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Housing Options

Elizabethtown College offers several housing options. These include traditional residence halls, Student Directed Learning Communities (SDLC) and on campus townhouses and apartments. Six traditional residence halls are available to students, offering standard single, double, and triple occupancy rooms:

  • David E. and Sadie M. Brinser Residence-dedicated in 1965 and fully renovated in 2000, this three-story hall provides housing accommodations for 109 men and women.
  • Founders Residence-completed in 1971 and fully renovated in 2003, this four-wing, coed building houses 316 students. It is dedicated to four founders: S.H. Hertzler, G.N. Falkenstein, I.N.H. Beahm, and J.C. Ziegler.
  • Elizabeth Myer Residence-dedicated in 1957, this residence overlooking The Dell houses both men and women and the office of Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA)
  • H. K. Ober Residence-built in 1960, this residence for men and women features two wings joined by a common lounge. It houses 214 students.
  • B. Mary Royer Residence-accommodates 126 men and women. It was dedicated in 1962.
  • R. W. Schlosser Residence-completed in 1965, this residence houses 212 women

Student Directed Learning Communities (SDLC)

Established in 1992, the Student Directed Learning Communities are housing opportunities within the College-owned homes along the perimeter of the campus. They offer small groups of upper class students the opportunity to create a unique, self-directed living environment, centered on a common theme, issue, or interest through which the group is expected to share and enrich the campus and greater Elizabethtown communities.

This exemplifies the College‘s motto, "Educate for Service."

The SDLCs are awarded in the spring semester through a very selective application process. All programs undergo a review and reapplication process on a yearly basis. Please feel free to contact any of the programs to become involved in program activities.

The V. Lester Schreiber Quadrangle

The V. Lester Schreiber Quadrangle townhouse apartments accommodate 128 men and women. The furnished apartments open to a courtyard and commons building, available for quiet studying or social functions. Residence Life staff members assist students to develop a sense of community within the complex.

The Vera Hackman Apartments

Each Hackman Apartment building accommodates 92 men and women in quad occupancy furnished flats. Residence Life staff members assist students to develop a sense of community within the complex.

Off-Campus Living

If residential facilities are full or there are other extenuating circumstances, some students may apply to live in private off-campus housing. Students must apply to the Office of Residence Life in order to be considered for off-campus status. Preference for off-campus housing is given to senior students and they are released according to established criteria set forth by the Office of Residence Life. Students who live off campus must be in good academic and social standing.

Students living off campus are subject to the same rights and responsibilities as all citizens in Elizabethtown Borough. They are subject to civil law as well as College regulations. If students violate public law off campus, they may be subject to arrest and prosecution by civil authorities. Institutional disciplinary action may also result if College regulations are violated.

Commuter Policy

All students fit one of three categories with respect to housing and the College‘s Residence Life operation:  resident, commuter, or off-campus resident.

The commuter student at Elizabethtown College is defined as a student who lives at his/her permanent residence with family members, usually with a parent(s) or guardian(s) within a 30-minute distance from the College. The student who has been officially released from her/his residency agreement to reside locally in off-campus housing is not considered a commuter student.

Students who wish to obtain commuter status must submit to the Office of Residence Life a signed letter from the family member with whom they plan to live. The letter must include the address and telephone number of the student‘s intended residence. The College may further verify the student‘s intentions. Misrepresentation of one‘s commuter status is considered a violation of the College‘s Residency Agreement, as well as the Student Code of Conduct (i.e., furnishing false information to a College official). When such violations occur, judicial action will be taken and sanctions levied.

A student‘s housing status, whether commuter, resident, or off-campus resident, is intact until the student takes official action to change it and has that action approved by the College. All requests and inquiries regarding changes in housing status should be directed to the Office of Residence Life.

Room Assignments

A certain number of rooms within each residence hall floor community are dedicated solely to new students. Returning students may select any available room by following the room selection procedures. These procedures are reviewed and revised annually, and traditionally involve selection based on a random lottery system. All room assignments are made without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.

Room Changes

Room assignment changes may be made only with the approval of the Office of Residence Life. As part of their education, students should learn to work out differences through compromise and logic rather than avoiding concerns and problems. Should a student desire a room change, he or she should consult with the Resident Assistant (RA), Area Coordinator (AC), or Coordinator of Housing Operations.

Final approval of a room change is rendered by the Office of Residence Life. A student who changes a room must obtain and return a room change form. A $50 fine will be charged to students who fail to follow proper room change procedures, and/or their request may be denied.

Consolidation Policy

As stated in the College Residency Agreement, the Residence Life staff reserves the right to make changes in room assignments, which could occur at any time. It is understood that the Residency Agreement is for room space without regard to a designated residence hall, townhouse or apartment, Student Directed Learning Community (SDLC), or specific room. Generally, consolidation of students into a double occupancy room does not take place until fourteen (14) days after classes begin. For more specific information about the consolidation policy, you may contact the Office of Residence Life.

Transitional Housing

Occasionally it is necessary for some first year students to reside in transitional housing. The size of the incoming first year class may exceed the number of available residence hall beds on campus. When this happens students are assigned a transitional, or temporary, housing room for a period of time. For more specific information about transitional housing, please contact the Office of Residence Life.

Summer Housing

The College offers housing in the summer for current Elizabethtown College students. The summer housing priority is given to students employed by the college and those taking classes at the College. Summer housing may be given to those students taking internships for College credit. Students must register the internship for credit with the Office of Registration and Records before the Summer Housing Application can be submitted. Housing for students with credit bearing internships will be granted only if there is availability after student employees and those taking classes are placed in housing. Summer housing is not given to students whose sole reason for needing housing is for off campus employment or for paid internships (not for College credit). Summer residents must be approved by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Summer residents must uphold all College policies.

During the summer months, students can expect that cleaning will begin immediately after the buildings close and preparations to begin for the summer conference season. The services, amenities, and conveniences that students have access to during the academic year are significantly limited in the summer months. This includes, but is not limited to, shower curtains being removed and construction beginning in early morning hours. Residence Life professional staff are not available to assist in situations that require intervention after business hours. Counseling Services are not available during the summer or between semesters.

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