Residence Life and Housing
Bridgewater State is a great place to live and learn! We're dedicated to helping make your transition to living in the residence halls as smooth and successful as possible. There are a host of exciting opportunities and benefits of being part of our on-campus community, and we're here to make sure you take advantage of them all.
Why Live on Campus?
The On-Campus Community
Resident students have the opportunity to make the most of their university experience in an environment with easy access to campus resources.
Living on campus is an important part of your social and academic growth. Research has shown that students who live on campus are more satisfied with their overall experience, perform better academically and graduate at higher rates.
We support a community based on individual responsibility, where there is an appreciation of individual differences and a respect for individual rights. Residence Life and Housing staff work to enhance student interactions, community development and leadership by offering a variety of programs, services and opportunities.
Gender Inclusive Housing
Bridgewater does offer students the opportunity to live with other students regardless of their assigned gender, gender identity or expression. For more information visit the gender inclusive housing page.
A Living and Learning Experience
You will learn a great deal outside of the classroom. The residence hall staff fosters learning through floor meetings, educational and social programs and daily interactions with residents. You are encouraged to be an active and contributing member of your community.
The First-Year Residential Experience
The first year at a university presents unique challenges, specifically making the transition from high school to college. It also provides opportunities for fostering lifelong friendships. The Office of Residence Life & Housing houses first-year students together and offers programs to acclimate these first-year students to university life. The First-Year Residential Expreience also offers first-year students the opportunity to apply for the exclusive Leaders Emerging and Developing Series (LEADS). LEADS is designed to assist emerging student leaders in developing their skills by taking active leadership roles among their peers.
Residential Learning Communties
Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) are provide students with the opportunity to live among others with similar interests and academic focuses. Students who choose to live in a learning community benefit from targeted programming and access to resources that will help them become more successful while at the university. Living in an RLC affords students the chance to connect their academic goals with their cocurricular interests. The staff in Residence Life & Housing partners with faculty to create a true living and learning environment conveniently located in a residence hall community.
First-Year Honors Residential Learning Community
This RLC gives the students the distinct advantage of connecting with the honors faculty who support the program. The RLC provides first-year honors students the opportunity to live among other budding scholars in a setting that complements the student-learning process outside of the classroom.
Science and Mathematics Residential Learning Community
In partnership with the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics, this RLC offers students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, geography, mathematics and physics to live among other students with similar academic interests. This RLC allows first-year students to live and engage with upper class mathematics or science students who have chosen to live in this community and provide support to the first-year students.
Women in Science and Mathematics Residential Learning Community
This RLC offers a safe and developmental space for women majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, geography, mathematics and physics to come together and explore the unique experience of being a woman pursuing the fields of science and mathematics. The RLC provides support and networking opportunities to first-year women majoring in science and mathematics.
Service-Based Residential Learning Community
This RLC is for students who are dedicated to engaging with their community and making a difference through service. Students who live in this community will have opportunities to learn from and serve with faculty and staff who are experts in areas such as homelessness, mentoring, child literacy, food shortage, affordable housing and environmental issues
Resources for Residential Students
Residence Life & Housing Staff
The Office of Residence Life & Housing, comprised of full-time professional and administrative staff in addition to part-time student employees, responds to the needs of the resident population. Area Coordinators (ACs) and Resident Directors (RDs) are full-time, live-in professional staff members trained to deal with issues of student life and residence hall administration. ACs and RDs are responsible for the quality of life in their assigned area and supervise a student staff of resident assistants. Resident Assistants (RAs) are students chosen for their leadership and interpersonal skills. RAs live in the halls and provide support on a variety of subjects ranging from personal and academic concerns to conflict mediation and program implementation. At least one RA is on duty in each residence hall every evening from 7 pm until 7am the next day.
TV, Cable, and Wi-Fi Services
To help develop a sense of community while residing at BSU, the ResNet program provides resident students with a comprehensive premium package of services. The main ResNet services include internet, printers, cable TV as well as movie streaming. We feature 100% wireless coverage in all residence halls, classrooms and administrative buildings.
ResNet provides resident students a customized Comcast cable TV service. Our programming of 125+ HD channels include HBO, sports channels, and many other favorites. A digital TV with a QAM tuner is required.
Stream movies and TV! ResNet Cinema allows students on-campus to stream newly released movies through our on-demand website, as well as view on BSU cable TV channels.
All residence halls are secured at all times. Access is monitored 24 hours a day by full-time Institutional Security Officers (ISOs) at Shea, Durgin, Woodward, Pope, Scott Halls and the Great Hill Student Apartments. Student Security Officers (SSOs) work at the entrance of all other halls from 5 pm - 2 am. Security Staff register guests and ensure community safety. Resident students must present their Connect Card each time they enter and present any items brought into the residence halls for inspection. Unchecked items will not be permitted.
Resident students with 24-plus earned credits are allowed to have vehicles on campus. Every motor vehicle parked on campus must have a valid decal or temporary pass. For more information on campus parking please call the Parking Services and Connect Card Office at 508.531.2897 or please visit the Parking Services and Connect Card
The Connect Card is the official Bridgewater State University identification card and a convenient method to access a wide range of services on campus. It can be used in dining halls for your meal plan and as a debit card on and off-campus with participating merchants. The Connect Card is the university library card and is used to control access to residence halls. For more information please visit the Connect Card website
BSU transit offers free and continuous on-campus transportation (as well as Route 28 into Brockton five times a day) to all members of the BSU community. Hours of operation: Day service runs Monday through Friday, 7:15 am - 7 pm, night and weekend service runs Sunday through Saturday, 7 pm - 2 am. On call until 2 am. Learn more at the BSU transit website
Tobacco free policy
Smoking and tobacco use is prohibited on all university property. University property includes, but is not limited to, university owned and leased buildings; facilities and vehicles; parking lots; building entrances; and common areas.
The BSU Wellness Center, located in Weygand Hall (entrance closest to Crimson Hall), provides medical and mental health services to all students. A clinic is provided, including but not limited to: walk-in and scheduled counseling appointments; scheduled health service appointments; written prescriptions; and tests for streptococcus, mononucleosis, pregnancy, STI and urinary tract infections.