Living in the Residence Halls

Residence Hall Lounges and Common Areas

Students are encouraged to use residence hall lounges as social and study areas. Lounges can be reserved for specific dates and times by contacting Residence Life. Residence hall lounges and common areas should not be used for overnight sleeping or hosting non-Ursinus students. Additionally, lounge furniture must remain in the appropriate lounge space; it may not be appropriated to residence hall rooms. Students who remove furniture from the lounges and common spaces are subject to disciplinary actions.

Noise Policies

Courtesy and consideration for the reasonable expectations of others are essential to maintain a harmonious atmosphere in a residential setting. While Resident Advisors, Assistant Directors, and Campus Safety officers will act to stop unreasonable noise, the primary responsibility for keeping noise at a reasonable level rests with each individual student. Appropriate college authorities should be notified if noise concerns persist. College policies regarding noise levels vary by hour and location. Violations of these policies may result in disciplinary action.

  • Courtesy Hours: During these hours noise should not be audible at a level that bothers others outside the hall, house, or suite, and students are expected to respond positively to neighbor requests to decrease noise. Stereos, radios, musical instruments, and televisions should be played at reasonable times and at a volume that will not negatively impact others. Courtesy hours are in effect in a residence hall, house, or suite at all times when approved social events or quiet hours are not in effect.
  • Quiet Hours: During these hours, noise should not be audible outside the individual room. Quiet hours are in effect in every residence area from 12:00AM to 8:00AM Monday through Friday and from 2:00AM to 8:00AM on Saturday and Sunday. Certain residence areas have more restrictive quiet hours set by the college or by the residents. Common rooms, common spaces, and lounges are recommended for larger group activities.

Items and Behaviors Not Permitted In Residence Halls

Students must follow all municipal, state, and federal fire safety procedures and laws including not tampering with or using safety or fire equipment such as alarm systems or fire extinguishers except in an actual emergency.

The following items are prohibited from the residence halls:

  • The use or possession of any flammable substances, flame emitting articles, open coiled/flamed items, or candles
  • Halogen and multi-head lamps
  • The use of heat-generating electrical equipment such as electric heaters
  • Exterior radio and television aerials are prohibited in, on, or about the residence halls/houses or rooms
  • Firearms, ammunition, fireworks, incendiary or toxic chemicals, explosives, and weapons
  • Public signs, college signs, dining hall property, and laboratory equipment
  • Waterbeds and swimming pools of any kind
  • Animals, except fish. Violations involving animals will include disciplinary action and mandatory fines for clean-up costs, currently set to the cost of labor
  • Alcohol is strictly prohibited in all first-year centers. All students should review the social event and alcohol and drug policy section of the handbook for more information
  • Motorcycles and motor vehicles of any kind
  • Solicitors and/or photographers without authorization from Student Affairs
  • Formal and/or informal athletic activities that should be confined to the proper playing fields or gym
  • Students are not permitted on the roof tops of any residence halls or academic buildings at any time
  • All buildings, including all residence halls, are strictly smoke-free

Items Permitted In Residence Halls

  • Small portable refrigerators (3 cubic ft. maximum).
  • Air conditioners (maximum of 5500 BTUs), in residence halls without central air. Only one air conditioner in each student room where A/C units are permitted.

Facilities in the Residence Halls

  • All residence hall rooms are provided with a cable TV connection. Services to the buildings on the Main Campus and to the houses between 5th and 9th Avenues are provided through the ECHOSTAR/Dish Satellite Network. Other houses receive Comcast Cable Services. There is no additional charge for Cable/Satellite TV Services. No premium channels/services are provided. Information on channel line-ups may be found on the Ursinus College web site. For more information contact Information Technology.
  • Wired telephone connections in residence hall rooms are available for activation upon request. On-campus and local calling services only are available. There are no additional charges for these basic telephone services. Calling cards for long distance calls are available for purchase in the campus bookstore and surrounding area stores. When dialing another campus telephone, use the 4 digit extension number only. To request telephone services in your residence hall room or for more information contact Information Technology.
  • Washing machines and dryers located in residence halls are provided as a convenience for resident students. Service calls regarding inoperative equipment should be directed to Facilities Services. Residents will be held responsible for damage to laundry equipment.