Frequently Asked Questions
We do our best to accommodate room requests. Incoming students are asked to complete a Housing Preference Form, which includes an opportunity to request a roommate. We will attempt to accommodate all housing requests. If you do not have a roommate request, we will use your completed housing preference form to match you with someone who appears to be compatible to your personality and living style.
Students are welcome to bring a car onto campus. During your initial orientation and at the start of every semester, the Business Services Office will facilitate the registration of vehicles. This process is accomplished with the completion of an online registration request form. There are set fees for different types or locations of registration as indicated below. You will receive a parking permit decal which must be posted on the driver’s side rear window of the vehicle.
Yes, there are strategically placed bike storage racks at each resident site and around the University.
Cairn University is a residential campus. There are specific requirements to live off-campus, the most common being a student commuting from their legal guardians’ permanent home address. Exemption applications are only available each Spring semester for students to apply for the following Fall or Spring semesters or the full academic year.
Students who live in Manor or Heritage Hall may bring a compact refrigerator with a capacity of 4.5 cubic feet or less.
No. Pets, with the exception of fish, are not allowed on campus. Fish must be kept in an aquarium less than 10 gallons in size.
Students attending Cairn for the first time are permitted to move into their residence hall during Student Welcome and Orientation. Returning students are notified of their move-in date during the summer break.
No, the University does not permit early arrivals. In order to adequately prepare the residence halls and campus for your arrival, students are not permitted to move in until move-in weekend. During move-in, there are an abundance of activities for you and your family to be a part of as you transition to the University.
You will be given your room keys by Residence Life staff during Student Welcome and Orientation or on the returning student move-in day.
Most beds are standard twin size. There are several XL twin beds upon request and availability. Students entering into rooms with XL beds will be notified to plan accordingly.
For health and safety reasons, students are discouraged from bringing used or second-hand furniture onto Cairn’s campus. The university provides a bed, mattress, dresser, desk, and chair for each student. Students may bring their own furniture, but we recommend coordinating these efforts with future roommates. Please refer to the student handbook for further understanding of our furniture policies.
Yes, resident students must purchase a meal plan. Good nutrition is important in providing you the energy you need to perform well. We are happy to accommodate specific dietary restrictions.