Saint Anselm College's Residential Life and Education caters to all of our undergraduate students. For our first-year students, we offer special housing that encapsulates the Residential First Year Experience program.
What to Bring
Most students will arrive on campus with too much, not too little. Your room already is outfitted with some amenities and furnishings. One of the best best things that you can do prior to arriving on campus check-in is to call your future roommate(s) and discuss the room. Discuss the types of items you wish to bring to campus ahead of time. This can be very helpful in saving you both time and space if you coordinate who will be bringing certain appliances, electronics, and furnishings. Talking about your room before you move in with your roommate(s) will help you to visualize your new room as a space where you and your roommate(s) can be comfortable and happy.
The Residential First Year Experience (RFYE) is a residential life program designed to support and challenge first year students as they make the transition to college life. The RFYE program consists of a thematic, developmental approach with involvement from the campus community and resources to programmatically address the needs of the first year student.
Generally, the first year for most college students presents the greatest challenge with new experiences in a variety of areas:
Participating offices in the RFYE include but not limited to: Health Services, Campus Ministry, Student Engagement And Leadership, The Harbor, Career Developmental Center, The Meelia Center (volunteer opportunities), Academic Resource Center, Academic Advising, and Intercultural Center.
The Office of Residential Life and Education is committed to facilitating the academic, social and leadership development of all students with a wide range of programs specifically for the unique needs of a first year student. We refer to this as a "Living/Learning" environment with encouragement of academic success through policies, programming, and physical amenities.
Welcome to Saint Anselm College!
We believe your life as an undergraduate student is more than just education in the classroom. In addition to the essential role of academics in your professional and personal pursuits, your experiences in the residence halls will also serve to develop life-long skills and knowledge beyond the traditional classroom setting. It is our goal to provide for you a comfortable, safe environment conducive to academic success as well as opportunities to develop leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.
On move-in day, some of the first faces that greet you will be members of the Residential Life staff. We have professional staff, Area Coordinators and Resident Directors, as well as student Resident Assistants (RAs) who will help you with your academic, social and personal transition to campus and community living. You will find that the Area Coordinators, Resident Directors, and RAs are your best resources for information about most anything at Saint Anselm ---and they are great people too!
If you have any questions about residence life or housing, please do not hesitate to call the office for more information (603) 222-4006. Have a great summer and we'll see you in August for move-in. Look for us in our colorful Residential Life and Education staff t-shirts!
The following suggestions of what to bring with you are from people who know (i.e., upper division students). This list is a general guide for incoming students and will help you pack for the academic year.
Each room provides a bed and desk per resident, closet space, curtains, and, in most rooms, a dresser. The rest of the decor is up to you. Room dimensions vary among residence halls; however, a 9 ft. x 12 ft. carpet usually is adequate - Please be sure that if you bring a carpet that it does not have a rubber backing as they are fire hazards.
Bedding (blankets, pillow, 36" x 80" sheets)
Trash Can/Waste Paper Basket
Aspirin or analgesic
Detergent, bleach, fabric-softener sheets
Iron and Ironing Board
Office Supplies and Accessories
Calendar, complete with special dates
Cell phone and charger
Markers, pens, pencils, sharpener
Ruler, Stapler, Hole Punch, Paper Clips
Stationery, postage stamps
Tape or Adhesive for Posters
Mini vacuum cleaner
Mug, Bowl, Dishes, Flatware
Sewing Kit/Tool Kit
Spray cleaner/computer screen cleaner
Mountain or Road Bike
Saint Anselm offers many on-campus cycling trails. The college also is near several state parks and the Lake Massabesic Watershed; areas that feature cycling trails.
#1 Go to Class!
Classes aren't just mandatory, you paid for them and now it is time to reap the benefits! Attending classes is the clearest way to acheive academic success.
#2 Become Involved
Join a campus sports team or interest group to meet new people. Try something you have never done before and meet new people. Saint Anselm College's student body is friendly and welcoming and living on campus is a great way to broaden your horizons.
#3 Hang Out
It's great to go back home and see old friends, but consider hanging out for the first 4-6 weeks of the school year. You will find staying on campus during this time will help you get involved and meet new people, helping you feel more comfortable on campus. Before you know it, any feelings of homesickness will be a distant memory.
#4 Keep Your Door Open
Just by keeping your door open when you're in your room will help you to meet people you didn't even know lived in your floor or maybe right next door! Making connections with your neighbors, classmates and peers is key to a great transition into life at the college.
Residence Halls have extra-long twin mattresses. It's suggested you bring extra-long twin sheets to fit a 36" x 80" mattress.
No. Laundry services are free on campus.
Saint Anselm College’s residence halls are not co-ed, but provide for intervisitation during specific times each day. All residence halls have a common lounge where guests may be received during non-intervisitation hours. Guests of residence halls of the opposite sex can visit beginning at 5 p.m. These guests must leave by 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 2 a.m. Friday through Saturday.
No pets, including fish, are not allowed in the residence halls at any time.
One fridge is allowed per two students in each traditional residence hall room and must be less than 40” high.
First-year students may have vehicles on campus, provided they purchase a permit. Any specific questions regarding purchasing a parking permit, and where students
are permitted to park should be directed to the Office of Campus Safety and
Incoming students are required to fill out a Housing Application available through the StarRez Housing Portal. This application includes the housing contract, housing preferences, and roommate questionnaire. The Office of Residential Life and Education does not encourage or honor roommate requests. We have found that roommates have a greater rate of success and a broader experience when they are matched together using information from our Housing Application. We try to offer opportunities for residents to make connections with a wide variety of their peers with differing academic interests, athletic teams, hometowns and life experiences. Please fill out the Housing Application regarding your own expectations and interests. Be sure to include any additional information that may be helpful for us to know about you.
Traditional first year housing includes single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, and quad rooms. Therefore, some folks may have up to three roommates.