Community Living values our students by authentically supporting and empowering growth and accountability through experiences that cultivate purposeful community development, and change.
Living at Etown
Elizabethtown College is a residential campus. More than 85% of our 1,900 students live on campus in residence halls, townhouses, apartments, and on-campus houses. Here is a look at some important elements of living at Etown.
The Office of Community Living invites you to Live Etown! Live Etown is our blueprint for cultivating inclusive and vibrant communities, fostering a sense of belonging, and inspiring meaningful learning. Throughout your residential experience, you will have the opportunity to participate in exciting events and engaging discussions around four themes (we call them Learning Blocks): live well, live connected, live with purpose, and live beyond.
Check out the Live Etown blueprint here!
Community Standards Model
We foster a sense of community in the residential areas through the Community Standards Model. Each floor comes together within the first month of the academic year to collaboratively craft the “standards” for their floor which outline how the community would like to handle issues such as floor cleanliness or how to approach one another for noise during courtesy hours. When a situation arises that is not in line with the floor’s standards, the students come together to discuss their standards and decide whether they want to change them or reaffirm them. The Community Standards Model helps floor-mates learn to talk to one another and prepare for life after Etown.
As stated in the College Residency Agreement, the Community Living staff reserves the right to make changes in room assignments, which could occur at any time. It is understood that the Residency Agreement is for room space without regard to a designated residence hall, townhouse or apartment, Student Directed Learning Community (SDLC), or specific room. Generally, consolidation of students into a double occupancy room does not take place until fourteen (14) days after classes begin. For more specific information about the consolidation policy, you may contact the Office of Community Living.
Guest & Visitor Policy
Due to COVID 19 we are not permitting guests or visitors in the residence halls. Please review the Return to Campus Guides for more information.
As you begin to plan for check-in day, think carefully about what you plan to bring and how you will keep yourself organized. It is not necessary to bring everything you will need for the entire year if you are able to visit home on breaks throughout the year. You may reference our "suggested items list" as well as the floor plan for your room in your planning. Etown students definitely personalize their rooms and make them their own. Curtains, posters, funky comforters, and photos really help transform the room into your unique home away from home.
A certain number of rooms within each residence hall floor community are dedicated solely to new students. Returning students may select any available room by following the room selection procedures. These procedures are reviewed and revised annually, and traditionally involve selection based on a random lottery system. All room assignments are made without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.
Room assignment changes may be made only with the approval of the Office of Community Living. Should students desire a room change, they should consult with the Resident Assistant (RA) or Assistant Director (AD).
Final approval of a room change is rendered by the Office of Community Living. A student who changes a room must obtain and return a room change form. A $50 fine will be charged to students who fail to follow proper room change procedures, and/or their request may be denied.
Safety on Campus
All residential areas are locked 24 hours a day. We require that all guests register with Campus Security. Students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct outlined in the Student Handbook. The College maintains yearly Campus Crime Statistics, which are available through Campus Security.
We hope to have an update soon regarding summer housing availability. Due to the pandemic, we may not have the availability as in previous years.