Res Ed

Our Residential Neighborhoods

HWS knows the importance of feeling a part of a community. Our department creates engaging and unique opportunities for students, ranging from first-year only areas to upperclassmen areas, each with a focus on student development and comfort. To program to each student's specific needs, we have our area divided into five distinct neighborhoods.

First year students are housed primarily by their first-year seminar in double, triple, or quad rooms. The Residential Education staff places first year students in buildings and rooms once they are in a first-year seminar and complete a general housing questionnaire that helps staff find compatible roommates. First-year students are housed one of three on-campus neighborhoods: JPR First Year Neighborhood (Jackson, Potter, and Rees), the MiniQuad Neighborhood (Hale, Bartlett, Durfee, and Sherrill), or the William Smith Hill Neighborhood (Comstock, Hirshon, and Miller).

Upperclass students pick rooms and roommates through the lottery process that takes place during the spring semester. This process, which includes applications to the theme houses, is described in detail on the Housing Selection for Current Students page. Upperclass students are housed in Geneva, Medberry, Blackwell, Comstock, Hirshson, Miller, McCormick, Emerson, deCordova, Caird, Odell's Pond View, and New Future Manor (also known as 380 South Main St).

Only junior and senior students may live at the Village at Odell's Pond and New Future Manor (commonly known as 380).

Even though we are a residential campus, at this time we do not have the ability to house all of our graduate students. The only Master's students that are applicable for on-campus housing are those that apply and are offered a job as a Resident Assistant.

Residence Hall Linen Program

Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been offering the Residence Hall Linens program since 1993. Portions of the proceeds fund the Colleges' student-run Residence Hall Association.

Students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges can order specially-sized sheets, mattress pads and comforters to fit campus mattresses. Our beds, which are often longer than 76 inches, are intended to maximize student comfort.

When you reserve your college bedding through this program, you ensure the right size linens for move-in. The selection is larger than you will find anywhere else, at prices that are budget-friendly. Best of all, every product available through this program is guaranteed to fit and guaranteed to last from move-in all the way to graduation. Extra-long sheets, extra-long mattress pads, extra-long comforters, pillows, decor and storage solutions and all other products are backed by this guarantee.


Our Residential Neighborhoods

JPR First Year Neighborhood

Jackson Hall (All genders)
Potter Hall (All genders)
Rees Hall (All genders)

MiniQuad Neighborhood

Hale Hall (All genders)
Bartlett Hall (Hobart only)
Durfee Hall (Hobart only)
Geneva Hall (Hobart only)
Medbery Hall (All genders)
Sherrill Hall (All genders)
New Future Manor (380 South Main; All genders; apartment-style)

William Smith Hill Neighborhood

Blackwell House (William Smith only)
Comstock Hall (William Smith only)
Hirshson Hall (William Smith only)
Miller House (William Smith only)
The Village at Odell's Pond (All genders; apartment-style)

Emerson Hill Neighborhood

McCormick House (All genders)
Caird Hall (All genders)
deCordova Hall (All genders)
Emerson Hall (All genders; suite-style)

Small and Theme House Neighborhood

Small Houses


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Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

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