If you like to meet lots of people and thrive in a social environment, Dunham is the place for you. Many first-year students (about 50%) are placed in doubles & quads in this building. Dunham is the largest residence hall on campus and is conveniently located right in the middle of everything on the north side of campus. The first-floor main lounge, with couches, tables and cable TV, divides the first floor into equal halls for women and men. The second and third floors will be split by sex in the middle of the main hall. On the second floor, all even numbers (Northside/football field side) will be female rooms. The reverse will be true for the third floor. Floors are linoleum and hallways are carpeted. Approximate room dimensions: 2 room quad 12’ x 9’, 20’ x 8’ and double 12.5’ x 10’. A recreation room, kitchen and laundry room are available in the basement. Dunham houses 250 students.
Wertimer House is home to the Leadership Experience And Preparation (LEAP) Program. It is located near the Bristol Center, Skenandoa House and Wallace Johnson House. Wertimer has space for 42 incoming first years in 21 doubles. Since Wertimer houses only first years who are all coming to Hamilton together, the residents often form a close knit community. The first floor lounge is large with a pool table, flat screen TV and is usually buzzing with activity. Two upperclass Resident Advisors will also live in the building. Wertimer is wheelchair accessible.
Residential Engagement in Academic Life (REAL) is a unique housing option open to 60 members of the class of 2017. Students will live together on the 3rd and 4th floors of South residence hall and take one of their courses together with one of Hamilton’s best teachers. Your REAL professor is also your faculty advisor. Students have a chance to connect with faculty and one another around both intellectual and social activities. This has become a very popular housing option.
Quads and six-person living units define the style of this four-story structure capped by the distinctive “South Tower.” South Residence Hall primarily contains two-room quads, each with a bathroom, for first-year students. In each quad the bedroom opens into a large central study room with a (non-working) fireplace, natural hardwood floors, and wood paneling on the walls. The building also contains two spacious study lounges, a recreation lounge, a laundry room and kitchen facilities. South houses 126 students and is wheelchair accessible.
All four of these buildings were constructed simultaneously in 1968. They are located in a cluster near the Kirkland Glen and share identical architectural design. All consist of two hallways per floor, accommodating female and male upperclass students in singles and first-year students in the double rooms. Experience has shown that such halls foster a close sense of community and the R.A., who lives adjacent to the lounge, usually acts as the focal point for bringing the two hallways together. The lounges are equipped with a kitchenette and comfortable furniture. Laundry facilities and a kitchenette are also located on the first floor. Major houses 66 students; Minor houses 66 students; McIntosh houses 66 students and Keehn houses 52 students. All four buildings are carpeted throughout and each room has cable, telephone & network jacks. Room dimensions are approximately 16’ x 10’ for first-year doubles.
The third floor of Major is designated as the “Quiet floor” for the upcoming academic year. That means that any students residing there will agree to be respectful of noise and will help to establish quiet hours. All students living on the third floor of Major must sign a Quiet Housing Guidelines (see sample later in this document). The term ‘quiet’ is used to convey an attitude of respect for one another in this residence hall. Don’t worry—you can still bring your stereo to school if you live on the Quiet floor; you just need to turn the volume down a bit during quiet hours.
Lots of positive interaction happens in North between first-year students and upperclass students. North is noted for its convenient location and strong sense of community. A stone building completed in 1842, North Residence Hall consists of four floors and a basement recreation area. Rooms in North consist of singles for upperclass students; with doubles and triples for new students. Men occupy the first and third floors; women live on the second and fourth. The basement includes a television room, a kitchenette, laundry facilities and a furnished lounge area. Floors in North are tile. North houses 91 students.
Students living in Root Residence Hall will experience a ‘substance-free’ environment for the upcoming year, agreeing to uphold an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle (see guidelines later in this document). Named for the Hamilton family that included statesman Elihu Root (distinguished statesman, Nobel Laureate and member of the Class of 1864), Root houses upperclass students in singles and first-years in doubles. It is also the home of the Clinton Child Care Center, where some students volunteer their time. Both the third and fourth floors have their own lounges furnished with couches, tables and kitchenettes. Laundry facilities and an additional kitchenette are available on the first floor. First-year doubles in Root measure 16’ x 10’ approximately. Root houses 78 students and is carpeted throughout the building.
These student residences are not available to first-year students but may be chosen for housing during your next three years at Hamilton. Skenandoa, Kirkland, Eells and Ferguson halls are handicapped accessible.