Frequently Asked Questions for Residence Life

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If you have a question about the residence halls, someone else has probably already asked it! Read through the answers to these our Frequently Asked Questions, and if you don’t find an answer, please ask us directly.

The bed size listed on the website indicates a standard twin. Does Unity have extra-long twin bed mattresses available upon request?

All of our bed frames are extra-long. However, most of our mattresses are normal twin size so that regular twin-sized sheets will fit. We do have a small supply of extra-long mattresses for our extra-long students. If your son or daughter would like an extra-long mattress, please let us know so we can make appropriate arrangements.

How do you check into your room?

Once you arrive at the residence hall, look for the resident advisor (RA), who will be sporting a navy blue polo shirt. Your RA will show you to your room, explain the check-in form, and introduce you to other students who may have already arrived.

You will need to check the room against the check-in form, noting any differences, complete the form, and return it to your RA, who will give you your room key. Then you then may begin to move in. There will be volunteer movers available who can help! Your RA will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

How do I know whether I am on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd floor?

The first number of your room number indicates the floor the room is on. So if your room is Westview 130, you are on the 1st floor. If you live in Cianchette 217, you are on the 2nd floor. And if you live in Wood Hall 309, you are on the 3rd floor. 

What are the regulations regarding posters on the walls? Can I hang things with nails or screws, or just the tacky stuff?

We prefer that students hang posters and pictures in their room with adhesive putty. Scotch tape often takes the paint with it when removed, and I would definitely not recommend using duct tape! Tacks, nails, and screws will damage the wall, requiring patching and painting (a $50 charge per wall). The rooms in Wood Hall do have wooden poster strips on the left and right walls designed to take tacks. Command strips also work well but you have to be careful when removing them, otherwise you will take the paint off as well. The best thing to use to hang posters is painter's tape. It sticks really well to the walls of the residence halls and is designed not to take paint with it when it is removed.

I never recieved the Housing Application/Deposit Forms. What should I do? 

The Housing Deposit Form has to be turned in by the first Tuesday after spring break to secure housing for this year. As an incoming student, your housing deposit is handled through Admissions. After you have paid your admission deposit you will receive a packet from Admissions with the housing application in it.

Returning students should follow the Housing Application and Selection Process for Returning Students. (Returning students entering in the spring semester should contact the director of residence life.) 

When do first-year students find out where and with whom we will be rooming?

We begin making housing assignments for incoming students during the second week of May. Remember that we can’t place you until you complete your housing application/questionnaire, because we use the information on the questionnaire to match roommates. Once we place you, we will send out a notice with information on your housing assignment and roommate(s), or you can also find this information on your student portal under Housing, when you get access to your Unity College student portal. 

Do the residence hall rooms have Internet connections?

Each room has both wired and wireless network and Internet services available.

Could you tell me more about the lofting system?

The lofting system is designed for the wooden adjustable bunk beds that the college provides in the residence rooms. It is 37"W x 84"L x 66"H with 2 ¼" x 2 ¼" posts. All posts and stretchers are made of select environmentally timbered wood. It has triple doweled construction, and the maximum high bunk bed position is 62" from the floor. Assembly is tool-less. The College has about 90 of these lofting systems and we use them for rooms that we are converting into triples. We offer any remaining lofts to the residents of Eastview, Westview, and Wood Hall on a first-come, first-served basis. Maintenance staff will install the lofting systems in the rooms before students arrive in the fall. 

What options would we have in regard to living arrangements for married couples?

We can provide housing for married couples, though the request is quite rare (one in 16 years). We require a copy of the marriage certificate. We would likely offer a married couple a double room in Cianchette Hall, which has a private bathroom.

I will be participating in the last NOVA session of the summer. When will I be allowed to move in to my dorm room?

Students on the last summer NOVA trip (August 19 through 23) move into their fall-semester rooms when they arrive on Saturday, August 18. Check-in is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Allison M. Hall Welcome Center (lower end of campus loop road, look for signs). Residence Life staff will be there to greet you and direct you to your residence hall. If you need to arrive outside the 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. time period, please check in with Campus Safety.

I have a sugar glider named Icarus. Would I be able to keep him in my dorm? He's not loud or smelly.

Currently our campus pet policy only allows fish. 

What size refrigerator is allowed in the room?

We allow standard dorm/cube-sized refrigerators, as well as the double cube. We do not allow full-sized refrigerators.

Who are the resident advisors?

Our resident advisors (RAs) are upper-class students who have undergone resident-advisor training. Each resident advisor lives on campus in the residential community for which they are responsible. The resident advisor works under the supervision and direction of the director of residence life. Each resident advisor is accountable for helping to create a community environment that is conducive to the personal growth and development of all residents.

I am an incoming freshman, and I have a friend who is also going to be a freshman at Unity in the fall. We would like to room together, but forgot to mention this on our housing applications. It is too late to room together? 

If you have already turned in your housing application and forgotten to include your roommate request, please contact us, and we will be happy to honor your roommate preference.  

How big is my dorm room?

Room dimensions are approximately as follows:

  • Cianchette: 15'x15'
  • Cottages: 9' x 11'
  • Eastview: 12' x 14'
  • Maplewood: single 10' x 16', double 12' x 16'
  • TerraHaus: single 7’ x 12’, double 9’ x 12’
  • Westview: 12' x 14'
  • Wood Hall: 12' x 15'

Am I allowed to have small cooking appliances—like a plug-in teapot or rice cooker—in my dorm room?

In general, small electric cooking appliances are permitted if they have automatic shutoff features and don’t have exposed/separate heating elements.

Is there a place to wash dishes in my dorm?

It depends on which residence hall you’re in. In Cianchette Hall, Maplewood Hall, Eastview, and the Cottages, there are kitchenettes and residents can wash their dishes in the kitchen sink. Westview and Wood Hall do not have kitchenettes, so residents must wash any dirty dishes in the bathroom sinks.

Does the college provide blinds on the bedroom windows?

Yes.

Could spring rods fit inside the window frame of the windows?

Yes, a spring rod could fit inside the window.

Are students allowed to mount curtain hardware?

They are; however you might have some problems doing so in Wood Hall, because the walls are concrete. (It’s true: our only non-wooden residence hall is called Wood Hall! It is named after Unity College's first president.)

How does laundry work in the residence halls? Do I need to bring a lot of coins?

There are washers and dryers located in every residential area on campus.  They run on a laundry card which makes it so that students do not need many coins.  You can get a card from the laundry card machine located in the Student Center in the Activities Building.  To put money on your laundry card, you can either put cash into the machine or go online and use your credit card (which will give you a code to redeem on the machine).  A wash costs $1.75 and a dry is $1.50.  Please make sure to keep your laundry card safe--the money is actually put on to the smart card and anyone could use it, given that it is not tied to you or your account.  Also, students in the past have found that it is unwise to wash your laundry card!  The washers and dryers are run by an outside vendor, MacGray.  If you have an issue with your laundry card or the washers/dryers, please contact the Director of Residence Life.