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OnBoard with Parent & Family Connections - Residential Living & Dining
What is living at Purdue like for students? What's on the menu? What do we value?
The folks from Purdue Dining & Catering, University Residences and Off-Campus Student Services got together to answer those questions and more!
Top Five Things to Know about University Residences at Purdue
Success by Design. Living on campus leads to higher GPAs! Res halls have quiet hours, study rooms and plenty of other students who are in the same classes and make great study partners.
2. Leadership. Each res hall has a club (think student council in high school) to create hall-wide programs and events for the residents to attend. Ski trips, the Chicago Auto Show, concerts and intramurals are just some of the fun activities. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) serves as the student voice for all students living on campus. Students involved in RHA advocate for change in the residence halls, put on campus-wide programming, and represent Purdue to the region and nation through leadership conferences.
Community. Resident Assistants (RAs) are on each floor and in each apartment community, and they assist in the residents' education outside of the classroom. The RAs help create the community that is formed within each residence hall by providing opportunities and experiences to educate our residents through intentional interactions.
4. 24/7. The front office is open around the clock, except during holidays. Front office staff are able to assist the residents throughout the day, when the RAs are in class.
5. Connections. Our close-knit community extends to every corner of campus. For example, Purdue's Faculty Fellow Program promotes a personalized experience for students through weekly dinners at campus dining courts and other student life events. Faculty fellows come from all walks of University life: vice-presidents, deans, department heads, faculty and administration.
Visit the Residential life website for more information.
Top Five Things to Know about Dining on Campus
1. VarietyWe have five dining courts and 29 retail operations across campus that provide variety and convenience to our resident students and the campus community. They are open from 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekends, your student will not go hungry! Students can choose to use Dining Dollars, BoilerExpress, cash or credit in all dining and retail locations. Dining courts also take meal swipes using a student's Purdue ID.
2. Yum!  Whether it’s Starbucks or Brazilian BBQ, our dining is designed for great conversations over a delicious meal. Check out our App (on iTunes or Google), there is something for everyone. Fresh fruit and veggies, pasta or veggie burgers, smoothies, Starbucks, milk shakes, pizza or sandwiches; your student will not know where to begin to dig in!
3. Fit. We have meal plans to fit a busy student schedule. Purdue Dining & Catering offers a large variety of meal plan options tailored to different types of diners. Is your student in and out of the refrigerator all day long? You might want to consider the unlimited meal plan.
4. Lingo. Dining Dollars vs. BoilerExpress; Dining Dollars are a flexible part of student's meal plan that can be used in a variety of ways. Students can purchase guest meals or supplement their existing plan in the dining courts, grab a snack in one of the retail operations, or pick up toothpaste, laundry detergent or other essentials from our markets. BoilerExpress is a debit account students can access with their Purdue ID instead of carrying cash. BoilerExpress is accepted at a variety of campus locations, including the washers and dryers in the res halls.
5. Special Dietary Needs? Look no further! Our staff is trained and prepared to work with students who have a variety of special needs.
For more information, visit the campus dining website.
Things to Know About Off-Campus Student Services
Unlike some Universities, incoming students are not required to live on campus their first year. If your student will be living off campus this year, they should be aware of and utilize the Off-Campus Student Services website. There, students can check out their searchable database of apartment listings, leasing information, and resources for living in the community.

As a student renter, your student should attend Student Legal Services Landlord/Tenant Law Symposium held each semester- watch for the callout on the SLS Facebook Page. The symposium is a great way to learn about landlord/tenant laws, learn how to discuss issues with their landlord, and get tips about living off campus.

Boiler Up!

Purdue Parent & Family Connections
July 2, 2019
Discussions to have with your student
What will they really need for their room?
Don’t forget, unless they will be living at First Street Towers, they will be sharing a space about the size they are accustomed to having all to themselves. See the recommendation list of what to bring or what not to.

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