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Living on campus is a great way to meet new people and build strong ties with your classmates.

As a campus resident, you’ll enjoy the convenience of living near classes and all your activities. What’s more, you’re likely to do better academically and adjust better to college life.

A Welcoming Community

Dominican’s living and learning environment balances personal and academic growth with a strong sense of community. Through activities and community engagement, you’ll forge lifelong friendships and build cultural understanding.

A Multicultural Living Environment

Dominican welcomes all students to the residential community. We are committed to engaging students in meaningful experiences in an open, civil, and respectful climate composed of students and staff of different genders, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, religious affiliations, races, sexual orientations, and levels of ability.

We strive for a welcoming environment where community members know each other, participate in setting guidelines under which they live, and celebrate commonalities and individual differences. We expect the residents of our community to respect and appreciate the lifestyles, values, ideas, cultures, and backgrounds of others. We believe our community must support freedom of thought and opinion in the spirit of mutual respect.

How to Apply for Housing

Applying to live on campus is easy, and we’re here to help. Just follow these steps:

  1. New resident students. If you are a new resident student, please apply at You will be asked to log in with your Dominican University login information, which was included in your IT Welcome Letter. For further step-by-step details on how to apply for housing on eRezlife, please see the following instructions (pdf opens in a new window).
  2. Pay your housing deposit. If you plan to live on the River Forest campus, you must submit a housing deposit. Contact Student Accounts in Lewis Hall or by calling (708) 524-6487. The deposit is:
  • $200 for new students
  • $50 for returning students
  • Because housing is required in the first year of our associate degree program, Chicago Campus students do not need to pay a housing deposit.
  1. Register for classes. Incoming students will register for classes during their summer SOAR.

Once we receive your signed housing application and housing deposit, we will make your housing assignment.

Incoming first-year students receive housing assignments by email and post during the last week of July. All other students will be notified of their assignments through email on a rolling basis.

When to Move In

All main campus residents should report to the Coughlin Commons to check in. If you are a new resident student and you are not able to move in until after the Friday of Welcome Weekend, please check into the halls during one of the returning student time slots. All students will need to have emergency contact information available during the check-in process. Please contact us at with any questions or concerns.