Welcome to the Office of Residential Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges! We are excited to have you join us on campus.

While on-campus, there are many resources available to students to help with their residential experience. First, students have access to a Resident Assistant (RA) staff in their buildings/areas. RAs are trained, student staff members that offer peer assistance, develop community and enforce The Colleges' Handbook of Community Standards. Each Residential Neighborhood also has an Area Coordinator (AC) or Assistant Director (AD) who is a full-time, professional staff member who supervises the RA staff for each neighborhood. These staff members are also available to provide support any time of the day or night.

We offer single gender and co-ed traditional residence halls, townhouses, fraternities, and small, themed houses where students share a similar interest or cause.

We are a residential campus with a four-year resident requirement. First-year, sophomore, junior, and senior students must reside on-campus. All students are required to live on-campus because the residential experience is so integral to the liberal arts education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Exceptions to this include graduate students, married couples, life-long learners, and other exclusions that are considered on an individual basis.

We encourage you to get involved and fully immerse yourself in the community of learners. We wish you well on your journey here at Hobart and William Smith Colleges!


Hobart and William Smith Colleges recognize the importance of providing housing options that meet the needs of our diverse population. Our Gender Inclusive Housing process allows students to live with other students of another gender in any co-ed residence hall, house, or apartment. Our residential facilities provide a variety of options, including single gender housing by building or floor and co-educational living environments where students of all genders reside on the same floor.

Students who identify as transgender are permitted to select housing based on their gender identity. Students who prefer a specific housing accommodation may contact Residential Education to discuss their needs.


myHousing is an online system that allows students 24/7 access to their housing assignment, waiting lists, and other self-service housing options.

Vision Statement

As a residential campus, our neighborhoods provide an inclusive community where students are welcomed, connected, and supported. ResEd will provide opportunities to enhance academic excellence and promote student engagement while living on-campus. Through student centered programming and services, our unique blend of traditional residence halls, small and student-initiated theme houses, and apartment-style living will provide a vibrant, collaborative, and one-of-a-kind living experience.


Res Ed

Office of Residential Education
101 St. Clair Street,
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3880
Fax: (315) 781-4026

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Mission Statement

Complementing and enhancing the mission and goals of the Colleges, the mission of the Office of Residential Education is to provide an inspiring, developmental, safe, and comfortable living experience where students feel empowered to create meaningful and authentic connections as a campus community.



Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.