing for Graduate/Law and Non-Traditional Students

Per the University Student Housing Policy: On-campus housing generally is not available for graduate, law, or non-traditional students, but may be provided on a case-by-case basis upon subject to the availability of suitable housing as determined by the University. Non-traditional student status is defined in the University's Student Housing PolicyThe Office of Housing Services also offers guidance and support to graduate, law, and non-traditional students seeking off-campus residence. For more information please visit the Student Housing Policy on the University Policy webpage.

 

On-Campus Housing Availability - Spring 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016

For Spring 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016 there is space availability in campus housing for graduate, law, and non-traditional students.

·   What is included in the housing room rate?
Comprehensive charges for all room rates include cable TV connection, laundry, and Internet. Rates are per semester. Additional information about each residence hall including available amenities, features and sample room layouts is available from the Residence Hall page on the left hand menu.
 
·   Will I be sharing a room?
For spring 2015 double with bath rooms are available in Centennial Village. These are two double rooms sharing a bathroom in between. If space permits, some rooms may be offered as single rooms. For Academic Year 2015-2016 single and double rooms will be available in Caldwell (male) and Seton (female). Both Caldwell and Seton Hall were recently renovated; amenities in each community include a full communal kitchen, common lounge space with cable television, laundry rooms, and common bathrooms.
 
·   Will I be living with undergraduates?
Graduate, Law, and Non-Traditional students will be primarily living with their peers. It is possible some Juniors and Seniors may also be assigned to the community. 
 
·   What are the dates of occupancy?
The residence halls close for non-graduating residents on May 10, 2015 and for graduating residents on May 17, 2015. Law Students can request to arrive early or stay late based on their academic class and finals schedule.
The residence halls open on August 29, 2015 for Graduate/Law Students and close on December 20, 2015. The halls re-open on January 9, 2016 and close for non-graduating residents on May 8, 2016 and for graduating residents on May 15, 2016. Law Students can request to arrive early or stay late based on their academic class and finals schedule.
 
·   What policies are in effect for Graduate/Law/Non-Traditional students living in campus housing?
University policies, regulations, and expectations remain in effect in all assignments managed by the university regardless of class standing. The University Policies, Student Handbook, Housing Services Policies, and Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement are valuable resources in understanding these policies.
 
·   Is there housing for families?
Unfortunately on campus housing is only available for individuals. Housing Services encourages students to review the Off-Campus Housing Resources to find alternate accommodations to meet family needs.
 
·   Are dining plans available?
Yes, dining plans are voluntary for residential graduate and law students but there are many options to choose from. The most popular are the block plans where students can choose how many meals a semester they want to eat in the campus dining facilities. Visit MyHousing in Cardinal Station to make your selection (navigate to Student Self-Service > MyHousing > Dining). More information on dining plans is available from Dining Services.

 

Housing Deposit

The $500 Housing Deposit must be submitted in order for the application or Room Selection Intent to become available in MyHousing. The Housing Deposit will be applied towards a student's first semester housing charges.

There are three options for payment of the Housing Deposit. 
 
Payment Location Payment Method Time to Post to Student Account^ Availability
Online (CardinalPAY)* E-check** or Credit Card♦ Immediately Anytime
Cashier's Office (Leahy Hall) Cash

1-2 Business Days

Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Enrollment Services (Father O'Connell Hall W200) Paper Check~ 1-2 Business Days Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
^Access to the application or Room Selection Intent is granted once payment is posted to a student's account
*Select Housing Deposit payment (ignore "unavailable"), not tuition and fees
**Preferred method of payment; select term for which your applying for housing.
♦Credit card payment carries a 2.75% convenience charge; select Fall 2015 term for payment
~Checks should be made payable to The Catholic University of America. Include the student's full-name and CUA ID number on the memo line of the checkThe University does not accept postdated checks or starter checks.
 
CardinalPAY: Students can access CardinalPAY under the "Finances" section of their Student Center screen in Cardinal Station. A parent, guardian or other authorized payer can also submit payment on the student’s behalf via CardinalPAY. Payment via CardinalPay grants immediate access to the Room Selection Intent in MyHousing. Cash or check payments may take 1-2 business days to post to a student's account and therefore will delay access to teh application or Room Selection Intent. 
 

Refunds: The $500 Housing Deposit is generally non-refundable unless the student is not required to live in campus housing and does not select a space in the lottery or accept an assignment offer. If a student that is not required to live on campus requests to withdraw his/her application prior to selecting a space, the request will be approved and the deposit refunded or reallocated to the student's account.

Cancellations: Requests to cancel housing will be reviewed according to the terms of the Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement. Approved Housing Cancellation Requests may incur a Housing Cancellation Fee per Section H of the Agreement. For cancellations made before room charges are accrued, the Housing Deposit will be applied to the Housing Cancellation Fee. Entering an off-campus lease after requesting and receiving a campus houisng asisgnment is not an accepted reason for cancellation of the Agreement. Students should review off-campus housing options before selecting a campus housing assignment.

   

Application Process

Spring 2015 Housing

After submitting the housing deposit, interested students can submit a Grad/Law/Non-Traditional Student Application by logging in to Cardinal Station using their Username and Password and navigating to Student Self-Service > MyHousing > ApplyOnlineGuide to Applying Online can assist you with this process. New students should have received their Cardinal Station login information in the mail. If you have misplaced your Username and Password, please call the CUA Computer Help Desk at (202) 319-4357 for assistance. Housing Services will offer assignments on a rolling basis.

 

Academic Year 2015-2016 Housing

Continuing Students should participate in the Room Selection Process. After the Room Selection Lottery on March 2, 2015, continuing students should submit the $500 housing deposit and a Grad/Law/Non-Traditional Student Application by logging in to Cardinal Station using their Username and Password and navigating to Student Self-Service > MyHousing > ApplyOnline.

New Students should submit the $500 housing deposit and a Grad/Law/Non-Traditional Student Application by logging in to Cardinal Station using their Username and Password and navigating to Student Self-Service > MyHousing > ApplyOnlineGuide to Applying Online can assist you with this process. New students should have received their Cardinal Station login information in the mail. If you have misplaced your Username and Password, please call the CUA Computer Help Desk at (202) 319-4357 for assistance. Housing Services will offer assignments on a rolling basis.

 

Off-campus Resources Specifically for Graduate/Law/Non-Traditional Students

 

How can I find off-campus housing?

Housing Services maintains the following services to assist you in navigating the off-campus housing market:

  1. The Off-Campus Housing Resources website allows registered users to search for rental or for sale properties, find furniture, and participate in message boards. CUA students can also search for roommates on this site.
  2. The Off-Campus Housing Resource Center located in Housing Services offers pamphlets and brochures on local apartment complexes, apartment guides, housing resources, and more. A computer station is also made available for students to search online listings.
  3. 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. Contact Housing Services to make an appointment.
  4. The annual Off-Campus Housing Fair will be held in the Pryzbyla Center Great Room on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. This fair brings apartment complex managers to campus, along with vendors who offer services for apartment living.