Hampshire College has five distinctive residential areas.
*Please note that due to COVID-19 we are de-densifying our housing area and every Hampshire student will have their own single room. Occupied rooms will be spread out within campus residences, maintaining all areas below 50% capacity. The number of students sharing any bathroom will be strictly limited. Our food services are prepared for in-person dining, pick-up meals, or food delivery, depending on the state guidelines in place in the fall. Making sure every student has the space to maintain social distancing in their daily living situation is the minimum expectation any college should have in order to open – we will more than meet that standard.
Dakin and Merrill House, respectively, house 280 and 247 students in single and double rooms. Most first-year students live in one of these houses. See details for meal plan options.
Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott are one-, two-, and three-story apartment-style spaces we call “mods.” Each mod houses four to ten residents. Students living in the mods can manage their meal plan options via The Hub.
All residential communities at Hampshire have designations regarding the cleanliness and quietness of their space. Additionally, many students choose to live in residential communities based on social identities, common living and learning goals, or specific medical needs.
Housing areas are staffed by a live-in professional area coordinator or residence director, who is supported by student residential staff called resident advisors. The area coordinator and residence directors are responsible for overseeing the operations of each house and the well-being of the residents. Residents have the support of 24/7 on-call staffing that consists of an area coordinator or residence director, a student life dean, and a mental health clinician. The on-call staff can be reached by calling campus safety and security at 413.559.5424.
The Housing Operations Office (HOO) is staffed by the director of residence life and housing, and the assistant director of residence life. They are supported by two housing operations assistants. The HOO manages the day to day operations of residence life, including room assignments, keys, and repair requests. The HOO is centrally located in the Merrill Student Life Center.
While some of Hampshire's residential life program is decentralized, providing opportunities for each housing area's unique character, we all abide by centralized policies and expectations outlined in our student handbook.