Living amongst the first-year students are the two Customs People (CP), the Upper-class Advisor (UCA), and the UCA's pull-in (another upper-class student).
Living at Haverford
Residential Life & Housing policies and procedures can be found within the Residential Life Handbook, a resource for the students, faculty, staff, and administration of Haverford College.
First-year students arrive and move in on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 starting at 8:30 a.m. with the only exception being for pre-approved categories of students. We are unable to allow students access to or permission to move into their room before this date. Information about the New Student Check-In process will be available over the summer on the First-Year Students site.
The First-Year Residence Halls Guide has 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 17, 2018. Your campus mailbox and room numbers are not part of your mailing address.
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 as a Customs groups, except those living at Haverford College Apartments (HCA), is whether the bathrooms on the hall will be designated as all-gender or single-gender. Bathrooms in first-year apartments at HCA are single occupancy bathrooms. An all-gender bathroom is a bathroom that anyone can use regardless of gender identity or expression.
For any number of reasons, a student may prefer to live in housing with all-gender bathrooms. However, this process of making a decision about bathroom designation on the hall may not be comfortable for some students who may not wish to share their opinions and preferences so publicly, even if they feel strongly one way or another. A student may feel that revealing their preference publicly to their Customs Group might "out" themselves in relation to their gender identity or gender expression.
In keeping with the mission of the College to be an inclusive and welcoming community for all, one of the twenty-four Customs Groups in first-year housing is pre-designated as an all-gender bathroom.
Note: All upper-class housing at Haverford is designated as all-gender housing with all-gender bathrooms. This means that students may live with whomever they choose regardless of gender identity or expression and bathrooms in the residence halls may be used by anyone regardless of gender identity or expression. If you would like more information about all-gender housing and bathrooms, or any other Haverford policies that may differentially impact students based on their gender identity or expression, please visit the Women*s Center page for on-campus Trans* resources.
Incoming first-year students will be asked on their Housing Questionnaire about their level of need regarding all-gender and single-gender bathrooms.
Are there things I shouldn't bring?
Prohibited from College Residences
- hot-plates & toaster ovens
- large refrigerators (in dorms without kitchens)
- space heaters
- 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 that has been requested and approved 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. Students have 24/7 access to the residence hall they have been assigned to live in and non-resident access hours (8 a.m. to Midnight, Sunday through Thursday. Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. to the other residence halls. 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, but not the door to your suitemates’ rooms.
Can I have an air conditioner in my room?
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 Residential Life Handbook for more information about “Room Decorations, Painting, and Wall Hangings."
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.
Can I have a television in my room?
Students may have televisions in their room. Cable television in student rooms is available for individual purchase only to 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. During the New Student Check-In process 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 through this form. Students are responsible for providing their own bike lock and are reminded that they should always lock their bike. There are a number of bicycle sheds and "ribbon" bike racks located throughout the campus.
Is there an ATM on campus? If not, what are some nearby banks?
Yes. There is a TD Bank ATM on the ground floor of the Whitehead Campus Center.
Some of the near-by banks include:
- Within a 10-15 minute walk from campus (these are the closest ones): TD Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Citizens Bank, ESSA Bank & Trust
- 15-20 minute walk: Beneficial Bank, Bryn Mawr Trust
- 20-30 minute walk: Firstrust Bank, Santander Bank, BB&T, Bank of America
- More than a 30 minute walk, but 10 minute car ride: Republic Bank, PNC Bank