Residence Life and Housing

A Residential Learning Community

From its founding, Hampshire College has been designed as a residential learning community. To that end, staff strive to create residential environments that are the most conducive to learning for each individual student. Staff facilitate processes for students to form their own living communities based on their living habitscommon learning goals, social identities, or medical needs. Read our mission statement for more explanation of our goals.

Residence Life staff strive to use restorative practices in the residences to build relationships and community among residents, and as a response after an event has occurred which 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.

Campus Living

Learn about our campus housing options.

Housing operations are handled primarily by the assistant director of housing operations and supported by the residence life coordinators. If you are locked out of your room during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or have lost your keys, please come to the Residence Life & Student Engagement staff office, located on the second floor of Dakin Student Life Center, to sign out a back-up key. Outside of these hours, please call Campus Safety and Wellbeing at 413.559.5424.

Residence Life Coordinators

The living areas are overseen by live-in professional staff members called residence life coordinators, supported by student paraprofessional staff called resident advisors.

Mission Statement

The mission of Residence Life and Housing at Hampshire College is to support and complement the academic program 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 education, advocacy, and example.

We value connection, growth, well-being, social justice, and community.