Housing Programs and Options

Housing License Agreement
2015-2016 Housing Rates
Refunds and Rebates

Residency Requirement
Fraternity Chapter House Obligation
Release from Residency Requirement: Commuting and Off-Campus Housing
Gender-Neutral Housing
Disability Housing Accommodations
Alcohol & Drug-Free Housing (RISE Program)


Your Housing License Agreement
Gettysburg College provides each student with housing during its provision of education to the student.  All housing managed by the College shall be in the nature of a LICENSE, and not a lease, and therefore, student residents are not entitled to the protection of the Pennsylvania Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, as amended.  In addition, the housing license agreement that you will enter into with the College shall be terminable at the will of the College.

By virtue of your application for a license for housing, the College and the student agrees to services, policies, rules, and procedures that are, or may be, established concerning the operation of the residence halls and apartments.  The student is responsible for being familiar with policies, rules, and procedures as stated in the housing license agreement, the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Guidebook for Residents or other information published by the College Life Division. In addition, residents are expected to attend scheduled floor/hall meetings conducted by members of the Residential & First Year Programs Staff. Failure or inability to attend such meetings does not release a student from his/her responsibility to know and/or adhere to any information that is shared. Residents must be aware that violators of housing policies will be subject to College disciplinary hearings, which may result in loss of campus housing privileges (without refund), monetary assessment for damages caused by violations, and/or possible suspension from the College.

All residence hall housing license agreements are valid for the full academic year.  As a residential college, Gettysburg requires all full-time undergraduate students to live on campus in a residence hall room or apartment (exceptions are granted only to a small percentage of seniors through the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs). Students returning to campus without a previously arranged housing assignment (e.g. from study abroad or from a leave of absence) will be placed in spaces where there are vacancies. All students are required to live on campus unless granted permission by the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs to live elsewhere.  Off-campus approval is only granted to seniors, and the application process occurs early in the spring semester.

The college reserves the right to invalidate a housing license agreement for any student who selects a room for a period during which he/she will be enrolled in a College approved program of off-campus study such as an internship, study abroad or study at another institution. 

The Borough of Gettysburg has adopted an Ordinance that affects certain College housing.  Any student leasing a Regulated Rental Unit as defined in the Ordinance must comply with the Addendum to Housing License Agreement. The Ordinance is not applicable to College housing within the institutional zone as defined by the Borough; this zone includes all housing on the core campus of the College.

2015-16 Housing Rates

Plan 1= $7,900 per year or $3,950 per semester
This includes ALL single rooms on campus, regardless of the building.

Plan 2 = $7,900 per year or $3,950 per semester
This includes all non-single rooms in the following facilities:
25 Railroad St., 33 W. Middle St., (Apts. 101, 102, 201, 202, 203), 43 W. Middle St., 227 N. Washington St., Apple, Appleford Carriage House, College Apartments, Constitution Apartments, Eagle Apartments, Ice House, and Van Horn House

Plan 3 = $7,180 per year or $3,590 per semester
This includes all non-single rooms in the following facilities:
25 S. Washington St., 33 W. Middle Street (Apts. 301, 302), 102 W. Water St., 129 N. Washington St., 131 N. Washington St., 133 N. Washington St., 209 N. Washington St., 215 N. Washington St., Albaugh House, Appleford Inn, Baughman Hall, Bregenzer House, Carlisle House, Colonial, Corner Cottage, Hutchison House, Lahm Hall, Lamp Post, Lau House, Paxton, Quarry Complex (double rooms), Smyser Hall, and Stuempfle Hall

Plan 4 = $6,290 per year or $3,145 per semester
This includes all non-single rooms in the following facilities:
223 Carlisle Street, Eisenhower Institute (double room), Hanson, Huber, Musselman, Patrick, Paul, Rice, Stevens, Stine, and Tudor

Refunds and Rebates
Room and board refunds are calculated based on the date the student officially checks out with the Finance and Administration Office, not the date the student withdraws from classes. A more comprehensive description of the refund policy can be found in the College Catalog.

Residency Requirement
Gettysburg College is a residential college and therefore places a high value on the opportunity for students to live with other students and to share their experiences.  As such, there is a four-year residency requirement, which means that all full-time undergraduate students are REQUIRED to live on campus. 

Fraternity Chapter House Obligation
Fraternity chapter houses are considered on-campus housing. Members of fraternities are obligated to work with their Alumni Corporation to fill all spaces in their house.  Once a student joins a Fraternity, he can expect to reside in the Chapter house during his junior and senior year.  Fraternity members will be assigned to housing space in the chapter consistent with the policies of their Fraternity.  Members must have permission from their Alumni Corporation in order to live outside of the fraternity house.  In addition to receiving permission to reside outside the Chapter house from their Alumni Corportation, fraternity members who wish to live off-campus must also be released from their residency requirement by the College. Otherwise they are still obligated to live in College housing.

Sophomores may move in to the Chapter house for the spring semester if they earn a 2.7 cumulative GPA and there is space available. Each fraternity's officers serve as the house's residential staff and are responsible for the enforcement of College policies.

Release from Residency Requirement: Commuter Status and Off-Campus Housing

Commuter Status: A commuter student is a student who lives with parents or guardians in the local community.  Students must reside at the official parent/guardian address provided to the college (address submitted for financial aid and noted on the previous year's tax return).  A student who is commuting must be classified as a commuter by the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Financial Services.

Off-Campus Housing: In the early spring semester, rising seniors may apply for a release from their residency requirement and for the ability to live off-campus for the following academic year. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs reviews applications and informs applicants whether they have been released from the requirement to live on-campus.  Only a small percentage of rising seniors are released from their residency requirement and able to live off-campus each year; therefore, students should not sign a lease for an off-campus accommodation before receiving approval (in writing) during the spring semester of their junior year. Once their residency requirement is waived, the responsibility for securing suitable accommodations rests entirely on each student. The College is not involved in borough inspections of non-College facilities and therefore cannot provide services (including the Department of Public Safety) for those living off-campus. Students' landlords, the Gettysburg Code Enforcement Office and the Gettysburg Borough Police are among the many resources available to students living off-campus. Students residing off-campus are still subject to the College's student code of conduct.

Gender-Neutral Housing
Students may choose to live in gender-neutral housing. This policy allows two or more students to share a multiple-occupancy bedroom, suite, or apartment regardless of students’ sex or gender. Gender-neutral housing is not intended for romantic couples. Rather, it provides options for a variety of students: those who feel uncomfortable rooming with members of the same sex, transgender students in the process of discovering their gender identity, students who feel they would be more compatible with a roommate of a different sex or gender, and students who do not want sex or gender to be a primary factor in choosing a roommate. Gender-neutral housing intends to help create a campus climate that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive of all students.

Gender-neutral housing is also available in all halls for sophomore, juniors, and seniors through the spring housing selection process.  Gender-neutral housing is also available to first-year and transfer students. Each June, incoming first-year and transfer students will have the option of selecting gender-neutral housing via the FYDashboard. Interested first-year and transfer students will have a conversation with a College Life professional staff member so that the College can provide housing that best meets the needs of the student.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs is committed to providing successful residential experiences for all students, including those with documented disabilities. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Gettysburg College provides reasonable housing accommodations for students with disabilities. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will collaborate with other relevant staff at the College (including the Office of Academic Advising, Health Services, and Counseling Services) to determine the most appropriate housing accommodations. Housing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis according to documented need and prevailing standards for reasonable accommodations. This process includes the need for air conditioning due to asthma, allergies, or other health-related concerns.

Students desiring to request special housing accommodations are required to submit the Disability Accommodation Request form along with verification of the disability and need for accommodations from the appropriate diagnosing professional. This information must be submitted to the Office of Academic Advising by their published deadlines.

Due dates for the forms will be noted with housing selection information.

Please note: Single room housing rates for students with documented disabilities shall be set at the standard single room rate. If a student is approved for air conditioning and he/she is not living in an air-conditioned building, Facilities will install a College owned window unit.

Alcohol & Drug-Free Housing (RISE Program)
Gettysburg College offers alcohol and drug-free housing through the RISE program (Respecting Individual Students Expectations about alcohol). Students who participate in this program agree to live in a residence hall where alcohol and tobacco are not present nor used, and no drugs are used contrary to prescription or law. Upperclass students are eligible to apply to live in the RISE House and are required to meet all expectations of that community. First-year RISE students are assigned to be roommates with other members of the RISE program and each student will have an opportunity to participate in activities with other First-Year RISE members. RISE members who do not abide by their substance-free commitment are subject to relocation in addition to sanctions through the campus conduct system.