Mercyhurst University is a residential campus, which means all undergraduate students are required to live on campus through their senior year*. Living in a residence hall, apartment, or townhouse-style residence on the Mercyhurst campus gives you a head-start on your path to success as a Laker.
Whether you are in one of our three freshman residence halls — Baldwin, McAuley, and Warde –—in our newest residence hall, the $25 million suite-style Ryan Hall, or an apartment or townhouse, on-campus living has plenty of perks and serves as an opportunity to grow within a community while also enjoying all that the collegiate experience has to offer. Every student living on campus is equipped with their own desk, chair, bed, dresser, access Wi-Fi, and free laundry facilities.
On-campus residency assists you in your quest for success, as studies have shown that students who live on campus get better grades and are more likely to graduate in four years. While living on campus, you will develop friendships and get to know people who live next door, down the hall, on the floor below, and anywhere else your fellow classmates may live.
When we say “Carpe Diem,” we mean to seize the entire day, including your time in our residence halls. Whether you’re composing an essay at your desk, enjoying a movie night with your RA, hosting a late-night discussion with your roommates, or gearing up for an athletic event, every experience on campus will be an opportunity for you to learn and grow.
*Students who live within Erie County, Pennsylvania, may live at home and may be designated a commuter if they reside with a parent or guardian within the county. In rare cases, exemptions to the residency requirement may be granted, including those who are married, over the age of 26, or approved due to an accessibility accommodation (ADA). Please review the "Residency Requirements and Off-Campus Living Exemptions" section below for details.
All-Inclusive Residence Life and Dining Student Experience
Mercyhurst embraces an all-inclusive room and board approach that provides a better dining program at more affordable rates for the average student. Students living on campus have unlimited, anytime access to dining in Grotto Commons and the 501 Grille. This approach allows Mercyhurst to curb escalating dining costs for students and preserve affordability across their undergraduate experience, while also providing them with on-campus dining options that are better suited to meet their needs.
This pricing structure places Mercyhurst room and board and dining costs on par with or more affordable than those at similar institutions — all while delivering more options, more flexibility, and greater convenience. This new approach also ensures all students have access to campus dining, helping to alleviate food insecurity concerns among some vulnerable student populations.
Preliminary all-inclusive room/board rates for the 2022-2023 academic year are as follows:
|Residence Hall||Cost Per Semester|
Lewis & 41st Street Townhouses
|Warde Hall (3 person, limited availability)
Briggs/Lewis Apartments (3 person)
|Briggs/Lewis Apartments (4 person)||$5,610|
Mercyhurst is a residential campus. Undergraduate students are required to live on campus during their enrollment. Students who live within Erie County, Pennsylvania, may live at home and may be designated a commuter provided they reside with a parent or legal guardian within the county.
In rare cases, exemptions to the residency requirement may be granted. Exemptions are limited to marriage, student is over the age of 24, or approved due to an accessibility accommodation (ADA). A previously signed off-campus lease will not be considered a reason for an exemption to be granted. Completing the Off-Campus Exemption form does not guarantee that approval will be given. Off Campus Exemption forms are found on the Office of Residence Life and Student Conduct webpage.
Students released from the residency requirement are required to adhere to the following procedure:
- Once an exemption has been approved, a copy of the signed lease should be submitted to the Office of Residence Life & Student Conduct no later than the last day of classes for the spring semester.
- Any changes in off-campus residency must be reported to the Office of Residence Life & Student Conduct.
- Students residing off campus must adhere to all terms of the Student Handbook, Code of Conduct, and all applicable laws and ordinances of the City of Erie and State of Pennsylvania.
- Failure to adhere to the on- campus living requirement and procedure for exemption may result in a student being billed for campus housing, being denied approval to live off campus, being required to move back into campus housing, adjudication through the Student Code of Conduct, and/or a registration hold being applied to the student’s account.