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Know that you belong

From the day you move into your residence hall, you’ll feel at home. From hanging out with your roommate, studying with a group of friends, to sharing opinions in late-night debates. There are so many opportunities to grow socially, intellectually and spiritually!

Grow socially

Students live on campus (with limited exceptions). You’ll find support from our professional staff and student resident advisors (RAs) who oversee the residential areas. You will feel safe and comfortable in our inviting and close-knit community.

Personalized space

Choose the living arrangement that’s best for you. We offer coed, single-gender, gender inclusive, or honors housing. We have residence halls, suites, and apartments. Each has a distinct character and atmosphere.

Each room is furnished with

  • Extra-long, twin-sized beds (mattress size 36″x80″). Beds can be bunked in some halls.
  • Desks and chairs
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Chest of drawers
  • Dresser with mirror
  • Venetian blinds
  • Overhead light
  • Wireless internet access
  • Smoke detector
  • Storage space (limited)
  • Recycle bin

Some students wish to loft their beds to give more floor space in the room. Most lofts purchased from reputable furniture companies will meet the College’s standards. However, if you are in doubt or are thinking of constructing your own, the following regulations must be followed to ensure that lofts are safe and in compliance with safety and fire codes:

  • Your loft should be constructed from non-pressure-treated wood. (Pressure-treated wood is designed for outdoor use only and can create serious health hazards in an enclosed environment.)
  • Lofts must be free standing and self-supported, which means they may not be attached to the wall, floor or ceiling or supported by any College furniture.
  • The sleeping surface (top of the mattress) can be no higher than 6 feet.
  • Lofts should be no more than 40 inches wide and 84 inches long. (Please note that the College-provided mattress is 36”x80”.)
  • Lofts may not obstruct the functioning of windows or interfere with maintenance or access to any part of the room for routine maintenance.
  • Lofts may not be used in conjunction with the College-provided bed frame. Students are responsible for storage of the College bed frame.
  • Lofts should have means of safe access (i.e. ladder).
  • Electrical wiring, fixtures or appliances may not be attached or incorporated into the sleeping surface.

Occupants of rooms where a loft is located acknowledge that the College is not responsible for any accident, injury or damage to the occupants of the room, guest or personal property as a result of construction, design, installation or presence of the loft. It is strongly suggested that before building/designing your own loft, you try out the College-provided furniture first and then decide if you want a loft. If you decide to build your loft ahead of time, please be prepared to make adjustments to the loft upon your arrival to campus.

Each residence hall or apartment has

  • Laundry rooms with coin-free washers and dryers
  • Vending machines (except for Stone Village)
  • Recreation lounges (except for Stone Village)
  • Study lounges (except for Stone Village)
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Single, double, triple and/or quad rooms (Single rooms are reserved for upperclass students and those with special housing needs.)

All residential buildings are air conditioned. In Strickler Apartments and the Cottages, window air conditioning units are provided only in common areas. Students with a diagnosed medical condition requiring the use of a personal air conditioner must complete the Housing Accommodation Request form. These can be retrieved by emailing Dr. Chip Studwell directly (cstudwell@bridgewater.edu).  These forms include information from the student’s doctor and are required prior to a student’s arrival on campus.

Living Options on Campus

Blue Ridge Hall

  • Built in 1949; renovated in 1988
  • Average room size: 16’x13′
  • Co-ed, houses 154 students
  • Suite-style and community-style bathrooms
  • 2 study lounges
  • 1 TV lounge
  • 1 kitchen
  • Air-conditioned
  • Some single rooms available

The Cottages consists of 10 houses, holding a total of 84 students. The Cottages are reserved for upperclass students.

Honors Housing

The Cottages are located on College Street, adjacent to the campus, and offer study space, TV lounges, living rooms and kitchens. They are equipped with the same furnishings and amenities as the residence halls. Air conditioning is provided via window units in all common spaces in the house. Each Cottage can select if they will be single-gendered or gender inclusive. Students must voluntarily select into a gender inclusive space; they will not be assigned there without consent.

Crimson Inn

  • Opened in 2014
  • Co-ed
  • Houses 44 students
  • Hotel-style (private kitchenette and bathroom in each room)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Some single rooms available

Daleville Hall

  • Built in 1963
  • Average room size: 16’x12′
  • Co-ed, houses 106 first-year students
  • Suite-style bathrooms
  • 1 study lounge
  • 1 TV lounge
  • 1 kitchen per floor
  • Air-conditioned

Dillon Hall

  • Built in 1966
  • Average room size: 17’x10′
  • Co-ed, houses 178 first-year students
  • Community-style bathrooms
  • 1 study lounge
  • 1 TV lounge
  • 1 kitchen
  • Air-conditioned

Geisert Hall

  • Built in 1990
  • Average room size: 11’x15′
  • Coed, houses 173 first-year students
  • Community-style and private hall bathrooms
  • 1 study lounge in each section
  • 2 TV lounges
  • 1 kitchen in each section
  • Air-conditioned
  • Handicapped-accessible on the first floor

Heritage Hall

  • Built in 1964; Renovated in 2016
  • Average room size: 17’x10′
  • Co-ed, houses 191 students (first-year and upperclass)
  • 1 study lounge on each floor
  • 1 TV lounge
  • 1 kitchen
  • Air-conditioned
  • Handicapped-accessible (all floors)

Wakeman Hall

CLOSED FOR REMODELING DURING 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

  • Built in 1980
  • Average room size: 15’x11′
  • Co-ed, houses 101 first-year students
  • Private hall bathrooms
  • 1 study lounge per wing
  • 1 TV lounge
  • 1 kitchen per wing
  • Air-conditioned
  • Handicapped-accessible on the first floor

Wampler Towers

  • Built in 2004
  • Co-ed, houses 188 students
  • 1 common room per tower
  • 1 kitchen per apartment
  • Air-conditioned
  • For upperclass students

Wright Hall

  • Built in 1959; Renovated in 2010
  • Average room size: 17’x10′
  • Co-ed, houses 207 students
  • Community-style bathrooms
  • 1 study lounge on each floor
  • 1 kitchen on each floor
  • Air-conditioned

  • Built in 2010
  • Co-ed, houses 13 male students on the second floor
  • Community-style bathrooms
  • Crimson Lounge
  • 1 kitchen per area
  • Lounge areas
  • Game room
  • Workout room
  • Seminar rooms

Stone Village - Bridgewater College

  • Built in 2011
  • Co-ed, houses 119 students
  • 3 person (1 double room, 1 single room) and 6 person (2 triple rooms) apartments available
  • Five houses built in 2011 and the remodeled Strickler Apartments
  • For upperclass students
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building project

Housing Selection

2021-2022 Housing Selection for returning students will be posted during spring semester. Please also be mindful of emails and posts on MyBC during that time. For specific questions, please refer to your Area Coordinator, Assistant Director, or reslife@bridgewater.edu.

Break Housing

All residence halls will be closed during official college breaks (Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break and April Break).

For safety reasons, students will need to find alternative housing during those periods unless granted an exception. If a student needs to remain on campus during a college break, they must fill out the appropriate form for an exception to be granted. A separate form must be completed for each break that the student is requesting to stay. Reasons exceptions may be granted include academic reasons, work, and transportation if the student lives a considerable distance from campus.

Completing an application does not mean that a student is guaranteed to stay. Students should make alternate plans should they not be granted permission to stay. Students who are approved to stay on campus for a personal (non-College related) reason (including off-campus work and distance from campus) will pay a fee of $35 per night for every night they are on campus during a break period. Students who are staying on campus due to athletics or are working with a faculty or staff member for academic or employment reasons will not be charged the break housing fee. An email from the faculty or staff member will be required to waive this fee. Any student who does not request or is not approved to stay on campus during a break period will be asked to leave the residence halls immediately, and will be fined $50, and may face additional conduct charges.

Any student who does not fill out the form and receive approval to stay over the break will be asked to leave the residence halls immediately.

Residential housing will be closed for the following official College breaks in 2019-2020:

  • Fall Break: Buildings close on Friday, October 2, 2020, at 6 p.m. and open on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 1 p.m. Break Housing Request forms will be emailed out to the student body with deadlines included.
  • Thanksgiving Break: Buildings close on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6 p.m. and open on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 1 p.m. Break Housing Request forms will be emailed out to the student body with deadlines included.
  • Winter Break: Buildings close on Friday, December 11, 2020, at 6 p.m. and open on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 1 p.m. for Spring Semester. Break Housing Request forms will be emailed out to the student body with deadlines included.  *Requests will only be accepted for December 11–18 and January 2-5.  No students will be permitted on campus between December 19 and January 1.
  • Spring Break: Buildings close on February 26, 2021, at 6 p.m. and open on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. Break Housing Request forms will be emailed out to the student body with deadlines included.
  • April Break: Buildings close on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 6 p.m. and open on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 1 p.m. Break Housing Request forms will be emailed out to the student body with deadlines included.

Please note that food service is not available during these breaks. The dining hall will be closed during the same dates and times as the residence halls. The first meal served following an official break is dinner the night that residence halls open. The last meal served before an official break is lunch the day of closure, ending at 2:30 p.m.

Guests are also not permitted when residence halls are closed during official breaks, as well as when residence halls are closed before residence halls open for fall semester and after residence halls close for spring semester.

The Department of Student Life will work in conjunction with the athletic and education departments to ensure all housing needs for appropriate in-season student-athletes/trainers and student teachers are met during break periods (excluding Winter Break as students will not be permitted to reside on campus except for the first two days of this break). In-season student athletes/trainers and current student teachers do not need to complete a request form as lists will be acquired from the appropriate departments.

Off Campus Living for Commuter Students

Bridgewater is a residential college, so most of our students live on campus. That’s because we believe that students who live, study, work and play together on campus make connections that extend learning beyond the classroom. That’s an important part of a liberal arts education.

We think it will be rewarding and fun for you to experience living in a residence hall or apartment on campus. But we understand that sometimes there are circumstances that make it more desirable or necessary to live off campus. You may live off campus if you have a letter of support from your parent or legal guardian and meet one of these conditions:

  • You live in Augusta, Highland, Page, Rockingham or Shenandoah County with your parents or legal guardians. The registrar’s office will verify this address and bill you for on-campus housing costs if you are found to be living somewhere else.
  • You are at least 23 years old. The registrar’s office will verify your age.
  • You are a current or former member of the armed forces. Please provide a copy of your service record or discharge papers with the application.
  • You are married or you are a custodial parent. Please provide a copy of your marriage license or completed tax forms.
  • You are enrolled as a part-time student (taking fewer than 12 credit hours per semester).
  • You are a fifth-year senior who has lived on campus for eight semesters at Bridgewater College (or the equivalent with transfer credits).
  • If you have a physical or mental health disability, you may request a medical exception for severe conditions that may impact your living on campus. You may qualify for special on-campus accommodations or be given an exemption to live off campusPlease contact the Director of Academic Support and Disability Services for more information or to access the forms.

You may access the request to live off campus form from MyBC under Student Housing Housing Exception Information and Forms.

You are strongly discouraged from signing a lease for an off-campus rental property until you have received written approval from the Director of Residential and Community Life or the housing accommodation review board. If you have not been approved to live off campus and sign a lease prematurely, you will be responsible for paying on-campus room and board fees, as well as your off-campus rent.

Questions? Contact us!

Department of Student Life
540-828-5380
studentlife@bridgewater.edu

Move-in & Move-out

Residence Hall Move-In and Check-In

First year students will be able to move in to the Residence Halls on August 20, 2020. Returning students will be able to move in to the Residence Halls on a rolling schedule. Students will receive specific information regarding where and when to check in to the Residence Halls.

If a student moves in after the official move in period, the student will need to contact the Area Coordinator of the building during business hours to schedule a time to move in.

Residence Hall Check-Out

All residents are expected to vacate the residence halls by 6 p.m. on the last day of their final exams in the spring. This policy does not apply for graduating seniors or those students who have a role in commencement. Residents must sign up for a time to check out with the residence life staff, clean the room, remove tape from the walls, sweep, etc. The staff will go over the room condition report and retrieve the key. Any student who fails to follow the proper check-out procedure may be charged up to $100 for improper check-out. Failure to return a key at check-out will result in a $50 fee for changing the lock and replacing the key.

An individual who ceases to be an enrolled student with the College or falls below 12 credit hours is no longer entitled to housing and needs to make an appointment to check out with Residence Life staff. Such a person will have a maximum of 48 hours from the time withdrawal is finalized to move their belongings out of the residence hall. If this does not occur, the College reserves the right to remove this person’s belongings and a fee may be assessed.

Check-Out Procedures

  • All non-graduating students must move out and check out by 6 p.m. on the day of their last final.  The student is in exams until the final day of the semester, then they will check out by 6 p.m. on that day.
  • All graduating students and students helping at graduation must move out and check out on the day of graduation (May 1, 2021) by  6 p.m.  On the day of commencement, the Residence Life staff will have check out stations on campus.  Students will be told of their check out assignment during their April Community Meeting, led by the RA staff.
  • All students except those permitted to stay until the day of graduation (graduating students and students helping at graduation) must sign up for a time to check out with their RA at least 24 hours before the check-out time.
  • If the student cannot find a time to check out, they should see their Area Coordinator to make alternate arrangements.  They can also sign up on another RA’s schedule in the building, not just the one who oversees their specific area.
  • Prior to the check-out time, all students must move out all personal belongings, throw away all trash in the appropriate place, clean the room/apartment, and return all college furniture to the room.
  • All students should be present at the room at the time of the check-out and turn in their key at that time.
  • Students who do not follow the check-out procedure will receive an improper checkout fee between $50 and $100, depending on the circumstance. Students who do not return their key at the time of check-out will receive a $50 key lock change fee. There will also be charges for excessive cleaning and any damages to the living space.
  • Please note that damage charge(s) (with the exception of improper check-out and missing key charges) will be divided among all residents of the room/suite/apartment/house unless Residence Life staff are able to definitively determine who is responsible or one resident takes responsibility (in writing). Any student wishing to take responsibility for any damages, should email reslife@bridgewater.edu.
  • The Area Coordinator of the building will complete the final inspection of the living space and will make the final determination regarding the damage charges assessed after all students have moved out. During the check-out, the Residence Life staff member is responsible for doing a preliminary check of the room to ensure all belongings have been removed, all furniture is present, there is no obvious damage, and the room key is returned. The Residence Life staff member indicating that everything is fine in the room does not mean that no charges will be assessed and is not grounds for appeal of any damage charges.  Final charges will be emailed to the student during the month of May.  Students will have 30 days from the date of the email to submit their appeal materials (proper forms will be provided in the email, and a simple response to that email will not be considered an appeal).

Please email reslife@bridgewater.edu or contact your Area Coordinator with any questions.

Room Damage Assessments

RESIDENCE HALL DAMAGE CHARGES SHEET (.DOCX)

Upon moving into the residence halls, students are provided with a Room Condition Report (RCR) that describes the current condition of the facilities (walls, floor, ceiling, door, etc.) and College-owned room furnishings. Students are urged to carefully review this report and to ask their Resident Advisor or Area Coordinator to note any additions, noting even the slightest damage. When the student moves from the room, he/she is responsible for scheduling a check-out time with Residence Life staff. Residence Life staff then compares the current condition of the room and furnishings with the condition noted on the room condition report that was completed at the time the student moved into the room. The occupants of the room are responsible for damages (other than normally expected wear) not previously noted. The amount of damage charges is determined after the resident has checked out by the area coordinator of the area.

Damage charge appeals must be sent to residence life in writing within thirty days of billing date.

Each student must maintain a $100 room and key deposit while he or she is a resident. Damage assessments are made against this deposit and must be replaced. The unused balance of this deposit will be refunded upon the student’s graduation or withdrawal from the College.

Questions? Contact us!

Department of Student Life
540-828-5380
reslife@bridgewater.edu