About Housing at CUA
In an effort to enrich your overall educational experiences, the offices of Housing Services and Residence Life work collaboratively to provide residential facilities that meet student developmental needs, support the formation of community, and encourage the creation of seamless learning environments.
At CUA, students choose from a broad variety of living options. Most freshmen live in double rooms that offer highly interactive community-based living. In the spring semester, continuing students participate in an online housing lottery system to choose among available living options, including traditional rooms, suites with shared bathrooms, and apartments with kitchens. Specially designed living and learning communities are offered primarily for freshman and sophomore students.
This webpage is intended to assist you in understanding the basics of living on campus. Information regarding the residence halls, current programs, and dining options are included. Regardless of where you live, you will consistently find a focus on faith, community standards, and personal development throughout the residential experience. Welcome to The Catholic University of America!
Housing Application Process
New Freshmen can apply for housing using ApplyOnline. A Guide to Applying Online can assist you with this process. The housing application deadline for New Freshmen is May 15th. Housing Services is unable to guarantee on-campus housing to first-year students who submit housing applications after this date.
Once the enrollment deposit has been received and processed, new students can access the housing application by logging onto Cardinal Station using their Username and Password and navigating to Student Self-Service > MyHousing > ApplyOnline. 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.
Please note assignments are prioritized based on the date the housing application was received. In addition, mutual roommate requests are considered to take priority over building and room type preferences. Fall assignments for new freshmen are typically mailed in late July and should be available online in MyHousing by July 1st.
New Transfer Students
New Transfers can apply for housing using ApplyOnline. A Guide to Applying Online can assist you with this process. The housing application deadline for New Transfers is August 1st. Housing Services is unable to guarantee on-campus housing to transfer students who submit housing applications after this date.Once the enrollment deposit has been received and processed, new transfers can access the housing application by logging onto Cardinal Station using your Username and Password and navigating to Student Self-Service > MyHousing > ApplyOnline. New students should have received their Cardinal Station login information in the mail. If you have misplaced your Username and Password, you can call the CUA Computer Help Desk at (202) 319-4357 for assistance. Fall assignments and notifications to New Transfers are made on a rolling basis.
MyHousing is a great resource to see your housing and dining assignment, roommates, mailbox and current housing-related billing charges. You can access MyHousing by logging onto Cardinal Station using your Username and Password and navigating to Student Self-Service > MyHousing.
Living and Learning Communities (LLCs)
Information regarding Living and Learning Communities is available on the Residence Life Web site. Students interested in participating in an LLC should apply for housing (described in the sections above) and submit their LLC interest on the application.
Housing Services is unable to honor requests for individual tours of the residential facilities. However, students and their families are encouraged to participate in an Admissions Tour, view the panoramic tours of rooms in Flather, Gibbons, McDonald (CV), Opus, and Millennium North in the Campus Map, view the University Living Guide in the Welcome Packet, and visit the Housing Services Web site for more information regarding the various housing options at CUA.
For Special Attention and Action
Dining Services - You may add a dining plan at any time via MyHousing. Dining Plan changes or cancellations can be made online via MyHousing until the Friday of the first week of classes each semester. Please note residential freshmen and sophomores are required to have one of the Anytime Dining Plans.
Cardinal Card Photo - upload your Cardinal Card photo.
Cardinal Mail Account - Students e-mail at CUA is provided in Cardinal Mail; all students recieve messages from CUA through Cardinal Mail.
Disability Support Services - DSS coordinates and assists with the provision of appropriate accommodations to students with documented disabilities.
Student Health Services - Remember to submit your Required Immunization Record.
Enrollment Services - Register for classes.
Orientation - Register for Orientation.
Student Medical Insurance - If you have coverage by an alternative health insurance policy, please submit the waiver verifying your existing coverage.
Tuition Refund Insurance - The Tuition Refund Plan is a private insurance program that supplements the refund policy of CUA as published in the University catalog.
As you plan for your arrival to campus, please note the University Parking Policy. As part of the University’s Master Plan and its commitment to reduce the number of cars on campus, resident freshmen and sophmores are not permitted to purchase parking permits or bring vehicles to campus. Contact the Department of Public Safety at 202-319-5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about parking policies and permits.
Housing Services Websites
Move-in Services (including MicroFridge rentals, carpet sales, linen sales, shipping & storage services)
Services (cable, internet, and laundry)
Packing for College (what to bring and what to leave behind)
Other Websites of Interest
Cardinal Card (including information on Cardinal Cash)
ResNet (internet, cable, and telephone)