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First-Year Student Assignments FAQ

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Below are the answers to commonly asked questions regarding First-Year Student Housing Assignments. Simply click each question and the answer will be revealed. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us by calling (617) 552-3060 or emailing placement@bc.edu


 

Housing Application Process Questions

The housing application will become available to students 1 to 2 business days after the enrollment confirmation fee has been submitted to BC. If you have received confirmation that your fee was received and you are still experiencing trouble, please contact the Office of Residential Life at 617-552-3060. If you are unsure if you have made payment or have not received confirmation of payment, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 617-552-3100.

Housing assignments will be communicated via email during the first week in August.

The majority of the rooms are traditional double-occupancy accommodations. There are a limited number of single occupancy, triple, and quad rooms available on both the Upper and Newton Campuses. First Year students may indicate up to 3 room type preferences within their housing application located in the Agora portal. Although we cannot guarantee that all preferences will be honored, your responses will be considered as much as possible.

Students may access previously completed steps of their housing application until Friday, July 1, with the exception of the optional special interest housing steps that will close on TBD

Roommate requests may be made within your housing application.  Requests must be mutuallly confirmed between students to be considered. Our office will do our best to honor roommate requests, however they are not guaranteed.

Incoming First Year students must complete the Housing Application by July 1st, 2018.  You will not be able to make changes to your application after that time.


 

Residence Hall Questions

No. None of the First Year residence halls are air conditioned.

 

Room Sizes

Window Sizes

Newton Campus

Double rooms 18' × 11'

Single rooms 13' × 9'

Double-room windows 66" × 64"

Single-room windows 66" × 64"

Upper Campus

Double rooms 16' × 12'

Single rooms 16' × 9'

Double-room windows 62" × 64"

Single-room windows 62" × 42"

Mattresses are twin, extra-long: 36" × 80".

No. Students who have a medical need to bring their own mattress must submit medical documentation from their health care provider. This documentation should consist of a full medical history, as it pertains to the condition and provide a detailed explanation of why the student should be permitted to bring their own mattress to campus.  Documentation should be sent to the Disability Services Office, who will review the student's case.  Once a decision has been made, the student will be notified via their BC email account.

If the request is approved, the student will also be required to provide documentation that indicates the mattess satisfies state and local fire safety regulations.  

Each room is furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, chair and dresser for each occupant.  Each room also has connections for cable TV, telephone and internet.  Each room also contains a built-in closet for each student*.  Most rooms have wall-to-wall carpeting as well.

*-Students assigned to forced triple rooms share closet space among all occupants.

Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your first year living at Boston College. These are just some suggestions; you should adapt this list to suit your own situation.

For a full list of prohibited items, please read the Safety and Security Policies and the Conditions for Residency. You can also review our first-year packing guide for a more general list of prohibited items.

The majority of the rooms are traditional double-occupancy accommodations. There are a limited number of single occupancy, triple, and quad rooms available on both the Upper and Newton Campuses. First Year students may indicate up to 3 room type preferences within their housing application located in the Agora portal. Although we cannot guarantee that all preferences will be honored, your responses will be considered as much as possible. 


 

General Questions

First Year students access their buildings, bedrooms, and common bathrooms with their Eagle IDs.  These cards contain an antenna that the locks read when the card is held up to them for a few seconds.  Students should not punch holes in the card as this could puncture the antenna and cause the card to malfunction.

Bedroom and bathroom locks require students to both hold their card up to the lock and then to enter a unique PIN number that the student can find on their My Res Life portal page.  The normal process for using these locks is as follows:

  1. hold Eagle ID up to the lower face of the lock until the light shines yellow.
  2. enter you PIN while the light is on.
  3. the light should flash green and the lock should unlock.

You can watch a video of the process on our YouTube page.

Some common problems and solutions include:

  • the light will not turn on:
    • the lock batteries might be dead > troubleshoot by pressing the # button on the number pad.  If the light turns on, then the batteries are not dead and there is a different problem.  If the light does not come on, then call Boston College Police Department Non-Emergency number found on the back of your Eagle ID.
    • the Eagle ID might be defective > troubleshoot by holding your card up to another lock; if a light comes on, then your card is working properly and you should call the Office of Residential Life to have a technology specialist look into your situation.  If a light does not come on, then you should call the Office of Residential Life to have them verify your card is not working and they can refer you to Student Services to pickup a new Eagle ID free of charge.
    • the Eagle ID might not have been held up to the lock for a long enough time > be sure to hold your card against the lower face of the lock without moving it for ten seconds.  If the light still does not come on, then contact the Office of Residential Life.
  • the light turns red when the Eagle ID is held up to the lock:
    • press the # button and while the light is on press: 323232.  The light will turn off.  Wait a full 60 seconds before doing anything else!  After 60 seconds, hold your Eagle ID up to the lock.  If the light still flashes red, then call the Office of Residential Life so they can verify your access.
  • the light turns red aftern you enter your PIN:
    • check your My Res Life portal to make sure you are entering the proper PIN.  If you are entering the proper PIN but the light still flashes red, call the Office of Residential Life to verify your PIN.

Be sure to bring your Eagle ID with you when you go to the bathroom as you will need it to get into the bathroom and back into your own room.  Never leave your room without your Eagle ID!  In the case that you do get locked out of your room:

  1. Try to contact an available roommate.
  2. Try to contact your Resident Director or Resident Assistant or the Resident Director on Call.
  3. Between the hours of 8 pm and 2 am, there are always two Resident Assistants on call who can unlock your room for you.
  4. At all other times, after 2 am and during the day if you cannot get into your room any other way, you can call the Boston College Police Department Non-Emergency number on the back of your Eagle ID and a BCPD officer can unlock your room for you.

 

Check-in dates for all transition periods are published on our Hall Openings and Closings page.  Information on particular transition periods, such as Fall Opening, is updated yearly and published a few months ahead of the transition.

Students attending Orientation Session 7 will check-in to their room assignment for the school year.

Each residence hall has been assigned a P.O. box number as well as a street address. Click here for mailing addresses.

Newton Campus is located about 1½ miles from the Chestnut Hill campus and is serviced by a continuous shuttle bus between the two campuses. Approximately 850 First Year students live in the six residence halls. The 40-acre Newton Campus has its own dining hall, mailroom, chapel, and recreational fields. For additional information, please visit the BC shuttle site.

Upper Campus houses approximately 1,300 First Year students in 13 residence halls. The students on Upper Campus will have access to the dining hall, mailroom, and chapel. Both campuses have laundry facilities, exercise rooms, and entertainment/recreation areas.


 

Office of Residential Life | Maloney Hall - Suite 413 | (617) 552-3060 | Placement@bc.edu