Campus and Residence Life
Campus & Residential Life
Love Where You Live
The campus of Clarks Summit University has options for seminary students to live on campus either for entire semesters or for week modules.
Your Social Life
At Clarks Summit University, there are many ways to fill your downtime, whether you’re attending a campus social or school activity, enjoying a coffee at the Underground Café, cheering on the Defenders, working out in the Recreation Center, studying in the library or hanging out with friends in a residence hall lounge. You’ll love being in a place with a positive atmosphere where you can expand your leadership capacity, explore your gifts and abilities, utilize your creativity and make memories that will last for the rest of your life.
You’re invited to get to know us and enjoy our beautiful campus here in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.
We’d love for you to explore the events, resources and destinations we’ve made available for friends like you.
- Cardio room with treadmills, bikes and ellipticals.
- Three full-size basketball and volleyball courts
- Free Wifi
- 1/9-mile running track.
- Weight room with Precor equipment.
- Wheelchair access to top and bottom floors.
Hours of Operation
Due to COVID-19, the Recreation Center will be closed to the general public for the remainder of 2020. Use by CSU students and employees is permitted. Updates will be posted as they are available.
11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
6 a.m.–11 p.m.
*The times listed above are our general hours of operation, but please refer to the Recreation Center Calendar for real-time closings, reservations and updates to the regular schedule.
Recreation Center Membership
- Community Individual: $30
- Community Family: $60
- CSU Alumni Individual: $15
- CSU Alumni Family: $30
Day Passes: $5
Welcome to the Underground Café, a cozy coffee shop that is a favorite hang-out spot for CSU students and home to the on-campus school apparel store!
Once a dilapidated storage shed, the Underground Café owes its radical transformation to the vision and hard work of the class of 2000. Open to students, staff and the community, the Underground Café serves up snacks and beverages such as smoothies, frappés, juices and a wide variety of hot and cold coffees and teas. Dedicated to a fair trade mission, the Underground Café is not only a favorite on-campus hangout, it’s also the place to grab Clarks Summit University apparel and gifts!
Hours of Operation
Located on the campus of Clarks Summit University
538 Venard Rd.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Graduate Residence Halls
Commons Hall (Women)
Shaffer Hall (Men)
Residence Hall FAQs
When do residence halls open and close?
Residence halls stay open for Easter break, but they close to all students for all other breaks. For specific dates of residence hall openings and closings, please refer to the Clarks Summit University calendar. You may not stay in the residence hall when it is closed. Rare exceptions should be addressed through the Office for Student Development (OSD).
Can I send my things to school before I get there?
You can mail packages two weeks before your arrival and pick them up in the mailroom when you are on campus. Please use the following address:
[Your Name] [CSU Box #, if assigned]
538 Venard Road
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Am I allowed to store things on campus over the summer?
There are no facilities for storing things on campus. However, there are many storage facilities in the area that students often rent for the summer.
How are the residence halls laid out?
Each dorm is made up of three floors with four suites off of a common lounge. Each suite contains three rooms and a bathroom, and each room houses two students. Your resident director lives in an apartment on the middle floor. The laundry room is located on the bottom floor.
What are the dimensions of my room?
Most rooms are 12 x 15 feet.
What are the dimensions of residence hall windows?
Most windows are 48 inches high by 42 inches wide. However, sizes may vary.
What furniture will my room have?
Each room is equipped with two beds with mattresses, two desks with chairs, two dressers and a closet. Please use the furniture the way the manufacturer intended, and don’t take it apart or remove it from your room. Other than bunk beds, furniture cannot be stacked. Bed risers are permitted if they fit your bed as the manufacturer intended. For safety and efficiency, please be sure that furniture is pulled away from the heating units.
Can I bring personal furniture?
You may bring any furniture that is new or from your home. If you buy or pick up any used furniture while you are here, you must have your RD inspect it for bugs. Communicate with your roommate and keep in mind that all resident hall furniture must stay in your room as well. Lounge furniture should remain in the lounge.
What size is the mattress on my dorm bed?
Beds are extra long twin size (39 x 80 inches).
Can I decorate my room?
We want your room to reflect your style and be a comfortable place for you to live. Please be sure that your decorations are consistent with CSU values. The following guidelines should be followed:
- 3M Command Strips and thumbtacks in the paneling grooves can be used to hang things on the walls.
- Ceiling tiles and window blinds should not be removed or altered.
- Nothing should be hung from or attached to the ceiling, lights or windows.
- Do not remove your window screens. They bend very easily and are very expensive for YOU to replace.
- Candles can be used on candle warmers. However, lit candles and open flames are not permitted.
Can I have a television in my room?
You may bring a tv screen to use as a monitor. However, cable and satellite connections are not available in our residence hall rooms.
Can I have an air conditioner in my room?
You are welcome to bring a box fan to place in your window. However, personal air conditioners are not permitted.
Can I bring a refrigerator?
You may bring a dorm-size refrigerator that is Energy Star rated for use in your room.
Can I cook in my room?
Due to fire hazard, cooking isn’t allowed in residence hall rooms. However, personal Keurigs and coffee makers with an automatic shut-off are allowed in your room. Your residence hall may have a microwave, toaster oven and toaster available for your use in one of the common areas. You may also use the following personal appliances in the residence hall laundry room:
- Hot pot
- Electric tea kettle (with auto shut off)
All appliances must be UL listed, have an auto shutoff and be approved by your RD.
How am I expected to keep my room?
We expect you to keep your room neat and orderly. Rooms are inspected regularly for general cleanliness. All residence halls are cleaned and sanitized daily. Maintenance provides basic cleaning, sanitization and paper supplies. Vacuum cleaners are available on each floor.
What happens if there is damage to my room?
You are responsible for damage in your room that is beyond normal use. Please report any damage to your RD immediately. Your RD will conduct a damage assessment with you at the beginning and end of each school year.
What should I do if I notice a maintenance need in my residence hall?
Please report any maintenance needs immediately to your RD. Your RD will take care of contacting the Maintenance department if needed.
Are my things safe in my room?
You are responsible to secure your money and valuables in your room. We recommend a lock box or a locking file cabinet. You can request a key for your room from your RD with a $5 deposit. We encourage students to purchase renter’s insurance to cover lost or damaged personal belongings.
Where can I store my personal belongings?
Your residence hall room is for storing your personal things. Hallways, stairwells and lounges should be kept free of your personal belongings (such as shoes, skateboards, bikes, etc.). Please do not store things above the ceiling tiles.
How should I dress outside of my room?
You should be dressed modestly at all times whenever you are outside of your room.
Where an I do my laundry?
The bottom floor of each residence hall has washers and dryers available for your use. There is no cost for you to use the laundry facility. All laundry being washed or dried should be accompanied by a laundry basket. Please store your laundry detergent and baskets in your room. Unclaimed clothing left in the laundry room will be removed by residence hall staff and donated to charity.
Should I bring an iron?
You may bring a personal iron if you’d like. An ironing board is available in each dorm laundry room. All ironing should be done in the laundry room.
Can I bring a bike?
Yes, you may bring a bike. Bikes can be stored on the bike rack outside your residence hall or in your room (with permission from your RD). Please do not leave bikes in common areas.
How are the common areas kept clean in my residence hall?
You will share the responsibility for the daily cleaning and sanitizing of stairwells, laundry room, lounges and bathrooms with other students in your residence hall.
Where do people hang out in the residence halls?
Each dorm has a coed lounge on the middle floor during open lounge times, which are:
- Monday–Thursday: 3–10:15 p.m.
- Friday: 3–11:45 p.m.
- Saturday–Sunday: 1–11:45 p.m.
Visitors of the opposite sex should never be in your room unless OSD has scheduled open dorms.
Are there any events I should not hold in my residence hall?
Babysitting, sales parties and baby or bridal showers are not permitted in the residence hall.
Can I play pranks on others on campus?
Pranks have the potential to damage university or personal property, harm our testimony and hurt others. To prevent damage to property, water fights or disturbances involving other damaging substances are not permitted in or around the residence halls or campus buildings. In addition, students should not interfere with, or alter in any way, another student’s room or its contents. Tampering with another’s personal possessions, including their automobile, is also inappropriate. Students involved in such pranks will receive a fine and be responsible for restitution for any damages.
What are the fire extinguisher guidelines?
Fire extinguishers should only be used in the event of a fire. You will be held responsible for the cost of discharging a fire extinguisher in non-emergency situations.
What should I do in case of emergency?
Emergency evacuation routes are posted in each residence hall. Some of our more common emergency procedures will be posted in each room. The Clarks Summit University emergency procedures manual is available online, and printed copies are available in each of the residence halls. The activation of any fire alarm or detector in any residence hall or building is the signal for controlled, yet rapid, evacuation of the building through the nearest exit.
The following activities are in violation of the Clarks Summit University Community Commitment and will result in fines or other disciplinary action:
- Failure to evacuate a residence hall or building within three minutes during an alarm or drill, or refusal to leave after being directed to do so will result in disciplinary action.
- Unintentional damage to fire equipment that results from horseplay.
The following activities are in violation of state laws and will also result in fines, disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution:
- Falsely setting off an alarm or falsely reporting a fire or bomb threat. In addition, it endangers students and members of the community.
- Intentional tampering with fire hoses, smoke detectors, extinguishers and other protection equipment.
- Tampering with any safety/security equipment.