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Student housing serves as an opportunity and gateway for a variety of diverse educational and social activities and experiences outside of the classroom. The Office of Residence Life & Housing provides tradition and suite-style housing options, as well as living and learning opportunities that enhance the academic experience gained in the classroom. We strive to maximize university housing by opening at capacity each year. Therefore, it is recommended that any undergraduate student who is interested in requesting housing, complete each step as outlined on the “HOW TO REQUEST HOUSING” form as promptly as possible. Be advised that when assignments of rooms reach capacity, students will be added to a Housing Waiting list until a space becomes available.

The Living Learning Community (LLC):

University College in collaboration with university stakeholders spearheads the overall model of the learning communities (LC) and living learning communities (LLC). A learning community is a group of students who share common academic and/or personal interests, participate in programming opportunities and activities together, and may also be enrolled in a similar and related course (s). Similarly, a living learning community offers students the opportunity to reside in a designated residence hall. This collaborative effort cultivates a sense of unity, appreciation for various concepts, and a mutual concern for the enrichment of the collegiate experience.

Many of the new freshmen, new transfer and returning sophomore students are assigned to the same community with similar intended majors, minors, and/or interests. Upper-class students can also request to reside in a specific living learning community. The New Residence Hall is designed for living learning communities only. Students who wish to reside in the New Residence Hall must participate in one of the established living learning opportunities.

Because of the educational value of on-campus living, we strongly encourage all students to experience living on campus in the residence halls. At CU many returning and transferring students also choose to live on campus for convenience, available services, and varied activities. Choosing to live on campus in a residence hall gives you the opportunity to make contributions and participate in the creation of an environment in which students:

Build new relationships.
• Respect, appreciate, and celebrate individual differences and diversity.
• Enhance leadership skills through involvement on and off campus.
• Experience personal growth, transformation, and the opportunity to become change agents.
• Actively contribute to a positive living learning experience.
• Achieve academic success and grow as future leaders.

Residence Halls:

The five residence halls on campus are Truth, King, Emlen, the New Residence Hall and slated to open for fall 2013 is Humphreys Hall for Humphreys Scholar students only. Truth and King Halls are our traditional residence halls. Humphreys, Emlen and the New Residence Hall are our suite style residence halls.  Students who wish to live in the New Residence Hall must actively participate in a living learning community. All rooms and suites are set up for occupants of the same gender. Emlen Hall is designated for the Keystone Honors Academy students only. Students who are approved to reside in Humphreys and Emlen Halls are selected and notified by the Dean of the Keystone Honors Academy. As a courtesy to all students, staff and visitors, all residence halls are non-smoking communities.

Students are expected to care for their own suites, rooms, and common areas where applicable. In addition, all members of the residential community must abide by and follow all guidelines, policies, and procedures governing living on campus. Students are responsible for their actions and the behavior of their guests.

Traditional Housing:

King and Truth Halls are the traditional residence halls on campus. King Hall is designated for female students only and Truth Hall is designated for male students only. These rooms are designed single and double occupancy. Each room is furnished with two of each of the following items: beds, dressers, closets, desk, and desk chair. Community bathrooms are shared by the residents on the assigned floor and are located on each floor. A mini kitchen, vending machines, and recreational lounge are located on the first floor and the laundry facility is located in the basement of each hall. King and Truth Halls are not air conditioned.

Suite-Style Housing:

Emlen, Humphreys, and the New Residence Hall are the suite-style halls on campus. These rooms are designed for single, double, triple, and quad occupancy. These suites offer air-conditioned suites and private and semi-private rooms and bathrooms. Each carpeted suite is comprised of a furnished common area while the New Residence Hall is also furnished with a mini-microfridge. In addition, each room consists of basic cable and Ethernet connections that link directly to the University network and the Internet. Convenience and access to laundry facilities, trash disposal room, vending machines, lounges, conference room, and study lounges throughout the facility are provided. The New residence hall also offers a recreational room.

Choosing a Residence Hall:

First-year students and those students new to the University will be assigned to housing based on their stated interests and/or requested learning community by our office.

Returning students can submit a building preference within the guidelines as listed above. Requests will be granted based on space availability, all required documents received, and all university business resolved. You should not attempt to check into any residence hall unless you have received an official written confirmation of a reserved housing space from the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

Choosing a Roommate:

Returning students may indicate a preferred roommate(s) by completing all of the required information on the housing request form. The person(s) you request must also request you to validate the roommate selection. Your preferred roommate(s) must be of the same gender, and you must both choose the same building preference (if eligible) or living learning community. If you do not list a preferred roommate, a roommate will be assigned to you. Your requested roommate(s) must complete all steps as outlined. The Office of Residence Life and Housing will not grant roommate(s) requests if the requests are not reciprocated.

The Office of Residence Life and Housing will conduct all roommate matching for all students who are new to the university. The information that you submitted on your on-line housing request form will serve as a guide for the  roommate matching process.

Housing Waiting List:

The University desires to accommodate all students requesting to live on campus. At times, the designed housing capacity of the residence halls is less than the demand for housing and housing is not guaranteed. A housing waiting list will be utilized in these cases.  Students will be notified and offered housing as spaces become available. This process is conducted by the date a student was granted financial clearance from the Bursar’s Office in conjunction as to when the non-refundable housing deposit was paid.

Single Rooms:

Our single rooms in the suite style or traditional housing offer students privacy and additional space. Single rooms are limited and will be assigned to those students who complete the housing selection process and all university business. Single rooms are not assigned to freshmen students.

Housing Assignments:

Housing Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis according to the date the completed application is received in our office, the total number of applications received, and the date by which satisfactory financial arrangements have been confirmed by the Bursar’s Office for the total cost of tuition, fees, room, and board. Students are advised that they will not receive a housing assignment until all University business has been resolved. Not all specific requests can be accommodated. The University reserves the right to make reassignments at any time based on the administrative needs of the residential program.

Confirmed residence hall assignments will begin to be sent via a student’s Cheyney University Wolf mail account beginning the first week in August. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail with your assigned housing assignment, you should complete these steps in the following order:

1) Check your student account to ensure that all University business has been resolved.

2) Contact the Bursar’s Office to verify that satisfactory financial arrangements have been made. 

3) Contact our office at to ensure that an error was not made in processing your housing request.

Housing assignments will be canceled by the Office of Residence Life & Housing for those students who arrive after the 48 hour deadline of the move-in date. Please plan accordingly.

Student Housing During University Sanctioned Breaks:

Truth Hall is typically the designated break housing residence hall and will remain open when the University is closed during breaks/vacations depending on the number of requests received.  Any student group who will require housing during the breaks (such as members of official CU Athletics, CU Choir, CU Band, CU Cheerleaders, SGCA Officers, etc.) should select Truth Hall for housing.  All other residence halls will be closed during designated university breaks. Students who are requesting to stay due to University sanctioned events must have written approval from their advisor and the Office of Residence Life and Housing. Please plan accordingly and in advance. The University charges a fee for approved accommodations for all break periods.


Smoking is not allowed in the residence halls at anytime. 

Room Changes:

In order to maximize the productivity of our office, room change requests will not be considered and/or approved until the Open Room Change Period which begins the third week of the fall and spring semesters.  The Open Room Change Period will be advertised in each residence hall and room change request forms can be obtained at the front desk of each residence halls.  Students are prohibited from coercing, threatening, and/or forcing other members of the residential community to move.  Should such incidents occur, students will be referred to the University Judicial Chair and may also forfeit their housing privileges to reside on campus.