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Residence Life & Dining

Residence Life




How does housing selection work?
Susquehanna University is a residential campus. All full-time undergraduate students are required to live in university housing for the duration of their time as students. The exceptions are students who are commuting from the homes of their parents or guardians, those who are married and reside with a spouse and/or children, or those who are 23 years of age or older.

Can my student live off campus? 
During the housing lottery process, held during the spring semester, students may submit an online application to live off campus. Those who apply by the deadline are released from university housing according to the student’s housing lottery number. Only those students notified by the departments of residence life and civic engagement may be released from university housing. Once granted, such permission is effective for the remainder of a student’s years as a student at SU. If a student wishes to return to university housing, he or she must seek permission from the Department of Residence Life & Civic Engagement.

The number of students released from university housing each year is determined by projections for the incoming class, the number of students who are already living off campus, and the number of beds available on campus.

If a student is not granted permission to live off campus, he or she will be placed on a waiting list and notified if permission is granted.

Note: Many landlords understand that students must get permission to be released from university housing before signing a lease. DO NOT sign a lease for an off-campus apartment until you have permission to live off campus.

Are there residence halls for specific types of students (i.e. first-year students, women, etc.)?
Yes and no. First-year students are housed together in four residence halls: Aikens, Hassinger, Reed and Smith halls. After freshman year though, students have the opportunity to mix and mingle and choose from a wide variety of housing options.

Are there kitchen and laundry facilities available in each residence hall?
There are laundry facilities available in each residence halls or complex. For instance, students living in Isaacs, O’Connor, Roberts and Ross halls do not have laundry facilities within their halls, but they can access laundry rooms in March and Shobert halls, located in the same complex. The houses on University Avenue do not have laundry facilities. Students living there either go to a local laundromat, one block from campus, or use the machines in one of the residence halls. Kitchen facilities are only available in some of the residence halls: West Village, Sassafras Complex and the houses on University Avenue.

Is cable available?
Yes, student rooms come with cable access at no extra charge.

Are residence hall wireless?
Some halls, like those in West Village, are wireless.

Can items such as refrigerators be rented through SU?
Susquehanna does not rent refrigerators or other items to students for use in their rooms. Students can use their own refrigerator in campus housing, providing it is less than 5 cubic feet.

What are the campus laundry facilities like?
Campus laundry facilities have been converted to eSuds, a coin-free card-swipe system, which enables them to pay with Crusader Cash or a debit/credit card. With eSuds, students can check online to see if any laundry machines are in use and can even have an email sent when a washing machine or dryer becomes available.

Are irons and ironing boards available?

Can students buy laundry detergent on campus?
Yes. Students may purchase laundry detergent and softener at Benny’s Bistro.

We live far away. Are storage facilities available in the summer?
General student storage is not provided on campus. However, there are several excellent storage companies located close to campus that students regularly use, including Old Trail Self-Storage (570-743-4747) and Selinsgrove Mini Storage (570-374-6336).

Can students stay on campus during a school break?
Students who need to stay on campus when the residence halls close for each of the six annual breaks must request permission to do so. The Department of Residence Life grants permission for a limited number of students to stay on campus during each break. Permission is granted based on the reason for staying and the availability of staff to supervise the halls.

What is the guest policy?
A roommate must be consulted and give consent prior to inviting a guest to stay overnight in the residence hall. A student’s right to such things as privacy and quiet are paramount and take precedence over the desire of a roommate to have visitors or guests in the room. An individual may be an overnight guest in a residence hall for a maximum of two nights in any given two-week period. A person may not be an overnight guest of more than one resident per two-week period. In addition, a host may not have more than one guest in a two-week period.

Individuals who will be staying with a current Susquehanna University student as an overnight guest must carry a visitor’s pass on their person during their entire stay on Susquehanna’s campus. Visitor passes must be obtained upon arrival in the Office of Public Safety, which is open 24 hours a day in the Degenstein Campus Center. The public safety office can be reached at 570-372-4444 or ext. 4444 from any campus phone.

Visitors must provide the following information:

  • A cell phone number
  • The name of the Susquehanna University student host and his or her cell phone number
  • The building room number of the host’s on-campus residence
  • The name of an emergency contact and his or her telephone number (i.e. parent or legal guardian)
  • The reason for the visit
  • The name of the coordinating administrator and his or her contact number, if the guest is a prospective student
  • The dates of the visit
  • Get additional information about hosting visitors and other residence life policies.

How do meal plans work?

What dining venues are available on campus?

How often are the food areas of the dining facilities inspected by state inspectors?
We generally get inspected between two and four times each year. Due to the No Child Left Behind Law, all schools, including higher education facilities, are required to be inspected a minimum of two times each year. We are in compliance with Pennsylvania sanitation standards.

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