Question: What is Capitol Court? Is it an apartment complex, motel ... or what?
Answer: Capitol Court does not have any apartments or studios.
It used to be a motel and has been converted into a privately-owned, residential building with 129 dormitory-style rooms that are mainly occupied by international students.
Question: Will I be renting a private room or will I have to
share my room with another person ... or several roommates?
Answer: All the rooms in Capitol Court are private; one person to a room. And each room has its own private bathroom. You do not have to share a room or a bathroom with anyone. Privacy is one of the things about Capitol Court that the residents like best!
Question: How can I reserve a room at Capitol Court?
Answer: Email the Manager through the "Contact Us" web page and we can begin the process there. Give the information required and the Manager, will email you as soon as possible. If you are in Omaha, please come to the office and fill out an application.
Question: Is Capitol Court a safe place to live?
Answer: 1) The hallways, kitchen and laundry room are monitored 24 hours a day by surveillance cameras for your security. 2) Every resident's room has two locks on their door. 3) The hallway doors leading into the long halls are locked at 10:30 p.m. every night. However, none of these things guarantee safety. I don't know of any place that is "safe" in the world these days. Even though it is safer than most places in Omaha, nothing is guaranteed "safe" in this day in which we live. We are very thankful, though, that crime is not a problem here.
Question: Is smoking allowed in Capitol Court?
Answer: No, smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the building. Smoking is only permitted outside Capitol Court.
Question: Do people have pets in Capitol Court?
Answer: No, pets are not permitted anywhere in the building.
Question: What are the people like who live in Capitol Court?
Answer: There are 129 rooms in Capitol Court with about 115 rooms occupied by international students from 34 countries! The residents are kind, friendly and helpful.
Question: Will I be lonely living all by myself?
Answer: There are different ways to meet people in Capitol Court and one of the main ways is by cooking in the community kitchen. Cooking and doing your laundry is where you will meet many people from all over the world. The game room is another great way to interact with the other residents... playing ping pong and pool. Also a free Bible study/conversation night is provided each Friday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. You can be as social as you choose to be ... or as private.
Question: Are meals provided at Capitol Court?
Answer: No, Capitol Court does not provide meals. There is a community kitchen in the lower level where you may do your own cooking. And there are also many, many restaurants in the area. (See the "Area Map" web page for the many restaurant locations within walking distance.)
Question: What do I need to bring with me to live in Capitol Court?
Answer: You will need to bring linens - in other words, full-size, double bed sheets, a blanket and towels. If you plan to cook you will need cookware - pots and pans and cooking utensils. Having plates, bowls, knives, forks, spoons and glasses are also helpful. Capitol Court does not provide these items. They may be purchased across the street at the "Target Store" when you arrive. Each resident MUST provide their own personal full-size/double bed sheets. You may bring them with you or purchase them at the Mall across the street.
Question: How can I pay my rent when I arrive in Omaha?
Answer: You will need to bring U.S. dollars, Traveler's Checks,
a Money Order or a check from a valid U.S. bank to pay your Security Deposit and first month's rent. Capitol Court does not accept any credit cards.
Question: Will I have any other expenses to pay each month?
Answer: Your only expense is your monthly rent. All utilities, such as gas, water, heat, electricity and air conditioning, are paid by Capitol Court. Luxuries such as phone, cable TV and Internet services are not provided by Capitol court, although every room is wired for these at the resident's expense.
Question: Will I have to buy furniture for my room?
Answer: No, each room in Capitol Court is completely furnished. Please see the "Rooms" page for the details of what is in each room. Some students choose to buy extra furniture after they arrive such as a small table, computer desk or extra lamp.
Question: Are all the rooms in Capitol Court the same size?
Answer: Most of the rooms are the same size and rent for $290.00 per month. There are 4 large rooms in the building that are the size of a room and a half. They rent for $350.00 per month. There are also 4 rooms that are a little smaller and rent for $280.00. The basement has rooms that rent from $260.00 to $265.00 per month depending upon where they are located.
Question: Do any of the rooms have kitchens in them?
Answer: No, none of Capitol Court's rooms have kitchens, and actual cooking is not allowed in your room, unless you are using your microwave to warm something. You may use the community kitchen in the lower level of the building to do your cooking and baking from 7:00 a.m to 10:30 p.m. everyday.
Question: May I use electric cooking appliances in my room?
Answer: You may use an electric rice cooker, microwave, and coffee maker, but electric frying pans, "hot plates", induction cookers, grills, etc. are not allowed in the rooms for any reason.
Question: Is there any place that I can store my pots & pans and my cooking oil, rice, etc.?
Answer: You may rent a cabinet in the kitchen to store your cooking utensils, pots and cooking oil, spices, rice, etc. These cabinets range in size and price from $5.00 to $7.00 per month.
Question: Where can I do my laundry?
Answer: In the lower level next to the kitchen there is a laundry room with washers and dryers that is open everyday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The washing machines take 3 quarters (.75) and the dryers take 2 quarters (.50). There is also an ironing board for you to use to iron your clothes, and you may borrow an iron from the manager during office hours. The laundry facilities are for residents only. Non residents are not permitted to do laundry in Capitol Court.
Question: If I get a car where can I park at Capitol Court?
Answer: There is a parking lot in the front of Capitol Court and also on the East end next to the Marriott Residence Inn. Each resident is allotted one parking place. Unlicensed and undriveable cars are not allowed to stay in the parking lot. Non resident's cars are not permitted to stay in Capitol Court's parking lot.
Question: How can I get a driver's license in Omaha?
is where you would go to get a driver's license and license plates for your car. Locations and information for applying for a driver's license and taking the driver's test can be found here.
Question: Can I get high-speed Internet service at Capitol Court?
Answer: Yes, every room is wired and ready for this service at the resident's expense. You may order high-speed Internet from Cox Communications. They also provide digital telephone and digital cable TV service. You can get a special offer through Capitol Court with a coupon offering 25% discount to Cox Communications at the time you check into Capitol Court as a new tenant.
Question: How far is UNO or ILUNO from Capitol Court?
Answer: It is about a 10 minute walk - 4 to 9 blocks away, depending upon which part of the campus you're going to.
Question: Does Capitol Court ever close down and require me to move out like other dormitories?
Answer: Capitol Court is open for you all year long.
Question: Tell me about the weather in Omaha....
Answer: Omaha has 4 seasons and the weather varies even during these 4 seasons. You may check the current Omaha weather here. If you plan to live in Omaha during the winter months you will need a heavy coat, plus a hat, scarf and gloves. Boots are also helpful. Some winters are very cold and snowy while others are milder. Summers are generally warm and humid. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can be a problem in Omaha. To learn more about tornadoes, click on this helpful website.
Question: Is there a grocery store in walking distance?
Answer: "Bag 'N Save" Grocery is about 5 blocks West of Capitol Court at 76th & West Dodge Road. It is within easy walking distance. There is also the "Asian Market" on 76th Street, just North of Dodge - phone number: 391-2606. It is about 4 blocks West of Capitol Court and is the newest and largest Asian grocery in the area! "Target" Store in the Crossroads Mall across the street from Capitol Court has all kinds of canned & frozen food, bread, pizza, milk and many items ... and, some fresh vegetables and fruit.