Who Dunnit?

The Office of Residence Life (ORL) has always strived to make campus an exciting place to live and learn. Throughout the academic year, the ORL team puts a particular emphasis on livening up the weekends of students who live on campus. Resident Assistants, Resident Directors and Residence Life Central Staff hosted over 80 weekend programs during the Fall 2013 semester, working collaboratively with many student groups and other offices including DU CARES, Freshman and Sophomore Class Councils, Duquesne Program Council, the Black Student Uunion and others. The range of events offered were widely varied and offered something for everyone: From trips to sporting events, creative arts and crafts programs, tours of the city and small festivals to celebrate the seasons. Continue reading

Free Summer Housing for Current Students

The University offers free summer housing for currently enrolled undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) who want to take on-campus courses this summer.

The free housing is available for the duration of the summer course(s) only. To be eligible, students must be enrolled for at least 3 credits and will be responsible for any meal plan costs.  Students also must either have lived on campus for the spring semester or must have deposited to live on campus for the upcoming fall semester. Continue reading

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Towers staff was joined by students from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cares and individual families for the day of service.

The Duquesne Towers Residence Life Staff decided that being off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, would better be served as a day of service. Twenty-one Towers staff members traveled to Vincentian Home, a home that provides skilled and intermediate nursing care for the elderly. There, students served as greeters, wheelchair escorts and activities hosts. Continue reading

Ten Year Anniversary of Brottier Hall

Brottier Hall celebrated its 10th Anniversary as a part of the Duquesne University community on Jan. 15, 2014. A reception with guest speakers was held and highlighted how important the apartment style Living Learning Center is to the University. In the spirit of the namesake, Daniel Brottier, the event also featured a charity raffle and fundraiser that benefited the Edwards Family Fund, a fund established to benefit the family of Brottier resident Jimmy Edwards who endured a very tragic event in August 2013.

Group Housing Selection

There are exciting Group Housing options are available for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Groups of students wishing to live together can apply for wings in the Duquesne Towers or nine-person suites in Des Places Hall! Please consider this great opportunity for housing next year!

For more information, please refer to your room selection newsletter or visit us online at www.duq.edu/life-at-duquesne/housing/campus-residency/room-selection.

Breakfast with Santa

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Office of Residence Life hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa event in the Union Ballroom, with over 200 guests in attendance. Staff and faculty members, along with their families, were able to celebrate the holidays by playing games, making crafts, decorating Christmas cookies, and enjoying a breakfast buffet. Children also had the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The Office of Residence Life would like to thank all of the Resident Assistants and RHA members who volunteered their time and dressed as elves to facilitate the games and crafts for the event.

Murder Mysteries

The Office of Residence Life, DU CARES and RHA hosted a Murder Mystery party on campus on Friday, Sept. 20. The theme of the Murder Mystery Party was ‘Terror in a Toga’ and was set in Rome. Participants filled the decorated “arena” in the Towers Multipurpose room for a night of intrigue and fun. It was an interactive, role playing event where students were assigned specific roles, given character information and costume ideas prior to the event, and then were ‘fed’ information and objectives to solve the murder throughout the evening. “Roman” food was served (from the ovens of Buca di Beppo). It was a successful event and several others have been planned for this semester. The next mystery will take place on Friday, Oct. 11 (Homecoming weekend) and is entitled “A Homicide at Homecoming.”

Room Selection

It’s that time of year! Room Selection is approaching for the 2013-2014 academic year. Here is some important information that you will need to know.

  • Each student will be required to make a non-refundable $300 deposit. Deposits must be submitted to the Cashier’s Office in the Administration building. Please keep your receipt. You will need it to select your lottery number.
  • Lottery numbers will be selected in the Assumption Hall Lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 27-28, March 1, and March 11-13.
  • Room Selection for Current Sophomores and higher will occur on March 13, 2013, in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.
  • Room Selection for Current Freshmen will occur on March 14, 2013, in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.
  • The buildings available for selection are Assumption Hall, Brottier Hall, Des Places Hall, Duquesne Towers, and Vickroy Hall.

Please watch for our room selection newsletter in the Living Learning Centers and online at this link.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 1, 2012, the Office of Residence Life hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa event in the Union Ballroom. Staff and faculty members, along with their families were able to celebrate the holidays by playing reindeer games, making crafts and enjoying a breakfast buffet. A Santa’s Workshop sponsored by the Women’s Guild was also available for children to buy small gifts for their families. The Office of Residence Life would like to thank all of the Resident Assistants and members of the Residence Hall Association that volunteered their time and dressed as elves to facilitate the games and crafts for the event.

Deck the Halls Program

Monday, November 26, Residence Life sponsored its annual “Deck the Halls” program. Students in each of the Living/Learning Centers had the opportunity to decorate their floors, room doors and building lobbies for the holiday season while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. A panel of judges toured each building following the event and selected the best decorated floors and room doors. Prizes were awarded to the winning artists.

Residence Hall Association & Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) recently concluded an effort in the residence halls to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. With numerous Duquesne students coming from areas hardest hit by the storm, RHA members believed that raising money for the victims was a great way to serve both the mission of RHA and the mission of the University. Continue reading

Study Break

The Office of Residence Life and DU CARES will again sponsor the “Original Study Break” for the first time in the newly renovated Hogan Dining Center.

So while the venue looks different, we will continue with traditions that make this the biggest study break on campus.  It will be held on Friday, December 14 from 9 p.m. until midnight.  Again this semester, we have faculty and staff from across campus living the mission of serving God by serving students.  This term they will serve breakfast foods, in addition to the standard fun and root beer floats that they serve twice a year.  And as always, we will have chair massages, bingo, door prizes, crafts, pictures with friends….and fun, frolic and merriment.

Room Selection

It’s that time of year!  Room Selection is approaching for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Here is some important information that you will need to know.

  • Each student will be required to make a non-refundable $300.00 deposit.  Deposits must be submitted to the Cashier’s Office in the Administration building.  Please keep your receipt.  You will need it to select your lottery number.
  • Lottery numbers will be selected in the Assumption Hall Lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on February 27-28, March 1 and March 11-13, 2013.
  • Room Selection for current sophomores and higher will occur on March 13, 2013 in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.
  • Room Selection for current freshmen will occur on March 14, 2013 in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.
  • The buildings available for selection are Assumption Hall, Brottier Hall, Des Places Hall, Duquesne Towers and Vickroy Hall.

Please watch for our room selection newsletter in the Living Learning Centers and online at www.duq.edu/residence-life.

Building Closings for Christmas Break

All Living Learning Centers close for Christmas Break at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 and re-open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

To request break housing, you must sign-up at the desk of your Living Learning Center by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012 and are required to meet with your Resident Director.

Housing will only be provided in the Duquesne Towers, Des Places Hall and Brottier Hall.

If you reside in Assumption, St. Ann, St. Martin or Vickroy Halls, you will be required to relocate to a different building.

See your Resident Director if you have any questions.

We wish you the peace of the season and good luck on finals!

Duquesne Opens Des Places, New ‘Green’ Residence Hall


This fall marked the opening of Des Places Hall, Duquesne’s newest residence hall, an environmentally friendly residence with the highest standards for comfort and safety.

The 12-story Living Learning Center—named for Spiritan Congregation founder Claude Poullart des Places—houses nearly 400 upperclassmen, graduate and law students who live in one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The building was designed with a commitment to sustainability by WTW Architects, which incorporated many sustainable technologies, from drought-tolerant landscaping to use of locally manufactured materials. Estimates based upon construction standards indicate that sustainable efforts will save at least 22 percent in energy use. Continue reading

Residence Hall Association 2012-13

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) serves as the representative student governing body for Duquesne’s Living Learning Centers. Residence Hall Association was organized to ensure an atmosphere conducive to positive group and individual experiences for resident students. During the 2010-11 academic year, a new initiative was introduced to incorporate Hall Councils for each Living Learning Center to get more resident student involvement. With the incorporation of Hall Councils, RHA has grown from five members in the past to approximately 30 active members in the organization. Continue reading

Des Places Living Learning Center

Des Places Hall

The first ever students to register for Duquesne's newest Living Learning Center, Des Places Hall: (L-R) Stephanie King, Regina Dutz, Katie Bennett, Mary Sprague

Des Places Hall Rooms are still available!

If you will be a junior or higher next year and would like to live in Des Places Hall, please contact the Office of Residence Life.  The Office of Residence Life is in Assumption Hall, and you can e-mail us.

More information about Des Places Hall can be found here.

Cookout on the Commons

Cookout on the Commons

Cookout on the Commons April 20th


Cookout on the Commons is an annual tradition hosted by the Office of Residence Life and Campus Ministry. This year’s cookout will take place on April 20 at 1 p.m. on the Assumption Commons. There will be live music, smoothies and of course food! Take a break from studying and enjoy the afternoon on the Bluff with your friends at this year’s cookout.