Residence life

Moving In, Fitting In

Learning to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people is a skill that takes many people years to master. At Concordia University, Nebraska you’ll develop it 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.

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.  

Common Residence Hall Questions

How do new students find out about their roommates?

Housing is completed in July. A summer letter is then 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 (Banner). Keep in mind that all assignments are susceptible to changes! Updates and changes will be reflected within the connectCUNE system as well. The student life office can answer any housing related questions at or 402-643-7411.

See also: connectCUNE

Is there Internet in the dorm rooms? Is their wireless Internet available on campus?

There are Internet connections in each room for each roommate. Students need an Ethernet card and cord to connect to the Internet. (Further details are available within the computing services pages.) Wireless Internet is installed in several buildings and resident halls including lounges and dorm room halls.

Should students bring a computer? Are computers available on campus?

Most students find it is easier to do their work on their own computer where they can save information and work on it at their own pace and in privacy. Professors expect assignments to be done on computer and some assignments are done online. Much of the communication on campus to students is through email. Computer labs are available in several buildings and open during building hours. Students can do their assignments there and/or print out assignments if they do not have a computer or printer.

Is cable TV available in dorm rooms?

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 and click on Cisco 271. You may also contact Von Thomas, Assistant Director of Student Life, with further questions at

What items are not permitted in a dorm room?

  • Weapons
  • Highly flammable liquids or explosives (lighter fluid, candles, fireworks, etc.)
  • Pets
  • 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.

What appliances are permitted in a dorm room?

  • Dorm refrigerators (1.4 amps) are allowed in all residential halls 
  • Coffee pots and hot pots

What is security like for the dorms?

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 the 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.

See also: Campus security and safety page.

What about phone service?

Individual dorm rooms do not have phones or phone jacks. 

What comes with a room?

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.

What does it cost to do laundry?

Laundry costs $1.00 to wash a load and $1.00 to dry. (The price is determined by our vendor and subject to change.) Most washers and dryers in use now on campus take smartcards, which can be refilled. These are available in Janzow Campus Center.

What do students often need or like to have in their room?  

  • Favorite pillow and pillowcase
  • Bedspread/comforter
  • Sheets: 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, camera
  • Frisbee, deck of cards, board game
  • UL-listed heavy duty extension cord
  • UL-listed multiple outlet strip with breaker switch
  • Bible, hymnal, dictionary
  • Computer
  • 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

I have more questions. Where do I learn more about student and residential life?

Your resident assistant will be a solid 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.