Living at Beloit College
While you’ll spend a lot of time at Beloit in class, you’ll be living outside it. Here’s what you need to know about getting settled on campus.
You can expect to receive your housing and roommate assignment (along with your mailbox assignment) by mid-July. Before that time, the director of Residential Life considers your residence hall agreement and placement questionnaire (due when you sent your enrollment deposit) to match you with someone compatible.
Most first-years are placed in double rooms. Occasionally, first-years have singles, triples, or, in rare instances, quads.
Residence Halls at Beloit
Once you get your housing assignment, you’ll to want to learn all there is to know about your new home. We have photo slideshows and floor plans of each hall (click “Housing Options” → “Traditional Residence Halls”).
Resident Assistants (RAs) have your back. You’ll meet your hall’s RA on move-in day, when you’ll discuss your floor’s norms and the basics of on-campus living. S/he will be there throughout the academic year to help with any concerns you have about adjusting to college life.
What’s Provided in your Room
A chest of drawers, a mirror, a desk, a chair, a single bed and mattress (36’’x 80’’), blinds or drapes, and Internet and phone hook-ups. (You’re welcome to bring a wireless router.)
Making it Home: What to bring
The list seems exhausting, but it’s basically common-sense stuff. Residential Life has partnered with an outside vendor to provide one-stop shopping for room essentials in comprehensive sets.
Pillows and pillow cases
Telephone (the old-school kind)
Dry-erase/message board for your door
Posters, wall hangings, etc.
Desk lamp (but no halogen bulbs!)
Camera and camera charger/batteries
Cell phone charger
School supplies: paper, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, paper clips, stapler, Post-its, calculator, tape, folders, planner
Plates, mugs, cups, silverware
Dish soap and sponge
Laundry detergent, hamper, quarters for laundry machines
Flip flops/shower shoes
Shampoo, conditioner, soap
Hair brush, other hair products
Band-Aids, first aid stuff
Contacts, contact solution, glasses
Medicine/prescriptions/lock box to put them in
Clothes for both warm and (very) cold weather
Small sewing kit, toolkit
Water bottle, water filter
Computer, laptop charger, computer accessories
What not to Bring
Pets (besides fish)
Weapons of any kind
All Beloit College residence halls are smoke-free. In fact, it’s a city ordinance. Smoking is not allowed within 15 feet of building entrances and windows. Some students who have asthma or allergies can't be around smoke at all.
All first-year students are on the college Blue Meal Plan.
The Blue Plan has four options:
20 meals/week-only at commons, no flex dollars
10 meals/week + $335 flex dollars
7 meals/week + $425 flex dollars
Block of 125 meals/term + $335 flex dollars
All new students are defaulted to the 10 meal plan + $335 flex plan and can change this plan during the first 10 days on campus.
Flex dollars are used like real dollars; you can spend $1.00 on coffee or $20 on dinner. Unused flex dollars will roll over from fall to spring terms, but will not roll over at the end of spring term. Dks, Java Joint, Sunday night dinner in Commons, and late night snacks only accept flex dollars. A "meal" refers to dining in Commons, while "flex dollars" can be used in Commons and elsewhere.
You can read more about meal plans online.
Mail, Shipping, and Mailboxes
You’ll get your campus mailbox number assignment via email in Mid-July, with your housing assignment. Your college address format is:
Beloit College Box [your box number]
700 College St.
Beloit, WI 53511
Please don’t ship anything to the college until the first week in August. The Mail Center can’t process and store packages until then.
The Mail Center is located on the ground floor of Pearsons Hall.
Yes, you’re doing your own now. Washers and dryers are on the ground floor of each hall and are coin-operated ($1/load to wash, 50 cents/load for 30 minutes of dryer time).
Most students use cell phones for local and long-distance calls. You can use a land line in your room though; local and campus calls are free and you would use a prepaid phone card or set up prepaid phone service for long distance.
The college has a fridge and microwave rental program. Information about pricing and availability will be sent with your room assignment.
We have two secure storage areas which are open by appointment. You can store large trunks, boxes, and plastic totes. You might be charged a small fee, depending on what you store.
First-years are advised not to bring vehicles, since on-campus parking is limited and many services are either provided on-campus or within walking distance. Plus, regularly scheduled shuttles and city buses can get you to stores for groceries and other needs. Lots of students get around by bike! The WeCar Car Share Program offers another transportation alternative to licensed drivers.
If you do bring a car, you have to register it with the college’s security office, which you can do on move-in day. City street parking requires cars to move every day.
To help ensure students arrive on campus ready to start a safe and healthy college life, we require you to complete a sexual assault awareness tutorial online and then participate in a discussion during New Student Days (you have to do it before you can register for classes).
You’re going to have some great accomplishments in college—and we want to share them with your friends and family back home! The college will distribute news to your hometown news outlets and the public as appropriate. If you don't want us to do this, you can opt out using this form.
Log in to the Portal to give us this info (we’re required to have it on file). Find this item on the checklist for further instructions.
Living in Beloit, the City
Beloit College extends beyond campus proper. Several campus facilities, including CELEB (the entrepreneurial center), ABBA (the student-run art gallery), and the gorgeous Hendricks Center for the Arts are located downtown, as is Turtle Creek-The Beloit College Bookstore.
Downtown Beloit is just down the hill from Beloit College. You’ll discover plenty of dining options within walking distance, the Saturday Farmers’ Market (which is renowned statewide), cafes, study spots with student specials, and plenty of places to take part in open mikes, trivia contests, and live music.
Take a look at our Google-based campus map, which includes Running & Biking and Dining & Diversions features. You may want to read more about the city and see a list of local banks, pharmacies, and stores.