Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone always has questions about what it's like living on campus at Denison. The following are answers to many of the most frequent questions students have regarding Denison's housing and residential life.
The University does offer limited housing during official break periods (Thanksgiving break, semester break and spring break). This privilege is available to international students, to athletes who are required to remain on campus due to their sport's schedule, and to those students who are needed on campus by a faculty member, department or other office for academic or campus employment purposes.
A limited number of halls are kept open during the break periods and students housed in these buildings can stay in their rooms. Students who do not live in these halls will need to find a friend who will allow them to stay in their room. (Locked lounge areas can accommodate those who are unable to secure a room independently.) There is no charge assessed to students who require housing during break periods. Students must complete a break housing request form by the deadline to be considered for housing.
Depending upon your needs, the answer to this question may vary. However, below is an itemized list of items that current students suggest you bring:
- Alarm clock
- Answering machine (you must provide your own telephone to use an answering machine)
- Bedding (extra long sheets, blankets, comforters, mattress pad/cover, and pillow)
- Can opener
- Comfortable shoes and boots
- Clothing (seasonal items including winter coat and gloves)
- Desk lamp/study light
- Dishes (coffee mugs, drinking glasses, eating utensils, etc.)
- Drying rack
- Electric fan
- Entertainment needs (Books, TV, DVD player, CDs, games, stereo/radio, sports equipment, bicycle, etc.)
- First aid kit
- Formal and semi-formal attire (for special events)
- Laundry supplies and basket
- Lap Desk
- Memo or dry erase board
- Refrigerators (no more than 4.0 cubic feet)
- Sewing kit
- Stacking crates, storage boxes
- Study aids/classroom supplies (dictionary, thesaurus, calculator, etc.)
- Surge protector
- Telephone for your room
- Toiletries, (including something to carry items to the showers)
- Tool kit
- Towels and washcloths
- Umbrella and/or rain coat
All of the residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students are able to access their own residence hall at all times. They are able to access other residence halls from 8 a.m. through 1 a.m. daily. After 1 a.m., the access doors will not permit entry to non-residents of the buildings. It is very important that students not allow persons whom they do not know to enter the residence halls. There is an entry phone located outside each residence hall. Guests can call residents to let them into the buildings.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their room doors are kept locked at all times. It is important for roommates to discuss the importance of keeping their possessions safe by keeping the doors locked.
The Office of Campus Safety and Security has "safe walkers". These are student employees of the University who are willing to provide a walking escort to any student at night. Simply call the operator to request a safe walk escort.
The University provides dial tone, at no charge, to one phone jack per residence hall room. Using their own analog phone, residents can place outgoing on-campus, local, 911 and toll-free calls. Students desiring to use the provided dial tone must furnish their own analog phone and line cord to connect to the University-provided telephone jack. Neither caller ID nor voice mail is available.
Long distance calling is available through the use of a prepaid calling card or credit card. Only those cards providing a toll-free access number will connect through the University’s telephone system. While students may bring their own prepaid calling cards, these cards are also available from local retailers. During August Orientation, students will have the opportunity to sign up for a calling card. There is no charge for incoming long distance calls, as long as the student does not accept a collect call. Most collect calls are blocked from passing through our switch; however, if one is received and the student elects to accept the collect call, the student is responsible for any and all charges for the call.
Entrance and/or hall phones are available for emergency help, if needed. Any additional questions regarding telephone service can be directed to Telephone Services at 740-587-6454.
There is a Greyhound bus station in downtown Columbus (approximately 30 miles). John Glenn Columbus International Airport is located on the east side of Columbus (approximately 25-30 minutes travel time). While there is no official University shuttle service available, students most frequently carpool, share a taxicab, or use Columbus Transportation (1-800-476-3004).
The Student Activities Office will offer limited Denison van shuttle service to and from the airport (CMH) during the Thanksgiving, Winter Holiday and Spring Break. Advance registration for these shuttles is required, a list of shuttle times is available in the Student Activities Office.