Students sitting on a residence hall deck.

Communal living is an important aspect of the residential college experience. A useful education includes the life skills around communication, living with others and resolving conflict—all common pieces of the residential experience for students.

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. 

As a residential college, Dickinson models sustainable living practices in all residential spaces. In 2018, The Center for Sustainability Education and Residence Life & Housing created a Sustainable Living Commitment. For more information, please visit the sustainable living website.