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Accepted Students

On behalf of the entire Residential Life team, welcome to New England College! We are very excited that you will be joining our vibrant residential campus community, and we hope you are too!

Living in the residence halls will allow you to gain independence, obtain knowledge, develop lifelong relationships, and experience all that NEC has to offer. Our goal is that your space on campus will become your “home away from home” and we are committed to making your time with us the best that it can be. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Housing Eligibility

NEC provides on campus housing primarily to full-time undergraduate students. If housing is available, consideration will be given to graduate students enrolling for a 15-week term and undergraduate students who are enrolled part-time. At this time, NEC is not able to provide designated family housing.

Residency Requirement

As a residential College, NEC requires that all students live on-campus for at least their first three academic years or six academic semesters. Students who meet one or more of the following criteria may be exempt from the Residency Requirement:

  • 23 years of age or older by August 1st of the upcoming semester
  • Military veteran
  • Married, or in a civil union
  • Have one, or more, children
  • Reside in the home of a parent or legal guardian whose permanent home address is in a town on the approved commuter list

Priority for on-campus housing is given to full-time undergraduate students. Graduate students and undergraduate students enrolled part-time will be considered for on-campus housing only after all full-time students have been accommodated.

Complete Your Housing Contract

After you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you will be able to complete your housing contract online in the Enrollment Portal. The housing contract is your opportunity to tell us about your housing preferences and choose your meal plan. After your contract is submitted, you will be able to access the Roommate and Lifestyle Survey form where you can provide your roommate preferences and tell us more about yourself. You can find information about all of our residence halls here.

Room Assignments

Throughout the summer, our housing staff works diligently to finalize housing assignments for all incoming students. In order to accommodate the preferences of as many students as possible, this process takes a majority of the summer. Your room assignment information will be sent to your NEC email account on or around August 1st. Please note that you must complete your housing contract and satisfy all Student Financial Services and Wellness Center requirements before July 15th in order to receive your housing assignment on this date. Students who do not submit their housing contract by August 1st will not be guaranteed on-campus housing.

Residential Life and Housing does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed or religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability, veterans’ status, or marital status in regard to housing. Accommodation requests related to disabilities, medical, or chronic health conditions should be directed to the  Student Access and Accommodations Office. Students with accommodation requests related to gender identity or religious observance should contact the Director of Diversity and Inclusion or the Associate Dean of Students.


Once you have submitted your housing contract in your enrollment portal, you will be able to access the Roommate and Lifestyle Survey form. On that form, you will have the option to either request a specific roommate(s) or have our staff choose a roommate(s) for you based on your other preferences. We do our best to accommodate mutual requests whenever possible. Please note that requests must be received before July 15th in order for your request to be considered. You will receive the name and contact information for your roommate(s) with your housing assignment letter.

Residence Hall Staff

The Residential Life and Housing staff includes both full-time professional staff members and graduate and undergraduate students.

At NEC, we hire and train Resident Advisors (undergraduate students) to live and work in nearly every residence hall across campus. Their job is to help new students transition to college living and foster a living and learning environment where all students truly feel at home. Each RA works in the building where they live to plan events and encourage community activities so students get to know each other and get connected on campus.

Move-In Information

Take some time to look around our “On-Campus @ NEC” page to learn more about what to expect when you get to campus. As move-in day approaches, we will send more detailed information to your NEC email account. Your room assignment email will include relevant move-in information as well, including information about when to arrive and where you will be able to park.

Being part of the NEC residential community requires all students to have Pilgrim Pride in their living space, so while we recognize the need for students to be individuals, we also recognize that community living requires civility and personal responsibility. As you make your preparations to arrive on campus, please review our What to Bring List, as well as the guidelines provided by the Student Handbook.

Residence Halls

Explore our Residence Halls page to learn more about your new “home away from home.” See a handy residence hall cable TV channel list.

Meal Plans

All students living on campus must sign a housing and meal plan contract prior to moving into their assigned room. In order to ease the transition to living on campus at NEC, all undergraduate first year and transfer residential students are required to purchase the 300-block or 240-block meal plan. We find that having one of these two meal plans provides new students with reliable access to healthy meals and reduces the stress of adjusting to campus life. In addition to meals at the Gilmore Dining Hall, each meal plan also includes an allotment of Flex Cash that can be used at the Simon Café and the Starbucks Café in the John Lyon’s Center. Students can request to have their meal plan increased during the year; however, once a student selects a meal plan, it cannot be lowered. For more information about dining at NEC, please visit the NEC Dining Services website.

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