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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. Main Hall is single-gender for women, Clewell Hall is single-gender for men. 


New Student Assignment Process 

New students, including first-year and transfers, are assigned to housing upon receipt of their enrollment deposit. Additionally:

  • First-year students should complete the electronic housing preference form by early 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.
  • Students seeking medical housing accommodations should complete the Special Accommodation Request Form.

First-Year Housing Options

Opened in 1965, and updated throughout the years, "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!

The four-story complex is co-ed by floor and includes a spacious center lounge that connects the two buildings. Each floor is home to approximately 30 students who share a common bathroom. No need to get your tape measure out. The double rooms run 10-feet, 8-inches wide by 14-feet, 4-inches deep.

Adjacent to the Makuvek Field, Bernie-Willie is just a short walk to HUB, Reeves Library, and Johnston Hall.

Clewell Hall is home to 21 male students, 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. Look east and one can spot the nearby public library and city hall.

As one might expect from a Victorian building more than 150 years old, the hall offers a variety of single and double-room configurations and a multitude of unique living spaces. Additionally, residents have a full kitchen at their disposal.

Clewell residents generally engage in activities with the students in Main Hall, and also sponsor their own events. This includes Sunday afternoon outdoor barbeques and their annual Clewell Haunted House, a campus favorite. Ask any of occupants of Clewell Hall and the following is likely true: "Once you move into Clewell, you never want to move out."

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 56 women. 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. Individual rooms can sleep two, three, or four students.

Main Hall residents enjoy close proximity to several distinctive Moravian College spaces, including the “President’s Lounge” which is often used for programs and activities, and is always open to individual students for impromptu gatherings.

Main Hall’s ground floor is home to “Coffee House,” a Wednesday evening staple where students gather for coffee and tea, conversation, and an occasional acoustic or spoken-word performance. The ground floor also has two updated lounge spaces and laundry facilities.

Adjacent to Makuvek Field, Rau-Hassler can accommodate 132 first-year men and women in double rooms. Originally constructed in 1960, but 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.

Home to the College's gender-inclusive housing for first-years, Rau-Hassler is arranged in a traditional central-hallway style configuration, with members of the floor sharing a common bathroom. It lends itself as a great way to meet others, or borrow shaving cream. Each floor can accommodate 18 students. Individual rooms are 10-feet, 8-inches wide by 14-feet, 4-inches deep.

Rau-Hassler has a number of other student resources, including a ground floor study lounge with printers for student use. Residents can check out a soccer match on Makuvek Field or get in a little exercise of their own thanks to the state-of-the-art fitness center just up the sidewalk.