How do I apply to live on campus?
Visit our Apply for Housing page for instructions on applying for each community.
When may I apply for housing and is there a deadline?
Housing at Pontchartrain Hall is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no deadline, but it is recommended that you submit your application as soon as possible. Applications cancelled after July 1 will incur an additional late cancellation fee of $50 for fall applicants, January 1 for Spring applicants and May 15 for summer applicants.
When is Fall Move-In?
Fall 2022 Move In Dates:
New Students will be allowed to check in based on their major to coordinate with MAMBO week activities.
- New College of Liberal Arts, Education & Human Development Majors: Check-in begins Tuesday, August 9 at 8 am.
- New School of Interdisciplinary Students Majors: Check-in begins Tuesday, August 9 at 8 am.
- New College of Engineering Majors: Check-in begins Wednesday, August 10 at 8 am.
- New College of Business Administration Majors: Check-in begins Wednesday, August 10 at 8 am.
- New College of Sciences Majors: Check-in begins Thursday, August 11 at 8 am.
- Returning Students will check in beginning Friday, August 12.
Check your email for additional instructions on how to schedule your move-in through the Residential Life app.
What do I do if I submit my housing application then change my mind?
Please submit your cancellation request via our Pontchartrain Hall Cancellation Form.
Will financial aid pay for my housing deposit, housing fees, and meal plan?
Financial Aid will not pay for your application security deposit. The application fee and security deposit are out of pocket expenses. As a incentive, security deposits for the Fall 2022 term have been waived. Financial Aid may be used towards the cost of your housing and meal plan; please note: tuition costs are paid from your Financial Aid awards first, the remainder may be applied to your housing and meal costs. Students are encouraged to complete the Title IV Authorization Form on the Bursar's Office website to authorize payments via Financial Aid.
What is included in the cost of housing?
Housing rates include the following:
Internet Service (both wired and wifi)
Use of Laundry Facilities
All unities: electricity, water, trash removal from designated trash pick up areas
Community lounge and activity spaces
Enhanced programming conducted by Resident Assistants
Safety and Security Measures
Residential Parking Decal
How long does the housing agreement last? Do I have to vacate the hall over the holidays?
We have three different types of housing agreements.
- The semester-only agreement obligates you to move in at the beginning of a semester and move out at the end of the semester. This agreement is billed in one installment prior to move in.
- Our next type of housing agreement is an academic year agreement. With the academic year agreement, you would move into the hall in August and move out in May. You are required to leave the hall over the winter break unless requesting Winter Break housing. You may leave your items in the hall during winter break if returning for the spring semester. This agreement is billed in installments at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.
- The third type of housing agreement is a full-year agreement confirming your housing for a full calendar year and is billed in installments at the beginning of the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. You are required to leave the hall over the winter break unless requesting Winter Break housing. You may leave your items in the hall during winter break if returning for the spring semester. You are not required to vacate the hall during spring to summer break, however you may be required to move rooms due to summer camps and facilities projects.
Students who have an academic year or semester-only lease may incur an additional $250 holdover fee if staying past their assigned checkout date at the end of their housing term.
Are students assigned by gender in Pontchartrain Hall?
Students are assigned with roommates of the same biologically assigned gender disclosed on their university application in their suite. Students may choose to opt in to "Gender Inclusive Housing" in which is discussed in the question below. Each floor is coed, but each suite is gender specific. Bathroom facilities are provided in each suite.
Does Pontchartrain Hall offer Gender Inclusive Housing or an option for students who do not identify with traditional binary gender terms?
Gender Inclusive Housing suites in Pontchartrain Hall are designed to provide a comfortable housing option for students whose needs are not met by traditional housing options. Students must opt into gender inclusive housing in order to participate or be assigned to a gender inclusive suite. Assignments may include a 2 bedroom unit with a shared bath or a 4 bedroom unit with two shared baths. Suite assignment is based on space availability. The university and staff do not condone the use of this housing option for romantic couples. Students are not released from housing agreements due to changes in housing preferences. To "opt in", all interested students should email their interest in Gender Inclusive Housing to ResidentialLife@uno.edu as Residential Life staff will need to assist with the students' assignment process.
May I choose my roommate or will one be assigned to me?
You may choose your roommate by participating in the Roommate Matching process. Please note: dates for the roommate matching process will be published within the Residential Life app. Students who apply close to the start of the semester may not be able to participate in roommate matching if the process has closed. The Office of Residential Life staff will try to accommodate requests, however roommate requests are not guaranteed if space is not available to complete the request.
Also, please be sure to complete the supplemental questions on the application about living preferences so that we can better place you in the event we need to assign a roommate.
What should I bring? Do I need sheets and towels?
- Bed sheets
Twin extra-long sized bedding. No bed linens, blankets, or pillows are provided.
- Electrical outlet converters/adapters
For both voltage and size conversion
- Alarm clock
For a complete list of recommended items to bring, visit our Packing List Page.
Students should bring enough of these basic necessities to last until they can get to a local retail store (toiletries are readily available at the Walgreen's Pharmacy adjacent to campus on Elysian Fields Avenue and Robert E. Lee Boulevard -- see map).
- Bed sheets
What if my roommate and I don't get along later in the semester?
Your Resident Assistant will assist you and your roommate(s) in a mediation session and it is expected of each resident to respect the community living aspect of Pontchartrain Hall. If mediation is not successful, then a re-assignment may be considered. Your Hall Director will review your request for re-assignment after the mediation session is completed.
Are there honors or graduates housing options available?
Yes, housing is available for both Honors students and students pursing a graduate degree.
Pontchartrain Hall North is home to our Honors community, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Community. Pontchartrain Hall South is home to our Visual and Performing Arts Community. Graduate students may reside in either Pontchartrain Hall or Lafitte Village.
When will I find out my room assignment?
For Fall and Spring semesters, students will be invited to participate in room self- selection within the Residential Life app where the student reviews available suites within the Residential Life app and select their space. If the student is in a confirmed roommate group, one member of the roommate group may make the assignment for the group. Summer semester room assignments are posted within the Residential Life app in early May.
If I don't like my room assignment, may I change rooms? If so, when may I change?
Yes, you may change rooms, however; room change requests are not taken until 2 weeks after the start of each semester and are not guaranteed. Room change requests must be submitted via email to email@example.com.
What is the physical address for insurance purposes and/or to have mail and packages delivered?
Our physical address is:
UNO Office of Residential Life, Pontchartrain Hall, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148.
Regular mail is not delivered to Pontchartrain Hall. All residents must apply for a postal box at our Campus Mail services. Spring 202 rental rates for post office boxes are: $20 for 3 months, $30 for 6 months, $40 for 9 months and $50 for 12 months. Check with the Campus Mail Center in the University Center for additional information and to register for your post office box.
What safety measures are in place at Pontchartrain Halls?
All entry access points to Pontchartrain Halls are card access only. Front desks are staffed 24 hours to provide additional support and screening of guest access to the halls. Students IDs are programmed to provide entry to their suite and individual keys are used to access their bedrooms. Students are encouraged to keep their doors locked at all times as a safety precaution. University of New Orleans Police frequently patrol the exterior of Pontchartrain Halls and Resident Assistants conduct regular inspections of the halls. Security cameras are featured in all parking lots, common areas and elevators.
What is the Pontchartrain Hall guest policy? Are overnight guests allowed?
** Effective March 16, 2022: Visitors are permitted
9 am -11:59 pm Monday-Friday, and 24 hours on Saturday
A visitor is defined as any individual who does not live in the Pontchartrain Halls in which they are attempting to enter. Visitors must be registered via the online Visitor Pass process on the
Residential Life app available at myapps.uno.edu.
Once in the Residential Life app, the host will select “New Visitor Pass” from the left hand menu.
The host will create a new visitor pass and find their visitor by searching by their mobile phone number. If the visitor is not in the database, they must complete the visitor registration form available at https://uno.datacenter.adirondacksolutions.com/uno_vrp_prod/new_user.cfm.
The host must agree to the Visitor Policy Terms to create a new visitor pass.
Visitors should notify their host of their arrival prior to entering the residence hall. All visitors must check in at the front desk with a photo ID upon arrival, and check-out upon departure. Visitors must present proof of vaccination within 6 months prior or a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior.
From the time that they enter the building, visitors are the host’s responsibility. The host must be present with them at check-in and during their entire visit. These steps are important for ensuring a safe and secure environment. Hosts and visitors are expected
to be respectful and considerate of other residents and host’s roommates’ study and rest. Residents may be held financially responsible for damages caused by their visitors.
Hosts can also be held responsible through the Office of Student Accountability and Disability Services for any violation of the student conduct and/or Residential Life contract. Visitors must also comply with social distancing and Covid-19 risk reduction campus requirements. Any resident can have their visitor privileges revoked indefinitely for their own and/or visitor’s actions.
Maximum Occupancy of a Suite:
4-Bedroom Suite: 8 persons is the maximum occupancy of a 4-bedroom suite.
2- Bedroom Suites: 4 persons is the maximum occupancy of a 2-bedroom suite.
1- Bedroom Suite: 3 persons is the maximum occupancy of a 1-bedroom suite.
If a resident would like to have an overnight visitor, they must have an overnight visitor pass approved prior to their visitor’s arrival. The overnight guest pass process is available on the Residential Life app. Requests have to be made 72 business hours (8 AM-4:30 PM) prior to the arrival time. All the resident’s roommates must agree to the overnight visitor. Stays longer than 2 days will not be approved. Each resident may have only 1 overnight visitor per night.
Residents may have an overnight visitor no more than 2 nights in a week and 5 nights in a month. Minors (between the ages of 16 and 17) will only be allowed to visit if an approved Minor Overnight Guest form has been completed, signed by the legal guardian and submitted to the Office of Residential Life via email at least 48 hours prior to the visit for approval. Minors are only allowed during the weekend and are not allowed during Mardi Gras Holiday.
Scroll to the bottom for a step-by-step guide on how to use the Visitor Pass feature or click here.
Are students required to live on campus?
First year students who live more than 50 road miles from campus are required to reside on campus in either Privateer Place or Pontchartrain Hall for their first year. Review the full policy at http://new.uno.edu/housing/residency-requirement
What housing options are offered for students with disabilities?
Pontchartrain Hall does feature accessible rooms with roll in showers and additional handles around bathroom features for students needing wheelchair accommodations. Students are encouraged to coordinate needed requests for disability accommodations with the Office of Disability Services. Additional information about emotional support animal and service animal policies are available thru Office of Disability Services.
Can I bring a microwave and refrigerator?
Yes to both! Microwaves can be no larger than 1000 watts and refrigerators must be less than 5 cubic feet in order to be allowed in the halls.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed in Pontchartrain Halls. Students requesting approved emotional support animals due to a documented medical need must follow the Office of Disability Services protocol for registration and approval prior to bringing their animal to campus.
Can I bring my car to campus?
Residential students are required to register their vehicles with the Office of Residential Life EACH semester they live in Pontchartrain Hall. Students who fail to register their vehicle or who fail to post their decal will receive parking tickets for parking in residential areas. Students may visit the Parking Office on the second floor of the Computer Center to be issued a residential parking tag.
Can I bring my bike?
All bicycles must be registered with the Office of Residential Life. The decal must be placed in a visible location on the bike. Staff conduct regular audits of the Residential Life bicycle racks and remove unauthorized bikes to allow for proper bike storage of resident's bikes. Residents are encouraged to purchase a bike lock. Approved storage for your bike in the bike racks located outside your hall. Students may submit the request for their bicycle decal through the Residential Life app.
Am I required to have a meal plan if I live on campus?
All residents on Pontchartrain Hall are required to have a residential meal plan. Meal plan options are available at Dining Services.
Does Residential Life offer student employment?
The Office of Residential Life hires for a variety of student positions semesterly including: Resident Assistants, Office Assistants and Desk Assistants. Visit our Resident Assistant page for more details.
Should students purchase renters insurance?
Students are encouraged to purchase renters insurance for their personal property. The University of New Orleans and the Office of Residential Life is not responsible for potential damage to students' personal property. Multiple insurance providers offer low cost renter's insurance; students are also encouraged to speak with their parents/ guardians as some homeowners policies may cover residence hall rooms.
How do I connect my device to the Wifi/ ResNet network in my Residence Hall?
ResNet is a free high-speed network service available to the residential community of UNO’s main campus. ResNet uses dedicated Ethernet wiring and WiFi connectivity to provide each resident an individual connection to the University network and internet. You can use many devices to connect to the resnet secure network, by simply using our instructions to configure your device’s network settings and entering your UNO student credentials, for gaining ResNet access.