Residence Life

Making Bethel Your Home Away from Home


From apartments you share with friends, to more traditional dorm rooms, we have a variety of student housing options on campus.

Men’s Housing

Men’s dorms on campus are a great place to build community and create lifelong friendships.

Women’s Housing

Come for the experience; leave with lifelong friends.

Housing Requirements

On Campus Living Required

It is for educational and developmental reasons that all unmarried, full-time students under the age of 21 and not living with parents are required to live in the university’s residential housing and participate in a food plan, as are most students who receive scholarship assistance from the university. Students under 21 who have lived on campus for four semesters may apply to move off campus before their fifth semester, provided they are not receiving scholarship assistance.

Student Athlete Residential Living Policy

Bethel University student-athletes contribute a great deal to the campus. Their potential impact reaches far beyond athletic participation and extends into the classroom, the residence halls, the dining commons, and the local community. Bethel University believes that at Bethel, education for traditional students is best experienced by those who live on campus. Furthermore, many student-athletes are awarded athletic scholarships, in part, because of the contribution they make to residential community life. Therefore, all unmarried students granted athletic scholarships must live on campus or at home with their parents/guardians.*

*Student-athletes receiving an athletic scholarship covering more than 50% of their tuition are required to live on campus.

Disability-related Housing Requests

Disability-related housing requests are made with the following contacts on the timelines provided.

Medically documented food allergies and physician-prescribed dietary restrictions:

For any meal plan accommodations due to a disability, please contact the Director of Disability Services, Rachel Kennedy, by email or by phone at 574.807.7462. Requests will be considered at any time, but students are encouraged to do so well before the semester begins, to process requests in a timely manner.

Single-room accommodations:

Contact the Director of Disability Services, Rachel Kennedy, by email or by phone, at 574.807.7462. Requests must be made at least 60 days prior to the start of the semester. Late requests are considered as space permits.

Emotional support animal requests:

Contact the Director of Disability Services, Rachel Kennedy, by email or by phone, at 574.807.7462. Requests should be made at least 60 days prior to the start of the semester.

What to Pack

Room Set-Up Items

Coordinate these items with your roommate(s):

  • Microwave
  • Lamps (no halogens)
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Carpet
  • Refrigerator
  • Additional furniture (bed, dresser and desk are provided)
  • Computer
  • Trash bags/Wastebaskets
  • Streaming Devices

Personal Items

  • Storage boxes
  • Extension cords (heavy-duty)
  • Electrical strips (with breaker)
  • Bedsheets
  • Towels
  • Mirror
  • Plastic crates
  • Umbrella
  • Fans
  • Rugs
  • Shower caddy
  • Clothes hamper
  • Bicycles – You may have bicycles on campus; storage must be arranged with your Resident Director (RD).

Wellness Items

  • Kleenex
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Tylenol or pain reliever
  • Cough & cold medicine
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Soap

Please Do Not Bring

  • AC Unit
  • Crockpots
  • Instant pots
  • Air fryers
  • Toaster ovens
  • Candles, wax melts, candle warmers

Married Housing

Rental properties may be available for married students of Bethel University. A non-refundable application fee is required with a security deposit equal to the monthly rent. The university lifestyle covenant will be enforced. No curfew and no pets.


Bethel’s Student Life team is here to help you maximize your college experience. Many of us are former Bethel students who have lived — and loved — the Bethel lifestyle. We have a firsthand understanding of how engaging in student life can transform the lives of students, which is why we came back to ensure that current and future students get that same chance. Even our staff members who have only served in a professional capacity can speak to the impact our team has on the campus community. Day in and day out, we strive to create a challenging, supportive growth environment for every Bethel student.

Meet Our Resident Directors