Residence Halls

Home Sweet Home

At the heart of it all, Avila’s four residence halls are conveniently located just steps from your classes, the dining hall, spirit store, the Aerie, and all the action on the Zarda Multi-sports Complex fields. For first-year students especially, living on campus offers the support and resources that make your transition to college life easier.

  • 61% — of first-year students live on campus
  • Your choice of living arrangements
  • Year-long activities planned and sponsored by the student-run Residence Hall Association

The best way to experience all that Avila has to offer.

Carondelet and Ridgway Halls

the main entrance to Carondelet Hall.

These halls provides a traditional living experience with double and triple bedrooms. With adaptable furniture, you and your roommate or roommates can customize your space. Carondelet has lounges on each floor with flat-screen televisions.

Carondelet is also connected to the Hodes Center, where you can find Avila’s Counseling & Career Services, Student Access Services, Student Support Services, and Tutoring.Ridgway is connected to Dallavis Center, which houses our art classrooms, offices, and Thornhill Art Gallery.

This double offers space and comfort!

Rooms come with dressers, desks and beds.

(Fridge, TV, microwave not included)

Each dorm floor has open space for friends to gather.

Glenna Wylie Hall

Main entrance to Glenna Wylie Hall.

Commonly known as Wylie, Glenna Wylie Hall has four, five, and six-bedroom suites. Students in these suites have a private bedroom and share a single bathroom and living space. Lounges are located on every floor with study areas and big flat-screen televisions. A common area on the first floor provides microwaves, a refrigerator, laundry facilities, and mailboxes for all residents in Wylie.

These suites provide single bedrooms.

(fridge and microwave not included)

Bedrooms come with dresser and desks.

Spacious open living space to hang with suitemates.

These suites have one bathroom for each suite to share.

Common living space on the main level provides perfect group hangouts.

Each floor also has common areas.

Jeanne Collins Thompson Hall

Main entrance to Jeanne Collins Thompson Hall.

Commonly known as Thompson, Jeanne Collins Thompson Hall is a suite-style residence hall in which each suite contains four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a common space with kitchenette. Thompson also includes a comfortable gathering space, a large-screen television, and a kitchen area.

Each resident has a private room within the suite.

Each suite has a kitchen area with stovetop, refrigerator and microwave.

Dining at Avila

Exterior view of the Marian Center dining hall

Students who live on campus and those who don’t have access to a meal-plan. With a range of culinary options, including various ethnic cuisines, rotating through the week, there is something for everyone.

Food allergies? Dietary concerns can also be addressed with our Chef on campus. Regular vegetarian meals, and gluten free options are always available and other needs can be addressed with Chef.

For those students who are traveling internationally to Avila, Avila University aims to provide dining options that meet the needs of our diverse international student population. The cafeteria regularly offers dishes from American cuisine as well as foods commonly eaten in countries represented within the student body, such as India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Kansas City Here We Come!

The city is your playground. And your classroom. Avila’s 50-acre campus is tucked away in a peaceful, quiet suburb, but once you’re here you’re only 15 minutes away from everything Kansas City. World-class dining and entertainment. Shopping. Cultural attractions. And internships in a city filled with innovative companies and career-making opportunities.

Contracts & Forms

The university believes in providing each student with adequate resources in order to succeed academically, developmentally, and socially. This is best accomplished through an integration of the university environment and residence on campus. Therefore, Avila requires all full-time, single freshmen and sophomores under the age of 21 to live in university residence halls if they are not residing with their parents (within a 40-mile radius of campus).

Residence Contracts
As a newly-admitted student, it is important that you complete and submits one of the following:

Please submit the two housing forms below (Housing Contract OR the Exemption Request Form if you plan to commute.) Both online forms are required in order to complete your application. Roommate matching will occur beginning in early June and continues throughout the summer. Room assignments are mailed, beginning in mid-July.

If you are requesting an exemption from the policy, please return the form and a response will be mailed to you to approve or disapprove your exemption request. Please note: if you are an undergraduate student or under 21 years of age, you are required to live on campus the first two years of your degree program.

Damage Deposit Information

The Housing Damage Deposit is a refundable sum of $300 paid by students as part of the housing application process. It serves as a financial safeguard to cover any potential damage that may occur during the student’s residency in university housing. To clarify, this is a one-time fee and will not be a part of the returning housing application moving forward. This fee is tacked on to your bill and paid with your tuition and fees.

es, the $300 Housing Damage Deposit is refundable as per request once you move off campus, transfer, withdraw or graduate, provided that the student adheres to the terms of the housing agreement and leaves the residence in good condition, aside from normal wear and tear.

No, the $300 Housing Damage Deposit cannot be used to pay for your housing assignment. It is a separate sum of money specifically designated to cover damage to the residence. It is rolled in to your overall fee bill.

Deductions from the $300 Housing Damage Deposit may occur if there is damage to the residence beyond normal wear and tear, such as broken appliances, holes in walls, stains on carpets, or other significant damages. You can see the breakdown below.

To increase the likelihood of receiving the full $300 Housing Damage Deposit back, it is important to take good care of the residence during your stay. Report any damage or maintenance issues promptly to the housing administration and ensure that the residence is clean and well-maintained upon move-out.

If you disagree with deductions made from your $300 Housing Damage Deposit, you may have the opportunity to dispute them with the housing administration. Be sure to document the condition of the residence upon move-in and move-out and communicate any concerns in writing to facilitate resolution.

Room Damage Rates: 

Billing for damage assessments will take place after inspections, after the closing of the residence halls in the Spring, or on an as-needed basis. All charges will be placed directly on the student’s account; bills will be sent to the student’s permanent address. Appeals for damage charges should be forwarded to the Residence Life Office at

Standard Charges

General charges are listed here for your information. In community damage or vandalism cases in which the responsible party or parties are unidentified, a “per resident” charge is assigned. In cases of vandalism in which repair or replacement services are required, the full cost and a punitive fine will be distributed among the residents.


Floor and wall tiles | $25 per tile

Exhaust fans $180 | $250

Plumbing fixtures | up to $125

Toilet bowl | $125

Toilet seat | $25

Vanities | $75

Medicine Cabinets | $40 – $75

Mirrors | $75 – $100

Toilet or shower partition | $75 – $85

Shower curtain rod | $5

Shower curtain | $6

Towel bars/hooks | $35

Wiremold | $50 – $100 per 5-foot section

Outlet box broken | $35 plus labor

Molding broken or damaged | $25 plus labor


Broken window | $250

Broken lock/ non-University lock | $85


Thompson Hall | $145

Wylie Hall | $145

Carondelet Hall | $100

Ridgway Hall | $100

Window screen | $95 ACN and ACS

Portable window screen | $10

Shade | $70

Ceiling tiles | $50 per tile

Light fixtures | $50

Carpets| $25 per sq. yard

Tile | $15 per sq. foot

Room number plate | $15

Outlet | $25

Light switch | $25

Door | $250

Door bell or Peephole | $25

Hole in door | $40

Fix handles on closets, drawers, etc. | $35

Replace closet doors | $125

Appliance hardware (knobs, AC controls, etc.) | Billed accordingly

Door knobs | $75

Standard Charges

Excessive uncleanliness in community area | $5.00 per resident

Excessive uncleanliness in resident room/suit | $25 – $200

Item left behind $25 per item

Unauthorized University furniture in room/suite | $25 per piece of furniture

Lost key | $15 per key

Core change (required with lost key) | $35

Improper Checkout Fee | $40

Late Departure without Approval Fee | $25 per hour


Refrigerator | $550

Oven and stove | $350

Cabinets | $200

Drawer | $50

Countertops | $25 – $200

Safety and Security

Propping of entrance doors | $2.50 per resident

Tampering of fire safety equipment | $5.00 per resident

(this includes, but is not limited to, tampering with fire extinguishers, pull stations, smoke detectors, hoses, fire bells, system panels, etc.)

Fire Exit Signs | $170-$250

Damaged elevator doors/controls | up to $5.00 per resident

Obstructing stairwells | $2.50 per resident

Failure to evacuate during a fire drill | $25

Fire extinguisher | $60


Sofa | $674

Love seat | $559

Lounge chair | $384

Broken legs (couches, chairs, etc.) | $75

Reupholstering | $100 off new price

Coffee table | $159

End table | $129

Dining room table | $250

Dining room chair | $99

Wood desk chair | $89

Plastic desk chair | $49

Desk | $259

Desk carrels | $175

Desk drawer | $25

Mattress | $79

Bed frame | $200

Bed head board | $59 each

Dresser | $239

Wardrobe | $629

Bookcase | $119

 Painting Charges

Standard charge for one wall |$150

Entire bedroom | $300 ($375 Finlay)

Paint suite |$500

*For an updated and more extensive listing of charges, consult the list distributed at the opening of your residence hall or obtain a copy at the Office of Residential Life
*For the full text on Damage Billing, refer to your current copy of the Residence Life Handbook

Residence Hall Laundry Facilities

All Residence Halls now have new smart washers and dryers. Download the PayRange app to set up your account, load your prepaid funds, and then get notifications when your laundry cycle is complete and when washers/dryers are available — without leaving your room!

Washer: $1.75
Dryer: $1.50

Roommate Rights

Whether you are a returning student, a new student living with a friend from high school, or you are meeting your roommate for the first time, the quality of the relationship that you develop with your roommate is a major factor in determining how satisfied you are with college; this relationship can be an important influence on your academic achievement.

You have a responsibility to your roommate! By keeping in mind the following values and by demonstrating thoughtful consideration, you will make your residential living experience more satisfying. It is important to work together from the beginning to establish an environment that allows both of you respected and responsible freedom. The most critical factor in this endeavor is to be honest with one another and to communicate openly. Listed to the right are the basic rights of a roommate. Remember that with any right comes with the responsibility to ensure that your roommate is afforded an equal right.

If you feel that your rights are not being respected in your living environment, start by talking to your roommate in a calm and rational manner. Your RA is available to help you practice how you might approach your roommate about your concerns or to provide some ideas on how to begin.

Remember that Avila University does not guarantee that you will attain each of these rights at all times. However, you can help ensure that these rights will be honored through thoughtful communication and discussion with those living around you.

Remember that you are living in a community that is collectively responsible for the environment in which you live and that the only person whose behavior you are responsible for is you.

  • The right to an adequate amount of sleep
  • The right to study without undue interference
  • The right to an adequate degree of cleanliness
  • The right to expect that a roommate will respect personal belongings
  • The right to entertain friends with the expectation that guests are to respect the rights of all residents, including your roommate
  • The right to personal time
    The right to speak your mind openly and honestly
  • The right to be listened to
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to the settlement of conflicts
  • The right to be free from fear of intimidation and physical and emotional harm
  • The right to live in a secure environment

Packing for College

We know things get hectic as you prepare for your journey to college so we’ve compiled a list of items that students have found helpful to bring:

Necessary Items

Towels / Washcloths
Hand Soap
Clothes Hangers
Laundry Basket / Hamper
Mask, cleaning and laundry supplies
X-Long Twin-size Bedding
Dishes: Plates/Cups/Silverware
Storage Containers
First Aid Kit & Medicines
Extension Cords / Power Strip with a surge protector
Can opener

*Possible Shared Items

Small Refrigerator
DVD Player
Game Console

*Talk with your roommate if you don’t want to double up on these

Fun Items

Coffee Pot
Throw Rugs
Extra Furniture / Futon
Wipe/Erase Board
Storage boxes

Tips on how to pack for college:

Don’t overpack.  You will probably buy things after you arrive at college when you know more about what your room looks like and how much space you have. You and your roommates may also come up with different ideas on how to arrange and decorate your room once you see what others have brought.

Use your laundry basket as a box for your smaller things to make it easier to carry.

Pack more things into storage containers instead of garbage bags; you could use the containers as extra storage for your room for things that you won’t use as often.

Special Note: Residence hall fires may occur due to poor wiring on appliances and overloaded extension cords inside individual rooms. For this reason, extension cords with built-in circuit breakers are strongly recommended. Extension cords may not run under carpets or be looped over curtains or bed spreads.

Items not allowed in the residence halls for safety and wellness reasons:

  • Candles and incense (or anything with an open flame)
  • Pets (fish are acceptable)
  • Toasters, hot plates, electric frying pans, indoor grills (this includes the George Foreman style grills), deep fryers
  • Ceiling fans
  • Space heaters
  • Halogen lamps
  • Firearms or martial arts weapons (or anything that resembles them)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Alcohol/controlled substance, applicable signs and other paraphernalia
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