Housing and Dining
There’s room for you at Alma.
It’s the little things like hearing the Kiltie Marching Band practice for the upcoming rivalry football game, joining your fellow Scots outside to build the first snowman of the season, the short walk to ask a professor a question on an assignment, and waving out your dorm room window to your friends passing by. It’s things like these that make living on campus an integral part of the Alma experience.
Our residential campus offers life-long connections and the opportunity to join our tight-knit community. Stay within steps of your classes, various dining options, events on campus, and student resources just for you.
During your time at Alma College, you can experience freshly modernized residence halls with amenities like:
- Study rooms
- Community eating spaces and dining halls, including Starbucks and Qdoba
- Campus events and off-campus adventures
- Support from your resident assistant (RA) right down the hall
In Alma College’s residential communities, we value:
Relationships: We seek to build meaningful connections.
Responsibility: We are responsible for our actions and encourage others to live responsibly.
Inclusion: We promote a safe, welcoming living environment for our students.
Development: We provide intentional opportunities for students to learn, grow, and develop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Alma College offer gender-inclusive housing and bathrooms?
Yes! All students can request gender-inclusive housing through the application in their housing portal, and all of our residence halls feature gender-inclusive restrooms. In Bruske, Newberry, and Mitchell Halls, these bathrooms are single-user bathrooms that are shared by a floor. In Gelston Hall, there are a limited number of single-user bathrooms on the second floor. All suite, house, and apartment-style housing can be gender inclusive with the consent of all residents. See our full gender inclusive housing policy in the student handbook.
How can I request a single room?
Our single rooms are first reserved for students with a documented accommodation through our Academic Support and Disability Services Office.
If we have any remaining single rooms available after meeting these accommodations, we open up these rooms to students on the single room waitlist. The waitlist opens in the housing portal with the rest of our housing process in late March, and any student can sign up for the waitlist at any time after it opens. Please note that there may be an additional cost for a single room. We strongly recommend that any student on the single room waitlist still go through the regular housing process, since single rooms are not guaranteed.
Can I live with a student from a different academic class?
For the most part, yes! Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can live together in Newberry, Mitchell, Carey, Bonbright, Brazell, and Brazell West Halls.
Returning students are not able to live with new first year students because there are limited spaces available in first year experience, and first year students must live in a first year residence hall. Exceptions are only made for family members or individuals who have lived in the same household previously.
I lost my room key and/or ID card. How do I request a new one?
If you lose your room key, please contact your RA, another member of the residence life staff, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work with Facilities to replace your lock and key to make sure your room is safe and secure. If you lose your ID card, dining services can print a new one for you, and Campus Safety can provide temporary IDs while the dining office is closed. Keys and ID cards both have a replacement fee. If your ID card breaks, dining services can print a new card for free; please bring the broken card with you to receive a replacement without charge.
Can I remove furniture from my room?
All of the furniture that is present in your room at move in must remain in your room. Due to limited storage space, we are unable to store room furniture in other spaces on campus. Removing the furniture may result in a fine or student conduct charges.
Can I bring furniture for my room?
We encourage you to bring items that will help your room feel like home. Many students will bring a comfy chair or futon, but we always encourage students to coordinate this with their roommates to make sure there is enough space for everything you both bring!
How do I apply to live off campus?
All full-time students are required to live on campus, unless you meet specific criteria.
Believe you qualify and want to apply to live off campus? Just fill out the application in your housing portal. We will review your application and respond within a few weeks.