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Residence Life & Housing supports the advancement of the academic mission of the college through the residential model. Our philosophy of residential living is grounded in the history of Dickinson. As a residential college, Dickinson has a four-year residency requirement, meaning that all full-time enrolled first-year, sophomore, junior and senior students are required to live in college housing and participate in a college meal plan.

As an integral part of the out-of-classroom experience, students living in college residences will increase their cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal development and complexity. Students need space for physical and intellectual activities to fully benefit from this experience. We work with students to meet their needs on campus by creating the environment in college residences that will be most conducive to their overall success, both academically and socially. 

Your Housing Assignment

One of the major areas of interest for new students is finding out where they will be living. In order to prepare for making your housing assignments in the summer, we ask that you complete a roommate preference and housing agreement form that will be available on the Dickinson Gateway in May. If you have any questions about this form, or housing in general, please contact Residence Life & Housing at 717-245-1556 or

Once you have completed the roommate preferences form, we will assign you a room and a roommate(s) in early August. When you receive your roommates' contact information, call them!  Be sure to talk about what items each of you are bringing so you can make best use of the space in your room. We recommend not only focusing on social networking sites to learn about your new roommate. Take time to build a relationship outside of Facebook. When working with your roommates to determine what to bring, consider our Packing for College list. 

Be sure to check out our descriptions of the residential facilities and tips on living with a roommate.

Your Community

All new students are placed in traditional halls on Morgan Field or in the Quads. You will have staff and structures to help create your community through governance, social event planning, and community forums. At Dickinson, the learning experience flows seamlessly into the residence halls as you bring concepts from what you are learning in class home to reflect and engage with your peers.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Dickinson College offers gender-inclusive housing to all students. This is an expansion of the previous program that offered this option to upper-level students. This option allows two or more students to share a multiple-occupancy bedroom, suite or apartment regardless of students' sex or gender identity. Gender-inclusive housing is intended for students who wish to share a living space with friends regardless of gender identity; it is not intended for romantic relationships. Please review the gender-inclusive housing page for further information.

Housing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Dickinson College is deeply committed to the full participation of students with disabilities in all aspects of college life, including residential life. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Dickinson College has established the following Housing Accommodations Procedures to ensure that students with documented disabilities receive housing assignments that reasonably meet their needs as required by law. For information about documenting a disability, please contact Access and Disablity Services at 717-245-1734 or

Equipment Purchase and Rentals

Dickinson College offers opportunities for students to rent mini-fridges and purchase linens and carpets through the Dickinson College Bookstore. There is also an opportunity for students to insure their personal belongings while on campus by purchasing rental insurance.

Arrival and Move In Days

Information about move in days can be found in the move in and orientation schedule. Additionally, you will receive an email a few days prior to your scheduled arrival with tips and reminders.