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FAQs

Returning Student Housing Policy FAQs

Who is a commuter student?

A student living with a parent or legal guardian whose permanent residence is within 30 miles of Albright College’s main campus.

Who is an off-campus student?

A student who is approved to reside at a location other than their permanent address, college-owned housing, or college-managed housing.

Who is a resident student?

A traditional full-time undergraduate student living in college-owned or college-managed residential areas.

What if I already live off-campus? Do I need to come back to campus?

All students will need to complete the housing form regardless of current residency status. To be eligible for off-campus housing, you must be a current junior or senior, not be on social probation, and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. You will be notified of the status of your petition through your official Albright email.

What if my family (and my permanent address) move outside of the 30-mile radius mid-year? Will I be asked to move back onto campus?

You are required to keep the College apprised of any changes in permanent residency—significant changes may affect eligibility to live off-campus. Please contact the Office of Residential Life if this is a circumstance that is affecting you.

What happens if I do not complete the housing form?

You will be unable to register for courses until you complete the housing form.

If I take a summer course, am I required to live on campus during the summer?

No, you are not required to live on campus during the summer.

I have questions that are not answered here, where do I go?

Please email reslife@albright.edu with any questions that you have.

What are the next steps for Housing Selection?

If you are interested in Group Housing please complete the following:

  • Update your Housing Form preferences in the MyHousing Student Portal, if necessary, by April 20th
  • Select your meal plan in the MyHousing Student Portal April 23rd-April 26th
  • Complete the Group Housing Preference form on aLink by April 25th
  • Have 1 representative from your group attend Group Housing Selection in the Office of Residential Life on April 27th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

If you are not interested in Group Housing please complete the following:

  • Update your Housing Form preferences in the MyHousing Student Portal, if necessary, by April 20th
  • Select your meal plan and roommate(s) in the MyHousing Student Portal April 23rd-April 26th
  • Look for an email coming soon with your lottery number in your Albright email
  • Participate in online selection in the MyHousing Student Portal with your lottery number on May 1st – May 3rd

Incoming Student FAQs

What types of items are not permitted on campus?

Items such as multi-bulb lamps exceeding 3 bulbs, halogen lamps, space heaters, candles and any other items with an open flame that may be a fire hazard are not permitted on campus. Please note that this list is not inclusive. Please refer to the Community Living Guide for more details.


What if I don’t get along with my roommate?

Once you move into the residence halls, students will not be allowed to make room changes for the first two weeks. This is called a “room freeze period”. Students are encouraged to work things out with their roommate. After the first two weeks of each semester, if the roommates cannot seem to reach a solution, they can either have a member of the housing staff hold a mediation, or they should complete a Room Change Request form on aLink. Room changes will be honored based on availability and the date of the completed room change request form. However, room change requests will not be accommodated after Fall Break in the fall semester and Spring Break in the spring semester.


Is there cable in the room?

Yes, each room comes with a basic Comcast cable connection that is already included in your fees. This connection does not have the premium movie channels such as HBO, Starz, etc.  You should bring a TV and TV cable cord for your room.


Do students bring their own computers to campus?

Although there are various computer centers on campus available for student usage, many students will bring their own personal computers and laptops to campus. All residence hall locations will have wireless service to connect to the Internet.


What is an RA?

RA is an acronym for Resident Assistant. An RA is here to tend to residents’ needs. They are highly trained in the following areas:  safety, campus resources, programming, promoting a welcoming environment, and implementing the policies set forth by the College. There is an RA on duty each night. It is the RA’s job to do rounds throughout the evening in order to make sure there are no problems within the residence hall.


Who will help me with questions once I arrive?

All first-year students are welcomed by Resident Assistants (RAs), Peer Orientation Persons (POPs), Area Coordinators (ACs), and Assistant Directors (ADs). Resident Assistants are trained to help with any needs you may have. Area Coordinators and Assistant Directors are full-time professional staff members who may reside within the residence halls. Area Coordinators and Assistant Directors implement a comprehensive residential program that supports the personal growth and development of resident students.