Living On Campus
Frequently Asked Questions
What is in my room?
All resident rooms are furnished with a standard twin extra-long size bed and mattress, dresser/ wardrobe, desk & chair per resident. Residents are not permitted to bring additional furniture and room dimensions may vary slightly. For specific community and room amenities and information, please visit the webpages for each of our community types on our Living on Campus page.
What should I bring?
Whether you live in an apartment, suite or residence hall room, we suggest you bring:
- your own twin extra-long size bedding
- mattress cover
- pillow and case
- study lamp
- trash can
- hangers for closet/ wardrobe
A word of caution — it is wise to wait until you contact your roommate(s) before you go all out with your decorating plans! We encourage all students to discuss their plans for their room with all their roommates before packing or purchasing items. For further information, check out the Move-In Checklist.
Who will be my roommate?
Roommates are matched according to the information about habits/preferences provided on the housing application. Requests for specific roommate are only honored if the requests are mutual. Room assignments, as well as the names and email contact information for roommates, will be e-mailed in mid-July and posted in the student portal. We encourage all students to reach out to connect with their roommate(s) to make plans together for what items to bring, coordinate move-in plans, and begin to get to know each other. All residents in housing are required to complete a roommate agreement at the beginning of the year and are encouraged to work with each other and their Resident Assistant for any concerns or issues that may arise.
What about cable television service?
What about phone service?
All residence hall rooms, suites and apartments are equipped with a phone jack. Local phone service is provided as part of your room cost. Also, all rooms have voice mail which is available free of charge. Phones are not provided for residents and if you wish to use the phone service you will need to bring your own phone. Each individual room in New Hall is equipped with it’s own phone jack and personal telephone number. Your phone number will be given to you at check in. Public pay phones are also available around campus but most students use cellular devices rather than landline phones.
Where do I receive my mail?
Each student living on campus is assigned a mailbox at check in. Mailboxes are located at the Mail Center. Mail is delivered once a day, Monday through Friday, and packages may be picked up in the Mail Center. Students will be notified of package deliveries via NDNU email and should check their mailbox often. Your address will be as follows:
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Avenue, Box # (Your Number)
Belmont, CA 94002
How secure are the residence halls?
The exterior doors to Julie Billiart and St. Joseph’s Halls are locked from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and only accessible to residents who live in those communities. Interior doors to the living areas are locked on a 24-hour basis and only residents of the building have access via their ID Card to the specific floor or community. New Hall rooms are only accessible to the residents of the suite by key card and Apartments are only accessible to residents of the apartment by key. Guests and visitors are expected to be with their resident host at all times and be escorted into the living areas. Public areas have surveillance cameras installed and are monitored by Public Safety. Public Safety officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week and may be contacted for lock outs or emergencies. In addition, Resident Assistants (RAs) are on duty nightly starting at 8 p.m. until 9 a.m. and can also be reached by phone to assist with lock outs or emergencies. All contact information for both Public Safety and RAs on Duty are listed on all community doors and on the Housing Office door. NDNU also has live- on professional staff who will respond for emergency response assistance. The campus also has multiple blue-light emergency phones stationed around campus which connect directly to Public Safety. Finally, NDNU works with Belmont Police Department, Belmont Fire Department and Belmont Emergency Services as a partners for serious emergency and safety response and support.
Can I bring my car?
All students (except freshmen – see freshman parking policy) are allowed to bring their cars on campus but must abide by all campus Parking Policies and Procedures. A parking permit is required. Parking permits can be obtained from the Public Safety Office in St. Mary’s Hall. There is typically ample parking on campus, but remember that there are peak times during the day and evening when you may have to park your car further away from your room or apartment. Please follow signage regarding fire zones, faculty lots, handicap spaces and restricted parking. NDNU Public Safety does issue tickets!
What if I don’t have a car?
Many students do not bring a car when they come to NDNU. Fortunately, the campus is located within 1/2 mile of various shops and services and different modes of public transportation. There are two shopping centers within walking distance from the university with grocery stores, banks, drug stores, salons, dry cleaners and a variety of restaurants and other businesses. The local bus service, SamTrans, will give you access to the entire Peninsula area and there are bus stops along Ralston Avenue and at the intersection of Ralston and El Camino Real, a half mile from campus. The commuter train, Caltrain, also has a stop at the corner of Ralston and El Camino and connects to the BART. It runs parallel to El Camino Real and will take you to San Francisco, San Jose and many cities, stops and stations in between. Maps and schedules for the bus and train service are available online and also in the Student Affairs Office in Julie Billiart Hall on the first floor.
Can I have food in my room?
While living on campus gives you a great meal plan (check out our dining services), you are allowed to have food in your room or store food in our community kitchens. However, NDNU does not permit students to have full-sized refrigerators or microwaves in individual rooms. In order to minimize power interruptions and ensure safety, we encourage you to consider renting or purchasing a MicroFridge (information below) if you wish to have a personal refrigerator or microwave. Please review the Housing License Agreement for all rules and regulations pertaining to microwaves, refrigerators, and prohibited items.
- You may wish to confer with your roommate(s) so as to avoid duplicate orders. University Housing endorses Collegiate Concepts Inc., our established partner providing MicroFridge purchases and rentals. For more information or to sign up for a MicroFridge, please look at their brochure and visit thier website www.collegeFridge.com/ND. Please note that MicroFridges are the only microwaves permitted for student rooms.
Can I cook in my room?
Due to safety and sanitary concerns, cooking is not permitted in residence hall rooms. Sandwich makers, hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, grills, or any appliance with an exposed heating element is prohibited. Microwave ovens, with the exception of MicroFridges, are also not allowed in residence hall rooms. Small appliances without exposed heating elements, such as electric water heaters or coffee makers, and small refrigerators no larger than six cubic feet are permitted in individual rooms.
Kitchens are available for resident use on the second and third floors of Julie Billiart Hall and on all three floors in St. Joseph’s Hall. For New Hall residents there is a kitchen located in the Sky Lounge on the third floor. Apartment residents, because they have kitchenettes, are permitted to cook in their apartments. Microwaves and refrigerators are provided in the apartments but any additional refrigerators students may wish to bring must still be no larger than six cubic feet or need to be a MicroFridge. Please review the Housing License Agreement for all rules and regulations pertaining to cooking, appliances and permitted items.
What about student medical insurance?
All students must provide evidence of medical insurance; it is a requirement for living on campus. If you do not have insurance, you may purchase the campus health insurance plan. The plan covers you for a period of one year. More information on health insurance can be found on the Health Insurance page.
Anything I might have forgotten?
Feel free to call the University Housing Office at 650-508-3759 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional questions!