10 Reasons Why It's Awesome to live in Lyons
1-The Arch is beautiful and one of the most memorable spots on campus
2-Cool layout (a T and a Y)
3-Nice location (South Quad is where all the fun happens!)
4-Cool mascot (who wants to be a chick or a duck or a weasel when you can be a fierce lion!)
5-Unique rooms (when you change rooms every year, it's a totally new layout and configuration, so it adds to the excitement)
6-A very short walk to Reckers, the Rock, the lakes, D6, Como, and SDH
7-Lyons girls are truly the best
8-We are the only dorm in Rudy
9-You have the most welcoming, fun, spontaneous, funny, friendly, and humble staff that is thrilled to get to know each of you
10-Perfect place to meet your best friends
YOUR ROOM...You will be living in either a double or a quad. You will be randomly assigned to live with another freshman. Each person will receive a bed, a desk, a chair, a dresser, and a wardrobe. Some furniture is modular, so the beds can be easily bunked or lofted on top of your desk and wardrobe. Each room also contains a window and a full-length mirror. All rooms also contain a mirrored medicine cabinet and sink. The floor in the room is tiled, so many people purchase carpets or rugs to ward off cold toes. Lights are located above the sink. These are supposedly enough to provide ample lighting however having a lamp in the corner is really helpful, especially for studying after one roommate has gone to bed. You will be able to control the temperature in the room by adjusting the heat thermostat (sorry no AC). The dorm rooms will have cable TV, so bring a cable for your TV set.
YOUR SECTION... Unlike most dorms Lyons only has sections on the second floor and the rest of the dorm is divided by floor. There are a total of five floors including the basement. Your section will have one RA and a mix of upperclassmen. Each floor has a study room equipped with couches, chairs, dry erase boards and desks. A vacuum is available on each floor.
YOUR BATHROOM...Each floor has two bathrooms (except the basement). Each bathroom contains two sinks, two showers, and two stalls. Don't worry, you rarely, if ever, have to wait to use any of the facilities. Our wonderful housekeepers always keep the bathroom clean. You might want to bring a bathrobe to wear to and from the shower along with shower shoes and a shower caddy. Your shower caddy can be left on one of the shelves provided in the bathroom.
THE LAIR (24 HOUR SPACE)... This is a large room on the first floor that is designated as our 24-hour lounge and social space. It contains couches, a TV with cable, and VCR and DVD. Hall Council meetings are held in here, and it can also be reserved for any special events that you may want to plan. The rectress' office and mail room is also here along with a mini kitchen with an oven and refrigerator.
THE DEN…Located on the first floor between the front doors and the center staircase. Equipped with a TV, VCR/DVD player, and comfy couches this a convenient place to lounge or study. Here is where you will find the Lyons Hall printer where you can use your print quota to print in black and white.
THE CHAPEL...Each hall on campus has its own chapel where Mass is celebrated every Sunday and often during the week. Sunday Mass is set at 10 pm in Lyons. We also have mass on Wednesday evenings at lO pm. Hall masses are aimed toward the students and are thus very spiritual, personal, and informal (people often come in slippers and/or pajamas!). It is easy to get involved in these as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Choir Member, or Musician. Located in the basement, the chapel also contains a piano that can be played at any time that Mass is not being said.
THE MAILBOXES... At registration you will recieve a key to your mailbox that you will share with your roommates. Your mailboxes are located in the back hall of the Lair. Mail is sent and delivered 6 days a week. Located near the mailboxes is a package room. If you receive a package, your name goes on the package list and you may pick it up during specified times known as "package hours."
YOUR ADDRESS... Notre Dame has its own post office, zip code and city! Your mail should be addressed like this:
University of Notre Dame
(Room #) Lyons Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5617
THE KITCHEN/DINING ROOM...Located in the basement, the kitchen is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator/freezer, oven and sink, and large dining table. Some cooking equipment is available. If you are a big baker or will be cooking, it is highly recommended that you bring your own pots and pans. There is also a lounge area with couches and a TV. This is also a good study area.
VENDING/ICE MACHINES...The vending machines, which take cash or Domer Dollars, are located in the basement by the center staircase. There is an ice machine in the laundry room.
THE LAUNDRY ROOM...Laundry rooms are found in all the halls. Our laundry room is located in the basement and contains 6 washers, 8 dryers, and a change machine. Each washer load costs $1.50 and each dryer costs $1.00, which can be paid in quarters or Domer Dollars. By using Domer Dollars you get a discount of $.50 per load. St. Michael's also offers a weekly oncampus laundry service which you can purchase at the beginning of the year or at anytime on their website.
THE EXERCISE ROOM...Located in the basement. It contains an elliptical machine, a treadmill, a stairmaster, a mirrored wall, pads for the floor, a TV and DVD/VCR, jump ropes, and a set of weights. If you're looking for a more intense workout, the Rock is right next door.
THE DOORS...The main door is the one located under the arch and is always accessible. Outside doors are locked 24 hours a day and can be opened by swiping your student ID and typing in a code (your birthday). The side and front doors can only be accessed by Lyons residents and are locked and alarmed from 11 pm to 7 am.
PARIETALS...Notre Dame is a Catholic school with single-sex dorms. Due to this, there are rules about when students can be in a dorm of the opposite sex. Men are allowed in women's dorms and vice versa Sunday thru Thursday, 9am to midnight, and 9am to 2am Friday and Saturday. Breaking parietals could result in punishment for all parties involved. The only exception to this rule are the 24-hour centers located in each dorm aka the Lair. Students can be in any dorm of the same sex at all times.