Cougar Campus Living

This is not your typical university housing.

With generous amenities built in, this is not your typical residence hall. Cleary’s residence halls are conveniently located within walking distance of all campus activities. From lecture halls, to the fitness center, to Clancy’s cafe, Cleary’s campus is designed to make student life easier. Cleary’s brand new athletic complex, featuring Lake Trust Stadium, is also just a short walk away. Keeping students focused and connected is key in Cougar country.

Director of Housing

The Director of Housing is a full-time live-in staff member who is responsible for implementing housing policy and procedure, overseeing residence hall activities, supervising the Resident Coordinator, Graduate Assistant and Resident Assistants, and collaborating with campus partners and student organizations.

Andrew Peckham

(517) 798-8652 EXT. 1852

Residence Life Coordinator

Residence Life Coordinator The Residence Life Coordinator is a full-time, live-in staff member who is responsible for supervising the Resident Assistants, and collaborating with campus partners and student organizations. The Residence Life Coordinator also enforces the rules and regulations of the halls acknowledging when students violate the standards of Cleary University’s Student Code of Conduct.

Miranda Endres

(800) 686-1883 EXT. 1853

Opened in 2016, each fully furnished semi-private suite has its own bedroom, bath, and shares a common area complete with a full kitchen and spacious living/dining area.

Cost is: $5,000 per semester.


  • Accommodates approximately 102 students
  • 2/3 bedroom, 2 bathroom
  • In-suite washer and dryer
  • Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, sink and pantry
  • Vending areas
  • Study areas on each floor
  • Lounging areas on each floor
  • Furnished living environment
  • Furnishings include: couch and lounge chairs
  • Ethernet ports in every bedroom; campus Wi-Fi
  • Desk, 2/3 twin XL beds, dresser and closets
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Opened in Fall of 2018, the South Residence Hall features fully furnished semi-private two-bedroom, one-bathroom suites.

Cost is: $4,250 per semester.


  • Accommodates approximately 114 students
  • 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • Same-floor laundry
  • Kitchenette, including mini-refrigerator, microwave, and sink
  • Vending areas
  • Study areas on each floor
  • Lounging areas on each floor
  • Ethernet ports in every bedroom; campus Wi-Fi
  • Desk, 2 twin XL beds, dresser, and closets

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There are two buildings with approximately 150 residents on campus. There are two live-in professional housing staff members, plus six resident assistants and other student workers. In addition, we have a campus security staff. All these staff members are here to help!   

Our Health & Safety team will follow the CDC guidelines. At this time, masks and vaccines are not required to live in the residence halls.  

We encourage residents to clean and take out their trash on a weekly basis. There will be monthly Health & Safety checks where housing staff will enter rooms looking to ensure that the residents are taking care of themselves and their space.  

Room assignments are assigned on a first come first serve basis. If a resident has a conflict with their roommate(s) and needs assistance, they are expected to meet with a resident assistant. Our staff is here to help with these situations. Space is limited and there is no guarantee that a room switch is possible. 

What is in the Suite and what do I need to Bring? 

  • Each room has two beds, two desks, two dressers, and two closets. Each suite has a fridge and microwave (North is a full-size fridge; South is a mini-fridge).  
  • You will want to bring: Your clothes, bedding (Twin XL Sheets), kitchen utensils, personal toiletries, and cleaning supplies.
  • Please Note: The only animals allowed are fish in a tank 10 gallons or less. We do not allow emotional support animals at this time. If you have a service animal, please let us know by emailing housing@cleary.edu. 

What am I to expect from my housing assignment?

In your housing assignment, you will find out which building you are in, along with roommates, suitemates, and a list of important dates. In your housing assignment email, you will also find a list of instructions of what to expect when you arrive on campus.

How do I access the building? What about my room?

Each building is secured by security doors that can only be opened with the use of an access card; these cards are distributed to each residential student for their appropriate building. To access your room, you will either have an electronic lock that is programmed to your specific card, or a hard key.

What do I do if there is an issue with the room?

If there is an issue with the room, we ask students to notify a member of the housing staff, this way we can resolve the issue with our maintenance and facilities team as soon as possible.

What is the laundry setup?

Both buildings have laundry facilities. In our North Hall, each suite has its own washer and dryer set up. In our South Hall, each floor has access to three communal washers and three communal dryers.

What if I am struggling to adapt to life away from home?

We understand that adapting to college life can sometimes be difficult, especially for those living away from home for the first time. Cleary University provides a friendly and engaging atmosphere sure to set any mind at rest. Cleary University also provides an on-campus counseling service free of charge. Our Licensed Professional Counselor is able to provide confidential mental health services to all students of Cleary University.  

What is the local area like?

Cleary University is located in Howell, Michigan. The city of Howell was the recipient of the 2018 Great American Main Street award. There are all the major superstores you would expect to find in a small Michigan town, such as Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, but there are also many independent shops, fine eateries, and secluded sights to see. Howell is also home to multiple golf courses, lakes to explore, and much more.

For More information on what to bring to campus please see our Housing Packing List attached.

Please Note: If a resident moves out at any time during the semester, they are responsible for housing charges for the semester, plus a prorated amount for their meal plan and a $50 cancellation fee. If a resident is a no-show or leaves between semesters there is a $300 cancellation fee. 

All students required by the Housing Policy to live on campus must submit a Housing Application and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee at time of application. Housing waivers can be submitted for any student required to live on campus but believes they have cause for an exception. Waivers are not guaranteed and must be approved by the Housing Committee . Waiver requests for current students are due by July 1, 2022. Waiver requests for new students are due by June 1, 2022 or five days after receiving acceptance to the University (whichever is later). Any new student required to live on campus that has not submitted a housing application or waiver form by June 1, 2022 or five days after acceptance to the University (whichever is later) will be automatically charged Room and Board plus application fee ($100).

Students will get their roommate and floor assignments in the middle of summer.

Students are required to have a completed waiver or housing application completed by May 1, 2022 or they will have housing charges automatically.

If you believe you are exempt from the Cleary University Housing Policy, you must submit a Housing Waiver Application and receive a waiver from the Housing Department.

If a student believes that they are exempt from living in Cleary University Housing because they will be residing with a parent or legal guardian whose primary residence is within a 25 mile radius from the Livingston Campus, 3750 Cleary Drive, Howell, MI 48843, they will need to complete a Housing Waiver Application.

Due to the current regulations with COVID-19 Cleary University will not require the Notarized Letter of Residency for fall 2022.

However, in order to complete the process of submitting the online waiver, the student will need to submit a digital copy of their driver’s license, state ID, or passport with their permanent residency.  A bill, letter, etc. with the name and mailing address will not be accepted as a permanent address.

The following tuition and housing fees are for new, incoming Fall 2022 students.

Tuition/Fees Semester Cost Yearly Cost
Block Tuition $11,139.00 $22,279.00
Technology Fee $425.00 $850.00
Student Activity Fee $250.00 $500.00
Culinary Fee (if applicable) $250.00 $750.00
New Student Deposit (applied to tuition) $150.00 $150.00

All traditional students are required to live in Cleary University housing for four consecutive semesters (excluding summers) unless the student meets one of the following exceptions:

  1. Is residing with parents or legal guardians at their primary residence within a 25 mile radius of Cleary University;
  2. Have achieved 60 or more credit hours during their degree;
  3. Is 23 years of age or older by the first day of class in the fall semester of the academic year for which an exception is requested;
  4. Is legally married;
  5. Is a parent of dependent child(ren);
  6. Has time served as a member of the United States armed services.

Housing Charges/Fees Semester Cost Yearly Cost
Room – NORTH $5,000.00 $10,000.00
Room – SOUTH $4,250.00 $8,500.00
Meal Plan (15 Per Week) $2,100.00 $4,200.00

For a student planning to eat on campus 5 days a week, this is approximately 3 meals per day for the fall & spring semesters.

In Fall 2022 students within 25 miles of campus will qualify for a 50% housing grant. Students outside of 25 miles will qualify for a 30% housing grant.

Please note: prices listed are based on estimated yearly cost and are subject to change.

*For purposes of this policy, the primary residence of the student’s parent(s) or current/former legal guardian is considered to be the student’s home address.

Students will automatically receive a housing scholarship based on where their primary residence is. There are no steps required to apply for the housing scholarships for your convenience!

Hometown Student Housing Scholarship (Students who reside less than 25 miles from campus):
50% Housing Scholarship
• North Residence Hall: $5,000 scholarship per year ($2,500 per semester)
• South Residence Hall: $4,250 scholarship per year ($2,125 per semester)

Standard Campus Housing Scholarship (Students who reside more than 25 miles from campus):
30% Housing Scholarship
• North Residence Hall: $3,000 scholarship per year ($1,500 per semester)
• South Residence Hall: $2,550 scholarship per year ($1,275 per semester)

Resident Assistant (RA’s)
RA’s will be provided ROOM at no charge; however, will be responsible for their BOARD charges.

Fall Athlete Move-In


This is for teams that start practicing in August, i.e. Golf, Cross Country & Soccer

Fall 2022 Move-in


What should I expect on Move-in Day?

Move-in will be located outside of North Hall. Once you arrive you will check-in at the tent and then be directed to Chrysler and Lyons as needed.

You will receive an email over the summer with information about where you are living, who you are living with, and what to bring.

If you have any questions, please email us at housing@cleary.edu.

**Returning students, please bring your Cleary ID. You will use the same ID you had last year to access the building. If you need a replacement ID, let us know! **

2020-21 Cougar Resident Guide

2020-21 Cougar Resident Guide

Read all about living on the Cleary campus in the 2020-21 school year resident guide.
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Residence Life

Residence Life

Cleary University Residence Life immerse students in an environment that teaches life skills, integrates academic learning with experiences outside the classroom, and engages the local community. We provide safe, secure and comfortable residential communities to support student academic pursuits.
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Learn about Cleary University housing operational policies here.
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For more information, please email housing@cleary.edu.