Housing at Smith College has consistently received high ratings from several different independent surveys of leading colleges (The Princeton Review declared Smith number one in the category "Dorms Like Palaces" and number seven in the category "Best Quality of Life"). Residential life at Smith is an important part of a traditional-aged student's education. Students come from varied backgrounds, and the houses provide unique opportunities for them to learn about each other's experiences. Traditional-aged undergraduates are expected to live on campus for four years, unless they are studying away from campus. Living successfully in the college houses requires students to balance individual freedom with a sensitivity to and respect for the rights of others.
The 35 houses and complexes range in style from modern to Gothic to classic revival. Each housing option has a sense of community at its core. Depending on which house you are assigned, you may have between 10 to 100 housemates. No matter what size your house is, you'll live with people who have a range of experiences. In most houses, students from all four classes are represented. Entering students—including first-year, transfer and exchange students—are assigned to double rooms and in some cases, singles, as they are available. Returning students generally live in doubles, suites or single rooms.
The house system enables you to formally and informally meet new people and make new friends. The live-in residence life staff consists of head residents or house coordinators, house community advisers, and elected student leaders such as house presidents. Each house council sponsors activities such as lectures, study breaks, discussions, debates, films, workshops, community service opportunities and field trips.
We expect each Smith student to become familiar with the college handbook. This explains various housing and residence life expectations, policies and procedures. If you have questions or concerns about living in campus housing or getting involved at Smith, please contact our staff members. You are also invited to take advantage of the many leadership opportunities the college offers, inside the classroom and out.