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First-Year Student Information

Welcome to Bentley University! The Residential Center hopes to make this an experience you will never forget. Living on campus can be a significant part of your Bentley experience. Below is a brief timeline for information regarding your on campus housing. Please know that every student who was accepted as a residential student will recieve on campus housing.

  • The link to the housing contract and the housing application will be made available as an administrative responsibility in your MyBentley account starting on May 23, 2016
  • All housing applications and contracts are due by June 30, 2016
  • Housing assignments will be e-mailed to all residents on July 27, 2016.
  • Electronic student bill will be e-mailed in early July and will include a housing charge for a double room and super value meal. Once actual assignments are completed, your student account will be adjusted to reflect the appropriate charge.

Please review the information below, as it will provide you an idea of what you should expect during your first year on campus. For more information regarding the First Year Living Experience at Bentley please contact Brent Ploughe, Assistant Director for the First Year Area.   

Living on Campus 

First year students will live in one of the following First Year Residence halls: 

  • Trees Complex – a complex which is comprised of seven residence halls: Alder, Birch, Cedar, Elm, Maple, Oak, and Spruce Halls. The trees complex houses at least half of the first-year class
  • Slade Hall – housing a quarter of the first-year class. Located close to the Trees Complex.
  • Miller Hall – housing a quarter of the first-year class. Located closest to the academic buildings.

Each building is primarily made up of double-occupancy bedrooms with limited options for single, triple, and quadruple-occupancy rooms. Each floor has a common bathroom shared amongst the residents on each floor or wing. If you are interested in a floor that is single sex, you may make that request through the housing application. If you are interested in a room that is gender inclusive you may contact Kathryn Keyes, Associate Director of the Residential Center.

Most bedrooms are approximately 12.5 feet by 16 feet, and come equipped with:

  • Carpeted floors
  • Curtains
  • Beds with 80-inch mattresses (extra-long twin)
  • Desks and chairs
  • Drawers and wardrobe space
  • Data Jack
  • Air conditioning/heating units
  • Wireless Internet
  • Basic cable television

For a more in-depth look at our First Year Residence Halls click HERE

Meal Plan

First-Year Students have the choice between two meal plans: the Super Value Meal Plan or Value 15 Meal Plan:

  • Super Value Meal Plan offers unlimited access to the 921 Dining Hall and $350 in discretionary dollars
  • Value 15 Meal Plan offers 15 times per week to access the 921 Dining Hall and provides $375 in discretionary dollars

Living with a Roommate

Communication is the key to any successful roommate relationship. Your initial communication should take place once you have received your room and roommate assignment. It will be helpful to reach out and talk/text/write with your roommate about the basics of the move in process and your needs within the room.

We hope that you see the experience of living with a roommate as a way of learning about another person’s life and interests in a different way! To assist you in this, your Resident Assistant will guide you through the roommate agreement process. This agreement is easy to use and will set the expectations of each roommate living within the space. It can be revisited as often and as needed by you and your roommate(s).

Learning within the Hall 

Residential Communities

Your residence hall will provide opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. Every floor community will develop as residence meet and engage with each other over the academic year.  RAs will provide activities and events that will assist students in navigating all that Bentley has to offer.

Floor Communities provide students the experience of living with others who both share common interests as well as come from a variety of different backgrounds and perspectives.  Living with a diverse group of peers allows for increased engagement with others and the creation of meaningful connections

Defined Communities (DCs)

The Defined Communities at Bentley provide opportunities for students with similar interests to live and engage together in a dedicated area of a residence hall.  Benefits include: Dedicated space for programming and engagement opportunities, off campus programming initiatives, and dedicated staff and faculty interactions.  Communities are centered on shared interests or academic focus.  For more information and descriptions  check out the Defined Communities section of our website

2016-2017 Defined Communities

The Arts Community, The Social Justice Community, The Honors Community, The Women’s Leadership Community, and the Wellness Community.

If you are interested in living in one of our Defined Communities, please follow this link HERE for more information. 

Residence Hall Staff 

Support is available to you from the Residential Center staff 24/7 during the academic year.  Your experience is important to us and we will do our best to make your first year a successful one at Bentley University. 

Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders who oversee and provide resources to your floor.  RAs assist students in creating safe, compassionate, and inclusive communities in the residence halls.  RAs serve as referrals to several campus resources and educate on appropriate behaviors associated with living on campus. Learn more about the RA position HERE

Residence Directors (RDs) are professional staff living within the halls who oversee the daily operations, leadership, community development, and conduct needs of your residence halls. They also act as a direct referral to resources you may need while living on campus.

What to Bring

Your room will have adequate, but limited, space, so bring only the items you need. Basic essentials required for every student include:

  • Pillows and pillowcases, blankets and sheets (extra-long twin sheets as mattresses are oversized)
  • Mattress pad
  • Towels
  • Toiletry kit and shower shoes
  • Alarm clock
  • Clothes hangers
  • Telephone

To ensure that there are no duplicate items in your room, you should get in touch with your roommate before you move in to discuss what items each person will bring (e.g., refrigerator, DVD player, television, microwave).

What Not to Bring

Table Key

Halls: Alder, Birch, Cedar, Elm, Maple, Oak, Spruce, Slade, Miller
Suites: Forest, Kresge, Fenway, Copley
Apartments: Falcone, Collins, Rhodes, Boylston, Orchards, North Campus, Cape, Castle, Stratton

Yes: You may bring this item if you live in this area
No: You may not bring this item if you live in this area

Item

Halls

Suites

Apartments

Toasters*

No

No

Yes

Foreman grills

No

No

Yes

Cooking appliances

No

No

Yes

Microwave

Yes

Yes

Yes

Candles

No

No

No

XL twin bed sheets

Yes

Yes

Yes

Shower basket

Yes

Yes

Yes

Alarm clock

Yes

Yes

Yes

Clothes hangers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Telephone

Yes

Yes

Yes

Surge protector

Yes

Yes

Yes

Halogen lights

No

No

No

Neon lights/signs

No

No

No

Pets (other than fish)

No

No

No

*Toasters are allowed in the apartments, as long as they remain in the kitchen area.

Laundry Facilities

Laundry rooms, which are easily accessible to all resident students, are equipped with washers and dryers, as well as LaundryView, an online service that enables you to monitor laundry availability and activity.

What to Expect from your On Campus Home.pdf