Overview

The Housing Office offers on-campus housing within communities designed to enhance students’ opportunities to learn from each other, while also supporting the goals they have established for their academic careers at Dartmouth. 

The Foundations of our Community

Residence halls are the foundation upon which community and friendships are built, and are home to most Dartmouth undergraduates. We consider the residential experience to be integral to life at Dartmouth, and therefore require that all first-year students live on campus in our residence halls. The exceptions to this rule are those first-year students who are parents, married or part of a College-recognized domestic partnership.

A Distinctive Identity

While juniors and seniors are not guaranteed on-campus housing, approximately 85 percent of the students live on campus in our residence halls, academic affinity programs, and co-ed/fraternity/sorority housing. The remaining 15 percent live in either college-owned off-campus apartments or other local rental housing options.

Sophomores who are enrolled in classes and apply by the appropriate deadline are guaranteed housing. While juniors and seniors are not guaranteed on-campus housing, approximately 90 percent of the students live on campus in our residence halls, affinity programs, and GLOS housing.

Our residence halls are grouped into six House Communities, Living Learning Communities, and First-Year Experience Communities. Every community has distinctive identities, and as a result, you will often hear students refer to their community, rather than their individual building. In all, Dartmouth houses more than 3,300 students on campus.

A Variety of Living Arrangements

Rarely are two rooms on campus alike! We have traditional one-room singles and one-room doubles. We also have some two- and three-room doubles that provide the opportunity for residents to have a common “hang out” space in their rooms. There are two- and three-room triples, a few quads on campus, suite style living and three- and four-bedroom apartments. Some of our halls are modern in design, while others are of traditional brick and ivy Georgian architecture.

Upper-Class Housing

In addition to the residence halls, Dartmouth offers three other housing options for upper-class students: Living Learning Communities, Senior Apartments, and Greek housing.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities are dynamic alternatives to traditional residence hall life. Each program has a distinct theme. We have the Global Village, Max Kade German Center, Native American House, and Design Your Own programs just to name a few! Students who are interested in participating in one of the Living Learning Communities go through a selection process with the Program Advisor.

These communities sponsor programs both for their own residents and for the larger residential community.

Greek Life Housing

Upper-class students who are members of a fraternity, sorority, co-ed organization or undergraduate society have the option of living in their organization’s house. These arrangements are made within the organization, and many members live at least one term of their time at Dartmouth in their houses.

Substance-Free Housing

If you are looking for a community where all residents agree that they and their guests will not use or possess alcohol, tobacco products, or illicit drugs in the building, substance-free housing may be for you! Each house community will have a substance-free housing option. These locations will be confirmed based on interest in each House Community.

Gender Inclusive Housing

We seek to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive living experience for all students. We offer gender inclusive housing that is supportive of students who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. Each House Community and Living Learning Community has gender inclusive housing options. Housing assignments in mixed-gender rooms are made on a case by case basis. If you are interested in gender inclusive housing, please note this in your housing application.

The majority of first-year and upperclass rooms are on co-ed floors, where a room of female students might be next to a room of male students, etc. As an incoming first-year student, if you would like to live on a single-sex floor, please indicate “yes” when asked about this in your housing application.

Housing for Consecutive Terms

Barring exceptions approved by the Undergraduate Housing Office, your housing assignment in a residence hall for the fall or winter term automatically carries over to the next term if your D-plan for the following term is an “R’ at the time of that term’s housing application deadline.

Housing assignments do not automatically carry over from spring to summer or summer to fall, or for those living in Greek housing.

Off-Campus Housing

Students who choose not to live in College-owned or operated residential facilities after their first year may do so by not applying for housing or by canceling their housing assignment within the allotted cancellation period.

All students who live off campus are expected to report their local address at registration each term.