Living On Campus

Resident Life is a part of the unique university experience at Cairn.

You will develop life-long friendships, learn in a social context, and most importantly, be a part of a dynamic university community. Undergraduate students can choose from two university residence sites.

Manor Residence Halls

Manor Residence Halls house 200 students and are centrally located on campus, a short walk from the Mason Activity Center, classrooms, and administration buildings.   Living quarters are suite-style and include a shared bathroom.  Lounge areas have a refrigerator, microwave, TV, and laundry facilities.

Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall is located at the main entrance of the University. Heritage Hall includes a large common room, multi-use conference room, game area, and student laundry facilities. A small number of rooms are suite-style with a shared bathroom and the remaining rooms are double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms.

Furman Dining Commons

The Furman Dining Commons, managed by Pioneer College Caterers, provides each student with a variety of meal plan options.  Continuous service is offered Monday through Friday.  We are committed to providing students with healthy choices, hot and cold selections, and a variety of options that accommodate to any individual need. 

Highlander Café

The Highlander Café is a coffee house style gathering place for students, providing specialty coffee drinks, hot and cold beverages, and snack selections.  Students may substitute Café meals for any 15 cafeteria meals each semester. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose my roommate?

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.

Will I be able to bring my car to campus?

Yes, all students are permitted to bring their cars.  You will be required to register your vehicle and obtain a parking sticker with Cairn University’s Office of Safety and Security.

Can I bring my bicycle to campus?

Yes, there are strategically placed bike storage racks at each resident site and around the University.

Am I required to live in a residence hall?

Cairn University has residency requirements for all students under the age of 22.  Students who legal guardian(s) or who have significant financial need may apply for exemption from the residency requirement.

Can I bring a refrigerator to my room?

Students who live in Manor or Heritage Hall may bring a compact refrigerator with a capacity of 4.5 cubic feet or less.

Are pets permitted?

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.

When can I begin moving in?

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.

Can I move in early?

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.

Where do I obtain my room keys?

You will be given your room keys by resident life staff during the Weekend of Welcome, Student Welcome and Orientation, or on the returning student move-in day.

What size are the beds in the residence halls?

All beds are standard twin size.

Can I bring my own furniture?

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.

Can I store my furniture and belongings at Cairn over the summer?

No, students must arrange for the use of a local storage facility to secure any items that cannot be taken home during the summer months.  Students who leave items in their residence hall will be charged a removal and disposal fee.

Do I have to be on a meal plan?

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.

Have more questions about Cairn University housing or dining? Call 215.702.4213 or email for more information.

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