Residential Life-East Falls Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

Living on campus is an integral part of the Jefferson experience. Learn more about living on East Falls Campus through the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Jefferson does not insure the personal belongings of students in the residence halls. It is highly recommended that you check to see if you are covered by your parents'/guardian’s homeowners insurance. If not, you should purchase a renter's policy.

Washers and dryers are located in laundry rooms in the residence halls. The machines are free of charge to residential students only.

Due to a limited amount of parking spaces on campus, first-year students are not permitted to have cars on campus. Any exceptions are at the discretion of the Department of Public Safety.

During Thanksgiving and spring break, residence halls only remain open for in-season student athletes, those who need to stay for an academic reason, or for other extenuating circumstances. All requests will be reviewed but not guaranteed. The residence halls will be closed for winter break.

First and second-year students who are under the residency requirement are guaranteed housing for the first two years. Juniors and seniors are not guaranteed housing.

Students can use their meal plan, cash, or credit cards at one of the many dining options. The Ravenhill Dining Hall is located on the Ravenhill side of campus. It is an “all you can eat” option. Common Thread is an “al a carte” option located in the Kanbar Campus Center (KCC). Ted’s, also located in KCC, is the convenience store option where students can purchase snacks and essentials.

All residence halls have air conditioning.

Items typically included in all rooms are beds, dressers, closets, desks, chairs, and blinds.

All traditional residence hall double rooms offer each student a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a wardrobe with drawers, blinds (that are pre-hung on the windows), and access to the University's internet network. The bed is a twin-sized extra-long mattress. The University does not provide linen service, so you will need to provide your own bed linens (sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases, etc.)

In addition to what is in a residence hall room, apartment-style housing also includes a stove, oven, and refrigerator. The living room consists of seating for four and an end and coffee table.

First-year students living in University housing are automatically assigned a standard full meal plan that allows students to eat 19 meals per week for the semester - with $100 bonus dollars. Students have the opportunity to change their plan to the 19 premium meal plan that offers more benefits at a higher price. More information about each plan can be found on our Dining Services website.  

Students living in college-owned apartments/townhouses, off-campus housing, or are commuting from home may choose to enroll in one of the full meal plan options or choose one of the block meal plan options.

Yes, microfridge units are available for rent through Students may bring one mini-fridge per room (3.2 cubic feet) if you live in the traditional halls, however, you must rent a microfridge combo unit if you wish to have a microwave in your room. Many traditional halls have a microwave available in the lobby of the building for all residents to use.

Those students who live in an apartment may bring their own microwave or microfridge. Only one microfridge or one mini-fridge is permitted per bedroom.

The list below is not exhaustive so please refer to the Residential Facilities Policies. You may not bring:

  • refrigerators larger than 3.2 ft2
  • candles, incense, lava lamps, or any substance requiring the use of an open flame
  • cooking appliances - coffee maker, hot plate, blenders, George Foreman grills (Small cooking appliances are permitted in apartment settings.)
  • pets
  • halogen lamps
  • space heaters
  • air-conditioners
  • weapons and/or explosives –including paintball and airsoft guns, firecrackers, and any combustible materials
  • alcoholic beverages ( University students should review the Alcohol Policy in the University Community Standards)
  • alcohol paraphernalia- including decorative empty bottles
  • illegal drugs and paraphernalia
  • amplifiers


  • Apartment residents may bring one microwave for the kitchen area.
  • Microwaves may only be rented as part of the microfridge combo unit for traditional halls(i.e., Ronson, Scholler, Fortess, Mott, and Partridge) 

First-year students reside on the Ravenhill side of campus. Ronson, Fortess (female identified only), Mott, and Partridge are the first-year residence halls. Please visit the Residential Facilities section of the ORL website for more information. 

Transfer students are typically placed in either Scholler Hall, Independence Plaza, or the townhouses.

Honors housing is located in Ronson Hall and is open to first-year students only. Preference for placement is given to students who have honors roommates.

Yes, students have the opportunity to live on our Intersectionality floor located in Mott Hall. Students in this community are housed with students regardless of their gender. Students will get to explore different aspects of their identity and learn more about themselves.

Students have the opportunity to either pick their own roommates or have the Office of Residential Life assign one for them. All new incoming students complete the housing application in the housing portal. Part of the housing application is a roommate profile. The answers to these questions help students to locate other students with similar interests that they may want to room with. If a student locates another new, incoming student in the housing portal whom they believe would be a great roommate, they can request to be roommates. If students do not select their own roommates, the Office of Residential Life uses their roommate profile to select their roommates.

The University will not permit the furniture to be removed from any room/apartment/townhouse. While some rooms are large enough to accommodate additional types of furniture, it would be better to wait until after students move in to make that decision.

The Office of Residential Life (ORL) is located in the Kanbar Campus Center, Suite 311. The Office is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  

If you have work-study you would be eligible to work in the Office of Residential Life (ORL). Each year, ORL hires several students to help with administrative duties in the office. For more information about office assistant positions please contact us at

Each area is staffed with a Resident Assistant (RA) who is an upper-class student staff member assigned to each floor. The RA builds community by implementing programs, addressing college policy, and acting as a peer mentor to residents. The RA is on duty each evening from 7pm to 8am, in order to assist with any problems, concerns, or questions that a resident student may have. In addition, there is one live-in professional staff member, the Resident Director (RD), on each side of campus. The RD oversees the overall operation of the area.

There is a Residence Hall Association (RHA) consisting solely of University students living on campus. Positions of leadership are attained through student elections. Meeting times are generally posted in the residence hall lounges and in the laundry facilities for the upperclassmen.