The mission of Residence Life and Housing at Hampshire College is to support and complement the academic environment, with the goal of creating a holistic environment that encourages collaboration, connections, learning, and personal growth. We ensure the social, emotional, and physical well being of each resident while fostering diverse, socially just, and inclusive communities. Residence Life promotes the skills necessary for students to become engaged participants in their communities, emphasizing both individual initiative and community responsibility. We accomplish this mission through ethical practices, intentional educations, advocacy, and example. We value connection, growth, social justice, and community.
Residential living is an essential component of the overall Hampshire College experience. Our live-in professional and student staff are eager to support you in your journey.
Hampshire College expects all students to live on campus throughout their tenure. Students seeking an exemption based on a demonstrated medical need for a living environment the College is unable to provide should contact the director of the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services. If you feel you have a compelling need to live outside the Hampshire community, we welcome you to submit an application; however, please be aware the number of exceptions the College may grant is based on current enrollment levels (see procedures outlined below). At current enrollment levels (for the 2021-22 academic year), we are not able to approve requests based on circumstances other than the "automatic exemptions" outlined below.
These students should submit the off-campus application noting their automatic exemption.
Our off-campus policy is outlined in detail in the student handbook. Our procedures for granting exemptions are as follows:
Students returning from leave, field study, or exchange may apply for an exemption to the residency requirement while they are away by submitting the application. Any students who have previously been assigned to off-campus status will retain that status automatically, unless they file a request to return to campus housing form. More information is available on the returning from leave page.
Find out about some resources the College and the area offer for students living off campus.
Hampshire College has tried to build a residential campus of beauty, variety, and utility...The key elements are the Hampshire houses, units of from two to three hundred students, each with a staff, and each designed to contribute, in some way, to the idea of an integrated campus community, aimed at closing the gap between living in a place and learning in another place.
Report of the President, 1971-1974
Charles R. Longsworth