University Residences Guidelines and Policies

Please Note: We expect that all members of the University Residences community—residents, staff and visitors—will take responsibility for their own health and safety and act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, consistent with the  Protect Purdue Pledge For more information on our resident expectations related to Covid 19, please refer to the "What we expect of you" section in our resident letter here.  

University Residences welcomes you! We are here to support your growth and development and will make every effort to help you feel at home while you live with us.

Many opportunities are available to help you be a part of life in your residence and on campus. You can participate in residence government, intramural sports, service organizations, and study groups. You can even hold a part-time job in a residence. Take advantage of these opportunities and get involved—you will be glad you did. Like most experiences, the more you put into your community, the more you will gain.

University Residences staff members want to help you succeed. Staff members play a key role in the development of programs and activities that can expand your skills, knowledge, and horizons. We provide resources to help you get the most out of your on-campus experience. According to FERPA guidelines and the statement recorded on University Residences' check-in form, involving parents in this educational process can also contribute to the overall success of students.

Information and the University Residences' policies provided here will help you make informed choices while living here. If you have questions, you can speak with a resident assistant or any of the residence's management staff.

Purdue Village has it's own set of additional guidelines. View the Purdue Village Guidelines here.


Dining Services

For information about our Dining Services, please visit our dining website

Emergency Procedures

None of us wants to be in an emergency; however, we must be prepared for such situations. Keep the following in mind if you encounter an emergency.


Contact the nearest staff member or the main office for assistance. Staff will arrange ambulance transportation and other needed help. Dial 9-1-1 from any campus telephone for immediate contact with the Purdue Police.

Bomb Threats

An intermittent signal on the fire alarm system indicates a bomb threat has been received for the building. Residents may elect to leave the building or remain while a search is made. If the signal becomes continuous, the building must be totally evacuated.

Fire or Explosion

Activate the nearest fire alarm to cause evacuation of the building. Report location of the fire if possible to a staff member or the main office. Follow fire procedures posted in your room. Fire drills are conducted once a semester in each building and all residents are expected to comply with the conditions of the fire drill.

Tornado Warning

Activation of a continuous siren indicates that a tornado may be in the immediate vicinity. You should immediately seek cover and proceed to the lower areas away from windows. More protection is usually afforded if one remains next to inside support walls or under heavy furniture. All food service will cease immediately. Slightly open the windows in your student room. The sirens are tested the first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m.

Unauthorized Group Action

Although the temptation to watch the action outside is great, close and lock your windows, close the draperies, and then stay away from window areas. Refrain from calling out windows or throwing items out. Such actions only call attention to you and may result in damage to your room and neighboring rooms, or risk personal injury to a resident from broken glass.

Utilities Failure

Notify your RA or the main office because some utility failures may be limited to only one or two rooms. In more widespread failures, use a flashlight.

Bulletin Boards

Each residence has bulletin boards containing important information. The advertisements, posters, flyers, notices, signs, or banners posted thereon should adhere to all University policies and state, local and federal laws.  Promoting the use of alcohol and/or illegal substances is prohibited. The posted item may not include any reference to or support of blatant violations of the Regulations Governing Student Conduct, other University polices, or federal, state, or local law. The Office of University Residences reserves the right to reject any posting that is inconsistent with this policy. All postings must be approved by the University Residences Director’s Office.

Check-Cashing & ATMs

Check-cashing services are not available in University Residences. However, you can cash checks for a nominal fee in the Purdue Memorial Union at the Cashiers Office. For more information, visit the Purdue Memorial Union online at In addition, Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union (PEFCU) has a full-service branch in the Union. Also, Chase ATMs are located at Ford Dining Court and Wiley Dining Court.

Copy Machine

The BoilerCopyMaker in the Purdue Memorial Union offers photocopying, binding, laminating, folding and many other services. Visit the Purdue Memorial Union online at for more information and hours. 

Visit Purdue Libraries online at to learn more about their copy /print type capabilities.

Residence halls do not offer copy capabilities. Most residence halls do have computer stations with print capabilities and may have scan-to-email capability as well. Please check with your residence hall's front office for details.


University Residences’ service staff clean and maintain all common areas of residence halls, including lounges, hallways, study rooms and bathrooms. Students are responsible for the cleaning and care of their assigned private living space. Students may check out vacuum cleaners, dust mops and other cleaning tools at most locations. A clean facility is important to promote a healthy and academic environment.


The University does not carry insurance covering the loss, theft or damage of residents' personal effects. Check your family's homeowner's insurance to see if your room is covered. If you need such coverage, you must obtain it at your own expense.

Laundry & Vending

Your residence has its own laundry facilities. Washers and dryers, soaking tubs, irons and ironing boards are available. You may use your BoilerExpress debit account to pay for laundry services and some vending machines (with the exception of Purdue Village and Hilltop Apartments). If you lose money in laundry machines, you can get reimbursed on your account by visiting this SharePoint site, logging in with your Purdue alias and password and clicking on the icon on the page to report your issue. 

Lost & Found

Each residence hall has a lost and found department. To determine its location, check at your residence's main office. Lost and found items are normally held in the residence hall's main office area for a short time, then moved to the University’s Central Lost and Found facility located in the Parking Facilities Office at Purdue West Shopping Plaza. Visit for more details on the Central Lost and Found Facility.


Campus mail, which is free, is only for University business, not personal use. When you mail a letter or package via the U.S. Postal Service, use your full return address. Do not include "P.O." or "Box" in the return address of mailed items. Use all capital or block letters and no punctuation. It is highly recommended that cash never be sent through the mail system.


University Residences maintains an easy single-stream recycling program that partners with Purdue’s Office of University Sustainability. Blue recycling containers are provided in each student room, and larger trash and recycling containers are located on each residence floor for easy sorting and deposit by residents. Please observe signs explaining which materials can be recycled: paper, cardboard, newspaper, plastic, glass, aluminum, etc... Large recycling roll-offs are also provided at each hall’s loading dock as well as at Hilltop Apartments and Purdue Village. Special effort is made by staff and students during move-in to recycle packing materials and during move-out to divert unwanted items for donation instead of landfill. For more information, see

Repairs & Maintenance

University Residences staff conduct maintenance on a wide variety of building systems and living spaces, including your assigned room or apartment. Getting something fixed starts by notifying staff there is a problem. The easiest way to submit a work order is via the online “ Fix My Home” website. If your living space requires emergency maintenance, notify a Resident Assistant, Facilities staff, or the hall main office. We can’t fix it if we don’t know about it! There is no charge for routine repairs.

Guest and Room Limitations to Protect Purdue During COVID-19

Residents are permitted to have one Purdue West Lafayette student guest in their residential living community. A residential living community is defined as any space beyond a swipe access point/key controlled door that grants access to floor hallways and lounges, stairwells, and individual student rooms/apartments. Within individual student rooms/apartments, residents are permitted to have one Purdue West Lafayette student guest per occupant of that room/apartment.

For example, if the space has one assigned resident that allows one guest for total of two people. Two assigned residents allow for one guest each, which is a total of four people. Three assigned residents with one guest each is a total of six people. Resident roommates of the room must agree on any visitors. The guest hours and escort policy for the residence halls remain the same. For more information on how University Residences is protecting Purdue, please click here. To learn about additional ways the University is working to Protect Purdue, please visit the Protect Purdue website here. 

Residential Life

Residential life helps students become productive, contributing citizens by fostering respect for self, others and community, and by offering opportunities for the development of life skills. University Residences employs a dedicated and experienced staff trained to meet the diverse needs of residents.

Residential Assistants

Resident Assistants and Staff Residents live in University Residences and share advising and educational responsibilities. In addition to being friends and confidants, RAs work with you to create programs and events in a friendly and caring environment that has the resources you need to become academically and socially successful.

The RA on each corridor or in each unit is an upper-class student staff member who was carefully chosen on the basis of their experience, insight, and ability to work with a variety of personalities in a range of circumstances. RAs have had training to effectively handle situations that arise in a group-living environment. Confidentiality is a primary concern for them, especially in situations that are sensitive for a student resident. RAs advise, reassure and serve as role models and mentors. With their knowledge and experience, RAs make a significant contribution to the development of an academic community.

Activities Outside Your Residence

Purdue offers many activities for when you are not in class search available activities and organizations.

You might want to purchase a Mortar Board calendar to help you keep track of everything going on. They are available at University Residences' retail operations.

Educational Programming

University Residences provides residents numerous opportunities to attend programs that offer out-of-classroom learning and a chance to meet other students. Presented by students and staff, these programs help prepare students for their college experiences. For more information about educational programming, go to the Residential Life pages on the University Residences site.

Entertainment and Recreation Facilities

University Residences offers spacious lounges and recreational equipment, such as big screen TVs, ping-pong, billiards, and air hockey tables and numerous recreation, study and group meeting areas. At some residences, you may even check out DVDs from the main office.

Faculty Fellows Program

The Faculty Fellows Program is a vital part of life within University Residences. These dedicated University faculty and staff members are "adopted" by the residences. The program provides an excellent opportunity for you to meet your Faculty Fellow on a personal basis, exchange views and ideas, and discuss vital campus issues. It also gives faculty members a chance to know and understand you, and serves to further knowledge, awareness, and understanding on both sides.

Faculty Fellows attend residence functions and special events. Many of our Faculty Fellows set up specific times to share meals with residents. This is a great opportunity to meet our faculty and staff on an informal basis and find out more about their roles at Purdue. They can also be good contacts for the future and good friends.

Learn more about Faculty Fellows.

Guest Policy

Residents are permitted to have one West Lafayette on-campus Purdue student guest in their residential living community. A residential living community is defined as any space beyond a swipe access point/key controlled door that grants access to floor hallways and lounges, stairwells, and individual student rooms/apartments. Within individual student rooms/apartments, residents are permitted to have one Purdue student guest per occupant of that room/apartment.

For example, if the space is a two-bedroom room then no more than four people are allowed in the room. If the room is a three-bedroom, no more than six individuals are permitted. Resident roommates of the room must agree on any visitors. The guest hours and escort policy for the residence halls remain the same. For more information on how University Residences is protecting Purdue, please click here.

Health and Wellness

Your well-being is important to us. Please report serious illnesses to your RA. We encourage you to seek prompt attention at the Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH) or another medical facility when you are ill. Payment for most Purdue University Student Health Center services is included in your University fees or is covered by the student health insurance available through the University. Students are strongly encouraged to have student health insurance or personal health insurance. Student health insurance information is available at the University Health Center.

Please notify your RA if you are hospitalized so that we know where you are and can relay information, if necessary. If you miss five or more consecutive days of school, you are advised to call the Office of the Dean of Students at (765) 494-1747. If you have a special medical condition, please inform the management of your residence

Menus, dietary guidelines, and nutritional analyses are available to assist you in planning a balanced diet. Each food service operation employs a professional food service staff, some of whom are registered dietitians.

A variety of fitness programs and intramurals are conducted through residence programs and at the Recreational Sports Center (RSC). Most RSC activities are free to Purdue students with a valid ID. There is a small charge for lockers, towels, etc. Try a new activity; it is an excellent way to stay in shape and make friends.

Main Office

The main office in each residence hall provides a central location for services and information. Although services vary somewhat among the residence halls, basic office services for residents may include making and scanning documents, sending and receiving faxes, Boiler Express transaction/dispensing change*, answering questions and providing administrative support.

*Purdue Village and Smalley Center are the only cash handling operations for University Residences.

Roommate/Suitemate Relationships

Purdue University is a multicultural educational environment that embraces students from 120 countries and all 50 states. Residential life involves adjusting to living in close quarters with another individual who may come from a very different background. We strongly encourage residents to be open-minded, look for commonalties, and make every effort to live with each other before requesting a room change. For additional information see Purdue University's non-discrimination policy online.

Stress Management

Stress management is a challenge for many students. Should you become stressed or anxious, a number of offices and individuals can provide help. In addition to professionals in University Residences, staff members in the Office of the Dean of Students, located in Schleman Hall, help students cope with homesickness, eating disorders, relationships, substance abuse, career decisions and many other concerns.

The following are additional available campus resources:

Student Wellness Office Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) operate a satellite office out of Windsor Halls and Purdue Village. Your RA can also guide you to resources. Purdue Academic Advising Association (PACADA)
University Residences Student Organizations

Each undergraduate residence has its own student club that is key to its success and effective operation. The club promotes community, pride in the residence, and encourages scholastic and leadership achievement. Activities planned by the student organization span a variety of social, educational, cultural, and athletic events. Club dues are established by each club through its governing body, and are billed with the initial housing bill each semester (which must be paid by the due date).

Student organizations provide an excellent opportunity for involvement in the Purdue University community. We encourage you to participate.


The University Residences' management team considers the safety and security of residents a top priority. To encourage a safe environment, University Residences utilizes a number of security measures. Everyone must help maintain the safety and security of the residences. You need to be alert to potentially unsafe situations and take preventive actions. To report an incident, please visit the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

In the Residences

Maintaining a safe environment is every resident's responsibility. Actions that jeopardize the safety of other residents include but are not limited to the following and are explained in more detail in the section titled "Student Conduct and Regulations".

Consumption of alcohol or illicit drugs, possession of a weapon, discharging fire extinguishers when there is no fire, propping doors open that should be closed or locked, removing screens from windows, or any form of vandalism

These actions will result in judicial proceedings. 

Access Clerk

Each residence hall is equipped with a card reader access device that will unlock the exterior door after hours. Residents will use their Purdue Identification card, “swipe” the door access device card reader to unlock the exterior door of their assigned hall (excludes Purdue Village and Hilltop Apartments). Also, there is a night access clerk stationed at the main office of each residence hall to monitor residents and their escorted guests who enter the building after hours.

Confront Strangers

Ask unescorted strangers why they are in the residence. If you feel uncomfortable doing this, ask an RA or another staff member to intervene. If you feel there is an immediate threat, call 911.

Escort Guests

Escort guests at all times, both for their safety and to avoid causing uneasiness among other residents. Always remember that you are responsible for the conduct of your guests.

Identify Personal Items

Mark your personal items and keep an inventory of your property. 

Keep Your Key

Never lend your key to anyone. Lock your room anytime you leave and while sleeping.

Lock Doors

Locking your door is the easiest and most effective way to prevent unwanted visitors from entering your room. Also, don't prop open locked outside doors that allow entrance into the building.

Report Safety-Related Maintenance Problems

Please report all security and safety-related problems directly to Resident Assistants, Facilities staff, or the main office. Examples include broken windows, faulty doors, lock problems, missing screens, and fire safety equipment. Work orders can be submitted via the “ Fix My Home” online site, but work orders are only monitored during business hours. 

Report Crimes Immediately

If you are the victim of any crime or witness one in progress, report this to the Purdue University Police Department immediately! Never think that any crime is too small or too insignificant. You should also report all criminal activity to a Residential Life staff member so that he or she can take action to protect the welfare and property of other residents.

Reporting Sexual Crimes

Victims of sexual assault or other sexual crimes can receive assistance by contacting the  Purdue University Police Department. Individuals may also consult a Residential Life staff member to learn about university resources. For confidential assistance a person may visit Counseling & Psychological Services ( CAPS) or Center for Advocacy, Response & Education ( CARE).  Individuals may also get assistance in reporting options, remedial measures and support services through the  Office of Institutional Equity.​

Reporting Sexual Harassment
To learn about Sexual Harassment individuals can review university definitions, reporting options, and individuals who can be contacted for additional information.
Stay Alert

Campus safety and security are everyone's responsibility. Your fellow residents depend on you to help keep their home safe. Our campus is only as safe as we make it. Do your part to keep Purdue secure. If you have any questions about safety and security in the University Residences or on campus, please contact your RA, residence management, club officers, or the Purdue University Police Department (PUPD) for more information. The PUPD site also contains yearly statistics about crimes reported on the West Lafayette campus.

Student Conduct Policies

Every student living in University Residences is expected to know and abide by the policies as defined below and to see that one’s guests are compliant. In addition, as a member of the larger University community you are responsible for knowing and abiding by state and federal law; as well as the rules and regulations of the University set forth by the Office of the Dean of Students. The policies below apply to all undergraduate residences and apartments operated by University Residences. If you have questions, you can speak with a resident assistant or any of the residences’ administrators.


Students are prohibited from consuming, transporting, and distributing alcohol; possessing or being in the presence of alcohol; or exhibiting disruptive behavior influenced by the use of alcohol. Alcohol found by staff will be disposed of immediately. Persons found in violation of this policy will be subject to University Residences and University administrative or disciplinary sanctions intended to be proportionate and progressive and include but are not limited to:

  • Warning, reprimand and/or probationary period
  • Contact with parent/guardian
  • Referral to an alcohol education program. The program required by Purdue University Counseling and Psychological Services will cost the resident a fee of up to $260.
  • Other educationally based actions
  • Termination of the housing contract and/or ineligibility for contract renewal
  • University probated suspension, expulsion
  • Possible arrest, imprisonment, or fine according to state alcohol laws

Please note: No empty alcohol containers may be displayed at any time or in any location.

Purdue Village – Only graduate student residents of Purdue Village family housing may have alcohol inside their apartment for personal and guest use if they are 21 years of age or older.  All undergraduate residents are subject to the alcohol policy as defined for University Residences. Distribution of alcohol to minors is prohibited.  Consumption of alcohol is not permitted in any outside area, including parking lots, picnic areas or the Purdue Village Community Center.


All illegal drugs as defined by Indiana state law and any type of recreational drugs are strictly prohibited from University Residences’ facilities and property. Drugs that fall into this category include, but are not limited to, the following: marijuana, hashish, hash oil, cocaine, crack, LSD, inhalants, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, narcotics, designer drugs, anabolic steroids and other substances that alter one's mental state. Students are prohibited from possessing, consuming, transporting, dealing, being in the presence of or exhibiting disruptive behavior influenced by the use of the aforementioned substances. Students are also prohibited from possessing paraphernalia with evidence of illegal drug use such as bowls/pipes, grinders, one-hitters, vaporizer, blunts, etc. Anyone found in violation of this policy may have his or her housing contract terminated and may be subject to University disciplinary action and possible arrest, imprisonment or fine according to state and federal laws. Should an educational program be required, a cost to the student may be incurred.


Weapons are strictly prohibited from University Residences’ facilities and property. Inherently dangerous weapons are instruments that by their nature are designed to cause injury or destruction and are strictly prohibited. Examples of inherently dangerous weapons include but are not limited to the following: handguns, rifles, shotguns, BB guns, pellet guns, dart guns, bows and arrows, swords, martial arts implements and explosives whether manufactured or handmade, including live ammunition. Students are prohibited from possessing, displaying or using prohibited items. Anyone found in violation of this policy will have his or her housing contract terminated and may be subject to University disciplinary action and possible arrest, imprisonment or fine according to state and federal laws. Other instruments that may not normally be considered weapons but are used in a manner that threatens the health or safety of any individual are also subject to University Residences disciplinary proceedings ranging up to and including termination of housing contract, along with the aforementioned consequences.

Candles and Incense

Candles and incense have resulted in fires, injuries and/or property damages. Therefore, the use and/or storage of candles and incense are not permitted in the Residences. Also, see important information from the Purdue Fire Department regarding hall decorations.


Only Door Decs are allowed on residence hall/apartment doors. Door Decs are limited to 1 per occupant. No items may be affixed or block the windows for fire safety purposes. Items can be placed on the sill. Doors cannot be wrapped in paper or other material. Posters and bulletin boards are not permitted on doors. Community fliers are allowed on designated bulletin boards or posting areas in building hallways.


Games, sports, and unauthorized group activity are not permitted in hallways. Residents may not use the corridors to store excess items from rooms.

Courtesy Hours

When a resident’s activity disturbs neighbors, prompt and positive response to another resident’s request to stop disruptive behavior is required.


Dishonesty such as knowingly furnishing false information, cheating or plagiarism is prohibited.

Disruptive Behavior

Residents are prohibited from obstruction or disruption of University-related activity or inciting, aiding or encouraging other persons to engage in such conduct. This also includes any conduct that substantially threatens or interferes with the maintenance of appropriate order and discipline, or activity that invades the rights of others.

Emergency Procedures

Residents are expected to follow the prescribed University Residences emergency procedures or the directions of a staff member in case of accidents, bomb threat, fire or explosion, tornado warning, unauthorized group action or utilities failure.

Escort Guests

Residents must escort guests at all times while they are visiting a unit or individual room/apartment.

Fire Alarms/Equipment

Misuse of the fire alarm system, including sounding a false alarm or tampering with extinguishers or smoke detectors, is prohibited.


All fireworks are prohibited from University Residences' buildings and grounds.


Residents are prohibited from unauthorized use or alteration of University documents, records or identification.


Gambling is prohibited, under Indiana Legislative Code, which states "A person who knowingly or intentionally engages in gambling commits unlawful gambling, a Class B misdemeanor." Use of the Internet in such a way to engage in unlawful gambling in Indiana or with a person located in Indiana is a Class D felony.

Guests' Behavior

Residents will be held responsible for their guests’ behavior and conformity with all University and University Residences policies. Guests who obstruct or disrupt the orderly function of the residence facilities may be asked to leave the building by authorized staff.

Guest Hours

First Street Towers, Hawkins, Hillenbrand, Hilltop Apartments, Griffin Hall South, and UR Boiler Apartments have 24-hour visitation, 7 days per week. In all other undergraduate residences, including any temporary assignment space for beginning students, guests are permitted Sunday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. the following day. There is 24-hours visitation from 8 a.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Monday. Weekend hours will be in effect for the following holidays: Labor Day, October Break and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Individual residences may modify guest hours to be more restrictive than outlined above for special situations, programs or to assist with stated club preference, such as during finals week. Under all circumstances and at all times, the privacy of your roommate will take priority over a guest.

Guests Overnight

In accordance with the guest hours’ policy, overnight guests may stay no more than three consecutive nights. Two guests can stay in one room. A person’s presence on a regular or continued basis without a formal contract or assignment is considered cohabitation and will not be permitted.

Hawkins Hall: Personal guests of Hawkins residents must abide by the defined rules and regulations for the facilities. Restroom facilities for guests are usually located in each floor’s public areas. If you need assistance locating these facilities, please ask the staff. Overnight guests may not stay more than five consecutive nights.

At Hawkins Hall, quiet hours are 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The main lobby area of Hawkins is open to the public. All other facilities and property of Hawkins Hall are for the residents under contract, their invited personal guests, staff in the performance of their normal duties and vendors authorized by University policy and contract.


It is and has been the policy of Purdue University to maintain the campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff and students, free of sexual harassment and harassment on the basis of color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or other protected status. University Residences prohibits behavior that violates this policy and appropriate University authorities will be notified.

Hate Crimes

Are acts that manifest evidence the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability and will be reported to the police.


Residents must comply with the directions of University officials acting in the performance of their duties.


Lewd, indecent or obscene conduct on University property or in connection with a University activity is prohibited.


Residents may only have small fish as pets.

Physical Abuse

Residents must refrain from any conduct that causes harm to another person.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours are defined within each residence. During specific times of the semester (such as final exam periods), or as circumstances dictate, quiet hours can be more restrictive. No public address system, sound producing or sound amplifying equipment may be operated or directed outside of a resident’s room unless specifically authorized through that residence’s main office.

Recreational Equipment
Items prohibited from University Residences buildings and grounds include but are not limited to: paintball guns, metal-tipped darts, juggling knives, battery or gasoline-motorized cycles, self-balancing scooters, hoverboards or similar equipment. 
Bicycles, rollerblades, roller skates, and skateboards or other recreationally wheeled devices may not be ridden through doors, into the lobby, or down hallways.


  • ResNet bandwidth in University Residences is a limited resource and users are required to act responsibly. Continued contacts from ResNet management, continued abuse of bandwidth, and any tampering with the Wireless Access Points (WAP’s) could result in the permanent disconnection of your ResNet service. In addition, all users of ResNet will be subject to ITaP's published Acceptable Use Policy.  This includes the understanding that you will not broadcast a separate wireless signal in your residence hall. For more information, please visit the ResNet website

Room Decorations and Furnishings

Residents are expected to follow guidelines for decorations, furnishings, and cooking equipment which may be specific for your facility and are either described elsewhere in this publication or posted within your residence. Please also see the Purdue Fire Department's webpage on hall decorations.


Residents are expected to follow entrance procedures, which are more specifically defined within each residence. All undergraduate residences except Hilltop Apartments are locked from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Your University ID is required for entrance into your residence after 11 p.m. A locked door may not be propped open or used to allow entry.

Hawkins Hall:
Hawkins Hall is locked from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Your University ID is required for entering after 12 a.m. (midnight).

Sex Offenses

Are sexual acts directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent; or unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse (incest, statutory rape) and will be reported to the police and/or other University authorities as appropriate.

Self-Care Policy

While living in the residence halls, all residents are responsible for their own self care including appropriate personal hygiene, management of medical conditions or illnesses including mental health and/or disability-related personal needs.


IS PROHIBITED on the West Lafayette Campus, except in designated smoking areas. University Residences prohibits use of e-cigarettes (personal vaporizing instruments) in the facilities the same as traditional tobacco products.  View a map of designated smoking areas.


Residents may not use their rooms or ResNet connections for commercial purposes, including solicitation or sales. Salespersons may not solicit door to door. Delivery persons must make their transactions in the lobby.


Theft or attempted theft of, or unauthorized use or possession of, or the unauthorized exertion of control over property of any kind belonging to the University or another person associated with the University is not permitted.

Threatening/Endangering Behavior

Intimidation or any conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person or oneself is prohibited.

Unauthorized Access or Use

Residents are prohibited from unauthorized entry or access to, or unauthorized use or occupancy of any University Residence property including but not limited to land, buildings, structures, telecommunications, computer or data processing equipment, programs, systems or software.


Causing damage to property of any kind belonging to the University or any other person associated with the University is prohibited.

Summary Exclusion from University Residences

A student charged with violation of any rule subject to these regulations may be summarily excluded from University Residences, pending the institution and completion of University Residences’ Disciplinary Action, on the following conditions:

The Director of Residential Life or designee only may order summary exclusion; and when feasible, the student shall be given an opportunity to be heard. Summary exclusion shall be ordered only if the director is satisfied that the continued presence of the student in the Residences threatens physical harm to the student or to any other person or to the property of the University or of others. When summary exclusion is invoked, the regular judicial procedures for University Residences Disciplinary Action shall be expedited.

Student Identification Card

Your student identification card admits you to University Residences' dining courts/halls and is also a means for using Dining Dollars and BoilerExpress. It serves as your identification to enter your residence after hours and admission to the Recreational Sports Center. When you check out equipment at these facilities, you may be required to leave your card until the equipment is returned.

The student ID system has been developed for your protection. Your ID card is not transferable and is to be used only by the person to whom it is issued. It is not to be loaned to any other person and may be confiscated if found in the possession of another person. Misuse will result in disciplinary action.

There is a replacement cost for lost ID cards of $25. You must obtain a new card at the Card Services Office in Hovde Hall, Room 14.

To report a lost or stolen card, immediately fill out the form on the above website or contact the Card Services Office 765-496-0444. The card will be deactivated to prevent further unauthorized use of meals, Dining Dollars and BoilerExpress funds, if applicable.

Bus Service

Every day Purdue students, faculty, and staff ride public transportation to get to class, work, and other places around Lafayette/West Lafayette. CityBus routes loop through campus and have stops at or near all University Residences locations. Students ride free by showing their University ID cards. Bus schedules and more information are available online at


Applications and sales of parking permits for undergraduate residences will be available at the student's residence the Wednesday before fall semester classes begin. Questions about eligibility should be directed to the general manager. All parking permits are subject to availability.

Regular parking permits are available for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Restricted parking permits are available to first year students only with the approval of the resident's general manager and documentation of one of the following:

  • Frequent/recurring medical visits off campus
  • Classes off campus
  • Employment off campus

Non-resident visitors accompanied by their hosts my obtain guest parking permits valid for up to three days. Permits may be purchased at each residence's main office.

Refer to the University Parking Services website for more information on regulations, rates and fees.

Secure Parked Cars

Lock your doors and roll up your windows when parking your car. Keep valuables, especially book bags, CDs, CD players and other electronic equipment out of sight.

Bike Parking rules and Securing Your Bicycle
See for robust information about bicycle transportation at Purdue including how to register personal bicycles or participate in the Bike Share program. Bicycles may only be parked at approved bicycle racks and hoops only and must be secured with a lock. Bike parking is NOT permitted elsewhere including: sidewalks, ADA accessible sidewalk railings, attached to trees, fences, furniture, light poles, buildings, trash containers, landscape posts or anthing other than a bike rack or hoop. Please note: Bicycles that are incorrectly parked are subject to removal and locks will be cut at owners expense. Bicycle owners and riders should review all campus rules and safety regulations, including local and state ordinances. Bicycling at Purdue promotes a safe experience for all bicyclists on campus.

Although every effort is made to keep Purdue's campus a safe place, it is advisable to take simple precautions for your protection. When walking on or off campus at night, go with a friend. If you cannot walk with a friend, the Purdue Student Security Patrol provides security escorts upon request. The service is staffed by students and supervised by the Purdue University Police Department. Escorts are available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Escorts are available through the PUPD at other times upon request. Security escorts are provided to and from University Residences, academic campus, Chauncey Hill, the Village and other locations near campus. To request an escort, call 49-4SAFE (494-7233).

If you are walking on campus at night and an emergency should arise, there are many Emergency Telephone System (ETS) boxes located on campus. The boxes are painted bright yellow and illuminated with a blue light at night. When you walk on campus at night, even with friends, stay on well-lit paths. Some areas of West Lafayette between the central campus and the University Residences are dark, but there are well-lit, visible routes you can choose. An extra minute or two of walking time offers you more protection.


The following information regarding University Residences applies to all residences, including Hawkins, Hilltop Apartments and Purdue Village. Attempts have been made to note if/when an exception might exist due to the unique facility of environment.

We hope your room/apartment becomes your home away from home while you are at Purdue University. Please note that you may not lease, sublease or reassign your room/apartment to another person.

Extended beds are available in limited quantities on first-come, first-serve basis for any resident 6’4” or taller. Please see Loft Guidelines page to order. Length is 12” longer than standard mattress.

Items Provided by University Residences:
  • One bed per resident (some models allow for lofting or bunking: see Loft Guideline page) and mattress. Standard mattress size in inches: 77” long x 36” wide x 7” deep

  • Lofted or bunked bed will have an installed safety bed rail

  • Curtains or window blinds, these cannot be removed or modified

  • Desk with lamp and chair

  • Chest of drawers (usually two or three drawers)

  • Closet or armoire dresser

  • Smoke detector

  • Trash can and blue recycling container

  • Shower curtain

  • All utilities

  • Internet access via wireless and Ethernet port

  • Cable television outlet and service
Appliances and Room Modifications

Residents are welcome to make their rooms comfortable. However, due to facility restrictions and health and safety issues, there are guidelines. Drilling, sawing or attaching items to walls, floors or ceilings with screws, nails, glue or other devices is not allowed. Students may not permanently alter walls, ceilings or floors. In most residences, students may elect to have elevated beds. Window furnishings may not be replaced or added in any way.

Residents are permitted to use TVs, VCRs, DVDs, computers, stereos, coffee makers (with an enclosed heating element, e.g., Keurig), refrigerators (must be UL approved/maximum size 4.0 cubic feet) and compact microwave ovens (1,000 watts or less) – one per student room. Many facilities provide microwave ovens or kitchenettes on each floor or wing. Inquire at your residence’s main office for specific locations.

Electric blankets or electric bed warmers of any kind, pressing irons, sun lamps, soldering tools, halogen lamps, portable heating units or portable air conditioning units and electric cooking equipment, including grills (such as the “George Forman” unit) and air fryers are not permitted. Cooking equipment that is prohibited, if found in resident rooms will be confiscated and returned at the end of the contract period. Residents are financially responsible for damages caused by cooking that results in extensive repairs. It is unsanitary and against Indiana State law to wash utensils and dishes in public restrooms. If kitchenette facilities are not available for washing cooking utensils and dishes, you should plan to use plastic utensils, paper plates and other disposable products.

Student-furnished air conditioners are permitted in Hilltop Apartments; installations are coordinated through the Hilltop main office. The office also has specifications for AC units.

Door and Window Decorations

Only door decs are allowed on residence hall/apartment doors. Door Decs are limited to 1 per occupant. No items may be affixed or block the windows for fire safety purposes. Items can be placed on the sill. Doors cannot be wrapped in paper or other material. Posters and bulletin boards are not permitted on doors. Community fliers are allowed on designated bulletin boards or posting areas in building hallways.

Boiler TV

University Residences operates its own cable TV system. All student rooms and apartments receive the service at no additional charge. There is no hook-up or disconnect fee, and the service will be connected when you check into your room.

  • You can check the current station listing by visting BTV
  • Approximately 20 FM radio stations are also offered.
  • Most residences have one cable connector in each room.
  • If your TV is "cable-ready," you can connect your TV to the cable outlet using the connector and receive all available channels. This same connector can be used to connect most VCRs and DVDs to the cable outlet. If your TV is not cable-ready or if you want to connect both your TV and your stereo receiver to the outlet, you may need an adapter. Check with your RA if you need one. Most TVs that are not cable-ready will receive only channels 2–13, even with an adapter. Some electronics stores, however, sell converter boxes that allow non-cable-ready TVs to receive channels above channel 13.
  • For more information about BTV, visit the FAQ section of their page.

It is important to us that you have good reception on all channels. If you have reception problems, you may submit an electronic work order form via "Fix My Home Please", or ask your RA to fill out a repair request. There is no charge for repair calls to correct reception problems, even if your TV or stereo was connected incorrectly. There is a charge, however, if we discover that you have tampered with the building’s cable wiring. Repair services are available only during business hours Monday through Friday.



ResNet stands for Residential Networks and is the service that allows you to connect your personal devices to the campus network, either wirelessly with PAL3.0 or by using an industry standard Ethernet connection. The service also provides a shared connection to the Internet and is the service used by most students living in the residence halls. You can also connect directly to campus via VPN.

ResNet bandwidth in University Residences is a limited resource and users are required to act responsibly. Continued contacts from ResNet management, continued abuse of bandwidth, and any tampering with the Wireless Access Points (WAP’s) could result in the permanent disconnection of your ResNet service. In addition, all users of ResNet will be subject to ITaP's published Acceptable Use Policy.  This includes the understanding that you will not broadcast a separate wireless signal in your residence hall. For more information, please visit the ResNet website.

Note: Students assigned to Purdue Village Apartments and University Residences Boiler Apartments will have high-speed internet service provided by local providers. Connection information at these locations will be provided upon check-in. For more information about using your computer and related policies, please visit the Resnet website.


You are responsible for keeping your room key with you at all times. Never give it to anyone. Lock your door and take your key with you whenever you leave your room/apartment. If your key is lost, report it immediately to your residence’s main office. A fee will be charged for replacement locks and keys. Keys are required to be turned in when you move out of your residence.

If you accidentally lock yourself out, many residence main offices will let you borrow a key so you may gain access to your room/apartment. Check the procedure for your residence, which may have other options including staff members who can unlock your door. Please do not abuse this service.


You are responsible for providing and laundering your own sheets, pillows, pillowcases and bedspreads. Linens and/or cots for overnight guests are available in some of the main offices for a fee.

Loft Guidelines

For more information on lofts (or elevated beds), please visit Loft Guidelines and Options.

Room Access

The staff has the right to enter residents' rooms for cleaning, maintenance, to repair University property or in emergencies and other situations involving health or safety concerns.


Threatening and/or harassing calls should be reported to your RA and the University police immediately.