Residence Life

Residence life is an integral part of the Susquehanna experience. More than 80 percent of Susquehanna students live in university housing. A broad range of living options is available, including traditional residence halls, four halls dedicated to first-year students, living-learning housing, a scholars’ house, an international house and a number of general upper-class residence halls. Other options include the West Village suite-style residence halls; the Sassafras Complex, featuring suites, apartments and townhouses for upper-class students; Liberty Alley, a small apartment complex (no board plan required); the 18th Street Commons, a large complex of townhouses (no board plan required); and several small university-owned houses located adjacent to the campus.

The director of residence life and civic engagement, as well as four professional staff members, live on campus and oversee residential programs and services. Residence halls are directly supervised by a staff of trained upper-class students. Aikens Hall, March Hall, the 18th Street Commons and the Scholars’ House have faculty-in-residence apartments for faculty and their families, who serve as resources to the residential community. Faculty-in-residence facilitate special programming within the residence halls that extends learning to an out-of-classroom experience.

University residence hall rooms include beds, desks and chairs, dressers, cable television access, and wireless Internet. Students must supply their own sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases and towels.

Room and Meal Plan. Susquehanna requires all students to live in university housing and purchase the university meal plan unless they are commuting from the primary residence of their parent or guardian, which is within 45 minutes driving distance from campus; are 23 years of age or older; are married and residing with a spouse; or have a child with whom they reside. Resident students have the choice of eating in Evert Dining Hall, Benny’s Bistro, The Periodic Table or Clyde's Place as part of the university board plan. Students living in the 18th Street Commons and the Liberty Alley apartments are exempt from the university board plan.

Under certain conditions, the Department of Residence Life and Civic Engagement may grant requests for special permission to live off campus. An off-campus lottery may take place during spring semester if enrollment projections indicate a need. There are no facilities on campus for married students or students with children.

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.