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Housing Unit

Housing Unit

Decoration

Residents are encouraged to personalize living areas. When decorating units, residents should be mindful of the opinions and sensibilities of roommates, fellow building residents, and visitors. Residents must follow the guidelines below and the expectations in the Housing Contract.

Residents are prohibited from:
  • Posting or applying any items to either side of the door or on the actual door, or from obstructing the hallway in any way 
  • Using duct tape or double-sided tape to post items to the doorjamb 
  • Painting a unit or making other alterations that affect the current condition of the walls, ceiling, window coverings or flooring 
  • Posting or hanging items from the ceiling or on residence hall windows 
  • Hanging items from, tampering with or altering fire safety equipment
Residents may:
  • Post items to the doorjamb by using masking tape, painter’s tape or poster putty 
  • Hang items on walls using masking tape, painter’s tape, poster putty or self-adhesive strips or hooks (such as Command brand)

Display of Materials

Displays that advertise commercial products or services; advocate the use of alcohol or drugs; are discriminatory; unlawfully harass by abusing, assailing, intimidating, demeaning, victimizing or having the effect of creating a hostile environment based on any of the protected characteristics in the university’s Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policy or are not otherwise in keeping with the university’s mission are prohibited and may be removed at any time. Contact the residence director before displaying materials that may be questionable. Staff will determine whether a display needs to be removed. Items that are not taken down when requested may be removed.

Furnishings

All campus housing at DePaul University comes furnished with a bed, a bed guard rail, a desk with a chair, a dresser, a closet or compartmentalized closet, a trash can and a recycling tote. Apartments also come with living and dining area furnishings, as space permits. Residents are allowed to bring personal furniture and accessories to units and to move or set up university-provided or personal furniture within the unit. All roommates must be in agreement about the furniture arrangement. If additional furniture is added to the unit, particularly used or upholstered furniture, all surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned, to avoid bringing pests into the building, and may be subject to Housing’s approval for safety and security. The following guidelines also apply: 

  • Any non-university mattresses are expressly prohibited, due to fire safety standards. 
  • All university-provided furniture and equipment must remain in the room or apartment as inventoried upon check-in. 
  • All furniture must only be used in the manner in which it was intended. 
  • All beds are XL twin (80” long), except Centennial and McCabe which have standard twin (75” long) due to space constraints in the bedrooms. 
  • All traditional halls have loftable bed ends that have the capability to be raised up to 60 inches. Campus apartments with loftable bed ends are Courtside, Sheffield Square, Sanctuary and Townhomes. 
  • All window treatments (i.e., blinds or curtains) must remain in units; additional window treatments are not allowed. 
  • Shower curtains may be hung in addition to the university-provided curtain in suite-style and apartment bathrooms. However, university-provided shower curtains must remain hanging in shower stalls at all times. Residents are responsible for regularly cleaning both personal and university-provided shower curtains throughout the year. 
  • Furniture and accessories in lounges may not be brought into residents’ rooms.

Residential Rental Returns

Micro-fridges (a fridge, freezer and microwave built into one) may be rented through DePaul’s approved vendor. If these items are rented, residents are required to follow certain guidelines. 

Microfridges

  • A micro-fridge should never be moved to a room other than the one it was rented for, unless a resident moves to a new unit during the year. 
  • Micro-fridges may only be used in Belden-Racine, Clifton Fullerton, Corcoran, Munroe, Seton and University Hall. Students may have a total of up to 2 fridges, but only 1 microwave plugged in and operational at any given time (due to electrical constraints). 
  • At the end of the academic year, residents must properly prepare the micro-fridge for pick-up. This includes removing all food contents, cleaning the inside and outside of the fridge, freezer and microwave, and ensuring the unit is unplugged and defrosted. 
Fees may be assessed if units are not prepared for pick-up. For more information, visit MyCollegeFridge.com

Pets

Pets are not allowed on campus or in campus housing. Having an unapproved pet and failing to remove it from campus housing is a direct violation of the housing agreement and will result in additional fees and may result in the termination of a resident's housing agreement.

Residents may request having a service animal or emotional support animal through the Center for Students with Disabilities but must await DePaul Housing approval before bringing one into an assigned room. For the full policy on service animals and assistance animals, click here.

Personal Property

Residents should store valuables in secure places, be watchful of suspicious behavior and lock unit doors while at home and when leaving the unit. As noted in the housing agreement’s terms and conditions, the university assumes no responsibility and provides no insurance or financial protection for students’ personal property. By not carrying protection while on campus, students understand that they are fully responsible for their personal property and any damages caused while on university property. All campus residents are eligible to protect their belongings through GradGuard’s College Renters Insurance program. See the Housing Portal for more information. In most circumstances, DePaul University's insurance will not cover damage to or loss of personal property. In the event that a theft or damage occurs, notify Public Safety in order to file a report. Public Safety can also assist with contacting the Chicago Police Department.

Safes

Portable or electronic safes are allowed. However, the safe must not exceed 10”H x 14”D x 19¼”W and may not weigh more than 40 pounds. Safes may not be bolted to the floor, furniture or any other surface belonging to the university. Upon reasonable request by a university official, the safe must be opened for inspection. Failure to do so would be considered a violation of university policy.

Storage

The university is not able to provide additional storage space outside of the residential unit. All provided furniture must remain in the unit and cannot be stored offsite or moved between rooms or residents.

Windows & Screens

Windows, window bars and screens are constructed to keep people and objects from falling out and to keep people and insects from getting in. Based on that: 
Tampering with or taking out windows, screens or window bars is prohibited. 
Throwing, dropping or launching objects from a window is prohibited. 
In addition to student conduct action, violations of these policies may result in fees for work and materials being assessed to residents of affected rooms or apartments.

Closing Windows
To help conserve energy and keep the building cool and dry, windows should be closed while the air conditioning is running and when it is humid outside. Leaving windows open causes higher energy usage and moisture condensation.