The Catholic University of America

On Campus Housing

Office of Housing Services

Office of Residence Life

Living on-campus is about more than your room - it is about being a part of a dynamic campus community. A Residence Life program that guides the formation of community and personal development is active in on-campus housing. Housing Services works diligently to address and meet resident needs through caring, student-focused processes. The success of these combined efforts is evidenced by the high demand for on-campus housing and the desire of students to return to on-campus living.

Housing Options

On-campus housing offers a variety of residence hall options ranging from the traditional (a shared double or triple room with a shared bathroom down the hall) to suites (multiple rooms sharing a bathroom) and apartments. With 17 residence halls available in five distinct areas, on-campus living can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience during your entire academic career at Catholic University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to live on campus?

Generally, in order to live in on-campus housing, individuals must be Catholic University degree-seeking students who have full-time status with the University. Full-time status is defined as being enrolled in 12 hours of university approved coursework for Undergraduates.

Are Freshmen and Sophomores required to live on campus?

Yes; Catholic University strongly believes in the benefits that on-campus living has to offer to our first and second year students in terms of academic success, personal development and involvement within the Catholic University campus community. As such, Catholic University requires all first and second year undergraduate students to live in on-campus housing. 

Is single-sex housing offered at CUA?

At Catholic University, undergraduate students live in single-sex residence halls. Coupled with programs directed toward student’s personal, spiritual, and moral development, single sex housing fosters an environment of virtuous living consistent with the Catholic intellectual tradition and the mission of The Catholic University of America.

Are upper-class students required to live on-campus?

Juniors and seniors are not required to live on-campus; however, it is suggested that junior and senior transfer students do live on campus to become familiar with both the academic and campus community and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Are juniors and seniors guaranteed on-campus housing?

 Each year Housing Services reviews the demand for campus housing and initiates plans accordingly. During the spring semester, a lottery is conducted where interested junior and senior students may select housing from available rooms for the next academic year. Housing Services also offers guidance to upper-class students seeking off-campus residence.

What is MyHousing?

MyHousing, accessible through your Cardinal Station account, is a great resource to see your housing assignment, dining plan, roommates, mailbox, and current housing-related billing charges. You can access MyHousing by logging onto Cardinal Station using your username and password and navigating to Student Self-Service > MyHousing. If you misplace your username or password, call the Catholic University Computer Help Desk for assistance at (202) 319-4357.

How do I apply for housing?

Once your enrollment deposit has been received and processed, new students can access the Spring Only housing application in MyHousing by logging into Cardinal Station using their username and password and navigating to Student Self-Service > MyHousing > Apply Online. The priority deadline for housing applications is December 1; applications received after this date will be processed as they are received, but it may be more difficult to honor room type or building preferences. 

Move-In Information

Students living in a residence hall will be able to move into their assignment beginning the Saturday prior to the opening of classes for the Spring semester. For Spring 2019 this is January 12. The residence halls close for non-graduating students at noon on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Please visit the Housing Services website for specific move-in information.

Dining Services and Dining Plans

Catholic University Dining Services offers students flexible dining options and a variety of services tailored to meet individual needs. Whether a student plans to eat every meal on campus, or only a few each week, various plans are available. Please note that residential freshmen and sophomores are required to have one of the All Access Dining Plans.  For more information, please visit theCatholic University Dining Services website.