Residence Life FAQs

Who is required to live on campus?

All students are required to live on campus until they have completed 6 semesters of post-secondary education unless they meet one of the acceptable criteria to commute from home.

How do I apply to live on campus?

To apply for a space in a residence hall, new students will sign their Housing Contracts on the MyBartonHousing Portal once Barton College has received their admissions deposits. Contracts must be submitted online. We encourage students to apply early for on-campus housing. The earlier you apply, the higher priority you will have to be assigned to your living preferences.

Is there a residence hall contract?

Your residence hall contract is signed at the time of application and is always available on the MyBartonHousing Portal and the Barton College website. The contract is your formal commitment to live on campus for the entire academic year or for the remainder of the year if you arrive midway through the year. Contracts are valid from August 1 through the date of spring Commencement. The contract includes room and meals. There is a section on the contract that allows you to indicate your living preferences for potential roommate-matching purposes.

When will I get my residence hall contract?

Contracts for the upcoming academic year become available for all students during the prior spring semester. For example, contracts for 2020-2021 are available beginning in the spring of 2019. All contracts are available on the MyBartonHousing Portal.

How much does it cost to live in the residence halls?

Room and board rates at Barton are very competitive. We think you’ll find that the conveniences of living near classes and friends and taking part in the meal plan will meet your needs at an affordable price. To see our current room and board costs, please visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Is a housing deposit required?

No housing deposit is required; the admissions deposit is the only required deposit for the College.

Is my housing payment refundable?

Should a student withdraw from Barton College, a prorated refund may be granted. For questions concerning refunding and payment, please contact the Business Office at 252-399-6333.

When will I know where I will live?

For incoming students, the Office of Residence Life will email your housing assignment, roommate information, and move-in timeline to your Barton College email account on July 15. Contracts that are signed after July 15 will be assigned and communicated on a weekly basis thereafter until the published move-in date.

How are housing assignments made?

Housing accommodations are assigned based on when you submitted your deposit to the Admissions Office and when the Office of Residence Life received your signed Housing Contract on the MyBartonHousing Portal. Assignments are based on the options you request, information you provide, and on space availability. Keep in mind that we can only use the information you provide us, so it would be a good idea to fill out the contract yourself, paying close attention to what you are requesting.

May I request a particular residence hall?

You will be asked to rank the Residence Halls in order of your preference on the MyBartonHousing Portal. Students will be able to select only the residence halls in which they are eligible to live. Our staff carefully reviews each request you make and then selects the hall that best fits your needs. Space in residence halls often fills up quickly, and we may need to look at your next request. Don’t forget that next academic year you are welcome to choose the hall you would like to live in, space permitting.

How do I get a roommate, and when will I learn my roommate’s name?

Information will be sent to your Barton email account once your contract has been processed and you have been placed with your roommate. Roommate information is sent in the housing assignment email distributed each year on July 15 to incoming students. Because of the increased number of students returning to the residence halls, roommate requests made after July 25 of each year are not likely to be honored.

What if I don’t like my roommate?

Most of the time, roommates become good friends and get along well. However, there are a few instances in which roommates aren’t compatible. But, don’t worry! We want you to be happy in the residence halls. If for some reason you have problems with your roommate, our staff will help you work though the differences.

What is provided in my room?

  • 2 Beds with Mattresses (Most beds are Twin-XL.)
  • 2 Desks and Chairs
  • 2 Closets or Wardrobes
  • Dresser Space
  • High-speed Community Broadband WiFi

What should I bring?

  • Pillows, Linens (Twin-XL Size)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Plastic Bucket for Shower Supplies
  • Towels, Washcloths
  • Personal Grooming Supplies
  • Shower Shoes
  • Hair Dryer, etc.
  • Laundry Basket/Bag
  • Laundry/Cleaning Supplies
  • Raincoat/Umbrella
  • Eating Utensils
  • Can Opener
  • Computer
  • Study/Desk Lamp
  • Book Bag/Backpack
  • Calculator
  • Office Supplies (Paper, Pens, Tape, Scissors, etc.)
  • First Aid Supplies/Medications
  • Wastebasket
  • Flashlight
  • Sports/Hobby Equipment/Bike
  • Posters

The items below also are permitted in the residence hall rooms. You are encouraged to check with your roommate prior to arriving to avoid duplication of large items:

  • Plants
  • Iron
  • Television
  • Video Game Systems
  • Electric Fan
  • Electric Outlet Strip (with breaker switch)
  • Microwave Oven (1200 Watts max.)
  • Refrigerator (max. 4 cubic feet.)
    • In lieu of purchasing microwaves and refrigerators, many students opt to rent a Microfridge Unit. Information about these rentals are available on the Residence Life homepage.

These items are NOT permitted:

  • Toasters/toaster ovens
  • Firearms/weapons
  • Pets other than fish
  • Empty alcoholic containers (including bottle/can collections, etc.)
  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Fireworks of any kind
  • Oil-burning lamps
  • Halogen lamps
  • Gas space heaters
  • Single outlet extension cords
  • Hot plates/hot pots
  • Window unit air conditioners
  • George-Foreman-style grills
  • Fryers
  • Air Fryers
  • Crock-pots

What is my room like?

Learn more about each Residence Hall here.

Who is in charge?

Housing and Residence Life falls under the leadership of the Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Residential Services Jeff Tilson.

Gaven Mayo, the full-time, live-in Assistant Director for Residential Services, is responsible for supervising Resident Assistants (RAs) who live on each floor and for the day-to-day operations of the residence halls.

How is safety and security on campus?

With safety concerns in mind, the College has installed card readers at the entrances to all our halls so only residents of each building can access the doors. In addition, all of the halls have a visitation policy. All guests need to be escorted by a resident at all times. Members of the housing staff are on duty for students to contact should the need arise. All residence halls contain cameras that are monitored by the Wilson Police Department – Barton College District. Barton College contracts with the Wilson Police Department for our campus safety needs, and the Wilson Police Department has set up a district office on Barton College’s campus. Wilson Police Department officers are available on-campus twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Whom do I contact when I have questions?

Please contact Residence Life in the Office of Student Engagement and Success at any time.  Call us at 252-399-6386 or email us at