Housing

Living at Lehigh

At Lehigh, your education continues outside of the classroom. The residence halls are not only where you sleep, study and hang out, but also where you begin to put the puzzle pieces together - the intersections of your education, identity and society.

It's what we call "Residence Life". Think of it as one of the aspects of Lehigh that turns a campus into a community. Your community. Each residential building cultivates that sense of community through spaces on campus where students can meet and mingle. So, meet the neighbors. Talk to your Gryphon. Grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat and engage with us. Choose to Live Lehigh.

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Housing
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First-Year Housing

All of our students live in learning-enhancing environments where we provide a variety of opportunities to live in a community that promotes diversity and embraces excellence, encourages insightful faculty-student interactions and works to develop a strong sense of community. In addition to these experiences, we also offer theme housing options where students are able to live and learn around a certain topic of interest. We encourage you to seek out information on our website to determine if a theme experience might be right for you.

Most residence hall rooms are doubles, but there are also a limited number of singles and triples. Each room has a bed with a mattress, desk with chair, bookshelf, dresser or built-in drawers and a closet or wardrobe. All rooms are equipped with an active cable jack. Wireless Internet access is available throughout all residence halls in both bedrooms and common areas. Within the residence halls, common areas include lounges, kitchens, study rooms, laundry rooms and game rooms. Vending machines are also located in each residence hall.

If you plan to commute to Lehigh, you will need to petition the Office of Housing Services for exemption from the residency requirement.

Three male students in a residence hall

Second-Year Housing

As a second year student, your learning-enhanced residential experience will continue. If you choose to join a Greek organization which has a chapter house on campus, you will live in the chapter house.

Some students will choose to build on their leadership skills and apply to become a Gryphon within the residential buildings. Others will take advantage of the expanded themed housing options for second year students. Even those students who ultimately select non-themed or apartment/suite housing will be given a variety of opportunities during their second year in residence to continue to develop their Blueprint.

If you plan to commute to Lehigh, you will need to petition the Office of Housing Services for exemption from the residency requirement.

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Third, Fourth, Fifth Year Housing

Although third-, fourth- and fifth-year undergraduate students are not guaranteed on-campus housing, it is always our goal to house the upper class students who request housing. There are a variety of options for students to choose from as they progress into their final years at Lehigh.

Once again students in Greek organizations which have a chapter house on campus can live in the chapter house. For those chapter houses that do not have room for their upper class students, these students can live on campus by joining a themed community or by participating in the housing lottery.

As upper class students, even more students choose to build on their leadership skills and apply to become Gryphons within the residential buildings. Others take advantage of the themed housing options for upper class students. For upper class students looking for non-themed housing, we offer the Housing lottery for a chance to live in apartment housing.

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Affiliated Housing

University-Affiliated housing refers to housing facilities that serve Lehigh University undergraduate and graduate students and was developed under a direct agreement between Lehigh University and a collegiate housing third-party owner and manager.

Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students students who choose to live in University-Affiliated housing contract with the owner directly and are responsible for all applicable expenses, including but not limited to: deposits, damage fees, and cancellation fees. All expenses are paid directly to the owner by the student.

SouthSide Commons is available to Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students as University-Affiliated Housing.

EdR, one of the nation's largest developers of collegiate student housing communities, owns, manages and operates SouthSide Commons.