The decision to turn on the heating systems in the residence halls is based upon the weather at the time. There have been years when we can wait until late October and times when it must be turned on in the middle of September. It is not an easy decision because if it goes on too early and we hit a warm spell, you will be too hot. If it is turned on too late, you will be too cold. In any case, there will be days that are marginal in the early fall and late spring. During the "in-between days", when outside temperatures may be in the 60's (Fahrenheit) in the daytime and 30's (Fahrenheit) at night, there may be some difficulties in getting the building temperatures set just right. In all cases, the heat can not be instantly turned on and then turned off.  The heating system needs time to approach the desired temperature and if turned off, more time is needed to cool.  Once the heat is turned on, it will remain on until the spring semester.  Your understanding how the heating system works in your particular building will help you be the most comfortable.

The heating systems in the buildings on campus are either automatically or manually changed over (noted in parentheses below). The heating systems of the buildings turned on automatically usually occur when the outside temperature drops below 55 degrees. Some building utilize steam for a heat source and would be denoted below for specific buildings. At no time should there be items stored on the heating/AC units, specifically when the heat is turned on. 

If you have any questions, call: Housing Services at 570.577.1195 (M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). In the evening and on weekends, if there is no heat, please contact Public Safety at 570.577.3333.

Bucknell (Larison) Cottage*: (Automatic) Auto change-over at 55 degrees

Bucknell West: (Automatic) Individual heat pumps controlled by occupants

Carey House: (Automatic) Steam available to building when outside air is below 55 degrees

Corner House: (Automatic) One thermostat for entire house, managed by residents

Edwards House: (Automatic) Steam available to building when outside air is below 55 degrees

Galloway House: (Automatic) Individual thermostats for 1st floor and 2nd floor can be turned on and adjusted anytime to control heat for that floor.

Gateways*: (Automatic) Auto change-over at 55 degrees

Harris Hall: (Automatic) Steam available to building when outside air is below 55 degrees

Hunt Hall*: (Automatic) Auto change-over at 55 degrees

Hulley House: (Manual) Three thermostats for entire house, managed by residents

Kress Hall*: (Automatic) Auto change-over at 55 degrees

Lambda Chi Alpha: (Automatic) Heat pump system. Heat or a/c always available to meet space temperature set point.

Larison Hall*: (Automatic) A/C to dining area, classrooms and lounge area only; Auto change-over for first floor. Remainder of building, steam available to building when outside air is below 55 degrees.

Leiser House: (Automatic) Steam available to building when outside air is below 55 degrees

Martin House: (Automatic) One thermostat for entire house and steam is available when outside air below 55 degrees

McDonnell Hall*: (Automatic) Auto change-over at 55 degrees

Roberts Hall: (Automatic) Heating available when outside air is below 65 °F and cooling available when outside air is above 53 °F. Base temperature set points are per University standard: 70 °F for heating and 74 °F for cooling. Occupant can adjust thermostat set point +/- 2 °F.

Seventh Street House: (Automatic) Auto change-over at 55 degrees

Sigma Phi Epsilon: (Manual) One zone per floor (manual steam valve operation)

Smith Hall*: (Automatic) Auto change-over when outside air is below 55 degrees

South Campus Apartments: (Automatic) Heating and cooling always available. Base temperature set points are per University standard: 70 °F for heating and 74 °F for cooling. Occupant can adjust thermostat set point +/- 2 °F.

Summit House: (Manual) Two thermostats for entire house

Swartz Hall*: A&B Wings - (Automatic) Auto changeover when outside air temperature is below 60 °F. Base temperature set points are per University standard: 70 °F for heating and 74 °F for cooling. Occupant can adjust thermostat set point +/- 2 °F. C&D Wings - (Automatic) Auto changeover when outside air is below 55 °F.

Tau Kappa Epsilon: (Manual) Three thermostats for entire house, managed by residents

Taylor Street Housing: (Automatic) Steam available to building when outside air is below 55 degrees

Trax Hall*: (Automatic) Auto change-over when outside weather is below 55 degrees

Vedder Hall*: (Automatic) Auto change-over when outside weather is below 55 degrees

23 University Avenue: (Automatic) Electric Heat that is controlled by residents

64 University Avenue: (Automatic) Steam available to building when outside air is below 55 degrees

400 St. George Street: (Automatic) Steam from local boiler available to building when outside air is below 60 degrees.  West side heat controlled by hot water loop with single thermostat in apartment.  Main house heat controlled by individual radiators with thermostatic controls. 

* On buildings denoting automatic change-over that have air conditioning, a cool down time of several hours is required for the building water loop to cool down sufficiently before chilled water can be circulated for cooling.  Likewise, when transitioning from cooling to heating, a warm up time of several hours is required before hot water can be circulated through the building for heat. These transition periods are required to protect building piping systems. 

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