Housing Details

Rice Hall

Rice HallAll first-year students live in one of the two first-year quads. Placement for first-year students is based on course selection and registration as a part of the First-Year Residential College Program. Residence hall living, a vital component of the Gettysburg Experience, is intended to facilitate the personal growth and development of each student. Rice hall was named for former Senator and Ambassador to the Netherlands John S. Rice.

Rice Hall opened in 1957 as a men’s dormitory. Today, it houses 115 first-year students. Each room typically houses two students, with male and female bathrooms on each floor. All bathrooms in Rice Hall accommodate more than one person at a time and are single gender (male or female).

Each of the 62 rooms in Rice Hall has a MicroFridge, at least one window shade, a bookshelf, and mirror. Each student is provided with an extra-long bed (39 inches x 80 inches x 6 1/2 inches), a desk and chair; a dresser and closet space. The beds have two lower height settings: the lowest setting has approximately 12 inches between the floor and the bottom of the bed; the other setting provides approximately 18 inches between the floor and the bottom of the bed. Students may also loft or bunk their beds by acquiring the additional pieces necessary to do so. These pieces will be available in your building lobby during the first several weeks of the fall semester, including first-year move-in day.

For those interested in bringing a rug for your room, a good size approximation is 9’ x 12’. Learn more about personalizing your room, including what you may or may not bring to campus.

Helpful Facts:

Housing Rate Plan 4
Meal plan required Yes
Year built 1957
Capacity 121
Residential floors 3
Singles 4 (RA staff)
Doubles 57
Quads 1
ADA accessible No
Elevator No
Open for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks No
Air conditioned No
Type of bed frame in each room Wood (can be bunked/lofted)
Microfridge in each room Yes
Laundry location First floor
Kitchen location None
Trash room location First floor 
Network connection (W=wireless, D=data jack) W & D