Living on Campus FAQs


Interested in living on campus? Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions on what it's like to live at Gwynedd Mercy University. From how your roommates are selected to what type of food we offer, we have you covered!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I secure on-campus housing?
Where will I live?
What’s the difference between each of the four Residence Hall options?
Can I choose which building or a specific type of room?
How will I be assigned a room and a roommate?
When is the housing application deadline?  
When will I find out my housing assignment?
What is the housing contract?
What are the different meal plan options?  
What is the Health Hold?
Do you offer off-campus transportation?
What if I need special housing accommodations?
When do the residence halls open for the semester?  What about the other breaks during the year?
What are some recommendations for what I should bring to my room?
Are refrigerators and microwaves allowed?
How can I do my laundry?
Is there Wifi and cable?
Where will I get mail?
How often is my GMercyU email account used to communicate information?

How do I secure on-campus housing?

It’s super easy! Simply fill out GMercyU’s Housing Application, and either send it back via email to reslife@gmercyu.edu, fax it to 215-542-5781, or print it out and mail it to:

Office of Residence Life
1325 Sumneytown Pike
P.O. Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437

Where will I live?

First-year students will live in Loyola or St. Brigid Hall while new transfer students will live in Siena or Alexandria Hall. Visit our Residence Halls page to view our Res Hall Hunters video and learn more about your housing options.  

What’s the difference between each of the four Residence Hall options?

Loyola Hall – Traditional double rooms, community style living, communal bathroom
St. Brigid and Siena Hall - 4-person suites with 2 double rooms, shared bathroom
Alexandria Hall - Offers both double rooms and 4-person suites with shared bathroom; some suites also include living rooms

Visit our Residence Halls page to learn even more about each residence hall as well as view our Res Hall Hunters video .

Can I choose which building or a specific type of room?

On the housing application, you can rank your top two choices for the buildings in which you are eligible to live .  We do our best to honor all requests, but space is limited so not all students will receive their first choice.

How will I be assigned a room and a roommate?

Housing assignments are made based on a variety of factors including class year, gender, lifestyle preferences, roommate requests, space availability and the date by which you send in your housing deposit and complete your housing application. As on-campus housing is not guaranteed, the earlier your housing application and deposit are submitted, the more likely it is that your preferences will be met. If you already have a roommate in mind, there is a spot on the application to include that student’s information.

Send in your application and deposit today!

When is the housing application deadline?  

While we have a rolling application process, the preferred deadline is May 1, 2018.  Students can apply after this date; however, we assign housing based on availability.  The earlier the application and deposit are received, the more likely housing can be secured and preferences accommodated.  

When will I find out my housing assignment?

Housing assignments will be mailed home prior to July 15 and will contain your building, room, and any roommate contact information.  If you apply for housing after July 15, we will continue to mail this information home through mid-August. However, as we get closer to the opening of the halls, we will send information via your GMercyU email account only.

What is the housing contract?

The Annual Room and Board Contract is a binding, annual contract that is required to be signed before moving into a residence hall. The signature area is located on the back of the housing application.  If you are under the age of 18 when applying for housing, you will also need the signature of a parent or guardian. Contact our office directly if you are not sure about housing for the full academic year so we can discuss the options available. 

What are the different meal plan options?  

All residents are required to choose one of three meal plans: 19, 15 or 10 meals a week.  First-year students must choose either the 15 or 19 meal plan option.  In addition, M.E.R.V. Bucks are included with each meal plan, which can be used at all dining locations on campus in place of cash.  MERV Bucks carry over from the fall to spring semester but will expire at the end of the spring term.  Additional money (called Flex Dollars) can be added to a card by going to the Campbell Solution Center.  Flex Dollars expire once a student has left the university.

Learn more about GMercyU's dining services.

What is the Health Hold?

All residents are required to have medical forms completed and on file in the Health & Wellness Center prior to move-in day.  Information on what is needed will be provided to you once you submit your housing application and deposit. Students who do not submit the required health information will have their housing eligibility put on hold.  This is for the health and safety of all students living on campus. 

Do you offer off-campus transportation?

Yes! The Griffin Loop provides transportation to local shopping areas and a nearby movie theater at no additional cost to you. The Griffin Loop runs from Thursday to Sunday each week. Our Office of Public Safety also provides free shuttle service to and from the local train station so you can get back and forth to Philadelphia for internships or if you’re just looking to have some fun in the city. 

What if I need special housing accommodations?

If you need special housing accommodations due to a disability, contact our Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office. For more information on the SAS process, please visit the Student Accessibility Services page. 

When do the residence halls open for the semester?  What about the other breaks during the year?

Unless you are an early arrival, the residence halls open on Thursday, August 23, 2018.  Specific information on the opening of the residence halls will be included in the assignment letter sent home. This letter also will include the schedule of all break periods.

What are some recommendations for what I should bring to my room?

The housing assignment letter will include a full list of recommended items to bring as well as items that are not allowed.  Regardless, we do recommend that students to speak with their roommate so they can discuss who will bring items that may be shareable, such as a mini refrigerator.  

Are refrigerators and microwaves allowed?

Each resident may bring their own refrigerator that cannot be larger than 4.0 cubic feet.  Microwaves, no larger than 700 watts, are only allowed in the Alexandria Hall suites.  Other buildings and floors will have close access to a microwave located in the hall’s lounge or kitchen areas.

How can I do my laundry?

Not only are washers and dryers located in each residence hall and are FREE to use! Also, brand new machines were installed just a couple of years ago!  For the washers, it is highly recommended that High Efficiency (HE) Pods or HE liquid detergent be used.  At no time should powder detergent be placed into the washing machines.

Is there Wifi and Cable?

All of the residence halls have WiFi throughout the building as well as wired access in the rooms through the use of an Ethernet cord.  Each room also has the capability for cable so long as residents bring a TV and coaxial cable.  

Where will I get mail?

You will receive a mailbox in their residence hall to retrieve normal mail and very small packages.  Any package that cannot be placed in the mailbox will be available in the mailroom.  You will receive a package slip notifying them of their package to pick up. If someone would like to send your mail, please use the following address:  

Name
GMercyU Box # (found in assignment letter)
1325 Sumneytown Pike
PO Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437

How often is my GMercyU e-mail account used to communicate information?

GMercyU email is the official form of communication and you should be checking it on a regular basis.  Our office, as well as other offices and departments on campus, will consistently send out information to your GMercyU e-mail account.