Welcome to Residence Life at Northwest Christian University. Northwest Christian University believes that the residential experience is educationally beneficial to all students and an important part of the University experience.
NCU is committed to ensuring the academic and personal success of each student.
Research has shown that students living on campus have greater involvement in the campus community, achieve higher grades, have increased contact with faculty members and students, have additional opportunities for leadership development, and are more likely to graduate!
For this reason, we require that all students under 21 years of age live on campus. We offer a variety of housing options to best fit your needs.
Below you will find information regarding on-campus housing costs, various on-campus housing options for undergraduates, different NCU on-campus housing policy forms, and a list of NCU Residence Life frequently asked questions.
IMPORTANT DATES - Fall 2018
New Student Move-In: Saturday, August 25th, 8am – 12PM
Returning Student Move-In: Sunday, August 26th, 4PM
Returning Student Meals Begin: Tuesday, August 28th, Dinner
Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 22rd – Sunday, November 25th
*Campus housing will remain open but the cafeteria will be closed. Last meal served will be dinner on Wednesday the 21nd. Meals will resume Sunday the 25th at dinner.
Christmas Break: Saturday, December 15th – Monday, January 14th.
*Campus housing will be closed beginning at noon on Saturday, December 15th. Housing will re-open Saturday, January 12th at noon. Last meal of the semester will be dinner on Friday, December 14th.
On Campus Living Options
We currently offer four different styles of on-campus housing options that provide an encouraging, educational environment for students located conveniently near classrooms, library, and athletic facilities. There are one traditional residence hall and five apartment-style buildings available. Each living area is also equipped with internet and security services. All students who are under 21 years of age shall live on campus. For a complete overview of NCU’s residency requirements, please consult the NCU Student Handbook.
Burke-Griffeth Residence Hall (Underclassman)
Burke-Griffeth Residence Hall (commonly known as BG) has two designated floors – one for women and one for men. The floors are comprised of three designated halls for women and two halls for men which usually house freshmen and sophomore students. Each hall has a large community bathroom and each floor has a kitchen area, lounge, and laundry services. The cafeteria, coffee shop, and security services are located on the first floor of the BG building.
Mom Richart Apartments (Underclassmen)
Mom Richart offers 20 one-bedroom apartments which usually house upperclassmen students. Each apartment has a full kitchen, bathroom, and living area. Apartment doors open to a common hallway. A parking lot and laundry room are conveniently located underneath the building.
The recently acquired Hilyard apartments are comprised of 4 buildings – two buildings with single-occupancy rooms, one building with double-occupancy rooms, and one building with a variety of room styles. All buildings are located within a locked gate. Each apartment contains a full kitchen, bathroom, and living room. The laundry room is centrally located underneath one of the buildings.
Burke-Griffeth Hall*, Double occupancy room, 19 meals per week: $4,650 per semester
Burke Griffeth Hall*, Single occupancy room, 19 meals per week: $5,300 per semester
Apartment **, Double occupancy room, 5 meals per week: $4,550 per semester
Apartment**, Single occupancy room, 5 meals per week: $5,300 per semester
*Includes triple room: The triple occupancy room is slightly larger in size. Single rooms are reserved for special circumstances and are based on availability.
**Apartments are reserved for upperclassmen in good standing. Additional meals can be added to meal plan.
Apartment Residents Only (Additional Meals Optional):
3 Additional Meals per week (Total 10/week): $400 per semester
5 Additional Meals per week (Total 10/week): $660 per semester
10 Additional meals per week (Total 15/week): $1350 per semester
As a residential campus, we provide both traditional residence hall and apartment-style housing options for our students. NCU’s housing policy means that most students live on campus for three years. Students who are married, over 21, or living with their parents are automatically exempt from on-campus residency. In this strong living-learning community you will be living with students from a variety of backgrounds as you learn and grow together. Join the campus community and experience a place where you can shine both in and out of the classroom. Exemptions to the housing policy are reviewed by the Housing Committee once an Exemption Request form to move off campus is submitted. This form must be submitted to the Office of Student Life by June 1 for Fall Housing or November 1 for Spring Housing.
Click here for the Housing Exemption Form
For a complete overview of NCU’s residency requirements, please consult the Student Handbook.
New student check-in happens on the first day of Orientation in the fall and spring. Specific move-in information will be sent with Orientation materials. The Residence Life team will meet you at the end of the Orientation “check-in/registration” tables where you will receive your key and room condition form.
If you do not arrive during Orientation check-in times, please call the Resident Assistant on duty at 541-517-1379 or make prior arrangements with the Office of Student Life at 541-684-7345.
Personal Property Insurance
Information regarding personal property insurance will be given out when students check into their housing assignment. Personal property insurance may be purchased for residence hall room and apartment contents, but is not required. We also encourage you to check your homeowner’s policy because many policies will include coverage for student belongings while at college.
New Students Living on Campus
Each year new students must fill out a Room & Board Agreement along with a New Student Housing Profile. The New Student Profile is helpful if a student does not have a roommate preference. It is used to match students together based on their sleeping and living habits, music choices and hobbies or interests.
Returning Students Living on Campus
Returning students who are remaining on campus must complete a Returning Room & Board Agreement and Student Housing Application. The Room & Board Agreement is used for residence hall preference. It provides options for which hall, what occupancy and how many meals the student would like. The Student Housing Application provides returning students with the opportunity to choose who they would like as a roommate for the following year.
With these forms, there is a $100 deposit fee that must be paid before the applications can be processed.
Students Living Off Campus
If a student is over the age of 21 there is a University Housing Exemption form that must be completed.
Automatic exemptions are:
- Commuting daily from a student’s permanent home of residence of their parent/legal guardian.
- 21 years or older before September 1.
- Parent/legal guardian caring for a dependent child.
The Housing Committee meets to determine whether an exemption is permitted for the following reasons:
- Special Circumstances
Residence Life Mission Statement
Policies and policy enforcement are based on Christian values, the importance of promoting a living-learning community, and encouraging ethical decision-making in the residence halls. Residence halls are a microcosm of the greater community, church, and the world. Students live among diverse opinions, cultures, and lifestyles. Part of living in the residential community is learning how to negotiate differences and build bridges between people.
The values of Northwest Christian University are reflected in the objectives utilized by the Resident Assistants. Each Resident Assistant will work to develop a community in their living area focused on the four Residence Life objectives: Community, Learning, Service, and Christ.
Resident Assistants live on each floor with residents and assist with residential student needs including programming, maintenance needs, and policy enforcement. A Resident Director (RD) lives in each of our buildings as live-on administrators and provides NCU with 24/7 staffing presence. This professional staff member provides residential students the support that they need to navigate their college living-learning environment and also ensures the safety of our on-campus students.
Resident Assistants lead programs for their residents that focus on social, spiritual, and relational wellness. Hall program examples include movie or spa night, Bible studies, dinner and discussions, craft projects, Residence Hall Music Videos, or community service projects. During the first week of fall semester, Residence Life along with Student Programs and Campus Ministry host Week of Welcome (WOW) to help first-year and transfer students in their transition to academic and student life at NCU.
In addition to traditional programs, students can become a member of a Community Life Group to come together and experience a life-changing community of faith. Life Groups give you the opportunity to know and be known, love and be loved, serve and be served, celebrate and be celebrated in one body that is directed toward growing in Christ in order to glorify Him in our daily lives.
Students enjoy regular outings and activities with residents from other floors and buildings through social activities both on and off campus. For more information on campus events, please see the Events Calendar.
Residence Life FAQ
Do male and female students live together; What are the housing options?
One floor in Burke-Griffeth is designated for male students and one floor for female students. Mom Richart apartments are comprised of 20 double occupancy and individual units, so floors can easily accommodate both males and females. The Hilyard apartments have 23 single occupancy apartments, 12 double occupancy apartments, and two larger bedrooms (four resident) units. Every apartment has its own kitchen, bathroom and living room.
What data access is available in the living areas?
Each student has access to wireless internet throughout the residence halls in Burke-Griffeth and Mom Richart apartments. If you are having trouble connect to the NCU internet, please contact the Help Desk.
What should my student bring with him/her for living in campus-provided housing?
Northwest Christian University provides beds, dressers, desks, and chairs for each student. Anything else the student would like to have must be purchased. Here are some specific things to remember:
- Bring bed linens for extra-long twin beds.
- Bring a surge-protected power bar. Fire codes prohibit the use of extension cords of any kind in the living areas. Only power bars with surge protectors are allowed.
- We recommend that you contact your future roommate to coordinate bringing larger items like a TV, stereo, large chairs, couches, mini-fridge, microwave, etc.
What NOT to bring:
- Pets that won’t live underwater
- Firearms, ammunition, weapons
- Electric blankets
- Candles, incense
For a full list, please refer to the student handbook.
When will I find out where I am assigned and who my roommate(s) will be?
We typically send out room assignments in mid-July. When you receive your room assignment, it will include the name and contact information for your roommate.
How many roommates will I have?
Typically only one roommate. Our housing options are standard double-occupancy. There are some options that involve a single or triple room in Burke-Griffeth Hall; however, those are very limited and are only considered under unique circumstances.
When can I move in?
The official check-in day for fall is the first day of Orientation. We strongly recommend that you arrive on campus on Saturday morning and move into your housing assignment at that time. Some students are required to move in early because they are involved with an athletic team, music group, or other activity that requires early arrival. If you are involved with one of those groups, you will receive information about your arrival date from your coach, director or the coordinator of the activity with which you are involved.
Where do I go to check in?
If you arrive during Orientation, specific instructions will be given prior to your arrival on campus. When you arrive for Orientation check-in will take place in the Quad. The Residence Life team will be there to check you into your new room.
If you arrive on any other day during regular business hours, please go to the Office of Student Life on the first floor of the Goodrich Administration Building. If the office is closed when you arrive, please call the Resident Assistant on duty at 541-517-1379.
What can I do to personalize my room?
We encourage students to decorate and personalize their rooms. Poster Putty is recommended. Rooms are not to be painted, nor may the facility be modified in any way. This includes putting up shelves that are screwed into the wall, changing light fixtures or switches, or drilling holes in desks. Due to fire code, nothing may be hung from the ceiling and no University-owned furniture may be removed from the room.
What is a loft kit and how can I get one?
Students may request to have their bed lofted by using a loft kit. A loft kit allows you to raise a bed in order to create a workspace beneath. Loft kits are not available for every room and are disbursed on a first come, first-served basis. Please talk with an RA when you move in on campus to receive a loft kit.
How big is my room?
Layouts and dimensions of typical rooms in all living areas can be found above, under Housing Options.