Students in Hallway

Living On Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

What is in my room in the Residence Halls?

  • Each room in the residence halls is designed to accommodate two people. The rooms are furnished with:
    • standard twin size beds
    • dressers
    • desks & chairs
    • mirrors
    • sink
    • walk-in closet

    In addition, each floor of the residence halls has two central bathrooms, kitchen, lounge and a card-operated washer and dryer.

  • Each suite in New Hall is designed for four people (one person per room) and includes:
    • a bathroom with shower
    • a common area and two sinks

    Individual rooms are furnished with a long twin sized bed, dresser, desk and a wardrobe. Card-operated washer and dyers are located on the first floor of New Hall.

What is in my Apartment?

Each apartment is designed for two or three people and includes:

  • kitchenette
  • living room with study area
  • one large bedroom and bathroom

Apartments are furnished with:

  • standard twin size beds
  • drapes
  • chairs
  • sofa
  • table
  • coffee table and TV stand
  • Closets, dressers and bookshelves are built in
  • Card-operated washers and dryers are located in The Oaks (next to the pool).

What should I bring?

Whether you live in an apartment or residence hall room, we suggest you bring:

  • your own long twin size bed sheets
  • mattress cover
  • blanket
  • bedspread/comforter
  • pillow and case
  • towels
  • study lamp
  • iron
  • alarm clock
  • trash can

A word of caution — it is wise to wait until you meet your roommate(s) before you go all out with your decorating plans. For further information, check out the What to Bring Tips.PDF

Who will be my roommate?

Roommates are matched according to the information about habits/preferences provided on the housing application. Room assignments, as well as the names and contact information for roommates, will be mailed in mid-July.

What about cable television service?

NDNU offers 45 channels of cable TV (Argo TV Channel Listing) for resident students. Having difficulties getting all the channels? Download the Making Your TV Cable Ready Guide.

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. If you do not already have a phone, you may want to wait to see if your roommate brings one. Each individual room in New Hall is equipped with its own phone jack and personal telephone number. Your phone number will be given to you at check in. Public phones are also available in the lobby area of each residence hall.

Long Distance service: Calling cards are available at any major retail outlet.

Where do I receive my mail?

Each student living on campus is assigned a personal mailbox at check in. Mailboxes are located in the Mail Center. Mail is delivered once a day, Monday through Friday, and packages may be picked up in the Mail Center in Ralston Hall. Your address will be as follows:

Student Name
Notre Dame de Namur University

1500 Ralston Avenue, Box # (Your Number)
Belmont, CA 94002

How secure are the residence halls?

The exterior doors to JB and St. Joe’s Halls are locked from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Interior doors to the living areas are locked on a 24-hour basis. A call box is provided at the entrance of JB and St. Joe’s Halls so that visitors may call the student they are visiting and be escorted into the living areas. Public Safety officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week and may be contacted by cell phone. In addition, two residence staff members are on duty nightly starting at 8 p.m. in the lobby offices of JB Hall and St. Joe’s Hall.

Can I bring my car?

Students (except freshmen – see freshman parking policy) are allowed to bring their cars on campus. A parking permit is required. Parking permits can be paid for in the Business Office and obtained from the Public Safety Office, both located 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 than normal. Please follow signage regarding fire zones, faculty lots, handicap spaces and restricted parking.

What if I don’t have a car?

Not all students 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. These areas have between them three grocery stores, six banks, three video rental stores, two drug stores, two hair salons, four dry cleaners and a variety of restaurants and other businesses. The local bus service, SamTrans, will give you access to the entire Peninsula area. There are bus stops along Ralston Avenue and at the intersection of Ralston and El Camino Real, one half mile from campus. The commuter train, Caltrain, also has a stop at the corner of Ralston and El Camino. It runs parallel to El Camino Real and will take you to San Francisco, two large shopping malls, San Jose and points in between. Maps and schedules for the bus and train service are available at the University Switchboard in St. Mary’s Hall.

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. NDNU does not permit students to have full-sized refrigerators or microwaves in New Hall, Julie Billiart Hall or St. Joseph’s Hall. In order to minimize power interruptions, we encourage you to consider renting or purchasing a MicroFridge (information below) if you wish to have both appliances in your room.

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, coffee pots,  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 hot pots or coffee makers, and small refrigerators no larger than six cubic feet are permitted in New Hall, Julie Billiart and St. Joseph’s Hall 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.

Please review the Housing License Agreement for all rules and regulations pertaining to cooking, appliances and permitted items.

What are some of NDNU’s partner vendors?

  • MicroFridge
    • You may also 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  Please note that MicroFridges are the only microwaves permitted for student rooms.
  • Fidelity Insurance for College Property
    • Fidelity Associates offers low-cost property insurance to students living on campus at NDNU. While students may be covered under their parents’ homeowners policy, this program offers much lower deductibles and will keep any claims off of the record of the homeowners’ policy, helping to prevent future premium increases. Check out their brochure or visit their website (

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 for any additional questions!

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