Update: Read frequently asked questions and answers from Residential Life related to the spread of COVID-19.
- When will I receive my housing assignment?
- How are the dorms set up?
- Are the dorms air conditioned?
- Are there laundry machines in the halls?
- Is there a freshman dorm?
- Who is in charge of each dorm?
- What should I bring for my room?
- What size sheets should I bring?
- What furnishings will I have?
- Can I bring a microwave?
- Does the College offer a rental plan for refrigerators?
- Can I bring my own furniture?
- What about carpeting?
Room Draw Questions
- What bank should I use?
- Can I live in the dorm during vacation breaks?
- Is there summer storage?
- Do I have to eat in a specific dining hall?
- What happens if I don't like my roommate?
- How do I get a room change?
- Can I have guests in my room?
- How do I get to be a Hall Advisor?
- Where is the Residential Life Office located?
- Can I get a job in the Residential Life Office?
Q. When will I receive my housing assignment?
A. You will receive your assignment at the beginning of August. This information will include the dorm and room number, phone number and name(s) of your roommates(s). We encourage you to get in touch with your roommate(s) before arriving on campus. More than 95% of new students live in doubles, triples, or quadruple rooms.
Q. How are the dorms set up?
A. Each dorm on Bryn Mawr's campus is unique in style and architecture. Each dorm, with exception of Batten House and Enid Cook '31 Center, houses a mixture of all undergraduate classes. Freshwomen are placed into dorms in groups called "customs groups." Upperclasswomen participate in Room Draw each spring to determine which room they will have during the next academic year.
Q. Are the dorms air conditioned?
A. The dorms are not air conditioned. Students are encouraged to bring fans for use during the occasional hot day at the beginning and end of the academic year. Students may not install room air conditioners.
Q. Who is in charge of each dorm?
A. Bryn Mawr College's policies are the only administrative structure that must be abided in each dorm. Every dorm is governed by its own community. There is a dorm president who is in charge of holding dorm meetings where residents vote on various dorm issues. Customs people are on each hall and work with first-year students. Hall Advisors are on each floor as a resource for all students, but none of these positions is responsible for policing dorm life.
Q. What should I bring for my room?
A. While this is not an exhaustive list, you should plan to bring the following items: a lamp, extra long bed linens, pillow, wastebasket, towels, fan, umbrella, and flashlight. We also recommend that each student bring a few rolls of paper towels for cleaning as these are not provided in the dorms.
Q. What size sheets should I bring?
A. The vast majority of beds on campus are extra-long with mattresses measuring 36" x 79”. It is recommended that students bring extra-long sheets which can fit on any size bed on Bryn Mawr's campus. Bryn Mawr contracts with On Campus Marketing to provide a convenient resource for purchasing linens, however you may buy linens anywhere you chose.
Q. What furnishings will I have?
A. Each student is given a bed (single or bunked), desk, chair, bookcase or shelves, and a dresser or drawers built into the bed. All rooms have window blinds or shades, mirror, and a closet or wardrobe for each resident. Please note that all College provided furnishings must remain in the room and that furnishings may not be exchanged.
Q. Can I bring my own furniture?
A. Due to extremely limited storage space and the wear and tear of moving furniture, the College won't permit you to remove furniture from your room. While some rooms are large enough to accommodate additional types of furniture, it would be better to wait until after you've arrived to make that decision.
Q. What about carpeting?
A. Each hall is unique; therefore, some rooms are carpeted and some are not. The majority of our rooms are hardwood floors with no carpeting. If your room is carpeted, you will have access to a vacuum for cleaning. You should wait until you see your room before deciding whether or not you will require additional carpeting or an area rug.
Q. How can I see what various rooms look like in preparation for Room Draw?
A. You can check the floorplans of each dorm to get an idea of the shape and relative size of the rooms you are interested in, but please note that the floorplans are not drawn to scale.
Q. How does Room Draw work?
A. Visit Room Draw for a detailed explanation of the Room Draw process.
Q. What bank should I use? Should I have an account near Bryn Mawr?
A. The College does not endorse a particular bank, but we do have one ATM on campus that is a TD Bank ATM. This ATM is located in the basement of the Campus Center near the Bookstore. Most students find it very convenient to have a local bank and it may reduce the amount of finance charges you incur from ATMs. Also, if you plan to hold a job on campus you must use direct deposit for your paychecks which will often require an account at a local bank.
Q. Can I live in the dorm during vacation breaks?
A. Full-time students residing in Bryn Mawr College residence halls may remain on campus during Fall, Thanksgiving, and Spring breaks. During Winter and Summer breaks, additional arrangements must be made at additional cost to stay in the dorms. During these times, there are restrictions that apply to residents remaining on campus. For more information, visit Vacation Break Housing.
Q. Is there summer storage?
A. Due to limited space on campus, the College is unable to offer summer storage to students. However students may choose to contract directly with SchoolStorage.com, a local company that can meet a student's summer storage needs for a fee.
Q. Do I have to eat in a specific dining hall?
A. Since you are living on campus, you are required to participate in a meal plan, which means that you can eat in any of our dining halls. You can also purchase food at the Uncommon Grounds cafe in the Campus Center, or buy snacks at the bookstore, also located in the Campus Center. Check out the Dining Services website for more information.
Q. What happens if I don't like my roommate?
A. Part of the collegiate experience is learning to co-exist with many different kinds of people. Students are encouraged to resolve conflicts and differences among themselves. If resolution cannot be reached, there is always the possibility of a room change.
Q. How do I get a room change?
A. Room changes are only given in certain situations. These situations include, but are not limited to, unresolvable roommate conflict or problems with structural integrity of a room. Any student interested in a room change must fill out the appropriate paperwork, which is available beginning in early October at the Residential Life Office in Guild. Once paperwork has been filed, each individual case is reviewed by members of Residence Council. All concerned parties are interviewed, and a decision is made. There is opportunity for appeals, as well as opportunity to re-file a room change request later in the year.
Q. Can I have guests in my room?
A. Please refer our guest policy.
Q. How do you get to be an HA?
A. HAs are selected each year from a field of applicants. To learn more about the HA position, contact the Residential Life office at email@example.com.
Q. Where is the Residential Life Office?
A. The Residential Life Office and the Student Activities Office are both contained within the Offices of Student Life in the lower level of Guild. Once you walk down the stairs on the right, walk all the way down the hallway. We are the last door on the right.
Q. Can I work in the Residential Life Office?
A. Each year, we hire several students to help with administrative duties in the office. Positions usually fill quickly, so contact the Residential Life Office at firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of each school year to inquire about open positions in the fall.