Office of Residence Life
- University Center, Main Level
- tel: 610-499-4390
FAQs for Check-In
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the check-in process at Widener University.
If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left).
What comes with my room?
Each student space is equipped with a desk, desk chair, bed, window treatments, closet space, and drawer space. Basic cable and network access, including wifi access, are also provided. See more about our residence halls.
How will I get along with my roommate?
Once you move in, you and your roommate will meet with your Resident Assistant (RA) to complete a roommate agreement. This agreement opens up the line of communication to discuss living preferences and talk about any differences you might have.
What should I bring?
It’s a good idea to check with your roommate prior to move-in day to avoid duplicating certain items like a TV, microwave, or refrigerator.
For move-in day, you might want to bring cold drinks, a hand cart, and a towel.
|What to Bring|
|Alarm clock||Hair dryer||Supplies for room to shower||Blanket, quilt, or comforter|
|Laundry supplies||Clothes basket||Rubber shower shoes||Calculator|
|Paper, envelopes, tape, and stapler||Shower caddy||Cleaning products||Personal care products|
|Flashlight||Iron and ironing board||Soap||Clothes hangers|
|Pillows and linens for single extra-long bed||Surge protectors||Desk lamp and light bulbs||Plates, mugs, and glasses|
|Telephone||Desk supplies like pens, pencils, notecards, and Post-its||Towels and washcloths||First-aid kit|
|Television||Microwave (under 10 amps)||Refrigerator (5 cubic feet or smaller)|
|What NOT to Bring|
|Broilers||Cinder blocks||Electric frying pan||Halogen lamps|
|Heating coils||Hot plates||Immersion coils||Lofts|
|Pets||Power tools||Space heaters||Water beds|
|Appliances with open coils or burners||Candles (including decorative ones)||Decorative lights (string lights, etc.)||Alcohol (including empty containers, etc.)|
|Furniture without fire retardant material||Weapons, firearms, or explosive devices||George Foreman™ grills||Live Christmas trees|
|Nails, hooks, double-faced adhesive tape, or other items that damage walls||Power cords without a multi-plug power strip with an internal circuit breaker||Toaster ovens, toasters, griddles, or any open element appliances||Window or standing air conditioners|
Please refer to the Student Handbook for any questions.
What happens to my stuff over break?
Residential facilities, other than those designated as academic year-round housing, are closed for Thanksgiving, winter, and midterm breaks. Break housing is approved for students who need to remain on campus for a Widener-related reason. Examples include co-op students, student teachers, international students, and student athletes. Residence Life communicates with all residential students with information about closing prior to the break.
When are quiet hours?
Residents in each hall are expected to act in a manner conducive to effective study. Each resident must adhere to this basic expectation. Quiet hours in all residence halls and apartments will be from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday during normal school session. In addition, 24-hour/day quiet hours go into effect prior to final exam week and continue through closing. Residents are expected to be considerate of others at all hours.
Are the residence halls co-ed?
Residence halls are co-ed by floor, wing, or suite depending on the style of the building.
What is the policy on room changes?
Once a student occupies his or her assigned room, the assignment may not be changed unless the Office of Residence Life gives approval. The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to reassign any student to a different room at any time. While every attempt will be made to notify the resident student of a change in room assignment prior to his or her arrival on campus, situations may arise that make this impossible.
What is the university's policy on smoking?
In July 2010, the university implemented a tobacco-free policy that prohibits the use of tobacco anywhere on campus.
Can I bring liquor on campus?
It depends on a number of factors. Please see the Student Drug and Alcohol Policy in the Student Handbook for a complete description of Widener's rules and regulations covering alcohol.
Can I bring my dog?
With the exception of fish tanks under 10 gallons, all animals—except for service and assistance animals—are not permitted in residence halls or other university facilities.
I lost my room key. What do I do?
Room keys are picked up and returned to the Office of Residence Life. If keys are lost, the student must report the lost key to the Office of Residence Life, the lock will be replaced and new keys will be issued. Students will be charged an $85 fee to cover the cost of having a lock replaced. If a key is damaged or broken the student will not be charged any fees as long as all parts of the key are returned to the Office of Residence Life.
How do you make roommate assignments?
Each incoming student will fill out an application for housing. On this form, students should answer the questions accurately so that they may be matched up with a compatible individual for their roommate. If a student knows another student that they want to room with, they may indicate so on the application. Every effort will be made to accommodate this request, as long as both students indicate a wish to room with one another and their housing applications are submitted by the deadline.
Who can live off campus?
To qualify for commuter status, a student must live at home with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and within 25 miles from the university or from his/her co-op, internship, or student teaching location.
Any full-time student who is married, is the custodial parent of a child, is a veteran with at least two years of active military service, is 24 years of age or older, or has 90+ credits may reside off campus. (No married student housing is available on campus). Students falling into this category must complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Office of Residence Life.
For more information, visit the Residence Life & Student Conduct page on CampusCruiser.
Do I have insurance?
Please see the Student Handbook under Residence Life: Program Policies, Procedures, and Regulations section F 7 Personal Property Insurance Coverage.