First Year Residence

First-Year Living

Whether in their rooms, the Adirondack chairs in the quad, or the porch of BWC, Ursinus first-year students enjoy engaging with other new students in an environment that provides them with ample opportunities to share their experiences, concerns, and successes with their peers.  At Ursinus, all first-year students live together in one of two designated residence halls.

Beardwood, Paisley, Stauffer Halls (a.k.a. BPS)

Quick Overview of BPS:

BPS is a 4 story,co-ed residence hall with single-gender, co-ed, and gender-inclusive hallway options. The residents of BPS enjoy traditional-hall style living, several community kitchens, and laundry facilities conveniently located in the building. Paisley, the center hall, offers a large, newly renovated common space providing an area for studying and socializing. Stauffer, to the right and Beardwood to the left, each offers a cozier common area as well. The building’s “U” shape creates a grassy quad outside where students can relax and enjoy nice weather. Out back, students gather in warmer weather for lounging, lawn games and studying on what is commonly knows as Paisley Beach.

Amenities:
  • Ethernet access
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Cable TV Hookup
  • FREE, Coinless laundry facilities in building
  • Public kitchenette spaces with ranges, refrigerators, and microwaves
  • Public lounge with TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Vending Machine
  • Primarily double and triple rooms with some singles
  • Residents have 24/7 card access system to enter the building

Brodbeck, Wilkinson, Curtis Halls (a.k.a. BWC)

Quick Overview of BWC:

BWC is a 4 story, co-ed residence hall with single-gender, and co-ed hallway options. The residents of BWC enjoy traditional-hall style living, a large community kitchen, and laundry facilities conveniently located in the building. A large common space on the first floor provides an area for studying and socializing. The building’s close proximity to the Innovation and Discovery Center (IDC) positions it in the center of Ursinus’ campus… just a quick roll out of bed and off to class!  BWC is located along the main brick pathway, and just across from the grassy BWC triangle, a great place for students to study, play and relax during nice weather.

Amenities:
  • Ethernet access
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Cable TV Hookup
  • FREE, Coinless laundry facilities in building
  • Public kitchen space with range, refrigerator, and microwave
  • Public lounge with TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Vending Machine
  • Primarily double and triple rooms with some singles
  • Residents have 24/7 card access system to enter the building

What should I know about roommates?

In May (just following orientation), incoming first-year students fill out an electronic housing preference survey, providing the Office of Residential Life with important information about their preferences. Students are asked about their sleeping habits, tidiness, interests, and a variety of other questions that create the best picture of the student’s personality. The Res Life office uses these answers to make pairs and groups of roommates, eventually leading to the creation of floors and buildings. You can request roommates in the first year as long as you perfect match with one another.

Don’t worry… RAs are there to guide you!

The first-year class also benefits from frequent interactions with student leaders, such as RAs and Ambassadors. Resident Advisors live on every hall and are available to help residents learn the resources, support services, and procedures of the college, while also serving as a mentor during the transition to college life.