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Last Updated: Oct. 21, 2020

Fall 2020 Housing Quick Facts

Residence Halls Close: Tuesday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. As you leave your residence hall, be sure you sign the closing checklist on your door. Students who fail to leave the residence halls by Nov. 24 at 6:00 p.m. will be referred to the student conduct system.

Students are not permitted to request a late stay. All students must be out of the residence halls by Tuesday, Nov. 24 by 6:00 p.m. Please view a list of local hotels in the Waltham area if your travel plans necessitate a longer stay. 

Students are allowed to leave their personal items in their room over the break. You do not need to vacate fully over the break. However, students will not be given access back into the halls after Nov. 24, so please take any items you will need for class or the winter break period.

January Move-in:
Students will return to campus for the spring 2021 trimester starting on Jan. 15 with specific assigned dates and times. These dates/times will be communicated during the first week of December.

Canceling Housing for the Spring Trimester

If you do not wish to return for the spring trimester and instead plan to commute or take classes remotely, you may request to cancel your housing contract by completing the Contract Release Form. You can find this form by logging into the Housing Portal, selecting Forms & Applications at the top of the page and then selecting the Contract Release Form.

If you complete the Contract Release Form for the Spring 2021 trimester by Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 4:00 p.m. you will NOT be charged the regular $500.00 cancelation fee. Forms submitted after that date and time will be reviewed by a committee and the cancelation fee may be assessed.

Quarantine/Isolation Housing Deliveries

Students in quarantine/isolation housing must coordinate the delivery of essential items with the university. Due to public health guidelines, third party delivery services are not allowed during the quarantine/isolation period. Meals and snacks can be ordered through the Sodexo ordering form and will be delivered directly to students.

If a friend or family member would like to drop off a get-well kit, the university will be able to make one delivery during the quarantine/isolation period. Guidelines for this delivery process include:

  • The items must be non-perishable.
  • The packaged delivery must be no larger than the size of one common carry-on luggage, typically 17x21x14. 
  • The package can be dropped off at University Police with the student’s name and ID number labeled prominently.
  • Deliveries will be made to students on Wednesdays and Sundays of every week between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Residence Halls

Residence halls on campus will be limited to single- and double-occupancy bedrooms to promote responsible physical distancing, eliminating triples and quads. Suites and apartments will allow regular occupancy, with roommates in each being treated as a family unit.

Restrictions will be placed on visitors or guests inside of residence halls.

To avoid the risk of students returning to campus with COVID-19 after Thanksgiving, all classes will be held remotely when classes resume following the break. The residence halls will close through the end of the trimester. 

Students’ housing and meal fees will be discounted by 20 percent to reflect the fewer days they’ll spend on campus.

Student Conduct Policy Addendum

Being Prepared

In these uncertain times, the possibility exists that a student will contract COVID-19 and have to leave their residence hall room for an isolation location. We encourage students to have a pre-packed isolation bag ready to go for 10-14 days for use while in isolation. Isolation is mandatory for a minimum of 10 days and quarantine (if you need to relocate) is for a minimum of 14 days.

Some suggested items for an isolation bag include: 

  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • A thermometer 
  • Clothes to wear and change into during your isolation stay including sweatpants, pajamas, t-shirts, underwear, socks and slippers
  • Medicine (cough drops, Tylenol, Mucinex, etc.)
  • Body lotion, feminine hygiene, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, a hair brush and hair ties
  • Prescription medication
  • Multiple face coverings
  • Books and other entertainment 

Download the What to Bring to Campus Guidelines

Massachusetts Travel Guidance

Governor Charlie Baker recently communicated a new travel order for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Students who have been residing in a state defined as “lower risk” (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York or New Jersey) for at least 14 days prior to arriving to campus are exempt from these requirements. (Please note a removal of Hawaii as a lower-risk state was effective at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 14, 2020.) With the majority of students moving in the week of Aug. 24, students should begin their own self-quarantine around Aug. 10. This means being more vigilant in avoiding risky situations where one may contract COVID-19.

If you live outside of the “lower-risk” states there are several ways to adhere to these Massachusetts requirements in the new travel order:

  • You can arrive on campus with verification of a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours as outlined in the Massachusetts policy.
  • You can stay with relatives or friends in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York or New Jersey for 14 days before your move-in date. 

Students arriving from outside of the “lower-risk” states without verification of a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours or who have not been quarantining in a “lower-risk” state for the past 14 days will be screened at their scheduled time and then be required to leave campus and remain in a hotel until a negative test confirmation (24-48 hours for results). We have arranged discounted rates at the hotels in the link below. You will not be able to self-quarantine on campus while waiting for the results of your test.

All residential students with permanent addresses outside of the “lower-risk” states have received emails and text messages asking to confirm which options above they will be following of if they need the university to reach out to them to provide assistance.

We urge all students to pack lightly and will allow only one vehicle to move in students.

Bentley Hotel Partnerships


Responsibilities and Expectations

It will be important that all members of the community follow campus guidelines to protect ourselves and one another. Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and safety guidance adopted by the university. Guidelines for residential students include:  

  • Wear a face covering when on campus, including within the residence halls whenever outside of your room, apartment or suite.
  • Roommates / suitemates will be treated as a family unit, allowing more than one occupant per room where 6 feet of physical distancing is not required. If a roommate / suitemate develops COVID-19 symptoms or is confirmed positive, the student will be required to follow protocols established to isolate themselves. These protocols require that students participate in classes remotely for the isolation period and move out of their housing assignment to self-isolate, returning home if possible. For those unable to travel home, the university will provide on-campus isolation accommodations. All roommates / suitemates will be required to self-quarantine based on the family unit definition and follow recommendations by the university.
  • Adhere to signs posted around campus. 
  • Restrictions will be placed on visitors or guests inside of residence halls.
  • No outside furniture will be allowed to be moved into the residence halls.
  • Students are required to pack lightly for move-in and only bring essentials.

What to Bring to Campus

Move In and Testing

All residential students received an e-mail in their Bentley e-mail account on Tuesday, August 4 outlining their assigned move-in date and time. The move-in schedule was created to maintain safe physical distancing and to test every student upon arrival. No rooms located right next to each other will move-in at the same time to better facilitate a safe move-in.

New students were assigned a move-in time on either:

  • Wednesday, August 26
  • Thursday, August 27

Returning students were assigned a move-in time on either:

  • Saturday, August 29
  • Sunday, August 30

The fact that testing and move-in are connected will make any changes to the assigned testing/move-in time very difficult to accommodate and our resources in creating this process are limited. Please adhere to the assigned time or make alternative arrangements to meet your designated move-in time. 

Upon arrival you’ll be welcomed onto campus by a variety of Residential Center staff, Orientation staff and University Police. Please follow their directions to the testing site. Once testing is complete, you will be directed by staff to your residence hall for move in. Testing will take approximately 10 minutes. You will then have an additional 25 minutes to unload all items into your room and then move your car to pre-selected parking area. 

Students are allowed to bring two (2) people to assist with move in (each of whom must also wear a face covering and maintain proper distancing). Students are only allowed one car at move in. All visitors must apply with the Massachusetts Travel Guidance.

What to Expect

Cleaning schedule
The university will educate residential students about appropriate cleaning protocols within their assigned spaces to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in residence halls. Basic cleaning and sanitation methods will be expected of all residents to maintain an appropriate cleanliness standard in their room, suite or apartment. Residents living in suites or apartments are required to clean their own space including restrooms.

Increased cleaning frequencies in all residence hall buildings are designed to meet or exceed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The areas of focus include common areas, lounges, restrooms and study areas. Additionally, all high-touch surfaces such as door handles, hand rails, fixtures and sinks will be cleaned more often. To promote cleaning and sanitation, additional wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in all buildings.

The capacity of lounges in residence halls has been reduced, and new occupancy signs will be posted in front of lounge spaces. Students are required to follow the new capacity numbers.

Traffic Patterns
Residence halls will have signs indicating which doors are to be used for entry and exit. New hallway and stairwell directions have also been added.

Residence Hall Closure at Thanksgiving
To avoid the risk of students returning to campus with COVID-19 after Thanksgiving, all classes will be held remotely when classes resume following the break. The residence halls will close before Thanksgiving and remain closed through the end of the fall trimester.

Information for International Students

All international students will have the choice to attend classes online (from abroad) or study on campus in the U.S. (via hybrid, online or in-person instruction). We understand that many students may have visa and other travel-related challenges that make returning to campus difficult for the fall. Students may opt to study online in the fall from outside the U.S. We will assist you with your immigration status as necessary for your individual situation. We are continuing to issue I-20s for the fall 2020 trimester so that you may plan to join us on campus for classes, which would activate your F1 status. However, if you are unable to secure a student visa in time to begin the fall trimester in the U.S., you can register and begin classes remotely and make arrangements to obtain new immigration documentation that will enable to you to begin your F1 status the following trimester.

The Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) will work with new and continuing students about your fall plans. 

Some students may wonder whether they will need to quarantine after arriving in the U.S. Please visit the Bentley Health Center's Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for health-specific questions. If needed, Bentley is prepared to provide space for residential students to quarantine on campus.

Please make sure to check your Bentley email for information about how to report your plans to us. Additionally, CISS will send information about how fall plans may affect your visa status and work authorization as we learn more in the coming weeks. As always, we are available to answer questions related to your immigration status via email

More information for international students can be found on the CISS web page in the section, "Returning to Campus - Answers to Frequently Asked Questions."

Watch the CISS International Students Webinar

Isolation Housing

The Residential Center has identified two buildings to be used for isolation housing on North Campus in the event that a residential student contracts COVID-19. This is an apartment building with a private bathroom, kitchen and living space. If a student needs to be moved to isolation housing as they tested positive or have positive-like symptoms, the Residential Center staff and Health & Wellness team will work with the student on all logistical needs. Rooms will be furnished with clean linens, a pillow and a towel, as well as water and snacks. Additionally, Bentley Dining will work with the student to deliver meals as needed. The room will come prepared with toilet paper, disinfectant spray, paper towels, tissues and a thermometer. Once in isolation housing, the student cannot leave until given approval by Health & Wellness staff. University Police has outfitted a vehicle to safely transport the student to North Campus. Students are not allowed to do laundry when in isolation or quarantine.