Residence Life Mission
College is more than a place where students come to learn the basics; it is also a time for men and women to develop in new ways. For students at a residential college, where they live and interact with each other is just as important as where they take classes, study, and share new found knowledge. Likewise, residence halls are more than simply dormitories (places where students sleep). Residence halls are communities where students are challenged to interact with others, learn respect and appreciation for differences, become involved in community governance, and receive support for their academic endeavors.
Castleton University Housing Requirements
All new, full-time, first-year students are required to live on campus unless they commute from their parent’s or guardian’s home or have special permission from the Director of Residence Life. All students who will be living on campus must:
- Sign a Housing Contract for the full academic year.
- Choose a Meal Plan.
On-campus housing is available for 1100-plus students. The majority of the rooms are double occupancy; designated triples are in Babcock Hall. New students will be assigned to all halls.
Adams & Haskell Halls
Four-story residence halls accommodating 116 students each. Each floor is co-ed and the building contains 14 single-sex suites. A suite consists of four bedrooms, a furnished common living room, and a bathroom. Each floor has both male and female suites. Haskell was renovated in 2005 and Adams was renovated in 2006. The basement of Haskell houses some club offices.
Three-story residence hall accommodating 170 students. Each floor is co-ed and made up of 19 single-sex suites. Each suite has four bedrooms, a furnished common living room and two bathrooms. It is attached to Glenbrook Gymnasium and is home to Castleton's Fitness Center. The building was built in 2005 and has double rooms.
Three-story corridor-style residence hall accommodating up to 144 students. The floors are co-ed by room with designed single and double rooms. Each floor has designated male/female bathrooms and showers. The environment of Ellis Hall makes it easy to meet a lot of people.
Morrill & Wheeler Halls
Four-story residence halls accommodating 112 students. Each floor is co-ed and the building contains 14 single-sex suites. A suite is comprised of four bedrooms, a furnished common living room, and a bathroom. Wheeler and Morrill suites have balconies on 2nd through 4th floors. Morrill was renovated in 2007 and Wheeler was renovated in 2008.
Four-story corridor-style residence hall that houses 119 students. The floors are co-ed by room with designated male/female showers and bathrooms. There are double and triple rooms available. The building was renovated in the summer of 2009. The Academic Support Center is on the first floor.
Pod style housing and are made up of 6 “pods” and each pod consists of three double rooms, and a shared bathroom. The 36+ residents share two common lounges in each building which opened in the fall of 2006. South House has been the home to Wellness Housing since the fall of 2013. Audet House is home to Honors Housing.
The newest building which opened in June of 2012. This is a corridor style building accommodating 162 students co-ed by room. The building has all double rooms. Conference and Events is housed on the first floor of the building. Each floor has a kitchen, lounge, and study area. The second and third floors have two balconies each that overlook the athletic fields.
Rutland Downtown Apartments
This gender neutral housing option will be conveniently located in downtown Rutland at the corner of West Street and Merchants Row on the second and third floors above the Chamber of Commerce. Each furnished unit offers single person bedrooms with one to four people per apartment and includes a kitchen/living area and one bathroom. If you have any questions please contact the Office of Residence Life at (802) 468-1259 or email Michael Robilotto, Director of Residence Life.
Additional Housing Options
Castleton University is proud to announce that its newest themed housing option, Service Housing, will begin in the Fall of 2016 and will be located in North House. The primary goal of Service Housing is to bring students closer to an understanding of community engagement, a core value of the university. Service Housing aims to help students learn more about why it is important to be a good citizen and how they can give back to the community, both locally and globally. Service Housing will provide students who have a passion for community service and involvement the space and opportunity to join forces to give back to the community in creative ways. Additionally, residents will be required to complete 15 hours of community service per semester, which can be satisfied by attending house programming as well as on one’s own. Students will also work together to organize one house-wide service project per academic year.
Castleton University’s Wellness Housing began in Fall of 2013 and is currently located in South House. The primary goal of Wellness Housing is to provide students who are committed to pursuing a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle a common ground on which to live and learn more about wellness with other students. Wellness Housing will seek to provide students with an environment that is substance free and conducive to a holistic view of wellness. Students who are particularly interested in exploring the different types of wellness (physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, and environmental) in a variety of engaging and creative ways are an ideal fit for Wellness Housing. Wellness Housing is open to any and all interested students who are willing to commit to a substance free and wellness-committed lifestyle.
Sample Wellness Agreement
Castleton University’s Honors Housing began in the Fall of 2013 and is currently located in Audet House. Students who live in Honors Housing will be able to take advantage of programming that is geared towards bridging the academic and residential experiences. Honors Housing is an ideal fit for students in the Honors Program who have committed to prioritizing academics and make an effort to be role models for other students. Honors Housing is an optimal choice for students who are interested in living with other academically driven students in an environment that is conducive to learning and intellectually stimulating.
Laundry Facilities: Coin operated washers and dryers are available in each residence hall. These front loading washers and dryers are maintained by Mac Gray, a national company servicing many colleges.
Telephone Access: Residents do not have access to a direct phone line in their rooms. All students can access a public phone in their residence hall. All lines can activate the local 9-1-1 emergency system.
Furnishings: Rooms are equipped with the following: bed/mattress, desk/chair, wardrobe/closet, and window blinds. Suites are equipped with typical lounge furniture. Most rooms have linoleum tile for the floor coverings. All mattresses are Extra Long Twin – please consider this when making a linen purchase.
Internet Access: Every residence hall room is equipped with a data port for each resident, providing access to the internet. All residence halls have wireless internet capabilities when the proper hardware is used. Students must have appropriate software and hardware, including a network card.
Meal Plans: All residents living on campus will be assigned an unlimited meal plan. Students can change their meal plan to either 12 meals per week or 8 meals per week. Students can only make any necessary changes during the first two weeks of each semester online through their student account.
Pets: Pets are not allowed in the residence halls with the exception of fish. Prior approval from the roommate is required. The size of the fish tank is limited to 10 gallons. There is only one fish tank allowed per resident. No other animals are allowed.
Staff: Each residence hall floor has at least one Community Advisor (CA), a current student who is a resource for residents. Each residence hall has a designated Area Coordinator (AC), a full-time live-in professional administrator who supervises the CAs and oversees general operations. ACs and CAs strive to build positive, stable communities which foster opportunities for student growth, self-responsibility and group interaction. Residents are encouraged to participate in a variety of social, recreational, cultural and educational activities sponsored by Residence Life staff.
Appliances in Residence Halls: Halogen lamps, candles/incense, and cooking appliances (other than coffee makers with automatic shut off or UL approved popcorn poppers) are not allowed. One refrigerator less than 4.4 cubic feet is allowed in each room. One microwave is allowed in each suite but not within individual rooms. A microwave is supplied on each floor in corridor style halls.
Room Assignments: New students are assigned to rooms prior to the start of the semester in which they enter. Roommate contact information is provided to encourage communication prior to arrival. Students may request a roommate, but in order to be assigned with the person they request, the other student must request them as well before July 1, 2015. If they do not, they will be assigned a roommate by Residence Life. You will be notified of your roommate and room assignment. The University does not guarantee housing after the first academic year. However, on-campus students who are in good academic standing pay a housing deposit, and register for classes on time will be eligible for room selection.
Vacation and Summer Housing: Staying in the residence halls over breaks must be approved by Residence Life. Students must apply online to stay on-campus during breaks, and there is no charge. No student can stay after the close of the halls at the end of the fall semester. Halls re-open in early January. Housing is available during the summer semester at an additional charge.
Vehicles on Campus: All students are allowed to have cars on campus but are required to register them with the Department of Public Safety annually.
Please contact Michael Robilotto, Director of Residence Life, at (802) 468-1259 or via email if you have any questions.