Housing Services welcomes graduate, law, and non-traditional students to apply for on-campus housing. On-campus housing will be provided on a case-by-case basis upon subject to the availability for suitable housing as determined by the University.
Non-traditional student status is defined in the University's Student Housing Policy. The Office of Housing Services also offers guidance and support to graduate, law, and non-traditional students seeking off-campus residence.
2021-22 On-Campus Housing Availability
For Academic Year 2021-22, there is limited space availability in on-campus housing for graduate, law, and non-traditional students. Interested students may apply through MyHousing via Cardinal Students. Assignments will be made in the order that applications are received based on space availability. The waitlist application is generally available in late spring and assignments are made throughout the summer months.
What is included in the housing room rate?
Will I be sharing a room?
Graduate, law, and non-traditional students are often assigned to single rooms or double rooms with other graduate, law, and non-traditional students. Amenities in each community include a full communal kitchen, common lounge space with cable television, and laundry rooms.
Will I be living with undergraduates?
Graduate, Law, and Non-Traditional students will be primarily living with their peers. Though depending on availability, graduate, law, and non-traditional students may be offered space in a residence hall with undergraduate students.
What are the dates of occupancy?
The residence halls generally open the Saturday before the first day of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters according to the undergraduate academic calendar. The residence halls generally close to students at 12:00 p.m. the day following completion of the final examination schedule according to the undergraduate academic calendar. Law Students can request to arrive early or stay late based on their academic class and finals schedule.
What policies are in effect for Graduate/Law/Non-Traditional students living in campus housing?
University policies, regulations, and expectations remain in effect in all assignments managed by the University regardless of class standing. The University Policies, Student Handbook, Housing Services Policies, and Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement are valuable resources in understanding these policies.
Is there housing for families?
Unfortunately, on-campus housing is only available for individuals. Housing Services encourages students to review the Off-Campus Housing Resources to find alternate accommodations to meet family needs.
Are dining plans available?
Yes, dining plans are voluntary for residential graduate, law, and non-traditional students but there are many options to choose from. The most popular are the Block plans where students can choose how many meals a semester they want to eat in the campus dining facilities. Visit MyHousing in Cardinal Students to make your selection (navigate to Cardinalstudents.cua.edu). More information on dining plans is available from Dining Services.
Requests to cancel housing will be reviewed according to the terms of the Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreement. Approved Housing Cancellation Requests may incur a Housing Cancellation Fee per the Agreement. Entering an off-campus lease after requesting and receiving a campus housing assignment is not an accepted reason for cancellation of the Agreement. Students should review off-campus housing options before selecting a campus housing assignment.
Academic Year Housing
Grad/Law/Non-Traditional Students interested in on-campus housing should submit the Waitlist Application by logging in to Cardinal Students using their Username and Password and navigating to MyHousing & Dining. The application is available in late spring. A Guide to Applying Online can assist you with this process. If you have misplaced your Username and Password, please call the Catholic University Computer Help Desk at (202) 319-4357 for assistance. Housing Services will offer assignments on a rolling basis.
Spring Only Housing
Interested students can submit a Grad/Law/Non-Traditional Student Waitlist Application by logging in to Cardinal Students using their Username and Password and navigating to MyHousing & Dining. The application is available in September. A Guide to Applying Online can assist you with this process. New students should have received their Cardinal Station login information in the mail. If you have misplaced your Username and Password, please call the Catholic University Computer Help Desk at (202) 319-4357 for assistance. Housing Services will offer assignments on a rolling basis.
- Off-Campus Housing Portal
- Religiously Affiliated Housing Options (for both clergy/religious and lay students)
- International Student House
- John Paul II Institute Housing Resources
Housing Services maintains the following services to assist you in navigating the off-campus housing market:
- The Off-Campus Housing Resources website allows registered users to search for rental or for sale properties, find furniture, and participate in message boards. Catholic University students can also search for roommates on this site.
- Housing Services staff are available to meet with individuals or small groups to provide consultation to learn more about navigating the off-campus housing market. Contact Housing Services to make an appointment.
- The annual Off-Campus Housing Fair is held annually in January or February. This fair brings apartment complex managers to campus, along with vendors who offer services for apartment living.