Residence Life

Information for Incoming Students


The Office of Residence Life wanted to help to answer some of the questions recieved most frequently from incoming students to our office. You can use this page to search for some of the answers to your questions and gather resources when preparing to move onto our campus for the first time.

FAQ: How Do I Complete My Housing Application?

We can only house new incoming students after they have created Simple Campus Housing account and have completed an online housing application through the Alvernia Residential Communities (ARC) portal. Students can only be assigned a room after they have completed the online steps. We try and run the housing system in early July to get our roommate assignments out early. This means we ask incoming students to complete their housing applications by early June before their Connections Day visit if a First Year student.

In addition to the housing applications, students must also pay a $250 housing deposit to Alvernia University to receive an assignment.

For a step-by-step guide in completing your application, you may visit our housing application page here.

If you are having trouble creating your account or having issues on the ARC Portal, please call 610-796-8320. However, if you are having trouble logging into your email to create your Simple Campus Housing account, please call our service desk at 610-927-2008.

FAQ: What is a living learning community?

At Alvernia University, first year students have the opportunity to live in a living learning community while space is still available. A living learning community is a community which has a theme around curricular or co-curricular experiences at the university. The communities are designed to offer additional programs for first year students to assist in their transition into university life at Alvernia.

If you a have a roommate that you would like to live with (although not guaranteed), you may increase your chances of being assigned together if you selected a living learning community by having them select the same living learning community.

Need assistance determining which living learning community is right for you, please use the quick references below or get more information about each individual community from our First Year Residential Communities page here.


FAQ: Should I buy a microfridge?

The sophomore and upper class residence halls have a refrigerator provided to them. Students may buy a microfridge or they may use our corporate partner, Microfridge, to rent a microfirdge with your roommates. Remember there is only one microfridge allowed per room in Veronica and one on each side of the room in Clare Hall.

For more information on rentals, visit here.

FAQ: When Will I Get My Housing Assignment and Roommate Information?

We try and have our housing assignments sent out not long after the 4th of July holiday. This gives students about a month and a half to try and connect with one another. You will recieve your housing assigment and roommate information via email through the ARC Portal to your Alvernia email.

FAQ: How Many Roommates Will I Have?

If you are a freshmen housed in Veronica, you will have 1 or 2 roommates depending if you are housed in a double or a triple. Each hallway in Veronica has one triple which houses 3 students (meaning you have 2 roommates) and the rest are doubles (meaning you have 1 roommate).

If you are a freshmen housed in Clare, you will have 3-4 roommates depending on the size of the incoming class. Clare Hall is designed to hold 5 students total. If the class size is large each room will house 5 students giving you four roommates).

If you are a freshmen housed in Francis, you will have 1 roommate. 

If you are an incoming transfer students or graduate student, it depends on the building you are assigned to by our staff.

FAQ: After I Recieve My Assignment, Can It Be Changed?

Due to the fact that we have a short time to house a large number of students, changes to housing assignment can not be made until the completion of the first two weeks of the fall semester. We use a housing freeze period to ensure we know which students will remain in their assignments and have made it through their first two weeks of university life. If you or your student is interested in changing their assignment, they should schedule a meeting with their Resident Director to explore options and complete paperwork.

Housing Policies To Know...

All residence hall floors and rooms are Smoke-Free. Smoking is NOT permitted in hallways, lounges, rooms, outside in front of residence halls, or public areas.

Identification Card
Each student is issued an Alvernia University photo ID card that must be carried at all times. Your ID card is also needed for food service.

Each resident student is issued a room and mailbox key. Students are responsible for their keys and therefore should not duplicate or lend out keys at any time. There is a fee for key replacement. Lost keys must be reported to the Office of Residence Life within 24 hours.


One microwave only is permitted per room in the residence halls. Power requirements may not exceed 12 volts/10 amps. Due to power limitations, microwaves are not permitted in individual bedrooms of Assisi or Siena townhouses.

One refrigerator only is permitted per room in the residence halls and townhouses. Size can not exceed 3.6 cubic feet and power requirements may not exceed 120 volts/10 amps. Assisi Hall, Siena Hall, Village Apartments, and Judge Hall each contain a full-size refrigerator per townhouse.

Roomate Relationships...

Things to Discuss with your Roommate(s)/Suitemates ahead of time:
Sleeping Habits
Favorite Memory
Embarassing Moments
Class Schedule
Taking Messages
Favorite Trip
Cleaning Duties
Pet Peeves
Favorite Movies
Privacy Concerns
Social Habits
Things you'll share
Things you won't

Roommates do not need to become best friends in order to live comfortably and considerately with each other.

What to Bring...

Some Suggestions

Pillows, comforter, extra-long sheets
Towels, washcloths
Laundry bag/basket & Laundry supplies
Small stereo or radio
Alarm clock
Dictionary, Thesaurus
First aid kit
Extension cord/Surge protector
Desk lamp
Eating utensils, Tupperware, bowls, cups
Pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters
 White-out, notebooks, book bag, folders
Stapler, scissors
Cleaning supplies
Flashlight, batteries
Shower slippers, shower caddy, bathrobe
Toiletries, hygiene supplies
Trash can
Under-the-bed boxes
Erasable message board
Storage crates
Can opener

Bringing A Television (Comcast Cable Information)...

What Not to Bring...

To insure the safety & security of all residence, the following items are not permitted:
Halogen bulbs and/or lamps
Pets (other than fish)
Candles and incense
Appliances with open heat elements (hot plates, toasters, space heaters, etc.)
A large/loud stero system can bother your neighbors or get you into trouble with quiet hours

Tips for Move-In Day...

Where do we park while unloading?
There will be short term parking near the entrances to your hall. Please use that space just while unloading. We suggest that you unload everything onto the curb, then move your car to long-term parking.

Have one person stay with your personal belongings while you and another family member or a friend carry your stuff to your room. Don't worry, there will be people there to help with unloading, carrying and traffic flow.

What should we bring to make the move easier?
A dolly is handy for moving heavy items. Several lighter boxes will be easier than fewer heavier boxes.

Which halls have elevators?
Clare, Anthony, Judge, Village Apartments, and Veronica Halls have a passenger elevator. Assisi and Siena townhouses and Francis Hall do NOT have an elevator.

Is there storage available?
There is no storage. It is strongly encourages that you send unneeded suitcases, boxes, and trunks home.

Additional Questions Not Covered:

Please use our Summer 2016 What In the Hall Newsletter to try and answer some of your questions. There is a special section on Orientation tips and tricks. In addition, they can meet the Residence Life Student Staff.

COMING SOON (May 2016)

Questions? Contact the Residence Life Office at (610) 796-8320


To access the Alvernia Residential Communities (ARC) Portal, please click on the logo above. 

For more information about our OCM Care Package program or to order a care package, please click on the logo above. 


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