Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply?
Applications are completed on a rolling basis for fall and spring. When trying to honor roommate and room type preferences we look at the date students paid their housing deposit. As soon as you are sure you living on campus complete your application.

How are roommates assigned? When are housing assignments made?
Roommates are matched based on a survey of interests and lifestyle on the housing application. To choose your roommate, you and your roommate must list each others’ name on your housing applications. Placement letters are sent out in the summer for fall and in December for spring.

Is it possible to be placed in a single room?
Single rooms are limited and most house upperclassmen students. However, a first-year student with a legitimate need for a single room should contact the office of disability services at 815-740-5060.

May I decorate my room?
Yes! Your room is your home on campus and you should make it feel that way. Some rules apply, though, like only using removable, non-damaging adhesives, like white sticky tack and 3M Command Strips.

Can I bring my own furniture?
Yes, but university furniture must stay in its assigned room. Tower Hall residents are allowed to have approved lofts in which case the university- provided bed can be removed.

When are visitors allowed?
Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day. All overnight guests are limited to three consecutive nights and 15 nights per semester. Guests should check in at Marian Hall Desk or with your Resident Assistant.

How large is my my residence hall room for freshman students?
For room layouts please visit the Living Options Page (Hyperlink)

What do I need to bring?

  • Twin sheets extra long
  • Comforter
  • Pillow
  • Mattress pad
  • Window treatments
  • Extra Blankets
  • Personal toiletries

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  • Bath towels, hand towels
  • Robe
  • Shower caddy
  • Flip flops
  • TV
  • Cable cord
  • Hangers
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fan
  • Picture Frames
  • Mini-Refrigerator

*visit the living options page for information
about microwave refrigerator rental units.

  • Storage Bins
  • Bowls and Plates for popcorn or snacks
  • Hot pot
  • Coffee maker with automatic shut off
  • UL Approved extension cords
  • Surge protector


What items are not allowed?

  • Hotplates
  • Toasters
  • Toaster ovens
  • Electrical frying pans

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  • Blenders
  • Microwaves
  • Appliances with open coils
  • Space heaters
  • Hoverboard