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Welcome to Your Residence

Living in a Residence Hall at Elmira College gives you the chance to have a true college experience. You get to meet your classmates, other students, join in activities and just hang out. From older buildings to the newer Meier Hall, you’ll find each has its own characteristics. First year students are generally placed in Anderson or Columbia Halls and upperclassmen can chose a hall, one of the Cottages, a suite-style or even a single room. Wherever you stay, it will soon become your home on campus.

The College offers a variety of room options, including traditional.

Each residence hall offers lounge and common spaces for students to gather.

Some students opt for newer, suite style rooms.


Amenities Galore

More than a place to sleep, your residence hall is a place to relax, study and connect with friends. In each residence, there is a free washer and dryer, along with a TV lounge. Depending on which hall you live in, you can play piano, challenge your neighbor to a ping-pong match, chill in front of the fireplace or shoot a game of pool. Each hall has unique amenities, warmth and charm, such as:

  • Pantries where students can make a cup of coffee or cook a meal
  • Vending machines
  • A view of the “Puddle,” the pond on campus
  • A playable piano
  • Various lounges
  • Music practice rooms
  • Pool table/ping-pong table
  • Hardwood floors
  • Fireplaces

A Welcoming and Helpful Staff

It’s easier to adjust to college life when you have someone in your corner. That’s why Elmira makes sure that every residence hall is supervised by a professional staff member. The Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) lives in the building and is responsible for making sure the hall runs smoothly. Each floor has a specially trained student staff member called the Resident Assistant (RA). These are the people who you can go to for advice, for help with an issue or just to have a talk.

Find Your Home

Think of your residence hall as your home base while you’re here. First-year students are assigned to a hall with their classmates so they can build their Elmira community while encouraging and supporting each other. Upper classmen use the Housing Selection process to select their residence hall.

First-Year Housing






Upper-Class Housing