Frequently Asked Questions
- Getting Started
- Roommate Information
- Housing & Campus Resources
- Facilities questions
How do I apply for Housing?
The campus housing application can be completed beginning April 1st for Summer and Fall housing and beginning November 1st for Spring housing. Applications will be held as pending until the student is cleared by Enrollment Services for financial clearance for placement into campus housing. If you will be a new student at Trinity, you will need to have declared your intent to enroll with the Admissions Office prior to submitting your campus housing application, and must be cleared by Enrollment Services for placement.
Current Trinity students that live on-campus may participate in the Housing Selection Process process for Fall room selection in April each year; once they are cleared through Enrollment Services.
Trinity retains the right to assign and re-assign rooms when it is deemed necessary by the Office of Campus Housing.
When will I receive my housing assignment/roommate information?
Room assignment information packets are emailed out from mid-July through early August for the fall semester and between mid-December through early January for the spring semester. In order to receive a room assignment, you must complete your FAFSA and any other paperwork that Financial Aid has requested from you and register full-time for fall classes.
When is the move-in date?
For Fall 2018, new students move in on Saturday, August 18, 2018 between 9:00am and 2:00pm. Returning students move in on Saturday, August 25, 2018 between 9:00am – 2:00pm. For Spring 2018 new and returning students move in on Saturday January 12, 2018 between 9:00am – 2:00pm.
How do I request an exemption from the meal plan?
You may discuss an exemption from the meal plan through the Health and Wellness Center, Main Hall 4th Floor. Exemptions are granted based on a verified medical or religious necessity. Documentation will be required in order to be considered.
Each student that completes the Campus Housing application receives the opportunity to communicate her preferences for a roommate or designate a specific person. This is used to match residents together so it is important that students take the time to answer all questions honestly and accurately. While we make an effort to match residents with similar answers together, there will be times when this will not be possible.
What if I don’t get along with my roommate?
The best way to get off on the right foot and minimize conflicts is to be positive, keep an open mind and understand great roommates DO NOT have to be best friends!
When placing residents together, we are looking to pair students who can maintain civility and respect based on some basic lifestyle similarities. After move-in, your Resident Director (RD) will help you begin your living relationship with a guided discussion on what makes you and your roommate comfortable. After the discussion, you and your roommate will complete a roommate agreement that your RD will keep on file in case further discussion becomes necessary.
If we don’t get along, can I move?
If you find you are not getting along with your roommate, we ask that
- Communicate with your roommate in an effort to rectify the problem.
- If after that conversation, roommates cannot work their problems out, you should speak with your Resident Director about mediation.
- If mediation is unsuccessful, you can discuss a possible room change with your Resident Director. Room changes ARE NOT permitted before week 2 of the semester and must be officially approved by the Office of Campus Housing. An improper room change will be considered a violation of the Housing Agreement and disciplinary action may be taken.
Housing & Campus Resources
What type of meal plan do I have?
All students residing on campus must be on one of the University’s meal plans except for graduate students living in Main Hall. Upperclassmen may change their choice of the meal plan until the add/drop period ends each semester. All first year students are required to be on the 19 meal plan during their first year.
What’s in my room and residence hall? Will I have cable/internet?
All rooms have internet ports; the halls also have WiFi access. Trinity does not offer cable to resident students, however, all residents have the ability to stream online content. In order to stream online content to your TV, your TV must be a Smart TV or support Streaming Media Players via HDMI. Depending on which TV or the streaming player you use, online services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video or HBO Now might may be available for you. The tables below compare some of the most popular streaming devices and services currently on the market. For a comprehensive list of available channels, supported apps and features, consult with the manufacturer’s documentation for your Smart TV, Streaming Media Player or streaming service.
For more information about streaming, please visit the Technology Services webpage (click on the “For Resident Students” tab).
Where can I do my laundry?
Each residence hall has its own laundry facility. Machines require quarters and it costs $1.00 to wash a load of clothes and $1.00 to dry a load of clothes. Our machines are not HE and we ask that students use liquid laundry detergent only.
What can I bring to furnish my room?
Please see: Furnishing Your Room for the most complete list
What size sheets should I bring? Regular, Standard twin sheets; not Twin XL.
Refrigeration: Residents are allowed to have one fridge per room and no more than 3.0 cubic feet in size. Kerby Hall residents may have one microwave (0.7 cubic feet & 700 watts or less) and one mini fridge per room.
Storage: Unfortunately, there is no storage available at Trinity; however there are a number of storage facilities available in the DC area.
Pets: No pets of any kind are permitted in the residence halls.
Smoking: Trinity is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is prohibited in any building or elsewhere on campus. After dark resident students who wish to smoke must do so in Lot 4 next to Cuvilly Hall, Lot 5 next to Kerby Hall, or off campus. Find the full No Smoking Policy on the Trinity policies web page.
What do I do in the event of an emergency?
Students should immediately call Public Safety at ext. 9111 who will then contact the Campus Housing Staff person on-call to respond. The Campus Housing staff person on-call can also be reached directly at 202-657-1295. In the event of a serious medical concern or accident, Public Safety will call an ambulance for immediate transport to an area hospital.
How do I get a letter to verify that I have lived on campus?
You need to complete the enrollment verification form and submit it to the Office of Enrollment Services. Be sure to check the box that says “Other” and then write “Verification of On-Campus Residency from DATE to DATE.”
All residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Housekeeping staff cleans hallways, common areas and community style bathrooms. HOWEVER, please bring cleaning supplies of your own in order to maintain dishes and typical upkeep and overall cleanliness. NOTE: Housekeeping IS NOT responsible for cleaning up after you. Please show respect for your community and govern yourself accordingly.
Items to remember: Please see Furnishing Your Room.
Residents are encouraged to:
- Make sure all food is stored in plastic, metal, or glass containers or similar type of resealable, airtight container.
- Wash any dishes before going to bed each night.
- Place garbage in tightly covered trash cans.
- Place the trash in large trash can located in the common areas on a daily basis.
- Keep your room clean. Vacuum or sweep behind and underneath the furniture.
- Recycle papers, containers, and cardboard rather than letting it pile up.
- Report to the Campus Housing any leaking plumbing, dripping faucets, or other areas that will give pests access to water.
- Report any holes around pipes, radiators, vents in the walls, in window screens, or missing window screens, which could be giving mice access to your space.
- Keep clothing and linens in dressers, closets, or sealed plastic boxes or bags when not in use.
- Keep floors and areas around walls free of clutter.
- Keep exterior doors to residence halls closed.
Please report any pest-related and/or maintenance issues to the Office of Campus Housing by submitting an online service request or calling Campus Housing at (202) 884-9316 or DPS dispatch at (202) 884-9111 for the RD on Duty in the evening and weekends.
What if I suspect there are bed bugs in my room? Notify a Campus Housing staff member immediately. The Office of Campus Housing can be reached at (202) 884-9316 during the day or at (202) 657-1295 after 5:00pm. Follow the instructions exactly and in a timely manner. Review the Bed Bug FAQs for additional information.