Residence Life

With a large majority of our students living on campus, Hampden-Sydney's unique campus life atmosphere helps students develop closeknit relationships and a lifelong brotherhood of support. Each Residence Hall is led by a Resident Advisor that provides encouragement and support to students. A home away from home, the beautiful Hampden-Sydney campus not only provides a secure and supportive living and learning environment for students, but also provides ample open space to relax and enjoy life.

First year students are housed in Cushing Hall, the Whitehouse Complex or Carpenter X or Y. First year students have the the unique opportunity to participate in Living and Learning Communities which combine the residential and academic functions central to a student's first year. Transfer students are usually housed together in one of the Carpenter dorms, depending on availability. 

Upperclassmen select housing during the spring semester with selection criteria according to rank of cumulative hours and gpa earned through the fall semester of the current academic year. Two of the "Alphabet dorms", consisting of four-man apartments, are awarded to groups of Sophomores and Juniors through an application process. We also have groups that compete for Theme Housing on or adjacent to campus.

Advantages of living on campus and dorm amenities include: 

  • Social interaction with peers, faculty. and staff 
  • Extracurricular activities including sports, clubs, and organizations 
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Tile flooring and venetian blinds
  • Bed (extra long twin), chest, desk and chair, and a closet or wardrobe
  • Free laundry facilities during the Fall and Spring semesters

Most social fraternities are located in their own neighborhood in the middle of campus called "Fraternity Circle." 

All freshmen must live in college residence halls unless they are married or are commuter students living in the area with their parents or guardian. With the exception of married students living in the area with their spouse, commuter students living in the area in the home of their parents or guardian, and fifth-year men (one who has completed eight full, full-time semesters), all other students are required to live in and maintain residence in a College-owned facility. Only registered students and College-assigned occupants may reside in College-owned facilities. The College may make exceptions to this housing policy for students wishing to live off campus, but normally only when enrollment exceeds housing capacity. Though the College tries to grant the preference of each student in making housing assignments, as the policy of a residential school, Hampden-Sydney strives to maintain full residence halls. This means that, on occasion, some assignments may have to be changed if there are vacancies in the residence halls. Roommate requests are granted whenever possible for upperclassmen; however, some changes may be necessary in the interest of the total housing program. The Director of Residence Life, who will grant roommate requests made by June 1, assigns roommates for freshmen.