On-Campus Housing Information

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General Information

See below for information about JUC's campus policies and services. 

Linens

JUC will provide a pillow, blankets, and towels for your use during the academic year. JUC can provide flat sheets but not fitted sheets. Therefore, you may choose to bring your own set of twin XL sheets and pillow case. It is your responsibility to wash your own linens. Please use the campus linens only inside of your room.

Laundry

Our campus laundry room is open 24 hours a day for student use. The cost of the laundry facilities is included in long-term student fees for on-campus students, and JUC will provide laundry detergent for washing. It is quicker and more efficient for you to use the clotheslines than the drier on sunny days.

Water

Water from the taps at JUC and from drinking fountains in Jerusalem is safe to drink, but it does not contain fluoride like water in the U.S. Our interior courtyard has a drinking fountain with cold water. Water and ice are also available on the beverage counter in the dining hall, and bottled water is available in the Oasis. Please remember that water is a precious commodity in the Middle East, so it is a good idea to dump any excess water on a plant.

Electricity

Because the electrical current in Israel is 50 hertz/220 volts, it is important to check the requirements of all of your electronic items before using them here. You will need to use a converter or transformer if your electronic items handle only US electrical requirements (60 hertz/110 volts). In general, all new electronics run on any voltage, but it is best to double check. If your electronic item is not rated for 50 cycles/220 volts and you do not use a converter or transformer, you will permanently damage or destroy what you have plugged in. Note that the shape of the plug outlets in Israel is different than in the US. Fortunately, plug adaptors are inexpensive and easy to acquire once you arrive.

Heating and Cooling

Our campus is not air conditioned. However, on hot days (early fall, late spring), rooms can be cooled sufficiently by opening the windows at night and in the morning, and closing them in the afternoon. Jerusalem enjoys wonderful afternoon breezes off of the Mediterranean, and our thick, stone walls do the rest to keep our buildings at a comfortable temperature in the summer. We have enough fans to help cool those stubbornly hot or stuffy places.

While we have central heating on campus, most rooms will not receive heat to a level which most North American students are accustomed. During cold weather, rooms are heated “Israeli-style,” from 5am-10am and again from 5pm-10pm. In the winter, hot water for showers is available during room heating hours only. Please time your showers accordingly, and keep your showers to a reasonable length so that all students may have hot water.

Sunbathing

Sunbathing is permitted only on the 4th floor rooftop terrace of the main building. Please note that tar on the roof can ruin clothing and towels. JUC linens, blankets, and mattresses may not be used for sunbathing. Please do not lie, stand or walk on the domes as this causes them to leak water during the winter into the rooms below.

Because of cultural norms of modesty and because our gardens frequently have visitors from off-campus, it is not permitted to sunbathe on the lawn or in the garden.

Areas Off-limits

For reasons of building structure, as well as safety and security, it is extremely important that students do not go on or in the following areas: (1) the domes on the roof of the main building, (2) the roof of the classroom building, (3) the roof of the dormitory building, or (4) in the back of the kitchen.

Absence from Campus

All students must write their name on the sign-out sheet at the campus gate when leaving campus. We ask that you note your departure time and your (approximate) destination. We do not do this to keep you on a short rope, but to know where to be able to find you should there be an incident in town.