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, when making assignments requests will be considered according to the following priority: mutual roommate requests, building and room type preferences, then Interest Communities. Fall assignments for new freshmen are typically mailed by mid-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.
Residence Life has developed several unique learning environments in freshman residence halls that are designed to supplement and enhance student's collegiate experience. First-year students should indicate their preference for an Interest Community on the online housing application. More information on available Interest Communities is on the Residence Life web site.
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.
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, residential freshmen and sophmores are not permitted to purchase parking permits or bring vehicles to campus. Contact the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding this policy.
The CUA Procurement Services office has a partnership with Zipcar, a car-sharing service that provides self-serve access to several varieties of cars. With Zipcars parked on campus and in other dedicated parking locations throughout Washington, D.C., members can reserve cars online or by phone and use their personal access card to enter and drive them. Gas, insurance, maintenance, and dedicated parking are all included in Zipcar's hourly and daily rates. Personal memberships are available to CUA students, alumni, faculty and staff. Those interested can sign up on the Zipcar website. This program is not managed by Housing Services; questions should be directed to Zipcar or CUA Procurement Services.
Housing Services Websites
Move-in Services (including MicroFridge rentals, linen sales, carpet 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)