Frequently Asked Questions

1 . Are there laundry facilities in the halls?^

Laundry facilities are available in each residence hall. A laundry fee is included in the semester room charge, thereby eliminating the necessity for a coin-operated system. Students must provide their own laundry detergent and other supplies. See In Hall Services for more information.

2 . What size are the beds?^

The majority of the beds in the residence halls and apartment communities are extra-long twin beds. The Kennedy Apartment Complex is the exception with full sized beds (doubles). You may purchase sheets for the extra-long twin beds through the Residence Hall Association at a reasonable cost. Information on this linens program is sent to new students along with the hall assignment information during the summer.

3 . May I see my room before I move in?^

Since the residence halls at Gonzaga are in use year round, it is not possible to see your particular room. However, the Office of Admission has guided tours throughout the year, and would be able to show a hall.

4 . When may I move in? May I move in early?^

First-year students may move into the residence halls the Friday prior to the first day of classes, beginning at 9:00 am. Due to the continuous use of the rooms during the summer, it is not possible for students to move in prior to that day. 

5 . May I have appliances in my room?^

Students may have small appliances, such as popcorn poppers, microwaves and irons in the residence halls. However, students may not cook in their rooms using equipment which either produces an open flame (e.g., camp stoves, Bunsen burners) or contains an open coil (e.g., stove burners). See Kitchens for more information on cooking appliances.

6 . Am I required to live on campus? Who is eligible to live on campus?^

Under the on-campus residency requirement, Gonzaga University requires all students to live within on-campus university housing for a minimum of two years. Exceptions are granted for students who are married, over the age of 21, or who are living with immediate family and who have completed and mailed in an Exemption Form. Any full-time student is eligible to live in our On-Campus Residential system.

7 . May I request to change my room or hall after school begins?^

Room changes may be requested after the third full week of each semester. The process is designed to allow students some control over their living situation, and it is a privilege. Since room changes are time consuming, and since any change impacts many people, a room change may not be made without consulting all affected persons. The room change fee is $25 per student.

8 . May I be assigned to a single room?^

Single rooms may be requested, but are limited. Most new students are assigned to a double room with a roommate at the beginning of the school year.

9 . May I request a specific roommate?^

Requests for a specific roommate are granted provided both parties request each other on the Residential Living Application/Agreement. However, if one of the roommates does not return the application prior to the May 1 deadline it may not be possible to accommodate your request.

10 . Once I return my housing application, may I change the requests I made before my room assignment is made?^

Changes in your requests will be accepted at any point before your assignment is made. Changes should be submitted in writing, along with your full name and social security number. Please do not expect your assignment to change once we have communicated it to you.

11 . If the person I want to live with has not yet been admitted, may I still request that person as a roommate?^

You may request any roommate you know will be attending Gonzaga. However, if your desired roommate has not been admitted prior to your assignment being made, it may not be possible to accommodate your request.

12 . How can I find out who my roommate will be?^

For those students who submitted housing application/agreements (along with the deposit) prior to the May 1 deadline, hall assignments will be mailed at the end of June. Roommate assignments will be mailed out a month later. For those who missed the deadline, assignments will be made on a continuous basis.

13 . When and how will I find out where I am going to live?^

Your housing assignment will arrive in the mail during the summer. For those students who submitted the housing application/agreement and housing deposit prior to the May 1 deadline, the assignments will come between the end of June and mid July. All other assignments will be made on a continuous basis; there is generally a four to six week turn-over time.

14 . May I move out of the residence halls during the semester or academic year?^

All housing assignments are made on an academic-year basis. Students are obligated to live in on-campus housing from September through May. Exceptions are made in emergencies only, or for students who move on campus during the middle of the academic year.

15 . Are pets permitted in the residence halls?^

The presence of animals within University housing poses serious health, safety, and maintenance risks. In addition to direct damage incurred by animals, many students have allergic reactions to various animals as well. Further, damage and/or problems may become residual, posing difficulties for subsequent residents or tenants. Therefore, animals of any kind -- except for harmless fish in an aquarium, not to exceed ten gallon capacity per room -- are prohibited on or within any room or property.

16 . Are telephones provided? How do I pay for long distance calls?^

Telephone service is provided to each student room. This service provides unlimited campus and local calling. Standard service includes the telephone and an internal voice mail (Modular Messaging), which allows students to establish their own voice greeting, system password, and message options. Long distance service is available with prepaid calling cards available at the Crosby Mail Room or Plant Services for $5.00, or you can bring your own.

17 . Where should my parents and friends send letters and packages? Where do I pick up my mail?^

All on-campus students must have a mailbox in the Mail Room, located at the Crosby Student Center, to receive mail. U.S. mail, UPS packages, and the like, will not be delivered directly to a student room. Students may also utilize the Mail Room to send letters, purchase stamps, etc. You will receive a mailbox request card along with your housing information to complete and return for your mailbox.

18 . Who is required to pay a housing deposit? Is it applied to the residence hall bill?^

Each student who lives in on-campus housing is required to pay a housing deposit of $200.00. This deposit is kept by the university as long as a student lives within the housing system. It does not apply to the cost of housing, but is refundable once a student moves out of the on-campus residence hall/apartment.

19 . When is my housing deposit due? Can my deposit be waived or deferred?^

Housing deposits are due when the housing application/agreement is submitted. Housing deposits are not waived since once a student takes occupancy the deposit converts to a damage deposit for the duration of the student's residency. Any applications which are not accompanied by a deposit will not be processed. Therefore, a deferment of the deposit also defers a housing assignment.

20 . When will I get my deposit back? Do I have to pay it every year?^

Housing deposits are refunded once a student leaves the On-Campus Residential system. The deposit is paid only once, unless the student has room damages which exceed the deposit. Any charges for room damages will be automatically deducted from the deposit.

21 . May I build a loft in my room?^

Due to the limited space in the residence hall rooms, free-standing lofts and other such constructions are allowed. Some beds are "bunkable," and therefore do not need loft construction. However, all loft materials must be removed from the room at the end of the academic year, and are not allowed in residence hall storage areas. Also, Gonzaga University does not supply/sell lofting or bunking materials. Existing furniture must remain in that room and must not be removed!

22 . What do you suggest I bring with me to college?^

We suggest strongly that you bring computer, bedding, clothes. Other items like bicycles and sports equipment are easily accommodated also. However, for larger things like bunk beds, televisions, stereos, personal phones, we suggest you wait and get to know your roommate. It could be that you make a laundry list of things each of you will return with from Thanksgiving Break or have parents ship larger items to you later. Our room sizes are limited! Some of them very much so!! They were designed, largely, 30 or more years ago before average students even owned televisions, much less stereos and computers. You can purchase microwaves and knee high refrigerators in multiple locations in Spokane. Spokane is a big city with all the shopping privileges that comes with it. If you are going to shop, wait until you check in and meet your roommate! Click Here for more information.

23 . Can you guarantee I can live on campus all four years?^

We are unable to do that! We guarantee space to under division students still bound by the university Residency Requirement. Left over space in under division halls is certainly open to upper division students. We reserve Corkery, Kennedy, and part of Burch Apartment. While we do not guarantee space on campus to all upper division students, we try our best to accommodate anyone who wishes to live on campus through sign up processes. If you are currently living on campus you can use the "Spring Sign Up Processes" to try for a space in upper division housing. If you currently live off campus but want to come back on for your final year, please apply for housing and submit a housing deposit as soon as you can. When space is limited, it goes to the applications we receive first in line.

24 . Can I live on campus all four years?^

Not necessarily!

Gonzaga University focuses its on campus housing resources on students in their first two years of college.  Left over housing on campus, which fluctuates in amount from year to year, is then rented to upper division students interested enough to apply, on a random basis, based upon who applied by a predetermined deadline each spring semester.  When you combine the class sizes of the third, fourth, and post baccalaureate classes, which fluctuate in sizes from year to year, GU has on campus resources to house between 28% and 35% of those classes combined.  So a clear majority of students in those years of college live off campus in privately owned rental facilities.

 Gonzaga guarantees housing for students “required to live on campus” under the University Residency Requirement.  Generally, that ends after four semesters in college, not including summers.  Each of those semesters need not be taken at GU.  So even a student transferring into GU as a second year college student and serving only two semesters at GU, would be exempt from the residency requirement at the end of the sophomore year at Gonzaga University.

 After the residency requirement, Gonzaga University no longer guarantees on campus housing.   Further, the University reserves the right to reassign upper division on campus housing to lower division if/when freshman class sizes increase, further reducing the availability of upper division housing options, occasionally.

Some parents ask why?  Several competitor colleges have four year live on requirements and/or enough housing to house virtually all students who want to live on campus from year to year.  So why is Gonzaga University different?

First, construction of upper division housing that appeals to juniors and seniors is the most expensive style of college housing construction and significantly affects the University in a variety of financially negative ways.  So being modest in our approach to upper division housing keeps the University’s financial situation more stable, which can even affect the cost of attending GU in positive ways.  Second, the University philosophically embraces the off campus living experience as an important maturational learning experience during the last year or two of college. Learning to search for places to live, communicate with landlords, set up and pay utility bills, purchase groceries, and such are tough but necessary life lessons to learn, but required of all humans, eventually.  It is our belief that these are important experiences that can be accomplished and the associated stressors worked through prior to the stress of finding a job, moving to a new and unfamiliar city, purchasing and maintaining a car, and staring a full time career.

Not all students and parents are ready for this step when it arrives.  And we understand that.  Also, we need to fill our upper division spaces each year to make those properties operate well financially, so we do not wish to discourage students from applying.  However, every year many students, to the dismay of their parents, try for and don’t get some of the available on campus options for their third year.  This can be a shock and can be very disappointing.  It is for this reason that we strongly encourage each family hoping for on campus housing for a third year to spend Christmas Break of the sophomore year discussing and planning out two options: 

  1. Seek and secure on campus housing and
  2. Create a plan for finding, securing and furnishing off campus housing should on campus housing not materialize: a back up plan ready to deploy if the situation presents itself.

How the process works:

In late January of each year, we invite interested students entering or already in their upper division years at college to apply for on campus housing.  We give the students a limited time to go on line and apply for housing.  Once the deadline arrives, we randomly assign windows of time to go on line a week or two later to pick available spaces.  Anyone applying after the deadline, is invited into the process but given windows of time “after” all the windows of time granted to those who applied on time.  The system works much the same way that signing up for classes works.  We DO NOT call this a “lottery system.”  It is a “Spring Sign up system.”  It is always interesting to us that students never refer to class sign ups as the “lottery” but they will refer to housing sign ups as the “lottery.”  These two processes are more similar than dissimilar.

Every year we get a lot of calls from parents about why we don’t present their son or daughter some sort of priority for living on campus in relation to their peers.  Let us list a few examples below:

  • My daughter is planning on studying abroad one semester of next year and it’s impossible to find a private landlord willing to rent for only a few months so GU should guarantee housing to students needing only partial year housing.
  • We can not afford to send our son to Gonzaga AND buy him a car and parking pass to come and go from GU.  We will have to dis-enroll him if you can not guarantee him housing all four years.
  • You should give juniors priority over seniors because they are less ready to move off campus than someone in their fourth year of college.
  • We are from Seattle and our son could transfer to Seattle University, your competitor, and that University would give him housing for his third and fourth year.  If you want to keep our business, you should give our son priority housing.
  • You should give seniors priority over juniors simply because they are seniors.  Seniors deserve a stress free housing year because they have to look for a job and such.
  • You should automatically make students living in upper division housing as juniors have to go through the sign up process again to live on campus a fourth year, but only after all incoming juniors first have the chance at the beds they would normally be able to stay in for the fourth year.
  • Our family lives in Florida.  How do you expect us to help our daughter find off campus housing and to help her purchase, move in furniture, and such?  You should give priority to students from out of State.
  • Our son is the fourth family member we’ve sent through GU.  You have received hundreds of thousands of tuition dollars from us over the years so you should give parents of multiple GU students priority over others
  • My daughter consistently gets over 3.8 GPA.  You should grant priority to students who are serious about their grades and let those less serious live off campus, especially so the campus environment can improve for those who are really serious about their academics.
  • My son is struggling to maintain a 2.0 and you should give students struggling with grades priority over others who have already found a way to succeed well on their own.
  • Our daughter’s grandfather is on your Board of Regents so she should get priority over children of parents and grandparents who are not active in GU leadership.
  • Our son has never been in trouble but lives surrounded by people who have.  You should grant priority to students who have clean disciplinary records.
  • My son is a student government leader.  You should give him and others who are leaders priority for housing that keeps them close to the campus they are working hard to support.
  • Our daughter is not behaviorally ready to live off campus.  She has exhibited a lot of trouble following rules and we need you to give her priority to stay on campus so she can continue to learn how to behave in safer ways than she would face off campus if she got in trouble.

 As you can see, this list is seemingly inexhaustible.  The subjectivity needed to create a priority system for all these demands would simply be labeled as capricious and ill informed by significant portions of our community.  The fairest approach is “random.”  And that is the approach we’ve always used and will continue to, with sincere understanding and empathy to the fact that many families are challenged worse than others, for a variety of reasons, when faced with this transition to off campus housing.

 Lastly, our the Department of Housing and Residence Life is committed, as part of its business, to assisting students through the process of locating and securing off campus housing.  Professionals from our department host several workshops on campus throughout each year for students interested in exploring this option.  We offer landlords bulletin boards in College Hall and in the Housing Office and we maintain a web based virtual bulletin board.  We maintain a portion of our web site that provides important information such as the State Landlord Tenant Laws, and such.  We offer renter’s insurance policies that can assist students off campus as well as on campus in insuring themselves against loss due to theft.  And office administrators are willing to meet individually with students needing significant guidance and advice, or wishing us to help in reviewing of Rental Agreements prior to signature, and to provide important information about living off campus.  In addition, the Dean’s Office can assist with some of the troubling things that “might” occur off campus when they arise, like housemate or apartment mate conflict.  Members of the Student Life division host and manage a campus and community coalition of University Administrators, local area business people, and local area landlords, that results in a unified approach to both the demands and needs of students living in the neighborhood surrounding the University.