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Housing Q&A

What is the university’s housing policy?

All LAU undergraduate full time students are entitled to on-campus housing subject to availability. As space is limited, students who wish to live on campus must submit an application for housing. See Applying for housing for more information about the application process and Housing fees for the cost of housing.

How are rooms assigned?

The residence halls administration is responsible for all room assignments. To the extent that it is possible, students’ preferences for roommate and room type are taken into consideration.

Available spaces are allocated to students based on following:

  • Priority 1: Returning students: They have priority in room assignments
  • Priority 2: Transfer students: After the returning students, transfer students are assigned.
  • Priority 3: First-year students: Eligibility for housing is determined on a first-come, first served basis.

Can I choose my roommate?

Yes, usually. If you and a friend wish to room together, you should both indicate this on your housing application. The residence halls administration will try to accommodate your preference. If you don’t have a roommate in mind, let the residence halls administration know about your interests and lifestyle so that they can select a suitable roommate.

What is the difference between Standard and High Standard Rooms, Small, Medium and Large Apartments in Dorm B?

Standard Room: A fully furnished (28 m2) bedroom for two, with its own bathroom and balcony, housing 2 students sharing the floor kitchen (Common Room). It also contains a LED TV and a refrigerator.

High Standard Room: A fully furnished (35 m2) bedroom for two, with its own bathroom, housing 2 students sharing the floor kitchen (Common Room). It also contains an LCD and a refrigerator.

Small Apartment: A two-bedroom apartment (84m2) housing 2 to 4 students. Each apartment consists of two Standard rooms, with a shared living room and a fully equipped kitchenette.

Medium Apartment (only available for men): A two-bedroom apartment (96m2) housing 3 students. This apartment consists of two bedrooms, sharing a bathroom, a living room and a fully equipped kitchenette.

Large Apartment: A two-bedroom apartment (120m2) housing 2 to 4 students. Each apartment consists of two Standard rooms, sharing a large living/dining room and a fully equipped kitchenette. It also contains a washer/dryer.

Are the residence halls coed?

No! The hall is divided into two wings: one for female students and another for male students. Male and female students can meet in the lounge.

When do the residence halls open and close for the semester?

The residence halls open two days before classes begin and close two days after finals.

What meal plan options are available?

There are no meal plans available in the halls. However, there is one main cafeteria on each campus that caters to different tastes through a diverse menu. You can also order delivery from the surrounding restaurants and snacks.

What should I bring?

Do  bring:

  • Towels, toiletries and bath accessories
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchenware (plate, mug, pan, pot, utensils…)
  • Cleaning supplies (mop, broom…)
  • Toilet paper
  • Kettle
  • Computer
  • Shaver
  • Detergents (laundry and dishwashing)
  • Kleenex
  • Hangers

Do not bring:

  • Arguileh
  • Toaster
  • Flammables
  • Candles, incense
  • Gas stove
  • Halogen lamp
  • Heater
  • Iron

What are the curfew hours?

The outer doors of the residence halls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. (midnight) daily, except for Friday and Saturday nights when the closing time is 2 a.m. If you wish to be exempted from the curfew, you are required to submit a permission of outstay form. This form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian in person and submitted to the residence hall supervisor.

How is security managed in the residence halls?

All the entrances of the residence halls are controlled 24 hours a day by security guards, and the common areas (hallways, lounges, common rooms, elevators, parking) are monitored by closed-circuit television (CCTV). A resident assistant is always on call in the hall, and a night attendant is available in the evenings.

To avoid theft of your personal belongings, you should never leave the door of your room open or unlocked, even if you’re only stepping out briefly and always keep your valuables in a locked and secure place.

What can be done if I don’t like my room assignment?

You should know that while every effort will be made to reassign you to another space, we cannot guarantee re-assignment.

If roommates have differences, can room assignments be changed?

If you have difficulties with your roommate, you should first discuss the problem with him/her and attempt to reach an amicable compromise, keeping in mind that everyone has his/her own lifestyle and values. If the attempt to resolve the problem fails, ask the residence hall supervisor for assistance. If, ultimately, you find that you and your roommate are not compatible, efforts will be made to re-assign rooms.

How often are rooms cleaned?

The housekeeping ladies will clean your room twice a week and the public areas on a daily basis (except Sundays and holidays). Nevertheless, you are expected to keep your room, corridors, kitchens, and common areas reasonably neat and clean at all times.

Can I make phone calls from my room?

No, only internal calls can be made.

Where can I do my laundry?

Washers and dryers are available in all residence halls; you must provide your own cleaning supplies and must fill the available log sheet before using washer and/or dryer.

Am I allowed to bring guests to stay overnight?

As a policy, all guests must leave the dorm premises by 10 p.m. If you wish to receive an overnight guest, you must submit a Guest Request Form available online http://students.lau.edu.lb/housing/useful-forms.php at least 1 working day in advance. Guests will be charged for their stay if it is more than two days. Residents and their overnight guests must be in their dorm by 12 midnight.

Am I allowed to keep my stuff over the summer?

You can store maximum 2 items in the residence hall storage area. All items placed in storage must be well packed and labeled.

Contact us

Rima Rahhal
Orme-Gray Hall, Beirut
Ext. 1924

Assia Kanaan
Capital Suites, Hamra
Ext. 3200

Suzy Saba
Block B, Byblos
Ext. 2501

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