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Living at Trinity College — A Bantam Beginner’s Guide

Welcome to residential life at Trinity! The Trinity College campus, located in Connecticut’s capitol city, positions the nearly 1,800 Trinity students that live on campus in residence halls, which we call residential communities, at the heart of a vibrant and historical city. There are 23 residential communities at Trinity and each one is unique—some have a theme, some are apartment style, and others are quite traditional.

New Student Arrival Day

  • Check-In for Global Start students is August 18, 2019.
  • August Check-In Day and Orientation:  Halls open August 29, 2019, for new students arriving in the fall who did not participate in Global Start or a pre-orientation program. Later in the summer, you will be given a time slot when to arrive to campus based on your assigned residential community. You will receive your ID card (your key to your residential community and room!) at Check-In located in the Washington Room in Mather Hall.
  • If you arrive after Check-In, you will have to pick up your student ID at the Help Desk (Library & Information Technology Services Building, Lower Level) and your Orientation materials from the Mather Hall Welcome Desk. If you arrive after 4:30pm, you will have to report to Campus Safety (76 Vernon Street) to pick up your Student ID to gain access to your residential community.
  • Your Trinity ID is how you’ll get into both the residential community and your room. It is also what you’ll use for meals and laundry.

Learn more about the move-in process!

First-Year Residential Communities

All first-year students are housed in one of seven residential communities listed below. Six of the buildings house only first-year students; Funston houses both first-year students and upper-year students:

Jackson

Wheaton

Smith

Funston

Elton

Jones

North Campus

Residential Community Amenities

  • Every first-year building has a community lounge with a large tv and recently renovated kitchen.
  • Every bedroom has an extra-long twin bed frame and mattress, desk, chair, dresser, wardrobe or closet space, and wired and wireless internet connections.
  • All first-year communities are mixed gender, though some floors are a single gender. All shared bathrooms are single-gender and are located along the traditional style hallways of the buildings.
  • After your first year at Trinity, you will participate in a lottery  in order to choose your housing.
  • View all residential community options!

Room Assignment Details

Once you enroll at Trinity, you are given access to the Trinity Starting Out portal, and a checklist of things you’ll need to do. One of these things is reading and signing your housing contract, as well as filling out a residential survey, which asks about your basic habits and hobbies. This questionnaire helps us to match up roommates, so be honest!

If you are a new student starting in the fall, you will receive an email in early August when the housing and roommate information has been uploaded to your personal portal. In order to get this information, you first have to sign your housing contract on your Trinity Starting Out portal.

Learn more about getting started as a first-year student here!