Settle into community

When you make Doane your home, you don’t just move into a building, you join a community whose purpose is to help you thrive so you can make an impact in the classroom and beyond.

Residence Halls

Doane University's Smith Hall

Smith Hall offers the comforts of home. Enjoy rest and relaxation however it suits your needs — in the lounge area, the outdoor courtyard or the gaming room.


Doane University's Frees Hall

Frees isn’t short on options. Enjoy an indoor theatre for movie nights, an outdoor grill space to gather with friends, or head to the game room to hone your pool game.

Doane University's Sheldon Hall

Sheldon is the perfect place to make connections. This energetic hall features a music studio, TV lounge, and classroom, as well as an outdoor fireplace and lawn games.

Doane University's Hansen Hall

Home to leadership and honors students, Hansen Leadership Hall offers space to study and relax. The spacious lobby offers board games, a baby grand piano and a large-screen tv.

Doane New Residence Hall

New Hall includes some great spaces, where a fully equipped kitchen, engaging game room, vending machines, free laundry, and dedicated study rooms await. 


Office of Residence Life & Education

Our Residence Life staff serves each of our communities by offering support to students and planning an engaging and dynamic experience to propel you toward success.



New Tiger FAQS

Do I have to live on campus?

Doane's Crete campus is residential, meaning students are required to live on campus all four years unless they meet particular exception criteria that permit them to move off campus. Only the Office of Residential Life and Education can grant off-campus approval.

Can I visit campus this summer and take a look at my specific room?

Unfortunately, no. During the summer Residence Halls are used for camps, conferences and summer housing.

What is a Resident Room Condition Report, and why do I need one?

To safeguard both you and the University's facilities, our Residential Life team conducts pre- and post-move Resident Room Condition Reports. You are required to review and confirm the condition of each item in your room on, noting any discrepancies after move-in. Document existing conditions during move-in to avoid potential charges at the year's end. Changes to the checkout condition may result in charges to your student account. Your active participation ensures the security and upkeep of our shared living spaces. 

Does the University provide insurance for my property?

No. We urge each student to purchase some form of insurance, whether it be renter's insurance or a rider on their parent's homeowner's insurance. The University is not liable for theft, damage or loss of personal property from any part of the residence hall.

Are different resident halls different prices?

Frees, Smith and Sheldon (Traditional Living) are one price, Hansen and New Hall (Suite Style Living) are an additional cost.

Can I have a private room?

Private rooms are double rooms that are purchased at a higher price for one person to reside in. Private rooms are rare and are only available if space permits. First-year and new students are typically unable to have private rooms.

What if I don’t get along with my roommates?

While we strive to make the best matches possible, sometimes conflicts will arise. Residential Life views conflict as a healthy part of development. If roommate conflicts arise, the Residential Life team will assist with a mediation process to help parties involved find a solution that works for them.

Can I stay on campus during a break?

The campus closes for Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Breaks. Requests for exceptions are reviewed for each break. The campus is open for Fall Break, but we do ask you to complete a registration form so we are aware of who will be sticking around.

When students leave for breaks, do they need to move their belongings out or turn in their keys?

Students can keep their belongings within their space for the duration of the school year.

What is the cost of laundry?

Laundry is free for all on-campus students. Please make sure you bring your own laundry supplies. As per our laundry machine provider, we ask you, DO NOT use any form of pod detergent. These cause machines to get clogged and not work properly.

Are pets allowed in the Residence Halls?

Just fish. Students are permitted to have one 10 gallon aquarium per room.

Is my emotional support animal permitted in the Residence Hall?

If you are a student in University Housing with a disability and wish to pursue permission to bring an emotional support animal to campus, please begin this process by contacting Gwendolyn Lopez  in the Office of Disability Services. Our Emotional Support Animal page has more information.


Is alcohol permitted in the Residence Halls?

Residents who are 21 or older can apply to have an alcohol-tolerant room if everyone in that room is of age. Upon approval from the Director of Health & Wellness, alcohol-tolerant rooms may have beer and wine. Hard liquor is never permitted on campus.

I lost my room key. What do I do?

Please contact your Community Director (CD) as soon as possible; they will have you complete the Lost Key Form on  A key reorder will need to take place for the safety of yourself and your items. Reorder charges will be charged to your student account.

I lost my student ID. What do I do?

A new Student ID can be printed off at the Doane Safety Office. Their office is located on the Lower Level of the Communications Building. Fees for reprints may apply.

What is my mailing address?

Each student has their own mailbox located outside of the Service Bureau within Perry Campus Center.


How to Address Student Mail:

Student's Name

Doane University

1014 Boswell Ave.

Ste: (This will be your individual mailbox number)

Crete, NE 68333


Doane University Residence Hall Reminders

Room assignments are completed and mailed out to new incoming freshmen each summer. Once you receive your letter, you should contact your roommate and coordinate what each of you will bring. Please note that we do not provide student storage on campus.

Residence Hall Basic Information

Residence Halls with hard-surface floors:

  • Sheldon Hall
  • Smith Hall
  • Frees Hall

Residence Halls with carpet:

  • Hansen Hall
  • New Hall

All rooms come with:

  • Wireless Internet
  • A microfridge/freezer/microwave combo
  • Twin XL bed
  • Dresser
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair

All residence halls have:

  • Free laundry services
  • Computer lab
  • Kitchen facilities and microwaves
Major items to coordinate with your roommate(s)
  • Futon or other soft sided furniture - must be newly purchased
  • TV
  • Gaming consoles
  • Stereo/Speakers
  • Power strip/surge protector - no extension cords allowed
  • Alarm clock
  • Laundry basket, detergent
  • Bedding
    • Pillows and extra-long twin sheets
  • Shower tote and sandals
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Message or marker board
  • 3M or another removable tape
  • School supplies
  • Pictures of friends and family
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Eating utensils
    • Cups
    • Bowls
    • Forks
    • Spoons
Extra items to consider
  • Personal computer
  • Dehumidifier
  • Floor rug
  • Lamp
  • Storage containers
  • Drawer organizer
  • Over-the-door hooks or hangers
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Water pitcher
  • Basic food such as Easy-Mac, ramen, etc.
  • Chip clips
  • Can opener
  • Hand vacuum and cleaning wipes
  • Mirror
  • Plant(s)
  • Kleenex and napkins
  • Air freshener
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Umbrella
  • Keurig of coffee pot with an automatic shutoff
  • Safety bed rail
Items that are absolutely not allowed
  • Extension cords
  • Microwaves
  • Hot pots
  • George Foreman Grills
  • Any appliances that do not have an automatic shutoff
  • Pets other than fish 
  • Halogen lamps
  • Sunlights
  • Lava lamps
  • Nails
  • Candles, incense, anything with an open flame
  • Wax warmers
  • Lighters
  • Tide Pods
  • Weapons*
  • Refrigerators- every individual room on campus will come with a microfridge/freezer/microwave combo
  • Alcohol paraphernalia
    • Shot glasses
    • Flasks
    • Posters promoting alcohol
    • Decorative bottles

*Doane University prohibits permit holders from possessing or carrying a concealed handgun on the premises unless otherwise authorized by law. Violation of this prohibition is a criminal offense. Pursuant to the Nebraska revised statute, 69-2441.

Fuel your day, your way.

You have a variety of options to keep you energized and ready to tackle your day. Whether you need a bite on the go or have time to sit down for a meal, we’ve got your bases covered.

Dining Options

Students in Cafeteria

The main dining hall, or “The Caf”, serves varied menus each week in a traditional dining atmosphere. Choose from a variety of meal plan options.

On the go

Crunched for time? The Tiger Den offers on-the-go menu items such as grilled sandwiches, chicken strips, burgers, fresh salads and wraps.

Students gathered around tables in Lakeside Coffee Shop

Lakeside Coffee Shop features Starbucks coffee for your afternoon pick-me-up. If coffee isn’t your thing, enjoy smoothies, energy drinks, pastries and other snacks.

Helpful Links

View meal plans, hours, and menus via Fresh Ideas at the button below. We’ve also provided other resources to answer all your housing and dining questions.