Questions arise every year about how heat works in the halls. University Housing follows the same heating and cooling policy as the rest of campus.

We strive to keep temperatures within the comfort range of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.

We’re currently expecting the average daily temperature to dip in the last week of October. We began the process of turning heat systems on within our two-pipe residential facilities today.

This process takes a couple of days to allow our systems to slowly and safely adjust from the cold water we use for cooling to the hot water we use for heating.

If your room gets too hot, please adjust your thermostat and do not open a window. The cold air from outside will make your thermostat believe it needs to provide more heat to your space, creating the opposite effect from what you desire.

There are wide variations in personal comfort levels based on individual preference and physical condition of residence space. Everything from age of the building, the location of the building, type of heating units and other factors can sometimes impact the regulating of comfortable temperatures to individual rooms.

In some cases, a room’s proximity to mechanical areas or steam/hot water lines makes it challenging to regulate room temperatures. For others, a southern exposure and ample windows provide added heat to rooms.

Our larger residence halls have systems with either passive strip heaters along the baseboard warming the room by convection or fan-powered unit heaters with individual room control.

Contact Housing

Should you experience any extreme conditions outside that range, submit an online FIXIT request at or contact your coordinator for Residence Education (CRE), or our maintenance service center at 479-575-7005.