Dakin House is one of Hampshire's two traditional-style residence halls.
Dakin houses approximately 280 students, primarily in their first and second years, in single and double rooms.
Dakin/Merrill House Office
The Dakin/Merrill House office is the hub of both the dorms: here, students can find vacuums and cleaning supplies, kitchen supplies, snacks and treats, safe sex supplies, and board games.
The House Director
The Dakin house director is a live-in, professional staff member who is available to answer questions, give advice, and help with whatever issues might arise. The house director has regular office hours in the Dakin/Merrill House Office and Dakin residents are welcome to make appointments. The house director supervises the Dakin interns, who are student staff members that function much like RAs within the house. They are available to support residents, reinforce community norms, and plan activities to enrich residence life. View list of all house staff >>
Floors and Sections:
There are seven sections of Dakin, each with three to four floors. The sections are: D, E, F, G, H, J, K.
D, E, F, and G have four floors and are closer to the Dakin parking lot and the house office.
H, J, and K have three floors and are closer to the dining commons and Merrill. There is also one short basement hall that includes rooms within the H and J sections. Basement rooms are ground floor rooms, and have full-sized windows. A hall is one floor of an entire section. So G1 is the hall that is on the first floor of section G. There are 10 -12 students living on each hall, except for H/J basement, which has 6 residents.
All halls are co-ed unless they are specifically designated single-gender halls. Every floor has a lounge consisting of a fridge, a TV with cable, two couches, and a few coffee tables. All 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor lounges, plus J1 and K1, have balconies off the lounge.
Every hall has its own bathroom. The bathroom is co-ed unless the hall is single-gender. They each have a utility sink, two regular sinks, two large mirrors, two toilets, and two showers. All the toilets and showers have locking stall doors. The showers have changing areas within the stall that are curtained off from the shower itself.
The average single in Dakin is about 8f by 10f, and comes with a dresser, mirror, divided closet (all mounted to the wall/floor), movable bed, desk, desk chair, bookshelf, and a recycling bin. The average double is about 13f by 17, and comes with a double set of the furniture and built-ins listed above.
Please see our room size PDF for rough floor plans of average sized rooms. It includes an average single and an average double. Please note that individual rooms may vary in their layout or dimensions from the approximate drawings given. We are unable to provide exact measurements for each individual room on campus.
If you have your room assignment, you can check our floor plan PDF to find what type of room you have and where it is located.
Watch our short video tours of each type of room:
J = Section
2 = Floor
07 = Room
Basement rooms have a 0 for the floor number.
Moving Through Dakin:
Every part of Dakin can be accessed using the interconnected halls and bathrooms. You can go from D4 to the K-basement without ever leaving the building. No need to go outside in the winter in order to do your laundry.
Every Dakin resident receives two keys--one to the dorm room, and one that unlocks the respective lounge door. The lounge key opens only the lounge on your hall. The main entrances can only be accessed with your ID card.
Laundry is free at Hampshire--no need to bring rolls of quarters! There is one laundry room in Dakin in the basement of section K. It has multiple washers and dryers. The machines are hooked up to the internet so you can check from your room or your phone to see if one is empty, and you can even get a text when your load has finished. More information is available on the Mac-Gray website.
While most students bring cell phones with them, each room does have a landline hook-up, and students are welcome to bring a landline phone. Those students wishing to make long distance calls need to have a calling card to do so. Room phones can receive long-distance calls. Each hall also has a landline phone that can be used for on-campus and local phone calls only. Hall phones cannot receive long distance calls.
Dakin has one soda vending machine located in the laundry room. Other snacks and drinks can be purchased at the school store, Bridge Café, Mixed Nuts coop, or in off-campus trips to the wide variety of shops the local area offers.
K-basement has a large, comfortable lounge across from the laundry room that is for the use of students who commute to campus from the local area. This is a refuge and study space specifically for commuters, and we ask Dakin residents to respect those students’ need for a space of their own.
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