Reasons To Live On Campus


Centenary residents live at the heart of the college community.  Living on campus allows you to be within walking distance of class, the dining hall, the fitness center, the library and all other services offered by Centenary.  In addition, the time and money spent in a long commute can be better spent partaking in all that Centenary University has to offer!


The friends you make in college are often the best friends you will have throughout life.  Those who live on campus expand the possibilities of the many friendships that can develop. The intimate setting of Centenary University really allows for resident students to get to know one another and form lasting friendships.


Residence Life at Centenary smooths the transition to independent living.  The caring community, from peers to RAs and staff members, work together to offer support for real life decision-making.  When you live on campus you gain valuable experiences and confidence outside the classroom. 

Community Living

While you are working toward independence, you also become part of an unforgettable community. Resident students learn to live in a community of peers that are diverse and unique. It is by working together and establishing close interpersonal relationships that Centenary’s residents will build a strong community.

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Housing Selection

Midway through the Spring Semester of each academic year housing selection takes place.  Groups of four students wishing to reside in Bennett-Smith Hall or Founders Hall will need to fill out an "Individual Point Tally Form" and then "Apartment Housing Application".

Lottery numbers will be given based on Individual Point totals or Group Point Totals. The higher the Point total, the better lottery number. In the event of a tie with point totals, then lottery will be given based on the time application is submitted.  .

Students must have a minimum 2.3 GPA to be considered for Apartment style housing. And apply as a group of Four.

Rooms in the Apartments cannot be squatted and residents will reenter the housing lottery at the end of each academic year.

Students wishing to apply for Housing in Washabaugh, Van Winkle, Anderson, and Lotte Halls must complete the same process and will be given lottery numbers.  Students residing in these halls may opt to squat their rooms for the subsequent academic year. Students that squat will not be required to go through the housing selection process, and name cannot appear on another person's application.


***For More information please reference the Housing Selection Guide for each Housing Selection Process.

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There are no restrictions on housing requests for students who live within close proximity to the College.

Full time students are encouraged to apply for housing by contacting the Residence Life Office.

As soon as the Residence Life Office receives your request indicating an interest in being a resident on campus, a $300.00 deposit is needed as well as approval from the Assistant Director of Residence Life or Director of Residence Life & Community Standards.