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Residence Life

The Benefits of Living on Campus

Studies show that students who live on campus are more likely to develop close relationships with other students, become engaged with faculty, perform better academically, and have an overall satisfaction with their college experience. As members of a diverse community, living on campus means students are better connected to the life of the University—whether they participate in the multitude of planned events or take advantage of the many spontaneous opportunities that arise over the course of the day or evening on campus.

On-campus living cultivates a feeling of family that cannot be truly duplicated off campus. Community communicates a sense of care and acceptance. When you ask alumni about their college experience, they tell stories of friends that were made in the residence halls, experiences that occurred around campus, or times of major growth that often happened in the formative environment of living on-campus.

Residency Requirements

Lenoir-Rhyne University requires all full time first, second and third year students to live in campus housing unless they are:

  • 22 years old or older
  • live with parents/legal guardians within 25 miles of campus
  • married
  • veteran
  • independent of all parental financial support for tax purposes
  • parents

The University reserves the right to require any student not meeting at least one of these six points to live in campus housing.

Only students enrolled full time are allowed to live on campus. Students enrolled part time are not allowed to live on campus. If a student's enrolled credit hours for a particular semester drop below full time status, the student may be asked to move out of the Residence Halls.

On campus, housing requirements may be changed/adjusted with appropriate notice of such changes/adjustment given to the students. All students residing on campus are required to purchase a board plan.

New Student Housing Process

All new incoming students will receive an email from the Residence Life Office once the student has a valid Lenoir-Rhyne email address established. The email from the Residence Life Office will contain a link to complete the Freshman or Transfer Housing Application, depending on the student’s classification. This application needs to be completed by all incoming students, even if the student is planning to live off campus. Students can request particular roommate(s) on this application. Additionally, there are questions on the application asking about roommate characteristics. If a student does not know someone in particular they would like to live with then these questions will help determine who students will be paired with in housing.

Once the application is completed the student needs to submit the application. All housing assignments and roommate information will be sent to new incoming Fall semester students via their Lenoir-Rhyne email at the end of June/beginning of July. All first year students beginning in the Spring semester will receive their housing assignment and roommate information via their Lenoir-Rhyne email in December.

Housing Assignments

Room Assignments

The University will not discriminate in room/hall assignments. The Residence Life Contract is for residence in campus housing and not for a particular accommodation, room, hall or roommate; however, consideration is given to students' preferences and requests. The University reserves the right to assign roommates and/or to change room or hall assignments, including consolidation of occupancy as spaces are vacated.

Room Changes

Students are allowed to make room changes at identified times. These dates are publicized through the Residence Life Staff via e-mail, postings, and/or mailings. Students desiring to move to a new room must follow procedures as directed by the Residence Life office to formally change rooms. A student making an improper room change is subject to a fine and may be requested to return to the appropriate assigned room. The Residence Life Office must approve all room changes.

When a student is living alone in a double room, the University reserves the right to assign a second occupant to that room or to charge the student a single occupancy fee. If one of the occupants of a room moves out or fails to enter LRU as planned, the remaining occupant must:

  • Accept another roommate, if the University has one to assign;
  • Select a new roommate from the same Residence Hall who also does not have a roommate;
  • Move into a new room in the same Residence Hall with a student who also does not have a roommate;
  • Pay the additional cost to keep the room as a single room. This option may not be available if other students are in need of campus housing. Because freshmen live in either Morgan or Isenhour, they do not have the option to pay for a single room.

Residents without roommates may be reassigned to another room.

Housing Contracts


A residence hall damage deposit of $200 will be assessed with the fall semester's billing. This deposit is refundable after a student ceases to rent a room on campus, pending any damage charges that may have accumulated.


The residence hall contract is for the entire academic year, up through the end of the spring semester. The residence hall contract obligates the student to live in the residence hall for the entire academic year, or if entered into after the start of the fall semester, for the remainder of the academic year. Summer term is regarded as a separate agreement.

Students may occupy an assigned space from the date designated as the official opening of campus housing to the date designated as the official date and time of the residence hall closing. Residents are to vacate their rooms no later than 24 hours after their last exam each semester. Graduating students residing in the residence halls will be provided housing through commencement without additional charge.

Termination of the Contract

If, for any reason, enrollment at the University is terminated during the course of an academic term, the resident must vacate the assigned room and residence hall within 24 hours. Similarly, if the University decides to terminate the Residence Life Contract for disciplinary reasons, the resident must move out of the assigned room and residence hall within 24 hours. Violations of residence hall or University policies are considered sufficient grounds for immediate termination of the Residence Life Contract and removal from the residence halls.

Cancellation of the Contract

Students not required to live on campus or not enrolling in the University must notify the Residence Life department in writing by June 30 to cancel this agreement. Contracts canceled between June 30 and August 1 will be assessed a $200.00 fine. Contracts canceled after August 1 or during the academic year will be assessed a $600.00 fine.

Student Housing Security

The Lenoir-Rhyne campus is monitored 24-7 by well-trained security officers who do regular patrols of campus to ensure the safety of all Lenoir-Rhyne students.

All residence halls on campus are equipped with a card swipe or pass code. Students are only given access to their particular residence halls to confirm that only people who live in the building are guaranteed access.

In each residence hall there is a Resident Assistant (R.A.) on every floor that serves as a student resource. Additionally each residence hall has a Residence Director who is a graduate student at the University who oversees the Resident Assistants in the building. Directors, along with the Resident Assistants, help ensure the safety of the building and are trained to handle a multitude of situations.

Residential Services

Satellite Television

Satellite Television

Television cable outlets are provided in each Residence Hall Room and Basic Satellite TV is included in the Residence Hall fee. Students must provide their own television and cable to attach to the outlet.

Computer Ports

Computer Ports

All residence halls have been wired for direct access to the Internet from a data jack in each room. A data jack is provided for each resident. A special card and cable are needed in order to access this service with the student's computer. Questions or concerns about e-mail or other computer services should be directed to the Office of Information Technology.



Housekeeping is responsible for the upkeep of the common areas of the residence halls such as lounges, hallways, community bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Residents have a responsibility as a member of the community to assist in keeping the common areas of residence halls clean. Residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms.

Telephone/Long Distance Service

Telephone/Long Distance Service

Telephone jacks for each resident are provided in residence hall rooms. Students are responsible for providing their own telephone. Local phone service and voicemail is provided to each room and is included in the residence hall fee. Students are assigned to phone jacks at the time room assignments are made. Since directory information is based on the phone number assigned to each resident, students must use the assigned phone jack/phone number.

Vending and Laundry Machines

Vending and Laundry Machines

Coin-operated vending and laundry machines are located in the residence halls.

Room Cleaning Services

Room cleaning services are provided by Aramark Professional Cleaning Services. A full semester of weekly cleaning services is $130 per room per semester, with an average of 15 weeks/semester.

Services include:

  • Vacuuming and spot-cleaning of carpets.
  • Spot-cleaning of walls.
  • Cleaning of the outside of A/C and heating vents.
  • Cleaning of doors and door frames.
  • Dusting of baseboards, corners, desks, TVs and furniture.
  • Cleaning of inside windows, ledges, and dusting of blinds.
  • Emptying and sanitization of wastebaskets, replacement of liners, and removal of trash.
  • Cleaning and sanitization of the shower/tub, sink, toilet, and mopping of the floor.

If you have a private bath, service also includes:

  • Sanitization of the bath, shower, sink, commodes and shower curtain or door.
  • Cleaning of the mirrors, towel frames, and tissue holders.
  • Sanitization of the floor (if tile or terrazzo).
  • Emptying and sanitization of wastebaskets, replacement of trash liners and removal of trash.

To sign up for room cleaning services, contact ARAMARK Facilities Services at 828.328.7178. A Room Cleaning Enrollment Form must be completed and signed by the requesting student or parent, a representative of the University and an ARAMARK representative before services can begin. These forms are available at the following offices: Residence Life, Admissions, the Business Office, and the ARAMARK Facilities Office.

The Room Cleaning Service fee will be billed to your student account.


Laundry Services

Laundry services are provided by Aramark Professional Services. The rates are as follows:

  • Weekly laundry rate - $38 x 15 weeks = $570/semester
  • Bimonthly laundry rate - $43 x 8 weeks = $344

How It Works

After registering for laundry service, students will receive a laundry bag with no weight limit. Pick up is arranged at pre-determined time. 48 hours after pick-up, clothes are returned folded and ready to use.


Maintenance Request Form

IT Request

If you have questions or need assistance with any technology related issue (cable, internet, phone), please call the Help Desk at 828.328.7350. The Help Desk is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Renters Insurance

Renters Insurance is an item many students do not consider when attending college. However, having the security and protection of Renters Insurance, often times at a minimal cost per year, can save thousands in case of emergency situations. Lenoir-Rhyne University partners with NSSI to provide affordable Renters Insurance to our students. Learn more information about Renters Insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are room assignments made?

Room assignments are made based on the date of your deposit in the Admissions Office. We try to match roommates based upon the answers you provide on the Housing Information form. Therefore, it is imperative that you be as honest as possible in regard to your personal study and lifestyle habits.

When will I find out what my room assignment is and who my roommate will be?

Housing confirmations will be sent to all students in early July. The information you receive will include your room assignment, as well as the name, home address and phone number of your roommate. Once you receive your housing confirmation, it is a good idea to contact your roommate to start to get to know him/her and to decide who will bring the vital room "stuff," e.g. the stereo, TV, etc.

What can I do if I want to live with a specific person?

There is a space on the Housing Information form where you can request to live with a specific roommate. Only mutual, written requests can be honored.

What happens if I can't stand my roommate?

The first few weeks of school are important to building a good roommate relationship. Open communication is the key to this relationship. If, however you are unhappy, contact the Residence Life staff in your building. If absolutely necessary, roommate changes will be considered after the first four weeks of school.

What can I bring to college?

Bed & Bath Items
  • Sheets/pillowcases (Bring extra long sheets, 80" long)
  • Comforter
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Towels
  • Shower Tote
  • Wastebasket
  • Soap & Soap Container
  • Hairdryer
  • Curling Iron
  • Shower shoes
  • Bathrobe
  • Razors
  • Toilet Paper (Residence Halls with suite
  • bathrooms only)
  • Cup
The Basics
  • Backpack
  • School Supplies
  • Calendar
  • Drawer organizer
  • Bulletin Board
  • Dry erase board
  • Posters
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus
  • Hangers
  • Quarters for laundry machines
  • Aspirin & other over-the-counter medications
  • Copies of prescriptions (Medicines & glasses)
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Stamps & Stationery
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Extra glasses/contacts
  • Small sewing kit
  • Small tool kit
  • Sports gear
Electronics & House Wares
  • Reliable Alarm Clock
  • Telephone & Long Cord
  • Desk Lamp
  • Fan
  • Surge Protector (UL approved outlet strip with a circuit breaker)
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Stereo/Radio/CD player
  • TV and cable cord
  • Video games
  • Computer/printer/extra printer ink
  • Refrigerator (4.4 cu. ft. or less)*
  • Microwave (1.0 cu. ft. or less)*
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Hotpot
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic cup and flatware
  • Storage containers
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Laundry bag or basket
Items Not Allowed in Residence Hall Rooms
  • Cooking equipment with an exposed heating coil or which does not shut off automatically (toaster ovens, hot plates, woks, steam cookers, deep fryers, electric skillets, gas or charcoal grills, etc.)
  • Halogen lamps, Electric heaters, Candles and incense
  • Extension cords and multi-plug extenders/outlets
  • Answering machines and Caller ID machines (voice mail is provided by Lenoir-Rhyne)
  • Ceiling fans
  • Weapons of any kind including handguns, rifles, shotguns, firearms, knives, darts, archery equipment, B-B guns, fireworks, etc.
  • Animals or pets (fish are the only animals allowed in student rooms)
  • Aquariums over 10 gallons
  • Alcoholic beverages for students under 21 years of age, illegal substances or paraphernalia
  • Irreplaceable personal Items or items of great value
Decorating - Hall and Room
  • Students may decorate room in any way that does not permanently alter the room. Students are not permitted to dismantle any University furniture, attach anything permanently to the walls, ceiling, or doors (including lofts, bunk beds, bookcases, wallpaper, and glued corkboards), paint walls or baseboards, trim furnishings, doors or anything metal, or install wallpaper, wallpaper borders or contact paper on walls or fixtures within the room.
  • Large cloth objects (fishnet, parachutes, flags, etc.) and posters are not permitted to be hung from or across the ceiling for fire safety reasons.
  • Double-sided foam mounting tape is prohibited due to ensuing damage to walls and doors.
  • Students cannot hang anything from ceiling pipes or electrical conduits.
  • A fine may be assessed if a room contains an extreme number of nail holes, tape scars, cracked plaster, etc. from mounting posters, plaques, pictures, etc. on the wall.
  • Wood paneling, bookshelves, etc. may not be attached to room walls.
  • Small string white lights that are non-heat producing may be used in a room or around an individual doorway. Do not string lights up and down the entire hall. Larger string lights that produce heat are not allowed.
  • Room doors may be decorated but room numbers must remain visible. Exit lights and fire extinguishers must always remain visible.
  • Fire doors must remain free of paper and any obstruction at all times.
  • Nothing may be hung from or in the way of fire alarm equipment.
  • Nothing may be hung outside of the window in a resident's room.
  • No live or previously live greenery (Christmas trees, garland, etc.) except regular house plants are allowed in either rooms or lobbies.
  • Decorations in common areas as well as in resident rooms must not interfere with emergency exiting at any time.

What furniture is provided?

Each room has a bed, desk, chair, closet, mirror, and dresser for each occupant.

Will my room be cleaned?

Housekeeping cleans common areas such as lounges and hallway bathrooms. You are responsible for cleaning your own room; however, L-R offers a room cleaning service for $130 per semester.

Does the school have insurance for the property I bring to school?

No. Please be sure your parents check their homeowner's insurance to have your property adequately covered.

Can I live off-campus?

Students who have lived on campus for 3 years, are part time, married, have served in the military, are independent of parents for financial purposes or above the age of 22 are permitted to live off campus. Also, students who live with their parents within a 25 mile radius do not have to live on campus.

Can I have a car on campus?

Yes. All students, faculty, staff of the University who operate a motor vehicle to, from, or on the campus are required to register the vehicle with the Security Office. Yearly parking registration costs $40.00. Parking an unregistered vehicle on campus will result in a $50.00 fine.

Parking Map & Rules

When are quiet hours?

Quiet hour guidelines are established in order to respect the rights of others and to maintain an appropriate atmosphere for academic pursuits. Quiet hours are from 9:00pm to 9:00am Sunday through Thursday (this includes Friday morning to 9:00am) and 12:00 a.m. to 9:00am Friday and Saturday. During exam periods, Quiet Hours are in effect 24 hours a day beginning the night prior to Reading Day. Quiet Hours mean residents must maintain a very low level of conversation, noise, TV/stereo volume during Quiet Hours. Consideration hours are all hours not designated as quiet hours. Consideration hours mean that noise must be kept at a level that is not disturbing to other residents. No student shall act in a manner that can reasonably be expected to infringe upon the privacy, rights, privileges, health or safety of other persons. Screaming/yelling anywhere in the Residence Halls is discouraged.

What is the visitation policy?

It is a fair expectation that every student may have opportunity for privacy in their room without the presence of members of the opposite gender. Residence Hall students may therefore have adult guests of the opposite gender visit in their residence hall rooms only during the following hours:

Freshman Residence Halls
Sunday through Thursday 10 am to Midnight
Friday and Saturday 10 am to 1 am

Upperclassman Residence Halls
Sunday through Thursday 10 am to Midnight
Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 am

Upper-class Residence Areas - Open Visitation
Cohabitation: Cohabitation by members of either the same or opposite sex is not permitted in any of the residence halls. A guest staying over an extended period of time and/or giving the impression that s/he is living with the host will be deemed a cohabitant. Cohabitation is defined as a guest staying longer than three consecutive nights and /or staying for three or fewer consecutive nights on two or more occasions during the same week. Failure to comply with this policy may result in sanctions and may jeopardize access to campus housing.

Where can I get my mail?

We offer postal services at the campus post office, located on the lower level of the Cromer Center.

What happens when I arrive?

You will be issued a key for your room and other information. You will have time to move in and enjoy Orientation Activities.