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Living at Beloit College

While you’ll spend a lot of time at Beloit in class, you’ll spend even more time in your residence hall. Here’s what you need to know about getting settled on campus.

Meal Plans

All first-year students need to stick to the college "Blue Tier" meal plan.

The Blue Plan has four options:

  • 20 meals/week + $100 in Flex/semester
  • 14 meals/week + $375 in Flex/semester (default)
  • 10 meals/week + $435 in Flex/semester
  • 7 meals/week + $525 in Flex/semester

All new students are defaulted to the 14 meal + $375 Flex plan, but students can switch to another Blue Plan option within their first 10 days on campus.

Flex dollars are used like real dollars; you can spend $1 on coffee or $20 on dinner. Unused Flex dollars will roll over from fall to spring semesters, but will not roll over at the end of spring term. DKs, Java Joint, Sunday night
dinner in DKs, and late night snacks only accept Flex dollars. A “meal” refers only to dining in Commons, while “Flex dollars” can be used in Commons and elsewhere.

You can read more about meal plans online.

Housing/Roommate Assignment

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 information (due now, if you haven't submitted it already) 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 probably want to learn all there is to know about your new home  (click “Housing Options” > “Traditional Residence Halls”).

Resident Assistants

On move-in day, you’ll meet your hall’s Resident Assistant and discuss your floor’s norms and the basics of on-campus living. Your RA will be there throughout the academic year to help with any concerns you have about adjusting to college life.

Emergency Alert System

The college has a campus alert system that is used to share pressing college news and to contact students, faculty, and staff in the event of an emergency. The system simultaneously distributes messages via voice (phone), text message, and email. It is tested each semester.

Emergency Contact Information

Log in to the Portal to give us this information (we’re required to have it on file). Find this item on the checklist for further instructions.

Sexual Assault Awareness Assignment

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).

Part of this assignment is reviewing the Student Regulations and College Policies Handbook. The college's Alcohol Policy, Sexual Assault and Misconduct Policies, and Harassment Policy can be found under the “Handbooks and Policies” section here. Bookmark this page for future questions. 

Use of Preferred Name on Campus

To encourage a more open and welcoming campus community environment, we have a policy whereby any community member has the option to use a "preferred" first and/or middle name on campus wherever possible. Go to preferred name policy to determine whether or not you want to submit a request to use a preferred name on campus; there is a link to the request form at the bottom of that page. To ensure that your preferred name appears in a timely manner on class rosters, in Moodle, and throughout the Portal, we encourage you to submit your request no later than August 1.

Publicity Opt Out Form

You're going to have some great accomplishments in college—and at times we may want to share them publicly. For example, you may deliver your class’s Commencement address, have the lead in a play, or break a college
athletic record in your sport. If you don’t want us to share accomplishments like these publicly or to identify you if your photograph is taken by the college, you may opt out using this form.


All students are encouraged to have a cell phone. This is a main line of communication not only for our emergency alert system, but also for communication between students, as well as between students and faculty/staff.

Most students use cell phones for local and long-distance calls, but a land line connection is provided in most rooms (except in Emerson Hall Apartments). Local and campus calls are free.

Refrigerators and Microwaves

You can rent a fridge and/or microwave for $50 each per academic year.  Fill out a rental form to reserve one ahead of time. A $10 deposit is required per item.

Mail, Shipping, and Mailboxes

You’ll get your campus mailbox number assignment via email in mid-July along with your housing assignment. Your college address format is:

[Your Name]
Beloit College [Your personal Box #]
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 lower level of Pearsons Hall. 

What’s Provided in Your Room

A chest of drawers, a mirror, a desk, a chair, a single bed frame and mattress (36’’x 80’’), blinds or drapes, and Internet and phone hook-ups.

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.

  • Sheets (single 36: x 80")
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Mattress pad
  • Blanket/comforter
  • Alarm clock
  • Trash can
  • Dry-erase/message board for your door
  • Plants
  • Posters, wall hangings, etc.
  • Throw rug
  • Desk lamp (but no halogen bulbs!)
  • Iron
  • Umbrella
  • Flash drive
  • Cell phone and 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
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent, hamper, quarters for laundry machines
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Flip flops/shower shoes
  • Toiletry basket
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap
  • Hair brush, other hair products
  • Band-Aids, first aid kit
  • Kleenex
  • Contacts, contact solution, glasses
  • Medicine/prescriptions/lock box to put them in
  • Hangers
  • Clothes for both warm and (very) cold weather
  • Gym clothes/shoes
  • Small sewing kit, toolkit
  • Water bottle, water filter
  • Computer, laptop charger, computer accessories including a surge protector power strip 

For those traveling long distances, many of these suggested items can be purchased in Beloit.

Exchange students may borrow a linen set that includes sheets, a pillow and pillow case, a blanket, and a set of towels.

What Not to Bring

  • Halogen lamps
  • Pets (besides fish)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Waterbeds
  • Candles/incense
  • Toaster ovens
  • Hot plates
  • Air conditioners


Coin-operated washers and dryers are on the lower level of most halls ($1.25/load to wash; $1/load for 60 minutes of dryer time).

Smoking Policy

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. It's important to respect this policy as some students who have asthma or allergies can't be around smoke at all.


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. Regularly scheduled shuttles and city buses can get you to stores
for groceries and other needs, and plenty of students get around by bike. The Enterprise CarShare Program offers another transportation alternative to licensed drivers.

If you do bring a car, you will need to participate in the parking lottery. You can request a parking permit ($80/term) using a form in the Portal (refer to the checklist). Most new students who request a parking permit
will be able to obtain one; however if too many requests are received, we will maintain a waiting list. If you’re approved for a permit, you can pick up your permit/sticker at the Security Office when you arrive on campus.
Parking stickers are required to park in college lots.

City street parking requires cars to move every day.

Living in Beloit, the City

Beloit College extends beyonod campus. Several campus facilities, including CELEB (the entrepreneurship center), ABBA (the student-run art gallery), Hendricks Center for the Arts, and Turtle Creek (the Beloit College bookstore) are located downtown.

Downtown Beloit is just a short walk down the hill from Beloit College.   Within walking distance, there are plenty of dining options, cafés, and study spots with student specials. When you’re in desperate need of a study break, you’ll also find open mic nights, trivia contests, live music, and plenty of fun social events. On Saturdays in May-October, Beloiters love to peruse the Farmers’ Market (which is renowned statewide).

Take a look at our Google-based campus map, which includes running, biking, dining, and diversions features. You may want to read more about the city, see a list of local banks, pharmacies, and stores, and find out about the diverse religious communities and spiritual opportunities on and off campus.