There are a lot of great opportunities when living on campus, from being part of a themed community, to becoming a Resident Assistant, and so much more! As you prepare to join our great community, know that we are looking forward to you being part of the coming year on campus!
If you have not yet completed the various elements needed for housing, please do so as soon as possible so we can get you housed! Remember that your housing deposit (included in your admissions deposit) must be paid before you can be housed. Checks can be mailed to the Business Office or you can make the payment online.
Once you have claimed your Washington College account, you will use your college username and password to enter the housing portal. Be sure to complete the following:
Under the Application drop down, you will find "New Student Housing Application Spring 2021."
Under Addresses/Contacts, make sure the emergency contact, thethe second emergency contact, and missing person contact are all filled out. The missing person contact is the person you want staff to contact if we suspect you are missing. It does not have to be the same person as your emergency contact.
- Your parent or guardian must complete the Parent/Guardian Information found on WebAdvisor.Your parent or guardian must complete the Parent/Guardian Information found on WebAdvisor.
- Roommates/Suitemates If you know the first and last name of the person you wish to room with, this is where you would submit their name. If you don’t have anyone in mind but would like to search for one, same location, just scroll down to the Advanced Search.
- Your parent or guardian must complete the Parent/Guardian Information found on WebAdvisor.
Having a problem logging in with your username and password? Contact the OIT helpdesk at 410-778-7777 or email@example.com.
FAQs for New Students
Almost every first year will live in a double room with a roommate.
Our halls range in size from the smallest, East at 21 residents, to our largest, Minta Martin at 143+.
There is no storage available on the campus. Students need to contact local storage companies to store belongings during the summer if they don’t want to bring them home. It is advisable to use the vacation times to shuffle/switch out belongings, especially season specific items. Students should bring anything non-essential home with them during spring break to avoid too much stuff to pack in May.
All halls have Resident Assistants. RAs are students who live and work in the halls. They are supervised by the professional staff, the Area Coordinators. Because they are students (and often athletes, club leaders, etc.), they are not available 24 hours a day. RAs can give advice, answer most basic questions and steer a student to the right office for help, report maintenance issues, enforce policies, plan activities. RAs will not wake students up to go to class, make sure the student is eating properly, etc. These are basic life skills the student is expected to do for themselves as an adult.
Students are expected to have basic independent living skills before they arrive on campus: how to talk to roommates, live cooperatively with others, how to clean their room (and as upperclassmen in suites, the bathrooms), how to do laundry, basic cooking skills, and the basic skills needed to live in a community with other people. Adjusting to college- living in a new place, adjusting to a different daily pattern, different and increased intellectual challenges- is hard enough. Students who have the skills to take care of themselves have an easier time adjusting and exhibit more confidence in their ability to adjust to college and be successful.
Students are allowed to bring a fridge. You can bring up to a 4.4 cubic foot fridge. Think about what you will need the fridge for. If you will need it for a lot of drinks and food, go with the 4.4. Very little can be put into the smaller, cube fridges. However, none of the first year halls have an elevator. If you can’t carry it, think about how you’re going to get it up the stairs.
Students are allowed to bring a microwave. Considering the size of the rooms, microwaves should be less than 1.2 cubic ft. A bigger fridge is more useful and worth the investment of space than a large microwave.
Students are also allowed to bring a television, although most students now watch shows on their laptops. If you do bring a tv, the walls cannot be damaged nor anything mounted on them except posters. As for the size of the tv, the rooms are not large and big tvs are typically damaged quickly. Save the big tv for your first post-college apartment!
The college does not insure students’ belongings. If something is stolen or damaged, the college will not replace it. Verify that your student’s belongings are insured either through your homeowner’s insurance or if not and it’s not offered, seek out renter’s insurance. There are companies that specialize in college student insurance.
Yes, almost every firstyear on campus has a roommate and they do just fine! For many students, sharing a room with someone is a new experience but it is a critical life skill that is needed for the rest of your life. Typically, students experiencing a roommate for the first time in their lives have a lot to learn: basic communication and negotiating skills, the difference between wants and needs, how to live cooperatively with another person, the importance of physically speaking to someone (and not just texting!), being mindful of another person’s needs and balancing them with their own.
Bringing an entire year's supply of anything takes up too much valuable space in the rooms! We have stores! There are 2 large grocery stores in town, Redners and Acme, and 2 small, specialized ones in addition to the weekly farmer’s market. The 2 small grocery stores are Chestertown Natural Foods and Los Jarochos Mexican Grocery. Every Saturday morning all year round, there is a farmer’s market in the Fountain Park, downtown Chestertown.
For home goods, there are several dollar stores, Peebles Department Store, and Welcome Home. Welcome Home has kitchen, bed and bath items while a few doors down, Twigs and Teacups also has a variety of items for the home. Downtown Chestertown has a variety of stores and you can find most things you need.
For periodic, “stock up” international grocery shopping, students will drive to stores like H-Mart in Ellicott City. It’s 1.5 hours away but for the occasional trip, it makes a nice day trip driving right past Annapolis and the outlet malls. Bring ice and a cooler! (or two) That area also has a variety of smaller, ethnic grocery stores. For malls and big box stores, students drive to Middletown, Annapolis, or Christiana.
Having overseen thousands of students move in over the years, here are some tips:
• Water is available on the Eastern Shore and it’s good water! There is no need to bring cases and cases of bottled water. Invest in a filter instead- you can send new filters to the student periodically via Amazon. It saves a lot of room!
• Same goes with ramen noodles or any other bulk food item. Every May, we donate several vans worth of ramen, Chef Boyardee and other food items that students have not used.
▪ If the student “might” need it or hasn’t used it in a year, don’t bring it. Anything can be sent by mail. Typically, if it’s not here and not a critical daily item, they don’t notice it missing. We see a lot of non-critical items thrown out in May that students realize they never used all year and don’t need. (and when we say a lot, it’s about 7 industrial sized dumpster loads)
What to Bring
Our Packing List is a general guide. Many students bring too much stuff! Plan to switch out seasonal things during the breaks. The more you bring home for spring break, the less you'll scramble to pack in May!
Get ready for our Zero Waste Move-In! Washington College is committed to sustainability and encourages students and families to help. Little things add up to make a difference in an area known to be an ecological wonder.
Your residence hall room comes with an extra long twin bed and mattress, desk and chair, dresser, closet or wardrobe, small shelf or bookshelf, and overhead lighting. Rooms have tile floors and window blinds. In each hall, there is a laundry room with washers and dryers. If possible, talk to your roommate when you are planning what to bring. However, if you are unable to do so, pack possible double items in a way to make it easier to leave in the vehicle to go back home. Keep in mind that college-owned furniture may not be removed from your room.
Instead of "borrowing" a grocery cart from the store, invest in one of these kinds of carts. Residential Life suggests getting one that is folding and has durable wheels that can go over long stretches of brick (we have a lot of brick walkways here!). Helpful for move in/out, laundry (if you have a laundry room on your floor), bringing large amounts of stuff to events (picnic on the green or near the stadium, anyone?).
Don’t forget- candles that use a burning flame are not allowed nor is incense. However, there are so many alternatives now. Flameless candles that have flickering motion look incredibly real and create a realistic candlelit atmosphere in a room. Students also use fairy lights- just make sure the bulbs do not get hot and never place anything cloth or paper on or near them.
Plug in fresheners and oil diffusers are great but they do take up a plug so be mindful of how many electronics you are bringing and what would best suit your needs. Whatever you choose, these are also small items that need refills. Set your order for autoship and save the precious space in the room. Or Parents/Guardians, send periodic care packages with things like refills and other seasonal items. When students bring these types of things in bulk ahead of time, they are put away (often deep under the bed) and forgotten about until May move out. Some items just don’t work well in small residence hall rooms, such as electronic tart warmers (spilled hot wax anyone?)
In summer, early fall and late spring, be aware that the Eastern Shore is very, very humid. We are surrounded by water! It’s not uncommon to have a 90% humidity level every day during those seasons. Some students find that having a small space dehumidifier is helpful when they move in, bring it home fall break to store, then bring it back spring break to use in their room again. Rooms are small- you don’t need a big one but you do need to remember to empty it out daily.
If you are bringing prescription drugs (particularly anything valuable), your passport and social security card (if you plan on getting a job), or anything else small and valuable, strongly consider bringing a small safe. Some roll under the bed, some look like little cabinets. Whatever works for you!
Some valuables should simply not come to college- grandma’s ring, valuable jewelry, grandpa’s heirloom item- none of this should be in a residence hall. Rooms are small, things get broken, lost, and if carelessly left out, stolen. Additionally, students should never have large amounts of cash in their rooms or wallets. Any amount over $100 is too much- use your bank!
Swiffer like products have been a bonus for college students. Bring a both the dry cloth and wet cloths, which brings us to rugs.
Big, room size rugs (invariably 8x10) are difficult to keep clean, vacuum in such a tight space, and invariably are filthy by about December. A residence hall is not the place for expensive or one of a kind rugs! The antique Persian rug needs to stay at home, safely away from spilled soda, ground in cookies, and the inevitable mud of the rainy Eastern Shore.
Using multiple washable throw rugs are much more functional and sanitary. While your rug(s) is in the wash, you can sweep your floor and mop it with the wet cloths quick resulting in a clean floor and rug. Rag rugs, cotton woven, even large bathroom rugs are all meant to be washed in the washing machine and are easy to maintain.
A first aid kit is essential for the room (and if bringing a car, one designed for the car as well).
Don't forget the flashlight and a spare set of batteries- everyone always forgets a flashlight! Power outages don’t happen often but when they do- it’s important to have.
If you are particularly safety minded and prefer to invest in a useful long term piece, you can look at getting a hand crank weather radio/flashlight combo. Most have phone charger capabilities too.