Frequently Asked Questions - Residence Life

What are the residence halls like?

Ferncliff, Firestine and New Hall are co-ed by wing. Tower, Myers and the Polis House are co-ed by floor. Woodlawn Hall is an all-female hall. Community bathrooms have several sinks, toilets and showers. Rooms vary in size. Lounges are located on most floors. New Hall, Tower, Firestine and Polis House are air conditioned. For more information about each residence hall, go to our webpage and click on Residence Halls.

Who staffs the halls?

The residence hall staff is comprised of one or more Resident Advisers (RAs) per floor/wing along with either an Area Coordinator (AC) or Community Adviser (CA) residing in each hall. Hall staff are carefully selected and trained to aid you in your transition to Wittenberg. They are dedicated to helping you, your roommate(s), your floor mates and your entire residence hall to build a fun, cooperative and considerate group living environment/learning community. Your RA/CA is a resource for you to utilize for anything from academic difficulties to helping you become adjusted to campus. Your AC is a professional staff member who has received his/her Master's degree with a heart for working with students to develop the overall community of each hall. They closely monitor the physical facilities and have overall responsibility for their respective halls.

How is my housing assignment made?

Our on-line housing system uses a computer-generated process to match roommates and determine housing assignments.  Incoming students who have paid their enrollment deposit submit their housing survey, roommate and housing preferences. 

In order for us to facilitate the best possible roommate matches for each incoming student, we respectfully ask that the student, not the parent or guardian, complete the housing survey.

Residence hall requests are considered based on the date your tuition deposit is/was received by the Admission Office, provided that your housing survey is submitted by the June 1 priority deadline. Our roommate matching system first finds the person with whom he/she is the best match (on paper) and then searches for the top hall choice they have in common.

NOTE: At important stages in the housing survey process, you will receive messages to your personal e-mail account from and/or It is essential that you check your email frequently in order to receive housing information in a timely manner. Please whitelist these two email addresses so our messages do not go to your SPAM or junk folder.

Incoming students for the Spring semester: Your Spring semester hall request is considered based on available spaces and your roommate is assigned based on the information you give in the housing email sent by the Residence Life Coordinator.

What happens if I do not get along with my roommate?

At the beginning of each year, you and your roommate will meet with the Resident Adviser (RA) to discuss roommate relations and establish a set of rights and responsibilities for the year. The RA will work with you to put this into writing and you will each sign a roommate agreement. Should conflicts arise, please contact your RA and he or she will coordinate a meeting with you and your roommate. During this meeting, you will revisit your roommate agreement and attempt to work out your disagreements. If you find that you are unable to resolve the conflict, the Area Coordinator will be consulted and we will work together to determine if further mediation is necessary or if a room change is appropriate. We have a two week room freeze period at the beginning of each semester. During this time, we do not allow any room changes to occur. After this period, we can begin making room changes.

How will I meet other students?

Your residence hall is usually the first place you make friends. Whether you meet someone on move-in day, or you start chatting together in the lounge, or you meet in a hall program such as a movie night or an ice-cream social, or strike up a conversation with someone from one of your classes, you are sure to be interacting with lots of new people from many different places. Wittenberg students normally get involved in many activities, which is another great way to meet students who have similar interests.

May I have a single room?

We do not allow first year students to live in a single room during the first semester of residence. Single room requests by upper-class students and second semester first year students are granted based on availability and on a first come, first serve basis. During your second semester, if you wish to move to a designated single room or purchase a double room as a Super Single, contact your Area Coordinator.

Where do I eat?

You'll be placing hot entrees, hamburgers, salad, cereal, soup or dessert on your plate at the Benham-Pence Student Center Dining Room, commonly referred to as the CDR, which serves the entire residence hall community. For your first year you are required to contract for the Carte Blanche or 225 meal plan with 100 bonus dollars additional for each plan. You can use these bonus dollars to buy snacks or meals at Post 95 in the Student Center, Simply to Go in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, Founders, and/or additional meals in the Center Dining Room.

May I have a refrigerator in my room?

We allow one refrigerator per double room, and they must meet the following specifications: 120 volts, 60 cycle AC, 200 watts, 2 amps. Micro-fridge units (one per room) are available for rent through our campus approved vendor

May I have a microwave in my room?

The only type of microwave that is permitted in residence hall rooms is a microwave/refrigerator combination unit. You are not permitted to have a stand-alone microwave. The only Micro-fridges permitted in campus housing (one per room) are available for rent through our campus-approved vendor If you do not obtain a micro-fridge, there are common microwaves available in each of the residence halls.

Who will clean my room?

You and your roommate are responsible for your room; building service personnel clean common areas, such as lounges and bathrooms.

Who will do my laundry?

You will quickly become an expert in detergent, bleach, and what does and doesn't go in the dryer! Laundry facilities in each hall include washers and dryers are free of charge.

Where can I study?

You may:

  • Use your own desk or stretch out on your bed with your books. Each hall has quiet hours Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. with 24-hour courtesy hours. Friday and Saturday quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. with 24-hour courtesy hours;
  • Take your books to one of the study lounges in your residence hall;
  • Find a comfortable desk or soft chair at the University library;
  • Spread out your work in a classroom in one of the academic buildings;
  • Occupy a table in the Post 95 or the CDR.

What size is the mattress in my room? Should we purchase extra-long sheets?

All of our residence halls offer extra-long twin mattresses and sheets purchased should be the extra-long twin size. You may purchase extra-long twin sheets from Residence Hall Linens, a company that has contracted with Wittenberg to help with student linen needs, or obtain extra-long sheets from any retail outlet.

May I bring my own loft?

For quality control of safety standards, the only lofts permitted in the residence halls are those available through our campus-approved vendor Lofts can be rented for all residence halls, and all of our beds are designed to bunk.

Are there computers in my residence hall?

Yes, in every residence hall you can use the computers around the clock to write a paper, research using the library's resources, e-mail a professor or friend, or browse the Internet. A network connects all the computers on campus in administration and academic buildings, and in every residence hall. All of our residence halls offer wireless internet.

Are pets allowed in the residence halls?

Students are not permitted to keep pets within the confines of University housing or on campus grounds. Fish are the only exception to the pet policy in suitable aquariums (10 gallons max!). If you are trying to decide whether to set up an aquarium, please keep in mind that halls close over the Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks, and all electrical appliances are to be unplugged. Aquariums must also be drained for each break and fish taken home.

Is there storage during the year?

We do not have storage space available during the school year nor are we able to offer storage over the summer. There are many nearby storage unit facilities available in the Springfield area.

What's security like on campus?

Wittenberg Police officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day and are available in case of emergency. Security telephones are located about campus, and the Escort Service operates every night.

May I bring a bike or car?

Both are allowed. Your bicycle can be locked in the racks outside the residence halls: we recommend a high-security shackle lock. Public areas inside the residence hall are not appropriate for storing your bike.

You can get around Springfield without a car. A city bus can take you to the mall or one of several other shopping locations in Springfield. Within two blocks of campus, you have access to several fast food places and restaurants, a deli, hair and tanning salons, a drug store, gift shop, coffee shop, dry cleaners, and convenience mart.

If you bring a car, be aware that parking is limited. Expect to park a greater distance from your residence hall than the distance between your driveway/garage and your home. All cars on campus must be registered. To register your vehicle, you may visit the Police and Security department, located in the Recitation Annex. The department is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Vehicle registration can also be done online, by logging on to MyWitt and clicking on "Biographical Information Update" and clicking on the Vehicle Update link. Failure to register your vehicle may result in a fine.

Does Wittenberg carry insurance to cover my belongings in the halls??

Wittenberg University's property insurance does not cover the personal effects of students. Consult your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to determine whether you are covered under their homeowner's insurance policy. If you are not covered, you are encouraged to secure renter's insurance for your protection against liability and loss of personal property.

May I have items shipped to Wittenberg before I arrive on campus?:

Yes!  Anything shipped to you before your arrival on campus will be held for you at the Service Center in the lower level of the Benham-Pence Student Center. Please pick up your package(s) at your earliest convenience once you arrive.

You will discover your campus box number and combination on your housing assignment page on MyWitt. You will have the same mailbox - thus the same address - until you graduate from Wittenberg. Mailboxes are located on the lower level of the Benham-Pence Student Center. If you have any specific questions, contact us at

Please Note: Your full name and campus box number must be included on all incoming mail/packages ensuring timely delivery and to avoid unnecessary delays. Your mailing address will differ depending on the method that mail/packages are sent.


Your First and Last Name
Wittenberg University-Campus Box ______
P.O. Box 6100
Springfield, OH 45501-6100


Your First and Last Name
Wittenberg University-Campus Box ______
734 Woodlawn Avenue
Springfield, OH 45504

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