Residence Life & Housing

MISSION: In support of the mission of Roanoke College, Residence Life & Housing strives to enhance the student experience by providing safe, comfortable, and inclusive residential communities that foster a sense of belonging.

VISION:  Residence Life & Housing at Roanoke College will be the model for preparing students for their futures by cultivating independent individuals who are confident, resilient, and have a sense of purpose in the global community.

Our Residence Life & Housing department is committed to encouraging an inclusive residence hall community that promotes civic and social responsibility, intellectual and personal growth, and physical and emotional well-being in our residents. We strive to achieve this community by fostering within it appropriate challenges and opportunities, guided support and encouragement, respect for community standards, and recognition of our residents' individuality.

First year and returning students live together in most of our residence halls. Fraternity and sorority houses are also located on campus where they house members of the organizations. With the exception of two all-female halls, the halls are co-ed by alternating floor, room/suite, or wing. There are 27 residence halls on campus, 8 of which are designated Greek housing. 

Moreover, there are countless opportunities to get involved in your residence hall and on campus. We encourage you to join your Neighborhood Council by applying for an executive board position or becoming a general member! Neighborhood Council recruitment will begin during the first week of classes. Our Resident Advisors and Greek Resident Managers also put on several programs and events each semester that we encourage you to attend. Learn more about our Neighborhood Councils here.

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Living on campus offers many benefits, including:

  • More social interaction with peers
  • More social interaction with faculty and staff
  • Greater likelihood of participation in extracurricular activities
  • Higher rate of persistence to graduation  
  • More available support for academic or personal concerns
  • The opportunity to live in single rooms for upperclassmen (priority given to students who have earned the most academic units)
  • Guaranteed housing for 4 years
  • Digital cable in all rooms
  • Air conditioning in every hall
  • Free laundry facilities in every hall 
  • Lounge space and study rooms
  • Kitchens on every floor in new residence halls (Beamer, Blue Ridge, Caldwell, Chesapeake, Elizabeth, Ritter, Shenandoah, and Tabor Halls)
  • Close proximity to academic buildings
  • Resident Advisors (RAs) who receive community-building training
  • Lower first year student to RA ratio than at many other schools (18:1)
  • 24-hour security
  • Housekeeping services for common areas 
  • Wireless internet access in all common areas and in all individual resident rooms