From its founding, Hampshire College has been designed as a residential learning community. To that end, we strive to create residential environments that are the most conducive to learning for each individual student. We also facilitate a process for students to form their own living communities, based on their living habits, commitment to a substance-free lifestyle, common learning goals, social identities, or medical needs.
We also invite incoming first-year students to participate in specific living and learning communities to support them as they find their own niche at Hampshire. Read our mission statement for more explanation of our goals.
Residence Life at Hampshire uses restorative practices in the residences to build relationships and community among residents, and as a response when an event has occurred that disrupts those communities. We support students as they learn to balance their individual rights and needs with the responsibility of being part of the community, and make our practices and policies as transparent and plainly reasonable as possible.
If you are locked out of your room during business hours (M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or have lost your keys, please come to the housing operations office (located in the Merrill Student Life Center) to sign out a back-up key. If it is outside of these hours, please call campus police at 413.559.5424.
The housing operations office (HOO) is staffed by the assistant director of residence life, supported by 2 housing operations assistants.