Information for Residents

Move In Dates and Times

Move-in dates and times are different for first-year students and returning students. As a rule of thumb, first-year students move in the morning of orientation and returning students move in the day prior to classes starting. Student athletes receive information from their coaches prior to the start of the season indicated when check in day will be and students in the Early Start program will receive information on specific move in day/time as well. Information on fall move in days and times for all resident students will be posted mid-summer on the Residential Life and Housing Home page.

What to Bring

The following items are recommended to bring with you; however, it is important to contact your roommate(s) before arriving to classes. Some items you may want to share with your roommate(s) and only one of you will need to bring some of these items. It is a good idea to talk with that person ahead of time to try to coordinate. Keep in mind that College-owned furniture may not be removed from student rooms during the day and many evening hours.

Sponge/Dish Washing Liquid 
Small Microwave 
Air Freshener / Lysol 
Small Sewing Kit 
Light Bulbs 
Small Refrigerator (Up To 3.1 Cu. Ft) 
Surge Protector
Microwaveable Food
Pencil Sharpener 
Paper Clips 
Thumb Tacks 
Scotch Tape 
Desk Lamp Or Bed Light 
Waste Basket 
Computer And Printer 
Computer Disks/CD’s/DVD’s 
Shower Tote 
Razor/Shaving Cream 
Dental Floss 
Soap/Soap Dish/Shampoo
Egg Crates For The Bed 
Under Bed Storage Container 
Boots For The Winter Weather 
Clothing For The Season 
Formal Attire For Special Events 
Old Shoes For The Mud Season
Antibiotic Ointment 
Cold and Flu Medicine 
Q-Tips/Cotton Balls 
Any Personal Medication 
Medical Supply Box
Dry Erase Board For Messages 
Poster And Other Room Decorations 
Poster And Other Room Decorations 
Picture From Home 
Bulletin Board 
Laundry Detergent/Fabric Softener 
Laundry Bag Or Basket 
Extra-Long Twin Sheet/Comforter 
UL Listed Power Strips W/ Circuit Breakers 
Phone/Calling Card 
Auto Shut Off Iron 


Items Not to Bring

Safety regulations prohibit candles (including decorative ones), incense, firearms, explosives, hazardous chemicals, knives, weapons or mock-weapons of any type, toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, traditional coffee makers, non-surge protector extension cords, BBQ grills, George Foreman Grills (or those of a similar nature), S’mores makers, waffle makers (and all other identical cooking devices), and pets (other than fish in approved sized tanks) in the residence halls. Halogen lamps and “octopus” style lamps are prohibited due to the safety issues related to both. Weightlifting devices are also prohibited in the residence halls.

Pack “Green”

Consider the following items: *Cloth bags to replace plastic or paper *A Bike – to get around campus (if walking is not your style) and the Waterville area *Re-useable mugs – some places even offer discounts if you bring your own mug. *Energy Star appliances – from stereos, TVs, printers, computers, lamps, microwaves and more – there are plenty of energy star appliances to choose from. *Power strips – help save energy when you are not using items by plugging them into a power strip *Compact florescent bulbs – better than the incandescent bulbs *Tupperware – save the environment from excess Styrofoam, plastic and aluminum wrap.

Mattress Size

Different rooms have different mattress sizes, however, the majority of mattresses in the residence halls are extra-long (80″). SUGGESTION AND RULE OF THUMB: Extra-long beds are only about 3-4 inches longer than standard beds – as such, extra-long bedding will fit a standard bed without a problem – especially if you use an egg-crate or other mattress pad underneath. Since you will probably have an extra-long bed at some point during your Thomas College career, it is suggested that all bedding be fitted for an extra-long bed.

Room Measurements

All of the residence halls have different floor measurements and are set up differently.

Grant, Parks, and Heath (GPH) rooms are 12’x16′ with a window size of 30″ across the top and 70″ from top to bottom.

Hinman Hall has four 27-person “pods” with 12 double rooms and 3 single rooms. Double rooms are 16’5″x12’6″ and single rooms are 16’5″x8’5″.

Village rooms measures 12’x19′ with a window size of 3’5″ across the top and 4’5″ from top to bottom. Measurements do not include an in-room bathroom.

Bartlett singles measure 9’7″x11’8″ and include a closet space, and Bartlett doubles measure 12’9″x19’1″ and include a double closet area. Single windows in Bartlett measure 34.5″ across the top and 58.25″ from top to bottom. Double windows in Bartlett measure 70.5″ across the top and 58.5″ from top to bottom.

Townhouse suite measurements are varied. Single rooms average 10’x7′ and double rooms are approximately 15’x12′. Each townhouse also includes a small common living space on the first floor for all residents of the townhouse to share. Each room includes a closet space, desk, desk chair and dresser.

Furniture in the Rooms

All residences are furnished with twin beds that can be bunked, dressers, desks with desk chairs, and closet wardrobes (2 1/2′ x 4 1/2′ x 6′). Rooms designated as either singles, doubles, or triples are furnished accordingly, regardless of how many students are assigned to the room. All assigned furniture must remain in the rooms throughout the year and in the manner in which it was intended.


The residence hall rooms at Thomas College have tiled floors. Students are allowed to bring carpet, and many students find good quality remnants at local stores. Students also sometimes choose not to purchase carpet and instead bring smaller area rugs from home.

Laundry on Campus

Each residence hall is equipped with laundry machines which are available for use at no charge to the student.

Single Room Availability

Are single rooms available? A. Single rooms for first-year residents are limited. Upper class students have the option of living in a single room in Bartlett Hall and the Townhouse suites as well. Upper class students interested in residing in a single room need to go through the Room Lottery at the end of each spring semester. First-year students can note a single room preference on their housing forms (single rooms will be predominantly located in Hinman Hall as available and at an additional cost). Single rooms in Parks Hall measure 7’10” x 16′.

Roommate Change

First-year students will work with their Community Assistant at the beginning of the year to complete roommate contracts for each room in order to open up the lines of communication early. If there are roommate concerns, residents are encouraged to work with their Community Assistant and Professional Staff and/or Dean of Students through a mediation process. Although room changes are possible, every effort will be made by the Residential Life Staff to assist roommates in addressing their differences and keep them together. Contact Professional Staff and/or Dean of Students for a Change of Room Request form or for more information. Please note that there is a two-week housing freeze at the beginning of each semester.

Internet Access

The College provides many information technology services to enhance learning and living on-campus including state-of-the-art facilities, cloud-based services, Internet and Internet2 connections, Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ax), e-mail, storage, web-based collaboration systems, e-portfolio systems, smart HD-equipped interactive classrooms, a learning management system, video production and editing systems, a variety of software, 275+ workstations, sign-out equipment, dozens of servers and a secure video conferencing system with dial-in phone and recording capabilities.

Each student is assigned an account giving single-sign-on access to Office 365, Google Apps, Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple iCloud, e-mail, Intranet, and Moodle. A web-based student information system (MyThomas) provides access to class schedules, student grades, student bills, and other information. A Microsoft Campus Agreement allows undergraduate and graduate students to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10, download/install Office 365 and use Office 365 cloud services (including OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams, Office Web Apps and Office Mobile for iPhone/Android/iPad) on five devices for no additional cost while taking courses at the College. Internet and Internet2 access is provided by a 10G connection.

Security in the Residence Halls

All students are issued identification cards at the beginning of the year. These cards not only allow a student to eat in the Dining Center, use the Athletic Center, take part in many campus events, and to borrow books in the library, but are programmed for each individual student to gain access to the building they live in. Students access into buildings by an ID card swipe system which allows only residents of that building to enter. In Bartlett Hall, you need to swipe into the main entrance as well as the floors and individual suites. Public Safety is open and available to students 24/7 and offers escort services around campus upon request and there are blue lights located in many of the parking areas around the residences.

Breaks Schedule

College breaks are scheduled many times throughout the school year. To view all breaks and academic dates, please view the calendar on the Thomas College home page. A reminder that for certain breaks, housing is closed. It is the responsibility of the student to plan accordingly for transportation and housing needs during these breaks.

Available Staff for Students in the Residence Halls

Each floor is assigned a Community Assistant (CA). CAs are upper-class students who were selected the semester prior as student leaders to assist residents in their residential experience. Each night that the residence halls are open, there is at least one CA on duty for each area of campus (GPH, Bartlett/Village/Hinman, and Townhouses). There are professional live-in staff members and a Dean of Students who oversee the CA staff and day to day operations of residential life and housing. The Dean of Students works with Residential Life staff in providing the best experience and response possible to the residents. There is a professional staff member on call 24/7/365.