Residence life is an integral part of the Susquehanna experience. Approximately 80 percent of Susquehanna students live in university or fraternity/sorority housing. A broad range of living options are available including traditional residence halls, three halls dedicated to first-year students, a volunteer-focus hall, a scholars’ house, an international house and a number of general upperclass residence halls. Other options include the Sassafras Complex featuring suites, apartments and townhouses for upperclass students; Liberty Alley, a small apartment complex (no board plan required); and several small university-owned houses located adjacent to the campus.
One of Susquehanna's most popular housing options is the Susquehanna University Project House System. Students request the privilege of living together on the basis of their common interest in an approved volunteer project of benefit to Susquehanna or the larger community. This volunteer effort, which has been featured in the New York Times, received a Presidential citation for Private Sector Initiatives and Pennsylvania's Keystone Award of Merit, includes projects such as Arts Alive, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, Computer Consultants, Study Buddy, and Senior Friends.
Residence halls are directly supervised by a staff of trained upperclass students. The coordinator of volunteer programs and director and two assistant directors of residence life live on campus and oversee residential programs and services. The Presser International House, Sassafras B and the Scholars' House have faculty-in-residence apartments for faculty and their families who serve as resource people to the residents and staff.
University residence hall rooms include beds, desks and chairs, dressers, cable television access, as well as ports to the university phone and Internet systems. Students must supply their own sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases and towels.
Room and Meal Plan. Susquehanna requires all students to live in university housing, unless they are commuting from their family homes, are 23 years of age or older, or married and residing with a spouse and/or children. Resident students have the choice of eating in Evert Dining Hall, the Encore Café or Clyde's Place as part of the university board plan. Residents of Theta Chi and Phi Mu Delta fraternity houses are exempt from the university room and board plans while those students living in the Liberty Alley apartments are exempt from the university board plan.
Under certain conditions, the Office of Residence Life may grant requests for special permission to live off campus. An off-campus lottery takes place each spring. There are no facilities for married students.
Any student who destroys, defaces or removes university property is required to pay the cost of replacement or repair and will be subject to disciplinary action. The university reserves the right to inspect all rooms and to close all residences and the dining hall during vacation periods.
The university assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property.