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Frequently asked questions


Are the rooms air-conditioned?

All rooms on campus are air-conditioned. Depending on the residence hall, rooms may have their own thermostat or the temperature may be regulated by suite (one thermostat controls both rooms)

Are the floors and halls co-ed?

All buildings are co-ed, usually with adjacent suites alternating between men and women.

Are there places to secure bicycles?

There are bicycle racks located in various locations both in the residential area and near the academic buildings for students to secure their bikes. Students may also store their bikes on their balcony and are encouraged to still lock their bike to avoid possible theft.

How far are the dining locations and classrooms?

Although the campus is built on a large hill, there are ramps to get from one end of campus to the other. Walking is definitely the preferred mode of transportation because parking is tight and the walk is short- no walk on campus should take more than fifteen minutes. All the First Year residence halls are located very close to Mabee Dining Hall.

Is smoking permitted in the residence halls?

All residence halls are smoke free this includes balconies. Trinity is now Tobacco Free throughout the entire campus beginning in the Fall of 2017.  

What is the alcohol policy?

Visit the Dean of Student's page on alcohol. No one under the age of 21 may consume alcohol. Those who are 21 and over may have beer and wine in designated rooms. No other alcohol is allowed in the residence halls.

Are microwaves permitted?

Every room is equipped with a Microfridge unit (microwave, freezer, refrigerator). Additional microwaves and refrigerators are not permitted.

Is the meal plan required?

Yes, all residential students are required to carry, at minimum, the light meal plan.

How many seniors live on campus?

About 25% of the senior class.

When students leave for breaks, do they need to move out their belongings or turn in their keys?

Students will not be required to move their belongings out or turn in their key for breaks.

Is storage available?

On campus storage is not available, but there are innumerable public storage companies located around campus in San Antonio for all needs and budgets.

Can students nail things to the walls?

Students may use push pins and small nails when decorating. Hooks, etc. with adhesive may not be used in student rooms. Room damages are charged to residents at the end of each year. 

Are the rooms networked?

All rooms are equipped for immediate network access. Most public lounges also have wireless access to the TUNetwork.

Is cable television available?

Yes, each student room is equipped with a cable outlet for cable television. IPTV is also available on campus for viewing cable television online. Learn More about cable television on campus.

Is there a laundry or linen service?

No service is provided, however each hall has laundry facilities available for students to use. The cost is $1.25 per load for both the washers and dryers on campus.

Is it true a custodial staff cleans the student's rooms?

Yes, members of the custodial staff clean student rooms every two weeks. Student bathrooms will be cleaned and the carpet vacuumed if personal belongings are removed from these areas.

Is there a curfew?

Students do not have a curfew.

Which halls have private balconies?

Among the first year halls, only Calver, Miller, Witt-Winn and McLean. All others have public outdoor balconies. In the upper-class area, all halls have balconies that are not accessible to the public with the exception of Murchison.

What items are permitted on balconies?

  • All-weather furniture and hammocks
  • Plants
  • Wind chimes, wind socks, sun catchers
  • String lights, in-season holiday decorations
  • Bicycles
  • One small milk crate for short-term use (placed next to wall).

The following items are permitted on private balconies only and are not permitted on walkways:

  • Drying racks
  • Plastic storage containers, such as storage bins (placed next to wall). The Residential Life staff reserves the right to limit the size and number of containers on a balcony.

Where do students pick up their mail?

All students have mailboxes in the Coates Student Center.

Are newspapers available?

The San Antonio Express News, New York Times, and USA Today are all provided for students through the Collegiate Readership Program which is sponsored by SGA. Copies of these publications can be picked up daily (excluding weekends) in the Coates Student Center or Mabee Dining Hall. The student newspaper, the Trinitonian, is published weekly and can be picked up in the same locations.

Go the Residential Life Policies page for detailed information about rules and regulations in the residence halls.

Trinity University is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property. While most student possessions are covered by family plans, National Student Services, Inc. offers a low premium/low deductible option that is often attractive to families (link includes audio).