Housing and Residential Life

Residential Life

The Residential Life program at John Cabot University is where academics become social, traditions become new experiences, and students learn about cultural diversity right in the comfort of their own home. 

The Office of Residential Life is committed to providing a living environment that supports academics while promoting a healthy social outlet for students to better connect with their neighbors and the surrounding community.

The Residential Life program at JCU is modeled after structures seen regularly at American universities with the added flare of entertaining students interested in being a part of a multicultural community. 

Programs and events sponsored by the Housing Office range from a simple "meet and greet" at the beginning of the semester, to an educational workshop on how to stay safe while traveling, to an American breakfast prepared by the RA team. The office staff works closely with the team of Resident Assistants to provide students with individual support, as well as a comfortable and safe student living environment.

Resident Assistants

JCU Resident Assistants (RAs) are an integral part of the Office of Housing and Residential Life. Although RAs collaborate with the housing staff in a professional capacity, resident assistants are considered peer advisors and student role models. For this reason, RAs are often approached by students to assist with academic, social or personal issues beyond those directly related to the housing office or the residential environment.

RAs take the lead on creating an environment of mutual respect that supports the rights of the community while simultaneously safeguarding the rights of individual residents. RAs assist the Housing Office in achieving the mission of the University by enabling students to appreciate, benefit from and contribute to the richness and diversity of other cultures.

Are you interested in becoming a resident assistant?
Being a Resident Assistant at JCU is an unparalleled experience that will provide participants with the possibility to grow both personally and professionally. RAs are friendly and approachable and they wear a variety of professional hats throughout the semester. The JCU Housing Office seeks dynamic, committed individuals who are also expert problem solvers and good at thinking on their feet.

A great way to get a head start on being part of the Residential Life team is by attending Residential Life programs and events as well as getting to know our current RA team.

For more information, please see the RA program document or contact [email protected].

Roommate Requests

You are welcome to indicate your preferred roommate in the roommate section of the housing application by using their screen name in the search field. In order to be considered, the roommate requests must be mutual. Please note that the fulfillment of roommate requests is not guaranteed. Note: JCU Housed students cannot request students from Study Abroad Italy or Academic Programs International as roommates.

When you arrive, you will find that you are not assigned to a specific bedroom (unless you have been granted a single upgrade, in which case your name will be on the door), but only to an apartment. Feel free to choose your bedroom on a first-come first-served basis.

Roommate Agreements

During your first meeting with your RA, you and your roommates will be required to fill out a Roommate Agreement. This set of guidelines has been established to help you and your roommates clarify certain issues to help prevent misunderstandings. The Roommate Agreement functions in conjunction with - not in place of - the pre-established Housing Rules and Policies. The agreement will ask all of you to discuss things like cleaning schedules, the use of others’ belongings and more. You and your roommates will be asked to sign one copy of the agreement to keep, and another to be left with your RA. This document will be one of the first things your RA will consult if any difficulties among you and your roommates arise.