The Office of Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life works collaboratively with institutional partners to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, with a focus on academic success, individual growth, and holistic development. The collaboration between students in our residence halls and dedicated Curtis residence life staff helps to create a community in which the students can experience feelings of identity, security, and intellectual stimulation.

Through living and learning together in Lenfest Hall students can grow in their ability to understand and negotiate difference and can prepare for the complexities of global citizenship.

For any questions regarding our residence life program or housing in Lenfest Hall please contact the Director of Residence Life, Steven Couras.

Amenities

Lenfest Hall offers suite-style living with well-thought-out design and amenities in line with what students expect in contemporary modern campus housing. Each unit is very spacious and can serve up to six students and features four bedrooms (two doubles and two singles), two bathrooms, and a small common area. Each suite is equipped with WIFI access, and cable TV is provided in the common area. A kitchenette, game lounge and a free laundry room are provided on the fifth floor.

The building also features a convenient dining hall, faculty and administrator offices, mailboxes, a beautiful fifth-floor rooftop garden and terrace, and the magnificent Gould Rehearsal Hall. Lenfest Hall also has 32 studios for lessons, individual practice, classes, and rehearsals, which residents can access 24 hours a day. The building also has 24-hour security attendants and cameras.

Resident Coordinators (RCs)

Each residential floor has at least one Resident Coordinator (RC). The role of the RC staff is to build community and facilitate the social, academic, and personal adjustment of students to Lenfest Hall and Curtis. Additionally, they develop a sense of community among residents as members of a floor, residents of a hall, and active participants in the residence life program and serve as a positive role model to residents and peer student leaders.

Resident Coordinators practice an open-door policy and are available should students need them. Throughout the year, they will sponsor various social and developmental programs for those students who reside on-campus. These activities are a great way to get involved with fellow residents and learn something new in the process. The RCs enforce the residence life and student code of conduct rules and policies and are responsible for documenting policy violations. Furthermore, RCs are responsible for crisis management, reporting maintenance requests, and various other administrative tasks. RCs also serve as mandatory Title IX reporters, campus safety officers, are part of the campus emergency response team and act as a liaison between residents and the Director of Residence Life.

All of the RCs have undergone extensive training so they may readily meet the needs of all our residential students.

Programming and Activities

The Office of Residence Life and the RC team regularly host activities, events and programs for Lenfest Hall residents that include:

  • Field trips off campus to NYC and DC
  • Trips to Philadelphia’s cultural establishments
  • Arts & Crafts
  • DIY projects
  • Game nights
  • Movie nights
  • Virtual programming
  • Guest Speakers
  • Career workshops
  • Graduate school forums
  • Informal concerts and dramatic performances
  • Dinners with faculty and administrators

FAQs

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

The bedroom has a bed with an extra-long mattress, wardrobe closet with mirror, desk with overhead lamp, built-in window shades, and wall-to-wall carpeting.

The bathroom has a stall shower, toilet, pedestal sink, and two built-in towel racks.

The common area has a sofa, two chairs, a coffee table, window shades, micro-fridge (combination refrigerator and microwave oven), TV cable box, and coat closet.

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 that you feel are important in your living environment. This information is carefully reviewed to ensure that you are matched with compatible suitemates. Students also have the flexibility to request living with a specific student or students.

Lenfest Hall is staffed with security guards 24/7. Curtis students, staff, and faculty must use their Curtis ID card to access Lenfest Hall. 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.

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 or clean bedrooms. A laundry room is located on the fifth floor. There is no additional charge to use the laundry facilities.

Students will need twin-size extra-long sheets, a comforter, and a pillow for their bed. Regular twin sheets will not fit on the mattresses. 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 2018–19: All incoming students who were born on or after September 1, 1996 and will hold a high school diploma by September 1, 2018 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.

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.

Animals are not permitted in Lenfest Hall. Persons with a disability and requiring a service animal with them to live independently are the only exception to this policy. In these cases, medical documentation must be provided and approved by Curtis. 

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.

 For more information, please refer to the 2020-21 Curtis Residential Life Handbook.