Living at E-town

Elizabethtown College is a residential campus. More than 85 percent of our 1,900 students live on campus in residence halls, apartments and student-directed learning communities. Here is a look at some important elements of living at E-town.

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 like 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 E-town.

Consolidation Policy

As stated in the College Residency Agreement, the Residence Life 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 Residence Life.

Guest & Visitor Policy

Elizabethtown College students who sponsor a guest must accept full responsibility for the guest’s behavior. If the guest violates the Student Code of Conduct or other College policies, the student host will be held responsible. A student must have approval from his/her roommate prior to inviting a guest. A student‘s privilege to have a guest is, in all cases, superseded by the roommate’s right to the uninterrupted use of the room. Overnight guests are permitted to stay a total of three nights during a one-month period.
Guests from off campus must be at least 18 years of age or enrolled at a college or university. Students may petition the Office of Residence Life for special permission to host a guest who does not meet these criteria. This petition must be made in person by the EC student host to the Director of Residence Life at least three days in advance of the visit. See the Student Handbook for more information.

Moving In

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. E-town 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.


Being a part of a community is one of the most important parts of living on campus at Elizabethtown College. Your Resident Assistant (RA) and Area Coordinator plan many different events for you to get to know the other students in your building and on your floor, to help develop a sense of community, and to have fun. We also want to help each student grow as a person through the experiences they have in the residence halls. As a residential student you will be living amongst students from many different backgrounds, regions and countries. Learning occurs both inside and outside of the classroom here at E-town. We plan events that help students grow as individuals and create community.

Room Assignments

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 Changes

Room assignment changes may be made only with the approval of the Office of Residence Life. As part of their education, students should learn to work out differences through compromise and logic rather than avoiding concerns and problems. Should a student desire a room change, he or she should consult with the Resident Assistant (RA) first. The next step will be to speak with the Area Coordinator (AC).

Final approval of a room change is rendered by the Office of Residence Life. 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

Safety and personal accountability are important here at E-town. All residential areas are locked 24 hours a day. We require that all guests register with either Campus Security or an RA. 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.

Summer Housing

The College offers housing in the summer for current Elizabethtown College students. The summer housing priority is given to students employed by the college and those taking classes at the College. Summer housing may be given to those students taking internships for College credit. Students must register the internship for credit with the Office of Registration and Records before the Summer Housing Application can be submitted. Housing for students with credit bearing internships will be granted only if there is availability after student employees and those taking classes are placed in housing. Summer housing is not given to students whose sole reason for needing housing is for off campus employment or for paid internships (not for College credit). Summer residents must be approved by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Summer residents must uphold all College policies.

During the summer months, students can expect that cleaning will begin immediately after the buildings close and preparations to begin for the summer conference season. The services, amenities, and conveniences that students have access to during the academic year are significantly limited in the summer months. This includes, but is not limited to, shower curtains being removed and construction beginning in early morning hours. Residence Life professional staff are not available to assist in situations that require intervention after business hours. Counseling Services are not available during the summer or between semesters.

Transitional Housing

Occasionally it is necessary for some first year students to reside in transitional housing. The size of the incoming first year class may exceed the number of available residence hall beds on campus. When this happens students are assigned a transitional, or temporary, housing room for a period of time. For more specific information about transitional housing, please contact the Office of Residence Life.