Residence Life FAQs

Who is required to live on campus?

All students who are considered a freshman or sophomore by Barton College standards must live on campus. The exception is if the student is commuting from home (50 mile radius of Barton’s campus).

How do I apply to live on campus?

To apply for a space in a residence hall, new students will receive a Housing Application once Barton College has received your deposit. Please complete and return the application to us. 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 the application we send you. It is your commitment form to live on campus for the entire academic year or for the remainder of the year if you arrive midway through. The contract includes room and meals. There is a section on the contract that allows you to choose lifestyle options and select your meal plan.

When will I get my residence hall contract?

Your Housing Application serves as your contract. All contracts sent to new students will be for double-room accommodations. Contracts/Applications are mailed to students who have paid the admissions deposit. Continuing Barton College students complete their Housing Contract/Application during the spring semester.

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 the conveniences of living near classes and friends, as well as a meal plan that meets 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.

Is my housing payment refundable?

Should a student withdraw from Barton College, then 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?

The Office of Residence Life will email your housing assignment, telephone number, and roommate information once we have received your application and have processed it.

How are housing assignments made?

Housing accommodations are assigned according to the date you deposited with the Admissions Office of Barton College and by the date the Office of Residence Life received your Housing Application. 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 Application 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. 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.

How do I get a roommate, and when will I learn his or her name?

Information will be emailed to you once your application has been processed and you have been placed with your roommate. Because of the increased number of students returning to the residence halls and the anticipated size of the freshman class, roommate requests and roommate changes postmarked after June 15 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 when 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
  • 2 Desks and Chairs
  • 2 Closets or Wardrobes
  • Dresser Space
  • 2 Computer Ethernet Ports

What should I bring?

  • Pillow, Linens (Twin Size)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Plastic Bucket for Shower Supplies
  • Towels, Washcloths
  • Personal Grooming Supplies
  • Shower Shoes
  • Hair Dryer, etc.
  • Laundry Basket/Bag
  • Laundry/Cleaning Supplies
  • Sewing Kit
  • Raincoat/Umbrella
  • Eating Utensils
  • Can Opener
  • Computer
  • Study/Desk Lamp
  • Book Bag/Back Pack
  • 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.)

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
  • Crock-pots

What is my room like?

Learn more about each Residence Hall here.

Who is in charge?

A full-time, live-in Residence Hall Director is responsible for supervising Resident Assistants (RAs) who live on each floor.

How is safety and security on campus?

With safety concerns in mind, we 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 an escort 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. East Campus Suites as well as Hilley, Waters, and Wenger Halls contain cameras that are monitored at the Police Department. Barton College contracts 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. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, there are Wilson Police Officers on campus.

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 800-434-4781, or email us at