Student and resident housing program.
Due to the COVID pandemic this program has been temporarily paused.
The Student and Resident Housing Program allows current Creighton University students and residents to request housing assistance with Creighton University Alumni and Parentswhile out on academic assignments or traveling for residency/job interviews.
Creighton University students or residents may apply to the Office of Alumni Relations to complete a search for housing with alumni and parents in the location where the student will be temporarily living on academic assignment or traveling for a professional interview. Once the form is submitted, staff will determine which Creighton alumni and parents to contact and prepare a broadcast email to be sent to Creighton affiliates living in the area. If the Creighton alumni or parent can host the student or has a lead for housing in the area to share with the student, they are asked to contact the student directly.
Housing placement is not guaranteed through this process. On average, one-in-three students who submitted past requests were successful in being matched with housing hosts. Therefore, students are encouraged to continue their search through other avenues until housing has been secured.
FAQ for Students
Please make all housing requests at least 8 weeks prior to desired move-in date and allow 2 weeks for your request to be processed by the Office of Alumni Relations. Requests have a better success rate if they are sent within an 8 – 16 week range before housing is needed.
If a Creighton affiliate is willing to accommodate a student or can provide information on short-term housing that meets the student’s needs, the affiliate will be asked to contact the student directly. Students are asked to keep track of all alumni, parents or other hosts who contact them and to respond to every email or phone call they receive, whether they accept the offer or not.
Students are expected to discuss with the housing hosts what they can contribute in payment (rent money, housework, meal preparation, etc.). This is specific to each host and there is no set payment for Creighton alumni housing assistance.
Other Important Information for Students
Due to Covid-19, we are asking students to take the following steps when seeking host/alumni housing:
- Prior to discussing housing with a prospective host/alumni, review local Covid-19 health and safety guidelines at the host/alumni location;
- Prior to accepting housing offers, discuss with the host/alumni any additional safety measures that the host/alumni will have in place that the student must accept, as well as any safety measures the student may request from the host/alumni;
- Prior to accepting housing offers, discuss how the host/alumni and student will handle situations where either party must isolate or quarantine;
- Stay current with applicable local guidelines in the weeks prior to your arrival at the host/alumni location and comply with those guidelines while at the host/alumni location.
- Sign the waiver releasing Creighton of all liability. This can be done by clicking and accepting the box for waiver and release of liability at the end of the on-line request form.
- Prior to moving in with a housing host, ensure your housing host has also submitted a waiver to Creighton.
All students who apply for a housing search are required to complete a follow-up survey regarding the housing request process, even if they are not able to secure housing through the Office of Alumni Relations. The survey will be sent to the student both when they complete this form and also when the Office of Alumni Relations notifies the student that their housing request has been emailed to alumni.
Only students who complete the follow-up survey within the appropriate time frame will be able to submit future requests for housing through the Office of Alumni Relations.
In some cities, there is only a small chance of finding alumni who are able to host. This is due to high cost of housing in urban settings. Many alumni in cities such as New York and Los Angeles live in studio and one-bedroom apartments without space to host students. Please keep this in mind when selecting a site.
For female students heading to New York City for academic assignments we recommend you start with a place such as The Webster Apartments to find housing in a good location with economical pricing.
Students heading to Des Moines for internships are encouraged to look into the Internship Village with University of Iowa-Des Moines. The Village offers flexible leases in dorm-style rooms for any students who may be interning in Des Moines.
FAQ for Alumni/Potential Housing Hosts
Creighton exists for students and learning. The housing program allows students to go places and have experiences they may not otherwise be able to have because the housing program can provide safe places to stay and ways to decrease costs for students.
The housing program allows alumni and students to “be more” for our own good and the good of others. Students often contribute to the host household through chores, rent or meals. Alumni provide safety and shelter to a student in need. Both gain a lasting Creighton connection.
The program is predominantly used by Creighton healthcare professional students, mainly from the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy program during their advanced clinical experiences. Many Doctor of Medicine students also apply, but mostly for short stays when they travel for residency interviews. Searches have been successful for Doctor of Pharmacy, Law, Undergraduate, and Nursing students as well, including for Athletic Training program experiences and job interviews.
While some hosts offer a room or a space at a rental or vacation property at no charge, that is not an expectation. Students are expected to discuss rent and other obligations with potential housing hosts prior to acceptance. Students often contribute to the host household through chores, babysitting or meals.
Alumni and parents who serve as housing hosts are included in the annual volunteer appreciation program at Creighton. Generally, a Creighton garden flag is mailed to these volunteers as a thank you for contributing to the success of Creighton students.
Additionally, most hosts find the experience of hosting a student a great way to feel connected back to Creighton and learn more about the current culture of their alma mater.
Requests range from overnight up to 12-weeks for some of the clinical professional experiences. The length of stay should be discussed by the host and student prior to agreeing to the stay. Arrangements are strictly an agreement between the student and host.
The Alumni Relations Office is more than happy to discuss the process and to provide contact information of alumni who have served as past housing hosts if you have questions about potentially giving back to Creighton in this manner.