New Student Guide - Living On Campus

Living on Campus 

Room Decorating

Your room isn’t just where you sleep, this is your home for your time at Greenville, and we want you to make it your own! We encourage you to personalize your room to make it feel like home. Make sure to talk to your roommate(s) about their ideas and preferences for how to make your room a comfortable and welcoming place for you together, within certain limits, as detailed below.

Carpet - This is a good place to start. Most rooms have tile or laminate wood flooring, so you may want to bring your own rugs or carpet.

Curtains/Blinds - Window blinds are provided in all residence halls. Students will be permitted to provide their own curtains/blinds on the condition that the original curtains/blinds are back in place at the end of the year. If hanging your own curtains/blinds, please use existing hardware or tension rods. Do not install your own hardware.

Sheets - Long twin sheets will fit on the mattresses in all rooms in all residence halls. Please note that Greenville University does not provide linen service.

Painting - The rooms are painted on a regular basis (white), so it is not necessary or permissible to paint your room.

Open Flame Items - Possession or use of candles, oil lamps, candle warmers, incense, or any open flame objects, are not permitted in the residence halls.

Posters/Pictures - Bring things to hang on the wall such as pictures of family, friends and personal mementos. These items will help you feel more at home, but make sure that these items are hung with sticky tack (the blue kind works the best) or painter's tape. If you use Scotch tape, foam tape, duct tape or nails you may cause damage to the room. You will be fined for any damages caused in this manner. Because of the fire risk, do not hang anything on or from the ceiling.


Lofts are one of the most popular methods used to increase room space. Lofts raise the bed off the floor to provide better use of the space below the bed. Loft furniture is provided in all residence halls. Constructing your own loft, therefore, is not permitted.

Storage Space

All rooms contain a closet or a wardrobe, and some rooms have additional built-in storage. The University does not provide any additional storage space for students to use. To stretch closet space, try hanging shoe holders and multiple hangers that hold several items vertically. Stuff bulky sweatshirts and sweaters into under-bed storage boxes.


The furniture you will need is provided--bed (including pieces that will allow you to loft your bed), desk, chair, and dresser. We do not have the storage space available for you to remove any furniture from your room, so keep this in mind if you plan on bringing additional furniture.

Electrical Appliances

You may bring your own electronics,
including: clock, lamp, fan, hair dryer, curling iron, stereo, game system, refrigerator (no larger than 4 cu. ft.), television, microwave, and computer.
To avoid the possibility of power
failure, overloaded circuits, or fire, please do not bring hot plates, broilers, toasters, candle warmers, space heaters, deep fryers, lava lamps, or room air conditioners.
If you have more than two items to
plug in any single wall receptacle, we require that you use a fused, UL Approved power strip, and for fire prevention reasons, we ask that you use only heavy-duty UL Approved “orange” extension cords.

Halogen Lamps

Because of the fire hazard halogen lamps present, they are not allowed in the residence halls.


Fish, no larger than a human fist, in aquariums not exceeding 30 gallons are acceptable. All other pets are prohibited.


If you have one, bring it! We provide outdoor areas designated for storing bicycles. Remember to bring a good lock. Bicycles may also be kept in students' rooms, but not in any common areas, such as lounges.


Each residence hall has a laundry facility.

Mail Service

Each student on campus will receive his/her own mailbox in the Student Union. All letters, magazines, care packages, etc. should be addressed as follows:
Student's Name
317 E College Ave
Greenville, IL 62246

Students will receive their campus mailbox number when they enroll.


Stamps can be purchased in the Business Office.

Cashing Checks

You may cash checks (up to $100) at the Business Office in the lower level of Armington Hall.

Vacation Closings

All Residence Halls & Houses close
during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break. Students wishing to stay over these times must sign up in advance. The cost to stay over breaks is $30 a day and includes one meal voucher to a local restaurant for each day. Information about signing up to stay over breaks will be sent out by the Residence Life office via email prior to each break. Students who have not received prior approval will not be permitted to stay on campus during these times.
For vacation closing days and times,
check the calendar here.