Residence Life

Residence Life

The Residence Life program recognizes that learning extends beyond the classroom and continues into the areas in which students live. Therefore, Residence Life seeks to be an integral part of the educational opportunities at Mercyhurst and strives to create an environment which enhances student growth socially, culturally, physically, and emotionally while fostering academic success. All traditional undergraduate students are required to live on campus in University housing unless they reside within Erie County, Pennsylvania with parents/guardians.

Over 90 percent of traditional freshmen live on campus in residence halls. Resident students are required to sign a housing contract for one full academic year. If after submitting this contract, the student decides to leave campus housing at any time or withdraws from the University during that academic year, the student will be responsible for a $500.00 breach of contract charge. If a student withdraws or leaves the University during the semester within the occupancy period, housing and board charges will be refunded according to the University refund schedule.

Residents must leave housing when the residential areas close for the break period. Should extenuating circumstances require that a student remain in residence during one of these periods, prior approval must be obtained from the Residence Life Office and students must register for the time period. Students permitted to remain in residence over breaks may be reassigned to alternative housing for the break period. All freshman housing areas close for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring breaks, and at the end of semesters. Upperclassman housing areas close for Christmas breaks and at the end of semesters.

Freshman housing includes: Warde Hall, housing 300 students; McAuley Hall, housing 175 men and Baldwin Hall, housing 200 women. Each freshman residence hall has its own laundry areas, vending machines, and lounges. An Assistant Director, a live-in professional administrator, oversees the freshman residence halls. Each hall is directly supervised by a Hall Director, a live-in graduate student, who is assisted by Resident Assistants.

Freshmen on-campus students have access to 501 Grille and Grotto Commons for unlimited personal use during their hours of operation. This

cost is built into the all-inclusive Housing and Meal Plan rate. Students can include add-ons at Orientation that include guest passes.

Sophomore housing includes Duval Hall and Ryan Hall. Duval Hall houses 91 students. Each Duval apartment houses four students, two per bedroom, a living room, kitchen area, and a large vanity with two sinks. Duval Hall is a co-educational facility by apartment. There are two common laundry facilities within the building. The building is supervised by a Hall Director and two Resident Assistants. Ryan Hall is home to the 501 Grille dining area and the Anchor Express grab and go option. Ryan Hall houses 350 students in four-person bedroom suites, with a common living room and snack preparation area. Laundry rooms are located on each floor. Ryan Hall also houses two conference rooms, special lounge areas and study rooms. An Assistant Director, a live-in professional administrator, oversees the building along with two resident assistants per floor.

Sophomore on-campus students have access to 501 Grille and Grotto Commons for unlimited personal use during their hours of operation. This cost is built into the all-inclusive Housing and Meal Plan rate.

Upperclassmen live in apartments or townhouses. Each apartment consists of two bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, and kitchen. These apartments house four residents (limited triples may be available.) There are 17 townhouses available for 6-person occupancy, five 5-person townhouses, and four 4-person townhouses. Townhouses generally have two or three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, and modern kitchen/dining areas. Many, but not all, townhouses have full basements, with washers and dryers, and central air conditioning. Upperclassman housing areas are supervised by Assistant Directors, live-in professional administrators, who are assisted by Resident Assistants.

Off-Campus Living

Mercyhurst is a residential campus. Undergraduate students are required to live on campus during their enrollment. Students who live within Erie County, Pennsylvania, may live at home and may be designated a commuter provided they reside with a parent or guardian within the county. In rare cases, exemptions to the residency requirement may be granted. Exemptions are limited to married students, students over the age of 26, or students who have been approved due to an accessibility

accommodation (ADA). A previously signed off-campus lease will not be considered a reason for an exemption to be granted.

Completing the Off-Campus Exemption form does not guarantee that approval will be given. Off Campus Exemption forms are found on the Housing and Meal Plan portal. Students released from the residency requirement are required to adhere to the following procedure:

  1. Once an exemption has been approved, a copy of the signed lease should be submitted to the Office of Residence Life & Student Conduct no later than the last day of classes for the spring semester.
  2. Any changes in off-campus residency must be reported to the Office of Residence Life & Student Conduct.
  3. Students residing off campus must adhere to all terms of the Student Handbook, Off Campus Living Guide, Code of Conduct, and all applicable laws and ordinances of the City of Erie and State of Pennsylvania.
  4. Failure to adhere to the on-campus living requirement and procedure for exemption may result in a student being billed for campus housing, being denied approval to live off campus, being required to move back into campus housing, adjudication through the Student Code of Conduct, and/or a registration hold being applied to the student’s account.
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