Frequently Asked Questions: Prospective Students
Other Housing and Student Life Issues
What are my rights and responsibilities as a resident student?
Students who reside on campus at Concordia must have rights and responsibilities as set forth in the 2017-2018 Housing License Agreement, which all students sign in the process of submitting housing documents. In addition to the 2017-2018 Housing License Agreement, students have rights and responsibilities as outlined in the 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct and the 2017-2018 Housing Handbook. Each on-campus student is given a copy of the Student Code of Conduct and the Housing Handbook when checking into his/her housing assignment in the fall.
2016-2017 Student Code of Conduct
Who is required to live on campus?
Those students who are 22 years of age or older as of Friday, August 18, 2017 (start of SOAR orientation) are not required to live on campus. Students who are 21 years of age and younger, as of August 18, 2017, are required to live on campus. Students who are 21 years of age or younger who desire to live off campus must submit an Off-Campus Housing Appeal form, which can be obtained from the Housing Office (Rho building, 2nd floor).
Where do new students live?
Incoming freshmen will be housing either in Chi Rho (all freshman building) or Chi Sigma dorms.
Incoming transfers may be assigned to either Chi Sigma dorms or the Upper and Lower Quads apartments.
Is there housing for graduate students?
Yes, graduate students are permitted to live on campus with the approval of the Director of University & Residential Housing Services. However, because Concordia has an on-campus housing requirement for undergraduate students who are 21 years of age or younger to live on campus, they are given priority. For more information, please review the 2016-2017 Housing License Agreement.
What do the resident hall floor plans look like?
When is move-in for Fall Semester 2017?
The residence halls will open for new student move-in on Friday August 18, 2017. After students go through the Clearance process, they can check in at the Rho Programming Center (located in the center of the Rho Building) from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m.
When is move-in for Spring Semester 2017?
Current students may return to campus Sunday, January 7th, 2017 at 10 a.m. New students and transfers will move-in on Sunday, January 7th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Where do I go to check in?
First, complete your SOAR check-in and Clearance process. SOAR check-in will be located on the CUI Center Patio. Once you complete Clearance, visit the Housing table on the CU Center Patio to get your housing assignment and an escort down to the Rho Programming Center, one of our residence hall lounges, where you will pick up your key, meet an RA or two, and be shown to your new home.
Can I check in early?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate early move-ins due to cleaning and inspections that occur before residents return to campus. Exceptions to this rule would be students involved in University approved athletics or organizations that have previous approvals.
What should I bring?
What we provide: Twin-XL bed & mattress, desk and chair, dresser. Quads: Regular sized fridge and couch. Sigma/Rho: Mini-fridge and a microwave.
Things to bring: Curtains, linens (twin-XL), towels, single-ply toilet paper, toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.), laundry basket, desk lamp (and floor lamp for Quads), trash can and cleaning supplies, school supplies, fan.
We recommend that you contact your future roommate(s) to coordinate bringing items like a TV, stereo, and other larger furniture items.
What can I do to personalize my room?
We want you to make your on-campus assignment feel like home. At the same time, we have to limit what we allow in the residence halls in order to keep them in the best shape possible for people who will live there after you. Rooms may not be painted. In addition, no using nails, screws, etc. (anything that creates a hole larger than a pushpin is not allowed). Nothing may hang from the ceiling or sprinkler heads (if you do, you may flood your room at your own expense).
What if there is an empty space in my room?
If you arrive on campus and you find that there is an empty space in your room or if your roommate leaves during the semester creating an empty space in your room, you should be aware of the following. It is highly likely that this space will not remain empty. Housing Services uses empty spaces to place students who apply for housing late and to place students who reassigned from their current spaces. As such, please do not move your belongings or rearrange the furniture in an empty space in your room. While we endeavor to contact you in advance if a new student is moving into the open space, we are not always able to do so, especially in urgent situations.
How can I contact the Housing Office if I have more questions?
Email: Davis Garton, Director of Residential & Housing Services
If you submitted your Housing Application by the priority deadline date (July 1, 2017) you will receive your housing details at CU Soon! (summer orientation event held Saturday, July 8, 2017). If you submitted your Housing Application after the priority deadline, you will receive a housing notification via your Eagles email in July to early August (depending on your submission date).
How is my roommate selected?
Room assignments are made in the order that housing applications are received. Roommate requests will receive priority and must be mutual. We will make every effort to pair roommates according to their requests. For those students who leave the decision to us, we look at the completed Housing Application to do our best in placing each student with a compatible roommate. It is extremely important that you fill out Housing Placement Survey section of the Housing Application as accurately as possible as we use this information when matching roommates. Remember, part of the richness of joining the CUI community is the unique opportunity to meet new friends from diverse backgrounds.
What if I have a disagreement with my roommate and do not get along?
First, do not make snap judgments. You should attempt to work out the problem by talking with your roommate. If residents are unable to agree or come up with a workable solution, we encourage you to contact your RA for assistance. Assistant Directors will become involved if necessary, and in all cases in which a room change request has been submitted (due to roommate conflict). Room changes will be made on a space-available basis and are not guaranteed to occur. The dissatisfied roommate is the one who is responsible for moving.
What if I lose my room key?
Report any lost keys to the Office of Residential Education & Services as soon as possible. Residents who lose keys will be charged a $75 fine for the re-key which will be ordered for your housing assignment to ensure your and your roommate/suite-mates' security.
What about my laundry?
Your student ID card will also serve as your laundry card. It takes about half an hour to wash your clothes and 45 minutes to dry them. There are laundry facilities in each of the residential halls. You can load and reload money onto your Student ID/ laundry card in the Sigma building and inside the Epsilon Lounge located in Lower Quads.
What’s my mailing address?
Go to the mail and Copy Center Room (Grimm Student Union, lower floor, next to the Wellness Center) to find out your mailbox number and get your combination. You do not need people to put your mail box number on your mail for you to receive mail.
Your on-campus mailing address is pretty simple:
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612
What are my dining options?
Students living on campus have a wide variety of choices when it comes to meal plans. Freshmen that live on campus are required to purchase at least a 14-meal plan; all other resident students (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Grads, Int'l, etc.) are required to purchase at least a 10-meal plan.
Dining options are in the Grimm Student Union Cafeteria and Eagle’s Landing coffee shop.
What types of meals plans are offered?
Students living on campus have a wide variety of choices when it comes to meal plans (https://www.cui.edu/studentlife/food-services) . Incoming Freshman are required to purchase at least a 14-meal plan. All other resident students (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Grads, Int'l, etc.) are required to purchase at least a 10-meal plan. You may increase your meal plan at any time. You may reduce to the minimum requirement on or before September 9th, 2017 (Fall Semester) and January 10th, 2018 (Spring Semester). You must submit a Meal Plan Appeal form to make any additional changes to your plan.
Residential Education and Services
Rho Building, 2nd Floor
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
24 Hours, 7 days a week
949-214-3000 or extension 3000 from a campus phone