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Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr. PA 19010-2899
Phone: 610-526-5000
Fax: 610-526-6525
2016-17 catalog

Student Life

Student Residences

Residence in College housing is required of all undergraduates. Exceptions may be made for a limited number of upperclassmen (typically fifty to seventy seniors) who gain approval to live off campus through the annual room draw process in the preceding spring semester.

The College’s residence halls provide simple and comfortable living for students. Bryn Mawr expects students to respect its property and the standards on which the halls are run. More information is posted on the Residential Life website: The College offers a variety of living accommodations, including singles, doubles, triples, quadruples and a few suites. The College provides basic furniture, but students supply linen, bed pillows, desk lamps, rugs, mirrors and any other accessories they need.

Forty Hall Advisors provide resources and advice to students living in the halls, and they work with the other dorm leadership team members and residents to uphold the social Honor Code within the halls.

The halls are open during fall and spring breaks and Thanksgiving vacation, but the dining halls are closed. During winter vacation, special arrangements are made for international students, winter athletes and students who are taking classes at the University of Pennsylvania who wish to remain in residence. These students pay a special fee for housing and live in an assigned residence hall. The dining halls are normally closed during winter break.

The physical maintenance of the halls is the responsibility of the Director of Facilities Services and Housekeeping Services. At the end of the year, each student is held responsible for the condition of the room and its furnishings. Room assignments, the hall-advisor program, residential life policies, and vacation-period housing are the responsibility of the Director of Residential Life.

Resident students are required to participate in the meal plan, which provides access to 20 meals per week. For those living at Batten House, the environmental co-op, where a kitchen is available, the meal plan is optional. Any student with medical or other extraordinary reasons for an accommodation to the meal plan may present documentation of the disability to the coordinator of Access Services. Ordinarily, with the help of the College dietician, Dining Services can meet these special needs.

The Bi-College housing exchange with Haverford College was established in 1969-70, when the College began housing a limited number of students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford. When there is equal interest from students at both campuses, Bryn Mawr and Haverford offer a housing exchange so that a few returning students may live on the other campus for a year. As neither Bryn Mawr nor Haverford allows room retention from one year to the next, the number and kind of bi-college options change each year.

The College will consider modifying housing assignment procedures or arrangements when necessary to provide equal access to the residence halls for students with disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Any student who requires consideration should contact the Coordinator of Access Services.

The College is not responsible for loss of personal property due to fire, theft or any other cause. Students who wish to insure against these risks should do so individually or through their own family policies.

Six residence halls (Brecon, Denbigh, Merion, Pembroke East, Pembroke West and Radnor) are named for counties in Wales, recalling the tradition of the early Welsh settlers of the area in which Bryn Mawr is situated. Rockefeller Hall is named for its donor, John D. Rockefeller, and Rhoads North and South for the first president of the College, James E. Rhoads. Erdman Hall, first opened in 1965, was named in honor of Eleanor Donnelley Erdman ’21, a former member of the Board of Trustees. Batten House serves as a residence for those interested in a cooperative living environment. The Enid Cook ’31 Center is named after the first African-American alumna, and serves as the Black Cultural Center as well as a residence hall. It has been newly renovated and was dedicated in Fall 2015. Connected by a walkway to the Enid Cook ’31 Center is the newest residence hall, the first to be built on Bryn Mawr’s campus since 1969. This New Dorm opened in Fall 2015.