Residence Life

The mission of the Residence Life Office is to enhance the academic experience and to encourage an inclusive, safe, healthy, and supportive living environment for all ˿Ƶ students.

The Residence Life staff work to accomplish their mission by facilitating programs aimed at developing responsible decision making skills, creating a strong sense of community, and fostering respect for self and others in a diverse, global society. The Residence Life Office believes in empowering students to accept personal responsibility and to realize the leadership potential in everyone.

Office hours

8:00am – 5:00pm,
Monday – Friday

Exterior of Pearl Hall

Housing Options

From traditional college residences to town house style apartments, 98% of Centre students live on campus.

Students in dorm room

Roommate Selection

First year students complete the Roommate Selection Form that is used to match you with a roommate and select a meal plan. You'll be asked a series of questions relating to living with a roommate. Your responses are used to help identify potential well-matched roommates. It’s very important to be honest when answering these questions.

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Meal Plan Selection

The Roommate Selection Form includes details and options about meal plan selection.

Residence Life Staff

Jess Sweitzer

  • Director of Residence Life & Housing
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Julie Wheeler headshot women with wavy brown hair wearing black cardigan sweater and floral black and white top

Julie Wheeler

  • Associate Director of Residence Life & Housing Operations

Housing Information and Policies

Everyone at Centre lives and works as a community. Residence halls not only provide you with conveniences such as study spaces, lounges, and vending areas, but they are a perfect setting for developing lifelong friendships. Many of your questions regarding housing at ˿Ƶ should be answered below.

Students are required to live in college residence halls and to dine on campus. Exceptions to these requirements are: (1) Students may live at home with their parents in or near Danville; (2) Married students are expected to arrange their own off-campus housing and (3) Some students who have reached senior status may apply for off-campus housing, which is subject to approval from the Housing Office. Students who are granted permission to live off campus are notified on or before August 10. Permission to be exempt from the campus meal plan is determined by the Director of the Student Health Center.

There are two ways to determine roommate assignments. (1) A student may choose to room with someone they know by indicating their choice on the on-line Roommate Selection Questionnaire. Both students must indicate this choice or they may not be paired together. (2) A student will be matched with a roommate based on the roommate selection questionnaire, and the information provided by the Admission Office staff on each incoming student. The name, home address, email, and telephone number of each roommate is sent to the other in the summer so that contact can be made between the roommates.

Students are not permitted to switch rooms without written authorization from the Housing Office. Roommates are required to live together for the first six weeks of school. Resident Assistants are trained to assist students who are having difficulties living in a residence hall setting. We strongly encourage students to talk with their Resident Assistant if they are struggling to get along with their roommate.

Room Descriptions, Services and Accommodations

Each double-occupancy room has one set of twin beds that can be bunked, two desks, two closets, two dressers, and two desk chairs. All rooms have heating and air conditioning. All rooms have mini-blinds. The College does not furnish lamps, linens, or other accessories.

There are no single rooms for incoming students. Students choose single rooms on upper class halls during a special room draw in the spring. These are chosen on a seniority basis, with priority given to seniors, juniors and then sophomores. There is an additional cost for a single room; the Finance Office determines the amount.

˿Ƶ is committed to providing those students with a disability a safe environment in which to live and study. On-campus residence hall accommodations are available for students with disabilities. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the College if special accommodations will be needed. Students should contact the Housing Office if any housing accommodation is needed. To learn more about accessibility services or to request learning accommodations, visit our Accessibility Services page.

Visit Accessibility Services

Students must use the beds provided by the College. All beds are twin sized and need extra long sheets. Most mattresses are 36” x 80”. Students are responsible for their own linens. If desired, you may purchase linens from . Beds may not be propped up by cement blocks, but store-purchased bed risers may be used.

Most residence buildings have rooms set aside for quiet-study/reading space.

All rooms are painted an off-white color. Students are not allowed to do anything to the interior that may damage the room. Painting, driving nails, using flammable decorations, etc., is prohibited. We do recommend the use of command strips and ask that you leave them on the walls when you leave. If they are not removed properly, the paint can be damaged.

Limited storage space is available in the residence halls and houses during the year. Only labeled boxes and/or labeled nonflammable items such as luggage are permitted. Centre is not responsible for items left in storage areas.

You may do your laundry on campus at no additional cost. Laundry facilities are located in Bingham, Breck, Brockman, Caldwell, Evans, Hillside, LaMotte, 762 W. Main, Nevin, Northside, 851 W. Walnut, Pearl Hall, Ruby Cheek, Stuart Hall, Wiseman, and Yerkes. Students must provide their own detergents, etc.

Food service is provided by Parkhurst Dining. There are four meal plan options: (1) Anytime Access + $200 Flex Dollars per year, (2) 12 Meals per week + $500 Flex Dollars per year, (3) 8 Meals per week + $900 Flex Dollars per year, or (4) 5 Meals per week + $1,400 Flex Dollars per year. With the Anytime Access Plan you can have access to Cowan by swiping in as many times you want when you want within open operating hours. Swipe in to get a breakfast sandwich, or come in for a coffee to hang out with friends, a full meal at lunch – whatever your heart desires! With any of the other three meal plans, any unused meals in a given week are carried over to the following week – you don’t lose them. Unused meals continue to accrue throughout the semester until they are then forfeited at the end of each semester. Flex dollars roll over from semester to semester only, not year to year. The total amount of flex dollars are distributed as follows - 45% for fall term, 10% for CentreTerm, and 45% for spring term. Students may change their meal plan option during the first two weeks of the fall and spring terms ONLY. The Anytime Access costs an extra $225 per semester.

In addition to the computers available to students in classrooms, laboratories, and study areas, students may connect their personally owned computers to the ˿Ƶ network as well. All residence hall rooms will provide internet access through Wi-Fi connections. Wi-Fi can be used for all systems from mobile, to desktop, to gaming systems.

Video games and television spaces are located in the Campus Center. TVs connected to cable are located in lobbies and/or basements of residence halls. Cable is also available in individual rooms at no charge.

Vending machines are located in most of the halls. Ice machines are located in Yerkes, Nevin, Northside, Breck, Bingham, Brockman, McReynolds, Caldwell, Pearl, LaMotte, Tyler, and Evans.

There are shared kitchen areas in Acheson, Bingham, Breck, Brockman, Cheek/Evans, Cooper/Ganfield, LaMotte/Tyler, 762 W. Main, Nevin, Northside, Pearl, Ruby Cheek, Stevenson/Vinson, Stuart, Wiseman, and Yerkes. Most of these have stoves, refrigerators, microwaves and sinks. Students using the kitchens are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.

All automobiles must be registered. A $70.00 auto registration fee is divided and assessed to student bills during two billing cycles of the year. Registration will be done on-line and decals will be issued during the first week of classes. Parking on public streets surrounding the campus does not exempt an individual from registration and purchase of a decal. Violators of parking regulations will be ticketed and repeat violations will result in “booting” of the owner’s car. All unpaid parking fines will be forwarded to the Finance Office for collection and assessed to the student account.

What to Bring

Every student may have different needs, but this gives you a good start.
Items we consider essential are starred (*). Make sure to consult your roommate to avoid purchasing doubles of items like lamps or appliances.

  • Extra-long twin sheets * 
  • Comforter *
  • Mattress pad *
  • Pillow(s) and pillow cases*
  • Blanket
  • Towels and washcloths *
  • Shower shoes / flip flops *
  • Shower caddy 
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • HE detergent 
  • Drying rack
  • Iron (auto shutoff) / Ironing Board
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper towels
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Hair products/hair dryer
  • First aid kit
  • Thermometer
  • Prescription/OTC medications *
  • Notebooks, binders, folders
  • Computer/laptop
  • Laptop's charger and locking cable
  • Desk lamp & bulbs (no halogen lamps)
  • Floor lamp & bulbs
  • Refrigerator (max 6 cubic feet)
  • Microwave (1200 watts or less)
  • Wall decor
  • Area rug
  • Fan (large and/or clip)
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Ear buds/headphones
  • Gaming system
  • Power strip/surge protector (UL approved)
  • TV (w/remote and user manual)
  • Backpack
  • Message board (dry erase board)
  • Flashlight/batteries
  • Sealable food storage containers
  • Dishware/silverware
  • Can opener
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Umbrella/rain gear
  • Sports equipment (bicycle, rackets, balls)
  • Sunglasses
  • ATM cards *
  • Credit cards *
  • Driver license *
  • Insurance cards *
  • Passport/Visa
  • Lock box

Security and Key/ID Replacements

Large residence halls have ID card swipe locks installed on main doors. Other halls and houses have number combination locks on outside doors. The doors are locked at all times and can only be accessed via swipe or code entry. The number combinations are changed periodically throughout the year.

Each student is issued one room key. Loss of the key during the year or failure to return the key at the end of the year will result in the assessment of a $50.00 replacement fee.

Each student is issued an ID card. Loss of the ID card will result in the assessment of a $25.00 replacement fee. The Student Life Office or the Department of Public Safety should be notified in the event of a lost ID card. They will deactivate the card and can issue a temporary card for access into residence halls only. Any faded ID card will be replaced free as long as the faded card is returned.

Dorm staff and regulations

Resident Assistants (RAs) are members of the Residence Life staff who are supervised by the professional Residence Life team. The College is committed to a comprehensive residential program that blends the co-curricular with the academic to create a total educational environment in which all residents are assisted in achieving their unique potential. RAs play a key role in creating this environment and their efforts bear significantly and directly upon the quality of life experienced by all members of the College residential community. Their responsibilities through the academic year include programming, making referrals, counseling residents, encouraging the development of community and responsibility among building residents, handling administrative tasks for the Residence Life Office, and enforcing College policy. Each floor has at least one RA while some large floors have two RAs. Residence Directors (RDs) are also members of the Residence Life staff. They provide supervision of RAs and buildings/areas on campus.

First-year students will have set visitation hours for the first three weeks of the fall term. The set visitation hours are Sunday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.–12:30 a.m. and Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. After the first three weeks of fall term, and upon approval by the Residence Life Staff and Student Life Office, first-year students will be granted 24-hour visitation for the remainder of the academic year.

The minimum quiet or consideration hours for all residences, student rooms and corridors (including sorority and fraternity houses) are Sunday - Thursday 10 p.m. – 10 a.m., Friday-Saturday 11 p.m. – 10 a.m. On Friday and Saturday nights, activities scheduled in and around campus must not become so loud as to create a disturbance for people not involved and not located in the immediate vicinity of
the event. 24-hour quiet hours are in effect during exam periods through all residences. Details of a noise control policy can be found in the .

Students are expected to be considerate and responsible residents. They enjoy the freedom to make their own decisions provided they do not violate others’ rights or undermine the well-being of the community. See the for further policy outline.

Smoking is not allowed in classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, public areas or foyers. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not allowed inside any student residential facility belonging to the College, including individual rooms.

Pets are not permitted in the residence halls or on campus. Students found in violation of this policy will be fined a minimum of $50.00. Please refer to the for further details.

Damages and Maintenance (pest)

Before fall term begins, each room in every residence hall/house is checked for condition and inventory by the student residing in the room. The findings are recorded on a “Room Condition Form” that each resident completes when checking in. It is important for each resident to review the form and check the room carefully. When the student checks out of the room, charges will be assessed for all damages or missing items from the room that are not noted on the Room Condition Form. Room Condition Forms not completed by the deadline will be assumed correct and the student will become responsible for any damages not noted on the original Room Condition Form. Any time a student vacates a room, whether switching rooms or leaving the College, a room inventory will be done. Residents should request a completed copy from their RA.

Custodial services are provided in all common areas of residence halls as well as in all academic and administrative areas on campus. Custodians will collect the trash daily, except Sunday, and clean halls, bathrooms, and lounge areas. Custodians will NOT enter student’s rooms or unlock doors. Usual working hours are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All residence halls are regularly inspected and sprayed for insects during the December break and over the summer. Residents should use sealable food storage containers for food kept in rooms. Students with related medical concerns such as chemical allergies should notify the Housing Office.

Regulations and Insurance (fire, weapons)

˿Ƶ recommends that you have property insurance while living on campus. National Student Services, Inc. is an insurance option for Centre students. Visit their website . 

Students are strongly encouraged to have health insurance. Student Health requests that students provide a copy of their insurance card with the Health History form. Most Centre students have health insurance through a parent’s plan. Under the Affordable Care Act, if a parent’s health insurance plan covers children, the parent can add or keep the child on their policy until they turn 26 years old. If a student is not covered through a parent’s plan, an individual plan should be purchased for them. 


Students should keep their rooms locked at all times when unoccupied. Centre cannot assume responsibility for personal losses. It is advisable to check your homeowner’s policy for coverage. Additional information regarding a “Student Personal Property Program” is available by visiting . 

Safety inspections are conducted in every residence hall room. Safety violations and/or fire hazards are noted and those students found to be in violation are notified. A re-inspection takes place approximately two weeks after the preliminary inspection. Students who have not made corrections are held responsible and/or fined for failure to comply.

  1. 1. A complete list of fire regulations is outlined in the Student Handbook. However, some to be aware of before school starts are: Electrical appliances such as, but not limited to: hotplates, George Foreman grills, air fryers, toaster ovens, frying pans, waffle irons, portable heaters, self-installed ceiling fans, or portable air conditioners are not to be used in any residence hall room;
  2.  Microwave ovens must be 1,200 watts or under and refrigerators must be under six cubic feet;
  3. No more than one additional chair or one sofa may be placed in any room;
  4. Extension cords may be used on a limited basis but must be UL approved and may not be located under a bed or rug. Outlet
    strips with a surge protector are allowed;
  5. Any supplemental lighting such as holiday lights or lights on a string must be UL approved and low wattage. These lights may
    not be hung from the ceiling or from the walls within 6 inches of the ceiling. No more than 3 strings of lights per room or living
  6. All carpet should be fire resistant;
  7. Posters, tapestries, curtains, flags, etc. must be fire retardant and may not be hung from the ceiling or from the walls within 6
    inches of the ceiling, or hung in windows;
  8. Candles, oil lamps, or other open- flamed items for decoration or for any other use are strictly prohibited;
  9. Halogen torchiere lamps are strictly prohibited;
  10. Access to and from rooms (doors and windows) must be kept clear. Furniture or other items blocking access to rooms at
    windows or doorways is not allowed.

Firearms, fireworks, BB guns, knives, swords, paintball guns or other potentially dangerous weapons are strictly prohibited on campus.