Howdy. So, first of all, the rooming process is something that’s highly personalized and considered for each student. Before you arrive at Bennington, you fill out a housing application to Student Life where you’re asked questions about things like: when you go to bed, when you wake up, how messy you are, what you like to do for fun, etc. etc. ad infinitum. The idea is for Student Life to get the best sense of your personality that they can from the application.
From there, the Dean of Students reads each application and pairs each student up with a roommate (in relatively rare cases, students can be placed in triples or quads; but speaking as someone who has lived in both, I’ve never really lacked for floorspace in either situation). From that initial pairing, the Dean takes the roommates and places them in houses that fit their lifestyles as best as possible.
Another component to the roommate thing is that every semester you and your roommate will write a Roommate Agreement with one another, as facilitated by your House Chairs. The agreement offers a really good chance for you and your roommate to have an open dialogue about what your values are, how you’ll solve disagreements, and what your policies are on guests, noise, and mess. Having that direct line of communication, in my experience, has always been a really valuable resource in ensuring a harmonious living situation.
Hello lovely incoming freshmen!!
There have been so many housing questions lately, specifically related to wanting pictures of particular rooms in particular houses and descriptions of those houses. While we totally understand how exciting it is to get housing assignments and to be getting ready to move in, we want to leave a little of that excitement in the air for you guys to discover for yourself when you get here! After all, it would be really tough for all of us to give unbiased, meaningful descriptions of houses we don’t even live in or necessarily spend a lot of time in. In the meantime, check out India K’s blog series about Bennington rooms to get a feel for rooms in the three styles of houses.
There is one thing, however, that I cannot emphasize enough: GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR ROOMMATE(S)!! If you’re planning on bringing any larger items (fridge, fans, floor lamps, nightstand, other furniture, etc.) connect with your roommate first to check in about it (your rooms accommodate furniture for 2+ people already!). Also remember that there are a thousand ways to accumulate so much junk while you’re here…so don’t bring more than you think you need. Also, check out this great post about what to bring, as well as this one about places to buy things once your here.
Although we won’t be answering specific housing questions via the blog, if you have any any any concerns please don’t hesitate to call us in the office or get in touch with Student Life:
ADMISSIONS TOLL FREE: 800-833-6845
STUDENT LIFE: 802-442-4330
Can’t wait to see you all so soon!!<3
Awesome aerial photo of Bennington circa 1933!
Yes. There are six quads - all in the 70s houses - that are four-person rooms. Having lived in one myself, I can say that they are absolutely massive and perfectly suitable for a four-person living situation. The 70s houses also have what are commonly referred to as the upstairs quads, which are four separate rooms that converge around a shared common room. As far as I know, freshmen aren’t placed into these quads, so it’s a safe bet that if you’re placed in a quad it will be one of the downstairs ‘studio’ quads.
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Bingham-specific, something you should definitely bring is a floor lamp and a desk lamp. Talk to your roommate; see if they already have one, because you probably don’t need two. Bingham doesn’t have overhead lighting and most other colonial houses don’t either. Floor lamps are always handy to have around anyway.
Being the best there ever was is also an important trait to have, so, yeah, be conscientious that you’re always doing that. Otherwise, you’ll get a better idea once you get here!
Looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks! Enjoy the rest of your summer!
The word from Student Life is sometime in mid-July, barring any sorta delays. So, probably not for at least another week or two. Just a heads-up, though: in Admissions, I/we only know as much about housing/roommates/classes as the incoming freshmen do, so we will probably never be a great resource to ask about things like that.
Your best bet (assuming that you’re an incoming freshman) for that kind of information is either to ask around on the Class of 2016 Facebook group or call the office of Student Life at (802)-440-4330. I’d say give it another couple of weeks before you start making phone calls though - it’ll all be worth it, I promise.
If you’re planning on bringing a bunch of electronics I would say…. yes.
Hey there! Glad you found us.
So, first of all, all our ‘houses’ are technically dorms. They can each house roughly 35 students each, and they are all maintained and cleaned by the College. The reason I think you might have been confused is that most students typically refer to the dorms as houses - they look and feel less institutional and more home-y, so it’s basically just semantics. But yes! Houses = Dorms, in Bennington parlance.
Roommates are chosen and placed by Student Life on the basis of a housing survey that asks questions like: ‘when do you go to bed/wake up?’ ‘what music/movies do you like/dislike?’ ‘what are you looking for in a house/roommate?’ I always say it’s kind of like the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter, honestly. No one knows for sure whether it’s an art or a science. What’s cool is that each house has its own personality that forms from the community living in it, which results in residents taking a lot of pride in the house they live in.
Finally, girls and guys are not roomed together by default. While it is totally fine to reserve a room with a member of the opposite sex, Student Life doesn’t do it randomly; you have to specifically request a roommate of the opposite gender.
Hope this helped!
Bed, desk, bookshelf, dresser and closet/armoire.
We just got a great response from a current Bennington student (Thursdaythe12th) about what kind of stuff to bring here with you.
If you’re still curious about packing for next fall, the Admitted Students Facebook is a great place to chat with us and your peers about what to bring and get into the nitty gritty details.
Hi! To add on to the stuff not to bring, bring minimal posters, knick knacks, and general decorations. I remember my first term I brought tons of that stuff because I was scared I wouldn’t feel at home at my room, you won’t believe the amount of stuff you accumulate over the term, especially if your an art student, since you’ll be making things.
Unless there is a medical reason for a student to have a single, the way things generally break down is freshmen and sophomores in doubles, and juniors and seniors guaranteed singles.