First-Year Housing Guide

First Things First: The First-Year Housing Guide starts with the basics. Please click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions.​ 


On this page you will find:


Occupancy Dates & Residential Guidelines 

August Check-in Day and Orientation:  Halls open August 31, 2017 for first-year students arriving in the fall.
January Check-in Day and Orientation (for J-Start students ONLY): Check in/ move in is on January 7th, 2018, time TBA. 

Thanksgiving break: Residence Halls will be open during Thanksgiving break, but campus services will be limited.
Winter break: Halls close on December 21, 2017 at noon and reopen on January 20, 2018 at noon

End of Spring Term: Halls close on May 12, 2018 at noon. All residents must vacate their campus residence twenty-four (24) hours after their last final exam each semester.

All students are required to follow the Residential Guidelines as set forth in the Student Handbook​.


Deciding What to Bring...

Trinity College provides each student with a bed frame, mattress, desk, desk chair, bureau, and either a wardrobe or a closet.  Each room is wired for computer networking and basic cable TV service.  You do, however, need to bring your own computer and TV.
We suggest making arrangements with your roommate(s) if you are planning to bring major appliances such as a refrigerator, television or stereo.  Please refer to the Student Handbook (section on Residential Guidelines) for a list of prohibited items, such as halogen lamps, toaster ovens, full and three-quarter size refrigerators, and pets.  Also, if you are bringing tapestries, be sure they are flame-resistant and they may not cover outlets or fixtures.
The following is a list of items that may help make your “home away from home” more comfortable!

  • Towels and washcloths                                                      
  • Iron and tabletop ironing board
  • Linens for an “extra-long” twin mattress                    
  • Pillows                                                                 
  • Blanket(s), comforter or quilt                                  
Room Organizers                                                            
  • Hangers                                                               
  • Folding shoe rack                                                  
  • Plastic crates                                                        
  • Fire resistant wastebasket
  • Surge protectors
  • Under-the-bed storage
Personal Care Items                                           
  • Bath shoes (flip-flops)
  • Bathrobe
  • Bath caddy/bucket for toiletries
  • Health care items (e.g. Tylenol, band-aids, cold remedies)
 Laundry and Cleaning Supplies
  • Laundry detergent                                                 
  • General household cleaner                                      
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Cleaning Supplies
 Other Items to Consider
  • Stereo headphones
  • Desk lamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Cards/Games
  • Sporting equipment
  • Fan
  • Cable lock for laptop or desktop computer
  • Posters/pictures and non-permanent gummy adhesive to put them on walls

Protect your belongings!

Now that you have decided on what to bring to campus, make sure you keep it safe!

Every year there are students and parents who unfortunately are surprised to learn that the College does not assume liability for personal property (computers, clothing, etc.) for any reason. We therefore suggest that you examine your homeowners/renters policies and evaluate whether to purchase an additional student personal property policy. The CSI Insurance Agency, Inc. has gained our permission to offer their product, so we have included a link for your convenience. However, you are certainly welcome to research other policies if you wish.
The CSI website includes the following helpful tools:
  • An online calculator to help you value your belongings
  • Insurance quotes
  • Comparison to homeowners policy

Assignment Details & Room Decorating Tips

Room assignments will be available early August. 

View Your Assignment Details
  • Housing Assignment & Roommate Information
    (available in early August, requires Trinity username and password)
  • View residence hall floor plans​
    (choose your residential area, then building)

Room Decorating Tips

Now that you have your assignment, here are some tips on how to decorate your new room.

(click to view the full brochure as a PDF)​​​

 First-Year Residence Halls





Arriving On Campus

Fall semester Arrival:
Your first day on campus will be both exciting and busy.  Below is important information to help you plan the day.

Directions to Trinity's Campus
By car:
Set your GPS to navigate to: 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106 or print these directions.
By bus, train, or airplane:
Greyhound and Bonanza buses and Amtrak trains service Hartford through Union Station.  Cabs from the station to Trinity cost about $10.00.  Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT is the closest airport to Trinity.  Taxi rides from Bradley to Trinity cost around $30.00.

Step 1: Arrival and Check-in
  • Arrival and check- in is in the Washington Room, located in Mather Hall
  • Go directly to your residence hall.  The Orientation staff recommends that North Campus residents be dropped off at Mather and meet your family over at North Campus Hall.
  • Check in process is 20 minutes.
  • Orientation staff will help guide you to parking
  • At check-in, you will receive your student ID card and personal access code which will grant you access to your room.
 Step 2: Unload at Your Residence Hall
  • You can temporarily move your vehicle closer to your residence hall in one of the designated "Unloading Only" zones 
  • Members of the Campus Life staff will greet you at your residence hall check-in:
  • A staff member will show you your room
  • Orientation Staff will be on-hand to assist with moving in your belongings
 Step 3: Park and continue with the day's events
  • Once you have finished unloading, please move your vehicle from the unloading zone so that it is available for other students. Please do not park on Summit Street.
  • You can begin to unpack your belongings and also eat lunch at Mather Hall
  • Head to the Main Quad for the President's Convocation by 3:00!
 If you have any questions during the day, there will be plenty of Orientation staff to assist you.​ Please visit the New Student Orientation webpage​ for more information.

For Spring Semester Move-in (J-Start)

Information regarding move-in on January 7th, 2018 will be available later in the Fall 2017 semester.  

Housing for J-Start Students

The residential life housing survey deadline is November 7th, 2017.  
Housing assignments will be sent via the Trinity email account between December 1-15, 2017.