Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of living on campus?
Are there services for students with disabilities?
Is there a curfew in the residence halls?
Can I change rooms?
Where can I pick up my mail?
How should my incoming mail be addressed?
Do I have Internet access in my room?
What is the guest policy?
What kind of meal plan options do I have?
Can I bring a pet?
Do I need personal property insurance?
Are the residence halls open during vacation?
If a student is suspended or expelled from housing for disciplinary reasons, will he or she get the unused portion of the room and board charges returned?
How can I get involved on campus?


What are the advantages of living on campus?
Besides the convenience of rolling out of bed and being in class ten minutes later, living in the residence halls provides students with the opportunity to get to know students from different backgrounds and experiences. Students participate in programs and activities that occur on Whittier’s lively campus throughout the academic year.


Are there services for students with disabilities?
Students who have special needs for housing must contact the Office of Disability Services prior to Room Draw, in order to ensure appropriate placement in campus residences.


Is there a curfew in the residence halls?
While there is no curfew, quiet hours are in effect between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 8:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Courtesy hours are 24-hours a day, seven days a week. If you have noise issues, you are encouraged to confront others as needed.


Can I change rooms?
Room changes can be arranged by area staff during "Room Change Week," which occurs the third week of each semester. Such room changes must be arranged by your Area Coordinator. Visit our Policies and Procedures page to learn more.


Where can I pick up my mail?
The mailroom and student mailboxes are located in the Campus Center.


How should my incoming mail be addressed?
Your mail should be addressed as follows:

Your Name
Whittier College
Your Box Number
Whittier, CA 90608-0634


Do I have Internet access in my room?
Ethernet jacks are installed in all residence hall rooms across campus and Internet service is free to students with computers equipped with Ethernet cards. Visit our Resources page to learn more.


What is the guest policy?
Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests and must inform them of housing policies. Members of each residence hall floor vote annually to establish visitation hours for each residence hall floor. Only persons of the same gender may use bathrooms located on residence hall floors designated for use by their respective gender. Visit our Policies and Procedures page to learn more.


What kind of meal plan options do I have?
All residential students must participate in the campus meal plan by selecting either a 5, 10, 15, or 19 meals-per-week plan. Visit our Costs page to learn more.


Can I bring a pet?
Health regulations prevent us from permitting pets in the residence halls, with the exception of fish and turtles. Tanks may not be larger than 15 gallons. Visit our Policies and Procedures page to learn more.


Do I need personal property insurance?
If you choose to keep valuable personal items at the College, make sure the items are insured. Whittier College assumes no responsibility for loss of property due to theft, therefore, you are encouraged to purchase your own personal property insurance, or check to see if you are insured through your parents' homeowners' insurance. Remember to keep your room door locked at all times. Campus Safety provides engraving for personal items.


Are the residence halls open during vacation?
During Thanksgiving Break, all halls will remain open. During Winter Break and Spring Break all halls except Wanberg and Ball will be closed and you will need to make arrangements to stay at home or find temporary housing on campus. Arrangements must be made in advance with your R.A. Visit our Policies and Procedures page to learn more.


If a student is suspended or expelled from housing for disciplinary reasons, will he or she get the unused portion of the room and board charges returned?
When a student violates the rights of others, he or she may be required to leave the residence halls either for a period of time or permanently. If this is that case, a consequence is that the unused portion of room and board for the academic year will not be returned.


How can I get involved on campus?
There are more than 60 clubs and organizations on campus. The Leadership Experience and Programs Office (LEAP) can assist you with finding groups you'd like to join or even starting up your own. Visit LEAP to learn more.

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