First-year students at the College live in a residential area of campus with all other first-year students. Most share a double room with another first-year student, but some may be assigned to a triple room. A few are assigned to single rooms, based on availability and need. Because it can reasonably be assumed that first-year students are not yet twenty-one years of age, all first-year residence halls are alcohol-free. Please note, in addition, that all residence halls are smoke-free living environments.
First-year students who wish to stay on campus during breaks, may preference housing in Gund Hall or Mather Hall which stay open for break housing. These two buildings are also considered animal free and do not permit service animals or ESAs.
|Gund Residence Hall||McBride Residence Hall|
|Lewis Residence Hall||Norton Residence Hall|
|Mather Residence Hall|
|Acland Apartments||Farm on Zion Road
|Brown Family Environmental Center||Hanna Residence Hall||Old Kenyon Residence Hall|
|Bushnell Hall||Leonard Residence Hall||Snowden Multicultural Center|
|Caples Hall||Manning Hall||Taft Cottages|
|Crozier Center for Women||Mather Hall||Unity House|
|Duff Street 119||Morgan Apartments||Watson Hall|
|Farr Hall||North Campus Apartments||Wilson Apartments|
The Snowden Multicultural Center serves as a resource and facility for multicultural programming, including celebrations, discussions, films, performances, lectures, and special meals. The center contains a library with a diverse collection of books, videos, and other materials.
Hillel at Kenyon College serves the Jewish students, faculty, and staff by providing religious, cultural, and social opportunities to explore, enhance and celebrate their Jewishness. Hillel also serves the Jewish residents of Knox County.
The Crozier Center for Women was established in the fall of 1985. Named for Doris Crozier, the first and only dean of Kenyon's Coordinate College for Women (1969-72), it was designed to be used by all women in the Kenyon community-students and members of the administration, faculty, staff, and community.
The Unity House serves to offer a supportive, educational, social and cultural environment in order to enhance awareness and acceptance about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally concerns throughout the Kenyon College community.
The Brown Family Environmental Center exists to conserve the natural diversity of the Kokosing River Valley and to engage people of all ages with their natural environment. The house at the BFEC acts as a hub of student activity "off the hill" providing a place to meet, study, relax or to launch any number of outdoor endeavors.
The Kenyon Farm is a working farm that raises livestock, grows vegetables and harvests honey from bees. Students living at the Farm are committed to the real-world application of sustainable farming.
The Theme Housing program at Kenyon College provides a unique living experience that enables a group of students to live together and explore a common area of interest or theme. This group of students is self-directed and self-governed through the use of goal-setting and a house contract. Theme Houses range in style from apartments, houses, or suites and range in size from a few students to many. A strong sense of community, along with the opportunity to learn about and promote a common interest, makes the Theme Housing option very popular among Kenyon College students.
According to Alexander Astin's report to the National Institute of Education, Involvement in Learning, "every institute of higher education should strive to create learning communities organized around specific intellectual themes or tasks." The Theme Housing Program at Kenyon College provides an opportunity for faculty, administrators, and students to engage in programs and dialogues that stimulate participation in the living-learning process. Throughout the academic year, Theme Housing groups are expected to hold programs that are open to the entire Kenyon community and that advance their purpose and ideals as a Theme House. Events held by Theme Housing groups contribute to the greater learning community of Kenyon College by providing students with both social and educational opportunities on campus.
Click here for the Theme Housing Application and more information.
The Office of Housing and Residential Life defines Wellness as an active, life-long process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.
Wellness combines seven dimensions of well-being into a quality way of living: (1) Physical—diet, sleep, strength, and endurance; (2) Intellectual—acquisition of knowledge, creativity, and awareness; (3) Emotional—stress management and self-awareness; (4) Social—interpersonal relationships, and community welfare; (5) Spiritual—value and belief system, hope, and optimism; (6) Environmental—resource awareness, environmental programming, enjoying nature, and enhancement of safety; and (7) Occupational—balance of work and leisure. Furthermore, the Office of Housing and Residential Life believes Wellness is the ability to live life to the fullest and to maximize personal potential in a variety of ways and is committed to supporting residents who choose healthy, substance-free lifestyles, encompassing healthy mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions.
The Wellness floor will address issues such as nutrition and dieting, exercise, depression prevention, stress management, alcohol consumption, body image, emotional well-being, psychological welfare, and overall healthy living choices. Although there is already a strongly enforced expectation that first-year halls at Kenyon College are "alcohol and drug free," the Wellness floor offers an additional measure of support for those individuals who choose not to drink or use drugs. Substances are defined to include alcohol, cigarettes, and other smoking materials as well as all illicit drugs.
Open Housing, also sometimes called gender-neutral housing, is a practice that allows second-, third- and fourth-year College students the choice of living with other second-, third- and fourth-year College students, regardless of gender. The Office of Housing and Residential Life will not assign anyone to an opposite-sex roommate unless requested. More about Open (Gender Neutral) Housing at Kenyon.