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Housing Options

Living in Community at Eastern

We want to welcome you as an entering student at Eastern and answer some questions you may have concerning the Residence Halls. Living with other students is an exciting and challenging experience. Not only tolerance but also understanding of people from very diverse backgrounds can be enriching and growth producing. Finding out that not all Christians think and behave in the same ways can be enlightening. Personal growth that occurs within a community living situation leads to a more successful and adjusted adult life.

Community Expectations & Policies

Policies at Eastern reflect the goals and commitments of the University. The rules are minimal but are taken seriously. Enrolled students are expected to know and abide by all policies of the University. Some of these policies are listed below, but for more complete information, please read the Eastern University Student Handbook:

  1. All full-time, undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences students who entered AFTER Spring 2006 are required to maintain residency as long as space is available. *Exceptions to this policy can be found by clicking here.
  2. Eastern's campus and University-sponsored student events are alcohol and drug free.
  3. The entire St. Davids campus is smoke-free, both inside and outside the buildings

Residence Halls

Doane Residence Hall
Doane is made up of sections A, B, C, and D.  Men are housed in two floors of section A, one hall in section D, and the rest of the floors are for women. Doane has a lounge in each section and laundry facilities in three sections. Students in Doane enjoy it for its unique design, homey feeling, and panoramic view of the campus.  Nathaniel Stutzman is the Resident Director for Doane Hall. He lives with his wife, Marianne, and son, Noah, in the Doane apartment adjacent to the main lounge.

Hainer Residence Hall
Hainer Hall is a building housing both men and women. It is the oldest of the residence halls, but includes a newer addition. There is a large laundry facility and lounge in the basement. Those living in Hainer Hall enjoy the close community created by the students who live there. Heidi Birtwistle is the Resident Director for Hainer Hall. She lives in the ground south apartment with her husband, Mark, daughter, Ali, and son, Jackson.

Kea/Guffin Residence Halls
The Kea and Guffin Halls are attached to each other, and they house both men and women. Some of the furniture is attached to the walls with fairly large closets and drawer space. Students in Kea enjoy air-conditioning and say that the lounges are great gathering places. The Breezeway Cafe, as well as a bigscreen TV, are located here. The Resident Director for Kea/Guffin is Theresa Noye, who lives there with her husband, Henry, their son, Regal, and their daughter, Nia.

Gallup Residence Hall
Gallup is made up of four buildings: Gallup House (A), Clemens House (B), Alumni House (C), and Kresge House (D). The first two buildings house women (A and B); the third building houses men and women (C); and the last one houses men (D). They offer an excellent view of the campus. All rooms are suites and share bathrooms with one or two other rooms. There are also 5 student apartments on the first floors of B, C and D. The entire facility is air-conditioned. These four buildings contain a lounge and computer lab in the Gallup A building. Resident Director Ben Howard lives in the Gallup B South apartment.

Gough Residence Hall
Gough Hall is nestled in between Hainer and Guffin, and offers wonderful views from the rooms and numerous lounges. The building has a combination of suites and "long hall" traditional style floors. The entire facility is air-conditioned. A large laundry facility is available for the residents, as well as an exercise room, mail room, kitchen, and lounges.

Sparrowk Residence Hall
Sparrowk Hall opened in January of 2001. Combining modern accommodations and a friendly atmosphere, Sparrowk offers its residents a mixture of suites and traditional floors as well as full-size double and triple occupancy rooms. The residence hall also boasts a large laundry facility, mailroom, spacious lounges, and air-conditioning. The Resident Director for Sparrowk is Calvin Skinner, who lives in the apartment on the ground floor of the west wing.

Eagle Residence Hall
We opened the doors of Eagle Hall for the 2007-2008 school year. Eagle offers variations of suites and traditional floors. The residence hall offers a new aspect of campus living--the introduction of common rooms in 12 of Eagle's suites. Eagle is fully air-conditioned and is equiped with laundry facilities, mailroom, large lounges and multiple study lounges. Resident Director Anthony Harris lives in the apartment on the first floor of the north wing.

Room Type Descriptions

  • Single Room: Single rooms house only one student and one set of University furniture. This type of room carries a premium charge with it. There are not many single rooms available on the St. Davids campus.
  • Double Room: Double rooms house two students and two sets of University furniture.
  • Triple Room: Triple rooms house three students and three sets of University furniture.

The different types of housing designated by Eastern and associated cost differentiations have to do with the rooms' association with a bathroom, not with the number of students living in the room. All seven residence halls offer multiple (if not all) housing options within each building. Ask the Housing Office for room costs for the next year, available about the time of the housing lottery each spring.

  • Basic Housing: A room shares a community bathroom (which is cleaned by the University housekeeping staff) with all other rooms on the floor. Between 18-30 students share this community bathroom.
  • Semi-Private Housing: Two to three rooms share a private bathroom (which is NOT cleaned by the University housekeeping staff). Between 4-8 students share this bathroom.
  • Suite Housing: Two rooms share a private bathroom (which is NOT cleaned by the University housekeeping staff) as well as a common room between the two living units.
  • Single Housing: There are a handful of single rooms on the St. Davids campus. There is a premium room charge for a single room. The premium is added to either basic housing or semi-private housing, based on whether the single room shares a community bathroom or a private bathroom.
  • Apartment Housing: There are seven apartments on campus: five in Gallup Hall and two in Hainer Hall. Four or five students live in each apartment unit. Apartments include a living room, bathroom, kitchen (with sink and refrigerator) and two bedrooms. These apartments are filled by upperclass students who go through the Apartment Application Process during the Housing Selection Process to obtain it. Please click here for further details on that process.

Housing Costs Schedule

The Housing Contract that students sign for on-campus housing at the St. Davids campus is for an entire academic year. Be aware that changing your room can mean a change in your housing costs! All residents at St. Davids, including those living in on-campus apartments, MUST carry a Resident Meal Plan. Meal plan changes must be made AT LEAST 20 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START OF A SEMESTER.

Eastern University Housing Fees for 2012-2013

ROOM CHARGES COST PER SEMESTER COST PER YEAR
Basic Housing $2,575.00 $5,150.00
Single Premium + $505.00 + $6,014.00
Semi-Private Bath $3,007.00 $5,930.00
Suite $3,231.00 $6,462.00
Apartment $3,231.00 $6,462.00
BOARD CHARGES COST PER SEMESTER COST PER YEAR
Meal Plan* $2,232.00 $4,464.00
Summer Board 2014 $141 per week

*Unlimited Meal Plan (U) = unlimited meals per week + 50 Eagle Dollars
*15 Meal Plan (15) = 15 meals per week + 175 Eagle Dollars
*12 Plan (12) = 12 meals per week + 250 Eagle Dollars
*7 Meal Plan (7) = 7 meals per week + 400 Eagle Dollars

Over-Occupancy Housing

The resident student population for Eastern University is approximately 1,200. In order to reach this number, the Housing Office must "oversubscribe" housing because we know that there will be students who are now enrolled but for one reason or another will not be able to attend Eastern University for the upcoming semester.

Students who submit their Housing Deposit a bit later than most entering students may be placed into a smaller double or triple room. These students will be able to move into a traditional size room IF ONE BECOMES AVAILABLE.

During the first week of school, students in over-occupancy rooms will receive a letter from the Housing Office through campus mail. This letter will ask the student if they would like to be moved to a standard room if one becomes available. A student MUST respond to the Housing Office by returning the slip attached to the letter. If a student does not respond, he or she will forfeit both the opportunity to move AND any credit. If an offer to move into a standard room is not placed in campus mail by mid-September, the student's account will be credited with an "occupancy credit" of $125.00. If an offer to move into a standard size room has not been placed in campus mail by the beginning of October, a second "occupancy credit" of $125.00 will be applied to the student's account.

Please rest assured that the Housing Office will do everything possible to make timely room changes. However, if a student likes their roommate(s) and their situation (and many entering students in over-occupancy do), the student will not be forced to move after opening day. The student will be consulted before a move is made, and the student may choose to stay in an over-occupancy room. Residents who choose to stay in an over-occupancy room after being offered a move to a standard room forfeit the occupancy credit. Over-occupancy credit also does not apply if any roommate leaves the room.

Students in over-occupancy rooms can make requests about the specific type of housing they would like to be moved to. The Housing Office will try to accommodate those specific requests, but may not be able to meet them, as the housing changes will be made after the semester has begin and open spaces are very limited. The Housing Office will be making decisions based on satisfying a student's primary concern on the process, to be reassigned into a standard sized room. All other housing preferences will be considered secondarily.

Once students request to be moved out of over-occupancy housing and there is space available to move them, the move will be made and the student will be notified of the move, via their Eastern e-mail account, of the move, and the student will be asked to move within the following 48 to 72 hours. Students will need to contact their current RA to make arrangements to properly check out of their over-occupancy room. Students will also need to contact their new RA or RD about arranging a time for them to gain access to their new room and check in properly.

If a student requests to be moved out of over-occupancy housing, and the request is able to be granted, the student's semester housing cost will reflect the cost of their new, non over-occupancy room. There are no pro-rated costs associated with this process. As with all student requests to have their housing reassigned, the student is agreeing to pay the full semester cost of their new housing assignment.

Residence Hall Fines and Damages

There are a number of fines that can fall under the category of 'residence hall fines,' the most prevalent of which are room damage charges that are usually assessed and placed on the student's account at the end of the semester or academic year. At Eastern, we do not charge students a "damage deposit" and we do not add charges for any anticipated damages in the residence halls (to their room fees) as most schools do. Rather, we charge each student upon check-out of the room at the end of the semester for items that need repair according to the conditions of the room that are different from those at their check-in. There may be a residence hall fine that is posted as a result of the 'community area' damage on a hall for which no individual could be charged. In these cases, everyone on the floor is assessed a portion of the damage. The concept here is that we want students to take individual responsibility for damages to their lounges and hallways. The result is that we have very little damage done to our residence halls and we have even less vandalism in common areas because students know that other students are going to report them.

Detailed explanations for fines relating to residence halls are available from the Residence Director of the building the student lived in when the fine was assessed. Students should make any appeals concerning fines to their RD within one week of notification of the charge. Notification is made in writing directly to the student and/or through the online billing system.

The Village - Apartment-Living Housing Option for Graduate Students and Students over Age 23

If you are an Eastern University student over age 23 and are interested in affordable, all-inclusive apartment living in a Christian community with other EU students, The Village is for you. Located less than one mile from EU's St. Davids campus, The Village consists of 5 buildings with 4 apartments in each and is located in a secure, quiet, residential neighborhood.  It is within walking distance to public transportation and to the business district of Wayne, PA.

**College of Arts and Sciences students who are juniors and seniors and are interested in living in these apartments may apply through the Housing Office for consideration for placement there if space is available.

Detailed information about The Village
Sample floor plan layout for an apartment at The Village

Interested in living at The Village?  Email housing@eastern.edu and mention "The Village" or call 610-341-5840 and speak to the Housing Coordinator. Reserve your space now!

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