Life in our residence halls is one of the most exciting new experiences at Trinity! Along with learning how to live with others, students make many lifelong friends and share Trinity memories with roommate, suitemates, and hallmates.
The first year area is comprised of six buildings on the east side of campus, clustered together so all first-year students can experience a vibrant and supportive community. These buildings include Beze, Calvert, Herndon, McLean, Miller, and Witt-Winn. Residents live in small groups of about 18 with a Resident Mentor.
First Year Residence Halls include:
Albert Herff-Beze Hall (pronounced Bee-zee) is located at the east end of campus directly behind Mabee Dining Hall. All three floors of Beze house men and women. Study and social lounge spaces include a game room, multi-purpose room, kitchenette, and computer lab. Beze is designed with public walkways (room doors open directly to the outside) and houses 104 students.
Harold D. Herndon Hall is located on the east end of campus directly behind Mabee Dining Hall and adjacent to two other first-year halls. Herndon is designed with public walkways (room doors open directly to the outside), and all rooms view a park-like area. This hall houses 120 students and features vending and ice machines on the second floor and laundry in the adjacent Beze Underground.
Verna McLean Hall is located on the east side of campus near the south campus recreation area, across the parking lot from the Bell Athletic Center, and next door to Mabee Dining Hall. McLean houses first year students on the first and second floors and upperclass students on the upper two floors. Balconies are shared with wallmates. This hall houses 240 students.
Robert R. Witt-Carleton R. Winn Hall is located in the middle of the first-year quad area on the east side of campus. It is conveniently located next to Mabee Dining Hall and directly behind the Witt Reception Center. Balconies are shared with wall-mates. This hall houses 240 student; men and women occupy all floors. Witt-Winn was completely renovated in the summer of 2013, is a LEED-registered project, and features wood floors, walk-in closets, a kitchen, and an outdoor balcony lounge area.
Calvert Hall is the first-year student residence hall nearest to upper campus (particularly the Coates University Center) and is part of the traditional first-year student quad. Calvert is designed with public walkways (room doors open directly to the outside). A laundry room is located on the first floor, and a study lounge on the second. Recent renovations to Calvert Hall earned it a LEED-Gold designation for its minimal environmental impact.
C.W. Miller Hall is located in the middle of the traditional first-year student quad on east campus. This hall is conveniently located near Mabee Dining Hall, is designed with public walkways (room doors open directly to the outside), and houses 60 students. Recent renovations to Miller Hall earned it a LEED-Gold designation for its minimal environmental impact.
Murchison Hall enjoys proximity to upper campus, the Coates University Center and the outdoor swimming pool. The Murchison Lounge is a terrific alternative studying environment and computer lab and lies in the middle of this two-story building. Murchison is designed with public walkways (room doors open directly to the outside). Murchison currently houses students in all classes who are part of HOPE Hall, a living-learning community focused on community service. This hall houses 60 students.
Resident Mentors (RMs) are carefully selected and extensively trained upper-class leaders (sophomores, juniors or seniors) who work as paraprofessionals on the Residential Life Staff. Their primary role is to support a small group of about 18 first year students, building a fun, healthy and respectful community among your neighbors. Your RM will guide you through New Student Orientation (NSO) all the way to the end of the year. Throughout the fall semester, your RM will host fun activities to break from studying and get to know other students. Your Resident Mentor group will also discuss the ups and downs of college life: staying healthy, getting along with your roommate, doing well in college classes and making choices about relationships and alcohol.
Take time to get to know your RM. He or she will be one person you know you can trust to look out for your best interests and encourage you to take positive risks. RMs know you may make mistakes and sometimes have to hold you accountable to campus policy, but they will also help you learn from those experiences. Your first year is a time of significant independence from life at home. Your RM is there to help make Trinity feel like home, too.