Residence Life:
Highlights within the Housing System

Residence and Commuter Life

Student Testimonials: Learn how students get along with multiple roommates and other advice from current students!

A Time for Exploration

Residence and Commuter life at Arcadia University focuses on a central theme each academic year. In 2013-2014 our focus turns towards exploration in all of its iterations. Residential students will all experience varying interpretations of this central theme in the hall decor and programs crafted by their Resident Assistant.

Within our Housing System, students may also elect to live in two types of Specialty Housing: Co-ed Living Environments and Enhanced Communities.

Coed Living Environments

All Arcadia Housing is coed, in that all residence halls house both genders. Most halls are coed by floor or wing. For students that indicate an interest, some floors offer a coed by room experience, where male and female rooms are located on the same floor. Additionally, Knight Hall suites and Oak Summit Apartments provide the option of coed housing by bed, where students of different genders may share the same room. Placements on coed by room floors, or in coed by bed suites and apartments will be made by request only.

Enhanced Communities

Students may select a more concentrated focus of our central theme and live with others who share similar this same interest. These communities are detailed on both our Online Housing Portal and our website. Throughout the year, students will partner with our Campus Life Staff to shape their residential exploration in collaboration with the campus community (see above).

Distinctive First-Year Experiences

Student testimonials: Castle Life

Although most first-year housing offers students the opportunity to live with one roommate, many students live with two or more roommates. The Castle, with its elegant spaces, offers the opportunity for students to live with one, two, or up to five roommates.  Many students in traditional halls are placed with two roommates, and a few are placed with four roommates. Triple rooms are generally the same size as standard double rooms. Therefore, students receive a housing discount to reside in these spaces. Quints are larger spaces; however students in these rooms receive a housing discount as well. 

 Student testimonials: Quint Life

Unique Students, Unique Needs

The Residence and Commuter Life professional staff is always willing to speak with students individually to help them decide which housing option will provide the opportunity for the experience they desire.  

Transfer students: Given your past housing and collegiate experience, you probably know what type of experience you want to have at Arcadia. So which housing option will best suit your needs? Contact or call 215-572-4026 to chat with a Residence and Commuter Life staff member.

Transgendered students: Residence and Commuter Life seeks to create inclusive, welcoming environments for all students.  If you identify as a transgender student, you may have some questions about what housing options we have for you.  Contact or 215-572-2890 to speak with Bre Donnelly, Associate Director of Residence and Commuter Life.

Traditional First-Year Students: Nervous about having a roommate for the first time?  Not sure how you will manage sharing a bathroom with 20+ people?  Area Coordinators are always available to talk to new students about these and other topics. Contact a member of staff at  or 215-572-4026.


Contact Residence
& Commuter Life

Knight Hall
Student Affairs Suite

Monday - Friday,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 215-572-4026
Fax: 215-881-8755

Mailing Address:
Arcadia University
Residence & Commuter
Life Office
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

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