Wilkes University

Spring Semester Housing

Spring 2023 Semester Housing

The information below is designed to answer any questions you might have about living on campus at Wilkes University. If you have a specific question and cannot find the answer here, please feel free to contact us at (570) 408-4350 or reslife@wilkes.edu.

All incoming first year students are required to live on campus for their first two years at Wilkes University. International and Transfer Students are not required to live on campus.

Should you choose to join our residential community, we are more than excited to welcome you! Below are steps for completing your applications. Please note that all residential students are required to select a meal plan. Find out more about Dining Services on campus on the University’s website.

Completing Your Housing Application

In order to receive housing accommodations for the Spring 2023 semester, you will need to complete a housing application. This application will require you to affirm the 2022-2023 Housing & Dining Contract. You may review the 2022-2023 Housing and Dining Contract prior to filling out the online application by selecting the button below:
2022-2023 Housing and Dining Contract
Please follow these step-by-step instructions on how to complete your housing application:
  1. Log in to the Housing Self-Service page.
  2. On the new screen, select the Application tab on the side menu bar.
  3. Select the housing application most appropriate for you.
    1. First year student: admitted as a first year student, with no previous (or limited) college experience.
    2. Transfer student: admitted as a transfer student, with several semesters of previous college experience.
    3. Returning student: someone currently a student at Wilkes University, despite whether you have lived on campus before.  
  4. Follow the flow of the application, starting with an electronic signature and completing all questions, including selection of a meal plan.
  5. When your application is complete, select Submit. You should receive an email confirmation. Save this email in the event there is an issue with your application!

Wherever possible, we will attempt to honor any requests for housing types for transfer students. In addition, we typically will try to pair transfer students with other transfer students or returning students to assist with your transition to the Wilkes community. 

Disability Housing Accommodation Requests

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Wilkes University has established procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities have equal access to housing resources and receive housing assignments that reasonably meet their needs as required by law. We will do our best to honor any housing accommodations that we receive, but please be aware that we are limited to what spaces we have open for the Spring semester. Please contact Katy Betnar, katy.betnar@wilkes.edu, with any disability housing accommodation requests.

Awaiting Your Housing Assignment

The Office of Residence Life will alert all new students of their housing assignment and potential roommates based on the timeline below. We will communicate this information to your Wilkes University email address. If you are not already, now would be a great time to start regularly checking that email. Once you have begun your Wilkes career, University officials will use this email to communicate with you important information!

If you submit your application by... then you will receive your assignment by...
Friday, December 18, Wednesday, December 21.
Wednesday, January 4,  Friday, January 6. 
after Wednesday, January 4, 3 business days after your submission date. 

You will likely be assigned in a room or apartment that is already occupied by current Wilkes University students. Your assignment letter will include how to obtain contact info for your new roommates. We suggest you contact them to begin getting to know one another!

Move In Day

All students applying for housing for Spring 2023 will check in at the Residence Life Office on Friday, Jan. 13 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. We are located in Passan Hall (267 S Franklin St) on the 3rd floor. You will pick up your room key and be able to begin moving items into your new room.

If you need to check in earlier than that due to a prior commitment, you will need to contact the Residence Life office to make those arrangements. 

Residence Hall Amenities and FAQs

  • 1 twin bed (mattress and bed frame)
  • 1 desk
  • 1 desk chair
  • 1 dresser
  • 1 armoire or closet, depending on the room
  • Everything that a student finds in a room must stay in the room. Furniture may not be moved from the room, as there are no available storage spaces.

Mattresses in our residence halls are extra-long (36"x80"). Extra-long sheets are the best choice to ensure a good fit!

The Office of Residence Life has partnered with DormCo. to provide our students with a convenient, affordable way to purchase extra-long sheets and bedding items. Proceeds from this program go to the Inter-Residence Hall Council and are used for programming in the residence halls. Please visit the RHL website DormCo.com/Wilkes for more information!

The following appliances are permitted in our halls:

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker (automatic)
  • Computer
  • Desk Lamp (non- halogen)
  • Fan
  • Microwave
  • Radio/ Stereo
  • Refrigerator (5.0 cu. Ft. maximum)
  • Television

Students are not permitted to bring the following:

  • Crock Pots
  • George Foreman Grill
  • Halogen lamps
  • Heating coils
  • Mini grills
  • Toaster Oven
We have either wireless network or a combination of wireless and ethernet ports in the residence halls. Further information will be given to the student when they arrive on campus during Welcome Weekend! Each residence hall is equipped with wireless internet as well.
No. In most cases, students use their cellular phones.
Housekeepers are employed by the University to clean the common spaces: hallways, bathrooms, and lounges. Any bathrooms that are NOT accessible from the common hallway will NOT be cleaned by our University Facilities staff. They are the responsibility of the student(s) sharing that bathroom. 
Washers and dryers are located within the laundry rooms in the residence halls and they are free of charge!

Roommate Survival Check List

Listed below are a few common sources of roommate problems. Roommates should discuss these issues at the beginning of the semester, thereby avoiding communication breakdowns during the school year. Roommates must remember that compromise is essential and only by communicating with each other will roommates solve any problems.

  1. Daily schedule — sleeping times, quiet hours, TV viewing, mealtime, study conditions
  2. Housekeeping — making beds, vacuuming, picking up clothes, interior decoration
  3. Locks and keys — getting locked out, leaving the door open
  4. Visitation — friends in the room, parties, privacy, overnight guests
  5. Personal habits — exercising, watching tv while studying, etc.
  6. Phone use — taking phone calls in the room and what that is ok.
  7. Sharing — territorial imperatives, saying “please,” respect for other’s property
  8. Moods — grouchiness, silliness, depression, taking things out on your roommate, early morning person
  9. Values — prejudice, religion, philosophy, politics

The relationship you develop with your roommate will have a significant effect on your experience of residence hall living. Each residence hall student has the right to expect the following from his or her roommate:

  1. The right to read and study in one’s room without unreasonable noise and other distractions
  2. The right to sleep without undue disturbance from guests of roommates, noise, etc.
  3. The right to expect that a roommate will respect one’s personal possessions
  4. The right to live in a clean environment
  5. The right to free access to one’s room without pressure from one’s roommate
  6. The right to entertain guests with the expectation that guests will respect the rights of the host’s roommate and other hall residents
  7. The right to be free from intimidation and harm
  8. The right to discuss grievances

A resident student must accept the responsibility for confronting other residents when those residents have violated his/her rights. If a student has difficulty in doing so, the Residence Life Staff will gladly assist in such matters.

Residence Hall Policies FAQs

Residential students are permitted to have visitors. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Only residents of the building can gain access with their ID card or front door key. Visitors must be escorted at all times and residents are fully responsible for the behavior of their visitors. Additional information about the visitation policy is available in the Student Handbook.

In order to maintain our facilities and manage air quality for students with allergies, pets (other than fish in a 10-gallon or smaller tank) are not permitted in the residence halls.

In support of student health and safety, smoking and vaping are strictly prohibited in all buildings on campus. Smoking outside of University buildings must be a minimum of 6 feet from any entrances.

First-year students are permitted to bring a vehicle to campus. Students may park only in the lot assigned to them. Parking permits are required and applications will be available during Summer Orientation. We suggest parking at Ralston Field your first year! Parking is NOT guaranteed and students should not bring a car to campus if they are not issued a parking permit. Please visit our Parking Services webpage for more information.

Yes! All full-time undergraduate students in their first two years at Wilkes University, who do not commute from the home of their parent or legal guardian, must reside on campus. Students who have been at Wilkes for more than two years may reside off campus. A commutable distance is defined as being no greater than 50 miles away from campus.