Living on campus at Rochester College is a great way to get the most out of your college experience.

By staying in one of our four residence halls, targeted for specific needs and walks of life, you will have better knowledge of and faster access to our many campus events, and you will find yourself growing even closer to our tight-knit, vibrant community.

All single traditional students of freshman and sophomore status are required to live in campus housing unless they are living with an immediate relative 26+ years of age. If you are a full time traditional student between the ages of 17 and 25, come be one of our 300 residential students and explore the layouts and descriptions of our halls by clicking the Residence Halls tab above.

Residence Life Mission

The mission of Residence Life is to globally impact lives of students by creating an opportunity in which residents are immersed in an environment that teaches valuable life skills, integrates academic knowledge with experiences outside of the classroom, and engages them in the Rochester College community in order to instill a lifelong desire to mature intellectually and spiritually.


Residence Halls

Alma Gatewood Hall

Built in 1970, Alma Gatewood Hall is our historic, three-story residence hall right in the heart of campus, making it ideal housing for freshmen. Able to house up to 132 students, with both male and female floors, there is a laundry room/kitchenette equipped with two washers and dryers, a sink, a stove and a microwave for both the male and female areas.

Rooms are arranged in suites with two double occupant rooms connected by a shared bath. Furnishings include two beds with loft and bunk capabilities, a walk in closet or wardrobe, a desk, a hutch, a chest of drawers, and a chair for each resident. Telephone, cable and network Internet services are included in the cost of room and residential support fees.

The lobby of Alma Gatewood Hall is open to both genders and is a popular hangout and homework spot. The lounge area is great for watching TV and movies or playing video games, and there are also study tables to work on homework or play cards. A computer and a printer is also provided in the lobby, as well as access to our wireless network.





Ferndale / Hoggatt Hall

Ferndale/Hoggatt Residence Hall was built in 1997 and has two wings, Hoggatt Hall for male students and Ferndale Hall for female students. There are two floors for each hall, and each floor houses approximately 35 students with a total capacity of 138 students.

This complex is normally for students who have completed at least 30 hours or two semesters at Rochester College and are under the age of 25, however it can also house some transfer students who have completed 30 or more hours at other academic institutions.

Rooms are arranged in suites with two double occupant rooms connected by a shared bath. Furnishings include a bed with loft and bunk capabilities, a wardrobe, a desk, a chest of drawers, and a chair for each resident. Telephone, cable and network or wireless Internet services are included in the cost of room and residential support fees. Each wing has a kitchen on the first floor supplied with a table, chairs, stove, sink and counter space.

Residents of Ferndale and Hoggatt share laundry facilities that have five washing machines and six dryers that are also used by the residents of Palmer Hall. The mail area is also located in Dearborn Commons.

The lobby connecting the two buildings, known as Dearborn Commons, is the ideal place for everyone to relax, play cards, watch television, do homework, have a Bible study, or play some ping pong. Dearborn Commons is open until midnight for residents and their guests and a Security Officer monitors the lobby each night and signs residents in and out. Dearborn Commons has a computer and printer for student use.




Barbier Hall

Two-story Barbier Hall is the home of our Living/Learning communities, currently focusing on our Leader Dog Training Program. Students approved to live in Barbier enter the program as either a raiser or sitter for specially selected puppies. Residents will be working alongside the local Leader Dog center in specifically chosen programming and curriculum to bring these puppies up to be future Leader Dogs for the disabled. All participants must be pre-approved, so contact Assistant Dean of Student Engagement Scott Cagnet (scagnet@rc.edu) for more information.

Furnishings in Barbier include two beds with loft and bunk capabilities, a walk in closet or wardrobe, a desk, a hutch, a chest of drawers, and a chair for each resident. Telephone, cable and network Internet services are included in the cost of room and residential support fees. Each floor has a large community bathroom with private showers and individual vanities, with laundry facilities on the first floor and a coffee kitchen on the second floor. Each floor also has a lounge area perfect for studying, relaxing or meeting a dog!

Palmer Hall

For older students (25+ years) and married couples seeking to live on campus, Palmer Hall offers more independent transitional living while still offering the benefits of being part of the campus community. The units are carpeted studio apartments with a walk in closet and small bathroom. Each unit has its own external entrance and one assigned parking space directly in front of the building. Students interested in living in Palmer Hall must apply in advance and are granted housing on a first come first serve basis with priority given to married couples. This cozy, one-story building has only 8 units available, so get your applications in fast! Five units offer kitchenettes that include a refrigerator, stove, and kitchen cabinets, and all of them are prepared for phone, cable, and network internet connections. *No meal plan is required for Palmer Hall residents, but may be purchased upon request!

Room Information

Twin XL Beds

Please note that the mattresses measure 80”, are considered to be extra-long, and that XL twin sheets will fit best.

Need help finding extra-long bedding to fit the mattresses in our halls? We can help! Rochester College has partnered with Residence Hall Linens for several years to provide our students and families with a convenient, affordable way to ensure you have sheets that will fit all of the beds on campus. Proceeds from this program are used for programming in the residence halls. There’s free shipping for all Value Pak orders, more than 40 color combinations available, and linens are delivered to your home during the summer for extra convenience.  Please visit the RHL website https://www.ocm.com/rch/linensponsor.




No nails, screws, sticky tape or glue may be used on any walls. Command strips are permitted as long as properly removed without damaging the wall.  The walls are painted neutral colors and may not be painted.


Under strict guidelines, the only pets allowed are fish in ten-gallon tanks or less. For the further guidelines and more information, please visit the Office of Residence Life.


The only appliances allowed in rooms are one small refrigerator (no taller than 3 feet) and one microwave per room , coffee pots, and irons. Coffee pots and irons must have a functioning automatic shut-off switch. All other appliances (i.e. microwaves, toasters, ovens, hot plates, sandwich makers, etc.) are prohibited. In residence halls kitchens are provided for student use. In all other residence halls, areas are provided which contain a microwave for student use.


All residents are expected to keep their rooms clean and safe. The residents must maintain the private bathrooms and suites.  Occasionally the Residence Life Staff will check the students’ rooms.

Sample Rooms with Measurements

Move in

We’re excited to have you on campus! To help you prepare for your big move, please review the move in dates and times below. In order to move into the residence halls, all students must first be registered for classes and be given “official” status by Student Financial Services (sfs@rc.edu)


2018-2019 School Year

Move in date for First Year Students for Fall 2018:
August 22, 2018 9 a.m.-noon

Move in date for Returning Students for Fall 2018:
August 24, 2018 1 p.m. -6 p.m.



What to bring:
Winter AND summer clothes – it’s Michigan, you’ll encounter every weather condition.
Bedding – In order to make sure all of your bedding matches the size of our mattresses, you’ll want to visit http://www.rc.ocm.com
Bathing supplies and towels
Throw Rugs
Desk and Floor Lamps & Bulbs (non-halogen)
Trash Can Liners (8 gal.)
Laundry Detergent
Dryer Sheets
Fabric Softener
Cleaning Supplies
Prescription Medications
Alarm clock
Computer/Laptop – AND laptop charger!
Ethernet Cable
Power Strip w/Surge Protector
Mini fridge

What NOT to bring:
Microwaves and toasters – We have them in the kitchens
Hot plates
Candles and wax heaters/Anything with an open flame or hot surface
Weapons of any kind
Alcohol – we are a dry campus
Water pipes/hookah


Area Coordinators

Area Coordinators are full-time employees who live in each residence hall and are responsible for working alongside student Residence Life staff to build community and encourage residents in their educational, physical, psychological and spiritual development. Resident Assistants (RA) are employed by the college to assist the Area Coordinator. Their primary responsibility is creating community and encouraging unity in the residence halls and on their floors through intentional co-curricular and social programming and peer mentoring. RAs are available to answer many of your questions about campus life.

Alama Gatewood: Sarah Sagger                     Ferndale/Hoggatt/Barbier: Brandon Langeland

Resident Assistants

Alama Gatewood


First Floor: Skye Donaldson & Shelby Kurschat


               Second Floor: Peighton Douglas & Jillian Abuan


Third Floor: Brendan Bordine & Alex Link




First Floor Hoggatt: John Hogan                             Second Floor Hoggatt: Dimitrios Pappas 


First Floor Ferndale: Hayley Caddell                       Second Floor Ferndale: Holly Monte



Barbier: Billy Wilcox