Residence Life Welcomes You Home!

Welcome (or welcome back!) to Franciscan University of Steubenville—we are excited to have you as a part of our campus community! Living on campus at Franciscan allows you to immerse yourself in a unique, vibrant Catholic community like no other. You will be supported and challenge to strive for Christian maturity. Every aspect of our life together is guided by the Law of Love.

The Residence Life program is designed to help you achieve your academic, spiritual, and personal goals. We are committed to supporting your vocation as a student and to fostering a safe, comfortable, and dynamic community life. Because a strong community depends on concern for the common good of all, residents are expected to maintain high standards of personal conduct. Behavior should reflect maturity and respect for the dignity of your fellow students.

Our pledge to you

The Residence Life Staff is available to serve you, challenge you, and support you during your time at Franciscan University. Please get to know them and your fellow residents. We firmly believe that students by themselves can survive, but that students in a community environment thrive. Be sure to make your needs known to someone on your hall staff. Be sure to respect the needs of your fellow residents.

Be a builder! Build up one another every chance you get, encourage one another, challenge one another—work together to build a community that you can be proud of—work to build a truly Christ Centered Community.

We are looking forward to this new academic year with great anticipation. May God Bless you.

What to Bring & Not to Bring

Standard room size in the residence halls are approximately 10’x14’, while triple rooms (St. Junipero Serra Hall only) are larger. Each room is furnished with one each of the following for each resident: twin-size bed, desk with bookshelf, desk chair, wardrobe with storage space above, and a towel rack. Each room also has a mirror and drapes.

What to bring

You may wish to make arrangements with your roommate for items denoted with a star (*).

  • Bathroom Needs:
    Two sets of bath towels, face towels, wash cloths, toothbrush, small bucket or other container to carry shower necessities to the bathroom, shower shoes, other shower items (soap, shampoo, etc.), hairdryer.
  • Room Needs:
    Blankets, sheets for an extra long twin sized bed (note: some beds on campus are standard twin sized. Extra long twin sheets will fit a standard size twin bed, but standard sheets will not fit an extra long mattress.), pillow, pillow cases, bedspreads, alarm clock, waste basket, desk lamp, extension cords and surge protectors, clothes hangers, room decorations and posters, calendar, stamps, stationery.
  • Academic Needs:
    notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, backpack for books, stapler, tape, paper clips, thumb tacks, sticky tack.
  • Personal Needs:
    Summer and winter clothes, dress clothes, casual clothes, comfortable walking shoes, raincoat, umbrella, robe, slippers, laundry bag, detergent, spot remover, fabric softener, watch.
  • Nice, But Not Necessary:
    Fan for non-AC rooms*, floor rug (10×12 feet or smaller; not needed in St. Junipero Serra Hall, in which the rooms are carpeted)*, hot pot (UL approved**), desktop computer*, swim suit and beach towel, small dorm-sized refrigerator (UL approved**)*, small microwave (UL approved**)*, iron (ironing boards are available in each residence hall).

Summer Storage

No personal belongings can be stored in the residence halls over the summer. If you wish to store items rather than take them all home there are many self-storage facilities available in and around Steubenville.

What not to bring

  • Candles or incense
  • Pets (other than fish, which is limited to one 10-gallon aquarium per room)
  • Framed wall hangings that cannot be fastened with sticky tack or 3M Command Strips (note: if these damage the wall when removed a damage fee will be incurred)
  • Toasters or toaster ovens
  • Air fryers
  • Electric pressure cookers
  • Other personal grills (e.g. George Foreman-type grills)
  • Hot plate cookers, or any open-coil cooking or heating appliances
  • Crock pots
  • Halogen lamps
  • Sun lamps
  • Air conditioners
  • Electric blankets
  • Firearms or other weapons or explosives

* You may want to coordinate with your roommate to see who would bring these items.

** What is “UL Approved”? Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (c) is a trusted source for consumers to ensure that the electronics they are purchasing meet public safety standards. The “UL” mark on a product means that UL has tested and evaluated representative samples of that product and determined that they meet UL’s requirements. You can find these marks prominently displayed on the packaging of the items indicated above. For more information on the UL mark on suggested products, please visit their website at www.ul.com.

Residency Requirement

Franciscan University of Steubenville requires that all full-time students who are candidates for an undergraduate degree must live in University housing while enrolled at Franciscan University of Steubenville unless they meet one or more of the following conditions:

  1. They reside with a parent or guardian in the immediate area
  2. They are at least age 21 prior to September 15 of a given academic year and have more than 88 credits
  3. They have reached age 22 prior to September 15 of a given academic year
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2019-20 University Theme:
``I Am the Bread of Life``

John 6:35

“This year, we focus on Jesus as the “Bread of Life” (cf. John 6:35). He gives this great gift of himself as food for our journey, and what a blessed food it is! Strength, healing, hope, conversion, consolation—Jesus provides every grace we need to become who he created us to be in the Eucharist.  So, instead of seeking to fill ourselves with crusts that can never satisfy, let us receive Jesus in the Eucharist frequently and come before him gratefully in Eucharistic adoration. If we do this as a community, it’s going to be an amazing year!” —From the Welcome Letter by our president, Father Dave Pivonka, TOR ’89. Read the whole letter.

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