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Accommodations

Our residence halls house more than 1,200 students. Though the rooms are primarily doubles and triples, there are also singles, quadruples and quintuplets.

Traditional first-year students are housed in Kistler, Dilworth, Heinz and Knight Halls. The Castle is the only residence hall that houses first-year students exclusively. Non-traditional first-year students and upperclassmen may elect to reside in an apartment-style or suite-style residence hall. They are Oak Summit Apartments, Knight Hall (suite-style) and Thomas Hall. Our office will work with these students to identify housing for which they are eligible and that will meet their needs.

The Castle spaces accommodate two to seven students, while Knight Hall offers living for groups of five to eight students. Apartment-style housing may accommodate two to four students per unit.

Thomas, Heinz, Castle and Kistler are co-ed by either floor or wing; bathrooms are single gender and are determined by the floor’s residents. (e.g. the bathroom on a female wing or floor must be female only).Dilworth Hall is co-ed by wing on the first floor, but co-ed by room on the second and third floor; one bathroom for men only and one for women only exist on each co-ed by room floor in Dilworth Hall. Knight Hall and Oak Summit Apartments are coed by room, suite, or apartment respectively. Knight Hall suites and apartment-style housing all feature private bathrooms.

Thomas Hall, named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Morgan Thomas, was built in 1956. Three other residence halls were completed in 1962: Kistler Hall, Heinz Hall, and Dilworth Hall, named in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Raymon M. Kistler, Mrs. Vira L. Heinz, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Dilworth, respectively. Knight Hall opened in January 1997 and the University began housing students in apartment-style housing in September 2001.

If you are interested in living off campus, see Off-Campus Housing.

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Cable Television

One cable TV outlet is provided in each room. In apartment-style housing, one cable TV outlet is provided in the living room. To receive cable TV, you or your roommate must have a cable ready television set and a coaxial cable to plug into both the cable TV outlet and your television set. These cables are generally available in department stores, Best Buy, and any store that sells consumer electronics. Basic cable service is provided at no additional charge. Basic cable service consists of all of the local Philadelphia stations and a variety of cable stations. A listing of all of the channels will be available each semester on the Residence and Commuter Life Blackboard Community. 

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Keys

All residential students are issued a room key upon check-in to University housing. In addition, your Knight card activates the front door of the building in which you live. Students are encouraged to keep their ID and keys with them at all times.

Lost keys pose a significant safety issue. As a result, if you lose your key during the year, a lock change must occur. There are fees associated with a lock-change that range from $85 to $180. Despite the cost, students that have missing keys are expected to notify the Housing Assistant immediately by calling 215-572-4026. Duplication of any University key is strictly prohibited. Students will be held disciplinarily responsible for violations.

Upon vacating the room (due to an assignment change or at closing) you are required to follow proper check-out procedures designated by Residence and Commuter Life to return your key. If you fail to do so, you will be fined a $75 improper check-out fee in addition to the appropriate lock-change fee.

 
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Laundry Rooms

Laundry rooms are located on the ground floor of Heinz, Dilworth and Kistler Halls, Grey Towers Castle, and on each residential floor of Knight Hall. Individual Oak Summit apartments are equipped with a washer and dryer. There is no charge to use washers and dryers.

If a machine is broken, contact Caldwell & Gregory. The contact information is posted in each laundry room.  Due to the limited number of laundry machines in each residence hall, only resident students may use these facilities.

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Painting Rooms

Students are not permitted to paint residential rooms, suites or apartments. The University Facilities Management Department operates on a rotating schedule that allows for all residential areas to be painted on a regular basis. Unauthorized painting of residential areas will  result in charges for repainting the area; student conduct fines may be incurred.

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Residence Hall Council (RHC)

RHC is comprised of elected student representatives from each residence hall or apartment complex. They take an active role in advancing the welfare of the students living in University housing. RHC provides social and educational programs for residents and assists in formulating housing procedures and regulations. If you are interested in joining RHC, contact RHC@arcadia.edu.

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Room Assignment and Selection

Housing is guaranteed to all full-time undergraduate students that submit a housing deposit by the appropriate deadline and complete a housing application via the Housing Portal. First-year students may be assigned to the Castle,Traditional Residence Halls, or Knight Hall. Transfer students may be assigned to Knight Hall, or the Oak Summit Apartments.

Room selection for returning students takes place late in the spring semester. Returning students who want to reside on campus for the following year must pay a deposit via Housing Portal. Students who pay by the Priority Deposit Deadline are assigned a housing selection time based upon full-time semesters enrolled, semesters in residence and previous study abroad experience. This housing selection time designates when a student or group select their space via the Online Housing Portal. Students that deposit before the Participation Deadlineare assigned a housing selection time at random. Students who deposit after the Participation Deadline are placed on a wait list and housed as spaces become available throughout the spring and summer. 

While an effort will be made to honor a student's preferences, the University reserves the exclusive right to assign rooms and alter room assignments with or without notice to the student and without consideration of the room type or room rate.  While an effort will be made to communicate room assignment changes to a student in a timely manner, the University reserves the exclusive right to fill any vacant space at any time, and to consolidate students in partially filled rooms/suites/apartments.

 

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Room Changes

If you are experiencing a roommate conflict the first step is to discuss the situation with your roommate in order to come to a compromise together. Your RA may be able to help you and your roommate(s) resolve your differences through a mediation process if speaking with your roommate directly is a challenge. If, after this mediation, a room change seems desirable, you must speak with your Area Coordinator. The Area Coordinator may recommend a different way of managing the conflict or may recommend a room change to the Assistant Director of Residence and Commuter Life. The Assistant Director, in concert with the Housing Assistant, must authorize all changes. Please note that room changes are not possible until after the third week of each semester, and then only as space permits. Residents may not relocate to a new space until they have received written approval to do so from professional staff in Residence and Commuter Life.

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