Gonna be living in residence for university, i have a question.
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Your university is very vague (or words things badly) - "it will work as long as your network card is compatible with your O/S"?? I read this as meaning "it will work if you can get your network card to work".
Speak to the sys admins at the university - frankly, only they can tell you the ins and outs of network access at your university.
I suppose a vague question deserves a vague response.
I'm 99% sure you will be able to connect. You may have to run /sbin/dhcpcd or other dhcp client when you first plug in. If not running already, set it to run at boot. Once you figure out which dhcp client you use, do ifconfig eth0 up and that should make you all set.
If your uni statically assigns IPs (doubt it), you can set your IP manually in network config files. Don't know where SuSE puts them, but you don't learn how to administer a system by just sitting around . . . search for the configs and read the comments in the files. They're usually helpful.
ISP gives you a dynamic address (or you pay extra for a static one) and your cable modem acts as a router/gateway for your home computer (SuSE) and your comp uses a dhcp client (dhcpcd or otherwise) to get its address.
Since you are using PPPoE, and most schools use 10/100 switches and ports, you should have no trouble whatsoever. It will be perhaps even easier to use than with your ADSL/Cable setup. Remember that Linux is based on UNIX, which began as a multiuser, networked system, so it has no trouble at all in Intranet/ethernet setting.