Students at Kenyon live in traditional residence halls, modern apartments and in houses based on shared interests and themes.

Within the residences halls and other housing options detailed below, Kenyon offers open (gender inclusive) and substance-free housing.

Residence Halls

Many Kenyon students live in historic stone residence halls. All residence halls are smoke-free, and first-year halls are alcohol-free. Students can opt for a coed or gender-specific floor.

First-Year Residence Halls

Most first-year students live in five residence halls — Gund, Lewis, Mather, McBride and Norton — grouped together at the northern end of campus.

Upperclass Halls and Apartments

Sophomores, juniors and seniors have the option to live in a variety of residence halls and apartments.

Program, Theme and Division Housing

Sophomores, juniors and seniors can also live in program, theme or division housing, which are distinguished by shared interests or campus organizations.

Please note that for the 2020–21 academic year, theme and division housing will not be an option due to the de-densification of residences.

Program Housing

Students involved in campus organizations that focus on support for specific student identities and students who work at the Kenyon Farm or serve as volunteer firefighters have the opportunity to live in program houses.

Division Housing

Division housing is granted to long-standing student organizations that are recognized for their commitment to the campus community.

Theme Housing

Theme housing enables a group of students to live together and explore a common interest. Groups vary in size, and locations range from apartments and suites to stand-alone houses.


Open Housing

Open housing, also called gender inclusive or non-conforming housing, allows Kenyon students to live with any student(s) regardless of gender identity.  

All residence halls, apartments, houses and suites are considered open rooms with several gender-specific exceptions.

Learn more about open housing at Kenyon.

Substance-free Housing

Substance-free areas offer an additional measure of support for students who choose not to drink or use drugs. Substances include alcohol, cigarettes and other smoking materials as well as all illicit drugs.