The housing offered at the University of Scranton is very diverse. Typically first-year students live in traditional residence halls, without air conditioning. Sophomore students are typically assigned to suite style housing, specifically reserved for sophomore students. The majority of our junior/senior housing is air conditioned, with the exception of the on-campus houses and the Linden St. apartment complex, Elizabeth Ann Seaton and Katharine Drexel. Currently, our graduate housing in Herold House and Dorothy Day apartments are not air conditioned.
Buildings for first year students are not equipped with central air. It is recommended that students bring fans to use in their individual rooms. Students are permitted to open their windows but not allowed to remove their screens.
In sophomore housing, Condron, Gavigan and Redington Halls have central air** and allow for minimal temperature control in each room and suite.
In junior and senior housing, Mulberry and Madison Apartments and the new apartment building all have central air**.
The on-campus houses and Linden Street Apartments are not equipped with central air.
**A note about our space with central air conditioning: These air conditioned buildings have the service turned on typically from mid April to mid September. Northeast Pennsylvania weather has the ability to change significantly from day to day in the spring and fall months. It is challenging to accommodate the temperature preferences for the entire residence hall community but every effort is made to monitor weather reports during transitional months.
As a courtesy due to the seasonal heat, students are permitted to bring a personal air conditioning unit for summer housing if air conditioning is not provided. Residents are not permitted to secure or remove the air conditioning unit. To submit a work order, students must contact the Office of Residence Life prior to their check-in and check-out. Residence Hall Maintenance requires one week notice to complete requests.
Personal items including air conditioner units are not permitted to be stored on campus.
Residential Accommodations Related to Air Conditioning
If a student needs a residential accommodation as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), he or she must complete the Verification Form for Students Requesting Changes to the Housing Environment and return it to the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE).
The completed verification form and pertinent medical information should be sent to:
Attn: Mary Ellen Pichiarello, C.R.C.
Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE)
University of Scranton
800 Linden St.
Scranton, PA 18510
If a student living in first-year housing has an approved residential accommodation, he or she will be assigned to a room with a University owned window unit. First year students must submit completed paperwork by the Forms, Forms, Forms deadline in June. Residents granted this accommodation will be assessed a $100 charge per semester. This fee covers the cost of the electricity as well as the equipment maintenance.
Upper-class students seeking a residential accommodation must submit the completed paperwork two weeks prior to the on-campus housing lottery process. If this student chooses to participate in the on-line lottery process and selects housing in a non-central air upper-class building, he or she is given the opportunity to bring their own air conditioning unit. This unit must be installed and removed by Residence Hall Maintenance. Residents granted this accommodation will be assessed a $50 charge per semester. This fee covers the cost of electricity.
Approved residential accommodations apply to the individual resident and not his or her roommate. For more information related to the residential accommodation process, students can find additional information at CTLE's website.