Gettysburg Hotel as a residence hall

Information for residents in Fall 2020

To reduce density on campus, some students have been assigned to live in the Gettysburg Hotel during the fall.

Students living in the Gettysburg Hotel will be expected to adhere to the Student Health Agreement and residential rules (including the Student Handbook, Code of Conduct, and Residential Guidebook) as they would on-campus. There will be 1 Residence Coordinator (RC) and 3 Community Advisors (CAs) living at the hotel to be able to serve as resources for the students living there. Students will also be required to have a meal plan and will also have similar residential amenities including access to laundry machines, WiFi, and parking.

Hotel access

Students will have access to the hotel and their rooms with a key card. Each student will receive their own key card. If it is lost, broken, or damaged, the front desk of the hotel is open 24 hours a day and will be able to assist students. Students who lose their cards repeatedly may incur a charge for replacement.


Students living at the Gettysburg Hotel will have either a microfridge in their room (identical to the ones in many residence hall rooms) or a refrigerator and microwave. Each room that is housing two students will have two beds, two desks, two desk chairs, and two dressers. There is also a closet available in each room. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs has communicated with each student about the size of the beds in their room, as it varies from room to room.

Additionally, the hotel rooms are air conditioned and will have complimentary WiFi access. There is a laundry room set up on the first floor of the hotel for students to use. The machines will be coin operated, and the front desk will have coins available for students to obtain if needed. Students may also use the common spaces of the hotel to study as long as they are wearing masks and practicing proper physical distancing.

There will be a large dumpster outside/behind the hotel. All residents of the hotel will need to take their trash and recycling to this location. It should not be left in the hallways or common areas of the hotel.

The parking policy is the same as on campus. Students can choose to park on campus, obtaining a parking permit through DPS. Students may choose to lease a parking spot at the parking garage behind the hotel. This parking garage is owned by the Borough of Gettysburg, so students must arrange this through the borough offices.

Students will NOT have access to complimentary amenities available for regular hotel guests, such as coffee makers, ironing boards and irons, hairdryers, etc. The gym and swimming pool at the Hotel will not be open at this time. We will not be offering shuttle services from the hotel to campus due to their close proximity to each other.

What to pack

We are encouraging students to pack lightly this semester, but they may bring anything that they would bring to their on-campus residence hall, including furniture/storage containers, decorations, etc. When hanging up decorations, please only use approved adhesives to avoid damage. Students should also plan to supply their own cleaning supplies, bedding, towels, and other household items. The only exception is that toilet paper will be provided. It will be delivered to your door throughout the semester, but if you need more at any time, please contact the hotel front desk.


Each student living in the Gettysburg Hotel is required to have a meal plan. Students will not have access to any kitchen facilities at the Hotel, but students may obtain food at certain locations at the Hotel using their meal plans.


Students are billed in the same way that they are if they were in an on-campus residence hall, with their room and board being charged to their student account.


The College owns the hotel, and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has jurisdiction over the hotel in the same way that it does other campus properties.


If students have facilities-related problems in their rooms, they should contact the hotel desk. They will be available 24 hours a day to assist.