Special Interest Housing

In order to qualify for entry to the Special Interest Housing lottery, you must complete the Special Interest Housing Form and all related agreements and/or applications.  Special Interest Housing includes: Alfond Senior Apartments, Off-Campus Housing, Substance-Free Housing, Quiet Housing, Mary Low Co-op, and Dialogue Housing.  In accordance with the SGA approved HFAC proposal, if you choose specialty housing as your first choice you will be entering into a binding agreement.  If you decide to withdraw from specialty interest housing after building designations are determined, your lottery number will be moved to the bottom of your class year.

All applications and forms can be found under the Room Draw Forms & Info tab.

Alfond & Off-Campus Living

If you want to live in the Alfond Apartments or off campus, decide which one is your first priority.  You will need to rank your decision on the online registration form.  The order of the lottery numbers for both the Alfond Apartments and Off-Campus Living will be tiered according to your first and second choices.  For example, if Off-Campus Living is your second choice, your group will be listed below all groups for whom Off-Campus Living was their first choice.  Priority is granted to seniors.  If you are interested in living in the Alfond Apartments, you must complete the Alfond Apartment Application.

Each year, approximately 110 students are approved to live off campus.  We would advise students to not sign a lease or commit with any landlords until your request to live off campus is granted.  Please carefully complete the Application for Off Campus Housing, which contains a list of criteria for off-campus living.  Finding an apartment is a student's responsibility.  The Office of Campus Life does not maintain a list of landlords in the area, nor does the College hold any agreements with houses and/or landlords in the area.
Substance Free Housing

The Substance-Free Halls are intended to provide an environment free from alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.  Selection for these halls will be based on demand.  Residents will sign an agreement prior to room selection agreeing to adhere to this philosophy, or risk being asked to move from the building.

Quiet Housing

Quiet Hall living is an important option for Colby students.  Students should indicate their interest for Quiet Hall living prior to Room Draw.  Students living in these halls agree to the philosophy of 21-hours of quiet per day, with expanded consideration hours on the weekends.  Consideration hours are defined as normal noise levels, provided neighbors are not being disrupted.

Mary Low Co-op

The first floor of Mary Low is designated for co-operative living.  Students living on this floor agree to purchase food and to prepare meals independent from the traditional dining hall meal plan.  Please note that the co-op will be substance-free if Mary Low is designated substance-free in a given year.

Dialogue Housing Overview

The purpose of Dialogue Housing is to link the academic and residential experiences within the residence halls.  Dialogue Housing provides an opportunity for students sharing broad intellectual interests to live together and to pursue sustained dialogue about matters of common intellectual interest.  Diversity of choice is one of the strengths of Colby's residential life program.  To enhance those choices, students have the opportunity to create their residential atmosphere by implementing a Dialogue House.  Activities may include discussions, lectures, or projects within the particular dialogue theme.