Information for Current and Future Residents


For many students, the idea of having a roommate can be a new experience and 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 choose a roommate as a returning resident, you may want to connect with that person prior to moving onto campus. Your room assignment letter includes the name and contact information of your roommate(s). Strongly consider contacting your roommate(s) at least once before moving in to 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, what to bring to eliminate possible duplicates, etc.

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
  • 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
  • Personal care products
  • Bedsheets/pillowcase*
  • Mattress pad
  • Bedspread/blankets
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Trash container
  • Personal computer
  • Cell phone
  • Basic microwave-safe dishes
  • Silverware
  • Drinking glasses
  • Laundry supplies & basket
  • Iron
  • Stereo and headphones
  • Recreation equipment

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

*Students may 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 small aquarium fish)
  • Firearms, weapons, and ammunition of any type
  • Hot plates
  • Heating elements of any type
  • Toasters
  • Ovens
  • Sun lamps
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Home-made bedlofts, of any type
  • Refrigerators (unless approved for your specific housing unit)
  • 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 on-campus meal plan service to students. University policy requires residents enroll in a meal plan if living in Aitchison, Cassat, Donnell, and Chlapaty halls. Upperclass students living in other UD housing may choose to purchase a meal plan or opt out. Park Village units, townhouses, and campus house 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; a $40 per semester charge will be added to your student account for use of the laundry facilities in your housing unit. 

Computers are permitted in individual residence hall rooms and access to the Internet is provided. All computers and other electronics (except cell phones) must be registered with the HelpDesk prior to use. 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 on the University property. Students living in the UD-owned houses. 

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 should arrive after you do.
  2. All mail and packages must be addressed as follows:

    (Your Name)
    CPO Box #_______
    University of Dubuque
    2000 University Avenue
    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.