Campus Housing

At MCLA, we believe that living on campus sets the stage for student learning. Our on-campus housing provides a living environment conducive to academic pursuits, personal growth, and making new friends (and memories).

You may know them as dorms, but at MCLA, we like to call them residence areas. Berkshire Towers, Hoosac Hall, and the Flagg Townhouses are managed by Residential Programs & Services (RPS). 

MCLA Residence Areas

Students coming out of Berkshire Towers

Berkshire Towers

Berkshire Towers is a suite-style, twin-towered residence area. Each floor of the Towers has three suites. Each suite has three to five bedrooms, a bathroom and a lounge. The majority of rooms in the Towers are doubles, however, a limited number of single and premium single rooms are available. Berkshire Towers is smoke- and tobacco-free and alcohol-prohibited.
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Students coming out of Hoosac Hall

Hoosac Hall

Hoosac Hall houses the majority of freshmen and is ideal for students who prefer living in a traditional residence hall setting. There are seven residential floors in Hoosac Hall. Floors house 26 - 38 students in both double, single and premium single rooms. Each floor has three bathrooms and two lounges. Hoosac Hall is smoke-and tobacco-free and alcohol prohibited.
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Flagg Townhouses

Flagg Townhouse Apartment Complex

The Townhouses are reserved exclusively for transfers and returning students who prefer apartment-style living. Four to six students share an apartment with a full kitchen, a living/dining area and private bathroom facilities. Rooms within each apartment are designed to accommodate one or two students. The Complex is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment and alcohol consumption is limited to apartments where all residents are 21 and older.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Berkshire Towers is a suite-style, twin-towered residence area that houses returning students, transfers and freshmen. Each floor of the Towers has three suites. Each suite has three to five bedrooms, a bathroom and a lounge. The majority of rooms in the Towers are doubles, however, a limited number of single and premium single rooms are also available. Berkshire Towers is smoke-free and alcohol-prohibited. IN THE FALL OF 2020, ALL STUDENTS LIVING IN BERKSHIRE TOWERS WILL BE HOUSED IN PRIVATE ROOMS.

Hoosac Hall houses the majority of freshmen and is ideal for students who prefer living in a traditional residence hall setting. Each of the seven student floors has eighteen double rooms, two single rooms, three bathrooms and two lounges. Hoosac Hall is smoke-free and alcohol-prohibited.  IN THE FALL OF 2020, ALL STUDENTS LIVING IN HOOSAC HALL WILL BE HOUSED IN PRIVATE ROOMS.
 
The Flagg Townhouse Apartment Complex is reserved exclusively for transfers and returning students who prefer apartment-style living. Four to six students share an apartment with a full kitchen, a living/dining area and private bathroom facilities. Rooms within each apartment are designed to accommodate one or two students. The Flagg Townhouse Apartment Complex is smoke-free and alcohol consumption is limited to apartments where all residents are 21 years of age or older.  IN THE FALL OF 2020, ALL STUDENTS LIVING IN THE FLAGG TOWNHOUSE APARTMENT COMPLEX WILL BE HOUSED IN PRIVATE ROOMS.

The new student housing assignment process materials will be available on the College website in mid-June, just prior to Summer Orientation. All required housing materials (Residence Area Occupancy Agreement and Housing Assignment Preference Form) are completed online. Forms for the returning student housing assignment process also can be completed online. 
 
The new student housing assignment section of the website contains information about the housing assignment process, our three residence areas, our Living Learning Community and theme housing communities, room decorating tips, a packing list and links to the various vendors who sell items to enhance your room. Most importantly, you will find copies of the Residence Area Occupancy Agreement (RAOA) and the Housing Assignment Preference (HAP) Form. The RAOA form indicates that you agree to the financial and behavioral responsibilities involved with living on campus. The HAP form allows you to specify your preferred residence area, room type and roommate. 
 
Both the HAP and RAOA forms are due to RPS in the beginning of July. If you return your forms by the due date, you will receive your housing assignment and other important information about the check-in process during the first full week of August. When your assignment is posted on your thd Self-Service account, we will also provide the name and e-mail address of your roommate. Students are strongly encouraged to make contact with their roommates prior to arriving on campus. 

It varies depending on the residence area, room type, etc. 

The Housing Assignment Preference (HAP) Form provides the option of identifying a specific roommate. We do our best to accommodate these requests. Assignments are made by enrollment deposit date order. You can increase the chance of receiving your ideal housing assignment by submitting your enrollment deposit as early as possible and, if you are trying to live with a specific roommate, by making sure you and your roommate request each other on your Housing Assignment Preference Forms and that you both submit your paperwork by the deadline. 

There is a two-week room change "freeze" at the beginning of each semester. Following that two-week period, you may submit a Room Change Request on your THD Self-Service. 

Check-in for new students takes place at the front desk of the residence area to which you are assigned. At check-in, you will receive the key to your bedroom. You will also receive your MCLA ID. In Berkshire Towers and Hoosac Hall, your ID provides access to the front door of the building. In the Flagg Townhouse Apartment Complex, you will receive a second key that opens your apartment door. Immediately following the check-in process, all new students participate in the Welcome Week program. You will receive additional information about Welcome Week at a later date. 

Each student room contains a bed with an extra-long mattress (36" x 80"), dresser, desk with desk chair, bookcase or bookshelf and closet per occupant. All bed frames on campus are adjustable to varying heights. In Hoosac Hall and Berkshire Towers, each student room also comes equipped with a complimentary MicroFridge, a multipliance that combines a microwave and refrigerator. (Stand-alone microwaves are not allowed in Berkshire Towers or Hoosac Hall.) While each room contains overhead lighting, students are strongly encouraged to bring an LED desk and/or floor lamp. All windows in student rooms are equipped with shades. All residence area bedrooms have tile floors. You are welcome to bring your own throw rug or area carpet. 
 
We strongly encourage you to purchase renter's insurance (or check whether you are covered by your parents' insurance policies while residing at school) so you are protected if you suffer any losses to your personal property while at school. The College is not liable for the loss of or damage to personal property by fire, theft or any other cause including the failure or interruption of utilities such as heating, water and electricity. 

Read “From Dorm Room to Your Home Away from Home: A Packing & Decorating Guide for MCLA Resident Students.” This publication contains a helpful packing list with items you should definitely bring with you when you come to campus (and a few things you should definitely leave at home!). It also contains floor and window dimensions and ideas on how to make your room into your home during the year to come. U.L.-listed coffee pots, Keurigs and hot pots with a safety "shut off" mechanism are the only cooking appliances allowed in Berkshire Towers and Hoosac Hall. Other types of cooking appliances may be used in the kitchen area of the Townhouses. Many students bring a television, music, wall decorations and other small items for their room. 
 
Residential Programs & Services (RPS) partners with Residence Hall Linens. This vendor sells extra-long bed linens and other useful room accessories.  

There are both quiet hours and courtesy hours. Quiet hours begin at 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. They end at 9 a.m. the following morning. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Students are expected to keep noise levels to a minimum at all times in order to ensure the most conducive atmosphere for studying and sleeping. 

Every room on campus is capable of using MCLA’s SIP phone service. If you would like a phone, please contact MCLA Computer Support Service HelpDesk to request one – they can be set up to use your personal phone extension. These phones provide unlimited local calling access and voicemail. You may use a calling card or cell phone to access long distance service from your room.

All three residence areas have WiFi. Each room is also equipped with a hard-wired computer port per student. The exact hardware and software requirements to access this service is available in the Computer Help Desk section of the MCLA website. 
 
All resident students have access to Philo streaming television service and HBO/CinemaxGo. You can access this service on your laptop, tablet and phone. You can also access this service on a TV if it is a Roku TV or if you add a Roku device to your TV. Philo is available to you while you are on campus. HBO/Cinemax Go is available to you wherever you go. 
 
Each residence area has a laundry room. Laundry is free for students living in each of the residence areas. Food vending machines are located in each residence area. With your ID card, you can borrow a vacuum cleaner, DVD player, iron & ironing board, recreation equipment or board games at the front desk in your assigned residence area. 

Resident students are eligible to apply for an on-campus parking permit. The cost of a resident student parking permit is $100 per semester. Public Safety manages the parking permit distribution process.

MCLA runs a free shuttle service to local stores, the nearby mall, movie theaters, the local bus depot and other local attractions. The shuttle service is managed by Public Safety. The shuttle service schedule is available on the Public Safety web page.  

FOR THE FALL OF 2020, GUESTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE RESIDENCE AREAS.  THIS INCLUDES DAY VISITORS AND OVERNIGHT GUESTS.  RESIDENT STUDENTS WILL ALSO NOT BE ABLE TO VISIT STUDENTS IN OTHER RESIDENCE AREAS.  Overnight guests must be 18 years of age or older. With prior permission from your roommate and the residence area staff, a student may apply for an overnight guest pass. Overnight guests are limited to a two-night stay within any seven day period. (Overnight guests between the ages of 16 and 18 are allowed guest privileges under special circumstances. Please see your Residence Director for more information.) 

The College dining facility, the Centennial Room, offers a wide variety of menu choices including pizza, a pasta bar, hot entrees, grilled foods, international favorites, vegetarian dishes, a salad bar and more. 
 
Students with an on-campus residency requirement must participate in the College-designated meal plan. Seniors living on campus (without a residency requirement) must participate in the Senior Meal Plan.  

Residence area policies and residence area staff serve to maximize safety in each of the residence areas. Locked main doors and main area desk staff in our two residence halls, Berkshire Towers and Hoosac Hall, assure that only residents and their visitors are able to enter. The residence areas also have state-of-the-art fire alarm and sprinkler systems with a direct connection to the local fire department. 
 
The College's Public Safety department is staffed by full-time police officers and dispatchers 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon request, Public Safety officers will escort students around campus and the surrounding vicinity. If an emergency need does arise, MCLA is conveniently located two miles from the local hospital and one mile from the fire station. 
 
Ultimately, your personal safety and the security of your belongings is up to you. Remember to lock your room, to refrain from letting strangers into your residence area and to always use common sense when walking both on- and off-campus. 

Off-Campus Options 

Students who have completed their residency requirement may choose to live off-campus. There is a wide variety of housing available including apartments, single homes and rooms in private homes. The majority of this housing is located within walking distance of the campus. To ensure renting a safe, sanitary and comfortable apartment, students should inspect several rental facilities before making a decision. Residential Programs & Services maintains current listings of property owners and available housing in the North Adams area. Students looking for off-campus accommodations in the North Adams area are welcome to utilize this resource. 

Additional Information

New Student Housing Assignment Process for Fall 2020

Returning Student Housing Assignment Process for 2020-2021

Room Decorating Tips and Packing List

An Introduction to Community Living 

Guidelines for Community Living

Residence Area Descriptions

Off-Campus Housing

Questions? Contact Us

Office of Residential Programs & Services 
(413) 662-5249 
rps@mcla.edu