Residence Life

Welcome to Residence Life

Residence Life offers students a variety of housing options to choose from. The University's newest residence complex is Whites Crossing. The first two buildings opened in 2012. Three additional buildings opened in 2014. They offer apartment (private bedrooms) and suite (shared bedrooms) style living. Phase Three of Whites Crossing was completed in Fall 2016.

In addition to Whites Crossing, six traditional residence halls are located on campus. All residence halls have been renovated in the past 10 years and renovations in the primary freshmen residence halls were completed the summer of 2015. All rooms are air-conditioned, wired for cable TV connection, and internet services. Bedrooms are furnished with beds and study areas. Most rooms are designed for double-occupancy. Private Rooms are reserved solely for upperclassmen students.  Freshmen students with extenuating circumstances or medical conditions may be granted the opportunity to have a private room

University policy requires all full-time students to live in campus housing unless they meet one of the following conditions: (1) married; (2) live in the community with their parents or grandparents; (3) over 23 years of age; or (4) a veteran of the United States military. A small percentage of junior and senior students are also allowed to live off campus after successful application.

All residence facilities are supervised by full-time professional staff, live-in Assistant Directors of Residence Life and undergraduate Resident Assistants. Room assignments are made through the Housing and Residence Life Office.

Living On-Campus

Campus life enables each student to develop social and interpersonal skills, foster leadership skills, cultivate sound ethical and moral principles, deepen spiritual commitments, formulate a philosophy of life, and explore career opportunities. Enhancing the quality of life at Chowan University is just another way to show you the University has faith in your future.

Some of your best memories in college will be with the people you live within the residence halls. Just think, your college roommate may be your best friend for the rest of your life.

Here is a brief list of what your room already contains:

Bed and Mattress
Air-Conditioning/Heating Unit
Carpeted floors
Wireless internet (wired internet also available in the rooms)
Cable TV that includes over 60 channels (Click here for Channel Guide and additional info about compatible televisions.)

Everything you need in a residence hall is there. 

Washer/dryer rooms are located inside the residence halls. There are also lobby areas for students to just hang out, watch TV, or study. You can bring a vehicle to Chowan and park on campus. There are no parking or vehicle registration fees at Chowan University.


Residence Hall Information

Residence Life has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to make sure our students have an easy to find, affordable way to purchase bedding and other campus living needs. Some of the beds in our residence halls are extra-long, and XL twin sheets will fit all of the beds on campus. 

Food Services

All you can eat food, all the time. In Thomas Hall, Chowan University’s dining hall, you can find a variety of foods at every meal. Start the morning off right with bacon, eggs, and pancakes. Enjoy our Southern fresh fried chicken at lunch. Cook your own fajitas for dinner, or enjoy a Stromboli or calzone. From soups and salads to hamburgers and quesadillas, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. Murf’s is the campus snack bar hangout, featuring five big-screen HDTVs, a stage for karaoke and jazz nights, and a versatile menu for you to enjoy all day.

Chowan University partners with Pioneer College Caterers for all its on-campus food service and catering needs. Committed to client satisfaction over corporate growth, the “Pioneer Spirit” maintains the highest standards in food programs, client partnerships, and personalized service. Pioneer College Caterers embody the mission and values consistent with Chowan University. We are proud to partner with them to provide nutritious, delicious, and affordable meals for our students and guests.

Parents, would you like to surprise your child with a special treat that sends your love? Give your student a tasty treat or some money to spend at Murf’s. You can choose from a birthday cake, fresh baked cookies, a half-pound cookie, the survival pack, whole fresh fruit, or a treat of the month. Click here for details.

We put a strong emphasis on the nutritional content of the foods we serve – especially on fat gram content. To assist you in determining nutritional information, our "A Matter of Choice" brochures are available to each of you at no cost. These brochures are excellent guides for detailed information about the variety of foods we serve.

Our "A Matter of Choice" Newsletters and the Nutri-Notes table tents serve as interesting reminders about new facets of diet, and wellness. These nutritional and wellness 'factoids' are a very visible part of our program and serve to keep our diners aware of these issues. One of the most exciting resources we provide is the "Ask our Dietitian" feature on our website. We have a registered dietitian available to answer any questions you may have about diet, nutrition and eating disorders. All communication with our dietitian is considered confidential and will receive immediate attention.

For additional information regarding Food Services at Chowan University, contact our Food Service Director, Jon Kennedy, at (252) 398-1231.

Dining Services

Chowan University is proud to partner with Pioneer Caterers to provide healthy and delicious meals for our students in Thomas Dining Hall and Murf's, our on-campus snack bar. 

Public Safety

Chowan makes the  security and well-being of our students, staff and faculty a priority. Chowan has a proactive plan of action for various emergency situations and safety procedures that come under regular review to ensure that they are always up-to-date and accurate. 

Our public safety officers are uniformed and equipped to handle any number of occurrences on campus, large or small, should they ever occur. The University also works very closely with local law enforcement, as well as the local fire and rescue agencies. Our Public Safety Department functions 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. Students, as well as faculty and staff, can call at any time and an officer will be there to assist them. 

Our officers inform students, staff and faculty about proper procedures, including vehicle registration and parking procedures, with seminars and by distributing key chains with emergency numbers on them. If a situation were to occur, students can also submit a 'silent witness' report to Public Safety anonymously. At a request, the officers can escort students around campus. 

Resident Assistants for the Residence Halls review plans of action for situations of all sizes regularly as well. Resident Assistants, assigned to each floor of the halls, are also equipped with safety supplies. 

HawksCard & eAccounts

The University has a new one-card ID system, the "HawksCard". Your HawksCard has many uses. In addition to being your primary means of personal identification on campus, your HawksCard will be used for:

  • Entry access to your residence hall, the Jenkins Center, Perspectives, and checking out materials in the Whitaker Library
  • Checking out games and equipment in the Hawks Nest and Jenkins Center
  • Access to your meal plan and Dining $ in the cafeteria and Murf's
  • Access to laundry services and Laundry $ in the residence halls
  • Access to projected student account credit balances, if applicable
  • Depositing dollars (HawksBucks) on your HawksCard that you can use as you wish in the cafeteria, Murf's, the Bookstore, on-campus vending machines, or campus laundry rooms
  • Online Access (eAccounts) to deposit funds to your HawksBucks account and to check your HawksCard related balances

Residence Life Staff

E'Mia Williams
Residence Life Coordinator; Area Director

Public Safety

Derek Burke
Director and Chief of Public Safety

Food Services

Jon Kennedy
Food Service Director