Hampshire College has been designed as a residential learning community, because our founders knew that many important lessons are learned from peers through lively discussions and late night debates. Most new students live in our traditional style dorms, Dakin and Merrill, which consist of single and double rooms in halls with shared bathrooms (see details below). Residency in these dorms is a rite of passage and an invaluable part of acclimation to the social life of the Hampshire community.
Each new student is required to fill out a housing preference form, which is available on TheHub in the months preceding their enrollment. Forms should be submitted by July 1 for the fall term, and by January 1 for the spring term. Keeping with our mission to provide and uphold a system based in fairness, all housing preference forms submitted by the deadline will be randomized to determine the order in which room assignments will be made. Forms submitted after the deadline will be considered in the order in which they are received. Please understand that we are rarely able to meet all of a student's preferences, but we strive to balance the needs of all students in order to create healthy residential communities.
Consider Your Options
New students should be sure to read all of the questions on the housing preference form and consider all of their housing options before selecting their preferences. Please note some options have specific instructions, and that choosing certain options may restrict other preferences.
Singles vs. Doubles
About 25% of the entering class will be housed in a double room. Much time and effort goes into making the most appropriate roommate matches. Starting with all students who select "dorm, double" as their first choice, then those who say they have no preference as to single or double, roommates are matched according to any lifestyle and personality information gleaned from the housing preference form. If there are still vacancies in double rooms, students are chosen randomly from the rest of the class, and then carefully matched to their best-fitting counterpart, until all doubles are filled.
Roommate matches are currently made utilizing the legal sex of students. "F"s are matched with "F"s and "M"s with "M"s.
Older and transfer students who select "apartment, double" will be placed in Greenwich, Enfield, or Prescott as space permits.
Every dorm hall has one bathroom for the use of all its residents. There are toilet stalls with locking doors as well as shower stalls with private, locking changing rooms. The bathrooms on All-gender halls are open to students of all genders. The residents of women's and men's halls will decide among themselves if their bathrooms will be available for use by guests of other genders. The apartment-style residences, Greenwich, Enfield, and Prescott, have at least one bathroom per five students.
Though every effort will be made to meet students' preferences, medical information disclosed in the context of the housing preference form cannot be shared with other departments, and may not be considered in the student's housing assignment. If a student has a medical need that must be accommodated by the College in order for the student to have a successful residential experience, they must receive an accommodation from the Disabilities Services Coordinator, Joel Danksy, in order to ensure their needs are met.
Changing Preferences After the Deadline
If a student's housing preferences change significantly after they've submitted the form, they may contact the housing operations office, and we will do our best to accommodate these changes.
Finding Room Assignments
Room assignments will be available on The Hub no later than one week prior to new students' arrival. Students should contact the helpdesk if they have trouble accessing their accounts. Students assigned to doubles will see their roommate's name below their room assignment, and may contact them at their discretion (contact information can be found in the Hampshire directory).
- The Residences
- Housing Designations
- Sub-Free Housing
- Living Learning Communities
- Residence Life and Housing Staff
- New and Incoming Students
- Disabilities Services