About Housing at Catholic University

In an effort to enrich your overall educational experiences, the offices of Housing Services and Residence Life work collaboratively to provide residential facilities that meet student developmental needs, support the formation of community, and encourage the creation of seamless learning environments.

At Catholic University, students choose from a broad variety of living options. Most freshman live in double rooms that offer highly interactive community-based living. In the spring semester, continuing students participate in an online housing lottery system to choose among available living options, including traditional rooms, suites with shared bathrooms, and apartments with kitchens. Specially designed living and learning communities are offered primarily for freshman and sophomore students.

This web page is intended to assist you in understanding the basics of living on campus. Information regarding the residence halls, current programs, and dining options are included. Regardless of where you live, you will consistently find a focus on faith, community standards, and personal development throughout the residential experience. Welcome to The Catholic University of America!

Housing Application Process

Newly admitted students should submit a Spring Only New Student Application available online in Cardinal Students; the application will be available to newly admitted students after the first week of the fall semester. A Guide to Applying Online can assist with the application process.

Once the enrollment deposit has been received and processed, new students can access the Spring Only housing application by navigating to Cardinal Students. 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.

The Priority Application Deadline is November 15th. Applications will be assigned on a rolling basis beginning in early December; assignments are prioritized by the date the housing application is received. Assignment confirmations will be emailed; once assignments are made they will also be available online in Cardinal Students.


Cardinal Students is a great resource to see your housing and dining assignment, roommates, mailbox and current housing-related billing charges. You can access this by navigating to Cardinal Students>Student Self-Service>MyHousing New students should have received their Cardinal Station login information in the mail. If you have misplaced your Username and Password, you can call the Catholic University Computer Help desk at (202) 319-4357 for assistance.

Individual Tours

Students and their families wishing to see a typical residence hall room are encouraged to participate in an Admissions Tour, view the panoramic tours of rooms in the Campus Map, and visit the Housing Services Web site for more information regarding the various housing options at CUA.

Check in

Check-in for New Residents will take place in individual Residence Hall Offices, on January 6th beginning at 12:00 p.m.

For Special Attention and Action

  • Dining Services - You may add a dining plan at any time via Cardinal Students. Dining Plan changes or cancellations can be made online via until the Friday of the first week of classes each semester. Please note residential freshmen and sophomores are required to have one of the Anytime Dining Plans.
  • Disability Support Services - DSS coordinates and assists with the provision of appropriate accommodations to students with documented disabilities.
  • Student Health Services - Remember to submit your Required Immunization Record.
  • Student Medical Insurance - If you have coverage by an alternative health insurance policy, please submit the waiver verifying your existing coverage.
  • Tuition Refund Insurance - The Tuition Refund Plan is a private insurance program that supplements the refund policy of Catholic University as published in the University catalog.

Parking Policy

As you plan for your arrival to campus, please note the University Parking Policy. As part of the University's Master Plan and its commitment to reduce the number of cars on campus, residential freshmen and sophomores are not permitted to purchase parking permits or bring vehicles to campus. If you are a resident freshman or sophomore and would like to request an exception to this University policy, please complete a Vehicle Exception Request. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome. More information regarding parking on campus can be found here. If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Transportation and Parking Services at cua-transportation@cua.edu or call (202) 552-PARK (7275).

The CUA Procurement Services office has a partnership with Zipcar, a car-sharing service that provides self-serve access to several varieties of cars. With Zipcars parked on campus and in other dedicated parking locations throughout Washington, D.C., members can reserve cars online or by phone and use their personal access card to enter and drive them. Gas, insurance, maintenance, and dedicated parking are all included in Zipcar's hourly and daily rates. Personal memberships are available to CUA students, alumni, faculty and staff. Those interested can sign up on the Zipcar website. This program is not managed by Housing Services; questions should be directed to Zipcar or CUA Procurement Services.

Housing Services Websites

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