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On-Campus HousingFor students in the United States, living on a university campus is an important part of the university experience. It's a great way to make friends. For international students, it's also a great way to learn more about American culture.
At Capital, we call our dormitories residence halls. You can live in a residence hall if you're an unmarried undergraduate or ESL student. Capital's residence halls are co-educational. At Capital, that means men and women live in the same buildings but in separate living areas.
More than likely, you will be sharing a room with another student. However, if you're willing to pay more, you may be able to get a single room.Learn more about living on campus.
Each residence hall is managed by a Residence Hall Coordinator (R.H.C.) who supervises several Residence Assistants (R.A.s). Each R.A. is in charge of a single floor. The R.A. lives among the students on that floor, helping them understand their rights and responsibilities and organizing meetings and special programs for their benefit. You should always do your best to attend residence hall and floor meetings.
Most Capital students are required to leave their residence halls during Christmas vacation and other university breaks. But it's different for international students. As long as you're registered for the next semester of classes, you can live on campus during breaks. You can live on campus during the summer, too, if you're enrolled in summer classes.
Meal service is usually suspended during breaks. So it's a perfect time for you to eat at the many restaurants in the area.Cooking and Smoking in the Residence HallsAll students must go outside to smoke. Smoking is forbidden in all university buildings; including residence halls and students' private rooms.
You're not allowed to cook in your room, but every residence hall has a microwave oven for preparing simple snacks and meals (popcorn, frozen dinners, etc.).
On-Campus Housing Contracts
All students who plan to live on campus must complete a housing contract. If you start school at the usual time, your contract will cover the entire academic year (late August to early May). If you begin your studies later in the year, your contract dates will be changed accordingly.
There are no university-owned apartments at Capital. So if you're a married student or graduate student, you must rent a privately owned apartment or house.
Begin your housing search by contacting local apartment complexes and rental agencies. The International Office can give you general advice on how to conduct your housing search. But some things you'll have to do yourself, like: