General Housing and Residence Hall Questions
Do I have to live on campus?
First- and second-year students are required to live on campus in one of our residence halls. Please see our Residency Policy for further information and exceptions.
How do I apply for on-campus housing?
When you are admitted to ACU, the Office of Admissions sends your acceptance materials with next steps for admitted students. After paying your enrollment deposit, you can select your housing preferences through myACU’s Housing Portal under Quicklinks. For additional information, contact your Admissions Counselor.
Is there housing for upperclassmen, graduate students and/or married students?
University Park Apartments is our on-campus housing for all upperclassmen, graduate students and married students.
Do you provide extra storage?
Storage is not provided for our residents. Please be prepared to keep all personal items in your room, including boxes and luggage. Also, all items brought into the hall must be removed when you move out. Any personal items left in a room will be discarded or given to area charities with a fee charged to the resident for removal.
Are there places to study in the residence halls?
Some residence halls have study rooms provided. Quiet hour policies in each residence hall are intended to provide opportunities for intensive study for all students.
Are laundry services available?
Laundry facilities are provided in each residence hall free of charge.
What if I need technology help?
Team55 is the on-campus technology support for students at ACU. Team55 is committed to providing support for students’ technology-related needs, including personal computer support, mobile device support and more. Please see the Team55 website for additional information.
Are residence halls open during the holidays?
Residence halls are closed during Christmas break with the exception of Smith-Adams for sophomores and the University Park Apartments for upperclassmen. Although our halls are open for Thanksgiving, Easter, and fall and spring breaks, you are strongly encouraged to spend this time with family and friends.
May I bring a bicycle?
You are welcome to bring a bicycle to campus. Bicycle racks are provided outside of each residence hall. We recommend that you purchase a lock for the security of your bicycle. Bicycles may not be stored in your room or anywhere else inside the hall.
Room & Roommate Assignments
May I request a particular residence hall?
You may submit your residence hall preference on your housing application. However, students are not guaranteed to receive placement in the hall of their choice.
When will I receive my room assignment?
You will be notified of your roommate and residence hall assignment at your ACU email by June 1. The enrollment deposit must be paid in advance. Any students who are admitted, pay their enrollment deposit or sign their Housing Agreement after June 1 will receive an email with their housing assignment once processed.
How are assignments made?
For first-year students, residence hall assignments are made based on their application and enrollment deposit dates with hall preferences considered. Second-year assignments are made through a lottery system during the spring semester.
May I have the roommate of my choice?
If you know with whom you’d like to room, you may indicate his or her name on the housing application. Roommate requests must be mutual to be granted.
Can I change roommates?
For each fall semester, we will accept roommate changes until July 31. Following this date, no roommate changes will be made until after the second week of classes. During these two weeks, it is suggested that you and your roommate resolve any issues by talking with your Resident Advisor (RA). Roommate conflicts needing further resolution can be discussed with your Resident Director (RD) on a case-by-case basis.
Room-Specific Furnishings & Regulations
Can I hang decorations in my room?
Nails, screws and many adhesives (e.g., double-stick tape, carpet tape) are damaging to the walls and floors. We ask that you use only removable, non-damaging adhesives (e.g., 3M Command) for attaching items to the walls and doors. Painting and wallpapering (including wallpaper borders) are not allowed.
Can I bring homemade lofts, cinder blocks or stilts to raise the height of the beds?
For safety reasons, all such bed raisers are not to be used in the residence halls. Some residence halls are equipped with self-lofting beds and others are not. All residence hall beds can be bunked.
What is provided in each room of the residence halls?
Each student in a residence hall is provided with a twin XL bed, desk, chair, dresser, closet/wardrobe and window blinds. Some rooms also have a bulletin board, sink, private bath and/or kitchenette. Please see the information sections of the residence halls for specific furnishings in each residence hall.
What size are the mattresses?
All residence hall beds are extra-long twin mattresses, which are 80”. A limited number of 90” mattresses are available upon need and request.
What cooking appliances can I have in my room?
You may have the following cooking appliances in your room: pop-up toaster, coffee maker and/or microwave. Devices that do not automatically turn off (i.e. crockpots, indoor grills, toaster ovens, etc.) are not allowed for safety reasons. No open-element appliances are allowed.
May I have a refrigerator in my room?
Only one refrigerator per room is permitted, and it must require no more than 1.5 amps in order to protect the electrical systems in each residence hall.
May I have visitors in my room?
You may have guests of the opposite gender in your room during specified open house hours. You will be notified of open house times through your residence hall staff.
May I bring a pet?
Residents may have fish in up to a 5 gallon tank. No other pets are allowed.
Can I bring my TV or gaming system?
Each hall has a television in the lobby for your use, but you may bring your own TV and gaming system. You may want to coordinate with your roommate(s) to best utilize your room space. Consider bringing headphones if you use your TV or gaming system loudly. Lobby TVs are equipped with cable, but there is no cable in residence hall rooms.
Which personal items should I bring?
- Bedding (blanket, bedspread, pillows, pillowcases, sheet, mattress cover)
- Towels, washcloths
- Soap, toiletries, shower caddy
- Laundry basket/detergent
- Clothes hangers
- Alarm clock
- Desk supplies, stationery, stamps
- Trash can
- Tension rod for curtains
- Bicycle and strong lock
- Small area rug (5′ x 7′ or less)
- Personal computer
- Vacuum, cleaning supplies
- Refrigerator (max of 1.5 amps) – only 1 per room
- Iron, ironing board
- Pop-up toaster
- Coffee maker
- Power outlet strip (UL-approved)
Which items are not allowed?
- Airsoft, BB or pellet guns of any kind
- Candles, wax warmers, incense
- Multi-plug covers (e.g., 3-way plugs)
- Toaster oven, electric skillet, indoor grill, crockpots
- Objectionable materials (e.g. sports magazines, catalogs, etc. that do not meet ACU’s minimum standards for dress code)
- Steel-tipped darts and dartboards
- Outside antennae
- Traffic signs
- Wallpaper (including borders)
- Lofts, stilts or cinder blocks
- Halogen lamps
- Wall-hanging materials that damage paint/wall surfaces
- Smoking, tobacco and alcohol products or containers
- Posters or other mediums that promote illegal drugs and alcohol
- Large exercise equipment (e.g., treadmill, stairmaster, Bowflex, etc.)
- Fireworks, weapons and/or ammunition
- All pets (other than fish in up to a 5 gallon tank)
- Space heaters