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Cougar Campus Living

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 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.

Residence Life Staff

Catherine Hopkins
Director of Housing
Christian Mercure
Assistant Baseball Coach
Resident 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.

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.

Resident Assistant

The Resident Assistant is a live-in student staff position who are responsible for building community on the floor, handling roommate mediations, enforcing policy
and putting on weekly programs. There are six Resident Assistants, with one on each floor of North Hall and South Hall.

Cleary Residence Halls Virtual Tour

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. North hall is a primarily upper division student hall that prepares students for when they graduate and move into apartments off campus.

Cost is: $5,075 per semester.


  • 2/3 bedroom, 2 bathroom
  • In-suite washer and dryer
  • Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, sink and pantry
  • Vending areas
  • Lounge and study 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. South hall is primarily forfirst year students and is built to help residents connect with other students on the floor to help build their community for their full college experience.

Cost is: $4,300 per semester.


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

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“Lounge and study areas on each floor”

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. 

How many spaces are there on campus?

  • There are two buildings with approximately 187 beds for residents on campus.

How many Residence Life Staff live on campus? 

  • We have 2 Live-in professional staff members and 6 Resident Assistants.

How are Rooms Assigned? 

  • Upper division students are given access to sign up for a room in North hall every January. These spaces are first come first served.
  • First year students are primarily assigned to South Hall. We try our best to pair students with teammates or with roommate requests.

How do I request a specific roommate? 

  • When filling out your housing application, there is a section that allows you to fill in who you would like to room with. To insure that you room with that individual(s), both parties have to put each other’s names onto the roommate request section.

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

  • If there is an issue with the room, we ask students to fill out our “Cleary University Residential Maintenance Form.” A QR code for the link is in each room.
  • If the issue in the room is an emergency, we ask students to contact the RA on call immediately.

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 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 June 1st. Waiver requests for new students are due by June 1st 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 1st or five days after acceptance to the University (whichever is later) will be automatically charged Room and Board plus application fee ($100).

Returning students who do not have a housing application or housing waiver by June 1st will be automatically billed for housing.

  • December 19, 2022 @ noon – Winter break move-out
  • January 8, 2023 – Spring 2023 Move-in
  • May 8, 2023 @ noon – End of School Year Move-out
  • June 1, 2023 – Returners must have a housing application or housing waiver turned in
  • Mid July – Housing placements will be sent out to students
  • August 25, 2023 – Fall 2023 Move-in
  • December 18, 2023 @noon – Winter break move-out
  • January 5, 2024 10am-2pm -Spring 2024 Move-in
  • May 6, 2024 @noon – end of School Year Move-out

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.

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.

Reasons for Exemption

  • Living with Parent or legal guardian whose primary residence is within a 25 mile radius from the Livingston Campus, 3760 Cleary Drive, Howell, MI 48843 (need to provide Legal Guardian’s drivers license and student’s driver’s license)
  • Obtaining 60 credits or more.
  • Medical accommodations (Must provide medical documentation)
  • Marital status
  • Parent of a dependent child(ren)
  • Other exemptions may be approved on a case by case basis, based on the Director of Housing’s decision

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 legally married;
  4. Is a parent of dependent child(ren);
  5. 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 (16 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!

Standard Campus Housing Scholarship (Students who reside more than 25 miles from campus):
30% Housing Scholarship
• North Residence Hall: $3,045 scholarship per year ($1,522.50 per semester)
• South Residence Hall: $2,580 scholarship per year ($1,290 per semester)

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