Our on-campus residences are a mix of former seaside estates and newer houses built by the college to encourage community living and meet high environmental standards.

All first-year students, as well as some transfer and returning students, live on campus. Each house has its own character and sense of community, and each resident is expected to play a vital role in the house. The college’s dining hall is closed on the weekends, so students regularly make meals together in the house kitchens, sharing ingredients and food traditions. Larger community dinners are common on Sunday evenings.

Each house has a Resident Advisor (RA)—an older student tasked with facilitating house responsibilities and cohesion. The RAs also serve as a support system for new students as they adjust to college life.

Transfer and returning students may opt to live on campus or rent houses or apartments off campus with friends in Bar Harbor.