Residence Life

Hampden-Sydney's unique Campus Life atmosphere helps mold students into "Good Men and Good Citizens." Because almost all students live on campus, they 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. Assignments are made after June 1 and are based on completed online housing questionnaires. 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 as well as several Language and Honors houses. 

A majority of our social fraternities are located in their own neighborhood in the middle of campus called "Fraternity Circle." We also have many honor fraternities and organizations that students may become involved in during their four years here at Hampden-Sydney. 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 (pre-paid from student fees) in or near all residence halls and College-owned houses

All freshmen must live in college residence halls unless they are married or are commuter students living in the area with their parents. With the exception of married students living in the area with their wife, commuter students living in the area in the home of their parents, 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 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.