Frequently Asked Questions...

About University Residences

University Residences Housing Contract Process

View list of New Resident Contract frequently asked questions on the New Resident Contract website.

Who can live in University Residences?

Students who are registered for classes at the Purdue West Lafayette Campus and will be at least 16 years old at the start of the contract may live in University Residences.  Students who will not be 16 by that time may live in Purdue Village family apartments if they will be living with a parent or adult legal guardian.

What should I bring?

View Moving In Information.

Can I have a futon or fridge in my room?

University Residences partners with Bedloft as an outside vendor for futons and microfridges that meet our safety and capacity requirements for these items. To find out more about their offerings, or to order your items, please visit

What are the requirements for appliances in my room?

Small electrical appliances, such as coffee makers and popcorn poppers, are allowed in student rooms as long as the heating element is completely enclosed. For other appliances, such as microwaves and refrigerators, please read University Residences Guidelines » Room/Apartment » Appliances and Room Modifications.

Are University Residences co-ed?

For traditional undergraduate students, Purdue has one women’s hall, two men’s halls and nine co-ed halls with students in separate living areas.

When do the halls open and close for the year?

For the academic year beginning fall 2014, early check-in (for an additional fee) begins Saturday, August 16. Housing contracts begin on Friday, August 22. The halls close on the Monday after finals. Check your contract for other information and exact dates.

When can I move in?

Your housing contract begins Friday, August 22, 2014. For an additional fee, early check-in begins Saturday, August 16, 2014. Check contract for exact dates.

When do classes begin?

Fall semester classes begin on Monday, August 25, 2014.

Can I move my belongings into my room before I am ready to move in?

Early arrival begins at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014 and continues through Thursday, August 21, 2014 (An additional fee will be charged). Food service begins Monday, August 18, 2014. Read more about Moving In.

What are the guest hours for University Residences?

First Street Towers, Hillenbrand Hall and Hilltop Apartments (except for freshmen assigned to Hilltop) have 24-hour visitation, 7 days per week. All other halls, including Hilltop North Freshmen Community, have the following visitation hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. through Monday 2:00 a.m.: 24-hour guest hours


Do I have to live in the University Residences?

No one is required to live in University housing at any time.

Can I connect to the Internet from my room?

All residences will have ResNet service provided at no additional charge. Find out more about Your Computer & ResNet.

Are lofts allowed and where can I obtain a loft?

View Loft Guidelines and Options

Can I change pay plans at a later time if I need to?

Payment plans are established by the University and administered by the Bursar's Office. Any questions regarding payment plans should be addressed to the Bursar's Office.

Can I have a car on campus? Is parking available?

Please view information regarding Parking for residents of University Residences.

How safe are the University Residences?

University Residences strive to provide a safe environment. However, as with any community with a large number of people, it’s best to take precautions such as locking doors and making sure your personal items are covered by your parent’s homeowner’s insurance policy.

Can I leave things in my room over breaks?

Yes, leaving belongings in your room is allowed for all breaks except summer.

Can I stay in my room over breaks?

Residents are not allowed to stay in the halls over winter or summer breaks. The halls are open for residents to stay in for all other breaks. Exception: Four residence halls are open to their residents only for winter break, with room only provision. No meal plan service will be provided. These residence halls include First Street Towers, Hawkins Hall, Hilltop Apartments and Wiley Hall. (Purdue Village will continue their normal operations)

Are there curfews in University Residences?

No, there are no curfews. Doors lock at 11:00 p.m. and residents must go through the night-checker (Access Clerk) station to get in, but residents are not required to be in their rooms at any time.

Can I smoke in my room?

No. All University Residences are non-smoking.

Where can I do laundry?

There is a laundry room in every residence with coin-operated washers and dryers.

What is the standard residence mattress size and are bed linens provided?

The standard residence mattress size is 36” x 78”. Bed linens are not provided.

Do I need to clean my room?

Your room is your responsibility. You are not required to clean your room except before check-out at the end of the academic year. Mops, brooms, and vacuum cleaners are available at each residence. We encourage students to clean their rooms on a regular basis.

Is there anywhere I can cook?

Most residences have kitchenettes available for residents to do limited amounts of cooking.

Can I get a single room?

The number of single rooms is very limited and students currently living in University Residences have priority for these rooms. New students should not expect to be assigned to a single room. First Street Towers, our newest residence hall, has single rooms with private baths and accommodates all undergrad students.

What can I do if I have roommate problems?

University Residences encourages open communication between residents. If talking it out between the two of you doesn’t work, your floor resident assistant is an excellent resource for assistance.

Who can I contact if I have a specific question regarding my room and/or roommate?

Please contact the main office of the residence you are currently assigned for questions regarding your room and/or roommates. Their telephone number is located on each hall's home page under Housing Choices.

Are pets allowed?

No pets are allowed in undergraduate University Residences except fish.

Is there a campus bus service?

Yes. Purdue University students may ride CityBus by showing their PUID. Check out the route information.

Is there a campus safety escort program?

Yes. Both the Purdue Student Government and Wiley Hall have walking escort services available for students.

Where can I go if I am ill?

Purdue has a Purdue Student Health Center. There are also three hospitals in Lafayette.

How is the phone system set up? Long-distance?

No collect calls may be accepted by a Purdue phone, including those in University Residences. Click here for more information about Purdue Prepaid Domestic & International Long Distance.

What kind of TV cable is in my room?

Purdue provides cable TV to each room at no additional charge. It includes our own BTV which shows movies and also announcement of campus happenings. Access the BTV Movie schedule Online.

Which residences have air-conditioning and which residences can provide an air-conditioned room for students who have a medical need for an air-conditioned space?
Residences That Are Air-Conditioned:
  • Cary Quadrangle (all units except Southeast and Southwest)
  • Earhart Hall
  • First Street Towers
  • Harrison Hall
  • Hawkins Hall (for college sophomores, juniors and seniors only)
  • Hillenbrand Hall
  • Hilltop Apartments (buildings 28-32)
  • McCutcheon Hall
  • Shreve Hall
  • Third Street Suites
  • Windsor Halls
Residences That Can Provide An Air-Conditioned Room for Students Who Have a Medical Need for An Air-Conditioned Space:
  • Hilltop Apartments (in buildings 1-27, students must pay an installation fee of $40 to have their own air-conditioning unit installed by Hilltop staff)
Do I need to purchase property insurance?

The university does not assume responsibility for the loss of money or valuables, damage to property, or injuries on the premises. If you are not covered under your parent/guardian's homeowner's insurance policy, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements for insurance protection against such losses.