An exterior view of the Living Learning Center residence hall at Assumption College.

Living on Campus

You’ve applied and been accepted. Congratulations! Now its time to begin planning for Check-in Day. On Check-in Day, hundreds of Assumption students, staff – and even the University President – will be on hand to welcome you and help carry all of your belongings.

The residential areas of Assumption University offer you a unique experience in community living that extends the learning process of the University beyond the classroom. Each of our 18 residential areas varies in size, programs and facilities. Students and staff work cooperatively to establish and maintain a living environment that fosters spiritual, educational, personal, and social growth for our residential population. Each student is invited to become an active participant in the community building effort. At Assumption, we believe that with freedom comes responsibility. This responsibility includes a respect for the dignity of the people and property of the University community. Need an accommodation? The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. 

Living on campus with a roommate and becoming a member of the Assumption community can be an important part of your university education. At Assumption, 85 percent of students live on campus for all four years, which enables students to build a strong network of friends for life. You’ll be part of a dynamic community where there is always something to do.

Living on Campus at Assumption

  • As members of the Office of Residential Life at Assumption University, we are dedicated to the development of an inclusive residential community that fosters individual growth and learning. We promote a safe and supportive living environment by encouraging mutual respect, and an openness toward individual differences, in support of Catholic teaching. We provide opportunities for leadership development, individual success, and social and moral responsibility.

    Ultimately, our mission is to provide a residential environment that extends the students’ education beyond the classroom, emphasizes personal choice and accountability, establishes a network of support and guidance, and develops the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

  • The staff may be reached at 508-767-7505.

    Kristen White
    Director of Residential Life

    Alana Richard
    Assistant Director of Residential Life

    Taylor Burke 
    Area Coordinator – The Village Area (Plough, Cesareo, and West Halls)

    Rachel Hudson
    Resident Director – Alumni and Desautels Halls

    Mckeon Midland
    Resident Director- Salisbury Hall; The Hill (T’s, Aubuchon, and Bissonnette)

    Hailey O’Brien
    Area Coordinator – Living Learning Center and Wachusett Halls

  • How are residence halls staffed?
    Each residential area is staffed with  Resident Assistants, who are responsible for an individual floor or area. Resident Directors are full-time professional staff responsible for the overall administration of the residence halls. Resident Assistant positions are filled by upper-class and graduate students who have been chosen because of their leadership ability. They receive special training in areas such as community building, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention.

    How are rooms/roommates assigned?
    All first-year students who wish to live on campus in the fall are able to indicate housing preferences through an online housing survey.  This information aids in the process of matching first-year students with roommates and rooms. First-year students are also eligible to request and live with a specific roommate(s) if interested. New students are assigned to a residence hall after all orientation sessions have been completed. By the end of July, resident students will be notified of their room assignments and roommate(s) contact information. First-year student will live in one of the following residence halls, Alumni, Desautels, Salisbury, Worcester, Nault (substance-free housing) or Hanrahan Hall (honors housing). Because of Assumption’s very wide range of on-campus housing options, over eighty-five percent of the University’s students live on-campus for all four years. After their first year, students are eligible to enter a housing selection process in order to secure housing and roommates for the following academic year.

    How do I go about changing my room?
    The Office of Residential Life recognizes that not all people are compatible and, at times, a room change may be a solution. Students contemplating a room change should begin by discussing the situation with their roommate(s) and seeking the assistance of their Head Resident Assistant /Resident Assistant, and/or Resident Director. The specifics of the room change policy are as follows:

    • Every resident student signs a contract to occupy a room in a specific building or townhouse. That student is financially responsible for her/his assigned space for the duration of the contract.
    • A room change is an amendment to this contract. A change of room requires the written approval of the Resident Director. All room changes must be initiated with the Head Resident Assistant/Resident Assistant, Resident Director of the student’s assigned living area.
    • Housing Freeze: during the first week of each semester, no student-initiated room changes are allowed.
    • After the first week of the semester, residents may change their rooms providing space is available. To initiate such a change these students must contact their Resident Director. S/he will assist them with the room change procedure and timeline for moving.
    • The University reserves the right to change room assignments at its discretion.
    • Unauthorized room changes will result in disciplinary action.

    What if my roommate and I don’t see eye-to-eye?
    successfully sharing a room with another person requires communication and compromise. While most students live well together, there are times when conflict arises. We encourage you to turn to your Resident Assistant for assistance. They can serve as a neutral third party to help come to a favorable compromise for all parties involved. As a last resort, the Resident Director of the area can assist a resident with a room change. However, a moving resident must do so voluntarily.

    What is provided for me in my room?
    Per occupant, each room is equipped with one bed/bed frame, one desk and chair, and one wardrobe/dresser. In addition, the room is also equipped with window shades, towel racks, overhead lighting, and one phone jack. Each room has one cable TV port and enough Internet computer ports for one per person. Wireless access is also available in all residential areas. Computer access from your room is ideal, however, there are computer rooms on campus for everyone’s use.

    What is your policy on alcohol?
    In conformity with Massachusetts law, only students who have attained the age of (21) twenty-one are permitted the use of alcoholic beverages in their private residences, within approved residential areas and at officially authorized campus functions. Massachusetts’s law forbids the sale or serving of alcoholic beverages to persons under (21) twenty-one years of age. All students, faculty, administrators, and staff are expected to abide by such law. Illegal and/or unauthorized possession of alcoholic beverages in any form, intoxication, and possession of alcoholic beverage containers, whether empty or full, is considered grounds for disciplinary action under the University Conduct Code.

    Which residence halls prohibit alcohol regardless of age?
    Alumni, Desautels, Salisbury, and Worcester halls are all dry residence halls where alcohol is not permitted.  Alcohol is allowed in other halls provided residents of the room/apartment are of legal drinking age.

    How to protect your personal property?
    Always keep your room locked, but in the event that something happens to your personal property (i.e., theft, fire, accidents), it is always better to be safe than sorry because the University does not assume that liability. Residential Life recommends you invest in renter insurance through Grad Guard. They provide a student personal property plan and can be found at You can also check with your family’s home owner’s insurance policy to see if you are covered in the event something happens.

    What if I lose my room key?
    On the first day of occupancy on campus each resident student will be issued a building/room or townhouse key. Should students become locked out of their room, they can, after trying to find their roommate(s), call Public Safety/Campus Police, extension 7225, to open the door.

    How do I request a repair in the Residence Hall?
    Maintenance repairs in your room (i.e.: malfunction of a light, broken window, etc.) should be reported to Buildings and Grounds at 508-767-7391, or via email to

    Who cleans my room?
    Students are expected to clean their rooms. Students are asked to remove trash from rooms to common areas trash receptacles. The Buildings and Grounds Staff cleans all public areas (bathrooms, stairwells, hallways and lounges).

    Where can I do my laundry?
    Each residential area is equipped with washers and dryers located in the laundry rooms. Laundry is free and included in tuition. Students use their Assumption University ID Card to operate washers and dryers.

    Do I need to have a meal plan?
    All first-year students are required to purchase a meal plan.  Please visit the Dining Services website for more information.

    Can I stay on campus during the break periods?
    During periods in which the University is closed, the Residential Areas are also closed. It is expected that students will leave campus at the time designated by the Residential Life Office. Students who believe they have a valid reason to remain in campus housing during an interim period may submit a formal request for Break Housing through the Residential Life Office. Information on Break Housing will be available to residents prior to each break.

  • Assumption University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities including housing accommodations. Students who wish to request a residential accommodation should contact for the most current Housing Accommodation Application. Housing Accommodation Applications are due for review by the Student Accommodations Committee at the following times:

    • Incoming Students: Application due prior to the final June Orientation session
    • Returning students: Applications due at the end of January

    Know that the University will work with you to find an appropriate placement.

    Housing Accommodation Online Application

    Housing Accommodation Policy

    Service Animals

    Assumption University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Assumption University permits the use of a Service Animal by individuals with a disability in any area open to the general public.

    The policy applies to any Service Animal whose user or handler is participating in the University’s programs or activities or who is on the college’s campus, including University Housing.  This policy includes students, employees and third parties.  The policy applies to all Service Animals, including working Service Animals, Service Animals in training and Service Puppies.

    Assumption University Service Animals Policy

    This policy does not apply to “Assistance Animals”, see information below and separate policy. 

    Assistance Animals

    Assumption University (AU) is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (“ADA Amendments Act”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Fair Housing Act.  The University engages in an interactive and collaborative process with students in order to determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations, including the accommodation of Assistance Animals.   Assumption University reserves the right to amend this Policy as circumstances require.  This policy applies solely to “Assistance Animals” (defined within policy) which may be necessary in Campus housing.  It does not apply to “Service Animals” as defined by the ADA Amendments Act.

    Assumption University Assistance Animals Policy

  • As you prepare to pack for campus, please see below a list of items to bring with you.

    Health and Wellness:

    • Health insurance information (insurance card, primary physician’s phone number)
    • Prescription medicines or over the counter medications
    • Refillable water bottle
    • First aid: Band-aids, topical antibiotic cream/ointment, heat pad (microwave preferred), ice packs
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Paper products, including tissues and paper towels
    • Laundry detergent, soap, and other hygiene products

    Classroom supplies:

    • Computer – laptop preferred
    • Cell phone
    • Power strip
    • Ear buds
    • School supplies (backpack, notebooks, pens, pencils, calculator)

    Personal Items:

    • Alarm clock
    • Brita Water Filter
    • Clothes drying rack and/or sweater dryer
    • Flashlight with batteries
    • Laundry supplies (laundry bag or basket, detergent, bleach, fabric softener, stain remover, dryer sheets)
    • Linens (extra-long twin sheets, pillows, blankets, comforter, mattress pad 80 inch by 36 inch or “college size”).
    • Plastic under-bed storage containers
    • Reusable shopping bag
    • Reusable water bottle/coffee mug
    • Seasonal clothing and hangers
    • Toiletries, towels, bathrobe, shower caddy
    • Umbrella
    • Fan
    • Microwave (700 watts maximum)
    • Refrigerators (3.7 cubic feet maximum)
    • Television and cable cord

    What to leave at home:

    • Air conditioners (including portable air conditioners)
    • Alcohol containers (even if they are empty and used for decoration, alcohol containers are a violation of the alcohol policy in the underclass residence halls)
    • Candles (whether they are decorative or have sentimental value)
    • Cement blocks (single beds may be elevated with leg lifters)
    • Cooking elements; such as toaster ovens, toasters, hot pots, rice cookers, skillets, hot plates, Foreman-type grills (in underclass halls)
    • Halogen lamps and lava lamps
    • Incense and potpourri burners
    • LED light strips
    • Outdoor grills
    • Pets (only fish are allowed)
    • Space heaters
    • Prohibition of large pieces of personal furniture (i.e. couches)
  • Please click on the below link to access My Hound Housing.

First-Year Residence Halls at Assumption

Alumni Hall

Alumni Hall is located in the heart of campus next to Desautels Hall. This building houses primarily first-year students in double bedrooms and is co-ed by floor. Currently, there are two floors of women and one floor of men.

Desautels Hall

Desautels Hall is located in the heart of campus next to Alumni Hall. This building houses primarily first-year students in double bedrooms and is co-ed by floor. Currently, there are two floors of women and one floor of men. Students refer to this building as “Des.”

Salisbury Hall

Salisbury Hall is located on the main road of the campus, directly across from the Hagan Campus Center and Plourde Recreation Center. This hall is a mirror image of Worcester Hall. It houses primarily first and second-year students in triples and quads. Salisbury Hall is co-ed by floor. Currently, there are two floors of women and two floors of men. Students refer to this residence hall as “Sals”.

Worcester Hall

Worcester hall is located directly behind the Plourde Recreation Center, beyond the outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. This hall is a mirror image of Salisbury Hall. Substance free housing will be located in Worcester hall.

Other Housing Options at Assumption

Living/Learning Center (LLC)

The Living Learning Center (LLC) is located directly next to Wachusett Hall in an area of campus known as the “Village.” This is an apartment style building with four-person apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen, living room, bathroom and two double bedrooms. The LLC has central air conditioning, a common area lounge on each of the five residential floors and a large meeting room on the sixth floor. It primarily houses second-year students and is co-ed by floor. Students apply as groups to live in this building and participate in an Interest Circle where a faculty member will meet regularly with students to have discussions on a themed topic of interest. Approximately 143 students reside in the LLC.

Plough, Cesareo, and West Halls

Plough and Cesareo Halls are located directly behind the Living/Learning Center (LLC) in an area of campus known as the “Village.” These are apartment style buildings with six-person apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen, living room, two bathrooms, two double bedrooms and two single bedrooms. Plough and Cesareo Halls have central air conditioning and two common area lounges in the buildings. West Hall is located directly between Plough and Cesareo Halls in an area of campus known as the “Village.” West is a suite-style building with four and five-person suites. Each suite has a bathroom and two bedrooms with central air conditioning, two study lounges on each floor and additional larger common area lounges on the second and third floors. These halls primarily house sophomore, junior and senior students and is co-ed by floor.