Most students will tell you that the residence halls are the center of the action at MacMurray College. It is in the residence halls that lifelong friendships are made, ideas are exchanged and plans are made for the future.

We believe that the community atmosphere of the residence halls allows students to expand their boundaries while building respect for others. Students are challenged to live, learn and grow, and are supported in their efforts by a kind, caring and engaging staff.

Your Residential Life Team

Resident Directors (RD) — Each residence hall is under the guidance and supervision of a Resident Director. RDs are members of the Student Life staff. They are responsible for the general management of the building in which they reside, and assisted by the Resident Assistants (RA), Athletic Liasons and Peer Leaders. Your RD manages the programming efforts of the residence hall, provides related advising, counseling and disipline.

Resident Assistants (RA) — One of the first people you will meet when you move into your residence hall is your RA. RAs are typically upperclass students who have been selected and trained to assist the students on their floor. RAs coordinate your floor's social, educational and recreational environment. Get to know your RA! They are your first contact for residence life questions and concerns.

Room Information

Each double room on campus comes equipped with the following:

  • Two beds
  • Two dressers
  • Two desks with desk chairs
  • Two closets
  • Basic cable package and hook-up
  • Internet access (WiFi and Ethernet cable connections are available in all rooms)
  • Free laundry

Room Sizes

Kendall House: 13' x 12.5' (no carpet)
Norris House: 13' x 12.5' (no carpet)
Jane Hall: 11'7 x 14' (carpet)
Rutledge Hall: 11'7 x 14' (no carpet)

What To Bring

  • Bedding for XL twin beds:
    Sheets, Mattress pad, Blankets, Comforter
  • Pillows
  • Alarm clock
  • Towels
  • Toiletries and tote
  • Shower shoes
  • Hangers
  • Laundry & cleaning supplies
  • Small trash can
  • Office supplies
  • Cell phone and charger

Additional Items to Consider

  • Fan
  • Computer/laptop and printer
  • 25 ft. ethernet cable
  • Desk lamp
  • Area rug
  • TV (digital TV with integrated QAM tuner suggested)
  • Mini fridge and microwave*
  • Basic dishes, cups, silverware
  • Message and/or bulletin board
  • Games
  • Camera
  • Basic tools
  • Pictures
  • Banking information/checkbook and extra checks/debit card
  • Power bar and extension cords
  • Umbrella

*Refrigerators/Microwaves

If you wish to bring a microwave or mini-fridge you are welcome to do so, but individually or together, the items must not use an excess of 11 amps. A microfridge can be rented by contacting the Office of Student Life.

Items Not Allowed in Residence Hall Rooms

Alcohol and drugs — All state and federal laws apply on campus. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 is prohibited. The use, possession, or solicitation of illegal drugs is prohibited. Kendall and Norris Halls are dry halls. Alcohol is not permitted at any time in these residence halls.
Candles — No candles or incense, or any product with a wick/open flame are allowed.
Open-Coil Appliances — Appliances with exposed heating elements are not permitted. This includes toasters. Each residence hall has a kitchen area for your use.
Firearms/Weapons — No weapons or explosive devices are permitted.
Halogen Lights — Due to fire safety concerns, halogen lamps are not permitted.
Air Conditioners — You may not install your own air conditioner in your residence hall room. Students who require air conditioning must provide a doctor's note indicating the medical need. An additional fee is charged for air conditioning.
Pets — Pets, other than fish, are not permitted. May we suggest a plant instead?

Residence Halls

Residence Life FAQ

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Q: Why should I live on campus?

A: Students who live on campus are at a great advantage. On-campus students are more likely to make faculty, staff and student contacts; join organizations; and develop study groups. Students learn life skills that will benefit them in the future. They learn people skills, tolerance, the art of compromise, appreciation of differences and they build friendships that will last a lifetime.

MacMurray values the residence hall living experience so much that they require students to live on campus until they are 21 or have 90 credit hours (senior status). Exceptions to this policy are for those students who live with their parents within a 50-mile radius, are married, have children, or live and work at ISD (Illinois School for the Deaf) and ISVI (Illinois School for the Visually Impaired).

Q: How do you assign rooms?

A: Returning students request rooms in the spring semester during our annual Room Draw. Housing assignments for new students begins on July 1. At that time, students are matched up with roommates based on preferences indicated on the online housing form, including interests, study habits, etc. Students requesting a specific roommate may do so by noting this on their housing form. Please keep in mind that the request must be mutual. After you have been matched with a roommate, you will be assigned to a room.

Room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Some halls fill up quickly, so apply early! Housing staff will try to accommodate each student's request, but this is not always possible.

Once roommate and room assignments are made, a packet will go out via email to the students giving them all the information they will need to live on campus. Students can login to My Mac.edu to look up their roommate's name and room information. If at that time there are still questions, students are encouraged to call the Housing Office at 217-479-7124.

Q. Is there an age limit for living in the residence halls?

A: The MacMurray College housing facilities are intended for the traditional student age 18-25. If you are a new or readmitted student who is older than 25, you must appeal in writing to the Dean of Student Life to be considered for MacMurray College housing.

Q: What if I need other special housing accommodations?

A: The housing officers will do their best to meet everyone's housing needs. Please keep in mind, however, that we cannot guarantee that every student will be accommodated due to limited space and resources. Students should indicate their special needs on the housing form so that housing staff is fully aware prior to making a housing assignment. If you have a disability accommodation request, it should be noted on your housing form and the housing staff will work with disability services to make sure all paperwork is submitted and that your accommodation is met.

Q: May I have a single room?

A: Single rooms are available for an additional fee per semester (check current fees). However, due to limited availability, single rooms are usually not assigned to new students.

Q: May I bring furniture or decorate my room any way I please?

A: We encourage each student to personalize his/her room; however, certain restrictions apply. No college furniture (including beds, frames and mattresses) may be removed from the room. In addition, students are responsible for any damage which occurs to the walls and furniture inside their rooms. Therefore, care should be taken when hanging items on the walls. Decorating which can be removed or undone by the student at the end of the year is encouraged. Students are not allowed to paint their residence hall rooms.

Q: Can I bring a microwave or mini-fridge?

A: If you wish to bring a microwave or mini-fridge you are welcome to do so, but individually or together, the items must not use an excess of 11 amps. If you would like to rent a micro-fridge contact the Office of Student Life. The cost is approximately $60 per semester. This cost can be split between roommates if they both sign up for a unit.

Q: Can I have a car on campus? Where can I park?

A: Any student may have a car on campus. Students must register their car and purchase a parking sticker in the Office of Student Life. Parking stickers are $60 per semester. Parking areas are located on the campus map.

Q: What is furnished in my room?

A: Residence hall double rooms are equipped with two stackable beds, two dressers, two desks and chairs, mirrors and closets for two, and internet access in all halls. There are screens and blinds for all windows; some students may also wish to hang curtains. In Jane Hall and Rutledge Hall, the shared bathrooms contain a sink, shower, toilet and medicine cabinet with a mirror.

Q: May I change my room assignment?

A: Yes. During each semester, there is a Room Consolidation, a specific time period set aside for free room changes. After that, each student must pay $120 to change rooms. Students may request a room change by contacting the housing director. Room changes may be granted if space is available.

Q: What is room consolidation?

A: Students who live in the halls without a roommate may be subject to consolidation. Often students are living without a roommate because their roommate moved out or they may not have been assigned a roommate in the beginning. To be fair to those students who pay for a single room, we may consolidate those students who are not. Students living without a roommate will be required to do one of the following:

  • pay for a single room if space is available;
  • find their own roommate from among friends or the list of people needing roommates;
  • move rooms at the discretion of the housing staff;
  • be assigned a roommate (who is also living alone).

Students are asked to move based on seniority by class. If students are unwilling to cooperate, they may be billed for a single room and/or face disciplinary action.

Q: What is a Resident Assistant?

A: Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class students assigned to a residence hall floor. RAs are responsible for building community on their floor and in the building by scheduling social and educational programming, assisting in conflict resolution between students, being peer counselors, advising students about services on campus, and serving as a referral source in disciplinary or crisis situations. RAs are the first link between students and the administration.

Q: What kind of security does MacMurray offer?

A: All residence halls have video surveillance cameras near each entrance. Residence hall entrances are locked 24 hours per day and only accessible to students who live in that hall and have their student ID. Students and parents can download the MacSAFE smartphone app that is used as our notification system and mobile safety app in case students need help.

MacMurray also has Student Safety Aides (SSAs) through a Criminal Justice internship class that provide many services such as campus escorts, campus patrol, assisting Student Life staff during incidents, and monitoring the surveillance cameras as well as the MacSAFE dispatch center. MacMurray also has contracted security officers which are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If other issues of security arise, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Campus Safety & Housing, Resident Assistants (RAs), Resident Directors (RDs) or SSAs.

Mission Statement

The mission of the MacMurray College Department of Residential Life is to promote student success by creating living environments that encourage active participation among residents, offer opportunities to enhance student learning and foster personal growth through healthy relationships. Residence Life programs will focus on personal development, leadership, professional preparation, academic success, service and campus engagement.