The housing process takes place each spring. Below you’ll find a list of the ins and outs so you’ll be an expert on picking a room.

The housing process functions as a lottery system in which every student receives a room-draw number and a pick-time based on seniority. Colby uses a program called Symplicity to help organize housing and manage the lottery.

When it’s time to choose your room, everything will be completed online through Symplicity. As we get closer to the process, informational sessions will provide an overview of the system and answer any lingering questions you have. Here are links to housing applications, instructions, and floor plans.

AMS_4Room Draw step by step

Symplicity Online Room Draw

Information on furniture, window dimensions, keys, and hall access

2017 Housing accommodations, due Friday, March 3, 2017, to the Dean of Student’s Office

Alfond Residence Complex Application Fall 2017, due electronically to by 4 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017

Word doc copy of the Alfond application 2017

Room Draw information session presentation

2017-18 floor plans


Room Draw 2017-2018


Alfond 2017 4 and 6 person roster.

Alfond 5 person roster.

**We did not receive enough five person applications, so we have extended the deadline to 9am, Monday, April 3rd.  All new applications must be submitted to by 9am on Monday, April 3rd.  We will announce the five person Alfond roster on Wednesday, April 5th at 4:00pm.

Traditional 2017 roster updated

Co-op 2017 roster updated

HoPE 2017 roster updated

Mind-Body-Spirit 2017 roster updated

Off Campus 2017 roster

Quiet 2017 roster updated

Sub-free 2017 roster updated

Special Interest building locations:

HoPE:  Go-Ho

Mind-Body-Spirit:  Coburn, East and Johnson

Quiet:  Mitchell

Sub-free:  Averill, Foss, Leonard, Mary Low

Special Interest Housing


Now preparing for its second year, the Hall of Purpose Exploration (HoPE) is a residential community dedicated to asking questions about purposeful work, meaningful lives, and community connections. A group of select sophomores and juniors in residence for both semesters will live together, build community, and engage in conversation about living on purpose. The community will gather monthly to engage in conversation about big questions such as failure, happiness, courage, greed, and family. Residents will be assigned in small groups to a faculty or staff mentor.

Mind, Body, Spirit (formerly Wellness)

The Mind, Body, Spirit community is for students interested in exploring physical and emotional wellness. Students will be required to attend one program per month sponsored by their CA or an approved College-sponsored program. Themes such as sleep routines, meditation, yoga, nutrition, and stress reduction will be explored.

Quiet Study Community

The Quiet Study Community will be a building or floors set aside as 24-hour quiet zones with adjustments for consideration. This is a community for students who wish to respect increased sensitivity to noise such as loud music, other audio noise, or groups conversing in public areas and hallways. The CA will work with community members to create and enforce quiet and consideration expectations.

Substance-Free Living

The Substance-Free Living building or floors are for students who choose not use alcohol, tobacco products, or illicit substances. Students in this community agree to not store any such substances or to be in the community if they’re under the influence of alcohol or illicit substances. Students will participate in programs throughout the academic year that will increase awareness about substance use and abuse, and students will work with their CA to explore wellness-related topics.

Furniture Removal Policy

Over the next three years, the College will continue phasing out moving furniture from residence hall rooms. Long standing concerns about worker safety, storage space, and resource management prompted this change, which is consistent with the Colby College Student Handbook (Room Care, pp 77-78). This policy aligns the College with practices at its peer colleges, and addresses both human resource concerns and high-cost damage to residence hall furniture.

Frequent movement of furniture between rooms and storage increases repair and replacement costs due to unnecessary wear and damage. Even more importantly, the practice has resulted in high staff turnover and workplace injuries.  With the policy change, Facilities can now reallocate staff time and funding for professional development and retention, as well as for critical ongoing and preventative building maintenance. The grounds staff will continue to loft, bunk, and raise beds. We appreciate student understanding and support in making this transition.
We ask students seeking help with lofting, raising, or bunking beds, or moving select furniture out of their rooms, to submit a work order request online no later than Friday, Sept. 15 for fall changes. Another opportunity will be provided between January 30 and February 9, and we will send a reminder as the time approaches.As we continue to find ways to enhance student experiences and help students maximize residential living, we offer returning students (Classes of 2018 and 2019) some support in changing the layout of dorm furniture. During the first three weeks after move-in, College facilities staff will help with some modest room adjustments. These adjustments include raising, lowering, and bunking or lofting beds to allow more living/working space suited to the particular building and room layout.

We will continue to offer some movement of furniture out of the residence halls to accommodate health and safety needs of any student, including first- and second-year students. Health and safety requests must be submitted online and approved by the Office of Campus Life. They can be made at any time during the academic year. If you have questions or are unsure about the accommodation process, contact Campus Life at or 207-859-4280. We hope this feature will offer you additional support as you return to the community.