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For more information, please email housing@cleary.edu.

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Welcome to Housing & Residence Life at CU!

Housing and Residence Life provides the opportunities and experiences you can only get by living on campus. You will benefit from a supportive and student-centered environment as you live the full Cougar experience close to classes, academic resources, dining, and athletics.

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.

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. 

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

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