Information for Living & Dining on Campus

Check-In/Move-In Dates & Times

Welcome to Widener! We look forward to your arrival on campus. 

When: Wednesday, August 19, 20209
Where: University Center Atrium
Time: Check-in will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Specific check-in times for students vary based on last name as well as resident/commuter status. 

Resident Check-In Times

These times may vary. Please check back prior to move-in day for the final schedule.

Last Names Begin With: Check-In Time
D, S, U, V, Z 9:00 am
H, J, K, N 10:00 am
A, O, T, W 11:00 am
E, G, I, P 11:30 am
C, M, Q, X, Y 12:00 am
B, F, L, R 12:30 pm

Please note that the Check-In staff for residential students will relocate to the Residence Life Office from 2:00-5:00 pm. 

Commuter Check-In Times

Check-in for all new commuter students will start at 3:00 pm. Students are permitted to arrive earlier than 3:00 pm if they have necessary business on campus such as meeting with Enrollment Services in Lipka Hall, purchasing a parking permit, or visiting the bookstore. 

Getting Started Upon Arrival

Campus Safety staff will guide you in the right direction to find a parking spot. After you’ve parked, head to the University Center (UCTR), located on 14th Street across from Old Main to start the check-in process. Here, you’ll receive your residence hall key/access pass, Campus1Card, and your Orientation schedule. 

What to Do After Check-In

Resident students can now begin getting settled in their new residence halls. Need help moving in? You’ll find campus helpers ready to assist. 

The Orientation Program will officially begin at 4:00 pm with the Pride BBQ. At that time, we ask that families pack up for the day so that students can dive into the fun. 

We’re thrilled you’ve chosen Widener to continue your undergraduate studies. We can’t wait to welcome you to campus! 

Every school is different, that’s why we’ve created orientation programs to help connect you with student services and the campus community so you feel as prepared and ready-to-go as possible for your life at Widener. 

Transfer students are placed in two categories depending on the number of credits that will be transferring into Widener. Admissions will inform incoming transfer students of their assigned category by mid-July. If you are unsure of your group, please contact the Admissions Office directly at (610) 499-4126.

Group A: Pride Experience 2: Fall Orientation

When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - Friday, August 21, 2020
Where: University Center Atrium
Times: Check-in will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Specific check-in times for students vary based on last name. 

Check-in for transfer students assigned to Group A will start at the same time as the first-year student check-in process. Orientation program assignments are based on the amount of academic credits transferred to Widener University from your previous institution. Group determination is determined by the Office of Admissions. 

For additional details, please refer to the Fall Orientation: Pride Experience II page.

Group B: Transfer Transitions

When: Friday, August 14, 2020
Where: Founders Hall, Room 109
Times: Check-in for transfer students in Group B takes place as part of the Transfer Transitions Orientation program. The program will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  

All residential students assigned to Group B will move in on Sunday, August 24, 2020 along with our returning students. Group designation is determined by the Office of Admissions. See the information for Returning Students on this page for more details.

Welcome back! 

When: Sunday, August 25, 2019
Where: University Center Atrium
Times: Check-in will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Specific check-in times for students vary based on last name. 

Resident Check-In Times

These times may vary. Please check back prior to move-in day for the final schedule.

Last Name Begins With: Check-In Time
D, S, U, V, Z 9:00 am
H, J, K, N 10:00 am
A, O, T, W 11:00 am
E, G, I, P 11:30 am
C, M, Q, X, Y 12:00 am
B, F, L, R 12:30 pm

Commuter & Off-Campus Residence Check-In Times

Check-in is not required for returning commuter and off-campus residence students. However, you are welcome to come to campus to conduct any necessary business as needed such as meeting with Enrollment Services in Lipka Hall, purchasing a parking permit, or visiting the bookstore.

What to Do After Check-In

Residential students can now begin getting settled in their new residence halls. 

The Welcome Back Bash will take place after check-in. At that time, we ask that families pack up for the day so that students can dive into the fun. 

Housing Applications & Assignments

Housing applications are submitted through the Housing Portal.

To log into the Housing Portal, use your Widener credentials. 

Deadline to apply for housing: May 1

If you submit your application after this date, we may not be able to honor specific room or roommate requests.

The Housing Portal is powered by StarRez, a world-leading software that provides the most intuitive and easy-to-use system for students to apply for housing and find or select their own roommate.

Of course, you can! Students are welcome to select a preferred roommate. 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. 

Steps to Select a Preferred Roommate

Directions to select an intended roommate are part of the Housing Application. You will be directed to create a group with your intended roommate. Please note that once the group is created, requests need to be accepted by the individual who created the group in order for residence life to honor the request.

Once a student occupies his or her assigned room, the roommate assignment may not be changed unless the Residence Life office gives approval. 

What happens if you don’t select a roommate?

Students who do not select a preferred roommate are assigned roommates by the Residence Life office based on responses to the roommate matching questions within the housing application so that we can match compatible students.

Getting Along with Your 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 lines of communication to discuss living preferences and talk about any differences you might have.

The Residence Life office 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.

The Disabilities Services office is here to help accommodate individual needs that necessitate special housing accommodations. 

Please forward your requests and all documentation to:
Widener University Disabilities Services
c/o Rebecca Ross, Director
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

If you've submitted your housing application by the May 1st deadline, you should receive an official letter correspondence from the Residence Life office via your Widener email by August 1st indicating your housing assignment information.

Can't find the email? No worries!

Log onto the Housing Portal using your Widener credentials and select “Housing Application” this will provide you with housing assignment information.  

Please note, this information is not visible until letters have been officially sent to all residential students.

Important Housing Policies

All full-time undergraduate (freshman, sophomore, and junior) students are required to live on campus until they attain senior class status, unless they qualify for commuter status.

Living on campus provides students with unmatched access to resources and activities leading to better grades, higher graduation rates, and more time with friends.

Please review the Residence Life: Program Policies, Procedures, and Regulations section of the Student Handbook for more details.

Students who qualify for commuter status are not required to live on campus. To qualify for commuter status, you must live at home with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and within 25 miles from the university or from your co-op, internship, or student teaching location.
Additional Exceptions for Full-Time Students to Qualify for Commuter Status:

  • You are married.*
  • You are the custodial parent of a child.
  • You are a veteran with at least two years of active military service.
  • You are 24 years of age or older.
  • You have 90+ credits may reside off campus. 

*Housing for married couples and families is not available on campus. 

Students who qualify for commuter status must complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Residence Life office. For more information, visit the Housing Portal.

Smoking Policy

In July 2010, the university implemented a tobacco-free policy that prohibits the use of tobacco anywhere on campus.

Alcohol Policy

It is our policy that all freshmen residence halls are alcohol-free residences. This means that the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone regardless of age is prohibited. The vast majority of our freshmen are under age 21, so we believe that this policy will help to improve students’ living experiences in freshman residences. 

Please see the Student Drug and Alcohol Policy in the Student Handbook for a complete description of Widener's rules and regulations covering alcohol.

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.

Review the Service and Assistance Animal Policy in the Student Handbook for more details.

  • Alcohol, including empty containers
  • Pets, unless specified above in the Pet Policy
  • Weapons, firearms, or explosive devices

Electronics & Electrical Appliances

  • Broilers, electric frying pans, hot plates
  • George Foreman™ grills, toaster ovens, griddles, or any open element appliance
  • Power cords without a multi-plug power strip with an internal circuit breaker
  • Any type of air conditioning unit

Decorations & Room/Furniture Modifications

  • Candles (including decorative ones)
  • Cinder blocks 
  • Furniture without fire retardant material 
  • Halogen lamps or decorative lighting (string lights, etc.)
  • Live Christmas trees
  • Nails, hooks, double-faced adhesive tape, or other items that damage walls 
  • Power tools
  • Water beds

General Housing FAQs

Roommate Tip: Avoid Doubles!

We encourage new students to contact their roommate before move-in to coordinate who is bringing what to campus. It’s a good idea to check with your roommate to avoid duplicating certain items like a TV, microwave, or refrigerator.

What You’ll Find in Every Room 

  • A bed
  • Dresser or wardrobe-style piece of furniture
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Window treatments
  • Basic cable and network TV access
  • Wi-Fi access

Please note: Kapelski and Moll halls do not have overhead lighting, so lamps should be a priority.

Items for Move-In Day

For move-in day, you might want to bring cold drinks, a hand cart, and a towel.

Recommended Items to Bring to Campus

Bathroom Essentials

  • Hair dryer
  • Personal care products 
  • Rubber shower shoes
  • Shower caddy to transport items from room to shower 
  • Towels & washcloths 

Room Essentials

  • Alarm clock
  • Cleaning products
  • Desk lamp & light bulbs
  • First-aid kit 
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Laundry supplies & clothes basket
  • Microwave (under 10amps)
  • Pillows & linens for extra-long bed
  • Plates, mugs, cups, & silverware
  • Radio/iPod
  • Refrigerator (5 cubic feet or smaller) 
  • Room fan
  • Surge protectors
  • Television
  • Wastebasket

Residential facilities, other than those designated as academic year-round housing, are closed for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Midterm breaks. 

Need to remain on campus? Special “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 will communicate with all residential students with more information about closing prior to the break.

Quiet Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9pm to 7am

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 and are expected to act in a manner conducive to effective study.

Review more information about Quiet Hours in the Student Handbook for more details.

Residence halls are co-ed by floor, wing, or suite depending on the style of the building.

If keys are lost, you must report the lost key to the Residence Life office, 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 Residence Life office.

All maintenance requests can be submitted through SchoolDude.

If this is your first time submitting a maintenance request, you must register for a SchoolDude account.

The university is not responsible for loss or damage of personal property by any means or for any cause. 

Please see the Student Handbook under Residence Life: Program Policies, Procedures, and Regulations section F 7 Personal Property Insurance Coverage.

Dining on Campus

Meal Plan Options

Dining on campus isn’t one size fits all. That’s why we’ve designed meal plans to fit every appetite.

On-Campus Residential Students 

Freshmen and sophomores that live in residence halls must purchase one of the three Unlimited Meal Plans—platinum, gold, or silver—which includes breakfast, lunch, light lunch, and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. 

View On-Campus/Residential Meal Plan Options

Commuter & Off-Campus Students

Commuters and off-campus students are offered a select group of meal plans specifically tailored with flexibility in mind.

View Commuter & Off-Campus Student Meal Plan Options 

Understanding PRIDE Bucks, Dining Dollars & Meal Exchanges


PRIDE Bucks is a debit-like account linked to your Campus1Card. You can use your PRIDE Bucks funds to pay for meals at any Food Service location including UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill. 

  • PRIDE Bucks CAN be used at Uno Pizzeria & Grill and are accepted as payment for food and drinks (non-alcoholic only).
  • Log onto the Campus1Card Center and select "GET Places" to view a list of local establishments that accept Pride Bucks. 

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are the additional money that comes with your chosen meal plan. They can only be used at on-campus food service locations. 

  • Dining Dollars CANNOT be used at Uno Pizzeria & Grill.

Meal Exchanges  

Certain meal plans allow you to use a meal “swipe” at locations other than the Pride Café. We consider these transactions “meal exchanges”. 

Unlimited meal plans include two meal exchange opportunities per day, which are meals that can be had at any on-campus food service location outside of the Pride Café. You can only use one meal exchange during a meal period (lunch and dinner). Once the two meal exchanges are used, the meal exchange usage is blocked until the next day and Pride Café entrance is blocked until the next meal period begins. If you do not have any meal exchanges left for the day, you will need to use either Dining Dollars or Pride Bucks (if applicable). Students can also choose to pay for the extra meals by cash or credit card.

Block meal plans allow users to use their meals however they want at Uno’s and other retail food service location per day during the stated meal exchange periods. They may use any amount of meals in the Pride Cafe. 

Log onto the Campus1Card Center using your Widener login to review your meal plan balance and recent transactions, as well as add PRIDE Bucks to your account.

There are lots of places to eat on campus. To view all dining locations, hours of operations, and menus, visit

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