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 rommates 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 and medical housing available.

How do you assign roommates?

Roommate assignments are made based on the online housing form you filled out on the New-Student Portal. We divide them up based on gender first (no, there are no co-ed rooms), and then we match them up by hand 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, computer specifications, 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 CA, and, if necessary, to the professional staff in the Community Living 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. If things don't end up working out satisfactorily after that, you may request to be moved to another room on campus.



About the Residence Halls

Are bathrooms single sex or co-ed?

Residents can vote for single-sex or several co-ed bathroom options. In houses with more than one female floor, the lowest female floor will have female-only bathrooms. These floors will not vote to decide on bathroom preference.

Co-ed floors will have co-ed bathrooms. The house may choose to regulate within this policy, but must allow both men and women to use the bathroom. On floors that vote, the decision to allow co-ed bathrooms must be completely unanimous. If one resident prefers a single-sex bathroom, the floor bathroom will remain single-sex.

Where am I going to live?

Go here to learn more about our residence halls and special-interest housing, and check out our campus tour to get a sense of what your new home is 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. Every room is wired for a single cable television connection and for access to Goucher's data network that provides one 10MB Ethernet port for every student.

Each room also includes a separate telephone line for each resident (but you have to bring your own phone). The college provides voice-mail service for free, and there is no monthly fee or service charge for local service. Long-distance service is provided by PaeTech Communications for no service charge, and you will be billed directly for the each call you make.

What else is there in the residence halls?

There is a commons room or lounge in each house, which can be a great place to hang out with friends, study, or watch TV. Commons 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 assistants and house presidents use to keep students informed of current events, housing issues, and Baltimore and community agency resources.



Facilities

How can I do laundry?

Each residence hall has a laundry room. Click here to check the availability washers and dryers or the status of your laundry.

Where is the post office?

The Goucher College post office is located in the Pearlstone Student Center at the heart of campus.



What to Bring

What should I bring?

Click here to check out our list of "what to bring (and not to bring)"

Where can I order linens?

The Office of Community Living 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 ay 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 Community Living and Multicultural Affairs.

Cost per box is $5, and tape is $2 per roll. 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: $20 per box/fridge stored
  • 2 semesters: $35 per box /fridge stored
  • 3 semesters: $45 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.



Opening and Closing Times

When do the residence halls open and close?

Click here for more information on residence hall schedules.

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 here.



Housing and Damage Billing

What are housing costs?

The cost of a Goucher College $4,332 for the average board contract, and $6,532 for room costs (based on a standard double).

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 must be submitted in writing or by e-mail and received by the deadline listed below. Telephone calls and email messages regarding damage are welcome; however, they can not constitute a formal appeal.

When writing a damage appeal letter, please include your name, your student ID number, the name of your building, your room number and a detailed description of the charges you are appealing. Please note: All requests must be submitted by the student whose account is in question.

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.

Please send written appeals to:
Damage Appeals Committee
Office of Community Living
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204-6424

Please send all email appeals to:
communityliving@goucher.edu

You may complete the online form below OR you may download the Damage Billing Appeals instructions and either mail or email your appeal.

Click here to download the instructions

Click here to complete your Damage Billing Appeal online

Forms, emails or letters received past the deadline listed above will not be reviewed.



Support

Who can I go to with questions and 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 Community Assistant (CA), a student who lives on the hall and serves as a peer advisor and primary contact point between students and the Community Living staff. CA's 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 Community Living 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 Community Living 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 Community Living website for more information.

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

The help desk helpdesk@goucher.edu is available througout 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: www.goucher.edu/fixit.

Where do I find forms?

Housing and Community Living forms can be found at http://www.communitylivingforms.com/.

What is the Office of Community Living?

Whether you have questions about what to bring or you want to become a Community Assistant, the Office of Community Living oversees all aspects of life in the residence halls. For more information, click here.



Policies

Can I live off campus and commute?

Goucher is primarily a residential campus, and all students are encouraged to live on-campus. Students who wish to live off-campus must receive prior written approval from the Office of Community Living.

What is the policy on guests and visitation?

Click here for more information regarding visitation and guests.

What are other housing and community living policies?

For more information on Community Living Policies, click here.

How can I become a CA (community assistant)?

For more information on becoming a CA, click here.

What if I need to take a leave of absence?

Students in good academic standing may request a leave of absence by getting in contact with the Office of the Registrar. For more information, click here.

What if I need to withdrawal?

For students considering withdrawing from the college, more information is available here 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. Click here for more information.



Other Questions

We've prepared a list of answers to the most common questions about residence-hall life to ease your mind and streamline your preparations. You can also go here to learn more about living on campus.

Who can I go to with questions and 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 Community Assistant (CA), a student who lives on the hall and serves as a peer advisor and primary contact point between students and the Community Living staff. CA's 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 Community Living 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 Community Living staff, you're welcome to drop by the office on the first floor of Heubeck Hall or call 410-337-6424 (x6424 on campus).

In addition to the Community Living staff and CA's, House Council (consisting of the presidents of each house) provides leadership on residential issues and social programming, and the Student Judicial Board (a panel of students, faculty, and staff members) resolves alleged policy violations. Both House Council and the Student Judicial Board are coordinated through the Office of Community Living.

Visit the Community Living website for more information.