RESOURCES FOR INCOMING STUDENTS
Find step-by-step instructions for incoming first-year students to apply for on-campus housing.
Housing Contracts are available:
- Rising Seniors: October/November of Junior Year
- Rising Juniors: January/February of Sophomore Year
- Rising Sophomores: January/February of First Year
New resident students admitted to the University via Early Decision I who submit their Admissions Deposit by Monday, January 9, 2023, will be able to access, complete and submit the online First-Year Housing Application between Monday, April 3, and Friday, June 2, 2023.
New resident students admitted to the University via the Early Action, Early Decision II and Regular Decision processes will be able to access, complete and submit the online First-Year Housing Application between Monday, May 1, and Friday, June 2, 2023.
If you submit your admission deposit on Wednesday, April 26 or later, you will need to wait three (3) business days to be able to access the housing application.
Selection of a preferred roommate(s) is optional. This process is for students who have someone they know or have met in person with whom they would like to live.
Your preferred roommate(s) must have been admitted to the University as a Resident Student and have paid their Admissions Deposit.
Residence Life will make a reasonable effort to accommodate requests to be assigned with a particular roommate if interest in sharing a room is mutual and each resident has designated the other as a preferred roommate when completing the Housing Application.
Please note: Requests received after June 3, 2023 may not be honored!
Housing assignments for preferred roommates will be based on the earliest date of housing application submission of the two, three or four roommates.
If a student wishes to add a preferred roommate(s) after submitting their housing application, they may edit their Housing Application in the Housing Portal until June 3.
First-year housing assignments and roommate information will be available during the last week of July. Students will receive an email to their villanova.edu address when housing assignments are available.
First-year residents may not request a specific building or type of room.
New residents are assigned housing and roommates based on gender, enrollment in designated Learning Communities or Special Interest Housing Options and—when possible—preferences specified in a questionnaire that accompanies the Housing Application. First-year residents have the option of requesting one, two or three preferred roommates. Students requesting to live with two or three preferred roommates should note that space in standard triple and quad rooms (rooms designed to accommodate 3 or 4 students) is limited and Residence Life may not be able to accommodate all requests.
Students who are admitted to the University as a “resident” are guaranteed three consecutive years (six consecutive semesters) of on-campus housing, beginning with the Fall semester of the academic year of their admission. Students who forego a semester(s) of housing for any reason (i.e. participation in a study abroad or internship program, deferred acceptance) are not guaranteed an additional semester(s) of housing in their fourth year.
Housing for a fourth year is not guaranteed, except to students who are admitted to the University with Presidential or certain scholarships that specifically guarantee a fourth year of housing. There is an annual housing lottery for seniors interested in on-campus housing. On-campus housing is limited, and typically, housing is available for one-third of the senior class.
Unfortunately, Villanova University is unable to offer on-campus housing to transfer students given current demand and availability.
The University maintains off-campus housing information, where you will find a database that may help you find a roommate and other resources.
Explore housing infomation and policies, including residence hall opening/closing dates.
Friday, Aug. 19: First year student move-in day
Sunday, Aug. 21-Tuesday, Aug. 23: Returning residential student move-in days
Wednesday, Aug. 24: Classes begin
Saturday, Oct. 8: Residence halls close at noon for Fall Break
Sunday, Oct. 16: Residence halls reopen at noon
Monday, Oct. 17: Classes resume
Wednesday, Nov. 23: Residence halls close at noon for Thanksgiving Break
Sunday, Nov. 27: Residence halls reopen at noon
Tuesday, Dec. 13: Reading day
Wednesday, Dec. 14-Tuesday, Dec. 20: Final examinations (no exams on Sunday, Dec. 18)
Wednesday, Dec. 21: Residence halls close at noon
Saturday, Jan. 14-Monday, Jan. 16: Residents return to residence halls on a selected date and time
Tuesday, Jan. 17: Classes begin
Saturday, March 4: Residence halls close at noon for Spring Break
Sunday, March 12: Residence halls reopen at noon
Monday, March 13: Classes resume
Thursday, April 6: Residence halls close at noon for Easter Break
Monday, April 10: Residence halls reopen at noon
Tuesday, April 11: Classes resume
Friday, May 5: Reading day
Saturday, May 6-Friday, May 12: Final examinations (no examinations on Sunday, May 7)
Saturday, May 13: Residence halls close for non-graduating students at noon
Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 20: Commencement weekend
Sunday, May 21: Residence halls close for graduating students at 6 p.m.
Please visit the Bursar's Office website for details regarding Housing Rates.
If you would like to request a room change, you must complete the online Room Change Request form found on the Housing and Dining Portal.
The semester cost for housing may vary from room to room. Students accepting a room change may be charged more or less, depending on their new housing assignment. Before accepting a room change, please be certain to review current room rates. Costs will be prorated in accordance with the date of the room change.
Generally, there are few vacancies available on campus to accommodate room change requests. Given this, we strongly encourage students to seek assistance from their Resident Assistants and proceed with the mediation process if the request is due to a roommate conflict.
Room change requests are processed based on the following:
- First-Year Students: Students who are involved in roommate conflicts that were not solved through mediation will be given first priority when facilitating room change requests. All other requests will be accommodated based on availability in the order in which forms are submitted
- Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors: Based on room availability, housing selection times will be used as a guide when offering room changes. Students with extenuating circumstances or who are experiencing a roommate conflict that was not resolved through mediation may be given preference.
Familiarize yourself with the policies in the Student Handbook governing residential living.
LIVING ON CAMPUS
Tips for making the most of your residential experience.
Suggested Items to Bring for Living in a Residence Hall
- Desk Lamp (Non-Halogen)
- Floor Lamp (Non-Halogen)
- Personal Toiletries
- Shower Bucket/Shower Shoes
- Desk/Stationery Supplies
- Laundry Supplies
- Bed Linens and Pillow (All University mattresses are standard size and can accommodate either extra-long or standard size twin sheets. If you require an extra-long mattress, please click here.)
- Towels / Washcloths
- Cleaning Supplies
- First Aid Supplies / Medications
- Surge Protector
- Heavy Duty Extension Cord
- Plastic Containers with Lids (for proper food storage)
- Window Fan (Corr Hall is not air conditioned)
Please DO NOT Bring
- Candles (decorative or functional, wick or no wick)
- Toaster Ovens or Crock Pots (prohibited in traditional residence halls, permitted in apartments)
- Hot Plates or Appliiances with exposed heating elements
- Space Heaters
- Pets or animals of any kind
- Halogen Lamps
- Platform Beds or Lofts
- Cinder Blocks or any other item designed to raise the height of your bed
- Wall Mounted Shelves or any other item that requires permanent fixture to walls or furniture
- Air Conditioning Units
Most residence halls have standard twin-size mattresses measuring 36x76x7. Both standard size and extra-long twin sheets will fit the mattress. All rooms and apartments in The Commons will have extra-long mattresses.
For students assigned to buildings where extra-long mattresses are not standard, Residence Life has a limited supply of extra-long mattresses measuring 36x80x7, which are available upon request and based on need. Requests should be limited to those over 6'2" in height. These mattresses require extra-long twin-sized sheets. Students can request an extra-long mattress when they complete the housing application or by contacting the Office for Residence Life.
Laundry facilities are located in all residence halls. Each load (wash and dry) costs $1.50. Students use their Wildcard to pay for laundry; no need to bring quarters! VLaundry allows students to view the current status of every laundry facility on campus, reserve specific machines, and find out when the machines in your building will be available.
MicroFridge rentals are available this year directly from Campus Specialties, Inc. The MicroFridge multipliance provides students with a convenient way to prepare and store snacks in their rooms. The MicroFridge comes complete with a microwave, freezer, and a refrigerator. Please note that only one MicroFridge or refrigerator/ microwave is permitted per room.
Campus Specialties will set up the unit in student rooms and will pick it up at the end of the Spring Semester. If anything goes wrong with the unit, Campus Specialties will replace it. The MicroFridge is available for a yearly rental price of $199.99.
Villanova provides free wireless Internet access throughout the campus. It is readily available in all academic and residence halls to all students, faculty and staff .
Villanova's wireless network SSID is "VUMobile". To connect, simply click on VUMobile on your computers list of available wireless networks and enter in your Villanova user name and password. This will work for any computer running Windows Vista or higher and Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.
Trouble connecting? Please email UNIT User Support or call the UNIT Help Desk at 610-519-7777.
Available in all Villanova residence halls, Xfinity TV is delivered via co-axial cable to each residence hall. Providing over 100 channels, Students can watch this channel line-up by connecting their TV directly to the co-axial cable jack in their room. To learn more about the Xfinity Cable TV offering be sure to visit our site about Cable TV on campus.
What You Need to Connect
Students must provide their own coaxial cable cord; which can be obtained at any electronics store or on-line retailer.
Your TV must be able to accept a coax cable input and be equipped with a QAM digital tuner. Most major brand flat screen TVs manufactured after 2006 come equipped with a QAM digital tuner. QAM is used to receive digital channels without use of a cable box. If your TV isn't supported, you may choose to purchase a set-top QAM Tuner, replace your TV, or elect to exclusively use XFINITY On Campus.
What if I have trouble with my service?
If you have an issue with your cable TV or need assistance in tuning it, please email UNIT User Support or call the UNIT Help Desk at 610-519-7777.
The University’s property insurance only covers property that is owned by the University. It does not cover damage to students' personal property. It is highly recommended that students insure their own personal property via their parent’s homeowners insurance or a renters/tenants insurance policy. It is important to confirm with your homeowners insurance carrier that student’s property (including computers and other electronics) will be fully covered for loss while housed outside of the family dwelling.
As stated in the Student Handbook and the housing contract, the University assumes no legal obligation to pay for loss of or damage to items of student’s personal property occurring on campus or in its buildings or storage areas.
Selected Student Handbook Policies
The Student Handbook is the official student handbook for Villanova University. We hope it will be a ready reference for information important to you during your stay at the University.