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FAQ: Living On Campus

Living on a college campus is a new experience for the majority of our first year residents. Here are answers to some common questions:

 

1. What if I do not get along with my roommate?

It may take some time and effort to adjust to living in a residence hall and sharing your space with one, two, or three other people, but living with people who are different from yourself is an important component of your co-curricular education. As you transition to PC, your Resident Assistant (RA) can assist you and your roommate develop boundaries, set expectations, and work-through any concerns that develop. Building a positive roommate relationship may be work, but we promise it will be worth the effort.  

2. What is an RA/HD?

Every residence building at Providence College is staffed by a live-on professional staff member and a team of sophomore, junior, and senior student leaders who serve as resources to all resident students. Resident Assistants (RAs) receive intensive training and are prepared to provide support and enhance the living environment for resident students during their time as members of the PC community. Residence Hall Directors (HDs) are professional administrators living on campus who supervise Resident Assistants and are responsible for the management of their assigned buildings. 

3. Do I need a printer?

Providence College has printing available in the library, computer labs, the Slavin Center and in Davis Lounge, which are available to every student. However, students are encouraged to carefully consider their anticipated printing needs and to review the PC Prints program information here. 

4. Is there cable television in my room?

Yes, cable television is provided, however, the College does not provide cable cords so you should discuss with your roommate(s) who will bring the cord. 

5. What does my meal plan include?

All freshmen are given a meal plan. This meal plan includes:

Unlimited meals at Raymond Dining Hall, from Sunday through Saturday
$140 in Friar bucks per semester at Alumni Hall Food Court
5 guest passes per semester at Raymond Dining Hall (for five guests without cost)
Parents eat for free in Raymond Dining Hall  

6. What are the dining hours?

Raymond Dining Hall

Monday - Friday
Breakfast.....................7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lunch...........................11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Late Arrival.....................3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (limited options available)
Dinner.............................4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday Dinner..................4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays
Continental...................9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Brunch..........................10:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Dinner.............................4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Dinner.................4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

Alumni Cafeteria

Monday - Wednesday.........10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Thursday & Friday...............10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Saturday..............................12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Sunday................................12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Visit the Dining Services website for detailed meal information and hours of service during breaks in the College’s Academic Calendar.  

7. What is hall council?

The Residence Hall Council is a leadership opportunity for all students living on campus. Hall Council coordinates programs, activities, and events with the support of Residence Life staff. 

8. What transportation is provided?

All students can ride the Rhode Island public transportation for free with their student ID. There is also a neighborhood and East Side shuttle service throughout the week and weekend.  

9. Is there Wi-Fi or do I need a cord?

Providence College is a wireless campus and provides Wi-Fi everywhere on campus. It is suggested that you bring an Ethernet cord with you just in case of any complications or issues.  

10. What size sheets do I need?

The majority of the mattresses on campus are extra-long and do require extra-long sheets, with the exception of McVinney Hall and Dore Hall. Extra-long sheets will still fit however, and you will be able to use them again in your future housing assignments.  

11. What is not allowed in the room?

Providence College takes fire safety very seriously; therefore, the following items are not permitted in traditional halls: clothing irons, coffee makers with hot plates and heated styling tools. However, these items can be used in common areas such as the bathroom and kitchen.

The following prohibited items will be confiscated and disciplinary action will be taken if found in the residence halls:

· Electric blankets
· Popcorn poppers
· Hot plates/pots, rice cookers, waffle irons, griddles, broiler ovens, toasters, toaster ovens, grills, propane, flammable liquid, charcoal
· Electric heaters/air conditioners (must be approved by Disabilities Coordinator)
· Neon lights, paper lights, or Christmas/string lights
· Candles, incense, and items carrying a live flame
· Duct tape
· Pets (except fish in ten gallon tanks or less)
· Weapons and projectile devices including dart boards, pellet guns, foam dart guns, etc.
· Two-prong extension cords
· Additional furniture (e.g. couches, recliners, small foam furniture, hammocks, tables > 2’x 2’  

12. What type of security is provided in and around the residence halls?

Residence halls are only accessible via swipe access of individual students PC IDs. Each student’s room is locked either by card access or individual codes.

Security is present on campus 24 hours a day 365 days a year; they may be contacted for emergency situations at (401) 865- 2222. The Office of Safety and Security employs 30 Safety and Security Officers on campus who are available to respond to emergency situations 24 hours a day. Security patrols the interior of campus including the buildings as well as patrolling the borders of campus. At any time students may call for an escort back to their residence hall from around campus if they feel the need.

For additional information about safety on the Providence College campus, please visit the office of safety and security website by clicking here.  

13. Are there any co-ed residence halls?

Most traditional residence halls are either all-male or all-female buildings.  Aquinas Hall and Fennell Hall are both co-ed, however, they are co-ed by wing.  Students who live in either building are only able to access wings occupied by the same gender.  All apartment and suite buildings are co-ed, but they are single gender by unit. 

14. Where is residence life located?

Residence Life is located in Slavin 105.  

15. When are students permitted to live off-campus or in apartments/suites?

Freshmen and Sophomores are required to live on campus both years. Junior year students may apply to live off campus through the Office of Residence Life prior to the housing process and are informed if permission is granted, and Seniors are allowed to move off campus without restriction.  

16. Is housing available during breaks?

Housing is available during all breaks with consent from Residence Life. All students who want to remain on campus during breaks must apply to stay in a dorm that will remain open.  

17. Who do I contact for maintenance issues in my room?

If you have any maintenance issues in your room, you can contact FixIt at fixit@providence.edu.  

18. Who do I contact for technological issues?

If you have any technological issues including cable, internet, or land line connectivity you may contact Information Technology’s Help Desk at (401) 865-4357. 

 

 

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