Residential Life FAQ

Residence Halls What to Bring University Housing Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

Dorm Amenities
Roommate & Dorm Assignments


Dorm Amenities

1.  What do the dorms look like?
Photos, videos, layouts, and more information about each dorm can be found on the Residential Life website –  There are also photo albums of each building on our Facebook page.

2.  What comes with my dorm room?
Each room is furnished with a twin-sized bed, desk and desk chair, dresser, bookcase, and closet space for each resident.  Most rooms also have full-length mirrors.  A list of what comes in each specific dorm can be found at

3.  What are the window dimensions? Can I hang curtains or window treatments?
Window dimensions vary depending on the residence hall.  Each window is furnished with blinds, but many students bring curtains to add a touch of color to the room.   We recommend bringing an adjustable tension rod to hang any draperies. Check the Residence Halls page for average measurements.

4.  What are the closet dimensions?  Can I add another rod to my closet?  Does my closet have doors?  Will I have to share a closet?
Each student has his/her own closet or wardrobe, however, some dorms only have one dresser to share between two residents.  Closets and wardrobes in each dorm vary.  Check the Residence Halls page to see what size and type of closet you will have.  If your closet does not have a door, you may choose to bring a four foot adjustable tension rod and curtain to hang in place of the door.  Students can also use an adjustable tension rod to add additional storage to their closet space.

5.  Will I have a desk and chair?  How big is my desk?
Rooms are furnished with a desk and chair for each resident.  Desks vary in size in each dorm, but have a spacious top and usually contain two to three drawers for storage.

6.  I don’t use a desk or desk chair.  Can I get rid of it?
All furniture that comes in the dorm room must stay in the room during the school year.  Any resident that has removed or damaged university furniture is subject to being fined for the replacement of the property.

7.  Will I need to bring a rug? What size should I buy?
Some students choose to bring a rug for added comfort and décor.  A large 5’x 7’ area rug fits comfortably in most rooms.

8.  What size refrigerator and microwave can I bring?
Each resident is permitted to bring a microwave and compact refrigerator.  Refrigerators may not exceed 3 cubic ft. and microwaves may not exceed 700 watts.  All halls have at least one full kitchen for students to use as well.

9.  What kitchen amenities are there?
All of the dorms have a kitchen that includes: oven, stove top, large fridge, sink, microwave, toaster, and kitchen storage.  Most dorms have a few cooking supplies (pots, pans, mixing spoons, measuring cups, etc.) in the kitchen.  These supplies are limited, however, and students may wish to bring their own cooking supplies.

10.  Can I bring a coffee pot?
Yes, students are allowed to bring coffee pots for their rooms.  A full list of items to bring and not bring can be found at

11.  Can I bring a fan?  Can I bring an air-conditioner unit?
Several students bring fans, especially students living in dorms that are not air-conditioned.  Residential Life does not permit students to bring in their own AC units.  Any student needing AC for medical reasons is recommended to submit the Medical Accommodation Questionnaire (MAQ) to assist with housing assignments.   

12.  How big is my bed?  What size sheets do I need to bring?
The beds in each dorm vary from twin to XL-twin.  We recommend purchasing Extra Long bedding so that it can be used on any of our beds throughout your time at Sewanee.  If you do not have an XL mattress, you can tuck excess bedding underneath the mattress.  Students may also want to bring a mattress cover or pad.

13.  How tall is my bed?  How much room is under my bed?  Can I use risers or bunk my bed?
All beds have at least 6” of storage under them.  Check the dimensions of the beds in your specific dorm to be sure.  Most dorms also have beds that can be bunked.  Students will need to speak to their dorm staff when they arrive on campus to get pegs to bunk their beds with.  Additionally, beds can be put on plastic risers.  Students must bring their own plastic bed risers to create added storage space.

14.  What can I hang on the wall?
Students are allowed to use 3M Command Strips and hooks as well as painters tape to hang items on the walls.  Nails and screws are not permitted in the residence halls.  Wall hangings permitted include posters, photos, and memorabilia. Please remember that any damages to the walls at the end of the year may result in a fine.

15.  Can I hang a dry erase board or bulletin board on my door?
Many of the dorms have a small dry erase board or bulletin board on the outside of each door.  Students may choose to bring their own door decorations if they would like.

16.  Do I need to bring a lamp?
Dorm rooms are not furnished with lamps.  Students may choose to bring a table or freestanding lamp.  There are light fixtures in each room.

17.  Who will clean my bathroom? Do I need to bring bathroom cleaning supplies?
Suite and private bathrooms are cleaned once a week by custodial staff.  Custodians will clean shared hall bathrooms daily.  Toilet paper is also supplied in both hall and suite-style bathrooms.  Many students choose to bring a few basic cleaning supplies for basic spills and messes. 

18.  Do I need to bring a shower curtain?
Showers in both hall bathrooms and suite-style bathrooms are all furnished with standard shower curtains.  Students with suite-style bathrooms sometimes choose to bring their own shower curtain for decoration purposes.  Another great item for students with suite-style bathrooms to bring is a shower mat or rug.

19.  Is there any storage in the bathroom for towels and toiletries?
Bathroom storage varies amongst dorms.  Hall bathrooms and several suite-style bathrooms have a limited number of cubbies for students to store items.  Check the Residence Halls web page to see what style of bathroom your dorm will have.  Most students bring shower caddies to store and carry bottles and other personal hygiene items.  Students with suite-style bathrooms can also add extra storage by bringing crates to stack.

20.  What should I not bring for my dorm room?
A few of the items students should leave at home when packing for Sewanee include: metal frame futons (these often cause significant damage to walls in students’ rooms), candles, incense, extension cords (surge protectors are OK), hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, large speakers, pets (including fish), fireworks, and firearms or other weapons.  A full list of items to leave at home can be found at

21.  Is phone service provided in the dorms?
A room phone is available in each residence hall room and common area for emergencies and on-campus dialing. 

22.  Are there laundry facilities in my dorm?
Each dorm has its own laundry facilities, including washing machines, dryers, and a space to iron garments.  Our laundry facilities are free for students to use, all you need to bring is laundry detergent and fabric softener.


Roommate and Dorm Assignments

1.  How do I decide where I will live?
Freshmen are assigned to dorms according to their lifestyle preferences.  In early May, admitted students will receive information about completing a roommate and housing assignment questionnaire.

2.  When do I find out where I will live?
Roommate and housing assignments are made individually by hand to match you with the best roommate and dormitory possible.  Because of the time-intensive nature of this process you will receive your housing and roommate assignments the first week of August.

3. Can I pick my own roommate as a first-year student? 
No.  Roommate assignments are determined carefully by residence life staff over the summer.  Careful attention is paid to students' housing information forms, their intellectual interests, and time-tested compatibility issues.  Trust us.  We have matched students for generations with considerable success and living with a new roommate is an important part of the Sewanee experience. 



1.  When do I receive my Sewanee email account?
You will receive your Sewanee email account info after you have deposited in May.  It will come in an email from Sewanee.

2.  When/how do I receive my Banner account information and what do I use my Banner ID for?
You will receive an email through your Sewanee email account with your login information during the summer.  You will use your Banner account to register for classes, check your grades, and other similar things.

3.  I’ve lost my Banner account information.  What should I do?
Contact the Registrar’s Office – 931-598-1731.

4.  I can’t login to my Sewanee email account and/or Banner account.
If you have problems logging in to your email or Banner account, please contact the Help Desk, 931-598-1369 or

5.  What is the Wi-Fi like?  Should I bring my own router?
Sewanee students can enjoy free and secure Wi-Fi all over campus.  The telecommunications office works hard to maintain strong connection in every dorm, academic building, and common area on campus.  Students should not bring a Wi-Fi router.  Personal routers interfere with the campus signal and cause connection problems for surrounding residents.

6.  What cellular providers have good connection in Sewanee?
In the Spring of 2013, AT&T installed a tower on the center of Sewanee's campus.  While most students have the best success with AT&T, Verizon will also work in most places on campus.



1.  Can freshman bring cars?
All students are allowed to bring cars to campus, although all students choose to walk or ride their bikes to get around campus.  Many students will carpool to make trips off the domain.

2.  How do I register my car or bike?
More information about car and bike registration can be found at

3.  Where can I park?

There is limited parking near each dorm.  Students may park in spaces based on the location of their dorm and color of their parking sticker.  More information about places to park and policies can be found at .

4.  Are there bikes available on campus to rent or use if I do not have one?
No, but some students will purchase bikes at Woody’s Bike Shop in downtown Sewanee.

5.  Can I keep my bike inside?
There are bike sheds accessible to every dorm that are recommended for keeping bikes in.   Additionally, a number of our dorms have bike rooms. No bicycles are allowed in hallways or common spaces, although they may be kept in dorm rooms as long as there is enough room.

6.  Are there shuttles provided to and from the airport for holiday breaks?
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the university during holiday breaks.  Residence hall closing days and times will be posted on the Residential Life Calendar.  More information about shuttles to/from the Atlanta and Nashville airports can be found at


Miscellaneous Questions

1.  Will I need to get a physical before coming to Sewanee?
Yes. There is a medical health form available on the Welcome New Students web page.  It is a multi-page form that the student will need to have filled out by their healthcare provider.  It will be due in August.

2.  What if I need medical housing accommodations?
If you require accommodations in your living environment due to medical conditions and/or needs, please complete the Medical Accommodations Questionnaire (MAQ).  The Medical Accommodation Committee will assess the information you provide to determine a reasonable accommodation. The University is committed to accommodating housing and dietary needs on campus for students with medical and/or psychological disabilities.

2.  Do I need to bring any tools?
It may be helpful to bring a tape measure and basic toolkit.

3.  Will I need a first-aid kit?
Each dorm has a basic first-aid kit available for students to use.  Many students find it helpful to also bring their own.

4.  What is security like in the dorms?
All of our residential facilities are locked 24 hours, year round.  All students can access the buildings with their Sewanee ID cards between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., access is each building is limited to only the residents of that building.  Additionally, a member of dorm staff is present in each building beginning at 9:30 p.m. every night. 

5.  What happens if there are maintenance issues in my room?
Leaks happen, lights burn out, and some times electrical outlets stop working in our buildings.  Whenever there is maintenance issue in your room, contact your Area Coordinator, Head Resident, or Proctor.  Your dorm staff will submit the work order to the appropriate person for repair.  Work orders are completed  as quickly as possible; however, work orders are prioritized when necessary.

6.  I have lost my room key.  What should I do?
All students are given a room key when they sign their housing contract upon arrival in August.  If you have lost your key, please stop by the Residential Life Office in the Bishop's Common to order a new key.    Lost key replacements cost $25 and are charged to the student's account.  It may take 3-5 business days for a new key to be made.