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Transfer Student Housing & Dining

You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from everything that a residential campus has to offer. Our newly renovated residence halls allow you to put down roots, build close friendships — and enjoy all the perks of a short commute!

Where will I live?

As a transfer student, you are automatically opted into our Transfer Living Learning Community (TLLC). TLLC is designed to support your unique experiences and needs as a transfer student who is not new to college, but is new to Alma. The TLLC is located in Newberry Hall, which also houses other sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Check out more information about TLLC.

Have another housing option in mind? Email us at residencelife@alma.edu to discuss options.

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Housing Selection

Transfer student housing selection occurs from March through July each year and has three primary steps:
1. Sign your housing agreement, complete your roommate profile, and select your meal plan (March)
2. Select your roommate (June)
3. Select your room (June-July)

All of these steps will be completed through your housing portal, which you will be able to access after you make your commitment deposit. Through our portal, you will be able to meet possible roommates, find someone compatible, and choose your room for the upcoming year. If you are eligible to live off campus, you also can find the residency exemption application in your housing portal.

Check out this year’s housing selection dates.

Dining at Alma

At Alma, you’ll never be short of opportunities to share a meal — or grab a bite on the go! Dining on campus is a great way to build connections with your peers, whether it’s a late-night study session or brunch on Saturday. There are 15 dining locations that accept and Alma College meal plan.

Through Metz, our campus dining partner, you can enjoy homestyle favorites at Southern Kitchen or pizza made from scratch at Villa Toscana. Or, try something new from our rotating weekly menu at Hamilton Commons. Plus, our Chef Fresh fridges in Wright Hall and the Hogan Center are available whenever hunger strikes, so you’ll always have access to healthy snacks and meals.

Want to try it for yourself? As a transfer student, you can enjoy a trial period of one week to explore our affordable, healthy on-campus dining options.

Students in groups, eating and talking inside Hamilton Commons Dining Lounge


What are the benefits of living on campus?

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As a residential institution, it is a core part of the Alma experience, and has significant academic benefits.

When you live on campus, you’ll build close-knit friendships and benefit from an extensive support network of faculty and staff.

You’ll also enjoy close proximity to on-campus resources like the Stone Recreation Center and the Wilcox Medical Center.

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How much does it cost to live on campus?

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We strive to make your college experience accessible, affordable, rewarding and cost effective when compared to living off campus. On-campus amenities include access to laundry and fitness facilities. In addition, we offer an annual award to transfer students who choose to live on campus.

View our cost of attendance.

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What housing options does Alma offer?

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As an incoming transfer student, you will typically be placed in our Transfer Living Learning Community (TLLC). Our living-learning communities are tight-knit groups that allow you to live with peers with similar interests or academic backgrounds.

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What dining options does Alma offer?

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At Alma, there’s always something new to try! You can learn more about on-campus dining options on our dining website.

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How much does a meal plan cost?

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We offer a variety of different meal plans for students to allow for flexible, convenient on-campus dining.

Regardless of which plan you choose, each will include a number of meal swipes, which can be used in Hamilton Commons and Joe’s Place. Your plan will also include Munch Money, which you can spend at local restaurants and coffee shops, including Starbucks, Block House and Jimmy Johns. You can learn more about meal plan pricing on our dining website.

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Can I live off campus?

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We understand that each student is unique and offer a process to obtain a housing waiver for transfer students who require off-campus housing.

As a residential college, we believe students get the most out of their time at Alma when they live on campus. As a result, all students are encouraged to live in college-owned or approved housing through our intentional experiential housing model.

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Can I test out dining on campus before I make a decision?

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Yes. We’re so confident you’ll love our affordable, healthy dining options that we offer transfer students a week to try it out — no strings attached!

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How can I get involved in life on campus?

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Our students take pride in getting involved in life beyond the classroom, from community engagement and spiritual life to athletics, performing arts and academic and professional groups. We have more than 80 student organizations, nine sororities and fraternities and 31 sports. offer dedicated programming to Pell Grant-eligible and first-generation transfer students through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

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