Traditional Housing Options

Traditional Housing Options

North Campus

Bruske, Gelston, Mitchell, and Newberry Halls
  • These halls are open to students from all class standings.
  • All rooms in all halls are non-smoking.
  • The South tower of Bruske Hall is Substance Free.
  • Newberry Hall will offer co-ed housing by floor.
  • Gelston Hall will offer co-ed housing by corridor and alternating rooms.
  • Mitchell Hall will offer co-ed housing by corridor and alternating rooms.
  • All rooms in all halls are non-smoking.
  • No furniture is to be removed from any of the residence hall rooms.
  • Gelston Hall is the only hall that allows lofts. If you build a loft in Gelston you must find a way to construct one around the existing furniture. There are no exceptions to this rule.

South Campus

Bonbright/Carey and Nisbet/ Brazell Halls
  • These halls are open to upper-class students only.
  • All rooms in all halls are non-smoking.
  • South Complex will be co-ed by suite.
  • You may sign up for a two person room or a four person suite.
  • All single rooms will be filled by the single room application process.
  • No furniture is to be removed from any of the residence hall rooms.
  • Lofts are not permitted in South Campus residence halls.

 Other Housing Options

 Wright Hall

  • Wright Hall is open to students with senior and junior status only. Seniors will be given priority.
  • All rooms in Wright Hall are non-smoking.
  • You may sign up for a four person apartment.
  • Rooms in Wright Hall will be assigned by an application selection process.
  • Applications are available in the Student Life Office beginning February 7, 2014.
  • Applications are due March 10, 2014.
  • No furniture is to be removed from any of the Wright Hall apartments.
  • Residents of Wright Hall will be automatically enrolled in the 160 block  meal plan

Opera House Apartments/ Downtown Alma

  • Once the Opera House Apartments in downtown Alma become available, the Student Life Office will notify students of the criteria and selection process for living in the Opera House.

Wright Avenue Apartments

  • The Wright Avenue Apartments are open to students with senior and junior status only. Seniors will be given priority.
  • All rooms in the apartments are non-smoking.
  • Each Apartment will be either male or female.
  • You may sign up for a two-person or four-person apartment
  • Rooms in the Wright Avenue Apartments will be assigned by an application selection process.
  • Applications are available in the Student Life Office beginning February 7, 2014.
  • Applications are due March 10, 2014.
  • No furniture is to be removed from any of the Wright Avenue apartments.
  • Students must provide their own furniture for the shared living room.
  • Residents of the Wright Avenue Apartments must sign a lease prior to moving in in the fall.
  • Residents of the Wright Avenue Apartments will be automatically enrolled in the 160 block meal plan.

Themed Small Housing Units

The college operates several themed small housing units, and these houses must be filled to capacity. Houses are coed by room. Themes for the houses are selected through an application process. Applications will be available on February 7, 2014. Applications are due on March 3, 2014. Decisions on renewed and new theme houses will be made and announced on March 17, 2014. All non-Greek small houses must fill out an application for themed small housing. Houses may change themes from year to year.

 

214 Cedar Street 3 spaces
209 Grant Street 4 spaces
327 Grant Street 4 spaces
510 Mechanic Street 4 spaces
405 W. Center Street 4 spaces
707 W. Center Street 7 spaces
715 W. Center Street 7 spaces
619 W. Center Street 7 spaces
  • These houses are open to upper-class students only.
  • All rooms in all houses are non-smoking.
  • Houses will be co-ed by room.
  • You must be able to fill the house to capacity.
  • The house must be kept at capacity during the academic year.
  • Themed houses will be assigned via an application and selection process.
  • Themed housing applications are available in the Student Life Office.
  • Applications for renewing and new theme houses are due to the Student Life Office by 5 p.m. March 3, 2014.

The above facilities and their themes are subject to change and must fill out Themed House Application for Fall 2014. Those houses wishing to return with the same theme should fill out the Theme Housing Renewal Application and those wishing to apply for a new theme should fill out a New Theme Housing Application.

MacCurdy House

Located at 701 W. Center and housing 7 students, the MacCurdy houses the Alma College Women’s Resource Center. If you are interested in living the MacCurdy house during the 2014-15 academic year, please contact the MacCurdy house advisor, Terri Freeland, at freelandt@alma.edu for information on the selection process.

Greek Housing

Selection for Greek Housing is determined by the individual fraternities and sororities; it is also coordinated by the Director of Campus Life and the Greek Advisor.

Greek guidelines:

In an effort to help the Greek system manage itself more efficiently from a fiscal standpoint and to help maximize housing space on campus, the following will be in effect for all active members of a fraternity or sorority.

  1. All active members of a Greek organization must occupy the chapter house to capacity.
  2. Any active members of the Greek organization who are hired as Resident Assistants will be exempt from living in the fraternity/sorority house, as long as they are employed as an R.A.
  3. Residence in a Greek house takes precedence over all other campus housing, including Wright Hall, The Opera House, and the Wright Avenue Apartments. Seniors and juniors will be required to fill their house first, then if the house is full, the remaining students can apply to live in Wright Hall, provided they meet the rest of the requirements for eligibility.
  4. In the event that there are more fraternity/sorority members than spaces in the house, seniors will occupy the house, then juniors, then sophomores. In the event that there is a question between a class level, then the deciding factor will be when the student became a member of the organization (activation year), with the more senior member receiving a spot in the house.
  5. Any active members who are on an off-campus study or off-campus internship will be exempt from living in the house. This does not include student teachers. Student teachers will be required to live in the house if they are within the normal commuting distance (25 miles).
  6. Capacity for each Greek house is as follows:
Sigma Alpha Epsilon 10 spaces
Sigma Chi 10 spaces
Tau Kappa Epsilon 19 spaces
Theta Chi 10 spaces
Zeta Sigma 12 spaces
Phi Mu Alpha 9 spaces
Alpha Gamma Delta 8 spaces
Alpha Xi Delta 11 spaces
Gamma Phi Beta 11 spaces
Kappa Iota 7 spaces
Phi Sigma Sigma 9 spaces
  1. If a Greek organization is not occupying its house for one of the semesters, then it will be required to adhere to the above-listed rules upon re-occupying the house. 
  2. In the event that a house is not at capacity, any newly activated members will be required to move into the house immediately upon activation. 
  3. To be an active member, you must maintain the Greek GPA standard (2.25 for fraternities, 2.5 for sororities cumulative) and be in good standing with the college.
  4. Greek housing rosters for Fall 2014 are due to the Student Life Office no later than March 17, 2014.

Off-Campus Housing Exceptions

All students are required to live in campus housing, unless they are granted special permission by the Alma College Exception Committee. Applications for off-campus exceptions may be obtained in the Student Life Office. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students who are found to be living off campus and are not approved will be charged the cost of room and board at the current room and board rate. 

These Residency Requirement Waiver applications will be available in the Student Life Office beginning February 7, 2014, and must be completed with appropriate documentation by March 3, 2014. Applications turned in by this deadline will have decisions made by March 7, 2014. Late applications may not be considered until after the housing process.

Please note that students residing in non-Alma College housing will be subject to a reduction in financial aid. That portion of a student’s financial aid package representing Alma College institutional funds will be reduced by 25% not to exceed a cap of $5,000. Contact the Financial Aid Office at ext. 7347 for specific information regarding your financial aid package. 

All students receiving full-tuition scholarships, Tuition Exchange (domestic and international), and Alma College National Merit Scholarship are required to live in college-owned housing for each of their four years on campus.