Living on campus can come with some questions! The following are answers to many of the most frequent questions students have regarding Denison’s housing and campus living.
When will I be notified of my housing assignment?
Returning students are housed through a selection process held in March of the preceding year. First-year student preference forms are due June 1. Letters are sent to students via Denison email notifying them of their roommate’s name, phone number, and mailing address, usually in the first week in August.
Are the rooms carpeted?
We will be removing carpet as part of the ongoing Housing Master Plan. At present, our residence hall rooms are carpeted with the exception of Stone, Pratt, Huffman, Beaver, Sawyer and Shaw Halls.
Can I stay in the halls during break periods throughout the academic year?
The University does offer limited housing during official break periods (Thanksgiving break, semester break and spring break). This is available to international students, athletes who are required to remain on campus due to their sport’s schedule, those with verified financial need, and to those students who are needed on campus by a faculty member, department or other offices for academic or campus employment purposes.
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.
Are there computer labs on campus?
Yes! While a number of students bring their own computer, many students take advantage of the computer labs located on campus. There are computer labs located in several academic buildings. In addition, students often use the computer stations located in or near the Huffman Center or Curtis Community Center on the residential quads.
What if I am having difficulty getting along with my roommate?
Adjusting to a new roommate is a process that involves time and effort. First, we encourage you to try to talk with your roommate about any issues or concerns. If this is unsuccessful, then feel free to contact your Community Advisor, Community Coordinator, or Assistant Director for assistance. Room changes are permitted only after all other options have been considered and mediation has occurred.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Housing assignments will be e-mailed to students’ Denison email address from the University during the first week in August. The name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of your roommate(s) will be included.
What should I bring with me?
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
- 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.)
- Electric fan
- Entertainment needs (Books, TV, DVD player, games, stereo/radio, sports equipment, bicycle, etc.)
- First aid kit
- Formal and semi-formal attire (for special events)
- Hangers, drying rack, iron, laundry supplies
- Refrigerators (no more than 4.0 cubic feet)
- Stacking crates, storage boxes
- Study aids/classroom supplies
- Surge protector or power strip with automatic shut-off; no extension cords, please
- Toiletries, including something to carry items to the showers
- Tool kit
- Towels and washcloths
- Umbrella and/or rain coat
- Trash can
Are there laundry facilities in the residence halls?
What about ironing boards and irons? Each residence hall has a laundry room for the residents of that specific hall. Washers and dryers are coin operated. In addition, the following laundry rooms also can operate via swipe card: Beaver, Crawford, Curtis West, Curtis East, Sawyer, Shaw, and Shepardson. Students need to supply their own ironing board and iron if needed.
Can I build a loft in my room?
Beds may be adjusted up or down within the frame, including to “captain’s height” or a full loft. Students may do this on their own with provided kits or may request help by contacting Physical Plant. Students may not build lofts in their rooms.
How are the residence halls cleaned and maintained?
Housekeeping services are not provided for student rooms, suites, private baths, or suite baths. Students are responsible for cleaning and maintaining these areas. All public areas and public bathrooms are serviced Monday-Friday, with limited cleaning services provided on weekends. Students are responsible for emptying their room trash in the dumpsters adjacent to their residence hall.
Am I automatically assigned a meal plan?
All students are required to participate in a meal plan except those students who reside in certain residence halls that have apartments with kitchens. You may your meal plan from a handful of options. A student may change their meal plan option during the first two weeks of each semester. Check out Dining Services for more information on meal plans!
What types of measures are taken to protect my safety? How safe are the residence halls?
All the residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students may access their own residence hall at all times. They may access other residence halls from 8AM through 12AM daily. After 12AM, 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.
Students are responsible for ensuring that their room doors are kept locked. 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.
Can I have a pet?
No animals are permitted within University facilities except for fish in an aquarium of a 10-gallon or smaller size, or service or Emotional Support Animals that receive advance written approval from the Academic Resource Center after completing the application the semester prior.
Does the college provide personal property insurance?
The University does not cover damage to or theft of personal belongings. Students may obtain renter’s insurance from many different insurance agents or some homeowner’s insurance may cover items in the student’s room.
Are there refrigerators in the rooms?
Refrigerators are not provided in the rooms. Many students choose to buy their own refrigerators (the University does not sponsor any sort of rental service). If you choose to buy a refrigerator, please be sure it’s no larger than 4.0 cubic feet. Often, this is an area where roommates might decide that one will bring a refrigerator while the other brings something else that could be used by both.
How can I report maintenance concerns?
The best way to report a maintenance concern is to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
. Another option is to call the Physical Plant office by dialing extension 740-597-6265
. It is important that students are as detailed as possible when reporting maintenance issues. Critical items to include are: the location, specific problem, and a contact number and name.
May I change rooms?
Room changes can be accommodated following specific housing guidelines after the first two weeks of each semester. Room changes are based upon availability.
As a first-year student, may I choose my own roommate?
Students may make special requests, including environment type, room occupancy (number of roommates) and roommate. We attempt to honor requests when possible. It is important that students talk with one another prior to indicating a preference to live together. We are not able to honor requests when there are discrepancies in the housing preference. Roommate requests cannot be honored unless both roommates make the request. Space is limited in some buildings. We cannot honor all requests.
May I have a single room?
There are roughly one hundred single occupancy bed spaces on the Denison campus. There are very few singles in areas in which first year students are housed. Students hoping to obtain single rooms should indicate this desire on their housing preference form.
What is an CA?
Community Advisors (CAs) are students who have been employed by the Office of Residential Communities to work with students on the residence hall floors. CAs fulfill a variety of roles. They are charged with helping students to form strong communities on the floors; acting as a resource to students with personal and/or academically related problems; positively shaping community behavior and helping students build community.
Is summer housing available?
Summer housing is available for a fee to students who are researching with faculty members or working for the University during the summer. The process for summer housing is completed during the spring semester (March). Space is limited and not guaranteed to those requesting housing after the summer application deadline.
Is there access to an airport or bus station?
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.
May I come during the summer to see and/or measure my room?
Since our residence halls are renovated or are utilized during the summer to house student employees, athletes, and summer conferences, it is not possible for students to see and/or measure the rooms. The University does not keep specific room dimensions.