Frequently Asked Questions

Room Selection

Can I choose which dorm or type of room I want?

Returning students choose rooms for the coming academic year during spring Room Draw, and new students are assigned rooms and roommates prior to their arrival on campus.

Is special interest housing available?

Yes, there are currently five special-interest houses located across campus. There are also on-campus apartments.

How do you assign roommates?

Roommate assignments are made based on the online housing form you filled out in the Housing Director. We divide them up based on gender first (no, there are no all-gender rooms for first year students), and then we match them using our housing software according to other interests and personal issues (neat vs. messy, morning person vs. evening person, and so on).

When will I find out who I'm living with?

You'll get your room and roommate assignment in late July, along with information about MicroFridge rentals, the college's linen program, and the residence hall calendar. We encourage you to get in touch with your new roommate(s) as soon as possible to coordinate furniture and amenity issues and begin negotiating your expectations about your living experience and the use of the room. The more you can work out at the beginning of your relationship, the better you'll get along down the line.

I hope I get along with my roommate, but what if I don't?

First of all, make sure you give this new living arrangement a chance. It's never easy adjusting to the habits of a new roommate, but give it time and don't come into it expecting the worst. We work hard to assign roommates who we think will make a good match, and most times it works out just fine. If you do run into problems, try to work it out between the two of you first. If that doesn't work, you should go first to your RA, and, if necessary, your RA will involve the professional staff in the Residential Life Office. Because we want to make sure everyone has an ample opportunity to get to know one another, we freeze the room assignments for the first three weeks of the fall semester. For more information, see our Move Process & Roomates page.


About the Residence Halls

Are bathrooms single sex or co-ed?

The majority of Goucher bathrooms in the residence halls are communal style bathrooms which all include toilets and shower areas. Each floor has one communal bathroom that serves all of its residents. In addition, most communal bathroom on campus have an accessible stall and/or shower.  

Communal bathrooms are maintained by the College’s Environmental Services department. For houses that are all-gender, bathrooms will serve all genders that live on the floor. There are also two private accessible bathrooms located on every residential floor of Pagliaro Selz and the first floor of Gallagher and Alcock.

For single sex floors, residents will vote during their first house meetings on whether to keep their bathrooms single-sex or switch them to all-gender. On single-sex floors, bathrooms can only become all-gender if the vote is unanimous. If one resident prefers a single-sex bathroom, the floor bathroom will remain single-sex.

Students who live in suites or apartments will share an individual bathroom with their suitemates. Students in suites and apartments will be responsible for cleaning their bathrooms and providing their own toilet paper.

Where am I going to live?

See the webpages about residence halls and special interest housing, and check out our virtual tour to get a sense of what your new home will be like.

What can I expect to find in my room when I get to Goucher?

Each student room comes furnished with a dresser, bed, desk, chair, Venetian blinds, and overhead lighting. You should get together with your roommate to discuss the other items you think you'll want or need. Most rooms are wired for a single cable television connection. The college also provides X-Finity on Campus for all residents, which grants them cable access on all smart devices. 

What else is there in the residence halls?

There is a common room or lounge in each house, which can be a great place to hang out with friends, study, or watch TV. Common rooms are generally equipped with sofas, chairs, tables, and televisions.

Most houses have a kitchen area for light food preparation. Kitchens generally have a stove, refrigerator, and sink. Some houses have microwave ovens purchased by the house members. It is your responsibility to clean up after you use the kitchen.

All halls also include study areas, vending machines, and card-operated laundry facilities. Mary Fisher and Heubeck Halls also include music practice rooms.

The bulletin boards in each residence hall lobby are usually filled with posters about events on and off campus, notices from the various student-life areas, and other information. Each individual floor has a bulletin board that resident assistant uses to keep students informed of current events, housing issues, and Baltimore and community agency resources.

Is all-gender housing available?

First-year and transfer students have the option to identify as transgender/non-binary on their housing application. The office of Residential Life will work with students individually to best address their needs.

The college also offers a variety of all-gender housing options for upper-class students. These are options for students on an application basis (for apartments) or on a first come, first-served basis during room draw.


Facilities

How can I do laundry?

Where is the post office?

The Goucher College post office is located in Dorsey, near the entrance to the college.


What to Bring

What should I bring?

Check out our list of what to bring (and not to bring).

Where can I order linens?

The Office of Residential Life recommends Residence Hall Linens. Other stores such as Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath and Beyond are also nearby. The standard dorm bed is a "Twin XL" so be sure to check your linens before purchasing them.

Can I rent a mini-fridge?

Goucher College allows students to have one mini-fridge unit per room while in residence on campus. Students may bring their own fridge to campus (4 cubic ft. or less) or they may rent a unit from MyFridgeRental.com.

The benefits of ordering a unit through MyFridgeRental.com are as follows:

  • Units are delivered to residence hall rooms prior to their arrival
  • Units are picked up at the end of the academic year or semester (depending on the rental agreement length)
  • All repairs and replacements are free of charge.

MicroFridge units contain a microwave. This microwave is the only microwave allowed in the residence hall rooms. Stand alone microwave units are prohibited.

If you are interested in securing a rental unit please visit the MicroFridge rental site and have all of your housing information available by the time of your order.

http://www.myfridgerental.com/

Is storage available on campus?

Summer storage is available on the first floor of Heubeck hall. Access to the storage room this spring and next fall will only be granted during published times. Dates will be made public closer to the end of the semester. Students may only store boxes purchased from the Office of Residential Life.

Up to 3 boxes and 1 refrigerator may be stored. Boxes must be completely sealed - those that are overstuffed or excessively heavily may be refused. Electronics and furniture cannot be stored. Come early as space is limited.

Fees:

  • 1 semester/summer: $30 per box/fridge stored
  • 2 semesters: $45 per box /fridge stored
  • 3 semesters: $55 per box fridge stored

Please Note: If you placed items in storage without paying, you will be unable to retrieve your belongings until your bill is settled. Belongings left in the unit after the agreed upon term will be discarded or donated by the Office of Residential Life. 


Opening and Closing Times

When do the residence halls open & close?

Can I stay on campus during breaks or summer?

Break housing is provided to Goucher students on a limited basis. Students who are interested in applying to live on campus during official breaks must complete a break housing form, available on the break housing webpage.


Housing & Damage Billing

What are housing costs?

Housing costs can be found on the Billing website.

How do I appeal a damage bill?

Students who feel that their damage bill is incorrect have the opportunity to appeal their bill at the end of the academic year. Damage appeal submissions can be submitted to the Office of Residential Life. Appeal forms are available when damage bills are updated through our online system.

All damage appeals are based upon the written documentation of the condition of a room. If the documentation shows that a charge is inappropriate, your student account will be credited. If, however, the documentation shows that the damage was appropriate, the charges will remain. Once a determination has been made, outcome letters will be sent to students via e-mail. All decisions regarding appeals are considered final. Common area damages are not subject to appeal.

Deadlines for Submitting Appeals
Appeals for damage bills must be received within 21 days of the date of the bill being emailed.


Support

Who can I go to with questions & concerns about my housing?

There are a number of staff members and systems in place to answer your questions and address your concerns. Your first and closest resource in the residence halls is your Resident Assistant (RA), a student who lives on the hall and serves as a peer advisor and primary contact point between students and the Residential Life staff. RAs organize educational programming in the halls, work with roommates who experience conflicts, provide documentation of policy violations, and serve as liaisons to Facilities Management Services and academic channels.

The Office of Residential Life is also available to assist you and discuss any concerns you have. All staff take part in conflict mediation and the adjudication of alleged policy violations, serve as short-term counselors, and can offer on- and off-campus referrals when necessary. If you need to talk to anyone on the Residential Life staff, you're welcome to drop by the office on the first floor of Heubeck Hall or call 410-337-6424 (x6424 on campus).

Visit the Residential Life webpage for more information.

Who do I contact about an Internet or technology related issue?

The help desk helpdesk@goucher.edu is available throughout the year to assist with any internet or technology related issues. Click here to visit the Information Technology website

Where do I report a maintenance issue?

If you have any maintenance issues, a ticket can be submitted using the web form at: www.goucher.edu/fixit.

What is the Office of Residential Life?

Whether you have questions about what to bring or you want to become a Resident Assistant, the Office of Residential Life oversees all aspects of life in the residence halls.


Policies

Can I live off campus & commute?

Goucher is primarily a residential campus, and all students are required to live on-campus as part of the College's residencey requirement. Only students who receive prior written approval from the Office of Residential Life will be released from the residency requirement.

What is the policy on guests & visitation?

See the college's residential life policies, which includes information on guests and visitation.

Is smoking permitted in residence halls?

No. Smoking is not permitted in any of the residence halls, but only in designated areas on campus. For more information, see the smoke-free webpage.

What are other housing & Residential Life policies?

See the Residential Life Policies webpage.

How can I become an RA (resident assistant)?

For more information on becoming an RA, click here.

What if I need to take a leave of absence?

Students in good academic standing may request a leave of absence by contacting the Office of the Registrar.

What if I need to withdrawal?

For students considering withdrawing from the college, more information is available from the Office of the Registrar.

How do I get reinstated?

Students who withdrew from Goucher College and wish to be reinstated, must contact the Office of the Registrar


Other Questions

Who can I go to with questions & concerns?

There are a number of staff members and systems in place to answer your questions and address your concerns. Your first and closest resource in the residence halls is your Resident Assistant (RA), a student who lives on the hall and serves as a peer advisor and primary contact point between students and the Residential Life staff. RAs organize educational programming in the halls, work with roommates who experience conflicts, provide documentation of policy violations, and serve as liaisons to Facilities Management Services and academic channels.

The Office of Residential Life is also available to assist you and discuss any concerns you have. All staff take part in conflict mediation and the adjudication of alleged policy violations, serve as short-term counselors, and can offer on- and off-campus referrals when necessary. If you need to talk to anyone on the Residential Life staff, you're welcome to drop by the office on the first floor of Heubeck Hall or call 410-337-6424 (x6424 on campus).