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First-Year Residential Experience

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Overview

Your first year at college is an exciting time. We’ve designed our residence halls and campus amenities to be welcoming and supportive spaces where students thrive. Here, you’ll find information about the housing process, residence hall options, move-in, and resources like shuttles, dining, and fitness and recreation opportunities.

Housing and Roommate Process

Join the first-year residential community

1. Commit to Quinnipiac

The matriculation fee and housing deposit are due by May 1. You may pay online or by mail.

2. Log in to MyHousing

Once you’ve committed to Quinnipiac, you’ll be able to log in to MyHousing account in the beginning of August using your Quinnipiac username and password for more information about your residence hall, room and roommate assignment.

Residence Halls

Your new home away from home

All of our first-year residence halls are located on the Mount Carmel Campus along Bobcat Way. You’ll be close to the Carl Hansen Student Center, dining options, the Athletic and Recreation Center, academic buildings and the Arnold Bernhard Library. In addition, the campus is connected to York Hill Campus and North Haven Campus, as well as the surrounding area, including dining, shopping and entertainment options, by a free shuttle system.

Residence halls where first-year students live are:

  • The Commons
  • Dana English Hall
  • Irmagarde Tator Hall
  • Ledges
  • Mountainview

Learn more about each first-year residence hall, including room descriptions, amenities and dimensions.

What to Pack

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Set up your oasis

Students enjoy making their rooms feel personalized and comfortable.

Making your space home

Once you have your housing assignment (which you typically receive in early August), we recommend contacting your future roommate(s) to coordinate what large items you wish to bring or share, such as a TV, rug or refrigerator.

You may view your housing and roommate assignment by logging into MyHousing (student username and password required).

Log in to MyHousing

What to pack


  • Alarm clock
  • Area rug
  • Batteries
  • Bed linens (Twin XL)
  • Bike and lock
  • Blankets
  • Calendar
  • Cell phone
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Command strips
  • Desk lamp and supplies
  • DVD player
  • Electronic device chargers
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Headphones
  • Iron and ironing board/steamer
  • Kitchen utensils and dishware
  • Laundry basket and detergent 
  • Microwave
  • Pillows
  • Plants
  • Posters
  • Refrigerator (3.6 cubic feet or less)
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Sewing kit
  • Small fan
  • Snacks
  • Stereo
  • Surge protectors
  • Television
  • Toiletries
  • Tool kit
  • Towels
  • Video games
  • Wastebasket

What not to pack


  • Alcohol containers (under 21)
  • Alcohol or drug paraphernalia
  • Bars and bar-like structures
  • Butane torches
  • Candles, incense and other open-flame devices
  • Darts, dartboards and slingshots
  • Drinking game equipment
  • Electronic/motorized skateboards/hoverboard devices
  • Fire pits
  • Fireworks, guns, weapons and explosives
  • Flammable objects and/or substances
  • Grill units and propane gas tanks
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hookah pipes or equipment
  • Hot plates/toaster oven (i.e. George Foreman grills)
  • Items that hang from the ceilings
  • Lava lamps
  • Live Christmas trees
  • Multi-cup coffee makers (except in housing with a kitchen)
  • Non-university-approved air-conditioning units
  • Non-university-owned lofts
  • Personal refrigerators larger than 3.6 cubic feet
  • Pools and tent-like structures
  • Smoke and fog machines
  • String lights, LED strips, paper lanterns or copper wire lights    

How to pack your car


  • Clearly label your belongings with your residence hall and room number.
  • Reach out and coordinate with your future roommate(s) to decide which items you can share the cost of maintaining, such as a TV, fans, refrigerator or rug. This can help save space that would otherwise be occupied by unnecessary bulky items.
  • To maximize space in your vehicle we advise loading larger items, such as suitcases or plastic bins, into the car first and then packing smaller items around them (just make sure you can see out your back windows).
  • Make sure the items you are bringing to campus are not prohibited. Check out the list above or review the Student Handbook. Reach out to Residential Life if you have any questions.

The FYRE Community

Creating your dynamic and engaging community

The First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) at Quinnipiac provides a dynamic, engaging and supportive environment for you to transition to college life. This cohesive team of student staff and professional staff strives to develop a safe, welcoming and inclusive community. Our focus is first and foremost the well-being of our students.

All first-year residents' experiences are supported by:

  • 48 Resident Assistants (RAs)
  • 4 full-time professional Residence Hall Directors
  • 1 Assistant Director of Residential Life for the first-year area
  • A residental curriculum encompassing:
    • Personal competence
    • Societal competence
    • Interpersonal competence
    • Practical competence
  • Hundreds of programs throughout the academic year (about 3 per day).

In the FYRE community, we hope to be the spark that ignites a passion for lifelong learning both in and out of the classroom.

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Contact Us

We’re here to support you

Residential Life offers support to students living on campus through full-time staff members as well as a team of highly qualified and trained student Resident Assistants (RAs).

We're love to hear from you and encourage you to reach out with any questions you have.