Housing

Office of Residence Life
(440) 826-2114
reslife@bw.edu

OVERVIEW

Residence Halls are so much more than just a place to sleep!

With approximately 1,900 students living on campus, residence life is an important part of the BW experience. The Office of Residence Life is responsible for providing an atmosphere that allows for a place to study and a place to develop social relationships. Residence life also encourages personal growth and development while learning how to live in a community that supports the University as an academic institution. Living on campus is about expanding your college experience—making connections, getting involved and interacting with others.

All full-time students are required to live on campus their first and second year entering Baldwin Wallace University. Residency exemptions  are made for commuting students who are living with their family or have other qualifying circumstances. Apartment and house options are available to second-year students and higher.

Make your BW experience the best it can be. Live on campus!

RESIDENCE HALLS

North Hall, 309 Beech Street

North Hall houses approximately 138 first-year students in single, double and triple rooms that are co-educational by room. Located on North Quad, the hall features a 24-hour computer lab, a spacious and comfortable lounge area and a common area kitchen. Residents also have access to the social spaces in Findley Hall and the basketball and sand volleyball courts on the Quad.

R. Amelia Harding House for Sustainable Living, 77 W. Bagley Road

Harding House accommodates approximately 45 students in single and double rooms that are co-educational by floor. Harding, which was renovated using environmentally sound materials and techniques, offers a supportive community to students with a mind toward reducing their environmental footprint. The building features a garden and partially vegetative roof, energy use monitoring and indoor bike storage to encourage bike riding instead of driving. It is also air-conditioned, handicap accessible and includes an elevator. Harding does not have vending machines because of the environmental impact they have due to the individual packaging of items and the energy used by the machine to operate. In the fall of 2014, Harding House received Gold Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.

Constitution Hall, 144 Tressel Street

Constitution Hall houses approximately 200 students in single and double rooms that are co-educational by floor. The building has East and West sections with single gender restrooms and shower areas per floor. There are two lounges in each section for social and study activities and an outdoor recreational space that includes a basketball court.

Davidson Hall, 63 Beech Street (Davidson Commons)

Davidson Hall is part of Davidson Commons which houses approximately 175 first-year students in four and six person suite-style rooms that are co-educational by suite.

Davidson Commons is comprised of 54,688-square feet of new and renovated space and also includes Klein and Saylor halls. Each hall has study lounges with smart boards and multiple computer display capability, large glass walled atriums for studying and events, modern kitchens and indoor bike storage. The halls also use geo-exchange technology for heating, which is eco-friendly and allows individual room heating and cooling. Another eco-friendly feature of Davison Commons is a large outdoor green space with sustainable elements including native plantings and a butterfly garden where students can gather, socialize or study.

In addition to the standard furniture provided in all halls, suites contain a dining table with four chairs and two sofa style chairs. The four person suites also contain a loveseat and end table while the six person suites contain a couch and coffee table. The double rooms that are not part of a suite contain a sofa style chair. Each suite also has its own bathroom. Every hall in Davidson Commons is handicap accessible.

Ernsthausen Hall, 84 Tressel Street

Ernsthausen Hall houses approximately 200 students in single and double rooms that are co-educational by room. The hall features central air-conditioning, a laundry area per floor, two vending areas, and single gender restrooms and shower areas per wing. The main lounge features a two-story cathedral ceiling with a gas fireplace. There are two additional lounges on the upper floor, as well as lounges at the end of each of the eight hallways. The building is handicap accessible and has an elevator. Ernsthausen was the first residence hall in Ohio with geothermal heating and cooling.

Findley Hall, 265 Beech Street

Findley Hall houses approximately 180 students in single and double rooms that are co-educational by floor. The hall is air-conditioned and the main lounge is a favorite gathering place for students who enjoy the large screen TV and fireplace. Findley also features a large multipurpose room with ping-pong and ample space for studying as well as providing easy access to the basketball and sand volleyball courts on the North Quad.

Heritage Hall, 114 Tressel Street

Heritage Hall houses approximately 270 students in double and triple rooms that are co-educational by floor. Heritage is BW’s largest residence hall and is divided into five sections. It’s home to several fraternities and sororities; however, non-Greek students are also welcome. Heritage features a kitchenette, four section lounges which are used as social and study spaces and a large main lounge. The hall also houses the Office of Residence Life, Aramark Residence Hall Custodial Services, Printing Services, special postal services and the Commuter Student Lounge.

Klein Hall, 77 Beech Street (Davidson Commons)

Klein Hall is part of Davidson Commons which houses approximately 175 first-year students in four and six person suite-style rooms that are co-educational by suite.

Davidson Commons is comprised of 54,688-square feet of new and renovated space and also includes Davidson and Saylor halls. Each hall has study lounges with smart boards and multiple computer display capability, large glass walled atriums for studying and events, modern kitchens indoor bike storage, and more. The halls also use geo-exchange technology for heating, which is eco-friendly and allows individual room heating and cooling. Another eco-friendly feature of Davison Commons is a large outdoor green space with sustainable elements including native plantings and a butterfly garden where students can gather, socialize or study.

In addition to the standard furniture provided in all halls, suites contain a dining table with four chairs and two sofa style chairs. The four person suites also contain a loveseat and end table while the six person suites contain a couch and coffee table. The double rooms that are not part of a suite contain a sofa style chair. Each suite also has its own bathroom. Every hall in Davidson Commons is handicap accessible.

Kohler Hall, 65 Seminary Street

Kohler Hall houses approximately 79 students on four floors in single and double rooms that are co-educational by floor. Kohler has a comfortable main lounge for studying and socializing and features a baby grand piano.

Lang Hall, 253 Beech Street

Lang Hall houses approximately 140 students in single, double and triple rooms that are co-educational by floor. There are large lounges on the first and fourth floors. Lang is the only residence hall with its own dining hall. Lang also has easy access to the basketball and sand volleyball courts on the North Quad.

Saylor Hall, 55 Beech Street (Davidson Commons)

Saylor Hall is part of Davidson Commons which houses approximately 175 first-year students in four and six person suite-style rooms that are co-educational by suite.

Davidson Commons is comprised of 54,688-square feet of new and renovated space and also includes Klein and Davidson halls. Each hall has study lounges with smart boards and multiple computer display capability, large glass walled atriums for studying and events, modern kitchens, indoor bike storage and more. The halls also use geo-exchange technology for heating, which is eco-friendly and allows individual room heating and cooling. Another eco-friendly feature of Davison Commons is a large outdoor green space with sustainable elements including native plantings and a butterfly garden where students can gather, socialize or study.

In addition to the standard furniture provided in all halls, suites contain a dining table with four chairs and two sofa style chairs. The four person suites also contain a loveseat and end table while the six person suites contain a couch and coffee table. The double rooms that are not part of a suite contain a sofa style chair. Each suite also has its own bathroom. Every hall in Davidson Commons is handicap accessible.

LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITIES

21 Beech, 21 Beech Street

Approximately 35 Honors Program students are housed in 21 Beech in single and double rooms that are co-educational by floor. The hall features both a study lounge and a social lounge, as well as a kitchen. Each bedroom has quality furniture and carpeting and the entire building is air-conditioned and designed to create a house-like setting.

Carmel Hall, 125 E. Grand Street

Carmel Hall houses approximately 138 students in single and double rooms that are co-educational by room. The hall features suite-style rooms with a two-person room connected to a neighboring two-person room through a shared restroom and shower area. The hall has lounges at both ends of each floor, classrooms in the middle of the second and third floors, and a common kitchen at the east end of the first floor. It is also air-conditioned, handicap accessible and includes an elevator.

Carmel is a living/learning community (LLC) which links academic coursework and specialized programming within the residence hall. Residents participate through either the Sophomore Year Experience or the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs. Both programs provide career preparation, exploration and real-world experience.

Student Directed Learning Community Houses (SDLC)

Baldwin Wallace University currently offers six campus houses.

362 Front Street
372 Front Street
378 Front Street
384 Front Street
28 East Fifth Avenue
345 Beech Street

What is an SDLC?
SDLC is an option for upper class students to live in a house while still being on campus. Each house accommodates a group of students who have developed a themed educational purpose to pursue while living together.

What is a themed educational purpose?
Each SDLC must develop a themed educational purpose—what you are hoping to learn from the experience or how you plan to enhance your education by living in an SDLC. The themed educational purpose can be based on a common interest or major, such as sustainability, arts or religion. Think of it like your mission statement, a short, broad statement that explains the theme of the house and what you hope to achieve through the SDLC experience.

For example, a theme of "Pre-professional students" could be stated as: The purpose of the Pre-professional House is to provide a support network for students living in the house which will help us achieve our academic goals, explore and apply for professional degree programs upon graduation from BW, and network in our respective fields.

What types of themes can my group use?
The possibilities for themes are endless. Examples include, but are not limited to, sustainability, religious groups, musical theater, foreign languages, student organizations and much more!

BW APARTMENTS

Berea Townhouses, 66-94 E. Bridge Street

The Berea Townhouses house approximately 106 students in double and quad units. Apartments include:

  • Carpet throughout rooms, hallway and living room
  • Appliances (refrigerator and stove)
  • Furniture (beds, dressers, desks, chairs and dining sets)
  • Cable and data ports
  • Wireless Internet access on the BW network
  • All utilities
  • Parking lot

Floreske Apartments, 219 Seminary Street

The Floreske Apartments house 20 students in double and quad units. Apartments include:

  • Carpet throughout rooms, hallway and living room. The two four person apartments have hardwood flooring in the bedrooms.
  • Appliances (refrigerator and stove)
  • Furniture (beds, dressers, desks, chairs and dining sets)
  • Cable and data ports
  • Wireless Internet access on the BW network
  • All utilities
  • Parking lot

Hamilton House, 375 & 381 Front Street

The Hamilton House apartment complex houses approximately 95 students in single, double and triple units. Apartments include:

  • Carpet throughout hallway living room, and most bedrooms.
  • Appliances (refrigerator and stove)
  • Furniture (beds, dressers, desks, desk chairs and dining sets)
  • Cable and data ports in living room and bedroom
  • Wireless Internet access on the BW network
  • All utilities, including air conditioning
  • Parking lot

2015-2016 ROOM RATES

The following rates are in place for the 2015-2016 academic year. Rates are per person.

Standard Rooms (Heritage, Constitution, Lang, North and Kohler halls)

 per semesterentire academic year
Super Single$3,206$6,412
Single$3,023$6,046
Double*$2,417$4,834
Triple$2,180$4,360
Quad$2,044$4,088

*Financial Aid packages are based on the standard double rate

Air-Conditioned* Rooms (21 Beech, Ernsthausen, Carmel, Findley and Harding halls)

 per semesterentire academic year
Super Single**$3,317$6,634
Single$3,135$6,270
Double$2,526$5,052
Triple$2,291$4,582
Quad$2,164$4,328

*These rates also include room 310 Lang Hall, which is not air-conditioned but contains a private bathroom.

**Super singles that are air-conditioned AND contain a private bathroom (only found in Ernsthausen Hall) are charged $3,371.00 per semester ($6,742.00 per year).

Davidson Commons (includes air-conditioning, in-suite bathroom and living room)

 per semesterentire academic year
Super Single$3,458$6,916
Suite Room (double)$2,904$5,808
Suite Room (triple)$2,615$5,230

Berea Townhouses and Floreske Apartments

 per semesterentire academic year
Double (1 bedroom)$2,686$5,372
Quad (2 bedroom)$2,543$5,086

Hamilton House and 390 Front Street Apartments (includes air-conditioning)

 per semesterentire academic year
Double (1 bedroom)$2,926$5,858
Triple (2 bedroom)$2,855$5,710

Student Directed Learning Community (SDLC) Houses*

 per semesterentire academic year
SDLC$2,838$5,676
SDLC with A/C$2,946$5,892

*Obtained via application process. Contact the Office of Residence Life for more information.

FAQs

When will I find out about where I am living?
Starting July 1, 2015 your housing information will be available on WebExpress. This information includes your room assignment, room details and roommate information.

Can I see my room before moving in?
Due to summer conferences, rooms are not available for viewing or measuring prior to check in. The Admission Office does include a "show room" visit during campus tours.

What comes with my room?
All rooms have the following:

Furniture:

  • Extra-long twin bed per student. (Mattresses are 80 inches long with the exception of a few 76-inch mattresses in North Hall.)
  • Stationary closet or movable wardrobe
  • Dresser space
  • Desk and chair per student
  • Wastebasket—uses “tall kitchen” bags
  • Recycle Bin
  • Horizontal blinds—wait until you move in and measure your windows before purchasing additional window treatments.

See a complete list of amenities for each residence hall.

Cable Television: Each room has cable television access. Please bring your own coaxial cable. Televisions that are not cable-ready will require a cable box available at most electronics retailers.

Internet: Each room has one data port per student for access to the University's network and the Internet. Wireless access is also available in all residence halls and academic buildings for laptops and other mobile devices. Gaming consoles can be connected to the BW network for online play.

Telephone: Residence halls are not equipped with corded telephones. If you want to bring a corded or cordless telephone (900 mhz or above) to use in your room, you must submit a request to have service to your wall jack turned on. To request service, call the HelpDesk at (440) 826-7000 or submit a support ticket at http://help.bw.edu. Student phone service includes unlimited local and campus calls and voicemail is available on request. Residence halls also have at least one public telephone for local calls.

Laundry Facilities: Each residence hall, apartment complex and campus house is equipped with free washers and dryers based on the number of residents living in the building. Ironing boards are provided in most halls, but residents must furnish their own iron.

Vending: Coin-operated and Jacket Express card swipe vending machines are located in every hall except Harding House. The number of machines and selection of food products depends upon the size of the residence and the needs of its occupants.

What should I bring?
Students usually bring the following:

  • Extra-long twin-size bed linens, blankets, mattress cover, pillows and towels
  • Alarm clock with battery back-up capability
  • Bicycle and lock that secures the frame and any detachable wheels
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) for lamps or other items you bring
  • Cell phone
  • Computer* with Wi-Fi and/or CAT-5E or CAT-6 hook-up cable
  • Cordless Telephone 900 mhz (only if you plan on requesting a phone line)
  • Fan
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Hand sanitizer for flu season
  • Iron
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Reading lamp
  • School supplies
  • Sewing kit
  • Three-prong grounded power strips with circuit breaker
  • Television with RG-6 co-axial cable with F-style thread-on connectors
  • Toiletries/shower shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Energy Star compliant microwave* (not to exceed 2 cubic feet) or rent from Bedloft.com**
  • Energy Star compliant refrigerator (not to exceed 4.2 cubic feet) or rent from Bedloft.com**

NOTE: Residents of Davidson Commons (Davidson, Klein and Saylor halls), Harding House (1st floor ONLY), Carmel, campus apartments or a room that has a private bathroom, MUST bring toilet, shower and sink cleaning supplies.

*Computers and microwaves MUST be used with a surge protector (UL approved) with self-tripping breaker unless they are plugged directly into the wall outlet. For safety, if you need to use extension cords, please use heavy-duty cords with minimum of 14 gauge wire.

**BW partners with www.Bedloft.com to rent MicroFridges to students. The eco-friendly unit has 2.9 cubic feet total storage capacity, including a full freezer and a 600 watt microwave. You can pre-order a Microfridge and have it delivered to your room before move-in day. MicroFridges may also be rented on move-in day, but quantities will be limited.

What am I not allowed to bring?
You should NOT bring the following:

  • Air conditioner
  • Candles and incense (even decorative)
  • Coffee pots with hot plates
  • Contact/wall paper
  • Dartboards with metal tipped darts
  • Flammables (gasoline, propane, etc.)
  • Freezers
  • George Foreman Grills and similar type grills
  • Halogen lights/lamps
  • Hotplate, toaster, toaster ovens or other appliances with exposed heating elements
  • Illegal drugs
  • Pets except for non-dangerous fish in a 20-gallon or less aquarium
  • Space heaters
  • Street signs
  • Water beds
  • Weapons or ammunition of any kind (including martial arts weapons, air-soft style or paint ball equipment)

Is my room air-conditioned?
Air-conditioning is provided in 21 Beech, Carmel, Ernsthausen, Findley, Harding and Davidson Commons. Arrangements for medical air-conditioning in non-air-conditioned buildings can be made through the director of Residence Life. Students can login to myBW and make the request through the Office of Residence Life.

Are residence halls co-educational?
All halls are co-educational. Some are co-educational by floor (one gender per floor) and others are co-educational by room (one gender per room, but the floor may have rooms with the opposite gender). Floors that are co-educational by room have separate bathroom facilities for each gender.

Can I loft my bed?
There are two lofting options:

  1. BW partners with Bedloft.com to provide a loft rental program. Renting a bed loft is an easy, affordable way to create additional living space in your room. You can pre-order a loft at www.bedloft.com and have it delivered to your room before move-in day. Lofts may also be rented on move-in day, but availability will be limited. Bedloft is the only loft endorsed and approved by Baldwin Wallace University.
  2. You may also construct your own loft using the Residence Life approved Loft Construction Guidelines.

NOTE: Carmel, Ernsthausen, Heritage East and the second and third floor suites in Davidson either include everything you need to loft your bed or cannot accommodate lofted beds.

Are animals allowed?
Pets are not permitted in the residence halls with the exception of small fish (defined as a non-dangerous animal with gills that has to live underwater 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) in a 20-gallon or smaller aquarium.

Service and Emotional Support animals are permitted, but must be registered through Disability Services. Please visit disability services for more information regarding Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.

What can be done if I don't like my room assignment?
A change process is available after the second week of classes each semester.

Can freshmen have cars on campus?
First-year residential students are permitted to have cars on campus. However, they may only park in the P4 Lot (Center Street Parking Lot) as designated on the Campus Parking Map.

Are bikes permitted on campus?
Bikes are permitted on campus and encouraged as a sustainable means of transportation. Residents in Harding House and Davidson Commons have access to indoor bike storage. All other halls require students to park bikes outside in bike racks. Students should use sturdy bike locks that secure the frame and any detachable wheels. Bikes can also be rented from the BW Bike Co-Op located at Hamilton House (375 Front Street).

How often are rooms cleaned?
Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms. Custodial staff are responsible for cleaning the public areas (hallways, lounges, etc.) and public restrooms. Students with bathroom facilities in their individual rooms or suites are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms on a regular basis with their own cleaning supplies.

Housing Contracts for the 2015-2016 Academic Year