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Living at Clark: First-year housing

You'll make lifetime memories in your first-year residence hall. It's where you'll meet some of your closest friends, share meals and 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.

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" and figuring things out just 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.

In addition, 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, interactive and designed to promote networking — and there's often tons of food. Past programs included a Halloween-themed fashion show, a fall festival, mega paint nights, island night barbecues, and Last Hall Standing. Hosted by the Residence Hall Association, Last Hall Standing invites all residential students to a day-long series of activities and competitions on the green. The winning hall wins the coveted All Star trophy and extra money for their hall to host more events.

Watch DaVaughn Vincent-Bryan, assistant director for residential education, cook a delicious meal in the Bullock Hall 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 RA Carlos Deschamps '16)

Take a look at your first-year housing options

For your first two years at Clark, you're guaranteed housing in one of our nine residence halls. You have a few great choices: you can live with other first-year students in one of Clark's three "First-Year Experience" residence halls — Bullock, Johnson Sanford Center and Wright — or with upper-class students in one of the mixed-class residence halls.

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 below.

Upper-class housing options

After your first year, your housing options expand to include on-campus suites. Suites for four, five or six people resemble an apartment with a separate entry door, living room and bathroom.