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Residence Life FAQs

What is the age requirement for living in Lenfest Hall?

For 2016-17: All incoming students who were born on or after September 1, 1994 and will hold a high school diploma by September 1, 2016 are required to live in Lenfest Hall during their first two years of study at Curtis. Additionally, incoming students who are over 18 years of age and pursuing a high school diploma are required to live in Lenfest Hall during their first two years of study at Curtis.

Students who are 17 years of age and under and pursuing a high school diploma are required to live with a parent or guardian off-campus. Younger students who initially live off-campus with a parent or guardian are required to move into Lenfest Hall at the start of the academic year after they turn 18 or complete their high school diploma, whichever comes first.

Older students are strongly encouraged to consider the cost, safety, and convenience of living in Lenfest Hall.

What are the general living arrangements in Lenfest Hall?

Lenfest Hall comprises 18 residential suites, all with city views. Each suite is individually climate controlled with heat and air conditioning, plus bedrooms have windows that open to let in fresh air. Each suite consists of a common living room, four bedrooms (two single bedrooms and two single/double bedrooms), and two full bathrooms. View photos from inside Lenfest Hall.

How big is a suite and its bedrooms?

Suites are approximately 1,119 square feet (103.9 square meters). Each bedroom is approximately 138 square feet (12.8 square meters).

How are the suites furnished?

Suites and bedrooms are fully furnished. Each bedroom is equipped with a bed and extra-long mattress, wardrobe closet with mirror, desk with overhead lamp, built-in window shades, and wall-to-wall carpeting. Bathrooms include stall shower, toilet, pedestal sink, and two built-in towel racks. Common living space includes a sofa, two chairs, coffee table, window shades, micro-fridge (combination refrigerator and microwave oven), TV cable box, and coat closet. 

How is my room assignment determined?

Upon acceptance to Curtis, you will receive a housing application in the mail. Included in the application are questions about your personal preferences, habits, lifestyle, and the attributes you feel are important in your living environment. This information is carefully reviewed to ensure that you are matched with compatible suite-mates. Students also have the flexibility to request living with a specific student or students. 

Besides residential suites, what else is in Lenfest Hall?

The building also features a convenient dining hall, offices, mailboxes, the magnificent Gould Rehearsal Hall, 32 additional studios for lessons, individual practice, classes, and rehearsals, media and entertainment room (with a Ping Pong table and big screen TV), and an outdoor garden terrace. The building has 24-hour security attendants and security cameras. Residents have 24-hour access to practice rooms. 

How safe and secure will it be in Lenfest Hall?

Lenfest Hall is staffed with security guards 24 hours-a-day. Curtis students, staff, and faculty coming into Lenfest Hall must use their Curtis ID card to enter the building. Non-Curtis visitors must sign in at the Locust Street guard's desk before they are permitted through the turnstile. Student residents will have access to private elevators to residential floors. Student residents are issued a personal security key card to swipe/enter their suite, and a standard door key to lock/enter their bedroom. 

What items should I plan to bring with me?

You will need twin-size extra long sheets, comforter, and pillow for your bed. Regular twin sheets will not fit on the mattresses, so be sure to look for "Twin-XL." Each bedroom includes a small desk with an overhead light. Students will need to bring their own lamps for the common room and additional lighting in the bedrooms. No halogen lighting is permitted; lamps and lighting should use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). 

For a complete list of recommended items, see our Suite List

Do suites include cable and wireless Internet?

A central cable box is located in the common living space. Students wishing to have cable in their bedroom must make arrangements directly with a cable provider for cable box installation. Residents must provide their own television. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the building. 

What about cleaning and laundry?

Housekeeping staff clean the common living room space and bathrooms each week. Students are responsible for cleaning their bedrooms. Housekeeping staff are not permitted to enter/clean bedrooms. A laundry room is located on the 5th floor. There is no additional charge to use the laundry facilities. 

May I bring my pet?

No pets are permitted in Lenfest Hall. 

Is it okay to have a cell phone or do I need to have a land-line telephone too?

Student residents are expected and required to have a cell phone. No land-line service is provided in the suites or bedrooms at Lenfest Hall.


Thomas Bandar, assistant dean of student affairs and residence life, (215) 875-4202