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Community Spaces

​​​​There are a variety of community areas throughout campus housing. Study lounges, community kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are located in every traditional residence hall.

While social distancing guidelines are in effect, Housing staff has reduced seating capacities and arranged furniture in a way to promote social distancing in these spaces. Residents should not rearrange lounge furniture, bring additional furniture in, or exceed the seating capacity of any lounge. Additionally, residents are encouraged to sanitize touch points before and after using these spaces using the sanitizing solution provided in each community space.​

Hall staff will dispose of unattended personal items left in communal areas for more than 24 hours. 

Collaboration Lounges

Available in most buildings, collaboration lounges feature a meeting table with electrical outlets and multiple HDMI input cables connected to a large TV display. Residents may connect any device with an HDMI output and can switch between multiple devices. Lounges can be used for working on projects, watching videos or connecting a gaming console to the TV. If residents encounter technical issues with the meeting table outlets or TV, please submit a work order.

Community Kitchens

​Kitchens are provided in all traditional halls for resident use and normally include a stove/oven, microwave oven, sink and refrigerator or mini-fridge. Residents are responsible for providing their own dishes, pots, pans, and for cleaning them and the area immediately after use. When using any community kitchen, residents must not leave the area while cooking and are responsible for ensuring that all safety precautions are followed. Community kitchen ranges are connected to a motion sensor timer which will shut down the range after a period of time without motion in the room to ensure that all cooking is actively monitored at all times. The university is not responsible for the replacement of or personal harm that results from food spoiled due to damage or normal wear and tear of kitchen appliances. Hall staff may dispose of food left unattended and throw out dirty dishes, pots and pans left in community areas.


The Vincent and Louise Courtyard (between Munroe and Belden-Racine) is for the use of all campus residents and is accessible from the Belden gate using a DePaul Student ID Card. The courtyards at Sanctuary are for the use of students residing in those buildings and approved visitors. Courtyards typically are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for socializing. Smoking and fires of any kind are prohibited. All trash and recycling should be disposed of in designated receptacles. Volume or music levels should be kept to a minimum, and all DePaul policies should be adhered to at all times. Residents are responsible for their actions and those of their visitors, including any damage that may occur in a courtyard space. ​

Esports Gaming Lounges

While social distancing guidelines are in effect, E-Sports Gaming Lounges in the residence halls will be closed and unavailable for use. When guidance indicates it is safe to do so, these spaces will be reopened.​

​Study Lounges

Study areas are located on every floor in Belden-Racine, Munroe, and Ozanam, as well as the 5th floor of Sanctuary. Furniture in lounges must remain in these areas, no exceptions. ​

University Property

University property in residence hall common areas should not be removed from its original location. Disciplinary action and/or financial responsibility for staff time to relocate items may be assessed to residents. If a resident becomes aware of missing or damaged items in a common area, they should notify the building staff. Damages to common areas may be considered community damages and be charged to all residents of a building. Gaming lounge use is exclusively open to residents living in those halls and their visitors. In order to make these spaces available, DePaul asks that each individual follow the Code of Conduct and Gaming Lounge Policies and Procedures available on the gaming lounges webpage.