Please note that due to COVID-19, all residences have been de-densified and every Hampshire student will be placed in a single room for the 2020-21 academic year. Occupied rooms will be spread out within campus residences, maintaining all areas below capacity. The number of students sharing any bathroom will be strictly limited. 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.
Hampshire College has five distinctive residential areas.
Hampshire's traditional-style dorms, Dakin and Merrill, house 280 and 247 students, respectively, in single and double rooms. Most first-year students live in Dakin, while many returning students live in Merrill. Students living in the dorms are required to purchase a full-block meal plan.
Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott are 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 housing operations. 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.