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Residence Halls


We are all about relationships, being intentional and purposeful in all that we do, and having the greatest positive influence on the unique adventure that is Colorado College. Because we are a residential college, life in our residence halls is a central part of the holistic learning experience that characterizes a liberal arts education. Mission Statement and Core Values.

Our students live in a diverse neighborhood of traditional residence halls, historic mansions and modern apartments. However, it is the people who are central to creating the multiple “teachable moments” and learning opportunities that grow naturally out of the frequent interactions our residents have with one another and with our faculty and staff.

We are pleased that you are visiting our website and hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this resource. For housing operation questions please visit our Housing Operations page. 

What is a Residential Campus?

Colordo College has a three year live-on requirement for all students. The residential requirement is a critical part of the Colorado College experience. Students may apply to live off campus if they meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Are married or are same-sex domestic partners as substantiated by the college
  • Have dependent children living with them
  • Will live with their parent(s) or legal guardian in Colorado Springs
  • Are 23 years of age or older
  • Are veterans

Signing a lease without off-campus housing approval does not exempt a student from financial responsibility for an assigned space in campus housing.

Housing Options

The Office of Residential Life & Campus Activities works in synergy with the Office of Housing & Conferences to maintain student residences, housing assignments and general housing projects. The Office of Housing & Conferences is responsible for the overall operation of all the residence halls during the academic year and summer session as well as managing and coordinating housing for seasonal conferences

Services rendered by the Office of Housing & Conferences:

  • Student Housing Assignments
  • Student Housing Contracts & Exemptions
  • Housing Rates
  • Off-Campus Housing Approvals
  • Faculty Housing 
  • Renovations and Housing Projects
  • Maintenance Requests
  • Coordination of contractors and services
  • Seasonal Conference Contracts

Meal Plans

All students living in on-campus housing are required to be on a meal plan. Students living in traditional halls, small houses and language houses are required to be on the full meal plan. Students living in Western Ridge apartments, East Campus apartments, and fraternities are required to be on an apartment meal plan.

Exemptions from the meal plan may be granted for religious purposes, disability related needs, or certain financial reasons under limited circumstances. 

For religious exemptions from the student meal plan, please contact the Chaplain's Office.

For disability related exemptions (e.g. medical) from the student meal plan, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources.

For any other requests for exemptions from the student meal plan that are not for religious purposes, disability related, or financial reasons, please contact the Office of Residential Life and Campus Activities.

Please note, requests for exemptions from the student meal plan based on financial concerns are not considered by the offices listed above. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.

The yearly timeline to submit exemption requests to the Chaplain’s Office, Accessibility Resources or Residential Life & Campus Activities is:

November 1: requests for exemptions for the upcoming spring semester

May 1: requests from returning students for the upcoming fall semester

July 1: requests from new students for the upcoming fall semester

A committee will meet to review requests for meal plan exemptions shortly after each of the deadlines listed above, and students will be notified of the decision.