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! 

What to Bring & What Not to Bring (PDF)
2020-2021 Guide to Residence Life (PDF)
Cleaning Guide (PDF)

How do I secure on-campus housing?

It’s super easy! Simply fill out GMercyU’s Housing Application. It's optimized for all devices so you can fill it out right on your phone or tablet!

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 learn more about your housing options. You can also view our "Res Hall Hunters" video below. 

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. You can also view our "Res Hall Hunters" video below.

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. 

Due to COVID-19, students living on campus will not be given a direct roommate and each student will have their own bedroom.  Students in our suite-style buildings will have a suitemate, however.

When is the housing application deadline?

While we have a rolling application process, the preferred deadline is generally May 1 each year. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the preferred deadline is June 1, 2020. 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 were emailed to your personal and GMercyU email account on July 3, 2020. The email will contain your building, room, any roommate contact information, move-in details, and a list of what to bring or not bring.  If you applied for housing after this date we will continue to e-mail this information leading up to move-in.

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?

Due to COVID-19, there have been changes to the meal plan options.  As of July 3, 2020, residents will be able to select either 15 meals per week or a 100 Block Plan (details still being determined).  On a block plan, there are no weekly meal use restrictions.  If you run out of meals on the block plan, you can purchase more in 10 or 15 meal incerements.  Any meals unused at the end of the semester will not carry over to the next.  All residents will be required to choose one of these meal plans. 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.

Specific information about dining hours for the 2020 Fall semester, meal plan pricing, and changing the meal plan were sent to all resident students via e-mail on July 9, 2020.

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 by August 1.  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?

Previously, the University has had The Griffin Loop, which transports students to local shopping areas and a nearby movie theater at no additional cost. However, it will not be in operation for the 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID-19.

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

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

In an effort to maintan physical distancing and the safety of all in mind, Residence Life will be implementing a process by which residents will select a specific date and time to come to campus to drop off items in their room.  Students will then go back home until Sunday, August 30, 2020 with classes beginning  on Monday, August 31, 2020.  An email was sent to all residential students (by building) on July 27, 2020 that gave the dates and times students could sign up to drop items off. At this time, the only residents we expect to be allowed to stay on campus previous to August 30 will be the Residence Life student staff.

The fall semester features the following break periods:

Fall Break: Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20-Residence Halls remain open

Thanksgiving Break: Tuesday, November 24-Sunday, November 28- Residence Halls close at 5 PM on Tuesday, November 24 and re-open at 12 PM on Sunday, November 28.  Students will be contacted previous to this break period about moving items home ahead of Winter Break.

Winter Break: Friday, December 18-Wednesday, January 6, 20201- Residence Halls close at 5 PM on Friday, December 18 and will currently re-open on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.  Details about leaving items in room over the Winter Break period or all residents needing to completely move out will be communicated in November.

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

The housing assignment email will include a full list of recommended items to bring as well as items that are not allowed. As students may be asked to leave housing at anytime during the semester due to COVID-19, we recommend students consider this when deciding on packing and how many items to bring to campus.

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, they are FREE to use!

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. Cable TV is only offered in lounges throughout the residence halls as most students are using streaming services or their home TV provider online to watch television programs.

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 an email or text message notifying them of their package to pick up. If someone would like to send your mail, please use the following address:  

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. 

If I have more questions about residence life, who can I talk to?

We'd love to help! Just email the Office of Residence Life at or call us at 267-448-1305.