Mills: Housing & Logistics

Middlebury at Mills brings our established Language Schools programs - Arabic, Italian, and Korean - to the historic Mills College campus in Oakland, California. All students admitted to these Schools will study at Mills. Application and financial aid processes are identical to those for the Middlebury campus.

Admitted students receive the Accepted Students website link with the decision notification email. The website contains detailed information on policies, steps to take before you arrive on campus, and information to help you plan for your summer at Middlebury. Below is helpful information in the meantime, but if you still have questions check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Language Pledge

Please review the Language Pledge FAQs.

Housing

All students and faculty live on campus in residence halls organized by language.  Once admitted, students complete an “Enrollment Form” to provide information about study, sleep and lifestyle preferences in order to be appropriately matched with a roommate, or with hall-mates. The housing is a dormitory setting and the bathrooms are shared/communal.

The Language Schools enrolls students, and potentially shifts housing to match enrollments, right up to the start of our programs. Housing assignments are not final until just before students arrive. For these reasons, we are unable to tell you of your specific room assignment before you arrive on campus. We will also not be able to inform you in advance if you are in a double or give you information about your roommate if you are.

There is no air conditioning in any of the residential halls on the Mills campus.

Your room will have a twin mattress. You will need to bring sheets, a pillow, pillow case, towels/washcloths, and a desk lamp. A complete list of items provided and items to bring will be posted on the Enrolled Students site.

The Language Schools do not have facilities to accommodate spouses, domestic partners, dependents, friends or pets. Dorms are not set up to accommodate families, and no guests are allowed to visit overnight.  

Dining

A fundamental component of the Language Schools instructional model is that each school has lunch and dinner together at assigned times. Here is an example of last year’s dining schedule:

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

7am – 9am All

12:00 - 1:15 Italian

6:00 - 7:15 Italian

Sat & Sun Brunch

12:10 - 1:15 Korean

6:10 - 7:15 Korean

8am – 1pm All

1:30 - 2:30 Arabic

7:30 - 8:30 Arabic

Americans with Disabilities Act
Arrival Schedule

Please plan to arrive on campus during the Arrival Center hours as follows:

  • Friday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 8-week programs for Arabic and Korean
  • Friday, June 21, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7-week Italian/3-week Italian programs
  • Friday, June 28, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 6-week graduate programs for Arabic and Italian

Departure Schedule

Students may leave as soon as their classes and final exams are completed (please see the schedule below), however Schools may have celebratory events through the end of the final week. Your school coordinator will provide information on the final week’s events. All dormitory rooms must be vacated no later than 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 10. A student who leaves earlier than the schedule below without express permission of the director and his/her professors will receive a grade of WD/F.

  • Arabic – Aug. 9 or 10 (must leave by 10am); Aug. 8 is last day of classes and final banquet
  • Italian – Aug. 9 or 10 (must leave by 10am); Aug. 8 is last day of classes and final banquet
  • Korean – Aug. 9 or 10 (must leave by 10am); Aug. 8 is last day of classes and final banquet
Getting to Campus

The closest airports to Mills College are Oakland (OAK) or San Francisco (SFO).

Shuttle

The Rockridge shuttle leaves from outside the Mills library, near the intersection of Richards Road and Kapiolani Road and is free with a Middlebury at Mills ID. You must show your ID to ride the shuttle. The shuttle drops off at the Rockridge Bart station. Shopping and Trader Joe’s are close by, and a taxi stand is located across the street. Bart trains run from Rockridge into downtown San Francisco approximately every 20 minutes. 

The shuttle runs Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays June 15 through August 10.

Arrival Fridays

On Arrival Fridays – June 14, 21, and 28, the shuttle will run from the Rockridge Bart Station in Oakland to the Mills College Campus. Middlebury ID is not needed for this service. If arriving at SFO or OAK, you can easily take the train directly to the Rockridge station.

Shuttle service will be available on departure days August 9th and 10th. Check the Accepted Students website under Plan Your Summer/Getting to Campus for the schedule and link to the reservation.

The GPS address for Mills is 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94613. For more details, see the driving directions and campus map.

Handbook

You may review the Language Schools Handbook for more academic and program details.

Mills College

Founded in 1852, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women, with graduate programs for both women and men. Mills was ranked #2 Best Value Schools in the West (U.S. News & World Report, 2018) and one of the "382 Best Colleges" in the nation (Princeton Review, 2018). The College is also recognized for the diversity of its student body, with more than a half of the 1,500+ students identifying as students of color.

Located in the foothills of Oakland, California, on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, Mills College resides on a lush 135-acre park-like campus. Amid the green, rolling hills and century-old eucalyptus trees, students find a great place to live and learn. The Mills campus is heavily accented with Mediterranean-style buildings, along with paths and streams that wind their way through tree groves and meadows. At first glance, the tranquil beauty of Mills College belies the pulse of activity that beats within its gates. As you'll discover when you visit campus, Mills is home to one of the most progressive educational experiences available today. Take a virtual tour of the campus!

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