Housing

Housing

What are res halls like at Wellesley?

Each hall has its own style and personality. Some students prefer the lake view from Stone-Davis, while others love the big closets in Freeman.

New students are assigned to a res hall based on their housing information form. After the first year, students choose their rooms during housing night.

Each room comes with a bookcase, desk, chair, dresser, mirror, extra long twin bed, and mattress.

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All residence halls have coin and credit card operated washers and dryers, ironing boards, and irons.

Each large res hall also has one full kitchen and kitchenettes on each floor (although students need to bring their own pots and pans).

Each floor has a student Resident Assistant. There is also an Area Coordinator for each complex, who is an adult administrator, educator, and mentor that usually lives in one of the halls with their family.

Explore the Housing Options

Beebe

Beebe Hall

Arr, ahoy mateys! Students affectionately refer to this hall as a pirate ship due to the nautical-themed stained glass windows. It was named after a Nantucket captain whose daughter, Alice graduated from Wellesley in 1896.

“We stick together, Beebe people. It’s a very unique place with a really strong identity... We have the best living room; comfy, while also being regal.”

- Magdelaine Dickinson ’16

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 136

Average Sq Ft/Student: 516

Rooms: 58 Single Rooms, 36 Double Rooms, 2 Triple Rooms

Closest Dining Hall: Pomeroy

Closest Cafe: Café Hoop / The Emporium

Favorite show to binge watch: Orange is the New Black

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Cazenove

Cazenove Hall

Caz, as it’s fondly called, is small, intimate, and friendly. The hall is close to the Lulu and the Sports Center (many athletes call it home). Be sure to check out the stained glass windows. Caz is connected to Pomeroy, where there’s a vegetarian and Kosher dining hall.

“Caz is the closest to Lulu and the KSC. It’s attached to Pom so you don’t have to go outside to eat, but you don’t have the traffic of living on top of a dining hall.”

- Jenn Harris ’19

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 162

Average Sq Ft/Student: 355

Rooms: 60 Singles, 52 Doubles 

Closest Dining Hall: Pomeroy

Closest Cafe: Café Hoop / The Emporium

 
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Munger

Munger Hall

Munger’s central location on campus is definitely a perk. It’s pretty much close to everything — including the town of Wellesley. It also marks the halfway point of the Boston Marathon and each year, students gather outside the hall to cheer on runners. The hall is also home to the Munger Mash Halloween party.

“Munger has arguably the most beautiful living rooms of all of the halls, hands down. It's light, airy, with a gorgeous view of our courtyard...”

- Alix Lewis ’16

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 158

Average Sq Ft/Student: 334

Rooms: 87 Singles, 26 Doubles

Closest Dining Hall: Pomeroy

Closest Cafe: Café Hoop / The Emporium

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Pomeroy Hall

Pomeroy Hall

Pomeroy — or “Pom” as it’s lovingly called— is part of the Hazard Quad and where you’ll find the kosher/vegetarian dining hall on campus. During exam time, The House Council serves up yummy snacks to sustain your studying and hosts movie nights throughout the year.

“[My favorite res hall is] probably Pom, because a whole bunch of my friends were able to block together, and I’ve met lots of wonderful new people on our floor!”

- Helena McMonagle ’16

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 161

Average Sq Ft/Student: 354

Rooms: 55 Singles, 53 Doubles

Closest Dining Hall: Pomeroy

Closest Cafe: Café Hoop / The Emporium

 
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Shafer

Shafer

Shafer, like the other brick buildings in the Quad, is quite striking. If you're lucky, you can get a turret room in one of its four small towers (topped with green copper). The main entrance has stained glass windows commemorating the hall's namesake, former Wellesley College President Helen Shafer, and her love of math.

“Shafer was a great community, and it was fun to be a part of the Quad. It was also nice being so close to Pom.”

- Elinor Higgins ’18

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 145

Average Sq Ft/Student: 316

Rooms: 71 Single, 34 Double, 2 Triples, 1 Suite

Closest Dining Hall: Pomeroy

Closest Cafe: Café Hoop / The Emporium

 
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Claflin

Claflin Hall

Every res hall has a cheer and one of Claflin’s tells you everything you need to know: "By the Lake, Furthest West, Claflin Hall is the best!” Keep an eye out for the Alice in Wonderland wood carvings in the living room. It’s also the home of Claflin Bakery, where all the bread and desserts for the dining halls are made.

“Claflin is probably my favorite. It has a view of the lake, plus, it has the bakery underneath it so it smells fantastic.”

- Orli Hakanoglu ’16

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 139

Avg Square Feet/Student: 413

Rooms: 71 Singles, 12 Doubles, 3 Triples, 13 suites

Closest Dining Hall: Tower

Closest Cafe: Café Hoop / The Emporium

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Lake House

Lake House

Lake House is located near Tower Complex. It overlooks the boathouse and Lake Waban, so you may see some swans (or boats) out on the water. The Lake House communal kitchen is second to none. The Res Life staff likes to host baking classes there to help you hone your cupcake making skills.

“We liked the fact that there was only one floor of sophomore rooms, and all of the rooms were a good size that would not necessitate bunk beds.”

- Alyssa ’15

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Who Lives Here: no first years live here

Number of Residents: 69

Avg Square Feet/Student: 401

Types of Rooms: 14 Singles, 48 Doubles

% Single Rooms: 71%

Closest Dining Hall: Tower

Closest Cafe: Café Hoop / The Emporium

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Severance

Severance Hall

Severance Hall sits atop a steep hill overlooking Severance Green — the perfect place for traying! The Gothic-style building is an easy walk to the library or the academic quad. And the courtyard is also a great place to sit in the sun during the warmer months. It’s connected to Tower Court, making it easy to get to the dining hall.

“We're small and we have the DOF (Dungeon of Fun), which is a great place to hang out.”

- Catie Kenyon ’20

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 162

Avg Square Feet/Student: 338

Rooms: 55 Singles, 30 Doubles, 13 Triples, 2 Suites

Closest Dining Hall: Tower

Closest Cafe: Collins Café

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Tower Court

Tower Court

Tower Court is one of the most recognizable buildings on campus and soars above Severance Green. Standing six stories tall, it's the largest res hall on campus. The living room is pretty epic (think: Hogwarts) and a great place to study or meet up with friends. Not to mention there’s a dining hall within the building — just in case you’d like to grab breakfast in your PJs.

“Living in Tower is like living in a castle: beautiful wood work, gorgeous stonemasonry, and a huge dining hall… The courtyard is great for relaxing and sunbathing.”

- Bianca Morris ’17

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 282

Average Sq Ft/Student: 359

Rooms: 132 Singles, 46 Doubles, 12 Triples, 10 Suites

Closest Dining Hall: Tower

Closest Cafe: Collins Café

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Bates

Bates Hall

Bates Hall sits in between McAfee and Freeman on the East Side of campus and has a dining hall on the ground floor. The building is accented with amber waves of grain in honor of its namesake, Katharine Lee Bates (class of 1880), who wrote America the Beautiful.

“There are a lot of different kinds of people [in Bates]... We're like the suburbs of campus - a little further out but with much bigger rooms and a closer community.”

- Elizabeth Loizides ’19

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 129

Average Sq Ft/Student: 516

Types of Rooms: 48 Singles, 40 Doubles

% Single Rooms: 38%

Closest Dining Hall: Bates

Closest Cafe: The Leaky Beaker

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Freeman

Freeman Hall

Freeman is part of the East Side Complex. It’s close to the Science Center and a quick walk to the town of Wellesley (AKA the Vil). If you want some serious closet space, this is the res hall for you. The building is named for Wellesley College President Alice Freeman Palmer, who was perhaps the most visible woman educator in the United States during her tenure.

“I live in Freeman, and one thing I love about it is the huge closets. I can fit two suitcases, my shoes, boxes, etc.! There’s also a hidden space behind the vanity!”

- Darlene Harsono ’19

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Who Lives Here: All years  

Number of Residents: 129

Average Sq Ft/Student: 327

Types of Rooms: 49 Singles, 40 Doubles

Closest Dining Hall: Bates

Closest Cafe: The Leaky Beaker

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McAfee

McAfee Hall

McAfee’s living room feels distinctly medieval with Flemish tapestries and a 15th century French fireplace. Like Freeman and Bates, rooms in McAfee are known for having a bit more space. Located on the East side, it's a quick step away from the Science Center and the town of Wellesley.

“McAfee's residents are committed to making McAfee a welcoming, fun, and safe home. People in McAfee are dedicated to showing their #mcafeelove.”

- Erin Wright ’17

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 148

Average Sq Ft/Student: 346

Rooms: 44 Singles, 39 Doubles

Closest Dining Hall: Bates

Closest Cafe: The Leaky Beaker

 
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Casa Cervantes

Casa Cervantes

In Casa Cervantes, students speak only Spanish. Thus: La Casa Cervantes ofrece una oportunidad única aquí, en Wellesley College: ¡de vivir la lengua! El es una residencia pequeña, como una casa privada, donde hay espacio para nueve mujeres que deseen practicar y mejorar su español.

“Casa Cervantes feels like a home, and we get to practice Spanish with each other!”

- Helena McMonagle ’16

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Who Lives Here: Spanish-speaking students

Number of Residents: 9

Average Sq Ft/Student: 422

Types of Rooms: 3 Singles, 3 Doubles

Closest Dining Hall: Tower

Closest Cafe: Cafe Hoop / The Emporium

 
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Dower

Dower Hall

Dower may be a "small hall," but it is mighty! It was originally a barn built in 1862 before it was renovated into a res hall. Dower houses around 38 students, so it feels a bit like living in a little house with your friends. The rooms in this East Side hall are a bit more spacious and have nice closet space.

“Dower is a nice, small, tight-knit community, where you get to know everyone in the house.”

- Alissa Makligh ’19

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Who Lives Here: All years 

Number of Residents: 40

Average Sq Ft/Student: 227

Types of Rooms: 3 Singles, 12 Doubles, 5 Triples

Closest Dining Hall: Stone-Davis / Bates

Closest Cafe: The Leaky Beaker

 
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French House

French House

French House — or La Maison Française— is a small hall for students committed to speaking only French in the common areas. Quatorze étudiantes de Wellesley College et deux étudiantes de l'Université d'Aix-en-Provence habitent à la Maison chaque année. Pendant l'année universitaire, plusieurs conférences sur des sujets divers y sont organisées.

“French House is actually amazing. Feels like a home as opposed to a res hall.”

- Jenny Xie ’18

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Who Lives Here: French-speaking Students

Number of Residents: 9

Average Sq Ft/Student: 856

Types of Rooms: 7 Singles, 1 Double

Closest Dining Hall: Bates

Closest Cafe: The Leaky Beaker

 
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Stone-Davis

Stone-Davis Hall

Stone-D, as it’s affectionately known, is made up of two connected halls: Stone and Davis. Pretty straightforward, right? These halls are home to a dining hall that’s open late on weekdays — the perfect place to grab a late night snack. Keep an eye out for the daffodils near Stone-Davis that bloom in the spring. It’s pretty magical.

“Stone-Davis has a big community, and a nice dining hall. I like the variety in Stone Davis dining hall.”

- Sara Wegman ’16

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Who Lives Here: All years

Number of Residents: 250

Average Sq Ft/Student: 318

Rooms: 95 Singles, 50 Doubles, 20 Triples

Closest Dining Hall: Stone-Davis

Closest Cafe: El Table / The Leaky Beaker

 
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