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First-Year Housing
Residence Life and Housing

FIRST-YEAR HOUSING

First-year students reside in traditional residence halls on both campuses. Main Street (North) Campus options include Bernhardt-Wilhelm and Rau-Hassler. Priscilla Payne Hurd (South) Campus options include Main and Clewell.

First-year housing options include coinless in-building laundry, College provided Microfridges, and wireless internet connection, as well as Apple TV in the following common areas: Bernhardt-Wilhelm Main Lounge; Clewell Hall First Floor Lounge and Second Floor Lounge; Main Hall Ground Floor Lounge; and Rau-Hassler Main Lounge and Ground Floor Lounge.


New Student Assignment Process 

New students, including first-year and transfer, are assigned to housing based on date of enrollment deposit and date housing preferences are submitted. Additionally:

  • First-year students should complete the Student Life Questionnaire by mid-June.
  • Transfer students should communicate housing preferences to the Director of Transfer Enrollment, who will work directly with the Office of Housing & Event Management on placements.
  • Resident students who have a diagnosed disability or condition that can significantly impact housing placement and/or their residential meal plan requirement should contact the Accessibility Services Center.

FIRST-YEAR HOUSING OPTIONS

Two students working in Bernhardt-Wilhelm
 

Bernhardt-Wilhelm

Opened in 1965, "Bernie-Willie" is the largest residence hall on campus, housing 272 students in traditional double rooms. Typically, Bernie-Willie houses first-year students. So, let’s say over the course of five decades, about 25 million friendships have been started within its walls. We’re still firming up the numbers!

Hall Amenities

Co-ed

Bedroom Amenities

MicrofridgeShared Room

  • Community Kitchen
  • Community Lounge
  • Communal Bathrooms
  • In-Building Laundry
  • Co-Ed Building
  • Single Gender Floors
  • Standard Twin Bed
  • Desk & Desk Chair
  • Wardrobe with Drawers
  • Microfridge
  • Window Curtains
  • Tile Floors

Meal Plan Options

  • Gold
  • Silver

Approximate Room Dimensions

  • Double Room: 10.5'x14'
  • Quad Room: 23'x14'

Clewell Hall

Clewell Hall

Clewell Hall is home to 21 male students of all class years, yet its history dates back to the mid-19th century as a private residence. Located in the heart of Bethlehem’s Historic District and on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, the residence hall sits on West Church Street.

Hall Amenities

Male Only

Bedroom Amenities

MicrofridgeShared Room

  • Community Kitchen
  • Community Lounge
  • Communal Bathrooms
  • In-Building Laundry
  • Male Building
  • XL Twin Bed
  • Desk & Desk Chair
  • Wardrobe
  • Dresser
  • Microfridge
  • Window Shades
  • Tile Floors

Meal Plan Options

  • Gold
  • Silver

Approximate Room Dimensions

  • Double Room: 11'x15'
  • Triple Room: 13’x16'

Main Hall

Main Hall

Originally opened in 1854 as a residence for single women, Main Hall is at the center of the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. Today, it is home to over 50 women, of all class years. Given the hall’s 19th century architecture, no two rooms are identical, yet most are quite spacious with high ceilings and large windows, offering views of the Historic District of Bethlehem and tons of natural light.

Hall Amenities

Female Only

Bedroom Amenities

MicrofridgeShared Room

  • Community Kitchen
  • Community Lounge
  • Communal Bathrooms
  • In-Building Laundry
  • Co-Ed Building
  • Female Hall
  • Standard Twin Bed
  • Desk & Desk Chair
  • Dresser
  • Closet
  • Microfridge
  • Window Blinds
  • Tile Floors

Meal Plan Options

  • Gold
  • Silver

Approximate Room Dimensions

  • Double Room: 11'x15'
  • Triple Room: 13’x17’
  • Quad Room: 15’x20’

Rau-Hassler

Rau-Hassler

Originally constructed in 1960, and renovated in 2016, the complex consists of two separate buildings adjoined by a large common lounge which is ideal for studying, socializing, or a little of both. Rau-Hassler is home to the College's gender-inclusive housing for first-years.

Hall Amenities

Co-edGender Inclusive CommunityAir Conditioned

Bedroom Amenities

MicrofridgeShared Room

  • Community Kitchen
  • Community Lounge
  • Communal Bathrooms
  • In-Building Laundry
  • Co-Ed Building
  • Single Gender Floors
  • Gender Inclusive Floor
  • Central AC
  • XL Twin Bed
  • Desk & Desk Chair
  • Wardrobe with drawers
  • Microfridge
  • Window Shades
  • Tile Floors

Meal Plan Options

  • Gold
  • Silver

Approximate Room Dimensions

  • Double Room: 10.5'x14'