Residential Life

Residential Life

Housing Guide for New Students and Parents

The Housing Agreement

Signing the Lease!

You will need to read the official Housing Agreement before you come to Hamilton. The agreement will be available to you once you have submitted your housing preference questionnaire. This agreement outlines the rules, regulations, and policies you are required to live by as a responsible member of the Hamilton residential community. It is important for you to take a moment to read this document thoroughly. This agreement explains important items that you are expected to know, such as liability, property damage, dates of occupancy, room changes, and meal plan participation. A copy of this agreement is below.

Housing Agreement 2015-16

As a full-time enrolled student at Hamilton College, I understand that I am expected to reside in College housing and participate in the meal plan. I understand and agree that I am responsible for all rules and regulations as outlined in the Hamilton Student Handbook and hereby understand and agree to abide by the terms and conditions as set forth in the Residential Life Policies and Procedures section of the handbook.


All first-year and sophomore students participate in the full 21 meal plan. All junior and senior students have the option to participate in the 14 or 21 meal plan. Griffin Road, Farmhouse, Rogers, Saunders, and Morris House residents and McIntosh, Minor, and Milbank faculty apartment residents have the option of participating in the 7 (any 7) meal plan. Woollcott Co-op residents must participate on the full 21 meal plan.


I agree to adhere to the dates of occupancy indicated on the college calendar in the Hamilton Student Handbook. I understand that my room assignment is binding for the entire academic year, unless I am granted a leave of absence.


As a member of the college community, I am responsible for all college-owned items in my assigned space and agree to accept financial responsibility for the room condition and damaged or missing items. I agree to follow appropriate check-in procedures when I move into my room and check-out procedures when I vacate my room. When damage occurs within my individual residence and the responsible party is unknown, costs will be prorated among all building, suite, or apartment residents. When general campus damage occurs and the responsible party is unknown, costs will be prorated among all students.


I agree to encourage and support a positive residential community that is conducive to the development of all residents. Furthermore, if I am selected or assigned to a residence hall with a specialty component such as wellness, quiet, and/or substance-free, I agree to uphold the guidelines established for that environment. I understand that all Hamilton College residence halls are smoke-free.


I agree to return my room key to the Office of Residential Life immediately after vacating my room. If I fail to do so, I realize I am financially responsible for the cost of the new lock and key(s) at $25.00 per key.


I understand that room changes are granted on a case-by-case basis after consulting with both my Resident Advisor and meeting with an Administrator in the Office of Residential Life.


I understand that this housing contract is for a space, not a particular room or apartment, and that the College reserves the right to fill any vacancies in my room if deemed necessary. In the event a vacancy should occur, I agree to accept any roommate assigned by the College. In keeping with the principles of fairness and guidelines for equitable community living, I am expected to welcome and accept new roommates. If it is determined that I have been difficult with a new roommate or created a hostile environment for a new roommate, disciplinary action and/or reassignment to another space on campus may occur.


 I realize that Hamilton College is not responsible for personal property lost, stolen, or damaged. To help recover the cost, I understand that it is my responsibility to obtain insurance coverage for my personal property. Furthermore, I will abide by safety regulations in order to ensure a reasonably safe environment for other students within my residence hall.

Failure to meet the above guidelines may result in your removal from and/or reassignment of campus housing.