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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 receive on campus housing.

  • The link to the housing contract and the housing application will be made available starting on May 29, 2019.
  • This link will direct you to the Housing Student Self-Service Portal and you will need to select Forms and Applications at the top of the page. Please read all of the information in the housing contract.
  • All housing applications and contracts are due by June 26, 2019.
  • Housing assignments will be e-mailed to all residents on July 24, 2019.
  • Electronic student bill will be e-mailed in early July and will include a housing charge for a double room and the unlimited meal plan. 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, enhanced triple, and quadruple-occupancy rooms. A triple room has a bunk bed (2 beds) and one non-bunked bed. The enhanced triple has more square footage and all 3 beds can fit on the ground. There is the same amount of furniture in each room. Each floor has a common bathroom shared among 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 Unlimited Meal Plan or Value 15 Meal Plan:


  • Unlimited 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).

What to Bring/ Not 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
  • Clothes hangers

Items that are allowed but are not necessary: 

  • Television 
  • Microwave 
  • Refrigerator 
  • DVD Player 
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone 
  • Bed Risers 

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).

Items that are ONLY allowed in Apartments:

  • Toasters*
  • Foreman Grills*
  • Cooking Appliances

*Toasters and George Forman grills are allowed in the apartments, as long as they remain in the kitchen area.

Items that will NOT be allowed in any room:

  • Candles
  • Halogen Lights
  • Neon Lights/ Signs
  • Pets (other than fish)

Laundry Facilities

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


What to Expect from your On Campus Home.pdf