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Why Live on Campus?

Approximately 85% of U.S. college students opt to stay on campus during college. Many students are happier being closer to everything, and research shows that students who live on campus do better academically and have a greater chance of graduating.

Even as a junior or senior, the benefits of living on campus are many. Need more reasons? Check out these top 8 reasons to live on campus.

Upcoming Events

Important Dates for the Spring Semester


  • Incoming New Students that are starting Spring 2024, Move-In Saturday January 13, 2024, Owl Orientation is on Sunday January 14, 2024.
  • All Returning Students, Residence Halls Re-Open on Sunday January 14, 2024 at 9:00am. Students do not need to check in, they can go directly to their residence hall. All students need to swipe their Owl Card by 10:00am on Tuesday January 16th in order for their Owl Card to remain active.

End of January/February

  • Rising sophomore housing selection will take place, students should keep an eye out in their Keene email for more information.


  • Spring Break - Residence Halls will close at 6:00pm on Friday March 15, 2024 and re-open at 9:00am on Sunday March 24, 2024.
    All students are expected to depart campus by 6:00pm. Student Teachers and Spring Student Athletes will be communicated with via their Keene email for their housing over the spring break.
    (we encourage students to begin taking items home from their rooms that they will not need for the remainder of the semester as April is a busy month and move out is just around the corner)


  • Residence Halls close at 6:00pm on Friday May 3, 2024.
  • All students living on campus need to depart campus 24 hours after their last final with the exception of Friday as the halls close at 6:00pm.
  • Seniors participating in the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday May 4, 2024, can remain in their rooms until 12:00pm on Sunday May 5, 2024.
  • Students are expected to move out fully from their room/apartment, throw away any garbage/recycling in the dumpsters outside, and empty the entire room.
  • Students need to check-out of their room with their CA to ensure that the room has been cleared of all items.

Living on Campus

In order to ease your transition to college - and increase your chances for success - Keene State College requires all students with 59 credits or less to live on campus. This approach supports significant research indicating that students who live on campus are more likely to be successful academically, socially and developmentally. If you are a student that does not meet this requirement but feels there are extenuating circumstances that would prevent you from living on campus, please click on the forms link to the right and complete the corresponding form.


Communities help create a more seamless transition to college life by providing an environment where students with similar interests or academic pursuits can live together.



Contact Community Living

If you have questions about housing services (room assignments, housing contract, damage billing, etc.) and are unable to stop by the office, feel free to e-mail or call us.

Transitions & Community Living
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435

☎ 603-358-2339

Icon of clock Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed on campus holidays.

We're located on the 3rd Floor of the L.P.Young Student Center.