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, students may request an extra-long mattress when they complete the housing application.)
- Towels / Washcloths
- Cleaning Supplies
- First Aid Supplies / Medications
- Surge Protector
- Heavy Duty Extension Cord
- Coaxial Cable Cord
- Plastic Containers with Lids (for proper food storage)
- Window Fan (Corr and St. Rita’s Halls are not air-conditioned)
The following items are not provided in apartment-style halls and must be provided by the residents:
- Lamps (desk and living room)
- Coaxial Cable Cord
- Pots and pans
- Dish Towels
- Toaster or Toaster Oven
- Can Opener
- Hot plate with enclosed heating coils (i.e., ceramic top)
- Dish Drain
- Kitchen Trash Can
- Food Staples (Condiments, Sugar, Salt and Pepper, Coffee and Tea, Spices)
- Plastic Containers with Lids (for proper food storage)
- Pillow(s), Sheets, Blankets/Comforter or Bedspread
- Closets (located in bedrooms) do not have doors. Students may wish to purchase a curtain and curtain rod for closet openings.
- Shower curtains (Note: Showers in Farley, Gallen, Jackson, and St. Clare are not a standard size, the University will provide extra-long shower curtains for these showers. Residents of Klekotka, Moulden, Rudolph, and Welsh must supply their own standard-sized shower curtains.)
- Towels and Washcloths
- Bathroom Rugs/Bath Mat
- Bathroom Trash Can
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 Appliances 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
- Air Conditioning Units
- Wall Mounted Shelves or any other item that requires a permanent fixture to walls or furniture (including headboards of any kind, see note below).*
*A note about headboards:
One of the most significant contributors to mold growth is poor air circulation. Furniture, including headboards, that are placed in front of the HVAC vent or return can severely diminish the rate of circulation. The addition of a headboard further reduces airflow, especially if the bed is in front of the vent or return. A headboard with fabric provides a soft surface for potential mold growth and cannot be easily cleaned—this is especially a problem when the fabric is in the path of HVAC circulation.
Additionally, Villanova beds are not designed for user modifications, which may create additional hazards. An improperly secured headboard can create a potential fall hazard if the headboard fails when the student leans against it. More permanent mounting options will likely damage the bedframe and under University policy, modifications to University-owned property are not permitted.
Most residence halls have standard twin-size mattresses measuring 36x76x7. Both standard size and extra-long twin sheets will fit the mattress.
Beginning in the Fall of 2019, the Office for Residence Life will be working to standardize mattresses in all residence halls and apartment buildings to extra-long lengths. All rooms and apartments in our new buildings in The Commons will have extra-long mattresses. Students assigned to buildings with extra-long mattresses will be notified via email when housing assignments are confirmed during the last week of July.
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.
Laundry facilities are located in all residence halls, except St. Rita's Hall (residents of St. Rita's Hall have access to laundry in nearby Alumni and Corr 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.
Students also have the option of signing up for an off-site laundry program. Villanova has partnered with Tide Cleaners to offer this service. Tide Cleaners is the official preferred vendor because they offer a gold standard cleaning solution and save students 80 hours of time each year. College can be stressful, and Tide Cleaners takes the chore of laundry off your plate so that you can commit time to more important things. Drop dirty clothes off at one of the lockers located on campus, and clothes will be washed, folded, and ready to wear two days later. In light of COVID-19, Tide is committed to a completely contactless laundry experience. Nothing is more important than ensuring your safety. If you have questions, please contact their Guest Care Team at 888-590-9274. Register for the Tide program.
MicroFridge rentals are available this year directly from Campus Specialties, Inc. The MicroFridge multi-appliance provides students with a convenient way to prepare and store snacks in their rooms. The MicroFridge comes complete with a microwave, freezer, and 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 computer's 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 coaxial cable to each residence hall. Providing over 100 channels, students can watch this channel line-up by connecting their TV directly to the coaxial 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 online 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 the 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 homeowner's insurance carrier that the 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.
Due to space restrictions, storage is not available on the University campus. Due to parking restrictions, drop-off storage pods are not permitted on campus. Off-campus storage facilities are available in the local area.
Students may also choose to contract directly with a company that provides residence hall pick-up in the spring, storage for the summer, and delivery to a new residence hall in the fall. Students will work directly with the chosen company and all questions or concerns should be directed to the company.
COVID-19 Update - Students will normally be responsible for coordinating item pick-up and drop-off with the outside company. The University will normally not facilitate access to residence hall rooms or apartments, but these restrictions will be relaxed in response to COVID-19. Students should look for an email with instructions on how to grant permission to Residence Life to facilitate third-party access to rooms.
For your reference, the following is a list of companies that specialize in this type of service. Please note that the University does not endorse any of the companies listed.
Because of University insurance requirements, the companies below are the only businesses permitted access to campus and University residence halls. The names are provided for your convenience at the request of the outside vendors.
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