Residence Halls

Inclusion, compassion and authenticity are the foundations of our residential program. To this end, most of our residence halls house members of all four classes with the exception of Pearsons Annex, Dickinson Hall and North and South Mandelle Halls which house only upper class or Frances Perkins students.  Approximately one-fourth of the rooms in each residence hall are for entering students. The result is an interesting blend of experience within each residence hall.

We offer housing in many configurations to meet the developing needs of our students. We provide apartment and suite style options, in addition to traditional singles, doubles and triples. First-year students should anticipate living in a traditional space with one or two roommates. Returning Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will select their room type in the annual Housing Lottery.

Each residence hall is unique in design and character. Each hall features a formal living room and other common space with a piano and a grandfather clock. The halls also have handsomely furnished sitting rooms, breakfast area, computer room, and basement laundry facility.

Student rooms vary in size and shape varies across campus. Each room is furnished with standard twin size bed (36"x72"), bookcase, desk and desk chairs, mirror, and dresser. Each room has a telephone and computer jacks; most rooms have one computer jack for each student and there is wireless coverage in all rooms.


Each residence hall has basement laundry facilities with washers and dryers. The washers and dryers are on the One Card system. In order to use the washers and dryers you will need to open an MHC Xpress account with Auxiliary Services located at Central Services, 413-538-3111.

Quiet Floors and Building

The third floors of both Abbey and North Mandelle have been designated as quiet floors.  New in the fall of 2014, the entirety of Brigham Hall has also been designated as a quiet space.  Students who live on these floors are expected to adhere to a higher level of quiet and courtesy hour policies agreed upon by all floor members.

Single-Sex Bathrooms

At least one bathroom in each hall is for women only. These facilities are usually on a central floor or in another convenient location.

Residence Hall Heating Systems

Check your residence hall for tips on how to make your residence hall heating system work for you.