You’re in luck! If you come in when you are over 24 then you are allowed to live off-campus automatically. So, find an apartment near North Bennington that allows dogs and I can guarantee that having a dog will mean that you have lots of students who want to be your friend (myself included).
There are rules for alcohol in the housing. If you’re over 21 then you’re allowed to have and consume alcohol in your room as long as everyone else around you is of legal age.
Hope that helps! If you have any more questions, feel free to email me. email@example.com
from Kate’s post in the Class of 2018 Facebook group:
so sometime next week, depending on where you live. It’s via mail, so if your roommate lives closer than you do, expect them to be hitting you up on Facebook or something.
kagan “roommate” ‘16
The e-mail was supposed to go out on May 12th. Some kinks are being worked out in the system, and we didn’t want to send you a non-working e-mail. I am told it will be out by the end of the week.
Be chill, eat a cupcake or some vegan banana ice cream, and don’t worry. Our apologies for the delay.
What makes each house special?
There are some established house traditions, sure, but the communities are malleable and you are going to be one fourth of them. We place students like a cross of okcupid and the sorting hat, so you’ll be in a space that suits your vibe (even if we are picking it for you). Quiet or loud, for example; music-y or lit-y or anything-y, there are all different events specific to houses, but I’m not sure that will help you to know now.
Okay, yes, Alan, but, I want to know actual things.
Too bad! Give it time.
There’s 18 houses on campus, plus 2 smaller ones on the edge of campus, plus one house off campus. I will tell you about them ALL! Via arthropomorphization.(made-up word courtesy of campus safety officer Mike, we think it should mean the act of assigning animals to things that are not animals)
First, The Colonials.
Swan — a swan
Woolley — a panda
Stokes — an opossum
Franklin — an owl
Canfield — flock of geese
Dewey — a labrador
Booth — zebras
Kilpat(rick) — an orangutan
Welling — a great blue heron
Bingham — a horse
McCullough — a macaw
Leigh — an indoor/outdoor cat
The 70’s Houses
Sawtell — a turtle
Fels — an ostrich
Noyes — a friendly moth
The New Houses
Perkins — a kangaroo
Merck — New Jersey (credit: Alan Dupont)
Paris-Borden —a golden retriever
Shingle — a horseshoe crab
Longmeadow — a wallabee
Townhouse — penguins
Everybody else — a walrus
For you from the small but fiesty Tuesday morning crew.
Technically, you can say on your housing form that you wanna be their roommate, but I won’t:
a) guarantee that you will be placed with them
b) recommend that you do this, because you’ll probably be hanging out with this friend anyways and like 60% of the fun of having a roommate is living with and getting to know this stranger you’re sharing a room with.
If you’re really sure you want to room with your friend next year, you can definitely request to do so, but yo it may be cool to live with someone new ??
awesome! you must be so so so excited!
Just yesterday I answered a similar question about housing, so take a look!
p.s. on that same housing questionnaire that you’ll be getting soon, there’s a space for you to specify your preference…but it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get your choice !
See ya in the fall!
so first of all // no such thing as freshman housing! As a first year student, you’ll start off by living in any of the houses on campus with a medley of students.
As for your other questions, the beginning of orientation is when you can start to move into your room and house. You’ll receive your room key at orientation actually. Orientation starts August 29. Once enrolled, sometime in the summer you’ll be asked to fill out a housing questionnaire (just a short series of questions geared towards figuring out what your lifestyle is like) in order to do our best to match you with a good roommate!
Housing and course registration for incoming First Year Students will be sent out in the summer, usually around mid-July.
The housing questionnaire gets pretty in-depth, from favorite type of music to personal cleanliness and stuff like that, and Student Life will then go through each one and set everybody up with what they think would be the best room and house situation.
The course registration is fairly straightforward. The Dean’s Office will send out a form on which you’ll put around four or five of your top course choices, and then list some alternate courses just in case you don’t make it into one or two of your primary choices. The Fall 2014 hasn’t been released yet, but you can take a look at last fall’s to get a general idea of what kinds of classes are offered.
<3 Kagan ‘16
Freak out no more. The housing questionnaires will be sent to new enrolled students sometime after April 1st- most likely during summer 2014. So in the meantime, you can ease your mind and watch this:
Bennington students living in campus housing should expect to find the following in their room upon arrival:
1. A desk
2. A chair for the desk
3. A dresser
4. A wardrobe (if the room doesn’t have a closet)
5. A bookshelf
6. A chest of three (3) drawers
7. A view
8. A bedframe and mattress.
This is, of course, only a complete list if the room in question is a single room. For double rooms, double everything mentioned above* and add:
9. A roommate.
Matriculated students will be asked to fill out a housing questionnaire, which gives them a chance to specify some preferences about schedule, noise, and lifestyle; this helps the folks at Student Life more ideally match roommate pairs.
*Multiply accordingly if you’re in a triple or a quad. However, the majority of incoming students are placed in doubles with another incoming student. Jussayin.
All of the houses with the exception of the Barnes (70’s) houses have fireplaces. Hence an unofficial Barnes house motto: Fires in our hearts, not in our places. See also: 3rd Street: Lights in our hearts, lights in our ceilings. Although Noyes (I can’t speak for Fels and Sawtell) has been known to play the Yule log on youtube from time to time.
As for roommates, a few people in student life go through and do all the pairings by hand after reading all of the surveys, which ask everything from your favorite types of music to when you go to bed. I can’t say much more than that, but how nice is it that it’s humans (with compassion, empathy etc.) rather than, like, an algorithm. (Is that what other schools do? I don’t know… my school only has 700 people.) They’re able to be really accommodating.
It isn’t impossible, but it is pretty unlikely. For starters, it would depend on availability. You’d have to wait for juniors and seniors to reserve their rooms and then see if there are any left over. (Note that juniors aren’t even guaranteed singles — although I’ve never heard of any not getting one.) Regardless, what makes this difficult is that it’s such a gamble: while you are waiting to hear about all this, you can’t exactly have the back-up plan of already having a room and roommate secured, because then what would your roommate do? And also, everyone would do it if it were easy. Having said all that, I know a few people who have done it.
Also note that with a note from a doctor you can get a medical single. House Chairs also get singles — even if they are sophomores — but that shouldn’t be your reason for applying to that position.
You can ignore everything I just said if you want, because what you should really just do in this situation is email Sam or Sage (our housing goddesses) and talk it through with them. Especially if you are a current student, which I have a hunch you are. That way they can look at the nuances of your situation (ah, the perks of a school of 700).
Well, you’re in luck! The way housing works here we don’t delineate specific rooms for First Years - you could be living in any of those rooms. However, it is unusual for a First Year to be placed in a single (those are filled by juniors and seniors first). But dream away - any of those doubles could be yours! (In fact, when India did the room series all those who are class of 2015 were freshman)