Learning to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people is a skill that will take you far in life, from your personal relationships to your career to your faith life. At Concordia, you’ll develop communication skills while living on campus and interacting with people from a variety of locations, backgrounds, cultures and religions. In the process, you’ll make lifelong friendships, learn to be independent and see new insights about yourself and others.
Anna and Haley explain what to expect as a first year student in the women’s dorms.
CJ explains what to expect as a first year student in the men’s dorms.
Dorm Room Layouts
Each dorm room at Concordia has a different layout. See which one yours will have so you can plan accordingly!
Interactive Campus Map
Use the interactive campus map to find your way to your dorm and to other buildings
Campus Dining Options
There are plenty of options for dining on campus, from the Dining Hall to the Dog House Grill and the 10:31 Coffee shop.
Residence Hall Open/Closed Schedule
Residence halls are closed during Thanksgiving, Christmas Break and Spring Break. All residents must leave campus during these periods. Residence halls are closed and food service is not available.
All residents are expected to check out with their RA and leave campus during these periods. Fines and charges may be assessed if you do not check out or leave. If you expect to fly to your holiday destination, you are advised to make reservations early in the semester so as to avoid departure delay.
Requests to stay late or return early from breaks must be submitted to the Student Life Office at least 2 weeks prior to the break. Residents with permission will be charged a room rate of at least $50 per night for staying late or returning early from breaks.
Residents with exceptional circumstances should bring their concerns to the Student Life Office.
Vacation checkout procedures will be posted in your living area prior to Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring vacations.
All full-time students—except married students, students pursuing graduate and advanced studies, students living with parents and older single students—are required to live on campus for three years and until they are 21.
Resident requirements for students living off campus:
- Students who are 21 by Oct. 15 and have lived on campus for three years are permitted to live off campus.
- All freshmen, sophomores and juniors unless married, living with parents (or older sibling meeting requirement of No. 1), single and supporting a child, or (have met the requirement of No. 1, above) are required to live on campus.
- Students who receive athletic scholarships who live off campus are required to use Concordia food service during participation in their sport unless the student is married, living with an adult family member, or single and supporting a child. They are required, as a minimum, to purchase a 12 meal-a-week food plan. Participation means the weeks of training, practicing, and competing during the official season. A Meal Plan Contract can be found online at cune.edu/dining.
- Students who live off campus need to provide the Student Life Office with an updated address by the Friday of the first week of classes and update that address should they move.
A violation of the Student Conduct Code or the On-Campus Residence Requirement policy can result in this exception and privilege being revoked and would require the student in violation to move on campus. (This means being charged for campus housing for that entire semester and possibly paying the remainder of the lease for the apartment.) Falsifying information, choosing to reside off-campus without permission, and/or non-compliance with the guidelines allowing the exception to live off-campus may also result in disciplinary consequences to the student.
Call the Student Life Office at 402-643-7411 for information related to the policy.
Common Residence Hall Questions
Housing is completed in July. A summer letter is sent to students who are confirmed to attend Concordia in the fall. Through this letter, students will be directed to find their roommate and room assignment using connectCUNE. Any updates and changes will be reflected within the connectCUNE system as well. The student life office can answer any housing related questions at firstname.lastname@example.org 402-643-7411.
There are high-speed internet connections in each room for each roommate. Students can use an Ethernet cord to connect to the internet, or connect to the wireless network.
- A variety of safety and security measures are in place on campus. Security personnel are on duty from 5 p.m.–7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 24 hours a day Saturday, Sunday and holidays when school is in session. During business hours, the safety and security manager and student life office staffs are available.
- Resident halls are locked 24 hours a day and access is controlled through electronic card access. Each floor then has a unique lock with keys only issued the residents of the floor. There are resident assistants (RAs) available on every floor, and resident coordinators (RCs) also function in a security role by monitoring their halls and reporting any incidents.
- Visitation on the floors is limited after midnight Sunday through Thursday and after 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. There is video surveillance in key areas.
- Should the need arise, the Seward Police Department is located less than a mile away from campus. We are constantly evaluating and improving our security campus-wide.
Cable TV is available in the residence rooms of the residence halls. For help with connecting to cable and/or troubleshooting issues with your cable connection, please visit the following link. You may also contact Von Thomas, Assistant Director of Student Life, with further questions at email@example.com.
- Highly flammable liquids or explosives (lighter fluid, candles, fireworks, etc.)
- Non-university approved lofts (several dorms have loft kits available for use by students)
- Most kitchen appliances, including microwaves, hot plates, toaster ovens, space heaters, woks, pizza ovens, slow cookers, crock pots, skillets, hotdog/hamburger cookers, rice cookers and broilers, due to the electrical load they require.
- Dorm refrigerators (1.4 amps) are allowed in all residential halls
- Coffee pots and hot pots
Rooms, other than those in Jonathan Hall, are furnished with curtains and a bed, dresser, desk, desk light, chair and closet for each resident. Apartments in Jonathan Hall include furnishings for a living area and kitchen.
Laundry costs $1.25 to wash a load and $1.25 to dry. (The price is determined by our vendor and subject to change.) Payments for laundry can be made through a refillable smart card, or through the PayRange mobile app.
- Favorite pillow and pillowcase
- Sheets: Beds in Dorcas, Esther, Jonathan, Ruth A, Ruth B, Ruth C, Schuelke, Strieter, and Timothy are extra-long twins (36" x 80"). Beds in David are all regular twins.
- Towels and washcloths
- Hangers, laundry bag, waste basket
- Summer and winter clothes, snow boots
- Swimsuit, umbrella, raincoat
- Emergency-related items: Flashlight(s), battery-operated radio (Flashlights that are easy to find in the dark can be the most essential tools during a power outage. Also, if a power outage is widespread or associated with other emergency situations, a battery-operated radio may provide regular updates.)
- Iron, scissors, sewing kit
- Frisbee, deck of cards, board games
- UL-listed heavy duty extension cord
- UL-listed multiple outlet strip with breaker switch
- Bible, hymnal, dictionary
- Alarm clock, stereo, TV, headphones
- Coffee pot, hot pot, can opener
- Rug, drinking glass, silverware, dust cloth, plants
- Plastic bucket or shower caddy (for carrying things to and from the bathroom)
- A small vacuum cleaner or electric broom
- Drawer-lining paper, address book
- White poster putty (to hang up posters, etc.)
- Cough suppressant with expectorant
- Multi-symptom cold medication
- Aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Your resident assistant will be a great resource for you. During the summer you can also give the student life office (SLO) a call at 800-535-5494, ext. 7411.
- Students may also find their questions addressed in the Student Handbook, a comprehensive collection of guidelines, expectations and rules for life at Concordia.
Centrally Located in America’s Heartland
Our hometown is Seward, a friendly community of 7,200 people that’s surrounded by beautiful scenery, farmland and wide-open spaces in southeast Nebraska. If you’re looking for a close-knit, small town atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home in Seward.
A Private Education With Value(s)
You’ll find a more meaningful college experience at Concordia, where you’ll be part of a supportive campus community as you study your passions and prepare to make a positive impact in the world. Through generous scholarships and financial aid packages, your tuition at Concordia will be similar to what you will find at a large public university.
Get To Know Us Better
We believe the best way to get the Concordia experience is to visit our supportive and fun campus. You can register to attend a group visit day, or schedule a personalized visit. In either type, you’ll have the opportunity to meet students, professors and get the information you’ll need to make a decision that’s best for you and your family.