Places to live

  • Fooseball in the lobby
  • Residence hall room
  • Chilling in the lobby

At Bluffton, we believe that “it’s all about relationships.” Life-long friendships are formed in classrooms, in The Commons, on the court, field or pitch, and in the residence halls.

Traditional undergraduate students at Bluffton are required to live in one of the university's residence halls unless they live at home with their parents or spouse 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.      

There are six halls and one set of apartments maintained through the residence life program. In these facilities, your fellow students serve as support staff, as hall directors, resident advisors and ministry assistants.




Bren-Dell Hall

Bren-Dell Hall sits on the bank of the Riley Creek and houses 95 students. It is a divided hall with men and women living on separate floors. Each of its three floors has a kitchen. A large study lounge is available on the second floor. A spacious main lobby inside the building's main entrance was renovated in 2015. Bren-Dell was built in 1962.

Resident life staff

Hall director: 
Marissa Hall
1st floor 
RA: Wyatt Walker 1st floor, Room 104
RA: Emilie Drumm 2nd floor, Room 206
RA: Drew Ireland 3rd floor, Room 307


Ministry assistants

Leah Bowman Ermias Assefa
Colby Schlabach  

Wall dimensions - 11' 2"x 14' 6"   
Windows - 7' 3"x4'     
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"   
Mattress - 36"x80"



Hirschy Annex, houses 107 students.  It is a divided hall with men and women living on separate floors. Rooms on the second and third floor open into a corridor that encircles a floor lobby and computer lab. A main lobby and kitchen are adjacent to the first floor. Hirschy Annex was built in 1966. 

Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Zac Lykins
1st floor in Hirschy Hall off the lobby
RA: Edward Hardaway 1st floor, Room 118
RA: Alejandra Velenzuela 2nd floor north, Room 228
RA: Olivia Daugherty 2nd floor south, Room 238
RA: Brandon Swallow 3rd floor north, Room 328
RA: Mike Brown 3rd floor, Room 337

Ministry assistant

Kennedy Weaver

Wall dimensions - 13' 2"x 14' 2" 
Windows - 7' 6"x4'   
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"   
Mattress - 36"x80"



Hirschy Hall, a residence hall for 97 men and women, has three floors, with a kitchen on each floor. The ground floor has a spacious main lobby with large windows. Hirschy Hall was built in 1963.

A legendary feature of Hirschy Hall is the bronze cast of Noah Hirschy, Bluffton University's first president. It is said that if you rub the nose before taking an exam, you will have good luck!

Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Zac Lykins
1st floor in Hirschy Hall off the lobby
RA: Brooke Barnes 1st Floor, Room 102
RA: Blake Rine 2nd Floor, Room 215
RA: Michael Stuff 3rd Floor, Room 315


Ministry assistants

Olivia Allinger Maddie Litwiller

Wall dimensions - 14'7" x 14'1" 
Windows - 9'3" x 4"  
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"   
Mattress - 36"x80"


Neufeld Hall

Neufeld Hall opened in 2003. It is a divided hall housing 108 men and women split up by wing, with men in the east wing and women in the west wing, on all floors. Living in Neufeld is offered to seniors and juniors first.

Features includes spacious lobbies and kitchens on each floor, suite style hallways, a game room, conference room and computer lab. Each room is equipped with multi-configuration furniture, high ceilings and large windows. 

The innovative furniture is designed to provide greater flexibility in how students arrange their rooms. Every student will receive a bed, chest of drawers, a desk and desk organizer, a bookcase and a chair. Each piece interlocks with other pieces to allow for 50 different configurations. No tools, hardware or college personnel are needed when stacking and rearranging. Heavy steel pins assure safety and stability without the sway of traditional lofted furniture.

Each room is wired for voice mail, Internet and cable TV. The hall is air-conditioned and fully handicap accessible. 

Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Leslie Beasley
1st floor apartment
RA: Nathan Eberle 1st floor, Room 113
RA: Karma Williams 2nd floor, Room 223
RA: Braxton Lint 3rd floor, Room 313
RA: Makenzie Brownrigg 4th floor, Room 423


Ministry assistants

Ashley Eachus Brianna Keeler
Anton Miller  

Wall dimensions - 14x12 
Windows - size varies by room  
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"
Floor style - carpet



Ramseyer Hall is a divided hall, housing 109 students with men and women on separate floors. Features include air conditioning, elevator, a large, bright main lobby and floor lobbies with kitchenettes on the second and third floors. A fully-equipped kitchen and conference room are located on the first floor, with an exercise room in the basement. Individual rooms have high ceilings and open onto a spacious corridor. Ramseyer opened in 1994.

Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Caroline Schutz
1st floor  
RA: Clay Quellhorst 1st floor, Room 106
RA: Noah Heiing 2rd floor north, Room 209
RA: Jackson Clark 2nd floor south, Room 220
RA: Riley Garmatter 3rd floor north, Room 309
RA: Frankie Hamilton 3rd floor south, Room 320


Ministry assistants

Kyle Stevanus Meredith Obringer

Wall dimensions - 15' 2.5"x 12'
Windows - 5'x5'5"
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"
Floor style - carpet



Ropp is the largest residence hall at Bluffton University and houses 231 students.

A large central lounge known as “The Pit” is located near the main entrance to the building and is a popular gathering place for students. Six of the nine floors in Ropp Hall have study lounges and kitchenette facilities on the floor, while a larger, fully equipped kitchen is located off first Ropp Annex. Two hall computer labs are also located in the building. The ground floor of Ropp Hall has an exercise room and is home to the Bluffton Centre for Academic Excellence for students in the honors program as well as the Health Center.

Built in 1914, Ropp was the first residence hall for women at Bluffton University. A second wing, Ropp Annex, was added in 1958, while a third wing, Ropp Addition, was completed in 1967.

Ropp houses both men and women, on separate floors.


Resident life staff

Hall Director: 
Stacey Chirewa
1st floor , Hall Director apartment

RA: Jenia Freewalt 1st floor Ropp Annex, Room 182
RA: Carter Ritchey 2nd floor Ropp Annex, Room 273
RA: Mackenzie Martin 3rd floor Ropp Annex, Room 373
RA: Aspyn Rafac 1st floor Ropp Addition, Room 114
RA: Logan Hurt 2nd floor Ropp Addition, Room 205
RA: Kate Burden 3rd floor Ropp Addition, Room 305
RA: Dane Chiles 2nd floor Old Ropp, Room 206
RA: Caitlin Bennett 3rd floor Old Ropp, Room 303
RA: Kayleigh Michael 4th floor Old Ropp, Room 403


Ministry assistants

Laura Irwin Ropp Addition
Deborah Yoder Ropp Addition
Shelby Stammen Ropp Addition
Genoa Arling Old Ropp

Wall dimensions - 14' 5"x 13'
Windows - 7' 1"x4' 4"
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"

Wall dimensions - 15' 4"x 11' 3"
Windows - 7' 6"x4'
Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"

Wall and window dimensions - vary by room. Please contact the director of residence life.

Bed frame - 36.5"x80"
Mattress - 36"x80"
Floor style - carpet - 2nd floor only 

Every hall has the following:

  • main lobby with basic cable television
  • kitchenette with refrigerator and stove or microwave
  • laundry facilities (cost is included in room and 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
  • Curtains or blinds

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, smoke detector and some rooms have a small bulletin board.