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The Residential Experience

Welcome to Hood College! We are delighted that you will be living in the residence halls. You will make friends, enjoy social and educational opportunities and be at the center of a thriving community of learners.

The residence life staff will help you with your transition to Hood. There are full-time professional staff and resident assistants to provide support and oversight in the residence halls. They are available to help you with personal, academic, and roommate concerns. These staff members will also provide guidance and referrals to on-and off-campus resources.

We want your experience living in the Hood College community to be a positive one. To help you plan your move from your current home to your new college “home,” we have included some information pertaining to common questions and concerns. If we have not addressed your question, please feel free to contact our office at 301-696-3577 or

We look forward to welcoming you!

Room Assignments

Room and roommate assignments are made based on your new student housing Form. Please complete and submit this within Self Service as soon as possible (due June 30). It is essential to give complete and honest answers to the preference questions on the form as this information will assist us in selecting the best match for you. Room assignments will be emailed in July 20.

Room Furnishings

Most of the rooms in the residence halls accommodate two residents. Students are provided with a single bed, an extra long twin-size mattress, a dresser or a set of built-in drawers, a closet, a desk and chair. Students supply their own linens and pillows. We also encourage you to bring a mattress pad.

Personalizing your Room

To personalize your room, you and your roommate may add your own touches with carpets, lamps, pictures, posters, etc. Please purchase 3M Command® products to hang pictures, etc. Nails, tacks, blue tax, etc., damage the walls and are not permitted. You may want to contact your roommate before you buy these items or you may decide to buy them together after you arrive.

Meal Plans

All students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan; first-year students must take the all access meal plan. Detailed information about the meal plans is available here.


The College does not provide landline phone service in individual rooms. Each residence hall floor has one shared phone for campus and local calls. Long distance calls may be made with a calling card. Residential students are required to provide their mobile phone number to the College for contact purposes. For a fee, land line phones can be installed in individual rooms for those students with a need.

Internet and Cable Television

Each room is equipped with the capacity for two computer network lines and one cable television hook-up. Cable television and Internet services are included in the standard room charges. Wireless internet access is also provided in all residence halls. The campus television system is 100% digital. Please be sure to bring a digital TV and a coax cable if you wish to use the campus television service.

Living with Others and Campus Support

At Hood we believe that learning to live successfully with other people is an important part of the college experience. Learning the skills of communication, compromise, and negotiation are essential, and sharing a room with another student allows you to develop these skills. In order to help roommates communicate and establish mutual expectations, each roommate pair will complete a living agreement during the first week of classes. In addition, resident assistants, area coordinators and the student life team will be available to help if conflicts arise.

Commonly Asked Questions

What will my Hood address be?

A mailbox will be assigned to each Hood resident student in August, which will be yours for your time at Hood. Mailbox numbers will be given out during Fall Orientation. Your address will be:

Hood College
Student First and Last Name
WCC Box # (Your Mailbox Number)
401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701-8575

May I send some of my belongings to Hood before I arrive?

Yes. You may send things to Hood via U.S. mail or UPS and the College will hold them for you until you arrive. You should address your boxes this way:

Hood College
Student First and Last Name
WCC Box # (Your Mailbox Number)
401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701-8575

You should bring sheets and towels with you to use until your boxes arrive. Please note that while it is not possible for us to personally deliver your mailed belongings to your room, special arrangements can be made for larger items.

Can I have a refrigerator and microwave in my room?

Yes, if the refrigerator is 3.5 cubic feet or smaller. You may bring your own refrigerator or microwave. Students are permitted to have one microwave and one refrigerator per room, so check with your roommate before purchasing one.

What do you recommend bringing (or not bringing) with me on move-in day?

Click here for a list of items we recommend.

When is move-in?

Click here for information regarding new student move-in.

Residence Halls

Students will live in one of two new student residence halls - Memorial Hall or Smith Hall. First-year students and sophomores are required to have roommates; exceptions may be made, on a space-available basis, for older students and students with approved requested housing accommodations.

The residence halls’ red brick, white-columned exteriors are consistent with classic Georgian architecture, but the interiors are modern in layout and composition. All the halls have homey, comfortable living rooms, along with kitchen areas, computer rooms and television lounges. All college buildings, including the residences are smoke-free.

The residence halls have:

  • Air-conditioning (window units in Smith Hall, and central in Memorial Hall)
  • Four computers available for student use (3 PCs and 1 Mac) in a central lounge.
  • Laundry facilities (free-use) and coin-operated snack and soda machines.