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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.


 

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 faxed to our office: 617-552-2536, Attn: Assignments & Occupancy or mailed: Boston College, Office of Residential Life, Maloney Hall, Suite 413, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 no later than TBD.

The documentation will be reviewed by our accommodations committee, comprised of professionals from the Office of Residential Life, Dean of Students Office and Health Services.  Once a decision has been made, the student will be notified via their BC email account.

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

What should I bring?

Mattress pad (no foam mattress pads; e.g., egg crate, memory foam, etc.)

Bed linens

Bedspread

Blankets

Pillows

Towels

Shower sandals

Bucket/tote for toiletries

Iron & ironing board

Laundry basket

Laundry detergent

Cleaning supplies

Dust busters/lightweight vacuum

Calendar/planner

Small fan

Desk lamp

Alarm clock

Flashlight

Touch-tone phone

Television with cable-ready connection & coaxial cable

Computer

Radio

Surge protector power strip

Grounded three-prong adapter (for Shaw, Medeiros, and Greycliff)

Hangers

Masking tape

For a list of prohibited items, please read the Safety and Security Policies and the Conditions for Residency.

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

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.

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.

 

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