With about 3,000 students living on campus, more than 100 clubs and organizations, a thriving Greek life, a state-of-the-art health and fitness center, and a myriad of cultural and social events, you can easily create your own adventure at CNU.

So while you consider what fraternity or sorority to join and if the Ultimate Frisbee Club is something you’d like to check out, there are a few things to know before hitting campus!

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    Many colleges and universities have extra-long beds in their residence halls that require specially sized sheets and bedding. Check with your residence hall to see if your bed is greater than 76 inches long. If so, you'll need to check out some special linen lines.
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  • First Aid Kit (pdf)
    Don't forget to bring a basic medicine and first aid kit, which will come in handy should you get sick. And remember, unlike your previous 12 years of school, you may keep medications with you in your residence hall, so plan how you will keep them secure. Also consider transferring your prescriptions to a local pharmacy. Visit the Student Clinic website and click on the "Local Clinics/Pharmacies" tab for more information.
Navigating the ebb and flow of campus living can be a bit confusing without the right compass. Just about everything you need for day-to-day living is right here.

On campus, you will find ...
  • Dining Services
    Get the latest menus from all our dining options, plus information on meal plans and special holiday meals!
  • Residential Life (ResLife)
    Check out available on-campus housing, complete your housing contract and find out what is a "no, no" in the residence halls.
  • Captains Card Office
    Your Captains Card is your CNU ID card. Basically, it is your lifeline to campus! You need it to access your residence hall, to eat, to purchase items on campus - everyday things like that!
  • Parking Office
    Located in the parking garage of the Ferguson Center, this is where you will obtain your parking decal and a map of designated parking areas.
  • Student Clinic
    At University Health and Wellness, you will find nurses and physicians that support the academic and personal success and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
  • Counseling Services
    Although you can handle many things on your own, sometimes a trained, caring professional with a different perspective can help you deal with academic pressures, relationship concerns or simply adjusting to a new environment.

For information about services available off-campus, go to "Off Campus" and click the "Livin' Life" tab.

Looking to make a little money for your college expenses while getting some real-life work experience? Try an on-campus job! Just think, no commuting time, involvement with on-campus initiatives and getting to know some cool CNU people!

Take a look at some opportunities offered right here in Student Life:

  • Student assistant for the Business Manager
    Requires some knowledge of accounting skills.
  • Student assistant for the Office of Student Activities
    Assists in staffing the office, doing errands, answering phones.

Residence Life offers the following student positions:

  • Resident Assistant
    Works in a residence hall or apartment setting with other residence hall staff to facilitate an environment within the residence hall community that promotes the educational experience of residential living.
  • Front Desk Assistant
    Provide excellent customer service and ensure safety and security for students living in the residence halls.

Note: When these positions become open, applications will be posted on the Student Activities web site.

There are other opportunities across campus as well. Check out the Center for Career Planning.

On-campus jobs:
Work Experience and Cash in Your Pocket (courtesy of GoCollege.com)

With one of the safest campuses in Virginia, CNU provides the ideal environment in which to study, live and relax. Various programs and services help make this possible:

  • An academy-trained police force, whose chief of police is responsible for providing law-enforcement services to the CNU community 24 hours a day.
  • The Emergency Management Team, which establishes procedures for responding to emergency situations (including inclement weather), in addition to monitoring such events.
  • CNU Alert, an emergency notification system that sends emergency alerts and updates to individuals’ cell phones, mobile devices and e-mail accounts.
  • Silent Witness Program
    Silent Witness is an internet based reporting tool that allows students, faculty and staff to anonymously report crimes to the University Police.
Your safety is a top priority, and Christopher Newport University is committed to providing its students, faculty, staff and guests a safe place in which to learn, work and visit.

University Police

  • Emergency number: 757.594.7777
  • Location: 340 Prince Drew Road, (behind University Housing)
  • Non-emergency number: 757.594.7053


Student Clinic

Other resources for safety tips and information:

The Honor Code

"On my honor, I will maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity and personal responsibility. This means I will not lie, cheat, or steal and as a member of this academic community, I am committed to creating an environment of respect and mutual trust."

All CNU students are encouraged to live and work with honor, exemplified by the Center for Honor Enrichment and Community Standards (CHECS). Our core values include compassion, creativity, diversity, education, honor, integrity, respect and wellness.

Honor is a lifestyle choice. Leading an honorable life prepares you to assume leadership roles in your community and chosen profession. A major emphasis of CHECS is helping students explore honorable living in the classroom and on campus.

CHECS, in conjunction with our academic colleagues, has the primary responsibility for upholding the CNU Honor Code. Faculty, staff and students comprise the University Committee on Student Discipline, which regularly determines the acceptable standards of honesty, integrity and personal responsibility for the CNU community.

Student Handbook  |  Residence Life Handbook
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