Quinnipiac University
Aerial view of the dormitories on the Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden Connecticut.

Living at Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac is an amazing place to live. Why? When you become a Bobcat, you join a vibrant and diverse community in an environment purposefully designed to create a healthy and active lifestyle, build lifelong friendships, and unlock and embrace your passions. 

Benefits of Living on Campus

At Quinnipiac, all incoming students are required to live on campus during their first 3 years. That’s because living on campus provides a comfortable and convenient home base close to all the action, and the resources that will help you thrive academically and socially. You will become fully immersed in our campus life and culture, and be close to places where you can quietly study, relax or enjoy a meal with friends.

  • Annual events, including guest speakers, concerts, student group events and food festivals.
  • A range of student-run clubs and organizations, as well as numerous intramural, club and Division I sports teams.
  • Living-Learning Communities that allow you to live with fellow Bobcats who share similar passions and academic interests.
  • A 35:1 ratio of residents to resident assistants, which means that you can count on a network of support.
  • Convenient access to the Arnold Bernhard Library (open 24/7).

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Four students talk in their residence hall room
Four students talk in their residence hall room

  • Around-the-clock coverage for the safety and security of our students provided by the Department of Public Safety.
  • On-campus student health and counseling services.
  • Secure facilities with access to your room, suite and building via your student ID.
  • Walking escort services available on campus 24 hours a day.
  • Completely smoke- and tobacco-free university facilities.
  • New emergency medical services program staffed by students who are EMTs.
  • Indoor and outdoor recreation facilities on both residential campuses with a variety of fitness classes.
  • Easy access to miles of trails in Sleeping Giant State Park and the Farmington River Canal Trail.

Learn more about Health and Wellness

Learn more about Safety and Security

A student wearing a mask performs yoga poses in the grass
A student wearing a mask performs yoga poses in the grass

  • A shuttle network providing safe transport to our 3 campuses, local shopping and entertainment destinations, trackable via our real-time mobile app.
  • A wide variety of food options and flexible dining plans on each of our 3 campuses.
  • Free use of all campus laundry facilities.
  • Living units, furnished with all of the essentials and amenities of college living.
  • Simple online work-order system for daily maintenance and 24-hour emergency repairs.
  • Roommate matching survey, along with the opportunity to select your roommate.

Quinnipiac University wants students to engage in the full experience of living on campus to maximize their personal and professional development. As part of that experience, all full-time undergraduate students enrolling in the fall or spring are required to live in QU housing for their first 3 years (until the end of their sixth academic semester, not including summer or winter terms).

Registration as a full-time student at the university during any fall or spring academic term constitutes acceptance of the housing requirement and will result in a housing assignment and charge, unless the student has requested and been approved for release from the housing requirement by the Office of Residential Life.

We want to make a Quinnipiac experience accessible to all students and will be considerate of individual circumstances as it relates to this housing requirement. Requests for release from the housing requirement will be considered in limited circumstances such as the following:

  • Students who are married (including civil union or domestic partnership)
  • Students who have dependents
  • Students who are 24 years of age or older, as of September 1 of the academic year
  • Veterans
  • Students who are participating in a university-approved academic experience, such as study abroad
  • Documented hardship/family health condition
  • Students who live within a 25-mile drive of campus at their permanent legal residence (home address) with a parent, legal guardian, sibling or will be living with an immediate family member (parent, grandparent, sibling) who is over the age of 25 at their permanent legal address.

Please know, the university reserves unfettered right to make changes to this approach at any time based on world issues. 

Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities bring students with shared interests, passions or academic pursuits together in a shared residential environment. When you join one of these communities, you are afforded all the benefits of on-campus living, along with additional advantages that help you to more deeply engage with each group’s defined purpose.

Learn more about Living-Learning Communities

Dining Experience

The dining halls on each of our 3 campuses offer a variety of choices each day for all tastes, cravings and dietary needs. These include familiar favorites, such as Starbucks, Au Bon Pain and Boar’s Head Deli with a variety of culinary options that range from classic American and southwestern to Asian, Italian and Mediterranean.

We make meals matter. We believe food is best enjoyed fresh and crafted from only the best ingredients. So whether it’s a sit-down meal with friends, just a quick bite or coffee break, good food is something you will look forward to.


Athletics and Recreation

Whether you’re working out in one of our fitness centers, joining a group class or hitting the nearby trails for a hike, you’ll never be short of options for staying active, having fun and keeping fit. 

The fitness centers located on each of our 3 campuses are packed with the state-of-the-art equipment you’ll need to maintain a healthy body and mind, from ellipticals to treadmills to free weights, and much more.

Athletics and Recreation

Study Areas

We understand that everyone has their own unique study habits and preferences. For this reason, we’ve carefully designed a variety of spaces to ensure your comfort, help you focus and maximize your success.

These spaces can be found across our 3 campuses, with options for both individual work and group collaboration. Regardless of the type of work you need to accomplish, we have spaces to help you do it.

Campuses and Facilities

Shuttle Services

Quinnipiac offers free shuttles that connect each of our 3 campuses with regular pickups scheduled around classes, and night and weekend activities. Additional shuttle routes connect you to shopping, movies and restaurants in Hamden and North Haven.

Learn more about the shuttle system

Additional Resources for Residents

Office of Residential Life

Office of Housing