Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Questions About Housing
Benefits of living on campus
What is the housing policy?
All undergraduate students with fewer than 58 earned credit hours are required to reside in on-campus housing. For first-time freshmen, on-campus housing is defined as residency in Holmes Hall, Merner Hall, Pfeiffer Hall, or the CAU Suites. For students that are not first-time freshmen, but have fewer than 58 earned credit hours, on-campus housing is defined as residency in the CAU Suites, Heritage Commons, or Brawley Hall.
Why should I live on campus?
Residence halls offer a great opportunity to meet new friends, get involved, and find other people with common interests. Residence halls are more than just a place to sleep. Residents have access to studying areas and Internet connections in each room. When you live on campus, you are close to classes and places to eat and enjoy other recreational activities, like the Student Center. All halls have card-operated laundry rooms and coin operated vending machines. Trained Residence Life staff members have been specially chosen for their desire and commitment to assist and be accessible to students.
In addition, research shows that students that reside on campus experience a number of benefits compared with students that do not reside on campus. The benefits include:
- Higher GPA
- Higher Retention
- Higher Graduation (within 4 - 6 years)
- More likely to attend graduate or professional school (i.e., law school, medical school, etc.).
What is the difference between a residence hall and off campus?
Clark Atlanta University residence halls offer convenience. Your housing fee is all you pay -- no hook-up or monthly charges for cable TV, water, gas, electricity, or rent. Your contract allows you the flexibility to go home during winter and summer breaks, co-op or student teach and no hassle with finding someone to sublet your 12-month apartment lease.
What's in my room?
Traditional Style (Merner Hall, Holmes Hall, Pfeiffer Hall)
Rooms contain two beds, two desks, two chairs, two closets or wardrobes. Internet access is provided.
Suite Style (CAUSuites)
Rooms contain two beds, two desks, two chairs, two closets or wardrobes and refrigerator and microwave. Internet access is provided.
Does housing provide linens?
What size sheets do I buy?
Twin Extra Long (All halls except Heritage Commons)
Full Sheets (Heritage Commons)
Are the rooms carpeted?
Can I decorate my room?
Your room is your home for nine months, so bring what you need to feel at home - - within reason! Plants, CAU paraphernalia, and matching bedspreads can all add that special touch. Please remember that the room and the furniture must be found in the same condition as when you checked in, or you will be assessed damages for the difference.
Can I bring my own furniture?
Yes and no. You're encouraged to make your room as homey as possible. We have provided you with all the essential furniture, but if you have a favorite chair, desk, chest, or whatever, you can bring that, too. You cannot remove any of the original furniture from the room. You will be charged for any missing furniture when you check out.
Are any of the halls air-conditioned?
Yes, all the residence halls at Clark Atlanta University are air-conditioned.
Who cleans my room?
You and your roommate (not Mom) are responsible for the daily cleanliness of your room. Your residence hall custodians are responsible for cleaning hallways, lobbies, community bathrooms, and other community areas outside of your personal room. In addition, monthly cleanliness health checks will be conducted and rooms found unsatisfactory will be assessed damages.
Can I study in the residence hall?
Studies have consistently shown that freshmen living on campus are more likely to return to the University for their second semester than those living off campus. The Department of Housing and Residence Life and the Office of Information Technologies have combined resources to provide extensive services to students in the residence halls, such as Wi-Fi, wall internet connection and study areas.
Can I smoke in my room?
No! All residence halls at Clark Atlanta University are smoke-free. Violators will be directed for judicial sanction.
Is there a telephone in my room?
No. However, in most halls there is at least one phone in the lobby or common area on which local phone service is provided free of charge.
Do I get cable TV?
Yes, each room has a cable TV hook-up that is also paid through your room housing cost. Students only need to supply a cable cord connection from the wall to TV to activate.
Students can order additional channels by contacting Comcast directly and will be responsible for any additional cost. A complete list of channels will be provided upon check in. Televisions in lobby areas are connected to cable and are available for student use 24 hours a day.
Can I have a car on campus?
Yes, but you must buy a parking decal and have displayed on your vehicle at all times. Parking is only permitted in specific areas designated by your decal, and you will get a boot placed on your vehicle (at owner’s expense) if you are caught parking in a lot without the proper decal. Failure to abide this rule can lead to your car will be towed by close of business. Good spaces are limited, so you're encouraged to walk, ride a bike, or use the shuttle. To purchase your parking decal, you must register your vehicle with the LAZ Parking (located behind the Student Center).
Finding a roommate
Will my best friend and I be able to live together?
The earlier you both complete your applications, the better your chances will be for you to be roommates. Many lasting and rewarding friendships have resulted from meeting and living with a new person.
How will you assign me to a room?