Traditional-aged first-year and sophomore students are required to live on campus unless they are commuting from their parents' home. The residential life program provides students with an opportunity to live with students from diverse backgrounds, encouraging them to learn from others' experiences. Living in the residence halls helps students learn communication, negotiation and conflict mediation skills.
During the summer prior to their arrival, first-year students are assigned a roommate based on a lifestyle questionnaire. First-year students may also request a specific roommate if they know someone else coming to Hood with whom they would like to live. All returning residential students select their rooms and roommates in April of each year. Members of all classes live in all halls.
Students have an active role in the shared governance of the housing system and residents elect representatives to the Student Government Association as well as their individual House Councils. Students decide when their quiet hours will be (within certain minimum guidelines). In addition, the governing bodies of the halls work with staff to provide educational and social activities for their residents. Several housing options are available to Hood students, including traditional residence halls, living-learning communities, language houses and off-campus college-leased apartments and duplexes.
Living-learning communities (within the residence halls)
Apply to live in a language house.
- A limited number of singles are available to seniors and some juniors on a space-available basis.
- Freshmen and sophomores are required to have roommates; exceptions may be made for older students and students with special needs.
- All traditional residence halls have four computers—three PCs and one Mac—available for student use. There are many other computer labs on campus as well.
- All traditional residence halls have snack and soda machines.
- All residence halls are wired for the Internet, (wired and wireless access available) have cable TV access, and have hallway phones. Local and campus calls can be made from hallway phones at no charge; students must pay for long distance calls using a calling card.
- Off-campus College-leased housing has Internet, cable TV and all utilities included (except phone)
- All residence halls have a large, flat-screen HDTV and BluRay player in the lounge area.
All housing areas have on-site laundry machines that are provided at no cost to the student.