Office of Residence Life

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for Housing

Do I need to live on campus?

Xavier University has a two year live on requirement for students whether they are coming in as a first-year student or transfer student. All unmarried incoming students, age 17-21, not residing with their legal guardian, or whose home address is located beyond a 35-mile radius from Xavier are required to live on-campus for their first two years at the University.

How do I apply?

The housing selection process occurs completely online. For first year students the dates are posted on Road to Xavier. For upper class students the Office of Residence Life will send details directly to Xavier email addresses. For more information, please visit our Housing Selection page

 How do I apply for a housing accommodation?

The housing accommodations process is handled entirely by the Office of Disability Services. For more information about their process including the accommodation form, please click here. For more information about how their process works with the housing selection process, please click here.


Planning for Life on Campus

What should I pack to bring to campus?

We have compiled a checklist of common items students bring to campus here.

How big are the rooms?

For the room dimension and floor plans of a specific hall please refer to the respective information pages found here.

Do I need to purchase renter’s insurance?

It is strongly recommended that each student obtain insurance coverage for all items of personal property kept in campus housing. As mentioned in the housing contract, the University does not assume responsibility for theft, loss or damage to resident's personal property and the student hereby releases the University from any liability.

Can you tell me more about the linen program?

All of the beds at Xavier University are either Twin or Twin XL. As we have replaced beds in our inventory we are standardizing them to Twin XL. We recommend bringing Twin XL so that you can be sure they will fit. If you are in need of linens please check out Our Campus Market's linens page for your linen needs. If you order in time they will be waiting for you when you arrive to campus.

Are the rooms carpeted or can we bring a carpet?

Brockman, Buenger, Husman, and Kuhlman do not have carpeted bedrooms. If you would like a carpet in your room that will be ready upon move in (already under the furniture!) please check out Our Campus Market's carpet page.

Can I loft my bed?

Beds can be bunked, but not lofted. They can also be placed on risers if you purchase them. Most of our bed frames are adjustable. If the bed is at the highest height it leaves about 22 inches underneath for storage. 

May we bring a micro fridge?

Micro fridges are allowed on campus. They must be less than 4.3 cubic feet or pull less than 4 amps of power. Each bedroom may have its own micro fridge (not one per occupant). Buenger Hall has a micro fridge in each common area and therefore residents of that facility are not allowed to bring additional micro fridges unless you have a medical need for one. Please contact our office with your request if that is the case.

What types of TVs and devices are supported with your digital cable?

The following devices and OS version numbers are currently supported:

  • Android smartphones and tablets running Android 4.2 or above
  • iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 8 or above
  • Kindle Fire except for the 1st generation model
  • Mac: Safari 7 or higher, Firefox 45 or higher or Chrome 43 or higher
  • PC: IE 11, Chrome 43 or higher, Firefox 45 or higher or MS Edge 12 or higher
  • Roku: All second generation players and TVs

Visit the Help Desk's Knowledge Base for additional info regarding televisions and cable.


Arriving to Campus

When is move in?

Move in for new students occurs on the first day of Manresa. For this year’s specific date, please review our Important Dates page.

Move in for returning students occurs on the Saturday before classes begin.

What is Manresa?

Manresa is our First Year Student Orientation program and is a requirement of every incoming Xavier student. For more information on this program, including information on program dates, please visit their page here or contact the Office of Student Involvement.



How do I select my meal plan?

The Connex Office also manages all aspects of the meal plan program. Students can sign up for meal plans using the Housing Self Service portal during the summer. If you have questions please check out the Dining Services FAQ page.

How do I get a parking permit?

Parking Services are handled by the Connex Office on campus and information can be found on their site here.


If your question isn't answered here please contact our office at 513-745-3203 or send us an email at