Living on campus is an important aspect of college education. Residence halls are more than just rooms or places to study and sleep. They are places where students develop meaningful friendships, explore new ideas and get involved with the university community. Living in on-campus housing provides the opportunity to learn how to balance the academic and social aspects of life at DePaul University.
Below you'll find information about living on campus. If you have questions about topics not addressed below please check the Guide to Student Housing or contact the Department of Residential Education.
Department of Housing
The Department of Housing is responsible for operational issues in the residence halls. These include, but are not limited to, building and room assignments, residence hall front desk management, keys, work orders, billing, laundry, cable and other general facilities issues.
The Department of Residential Education is responsible for responding to student crises, building a sense of community and DePaul spirit, managing the student conduct process, and providing students with high quality opportunities for engagement. These include but are not limited to 24-hour crisis response, residence hall programming and events, roommate conflict management, policy enforcement, and on-campus leadership opportunities.
Live-in Professional Staff
- Residence Directors (RDs)
RDs are professional staff members who supervise the student resident advisor (RA) staff, as well as facilitate educational and social opportunities in the residence halls. RDs are available for support, advice and advocacy. They typically live in an apartment in a residence hall. RDs are responsible for responding to policy violations and providing emergency response to student incidents that occur outside of normal business hours.
- Resident Advisors (RAs)
RAs are students who live in the residence halls and have been selected and trained to assist and support residents. They help build community by providing educational opportunities and referral information. They can also help residents address roommate conflicts and adjust to college life.
- Assistant Residence Director (ARD)
The ARD is a graduate student staff member who is responsible for assisting the residence directors in supervision of the RA staff, and for providing community building and educational opportunities. The ARD lives on campus and can provide emergency response to student incidents that occur outside of normal business hours.
Residential Education Learning Initiative (RELI)
In Residential Education we believe that every interaction with a student is an opportunity for learning and personal growth. We intentionally design and facilitate events that promote learning and community building in a variety of ways, with the hopes of empowering students to:
- Identify and proactively seek campus resources necessary for personal success.
- Understand how their individual behaviors can impact the needs of others in their community.
- Identify ways in which they can contribute to their community, giving consideration to individual strengths, challenges, motivation and goals.
- Identify ways for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including academic, personal, social, mental, spiritual and physical wellness.
We strive to accomplish the above through the Residential Education Learning Initiative (RELI). In addition to hall-specific events that happen throughout the year, some examples of signature RELI initiatives include:
- Welcome Week
- Blue Demon Community Meeting
- Seton Halloween
- Academic Recognition Reception
- Winter Wellness Challenge
- LGBTQA Month Drag Show
Residence Hall Council (RHC)
Residence Hall Council (RHC) represents students living on campus. With student representatives in each hall and led by an executive board, they work to "make DePaul home." RHC is a liaison between organizations, university departments and residential students, and they work to enhance the quality of life in the residence halls by creating a safe and comfortable community. They serve as a voice for residential student concerns and praises and are dedicated to upholding DePaul’s Vincentian mission. RHC plans events in both the residence halls and the wider campus community to enhance the college experience and to create a friendly environment for all residents. Some signature events include:
- Welcome Week Kick Off
- Millennium Park Ice Skating
- Spring Fest
In addition, RHC offers services to residents from outside vendors for bed lofts, micro-fridges, linens, welcome packages and finals kits.
RHC is advised by professional staff in Residential Education and the Department of Housing.