Students and Parents

Information for Current and Future Residents


For many students, the idea of having a roommate can be a little intimidating. However, roommates are often the first person you will meet on campus and will be your newest friend. Residence Life staff encourage you to be open to new relationships. A large part of your overall education here at the University of Dubuque is learning about yourself and how you relate to people. Our mission statement calls us all to respect diversity in all its forms and to practice Christian love. It's important to bring an open mind and enjoy the new experiences that await you. Whether you have been assigned a roommate or chose a roommate as a returning resident, you will want to spend some time with that person prior to moving onto campus. Your room assignment letter includes the name and contact information of your roommate. Plan to contact your roommate at least once before moving in. Introduce yourself. Talk about your goals and what major you plan to pursue. Also, talk about your room and your thoughts on how to set it up. 

Furnishing Your Room 

Residence hall rooms are equipped with:
  • Beds
  • Extra-long twin mattresses with mattress protectors
  • Dressers
  • Study desks
  • Chairs
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Neutral-colored blinds
  • Telephone jacks
  • Cable TV hookup
  • Internet ports 

Items to Make Your Room Your Home 

Residents may want to consider bringing the following items:
  • Alarm clock
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Pillows
  • Clothes hangers
  • Bedsheets/pillowcase*
  • Personal care products
  • Bedspread/blankets
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Mattress pad
  • Trash container
  • Computer
  • Phone
  • Basic microwave-safe dinnerware
  • Silverware
  • Glasses
  • Laundry supplies
  • Laundry basket
  • Iron
  • Stereo and headphones
  • Recreation equipment
  • Pet fish

Residents are encouraged to consider renting lofts as one way to maximize space as you personalize your room. Resident are NOT allowed to construct or bring their own loft units. The office of Residence Life works directly with the helpful staff at Collegiate Marketing to offer safe and affordable lofting units. Please visit their website to learn more and reserve a loft:

 *Students are encouraged to participate in the University's bed linen program (powered by On Campus Marketing at 1.800.957.4338 or visit the On Campus Marketing website.)

Things NOT to bring to college:

A number of items are prohibited for safety and sanitary considerations:
  • Pets (except aquarium fish)
  • Firearms, weapons, or ammunition of any type
  • Hot plates
  • Heating elements of any type
  • Toasters
  • Ovens
  • Sun lamps
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Home-made lofts, of any type
  • Refrigerators
  • Telephone answering systems
  • Street or highway signs
  • Extension cords (power strips with built-in breaker switches are acceptable for computer and stereo equipment)
  • Large sofas
  • Halogen lamps 

Other Services 

Food Service 
The University of Dubuque offers a flexible meal plan service to students. University policy requires enrollment in a meal plan for all residents living in Aitchison, Cassat, Donnell, and Chlapaty Halls. Park Village residents can either purchase a meal plan or opt out, as the apartments are equipped with full kitchens. 

Vending Machines 
Each traditional residence hall is equipped with snack and soda vending machines. 

Laundry Facilities
Each residence hall is equipped with full-service laundry rooms. 

Computers are permitted in individual residence hall rooms and access to the Internet is provided. For more information on Internet accessibility, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 563.589.3737 or see further information on the Technology homepage. 

Limited parking spaces are available on campus. Students must register their vehicles and purchase parking stickers from Campus Safety & Security in Smith Hall to park in University lots. 

U.S. Postal Mail 
Receiving mail and packages from family and friends is an important part of college life. All students are assigned an on-campus mailbox; located in the Campus Post Office in the Heritage Center. Students who wish to receive their mail on campus should pick up a key ($5) for their own personal mailbox.  

If you plan to ship belongings to UD, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Belongings must arrive after you do.
  2. All packages must be addressed as follows: 
    (Your Name) 
    University of Dubuque 
    2000 University Avenue 
    CPO# ___________
    Dubuque, IA 52001-5099  

When people send you mail after you arrive on campus, it is extremely important to include "University of Dubuque" in the address, as well as your CPO# (campus post office box number.) Without the "University of Dubuque" name and your CPO#, your mail may not be delivered properly by the US Postal Service.