University Housing

Counseling for Students in University Housing

While living on campus can be exciting and empowering, it can also come with many growing pains.  Especially for those transitioning to college for the first time, living in the residence halls can present a number of new challenges like sharing a living space with someone else (perhaps for the first time), increased responsibility and autonomy, homesickness, and living away from your familiar support systems.  Sometimes all of these difficulties add up, making it difficult to be successful and enjoy your college experience.

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone.  A widely cited survey of college students from the American College Health Association suggests that over 30% of students feel so depressed that it is difficult to function, and almost half (45.5%) experience overwhelming anxiety.  Although it can be difficult to ask for help (or to even know when you need help), you might consider counseling to improve your mental health.  Additionally, students who are part of traditionally-marginalized groups face additional stressors that may impact their mental health.

Sometimes it’s difficult to make the trip to the university’s counseling office.  Fortunately, if you live in university housing, the University Counseling Service (UCS) has a counseling office available in Catlett Hall, conveniently located on the east side of campus, close to where many students live or attend class.  To schedule an appointment with the embedded counselor, Patrick Galligan, Ph.D., please call 319-335-7294 or stop by Patrick's office in Catlett Hall Room 304.

How do I get to the Embedded Counseling Office? 

From Madison Street Entrance: Take the elevator or stairs to the third floor.  Room 304 is just to the left of the main desk.

From the T. Anne Cleary Walkway: Take the skywalk just south of the North Hall Parking Ramp into Catlett Hall.  Once inside, turn right towards the main desk.  Room 304 will be on your right.

Cambus routes which stop at Davenport Street near Currier and Burge Halls (Bongo #1015 & #1016) are Red, Blue, Interdorm, Hawkeye Interdorm, and Mayflower Shuttle. 

Resources for Residents

How to Navigate Homesickness 

Living in University Housing as an International Student 

Managing Roommate Relationships

Returning Home Again

Resources for RA’s 

How to help a Resident Who’s Suicidal

Self-Care for RA’s