The "New Students" page provides a link to our first-year class directory. This lists the names and contact information students have given permission to be included (as designated on their Housing Questionnaire). You will need to login with your Haverford username and password in order to access this content.
Living at Haverford
The Student’s Guide is produced as a resource for the students, faculty, staff, and administration of Haverford College. Residential Life and Housing policies can be found within the Guide.
First-year students move in on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 starting at 8:30 a.m. We are unable to allow students access to their room before this date. Information about the Arrival and Non-Academic Registration (our "Welcome" and "Check-In" process) process will be available over the summer on the First-Year Students site.
Visit Room Assignments for information specific to room amenities for the First-Year halls.
Your New Address
All students are assigned a campus mailbox, which is located in Whitehead Campus Center. Your mailing address is:
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041-1392
Note: Packages may not arrive at Haverford earlier than August 12, 2016. Your campus mailbox and room numbers are not part of your mailing address.
How do I contact my roommate or other first-year students?
- Who else lives on the floor with first-year students?
Does Haverford have Resident Assistants (RAs)?
No. First-year students living at Haverford rely on the Customs program for academic, social, and moral support. First-year students are assigned to a Customs Group which is a team of upper-class students consisting of Customs people (CP), Upper Class Advisors (UCA), Honor Code Orienteers (HCO), Peer Awareness Facilitators (PAF), and Ambassadors of Multicultural Affairs(AMA). Customs people and UCAs live with their first-year students on the same hall or in the same HCA building.
Are bathrooms gender-segregated or gender-neutral in the first-year residence halls?
Upon arrival at Haverford, one of the first decisions first-year students make collectively with their Customs groups—except those living at Haverford College Apartments (HCA)—is whether the bathrooms on the hall will be designated as gender-segregated, or as gender-neutral. Bathrooms in first-year apartments at HCA are pre-designated as gender-segregated.
Many halls have more than one bathroom/set of showers, and some customs groups choose to designate one bathroom for males and the other for females. If the hall has only one set of bathrooms/showers other alternatives can be arranged, such as specific bathroom hours for each gender. In essence, the Customs Group works as a hall community in order to arrange a situation that fits everyone's level of comfort.
For some, it may feel uncomfortable sharing their opinions and preferences so publicly, even if they feel strongly about one side versus another. For a number of reasons, some students would prefer to live in housing with gender-neutral bathrooms. This process may be especially uncomfortable for students who feel that revealing their preference publicly to their Customs Group might "out" themselves in relation to their gender identity, or gender expression.
With this sensitivity in mind, and in keeping with the mission of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming community for all, the Office of Residential Life will, in one of the twenty-four Customs Groups in first-year housing, formally pre-designate the bathrooms as gender-neutral in advance of first-year student's arrival on campus.
Incoming first-year students will be asked on their Housing Questionnaire about their level of need regarding gender-neutral, and gender-segregated bathrooms.
Please note: After your first-year, gender-neutral restrooms are standard in upperclassmen dorms at Haverford.
If you would like more information about gender-neutral housing and bathrooms, or any other Haverford policies that may differentially impact students based on their gender identity or expression, please visit the website for Haverford's Trans* Inclusivity Committee and/or directly contact a member of the committee.
Are there things I shouldn't bring?
Prohibited from College Residences
- large refrigerators (in dorms without kitchens)
- space heaters
- halogen lamps
- electrical appliances that can easily overload the electrical system or are known fire hazards
Our residence halls are not designed to handle high-wattage appliances. Only safe low-wattage appliances may be used in College housing.
Students are also prohibited from having any fur-bearing animals in the residence halls. It is a good idea to leave your pets at home, however if you must have a pet, you are permitted to have fish, birds, and small reptiles as long as roommates and/or suitemates do not object and you accept the responsibility to clean up after the pet. Keep in mind that you will be very busy throughout the year and that it will be a burden to take care of a pet. Policies concerning animals needed by those with disabilities can be obtained by contacting the Office of Residential Life or Access & Disability Services.
Review the Campus Safety Policies in the Students’ Guide for a full listing of items prohibited from the College residence halls.
Satellite dishes are not permitted in or around any of the residence halls, including HCA.
Students may not have air conditioners unless there is a documented medical need for one and they have been given permission by Access & Disability Services.
How do I gain access to my residence hall and my room?
Once on campus, each new student is issued a OneCard that gives them access to the residence halls. Students are expected to accept and to carry this card for all four years.
Each student is issued an individual room key. Students are expected to pick up their key, and to lock their doors. Each room key is marked with a unique identification number, and each student is responsible for the particular room key assigned to them until it is returned to Facilities Management. This key opens only that student’s room. For those living in a suite or apartment, it will also open the door to the suite or apartment.
Are the residence halls air conditioned?
The College does not provide air conditioning in the residence halls. The College will accommodate students with a documented need for air conditioning due to a disability or medical condition. Visit Access and Disability Services: Housing Accommodations for more information.
How can I decorate my room?
Students are encouraged to bring pictures, posters, and other decorations to personalize their dorm rooms.
Only certain items are permitted to be used to attach items to the walls and doors in the residence halls. Review the “Room Decorations, Painting, and Wall Hangings” section in the Students’ Guide for more information.
The room must be returned to its original state by the end of the year. Any costs involved in the restoration of these areas or furnishings to their original condition will be billed to the student. Common charges for repairs can be found in the "Room Condition Forms" portion of the Students' Guide.
Can I have a television in my room? What about a satellite dish, or cable?
Students may have televisions in their room. Cable television is only an option for those students living in HCA. Students living in the apartments are permitted to contact the local cable company if they would like to purchase cable television in their apartment.
Satellite dishes are prohibited in or around any of the residence halls, including HCA.
Premium television services are provided at specific locations on campus.
- Barclay Hall, 1st floor lounge
- Comfort Hall, basement lounge
- Gummere Hall, basement lounge
- Lunt Hall, 1st floor lounge
- Whitehead Campus Center, inside The Coop
Satellite television is available in the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) and the Multicultural Center (MCC).
Can first-year students have a car on campus?
No, first-year students may not have a car on campus. At Non-Academic Registration you will be asked to sign a statement verifying that you will not bring a car to campus.
Can I bring a bicycle to campus?
Yes. Students bringing bicycles to school are required to register them, free of charge, with Campus Safety. Students are responsible for providing their own bike lock. There are a number of bicycle sheds and "ribbon" bike racks located throughout the campus.