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Top 7 reasons to love residence hall life at UND

Community Assistant Lukas Metropoulos, a UND junior, shares favorite reasons for choosing residence hall life

UND branding sprinkled throughout the new spaces in Brannon and McVey keeps the decor bright and inviting. Community Assistant Lukas Metropoulos (right) shared with UND Today some of his top reasons for living in the UND residence halls. UND Housing & Residence Life Director Troy Noeldner (left) pitched in some thoughts, too. Photo by Janelle Vonasek/UND Today.

The unlimited food plan.

Yep, who can argue that? Freshmen are required to have an unlimited food plan, but junior Metropoulos has stuck with it. “It was and still is one of my favorite things about living on campus. I can just go whenever I’m hungry and get something to eat. And in a few weeks, everything will be connected, so I won’t have to put on a coat to go outside. That’s pretty amazing.”

No need to haul your laundry home.

Both McVey and Brannon have spacious laundry rooms on every floor. Each laundry room includes four washers and four dryers, plus a large utility sink and a separate folding area. And you don’t need to go to the bank for quarters. The laundry is part of your room and board!

They like to keep things clean.

He said the custodial service staff and building service technicians “do a really good job of keeping the spaces clean” and in working order. And get this: “We also offer suite cleaning, so they’ll come in every other week and clean your bathroom for you, which is more than I could get my parents to clean my bathroom at home,” he said with a laugh.

Your job (and payday) is only steps away.

The University offers many opportunities for employment right on campus. Besides his current job, Metropoulos has worked at Stomping Grounds coffeeshop, Wilkerson Dining, as a resident assistant in Walsh Hall and as a tour guide for UND Admissions. He says supervisors are very flexible when it comes to classes and general work/life balance. In fact, there’s a rule that student employees cannot work more than 20 hours a week on campus.

The people and support staff are great.

On top of the many great amenities UND has to offer, Metropoulos says the people also can’t be beat. “I love how people are working hard every day to make sure that our communities are being built in a way that makes everyone feel welcome.”

Leadership opportunities … and a lot o’ them.

This one comes from UND Housing & Residence Life Director Troy Noeldner. “We already have really great student engagement across campus, and our Student Government is strong,” he said. “We get a lot of students who start practicing their leadership skills with us and go on to lead in Student Government.”

Safety and well-being.

Whenever Metropoulos gives incoming students and their parents a campus tour, he’s always sure to mention that UND has its own University Police Department. “They’re constantly patrolling the whole campus, and that’s really nice,” he said. Each residence hall also has its own “adopt a cop,” he added, so the same officer routinely will make weekly rounds to get to know the buildings and their residents. All outer doors have restrictive electronic access, and even suite doors lock automatically when closed. That may have increased the number of accidental lockouts, Metropoulos said, “but that’s a fair compromise for the safety of our students.” A staff member is available 24/7 to take care of those 2 a.m. lockouts.

And about that well-being … Noeldner says he and the rest of the staff always welcome calls from parents. “I think the knowledge that their sons or daughters are living on campus with UND provides an extra level of comfort,” he said. “They know if their student is going through some sort of challenge or they just have questions for us, they can call us. Caring about our residents is what makes us unique, and we take great pride in providing support and services that will help them be successful at UND.”


Special lighting and UND branding bring every space to life in McVey Hall. Noeldner says motion detectors also automatically turn on lights in some of the larger community spaces. Photo by UND Housing & Residence Life.