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Residential Life

Housing Guide for New Students and Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the dimensions of my room?
  2. Where can I cash a check on campus?
  3. Should I have a checking account in Clinton or use one from home?
  4. I'm planning to participate in a pre-orientation program and will arrive on campus early. Do I bring all my stuff when I come?
  5. A good friend of mine is also coming to Hamilton. Can we be roommates?
  6. Does my room have a carpet? What about curtains? Will I have a closet?
  7. Can I visit the campus this summer and take a look at my room?
  8. Can I come to campus early?
  9. How do I get phone service for my room?
  10. Can I store my stuff at Hamilton over the summer or do I have to lug it all home when I leave?
  11. Is there somewhere I can cook?
  12. What will be my address at the College? How shall I tell people to address my mail?
  13. Is there laundry service available for students?
  14. Can I have a refrigerator in my room?
  15. Will I be able to ship my stuff to the college this summer?
  16. What about insurance coverage for my belongings?
  17. I really need to have a car on campus. Who can I talk to?
     

What are the dimensions of my room?

Most quads are two room quads measuring 12' X 9' and 20' x 8'
Triples are approximately 16' x 22'
Doubles are approximately 16' x 10'

**Please note that the rooms, especially after everyone moves in, are NOT HUGE, so you will need to coordinate what you bring to campus with your roommates to avoid duplication. Communication with roommates over the summer is key.
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Where can I cash a check on campus?

Personal checks up to $50 can be cashed at the College Bookstore. There is also an ATM in the Beinecke Village complex on campus.
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Should I have a checking account in Clinton or use one from home?

That's up to you. Many students find it easier to set up checking accounts at one of the local banks after they arrive. NBT Bank, First Niagara and ACCESS Federal Credit Union are all located in Clinton.
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I'm planning to participate in the Adirondack Adventure (AA) or Outreach Adventure (OA) program and will arrive on campus early. Do I bring all my stuff when I come?

Yes, when you arrive on campus you will receive your keys to your room, so please bring all of your belongings. You will have time to move all of your belongings in, but getting completely settled may be another story because the AA and OA teams will be keeping you busy. We just ask that you are considerate of your roommate(s), if you arrive before they do, and be sure to leave them an equal share of space in the room.
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A good friend of mine is also coming to Hamilton. Can we be roommates?

Sometimes the fastest way to ruin a friendship is to live together; often our friends' individual lifestyles and habits are much different than ours and would not offer an ideal living situation. We do not put people who know each other before coming to Hamilton in the same room because it is our philosophy that all students need to have the consistent and valuable experience of meeting new people. We will, however, consider placing you in the same building or a building nearby. It's a small campus and you will have frequent contact with each other.
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Does my room have a carpet? What about curtains? Will I have a closet?

First-year housing areas in Dunham, North, South, Wallace Johnson & Wertimer do not have carpeting. The areas in Keehn and Major do have carpeting.  Either way, it’s a good  idea to bring area rugs or measure & buy when you arrive on campus.  Window treatments include shades on the north side of campus (Dunham, North, South) and blinds on the south side of campus (Keehn and Major). Closets are either in the form of free-standing wardrobes in some buildings or regular built-in closet areas in other buildings.
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Can I visit the campus this summer and take a look at my room?

Unfortunately, no. Hamilton hosts various conferences and seminars throughout the summer and our residence halls are in use.
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Can I come to campus early?

No. Because we use our halls all summer long, we need to make many  last-minute adjustments to the rooms before students arrive.  Your room will be ready for you on August 23rd when New Student Orientation begins. In case you need to come to the area early, view the list of local hotels and motels for accommodations.
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How do I get phone service for my room?

Information about telephone service for your room will be sent to you later this summer. Once you have signed up for telephone service, you will be notified of your on-campus phone number. You will need to bring your own telephone. Cell phones are a good idea. Voicemail service is also available through the College.
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Can I store my stuff at Hamilton over the summer or do I have to lug it all home when I leave?

The College does not have any storage areas on campus. A list of local storage companies can be found on our website.
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Is there somewhere I can cook?

Each residence hall has some sort of kitchenette that includes a small stove/oven, refrigerator and sink. No major feasts are prepared in these areas, but cookies, brownies, leftover pizza, etc., are certainly regular menu items.
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What will be my address at the College? How shall I tell people to address my mail?

Hamilton has a centrally located mail center in the Beinecke Village complex. You will be issued a mailbox and combination when you arrive on campus. Students usually check their mailboxes on a daily basis. Your friends and relatives can address mail to you by: Your Name, Mailbox Number, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323.
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Is there laundry service available for students?

No. One of the many learning experiences that will take place after you arrive is doing your own laundry! All residence halls come equipped with washers and dryers; Bristol Campus Center also has laundry facilities. You will be able to use your Hill Card to do your laundry.
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Can I have a refrigerator in my room?

You certainly can bring your own, as long as it is a half-sized refrigerator. It's always a good idea to check with your roommates so that you don't end up with more than one fridge in your room.
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Will I be able to ship my stuff to the college this summer?

Sure. If you need to ship some of your belongings, please do so (via the college's main address, Your name and mailbox #, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323) during the summer. The mail center will hold your boxes until you claim them when you arrive on campus.


What about insurance coverage for my belongings?

The College does not insure your personal belongings. You should arrange to have them insured before you come to school through your parents' homeowner's or renter's insurance.
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I really need to have a car on campus. Who can I talk to?

First-year students cannot bring cars to campus. There is limited parking available at Hamilton and overcrowding is a major issue on the Hill. Wait until your second year.
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