Residence Life: Questions
The following questions cover a variety of things students and families may be curious about with regards to living on campus. Additional questions should be directed to a specific building's hall director or to the Office of Residence Life.
Assignments & Move In
For a first hand experience, you can contact the Office of Admissions to set up a tour or overnight stay in a residence hall. Location to other buildings and size are good things to consider when comparing halls. Each hall has its own tradition and “feel”, and the people within the halls create the atmosphere.
The Office of Residence Life is committed to creating supportive living and learning environments that are safe and inclusive; committed to the development of individuals living in community; and committed to a community where mutual respect, faith and service to others is promoted and valued by all. We house all ages, class years, and groups together in the traditional halls. Haggerty and Tyson Halls are upper-class communities for juniors and above.
Currently, the University has several specialty or theme housing programs including: Faith and Leadership, Green/Eco, International, Peer Health Education, and Honors. Each theme house has its own process for selection, click Housing Options for more information.
Housing assignments, which include your roommate's name and contact information, will be sent to your UP student e-mail account by the last week of July. Priority is given to all students who have submitted the online housing application by May 1, returned the signed copy of the housing contract before July, and mailed the $400 academic deposit to the Office of Admissions. Housing contracts are mailed after May 15 to all students who met the priority deadline. The Office of Residence Life continues to process applications and mail contracts throughout the summer, prior to the start of classes.
Traditional coed halls are gender divided by floor or wing. The bathrooms are single gender. Haggerty/Tyson Halls and University Houses are gender specific by apartment/house, other than the theme houses in Tyson Hall, which typically house one gender per floor. The University's intervisitation policy is applicable to all residence hall communities.
New students may move in to their residence hall room beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the Thursday of orientation weekend. Returning students to the traditional halls and Haggerty/Tyson Halls may move in after 9:00 a.m. on the Saturday prior to the first day of fall semester classes. Following the Christmas break, all students who reside in traditional halls may return after 9:00 a.m. the Sunday before spring semester classes begin. Haggerty/Tyson Halls remain open throughout the Christmas break.
- Extra bath towels, a bathrobe, and flip flops/shower shoes. A shower caddie may also be helpful.
- Blankets and/or a bedspread, pillow(s), and sheets.
- A few dishes, eating utensils, and glassware. Most of the halls have a limited amount of these items in the kitchenettes, but some residents prefer having their own dinnerware in their rooms.
- A laundry basket or laundry bag. Each traditional hall has card-operated washers and dryers. We provide ironing boards, but no irons.
- School supplies: pens/pencils, scissors, stapler, backpack, etc.
- A touch tone telephone for you and your roommate. Information Services does not recommend using Vtech phones. There is only one phone jack per room, so you might want to decide who will bring the telephone.
- A computer. Macs and PCs are both acceptable. The University of Portland computer labs are equipped with both Macintosh and PC computers if you choose to leave your computer at home. All the halls have ethernet LAN access in each room and all buildings are wireless.
- A fan; air conditioners are not permitted. Please note that Corrado, Fields & Schoenfeldt Halls, and Haggerty/Tyson Halls are air conditioned.
- An approved surge protector/power strip. Most rooms have three or four wall outlets. Non-grounded extension cords without surge protection are not allowed. Daisy chained power strips (one power strip or extension cord plugged into another) are not allowed.
- A refrigerator. One per room - size to be limited to under four (4) cubic feet.
- A microwave. One per room. We recommend a compact microwave, since there are cooking facilities with full-size microwaves available for resident use in each hall. Microwaves with toaster attachments are not allowed due to the fire potential of the toasting element.
- A bicycle. Storage is available in each residence hall. We urge you to use a bicycle lock at all times. Public Safety recommends the "U-Lock". You can also register your bike with Public Safety.
- A memo board for your room door. Must be tape-back type and not screw-in type.
- Masking tape for hanging posters; stick-ums and blue/fun tack are not allowed.
- Furnishings: alarm clock, desk/wall calendar, clothes hangers, etc.
- Toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothbrush & toothpaste, over the counter medication for colds & flu, cough syrup, etc.
- Medical information including the name of your health insurance carrier, their address and group and/or policy number.
- Cooking appliances that utilize open flame or coil heaters, such as toasters, hot plates, gas stoves, barbecues, electric skillets, George Foreman grills, etc.
- Space heaters and air conditioning units.
- Halogen Lamps.
- Extension cords.
- Answering machines; we offer free voicemail.
- Firearms, including but not limited to BB guns, paint guns, pellet guns, explosives, fireworks, dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous weapons such as knives or swords.
- Pets, except for fish in a small aquarium.
- Christmas/twinkle lights.
Smoking is not allowed inside any of the buildings on campus, including the residence halls.
You can petition to change or cancel your housing contract. The director of residence life reviews all contract petitions. Petition forms are available in the Office of Residence Life, 101 Buckley Center, or can be downloaded from the Apply/Cancel Housing link.
Room Furnishings & Amenities
Each room has a twin bed, a student desk, and desk chair for each resident. There are closets and drawers for clothing, and a sink and mirror in each room. Desk lighting is also provided. Each room also has a trash can and a recycling bin.
The furniture that is found in each room must stay in the room. There is not enough storage space on campus for all students to put their own furniture in their rooms and remove all of the existing furniture. That said, students might be able to bring a small piece of furniture for their rooms. It is a good idea to move all of your belongings into your room and consult with your roommate before you move any outside furniture into the space.
Many residence hall rooms have furniture designed to allow students to elevate or bunk beds. Constructing your own loft is not allowed at UP. Once you arrive at the university, contact your hall director or assistant hall director to fill out a lofting agreement. Following this, you will be given a university approved lofting kit.
Click here for the Elevated Bed Agreement & Guidelines.
If you are 6'5" or taller, an extra long mattress (88") request can be made on the online housing application. Most residence hall mattresses are 76" or 80".
Yes, students typically bring their own linens and towels to campus. Standard twin or twin extra long sheets work well for University beds. Check your specific hall web page for information on your hall's mattress size.
Please note, the linen exchange program will no longer exist beginning fall 2012.
Local calls are no charge to residents. To make a call, you must first dial 9 to get an outside line. For long distance calls, it is recommended that you use a calling card. Free voicemail service is available to every resident on campus. Help sheets for setting up voicemail are available from Information Services. Actual telephones are not provided in residence halls room; you must bring your own.
All the halls have ethernet LAN access and/or wireless connectivity in each room. Each resident will have a data port to connect to the Internet in his/her room.
Individual residence hall rooms do not have Cable TV. Cable TV is provided in TV lounges in each of the traditional halls and in living rooms of Haggerty/Tyson Halls. Most students stream TV programs on their computers.
Limited storage is available in each resident's room. Each hall has an area in the basement for storage of larger articles, trunks, and packing boxes. Although this is a secured area, residents store belongings at their own risk. The University of Portland is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage of any items stored.
Student ID & Room Keys
The Department of Public Safety issues all UP student ID cards. Public Safety is located at 5408 N. Warren St. and is open 24 hours a day/seven days a week. To obtain a student ID, please go to Public Safety with your class schedule, a University invoice, or a payment receipt. You will have your picture taken for the ID card. During new student orientation, the times and locations for obtaining a student ID will be posted.
Your student ID allows you access to your residence hall and serves as your meal card in University dining facilities. You should carry your student ID at all times while on campus.
The residence halls have one unlocked entry available from 8:00 a.m. to Midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday. When the entry is locked, access can only be gained when a student uses his/her student ID card. Visitors must contact individual residents in advance for entry when the building doors are locked.
The University recommends that you lock your door whenever you leave your room; therefore, it is highly recommended that you have your key with you at all times. Please be mindful that you must coordinate door locking with your roommate in order to avoid a lockout. In the event you get locked out of your room you can contact a hall staff member or Public Safety. A fee may be assessed for each lockout.
A lost room key is a serious concern; it not only relates to the safety of the person who lost the key, but to roommates, future residents, and/or conference guests. If you lost your room key, it is extremely important that you immediately report it to a hall staff member so that the room may be re-keyed. It is your responsibility to be aware of where your key is at all times!
Mail & Other Services
Mail service is available on campus. Mail is delivered directly to your mailbox in your residence hall daily, except weekends and holidays. Please do not ship boxes, books, or any other belongings to your residence hall, or to campus, before your arrival. You need to be present to receive your items. You may also consult with the University Mail Center located in 115 Buckley Center for your additional postal needs.
First and Last Name
Hall and Room Number
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
NOTE: To receive mail from banks, magazine subscriptions, CD services and newspapers, please make sure to provide your first and last name, hall, and room number. If you are limited to a few lines, have your mail addressed this way:
First and Last Name, Hall and Room Number
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
Washing machines and dryers are located in each hall. To use the laundry machines in the traditional residence halls, you will need to acquire a WEB Laundry Card and go to an "Add Value Station" on campus. Add Value Stations are located in the Commons, the Pilot House, and the Mehling Hall lobby, and allow you to use cash or a debit card to add money to your card. One load of laundry costs $0.75 to wash and $1.00 to dry. Haggerty/Tyson Halls have a washer and dryer in each unit and do not need money or a WEB Laundry Card to operate. You will need to provide your own laundry machines in University houses.
There are not any banks located on campus, but multiple branches are located within the surrounding area of the University. A Chase bank ATM is located in the Pilot House.
Students living in Haggerty & Tyson Halls can compost their waste organic matter through the Village Compost Program. Each unit in Haggerty and Tyson has a 5.5 quart kitchen composting bucket with carbon filter to prevent odor. Students from the "Green House" and the S.L.U.G. organic garden club collect compost twice a week for disposal at the nearby Student-Led Unity Garden.
Compost pick-up days and times are determined at the beginning of each semester by program volunteers. Click here for more information about current collection schedule and list of compostable materials.
Breaks & Hall Closing
The only time the traditional residence halls close is for the winter break; Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12 noon through Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Students who live in traditional halls will not have access to their rooms during this break. Students should make travel plans accordingly. Haggerty/Tyson Halls and University Houses do not close. During fall break, Thanksgiving break, spring break, and Easter weekend the halls remain open, but with limited services.
All residence halls, including Haggerty/Tyson Halls, close at 12 noon on Friday, May 3, 2013 for summer vacation.