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Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions are the most commonly asked. Answers are provided below.

  • What Should I Pack?
    • Umbrella
    • Boots, sandals
    • Raincoat
    • Sleeping wear
    • Robe
    • Slippers
    • Shorts, tops
    • Dresses, slacks
    • Socks, underwear
    • Sweaters
    • Sneakers, dress shoes
    • Jacket
    • Gloves


    • Sheets (Twin XL)
    • Towels and washcloths
    • Pillow, blanket, bedspread
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Cleanser/sponge
    • Toilet bowl cleaner and brush
    • Toilet plunger
    • Toilet paper
    • Furniture polish or dust cloth
    • Dish detergent and dish cloth
    • Waste basket and garbage bags
    • Laundry basket or bag
    • Laundry soap
    • Hangers
    • Vaccuum/broom
    • Shower curtain


    • Popcorn
    • Peanut butter and jelly
    • Coffee, tea, hot cocoa
    • Utensils and dishes
    • Quarters for vending machines
    • Instant food (ramen noodles)
    • Soda or juice boxes
    • Microwave meals
    • Snacks


    • Desk lamps
    • Television
    • Hot Pot
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Power bars with safety switch
    • Stereo
    • Computer or typewriter
    • Alarm clock
    • Lamps
    • Blow dryer and/or curling iron

    Study Supplies

    • Paper clips
    • Stapler
    • Rubber bands
    • Notebooks and paper
    • Stationery and stamps
    • Computer or typing paper
    • Addresses and phone numbers
    • Dictionary and thesaurus
    • Desk accessories
    • Calculator
    • Pens, pencils and highlighters
    • Scissors
    • Tape

    Unacceptable Items
    • Extension cords
    • Portable electric heaters
    • Hot plate
    • Sun lamp
    • Heating coil
    • Electric frying pan
    • Broiler/toaster oven
    • Griddle
    • Toaster
    • Sandwich maker
    • Refrigerator and microwave - A micro-fridge is provided in all residence hall rooms.

    When in doubt about acceptable items, ask a Residence Life staff member: 412-536-1195.
  • When will I receive my housing information?
    You will receive your housing letter, your room assignment and your roommate’s contact information by Aug. 1.
  • Where do I find the housing contract?
    The housing application is online.
  • Do I have to have a meal plan?
    Yes, we require all resident students to have a meal plan. All first-year students will have the Providence plan for the first year.
  • What are the rooms equipped with?
    Each room has a bed, dresser, desk and a desk chair for each student. Each room also includes wired Internet, cable and a micro-fridge unit.
  • What should I do if my Internet doesn’t work?
    If you are have difficulties with the Internet connection in your room, call for help through Comcast at 1-800-824-4029. State that you are a La Roche student, and make sure to get the name of the Comcast representative who assists you. Note: As a La Roche student, you will not have to pay for Comcast service because it is included in your tuition. Do not agree to any payments or give your credit card number.
  • What is the alcohol policy?
    La Roche University students and/or their guests, regardless of age, are not permitted to use alcoholic beverages in the residence halls or on campus grounds. Students who are knowingly present during a violation of this policy are subject to the procedures and sanctions listed in the Alcoholic Beverages Policy in the Student Handbook.

    La Roche University students who are at least 21 years of age are permitted to use alcoholic beverages while participating in officially sanctioned University events where alcohol is sanctioned.

    Public intoxication, disorderliness or offensive behavior on campus deriving from the use of alcoholic beverages on or off campus is subject to disciplinary action.

    Collection of empty containers and/or packaging are not permitted.

    La Roche University students are expected to assume total responsibility for their own behavior and that of their guests and to comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding alcohol.

    In cases involving the use of alcoholic beverages by an individual who is under the age of 21, there is the potential for prosecution through the local courts.

    The University may notify the student’s parent or guardian when action is taken regarding a violation of the alcoholic beverage policy. In compliance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) action taken under this paragraph pertains to students who are under the age of 21.
  • Can I burn candles in my room?
    Candles and incense are not permitted in the residence halls.
  • What is the tobacco policy?
    La Roche University has adopted a tobacco-free campus policy which prohibits tobacco products in any campus facility. Students found in violation of this policy will automatically be fined $25. Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor locations on campus.
  • Can I have a guest stay overnight?
    Guests are welcome in the residence halls as long as they are accompanied by a resident at all times. However, as each resident has the right to comfort and privacy in the use of their room/suite, the privilege of entertaining guests is a negotiable agreement between room/suite-mates. The host/hostess must be willing to accept full responsibility for the conduct of their guest(s). Any guest involved in a violation of the Code of Conduct will be asked to leave University Property and may be banned from the residence halls.

    Guests of the same sex may be invited to stay overnight, provided the following guidelines are followed.
    • All roommates/suitemates must agree to host the overnight guest.
    • Resident students must register their overnight guests prior to 12 a.m. (midnight) of the date of the stay, using the Intranet registration form. This form is found on the Housing and Residence Life intranet page under “Guest Registration.” Unregistered guests may be asked to vacate the premises at any time by a university official.
    • An overnight guest’s stay must not exceed two consecutive nights, and may not be more frequent than once per month.
    • All overnight guests must be at least fifteen 15 years of age.
    • Guests will be asked to show proof of registration and/or identification by any University official. Failure to cooperate and/or produce proper ID will result in the immediate revocation of the privilege of visiting in the residence halls.
    Any student housing a non-registered guest in their suite or public areas of the residence hall will be subject to disciplinary action. Housing of a non-student by a resident (as defined by an unregistered guest who resides more than 2 consecutive nights in any resident’s room) may result in the resident’s immediate dismissal from the residence halls.

    All visitors in the residence halls who are not registered to stay overnight must leave the halls by 1 am and may return to visit at 9 a.m.
  • What is the sexual misconduct policy?
    La Roche is a community of people dedicated to academic achievement and personal development. The University endorses and supports values developed in the Catholic tradition and recognizes that community living on campus demands commonly accepted standards of conduct. Sexual misconduct is a violation of these standards.

    For the purpose of this statement, sexual misconduct is generally defined as intercourse or indecent conduct (i.e. touching of sexual or other intimate parts of a person for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire), which occurs on campus between individuals who are not married.

    Infractions of this statement will be considered violations of the College's Student Code of Conduct and adjudicated accordingly.
  • Does it cost more to stay on campus during a holiday break?
    Spring break, Thanksgiving break and winter break are not included in your room and board charge. Therefore, if you plan to stay in the residence halls during these breaks, you must sign up in the Office of Housing & Residence Life by the designated time.

    The cost to stay over break is $15 per night. If you stay on campus and do not sign up through the Residence Life office, you will be fined $50. Any student staying after the close of the residence halls will be charged a fine of $25 per hour.
  • How do I make a room change?
    Students are expected to make every effort to get to know and understand their roommate(s). They should work together to achieve a compatible living situation. Remember that communication is the key to having a positive experience with your roommate(s).

    If difficulties arise and students are not able to resolve their differences, they should seek the assistance of an RA. Room changes are permitted only as a last resort.

    No room changes will be granted for at least the first two weeks of school. All room changes must be approved by the Office of Housing and Residence Life prior to taking place.

    The Office of Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to make changes at any time.

    We are an institution of diversity. Room changes will not be granted based on diversity issues. Students who change rooms without the approval of the Office of Housing and Residence Life will automatically be fined $50.