Housing & Residence Life

Welcome to Eureka College Residence Life! Choosing to live on campus may be one of the best decisions a student can make as we strongly believe that the “out of classroom” learning experience is a significant part of a college education! We highly recommend that all students take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Residence halls are more than just dorms or places to eat and sleep. Living on campus provides great opportunities for students to develop meaningful friendships and get involved with campus programming, organizations, and the overall college community. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 85% of our first-year freshmen are living on campus.

Residence Halls are Family at Eureka CollegeEureka College strongly believes that students are best able to take advantage of the full Eureka College experience by living on campus! We opened a brand new residence hall, Arnold Hall, in January 2012 and have also recently completed an extensive series of renovations on our existing residence halls. It’s a great time to join our residential community!

To reserve your space in campus housing, please return a Hou sing Con tract (will be mailed to you shortly after your acceptance to EC) along with a $100 refundable housing deposit. While there is no guarantee of a residence hall, we will give priority to the housing contracts and deposits received before April 1, 2019 based on the date that we receive them. The deadline to request a specific roommate is June 1, 2019 for the fall semester.

Housing & Residence Life Mission Statement

The Housing and Residence Life Office provides a safe, supportive, and comfortable living and learning environment that supports the mission of Eureka College. The Residence Life Staff maintains a high standard of commitment and service in order to meet the diverse needs of our residents. We work in collaboration with other campus educators to create a greater sense of community and atmosphere of tolerance, appreciation, and respect. Through co-curricular programming, residents are empowered to achieve maximum success in academics, leadership, and campus and community involvement.

Is living on campus required?

Eureka College requires that all full time students live in the residence halls on campus unless approval is granted by the Director of Housing Operations or the Dean of Students. Students who are granted exemptions from living on campus meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Commute from a parent’s primary residence (within a 30 mile address-to-address distance from Eureka College). https://maps.google.com/ is our official tool to compute distance using 300 E. College Ave; Eureka, IL 61530 as the campus address.
  2. Commute from a parent’s primary residence (if they are an incoming freshman who just graduated from a high school within a 30 mile radius (see our website for list of high schools in our approved radius).
  3. Have already received a bachelor’s degree.
  4. Entering 5th year of college with senior status.
  5. 23 years old before the semester begins.
  6. Married and/or have dependent children living with them.
  7. Hold a full time internship or student teaching position off campus.
  8. Incoming transfer student who has lived independently from their parents for at least 12 months (please attach a copy of a lease and/or other documentation).

Students who feel they qualify to live off campus may apply for “commuter” status by filling out an  Off Campus Housing Request Form   and returning it to the Office of Student Life in the Cerf Center.

Themed Living-Learning Communities

Themed Living-Learning Community is a group of residents who share a specific common interest and desire to build a community in order to actively engage in learning together. A Themed Living-Learning Community is more than just a group of friends living together. A Themed Living-Learning Community must identify their area of interest, create common goals, participate in programming related to their area of interest, and more. Eureka College’s Themed Living-Learning Communities give students a unique, inclusive residential learning experience that connects classroom learning with residence life. Students enjoy all of the usual advantages of living on campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living among a group that shares academic goals and another common interest.

All members within a Themed Living-Learning Community are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  1. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  2. Be in good standing with the college including social, academic, and financial areas.
  3. Participate in at least 90% of all activities and/or programming within the group.
  4. Meet as a group with the staff/faculty advisor at least three times per semester.
  5. Follow all college policies according to the Student Handbook.

Applications are now available for current students to submit proposals for Themed Living-Learning Communities for the 2019-2020 academic year. Themed Living-Learning Communities will be housed in an area that can best meet their needs. We reserve the right to limit the number of individuals in a community to accommodate our housing needs. For specific questions on Themed Living-Learning Communities, please contact Lisa Allen, Director of Housing Operations, at (309) 467-6419 or lallen@eureka.edu.  

How do I select a roommate?

Aside from Langston Hall, a majority of rooms on campus are double occupancy rooms that students share with a roommate. Although we cannot provide a private room for all students interested, students should specify on their housing contract if they are interested in paying the additional cost to have their own room.

Room assignments and roommate/suitemate assignments are made based on the date that the students’ housing contract and refundable housing deposit ($100) are received. While there is no guarantee of residence hall, we will give priority to the housing contracts and deposits received before April 1, 2019 based on the date we receive them. If you have yet to tour our Residence Halls on campus and would like to do so, please contact our Admissions Office to set up an appointment!

Students may request to have a specific roommate, but should do so before June 1 for the upcoming fall semester. This request will be honored as long as both students specify on their contract that they are interested in living together before June 1. If a student does not request a specific roommate/suitemate, they will be paired based on their completed roommate survey. Formal notice of all room and roommate/suitemate assignments will be mailed out in late June for the upcoming fall semester. Eureka College attempts to respond to each and every request.

Students interested in switching rooms/roommates must talk with their RA and the Director of Residence Life. No room changes will be granted during the first two weeks of the semester.

What Residence Hall policies do I need to be aware of?

The State of Illinois law provides that any person less than 21 years of age who attempts to purchase, possess, consume, or transport any alcoholic beverages within Illinois is subject to fine or imprisonment or both. The College does not condone violation of the law with respect to underage drinking. Eureka College’s full alcohol and other drug policy is located in the Student Handbook.

Neither smoking nor vaping is permitted in any residence hall or any other building on campus. Students are permitted to smoke outside but must be at least 15 feet from the building.  Smoking receptacles are located near most buildings on campus.

If there is any damage or vandalism done in the residence halls on campus and the College cannot identify responsible individuals, the College may require that all of the residents of that floor and/or building pay a prorated group charge to cover the cost of the damage.

The following items are not permitted in the residence halls on campus: air conditioners, space heaters (unless provided by the College or with prior approval from Residence Life), Foreman-Style grills, open coiled cooking instruments, toasters/toaster ovens, water beds, halogen lamps, BB guns, air guns, paintball guns, tattoo guns, hover boards, knives (larger than a pocket knife), alcohol/drug paraphernalia, alcohol can/bottle collections, or pets (other than fish in a 10 gallon tank or less). Students are also not allowed to burn candles or incense in their rooms.

Guests and friends of residents are welcome on campus at any time. Residents wishing to have a guest over MUST have the consent of their roommate beforehand. Residents wishing to have a guest stay for more than three consecutive nights must have prior approval from Residence Life. Students are responsible for the actions of their guest if the guest is not a student of Eureka College. Cohabitation is strictly prohibited.

Eureka College upholds “quiet hours” on every residence hall floor on campus from 11pm until 7am. During this time, residents must keep music and all other noise to a minimum. “Courtesy hours” exist 24 hours a day. Therefore, residents must be respectful towards their neighbors, in regards to noise, at all times.

More information on residential policies may be accessed through the  Eureka College Student Handbook  which is accessible on our website.

What is an RA?

Resident Advisors (RA’s) are student members of the Residence Life Staff who live on the floors in the residence halls. An RA is assigned to each floor. This person is a student’s initial contact whenever there are questions or concerns. Our student to RA ratio is 19:1 which helps us to be very visible and accessible to residents. The RA is also responsible for building community, planning programs, explaining and enforcing policies, mediating roommate conflicts, handling concerns, and being a peer mentor to the residents on their floor.

What should I bring?

There is a link to a suggested Packing  List  available, which you will also receive when you come to an Orientation session over the summer. Please keep in mind that the following items are not permitted in the residence halls on campus: air conditioners, space heaters (unless provided by the College or with prior approval from Residence Life), Foreman-Style grills, open coiled cooking instruments, toasters/toaster ovens, water beds, halogen lamps, BB guns, air guns, paintball guns, tattoo guns, hover boards, knives (larger than a pocket knife), alcohol/drug paraphernalia, alcohol can/bottle collections, or pets (other than fish in a 10 gallon tank or less). Students are also not allowed to burn candles or incense in their rooms.

Students are welcome to bring bikes, but are encouraged to bring a lock to secure it to one of several outdoor bike racks located throughout campus. Bikes are not permitted inside of the residence halls, unless they are kept inside of a student’s room.

Several outdoor grills are available on campus surrounding the residence halls and are available for student use at any time. Students are responsible for bringing their own supplies and cleaning up the area after they have finished.  There is also a fire pit on campus that can be reserved by Student Organizations by filling out a Fire Pit Policy and Reservation Form.  

Campus Mail

All residential students have a campus mailbox located in the Cerf Center.  Commuter students are offered a campus mailbox on a first come, first serve basis. Students are encouraged to check their mail at least once per day as faculty, staff, and students utilize campus mailboxes for distribution of notices of campus events, returning class work, and more.

All students have the same campus mailing address, but with a specific box # that they will receive after they move in. All mail can be addressed to:
Student’s Name
Eureka College
300 E. College Ave. Box #______
Eureka, IL 61530

Can I decorate my room?

Residents are encouraged to decorate individual rooms to their liking. However, wallpaper and contact paper should not be used and students are not allowed to paint their rooms.

Residents should also refrain from using nails, screws, and duct tape which cause lasting damage to the walls. We strongly encourage residents to use putty and command strips to hang pictures and posters on the walls.

Is storage available?

Eureka College does not offer storage space for residential students. Residents wishing to store belongings during the year or over the summer are encouraged to call a local storage facility in Eureka or the surrounding area.

Can I bring a car?

All residential students are welcome to bring a car to campus and register for a parking permit. Although many residential students may enjoy having a car on campus, it is not a necessity. All residential and commuter students wishing to bring a car must be sure to complete the online Parking Registration Form available with the new student forms.  This form should be completed before the first day of class in order to avoid receiving a parking ticket. Residential students and commuter students each have designated parking lots that they must park in. More information about specific parking lots is given out after a student registers for their parking permit. There is not an additional charge to register for and receive a parking permit.

Upcoming Residence Life Dates to Remember
Fall 2019

August 17th                     Move-In Day

August 23rd                     Last day to change meal plan preference for Fall 2019

October 28-29th             Fall Break (Residence Halls Remain Open)

November 22nd             Residence Halls Close for Thanksgiving Break @ 5pm

December 1st                 Residence Halls Re-Open @ 8am

December 5th                 Residence Life hosts EC Angel Tree Party @ 5pm

December 13th               Residence Halls Close for Winter Break @ 5pm

Spring 2020/Summer 2020

January 12th                   Residence Halls Open for Returning Residents @ 8am

January 17th                   Last day to change meal plan preference for Spring 2020

March 2nd                      Summer Housing Information Available

March 6th                       Residence Halls Close for Spring Break @ 5pm

March 15th                     Residence Halls Re-Open @ 8am

March 16th                     Fall Housing Information Available for Returning Students

April 1st                           Fall Housing Information Due for Returning Residential Students

April 10th-13th               Easter Break (Residence Halls Remain Open)

May 1st                            Deadline to Sign-Up for Summer Housing

May 9th                           Residence Halls Close @ 5pm for Summer

May 14th                         Students Move to Summer Housing

June 1st                           Last Day to Change Fall Housing Preferences and/or Request a Roommate

June 22-26th                   Fall Housing Assignments are Mailed out to all Residential Students

Housing During Breaks

As you are making plans for the year, please be reminded that the residence halls close 3 times throughout the year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the residence halls will be closed for:

  • Thanksgiving Break: Close at 5pm on Friday, November 22nd; Re-open at 8am on Sunday, December 1st 

  • Winter Break: Close at 5pm on Friday, December 13th; Re-open at 8am on Sunday, January 12th

  • Spring Break: Close at 5pm on Friday, March 6th; Re-open at 8am on Sunday, March 15th

Students needing to stay on campus during these breaks for a college related reason (athletics, on campus job, student teaching, internship, etc) may do so free of charge with prior approval. Others could be charged $10/night.

Summer Housing 2019

Summer housing is offered to any current Eureka College student. Housing will be available in Arnold Hall. 


Prices are as follows:

  • $210/month    Double room in Arnold Hall with roommate for students working on campus or taking EC summer classes

  • $370/month    Double room in Arnold Hall with roommate for students working off campus

  • $410/month    Private room in Arnold Hall (if space is available; priority for those taking classes


If you are interested in summer housing, please stop by the Office of Student Life to pick up a Summer Housing Request Form. In assigning rooms, preference will be given to those taking summer courses and those who get their forms turned in first. To guarantee summer housing, your Summer Housing Request Form should be returned to the Office of Student Life no later than 5pm on Friday, May 3rd. The above rates will be prorated accordingly based on length of occupancy.

 

A $50 refundable housing deposit will need to be paid to the Business Office before you turn in your Summer Housing Request Form.

Residence Life on Facebook

Have more questions? Want to meet your RA before you move to campus? Check out the Eureka College Residence Life fan page on Facebook for updates on housing information, campus events, discussion boards, and more! Follow us and stay connected!

Where will I live?

Alumni Court

Alumni Court Residence Outside View Alumni Court predAlumni Court Dorm Room Viewominantly houses male and female freshmen.  Alumni Court is coed by floor; there are not females and males living on the same floor.  Alumni Court is composed of 4 wings: B, C, D, and E. Each wing has 2 small floors of 15 residents that share a community restroom.  Each floor in Alumni Court has a large lounge with study and social space.  Alumni Court also houses the campus Learning Center (tutoring services) and the Harrod Lounge (large study area), which is accessible 24 hours/day for all students.  Washers and dryers (free of charge to residents) as well as soda, vending, and a coffee machine can also be found in Alumni Court. 

 

Founders Court
Founders Court Dorm SuiteFounders Court Exterior

Founders Court predominantly houses male freshmen and male residents.  This facility is coed by floor; there are not females and males living on the same floor.  Founders Court is comprised of Darst Hall, Deweese Hall, Ford Hall, and Myers Hall.  Each wing has 2 small floors of 16 residents that share a community restroom.  Each floor in Founders Court has a small lounge area.   Founders Court is located next to Ben Major, which houses a social lounge with TV's and a pool table, soda/vending machines, and washers and dryers (free of charge to residents).  The basement in Ben Major serves as the Undergrounds, which is a charity coffee house that is open on the weekends.  Ben Major is accessible 24 hours per day.   

 
Langston Hall

Langston Hall ExteriorLangsLangston Hall Dorm Roomton Hall is a coed residence hall for upperclass and transfer residents interested in suite style living.  This building is comprised of 3 floors each housing between 20 and 26 residents.  Langston is comprised of private rooms that share a bathroom with just one other resident.  Each resident in Langston Hall has their own sink with a shared shower and toilet in between two rooms. 

Each floor in Langston Hall has a large lounge with a TV.  Washers and dryers (free of charge to residents) are provided on each floor and there is a soda and vending machine in the lobby. This building also has an elevator and is handicapped accessible! 

 

Gunzenhauser Hall

Grunzenhauser Hall ExteriorGunzenhauser Hall InteriorGunzenhauser is a coed residence hall for predominantly male and upperclass residents.  Gunz offers suite style living in which a resident shares a room with a roommate and shares a bathroom with the two residents in the adjoining room.  Gunz is coed by suite, so there are not males and females sharing a suite, but there are males and females on the same floor.  Gunz is comprised of 3 small floors that each house between 8 and 16 residents.  Each floor has a lounge with a TV and the first floor also offers a fireplace for student use.  Washers and dryers (free of charge to residents) are available along with a full kitchen area and a soda machine.  

 
Arnold Hall

Arnold Hall OutsideArnold Hall Dorm Room SuiteArnold Hall (formerly Ivy Hall) is a newer residence hall that opened in January 2012.  The rooms in Arnold Hall are the most spacious on campus.  Arnold Hall currently houses 3 of our Greek organizations plus 2 wings of upperclass male or upperclass female residents.  There are between 17 and 21 residents in each wing that collectively share a large community restroom.  Each wing in Arnold Hall has a small study lounge plus a larger social lounge with a TV.  Arnold Hall also has a media room on the upper level that has media:scape technology perfect for group project work.  Washers and dryers (free of charge to residents) are located in the lower level along with a full kitchen, eating area, and additional lounge space.  This building has soda machines, an elevator, and is also handicapped accessible.  

 

What is provided in my room?

All residents, regardless of the residence hall, are provided with a bed frame, mattress, chest, desk, bookcase, chair, and closet.  The furniture is all moveable (with the exception of the closets in some halls) and residents can arrange the room any way they wish.  However, no furniture may be removed from the room.  The beds can be bunked, low lofted (comes in all rooms), or high lofted (limited quantities) in all buildings except Langston Hall.  Each room has cable access, Ethernet access, and wi-fi.  Landline phone access is available in lounge areas only.  Residence halls with community bathrooms offer lockers in the bathroom for student use to store toiletries. Residents are welcome to bring a padlock to use on a locker if they choose.

HIGH LOFT/BUNK BED REQUESTS:  Low lofts come in all rooms in every building except for Langston Hall.  Low lofts are waist-high and have sufficient room for storage underneath.  If you choose to rent a high loft (free of charge on a first come, first serve basis), please fill out the form available here:  https://forms.gle/NjLveG87Rqv8aJCk8  

Please note that most students prefer the low lofts; high lofts can be uncomfortable to sleep in and are only needed if you are bringing more than average to your room.  

Room Dimensions:

Alumni Court (B,C,D,E) – 14’11”X 10’11” (window dimensions (1) – 30”W X 60”L)
Founders Court (Darst, DeWeese, Ford, Myers) – 14’7”X 11’7” (window dimensions (2)–34”W X 65”L)
Langston Hall – 12’11”X 9’9” (window dimensions (1) – 34.5”W X 58.25”L)
Gunz Hall – 14’9”X 11’9” (window dimensions (2) – 57”W X 54.5”L)
Arnold Hall – 14’X 18’ (window dimensions (1) – 64”W X 56”L)

Greek Organizations

Eureka College has 6 Greek organizations; 4 of which live in campus-owned housing and 2 of which own their own house. Greek organizations who live in campus-owned housing include Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Omega, Delta Delta Pi, and Delta Zeta. Residential students who choose to join a Greek organization are required to live with their designated Greek organization beginning the fall semester following their initiation (with the exception of TKE and LCA members who can opt to live in campus-owned housing instead, if desired). Lambda Chi Alpha and Tau Kappa Epsilon own their own house but are both located just on the edge of campus.

Lambda Chi Alpha

The men of Lambda Chi Alpha currently live at 611 South Vennum Street which is located a half block from campus. The home was designed and constructed by the Alumni Board of LCA, which owns the building. Members of LCA are still on the College’s meal plan and use on campus laundry facilities (free of charge to LCA residents). They also still have a Resident Advisor employed by the College. As long as space is available, members are able to have a single room with no additional charge. The men have access to a large lounge area and kitchen on the first floor, a large deck, and a new patio area with gas grills in the backyard.

Tau Kappa Epsilon

The men of Tau Kappa Epsilon currently live at 700 Reagan Drive which is located just across the parking lot from Eureka College’s athletic facilities. The men of TKE own their own house, but members of the house are still on the College’s meal plan and use on campus laundry facilities (free of charge to TKE residents). They also still have a Resident Advisor employed by the College. As long as space is available, members are able to have a single room with no additional charge. The house consists of two floors that hold 16 rooms, 2 community restrooms, a large lounge, and an additional floor with a full basement. The house also offers a deck and a large front and backyard.