Residential Life and First-Year Housing Options

The Office of Residential Life, led by Marianne (Smitty) Smith, Director of Residential Life, is responsible for assigning all first-year housing. In conjunction with two summer interns, Smitty assigns first-years to one of twenty-three customs groups in four locations using a thoughtful process that that emphasizes the make-up of Customs groups (groups of students matched with upperclassmen who will live together freshman year). To allow this to occur, please submit your Student Entry Record and Housing Questionnaire by June 19 if you have not already! While we understand there are numerous reasons students might want to request a specific residence hall, a greater value is placed on the people who will shape your community rather than the building in which you will be living.

All four housing options offer exciting features to their residents:

Barclay Hall offers a prime location in the center of campus activity. Students are placed mostly in doubles or singles arranged in two-person suites, but there are also a few singles that open right onto the corridor. Students love the wide halls, high ceilings, and large lounge located on the first floor, which includes a cable TV. There will be six customs groups in Barclay for the 2013-2014 school year.

Gummere Hall is also located centrally on campus. All rooms in Gummere are singles with most arranged in four-person suites, but there are also a few singles that open right onto the corridor. Gummere’s basement offers a social space with cable TV. There will be nine customs groups in Gummere for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Haverford College Apartments (HCA) are a five minute walk from the center of campus and offer freshmen the unique benefits of apartment living. Each apartment includes its own kitchen, equipped with a stove and refrigerator, although all first-year students are required to be on the meal plan. Each four-person apartment contains two doubles, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a common space, the most spacious setup available to freshmen. For the first time this year, the first floor apartments in each freshman building will be joined, allowing for easier interaction among residents. There will be four freshman apartment buildings, each representing a customs group, for the 2012-2013 school year. These four first-year buildings are nestled amongst 13 upper-class apartment buildings.


Tritton Hall is one of our two new residence halls.  This newest freshman dorm housed its first residents last year. All rooms in Tritton are singles and each floor is configured into two customs groups.  Each customs group will feature a kitchenette, common area, and laundry room. There is also a study room on each floor.  The outdoor courtyard provides a fantastic place for all students to relax. There will be four customs groups in Tritton for the 2013-2014 school year.


No matter which dorm you are placed in, the Customs program at Haverford will make sure you have a fantastic adjustment into college and enjoy your first year here!

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