Middlebury’s residential system is based on the understanding that an excellent liberal arts education takes place around the clock—as easily over dinner as in the classroom. Living among other students provides opportunities to challenge yourself, learn deeply, develop friendships, and discover new ways of thinking.
Middlebury has more than 60 on-campus buildings for student housing. Students enrolled full time are required to live on campus and participate in the dining plan. All first-year students are assigned to one of five Commons for the first two years. Juniors and seniors can choose from other housing options available across campus while remaining a member of their original Commons. A limited number of releases are available for senior students to live off campus with prior approval from Residential Life. Students with special medical needs that necessitate a housing accommodation should address their concerns to Residential Life and the Student Accessibility Services. Students who are married or have dependent children living with them are exempted from the residency and board requirements upon providing documentation to Residential Life. Students leaving Middlebury College at any time during the academic year are responsible for packing their belongings and arranging for storage or shipping.
Commons teams integrate academic experiences with residential life to encourage the free exchange of ideas. This vibrant intellectual community begins with the first-year seminar; students who are in class together also live in the same Commons, allowing them to continue classroom experiences and discussions in the residence halls. Each Commons also offers activities and programs inspired by academic events on campus. There are also a great number of social and cocurricular programs provided by Residential Life to build a strong and lively community.