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Frequently Asked Questions


Are all new students expected to live on campus? Back to Top

The University requires all full-time undergraduate students to live on campus until they complete 60 credit hours (junior status) unless they satisfy one of the following exceptions:

    1. Living with parents or legal guardians in Baltimore City or any other location which is not more than 30 miles away from Notre Dame;
    2. More than 21 years of age;
    3. Married or have dependent children; or
    4. Are a military veteran.

Students are required to provide formal documentation acceptable to the University to verify their exception to the residency requirement. If you are living with a parent or legal guardian, an affidavit will be required from both you and your parent/legal guardian confirming the living arrangements and confirming that any change in those living arrangements will be immediately reported to the office of student life.


What should I bring? Back to Top

  • Pillow, sheets, blankets and a bedspread suitable for a single bed with an extra long twin mattress
  • Laundry hamper/bag and laundry detergent
  • Shower caddy and shower shoes
  • Towels
  • Stackable crates (a space-efficient storage)
  • A fan (Doyle Hall is not air-conditioned)
  • Flashlight
  • Alarm clock
  • Personal items*

*Coordinate with your roommate(s) to determine who will bring a rug, stereo, TV, etc. The more you talk ahead of time, the more organized your move-in day will be!


What items are prohibited? Back to Top

  • Pets (with the exception of seeing-eye dogs and fish). Hermit crabs, turtles, rabbits, snakes, dogs and cats are not permitted!
  • Microwave ovens, except those attached to University-approved Microfridge units. You can order them from our approved vendors website at MyFridgeRental.com.
  • Toasters, indoor grills, hot plates, coffee makers
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles and incense
  • Firearms, fireworks and weapons

Should I bring a telephone and answering machine? Back to Top

No, Notre Dame is on a centralized phone system. Each room is equipped with a telephone for local calls. Voice mail for each resident may be set up on the room telephone. In addition, long-distance telephone cards may be purchased at the bookstore.


Is than an Internet connection in my room? Back to Top

Yes, an internet connection is available for every resident in the room. Instructions for connecting your computer to the campus network will be provided with an easy-to-follow brochure. Students who require additional assistance or technical support may contact one of the vendors listed in the Get Connected brochure (for a fee billable to the student).


Should I bring a refrigerator? Back to Top

Discuss this with your roommate prior to arriving on campus. You can bring one small refrigerator, or rent a Microfridge (combined microwave and refrigerators) from our approved vendor at MyFridgeRental.com for the academic year. The cost typically is split between the two roommates.


How do I sign up for a roommate? Back to Top

New students are assigned roommates based on information they provide on the housing application. Returning students may choose their own roommates during the spring housing selection process.