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What to Expect When Living on Campus/FAQs

What should I bring to campus?

Alarm clock with battery back-up
Area rug
Bed risers (cinderblocks or other homemade loft apparatus to raise beds are not
permitted)
Computer/laptop
Extra-long
bed sheets (all of our beds are extra-long)
Desk
lamp
Egg crate/Mattress pad
Window fan (no larger than 12” in diameter)
Light bulbs (cannot exceed 100 watts in an individual fixture)
Masking tape and/or white posting putty for hanging up posters
Curtains: Windows in O’Leary & Mondor are 72”W x 4’L; Eagan & Duggan are 62”W x 4’L
Pillows, pillowcases, towels, blankets, and extra-long twin sheets (electric blankets are not permitted)
Plates, bowls, cups and utensils
Refrigerator: up to: 4.5 cubic feet, 1 per resident
Microwave oven/microwave: 700 watts or less, one per room
Storage bins (under the bed)
Surge protector
Telephone (there is a land line in the room)
Toiletries, shower caddy and shower shoes
TV/DVDs/Blu Ray
Waste basket

What should I not bring to campus?

Air conditioners (unless medically approved)
Weapons
Drug or Alcohol paraphernalia
Pets other than fish (tank may not exceed 5 gallons)
Blenders
Candles and incense
Cinderblocks / Street Signs
Coffee pots (Keurig-like brewing systems are permitted)
NuWave
Extension cords (they must be plugged into a surge protector)
Grills (including George Foreman grills)
Electric blankets
Nails, thumbtacks, duct tape/packaging tape, or any hanging device that will damage the wall and/or wall surface
Halogen bulbs and/or lamps
Hot plates, electric skillets, toasters and toaster ovens
Space heaters
Lava lamps

Is smoking allowed in any residence hall?

No, all residence halls and student rooms are smoke free.

How are roommates assigned?

Once you have been accepted at Anna Maria and have submitted a deposit, you will fill out a housing application. You will be assigned to a room with a roommate(s) based on the answers from the application and date of deposit. New students may request to live together, so long as these requests are mutually made. In these cases, rooms may be assigned based on the later deposit date. Residence Life will try to accommodate requests, but they are not guaranteed. Students requiring special accommodations must email the Office of Residence Life to discuss the accommodations as soon as they deposit.

What furniture is provided?

All rooms have extra-long twin beds, bureaus, study desks, closets, desk chairs and overhead lighting.

What size are the beds?

Twin, extra-long bed sheets will fit all of the beds in the Residence Halls.

Does my room have cable TV, a phone jack and/or computer service?

Each room has one cable and one phone connection. Rooms are also equipped with computer hookups for each resident living in the room. Wireless Internet is also available on campus.

Do any halls have air conditioning?

Coghlin Hall, South Hall and St. Anne Hall have rooms where students are able to regulate heating and cooling. Bringing a fan that can go in the window is always a good idea for Alumni and Madonna Halls.

If I don’t have a computer, where can I go on campus to use one?

There are computer lounges in all of the Residence Halls that are open at all times. There are also computer labs in the library and the science building for student use.

Do the halls remain open over breaks?

The Residence Halls do not remain open during breaks. If a student needs to stay during a break, prior approval is needed. The student will pay a nightly fee that should be paid in full before the break. There are no meals served over breaks.

Are transfer students offered on-campus housing?

Absolutely! Any full-time undergraduate student is eligible for housing as long as they comply with all deadlines.

Can students have cars on-campus?

All students are allowed to have a car on campus. The car must have a valid Anna Maria College parking decal. Students can get these decals from Public Safety by presenting vehicle registration, insurance and a valid driver's license.

If I do not get along with my roommate, can I be assigned to another room or another roommate?

If a student does not like his or her living situation, we encourage that student to speak with his/her roommate. If the situation cannot be resolved, the Residence Life Staff will work with the student to find a better solution. Students are allowed to move to a different space with approval at any time.

Is there a shuttle service available?

The Anna Maria Van runs all day and makes different stops around Worcester. There is a posted schedule in each lobby of the halls.

If I have a problem with anything, who should I go to for help?

You can always go to any Residence Life Staff member. There is a professional staff member on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, along with a counselor and a nurse.

What’s an RA and where do they live?

Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper class students, who live in single rooms on each floor. They are responsible for building a community in the halls, answering questions, and being a resource for students. They also have On-Duty hours and make rounds in the building to help ensure the safety of all residents.

What is a healthy living building?

Alumni Hall is a healthy living building for men and women. Healthy living is a lifestyle choice. All students assigned to the healthy living building live free of alcohol, illegal drugs and tobacco products.

What is the policy on overnight guests?

Guests are allowed to sleep over, but each guest must present a valid state or federal ID and be signed in. Each resident may sign in up to two guests a day, and if a guest is staying overnight, they must be signed in by someone of the same gender.

Are the residence halls co-ed?

All Residence Halls are co-ed, but each floor is separated by gender. There are no co-ed rooms.

Do I share a bathroom or get my own?

Each floor shares a bathroom. None of the bathrooms are co-ed.

What happens if I get locked out or lose my key?

Someone is always available to let a student into his/her room. If a key is lost at any time, a spare key may be issued without charge until the original is found. If the original key is not found, there is a fee to have it replaced.