Summer Housing

A limited number of residence hall rooms are available on campus for rent during the summer.  Non-Mount Holyoke students, new students, graduating seniors, students recently withdrawn from the College, students returning from leave (including study abroad), or planning on taking a leave (including study abroad) for the Fall semester are not eligible for summer housing.

The first step in applying for summer housing must be initiated by an MHC Faculty member or employer.  Summer Housing Applications are available in April.  Housing assignment notifications are sent at the beginning of May.  The summer housing application deadline is April 24th.  

In order to apply for housing, students must clear all of their financial obligations with the College through the Student Financial Services Office and clear any other holds in place by Health Center, Counseling Services, Dean of Studies or Residential Life.

Summer Housing is available from May 26, 2015 through August 8, 2015.  Outside of the defined summer session, housing will only be available on a limited exception basis.  


All students who remain on campus must purchase a room and board plan and must commit to stay on campus for at least 4 consecutive weeks (between May 26th through August 8th).   The three timeframes available for summer housing are 11 weeks (whole session), 8 weeks and 4 weeks.  The 11, 8 and 4 week sessions were chosen because most students who are doing research or an internship do so for those time periods.  This also helps to stabilize numbers in the meal plan and reduce the time spent tracking students' comings and goings over the summer.  For the two shorter timeframes (8 weeks or 4 weeks), the weeks must be consecutive and within the May 26, 2015 - August 8, 2015 time period.  Students will be billed for the full time period that they sign up for, whether they stay the whole period or not.  The weeks run from Sunday to Saturday and therefore students should make arrangements for a Sunday check-in.  Rates are not prorated for partial stays, unused meals or a check-in that does not occur on a Sunday.


All summer session residents are required to take the meal plan which will consist of 3 meals per day, 5 days per week (no weekends.)  A Golden Pear kitchen in the summer housing residence hall will be open on the weekends.   


The cost for housing and meals for the summer of 2015 are:


  • 11 week:  single room $2,280, double room $2,020
  • 8 week:  single room $1,660, double room $1,470
  • 4 week:  single room $830, double room $735

Single rooms are not guaranteed.  Priority for single rooms goes to students who will be staying for the full 11 week term.

Students asking for exceptions to stay outside of the May 26, 2015 - August 8, 2015 time frame must contact Residential Life directly and must be eligible and plan to stay for at least one of the summer housing timeframes (11, 8 or 4 weeks) already.  Special consideration is given, but not promised, to students who need housing between the end of spring semester and May 26th or those who require housing after August 8, 2015.  This exception will not be made for students ineligible for summer housing or to facilitate a late stay or early arrival for convenience.  Students should plan accordingly for these gap periods as housing is not guaranteed during this time.  There will be separate charges associated with any exception made for an additional stay and there is no meal plan provided for the time periods outside of May 26, 2015 - August 8, 2015.


Summer room and board will be billed to the student's account and is charged by room type.  Weeks are calculated from Sunday through Saturday, rates are not prorated.  Please contact Student Financial Services if you need assistance regarding payment.  PAGE students should refer to their program documentation for their financial obligations.


Priority is given to MHC students working or doing research with a MHC faculty member on campus.  Students who are working off campus, taking classes or doing research off campus may request housing, but are not guaranteed housing.  PAGE students are eligible for housing but must apply for summer housing through their program.    

Please note that there are very limited services on campus during the summer.  The College does not provide transportation during the summer and public transportation in the area is limited.  The Health Center and Counseling Services are closed for the summer.  Students with health or mental emergencies will be sent to area hospitals via ambulance.

Students are responsible for transporting their belongings to and from their summer residence hall assignment.  In an effort to support the College in the annual maintenance of the residence halls, residents will be required to move during the summer.  Students will be required to move to another building mid-summer so the first building used for summer housing can be worked on.


If you have additional questions about summer housing, please contact Residential Life at