Information for First-Year Students in the Class of 2027

Welcome to Residence Life at King’s! We are thrilled that you have chosen to live here at King’s, and we hope that this page will answer most of the questions you have about living on campus as a first-year student. Transfer students, please see the page dedicated specifically to your needs by using the sidebar at left. After you read through the information provided below, you can also check out some additional ResLife FAQs, as well as some of the housing options available to you as you move through your time at King’s.

Departmental Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Office Hours:
May 23rd-August12th
Office of Residence Life
King's College
133 N. River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Friday)

Housing Application and Sign-Up Process

New first-year students will receive an email at their email address from our office within the first two weeks of May. Students will need to follow the instructions in the email in order to access their online Residence Life portal, as well as submit a $150.00 housing deposit, no later than June 9th.

King's College adheres to Fair Housing Practices guaranteed by the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act.

Roommate Assignment Process

Students who return their paperwork by the June 9th deadline will receive room and roommate assignments to their email address the week of July 3rd. The letter will include the student’s building and room assignment, as well as the roommate’s name and contact information.

What to Bring

Here is a document that can help you start to think about items to bring with you to campus. This is not a comprehensive list but can help you start thinking about what to pack. As you’re packing, please reference your housing contract for items that are or are not permitted, as well as the maximum sizes for some electronic items. Be sure to also leave behind those items that are not permitted on campus, particularly items that are a fire hazard (toaster ovens, candles, 3-D printers, space heaters, etc) and pets that are not Service Animals or approved Emotional Support Animals.

Room Dimensions

Here are room and furniture dimensions for standard rooms in Esseff and Holy Cross Halls. These dimensions are approximations and are meant for planning purposes only. All rooms come fully furnished with a twin XL bed, dresser, closet, desk and desk chair for each student. All furniture provided by the College must stay in the room, so we advise against bringing your own large pieces of furniture. A video tour of Esseff and Holy Cross Halls can be found here.


Room Dimensions

Desk Dimensions

Dresser Dimensions

Closet Dimensions

Under-the- Bed Space

Holy Cross Hall 16’1”(L) x 10’3” (W) x 8’ (H) 3' (L) x 2' (W) x 2'7" (H) 3' (L) x 2' (W) x 2'7" (H) 8” (H) x 3’1” (W) x 2” (D)

High: 5'    Mid-High: 2'6"          Mid-Low: 1'4" Low: 8"

Esseff Hall 16’11”(L) x 10’6”(W) x 7’8” (H) 4'8.5" (H) x 2' (W) x 3'9" (L) 3'11" (H) x 2'6" (L) x 1'8"(W) 7’8” (H) x 3’8” (W) x 2’3” (D) 1’11”

Move-in Dates/Process

First-Year Students Move in for all first-year students is August 17th.

Fall Sport Student Athletes The date of each fall sport's arrival is set by the team's coach. Arrival dates for each fall sport can be found below. Any changes will be shared with the students by the coaches.

Athletic Team Early Arrival Date Check-in Location
Football August 8th Holy Cross Hall
Women’s Volleyball August 16th Residence Life Office; Switchboard after hours
Women’s Soccer August 16th Residence Life Office; Switchboard after hours
Cross-Country August 16th Residence Life Office; Switchboard after hours
Field Hockey August 16th Residence Life Office; Switchboard after hours
Men’s Soccer August 16th

Residence Life Office; Switchboard after hours

Residence Life Staff

The Residence Life Staff is comprised of 52 individuals who are ready to serve the students they live with. Please check out our staff website to get a sense of who we are, and what we do!

Student Mailing Address

All students are assigned a 4-digit mailbox with a unique combination to open the box. All mailboxes are in the student’s residence hall. Students will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office at the start of the second week of classes, detailing their unique 4-digit box number and combination. Once the student receives their mailbox number, they should provide that to friends and family to be added to the formal address. In the meantime, if a student needs to have a package sent to campus, please use the following address:

Leo the Lion
King’s College
133 N. River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

When packages arrive on campus, students will receive an email from the College’s Post Office, notifying them that they have a package that needs to be claimed. Students will have to show their student ID card at the Post Office and sign for their package.

Microfridge Rental

If you are interested in renting a microfridge unit instead of purchasing one on your own, King’s partners with a company called MyMicrofridge. Units ordered by August 1st will be delivered to a student’s room prior to their arrival on campus and will be picked up after a student moves out in May. Any orders received after August 1st will be delivered after the students have arrived on campus. MyMicrofridge is a 3rd party company, so any questions regarding microfridge rental, delivery and pick-up can be addressed to them directly. Additional information can be found on their website, or by watching their video, here.

Renter’s Insurance

King’s College is not responsible for a student’s belongings in the residence halls. We recommend that all students have renter’s insurance in event of any damage. Many students are covered under their parent’s homeowner’s insurance, so we recommend checking with your insurance company first. If you are interested in purchasing a policy, please visit National Student Services, INC.

Health Information Requirement

Students who live on campus must submit health paperwork and proof of insurance to the Student Health Center, through the Student Health Portal. This information is required and must be submitted for a student to be permitted to move into their campus housing assignment. Any questions can be directed to the Student Health Center at 570-208-5852 or The Student Health Portal will open on May 11, 2023.

Parking Information

First-year students are permitted to have cars on campus, but all cars must be registered through the Office of Campus Safety and Security through the purchase of a parking hang tag. Please visit the Security website for additional information. They can be reached at 570-208-5926 or

Medical Housing Accommodations

Students who require specific accommodation due to medical diagnosis should first speak with Dr. Melissa Ciocco, Associate Director of the Academic Skills Center and Disability Services Coordinator. Dr. Ciocco will work with the students on obtaining any necessary paperwork to confirm the need for an accommodation and will also coordinate with the Office of Residence Life to implement any approved accommodations. Dr. Ciocco can be reached at or 570-208-5841.

Important Upcoming Dates

Below are a few upcoming dates resident students should be aware of. Please reference the College’s Academic Calendar for additional information.

  August 17th:
August 21st:
August 28th:
Sept. 4th:
Sept. 8th: 
Oct. 4th:
Nov. 21st:
Dec. 8th:

move in begins
first day of classes
last day to add classes
open roommate change period begins
open roommate change period ends/last day to change meal plan
residence halls close for Fall Break
residence halls close for Thanksgiving Break
residence halls close for the semester

Get Involved on Campus

There’s a lot to do here at King’s, and here are just a couple ways to get out and meet new people.

Floor Programs: Your Resident Assistant (RA) will be planning a multitude of events throughout the year for your floor and building. Be sure to attend a few and get to know someone new!
Activities Fair: Held on August 31st, you can check out all the clubs and organizations that King’s has to offer and join any that you might share some interests with. If you don’t see the club for you, stop in to Campus Activities and learn how to start one!
Volunteer Fair: Service is an important part of life at King’s. Stop by the Volunteer Fair on September 6th to learn about some of the organizations we work with and serve.