Residential Life

Make yourself at home.

Find your Community

Four years of community living with the smartest, most diverse, and multi-talented group of people you’ll ever get to know. It’s every bit as great as the education that you’ll get inside the classroom. Housing here is set up to help you make the most of this community. You’ll live with your closest friends—and with students of all ages, backgrounds, opinions, and perspectives. Trained advisors in your residential community are there to offer to advice or guidance. So take advantage of this time. Get to know the remarkable people who surround you. Be curious. Make yourself available. Live a life elevated by the company you keep.

Housing Options

This campus is classic, comfortable, and built to anticipate student needs. Our 26 residence halls are all a short walk away from the center of campus. Each has its own character, houses students of various classes, and offers amenities such as common spaces and kitchenettes. Rooming options range from singles and doubles to five- and six-person apartments. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can pick their roommates and select housing based on seniority.

Housing Process

Colby’s room draw takes place each spring. Each student receives a room-draw number and a pick-time based on seniority. When it’s time to choose your room, you will complete everything through an online program called Symplicity. As room draw approaches, we will hold informational sessions to provide an overview of the system and answer questions.

Community Advisors

Colby’s 50 carefully selected and thoroughly trained community advisors live with in the residence halls to help students thrive in academics and life. They offer support to address issues before they arise, and plan events that promote a strong residential experience.

Living in Waterville

Colby wouldn’t be Colby without our neighbors in Waterville. Just down Mayflower Hill, our hometown city provides an easy outlet for dinner and a movie with friends, shopping at many major national retailers, one-on-one mentoring with local children, and internships with community organizations. Ten minutes from campus, the Quarry Road Recreation Area offers hiking, biking, and skiing trails. On the horizon: a downtown residence hall with a civic engagement focus that will make it even easier for interested students to combine learning with community partnerships.

Bill and Joan Alfond Main Street Commons

The Bill and Joan Alfond Main Street Commons is a living and learning community in the heart of downtown Waterville. Opening in fall 2018, it will be home to 200 Colby students, faculty, and staff who are deeply engaged in our city, while also serving and supporting a variety of business, civic, and community organizations.

Faculty-in-Residence Program

Student and faculty interaction is central to a vibrant intellectual life on campus. Faculty members who participate in our Faculty-in-Residence Program have the opportunity to cultivate relationships and stimulate intellectual growth with students beyond just the classroom experience.