Housing and Residence Life

A wide range of safety precautions in our residence halls help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students. 

We are excited to welcome students back to the residence halls and plan to resume our standard policies and procedures as much as possible:

  • Additional occupancy limits in common areas of residence halls have been lifted. Gatherings are permitted in residence hall shared spaces.
  • Students will have ID card access to all residence halls from 7 a.m. to midnight, and their own residence halls at all times. This is a return to our standard ID card access practices.
  • Students may use any bathroom in any residence hall; bathrooms will not be assigned to specific individuals.
  • The college still requires residency for all students unless a student has a documented accommodation or otherwise meets the qualifications for a residency exemption. If you have a qualifying need that is not met by your current housing arrangement, contact Disability Support Services to begin the accommodation process.

To learn more, click on the arrows in the table below. 


Residence halls reopen for the winter term at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 4. When students arrive on campus, they may go directly to their residence hall with no additional check-in required. Students should complete their Daily Health Screening as usual prior to arrival.

New and re-enrolled students who are moving in for the first time will check in from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3 at the Center for Student Opportunity.

Please reach out to residencelife@alma.edu with any questions. 

Guests and Gatherings

Students can visit each other and have outside guests in residence halls within the college’s standard guest policy, but social gatherings in any college-owned housing, including small houses, are temporarily lowered. Until Jan. 31, guests in small housing will be limited to one guest per resident of the house, up to a maximum of 12 total guests.

Changes to this policy will be disseminated to students via email. The college will consider the following in making the decision to change this policy:

  • Guidance from national and local health organizations
  • Trends in the state and local area
  • Policy compliance on campus (ex.: participation in mandatory screenings, wearing facial coverings and social distancing)
  • The number of cases on our campus

For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions are in place:

  • Student: An Alma College student living in a college-owned housing unit
  • Visitor: An Alma College student who is visiting a college-owned housing unit to which they are not assigned
  • Guest: A person who is not an Alma College student, faculty or staff member, who is visiting college-owned housing

Visit the Important Dates page on the Residence Life website and the 2021-22 academic calendar on the Registar’s website for more information.