You'll make lifetime memories in your first-year residence hall. It's where you'll meet some of your closest friends, share meals, study together and have great conversations with other Clarkies. It's also where you can relax and rest up (read: nap) after a long day of classes.
Besides giving you space to learn, sleep and socialize, our goal is to provide you with a safe and healthy environment where you feel accepted and valued. The Office of Residential Life and Housing (RLH) promotes community and offers various programs, speakers and resources that focus on respect for yourself, respect for the community and respect for differences.
TRANSITIONING TO LIFE AT CLARK
By sharing a common space and participating in activities with other first-year students, you won’t be on your own as you transition to life at Clark. You’ll be surrounded by other people who are experiencing the same firsts like you. As a first-year student, you’re welcome to participate in any event or program organized by our First-Year Program (FYP) Resident Advisers – sophomores, juniors and seniors – who live on each floor of the first-year residences. Whether you’re missing home or just need help finding the laundry room, your RA is a friendly and knowledgeable resource just down the hall.
To help you transition, the Office of Student Leadership and Programming plans Week One, a full schedule of activities to help you get to know the campus and your classmates better. When you arrive on campus, you’ll meet your peer adviser (PA), someone trained to guide you through your first few days at Clark. They’ll also follow up with you during the semester to see how you’re doing.
Want a sneak peek at what living at Clark is like? Watch this video by Skye Wingo ’16 and Mitchell Gamache ’17 to see what will become familiar places to you on campus, and meet some of the RAs and PAs who are involved in Clark’s on-campus community.
ACTIVITIES — INFORMATIVE AND FUN
The FYP staff provides a wide range of activities — more than 500 a year — specifically geared toward your needs. These social events, late-night programs, educational sessions and larger, area-wide programs are fun, designed to help you meet new friends and there’s often tons of food. Past programs included a Halloween-themed fashion show, a fall festival, mega paint nights and Island Night barbecues. There’s also Last Hall Standing, a day-long series of activities and competitions on the green hosted by the Residence Hall Association, the programming division of the Hall Governance Program. The winning hall wins the coveted All Star Trophy and extra money for their hall to host more events.
In addition, you’ll take part in Clark traditions like Midnight Breakfast, where students fuel up on free pancakes, potatoes and more during finals week; and the Student Action Resource Committee’s Nearly Naked Mile, where students run a mile in undergarments, bathing suits, boxer shorts, T-shirts, tank tops and shorts all to collect warm clothing to donate to Jeremiah’s Inn, a Worcester homeless shelter. And don’t forget Clark’s classic Spree Day — a day off from spring semester classes to blow off some steam before finals — followed by Academic Spree Day where you can show your fellow Clarkies a research project you’ve been working on all semester — or all year.
HOW YOU'LL MEET YOUR ROOMMATE
Who knows your living preferences better than you do? To that end, RLH involves residents in the roommate-matching process using both online and in-person opportunities.
Orientation and first days are great times to get to know classmates and begin conversations related to cohabitating. RLH also uses a web-based tool called The Housing Director. In that environment, students can make online profiles, link to their social media accounts and search for one another using roommate-matching questionnaires and their accompanying responses.
Before arriving on campus, you can visit Clark and communicate within the various social media outlets like your Official Clark Class of 2021 page and your Clark digital communities group. All of these tools help make an effective match, but ultimately we empower Clarkies to choose each other.
YOUR FIRST-YEAR HOUSING OPTIONS
For your first two years at Clark, you’re guaranteed housing in one of our nine residence halls and you have several great choices. You can live with other first-year students in one of Clark's four First-Year Experience residence halls — Bullock, Dana, Hughes, and Wright — or with upper-class students in one of Clark’s other residence halls. You can find out more about each option by visiting the links above and this overview page, where you can see photo galleries and floorplans of the different residences, and get to know the RLH staff.
You can find out more about each option by visiting Residential Life and Housing, where you can see photos and floorplans of the different residences, and get to know the RLH staff.
Check out the inside of our first-year halls in the video.
Hall living is about socializing outside of your room, too. Cook a delicious meal in a common area kitchen during a residential program, and take a look at the FYP Board Facebook page to get a sense of what living at Clark is like. (Video by FYP R.A. Carlos Deschamps '16)
IT'S EASY TO FIND THINGS YOU'LL LOVE
Clark’s campus is a comfortable size in the Main South neighborhood of Worcester, the second largest city in New England. This means you’ve got easy access to all the region has to offer. Within walking distance of campus, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and coffee shops, and, with Worcester’s public bus system, you can see amazing artwork at the Worcester Art Museum, grab lunch and locally made goods at Crompton Place, see a concert at the DCU Center or go for a hike on a number of nearby trails.
As you grow through the residential program, our goal is your seamless transition from first-year to upper-class housing. You can expect to find a balance of independent living and a friendly and knowledgeable RA staff ready to help. We understand that as an upper-class student you have shifting needs, and our goal is to meet students where they are through programming and opportunities that connect students to each other and the Clark community.
UPPER-CLASS HOUSING OPTIONS
After your first year, your housing options expand to include on-campus suites, apartments and houses in addition to traditional doubles and singles. The Johnson Sanford Center offers mostly traditional singles and doubles, but also has several suites. Maywood Street Hall is comprised entirely of suite-style housing designed for four, five or six students. Blackstone Hall, our newest residence hall, is comprised of four- and six-person apartments. In addition to these options, Clark also offers 14 houses, some structured like small residence halls and others like apartment-style living.
The most notable differences between suite- and apartment-style housing are that suites include a common area and private bath, while apartments offer a common area, private bath and full kitchen.
If you’re interested in learning more about any of these upper class housing options, take a look at this page.
To ensure the residential experience accommodates students with accessibility-related needs, RLH and Student Accessibility Services partners to offer individualized supports on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions about the support or accommodations processes, contact Sarah Bergeron, associate director of Residential Life and Housing. You can also directly contact Adam Kosakowski, director of Student Accessibility Services, if you have a documented disability and are interested in registering for accommodations.