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What to Know Beforehand

Before move-in day occurs, residents and their parents/guardians should be aware of the following important information about DePaul ID Cards, student email, health and safety policies, furniture rentals and room decorating.

DePaul ID Card & Student Email

Your DePaul ID Card serves as your official identification at DePaul University, and you are required to have at all times while on campus, and specifically to enter your residence hall.

To obtain a DePaul ID Card, please visit the ID Card Services office and present a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport or visa). You will need your DePaul ID Card to access your residence hall, the university’s printing system (Intelliprint), meal plans, computer labs and more. Most new students will receive their DePaul ID Card during orientation.

ID Card Services Office Locations

Loop Campus
DePaul Center, Room 9200
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lincoln Park Campus
Student Center, Room 109
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Student Email Accounts

DePaul University provides all students with a free student email address. Simply log into mail.depaul.edu using your Campus Connect user ID and password. The system will walk you through setting up your account. You should set up your email address before to coming to campus. Keep your email updated in Campus Connect; all official Housing Services communication is sent to the email address on file prior to move-in day.

Mail Center

The Student Mail Center–located in the Student Center, Suite 317–provides you with a centralized, on-campus location to receive all of your mail and packages.  Please note that due to limited space and resources, if you are shipping boxes or trunks, you should arrange for your packages to be delivered after your arrival. It is possible that you will not have immediate access to your packages. If there are items that you require immediately (e.g., medications or perishables), you should bring them with you.

The Student Mail Center is responsible for issuing mailbox keys. We ask you to check your residential mailbox a minimum of once a week, as you will be held accountable for any university information sent to your residential mailbox. Below is how to address your mail:

Student’s Full Name (no nicknames)
DePaul University
2250 North Sheffield, Suite #317
Mailbox #_________
Chicago, IL 60614

Mailbox numbers and associated room numbers can be found in your assignment letter, as well as on this webpage. Mail notices are placed in mailboxes to notify you of packages and other mail that cannot fit into the mailbox. You must present the notice and your DePaul ID Card to the Student Mail Center’s service desk to receive the item(s). You are responsible for picking up your packages at the Student Mail Center and getting packages to your residence hall. Note: The Student Mail Center does not supply any equipment to aid in package delivery, such as dollies, carts or flatbeds.

Deliveries will not be accepted at the hall front desks. If sending something of extreme importance, the Mail Center strongly encourages the use of UPS or FedEx (utilizing tracking and/or signatures).

​What to Pack & What to Leave at Home

Learn about what we recommend you pack by downloading our Lincoln Park suggested packing list .

Things to Leave at Home

As you pack for move-in day, please note that certain items are prohibited in all Lincoln Park campus housing. See the full prohibited and restricted items list to learn more. If any of the listed items are found in campus housing, they will be confiscated by staff.

Also keep in mind that:

  • You are not allowed to bring your own personal mattress or bed. All residents are required to use the university-provided bed frame and mattress, as they meet university fire safety standards. You may buy and use a mattress cover and/or encasement.
  • You may bring your own shower curtain, but you must hang it in conjunction with the university-provided curtains, as those are custom-fit and prevent water leaks.
  • Irons can be used only in community kitchens and laundry rooms.

We also encourage you to reach out to your future roommate(s) and make plans concerning your living arrangements. Before connecting, read our recommendations regarding future roommates.

Residential Rentals

If your residence hall allows for rentals, you will need to decide if you want to rent a loft or micro-fridge prior to moving to campus.

Residence Hall Council (RHC) is a student organization that facilitates rentals of lofts and micro-fridges. For more information, visit their website at rhc.depaul.edu or email depauhrhc@gmail.com .

Renting Lofts and Micro-Fridges

Bedloft is the approved DePaul vendor, for renting lofts and micro-fridges. All loft and/or micro-fridge orders must be completed by August 10, 2017, in order to be placed in your unit prior to move-in day.


  • Only residents in Belden-Racine Hall and Clifton-Fullerton Hall regular units (not converted housing) are allowed to order a loft.
  • Residents may not bring their own lofts to campus.
  • Residents in traditional halls who cannot rent lofts can still rent micro-fridges or buy futons.
  • Residents in apartment-style halls who cannot rent lofts or micro-fridges may still buy futons.
  • Confirm with all of your roommates before renting; each unit is only allowed one micro-fridge.
  • Rental items will be delivered to your room prior to move-in day (if ordered by the deadline).
  • If you order a loft, you will be responsible for the assembly of your loft. If you need help assembling a loft, a work order can be placed and will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis; please note there may be a delay due to an influx of work orders during move-in week.
  • Late orders will be delivered after move-in day (designated date will be communicated later).
  • Bedloft also has products for purchase that are yours to keep: a futon, which can be used as a love seat, lounger or full-sized bed; and a loft bed TV hanger, which allows you to hang a flat-screen TV of up to 42 inches directly from a bed loft.

Residents will receive a mailing with rental and pricing information from Bedloft later this summer. You can also view the loft​ and micro-fridge​ brochures online. You can place your order now by visiting bedloft.com.

Decorating Your Room

You are encouraged to personalize your living areas. However, there are guidelines that must be followed, so keep the following in mind when planning the decor for your new home:

  • You may post things on the doorjamb or wall by using masking tape, painter’s tape or poster putty.
  • Do not paint or make alterations that will permanently affect the walls, ceiling or floor.
  • Flat-screen televisions cannot be wall-mounted; they must have a stand.
  • You can bring personal furniture and accessories to your room and move or set up university-provided or personal furniture within your unit. The furniture arrangement must be aligned with campus housing policies and all roommates must be in agreement.
  • If you are bringing additional furniture, particularly used or upholstered furniture, please clean the surfaces thoroughly to avoid bringing pests into the building.
  • Do not move community furniture (e.g., lounge furniture) into your room or remove university-provided furniture from your room or apartment. All issued furniture must stay in the unit or damage fees will be assessed.
  • All window treatments must remain functional in units. For safety reasons, do not install or hang other window treatments; it is prohibited to display or hang items in windows.
  • For fire safety reasons, extension cords and outlet splitters are not allowed. Decorative lighting is allowed, but only one strand (multiple strands connected are not allowed); UL-approved surge protectors/squids are acceptable.

You will receive a Guide to Student Housing on move-in day with plenty of resources about decorating policies.​