Residence life

Most students live on campus which creates a close-knit residential atmosphere.

student life

Students are constantly interacting and learning from one another in the residence halls, and, at the same time, building lifelong friendships. Living on campus is an amazing, essential part of the collegiate experience. You'll make close friends and be exposed to new and different ways of thinking. 

At Bluffton University, you will experience a sense of community. One that is unique and based on respect. Through hall activities based on service, education or social outcomes, you'll be provided with an opportunity to be who you want to be. Living on campus will give you a chance to make your own discoveries.


move in

Fall 2018 move in: 

New students may check into their rooms Friday, Aug. 24: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Returning students may check into their rooms at the following times: 
Saturday, Aug. 25: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 26: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Make your room a home-away-from-home:

Each spring new Bluffton students are asked to complete a housing questionnaire to assist the student life office in making housing and roommate assignments for the next academic year. Housing assignments are determined by the date you pay your deposit to the university. If you have additional questions about residence life, please do not hesitate to contact the director of residence life at 419-358-3247 or by email at


Our residence halls

Bluffton University traditional undergraduate students are required to live in one of the university's residence halls unless they live at home with their parents and live within a reasonable commuting distance. The university is committed to the belief that living with others in a residence hall is an important part of the total educational and social experience of college life. Exceptions must be approved by the director of residence life.

Living successfully in a residence hall environment requires a certain amount of understanding and responsibility of each person. It is understood and expected that students are responsible for their own actions and the activities that occur in their rooms.         

Each hall has the following:

  • main lobby with basic cable television
  • kitchenette with refrigerator and stove or microwave
  • laundry facilities (cost is included in room & board fees)
  • soda vending machine
  • storage space for small items only (suitcases, boxes, trunks)
  • Ramseyer, Ropp and Hirschy Halls have ironing boards in designated areas

Rooms include the following for each resident:

  • cable tv jack
  • network data connection
  • desk & chair
  • QAM converter
  • bed
  • closet
  • dresser

Beds may be bunked and lofts are permitted in all halls except Neufeld. If you choose to have a loft it should incorporate the bed frame. You may bring additional furnishings, however, no university furniture may be removed from the room, including the metal bedframes.

The beds are extra long and the mattresses measure 36" x 80". If you have trouble finding extra long sheets and bedding to fit the beds in our residence halls, the office of residence life has partnered with Residence Hall Linens to provide an easy, affordable option. Each room also has an overhead light, mirror, curtains or blinds, smoke detector and some rooms have a small bulletin board.

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