Residential Education is responsible for the oversight and management of community development within the residence halls at Bucknell.

With a staff of 100 Residential Advisers (student leaders and mentors on each floor), 6 full-time live-on professional staff members, and an array of student leadership opportunities, Residential Education aims to provide a strong and interconnected residential experience for Bucknellians. Residential Education also advises the Inter Residence Hall Association (IRHA) and the Bison Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH).

Letter From The Director

On behalf of the Office of Residential Education I would like to welcome you to Bucknell University. Living on campus will provide you with opportunities to make new friends and learn from faculty and staff. We are committed to providing intentional and deliberate educational experiences that support the academic mission of the University.

With building community as a priority of our work, we hope that your residence hall will become your home away from home. We look forward to providing educational opportunities in an environment that enhances your learning and growth in areas including academic success, exploration and leadership, community, diversity and inclusion, social justice and wellness.

We are excited to have you living with us. If we can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to visit or contact our office at 570.577.1195. Residential Education is located in Vedder Hall, suite 126.

Jackie Cetera
Director of Residential Education

What to Bring

For a comfortable night

  • Extra-long twin sheet set (or two for when one is in the laundry)
  • Pillow(s)
  • Comforter or bedspread and blanket
  • Window fan (Larison & Harris halls are not air conditioned)
  • Window screens - approximately 34" opening (student rooms are not provided with window screens)

For making the most of your study time

  • Computer and printer || Do you know about the Bison Laptop Program?
  • Computer power cord and accessories
  • Ethernet cable
  • Calculator
  • Office supplies: pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, highlighters, stapler, scissors, tape, ruler, thumb tacks
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For mishaps, emergencies, and general “fix its”

  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Small tool kit (screw driver, hammer, pliers, etc.)

For getting around

  • Umbrella and boots for wet weather
  • Backpack
  • Good walking shoes
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For the shower

  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower shoes and shower caddy
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, shaving cream, hand lotion, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Hair dryer

For study breaks and relaxing

  • Television and cables to attach computer to TV (HDMI, etc.)
  • DVD player

For your wardrobe

  • Clothing for warm and cold weather (storing seasonal clothing at home, if an option, is recommended)
  • Swimsuit and other athletic clothing
  • Hangers
  • Laundry basket or bag (and detergent)
  • "Under the bed" storage boxes and bed risers
  • Iron and ironing board

  • Non-halogen desk, floor, or bedside lamp
  • UL-listed surge protector
  • Plates, cups, bowls, utensils
  • Microwave (750 watts or less)
  • Mini fridge (4.5 cubic feet or less) || Check out
  • Garbage can
  • Personal Property Insurance
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  • Air conditioner
  • All Candles (regardless if only used for decoration or if the wick has been removed)
  • Blender
  • Car
  • George Foreman grill
  • Halogen lamp
  • Hot plate
  • Hot pot
  • Incense
  • Microwave over 750 watts
  • Oil popcorn popper
  • Panini Press
  • Personal cooking appliances over 600 watts (except microwaves)
  • Pets (non-carnivorous fish are okay)
  • Rice Cooker
  • Space heater
  • Toaster/toaster oven
  • Weapons of any kind (including, but not limited to firearms, ammunition, bow and arrow, swords, knives, paint ball/pellet guns, etc.)

2018-19: Move-In, Breaks and Closings


Upperclass Students: check in at your hub from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 or Aug 19.

Roberts Hall Front Patio
(Rain Location: Roberts Lobby)

  • For Roberts Hall, Trax Hall, Kress Hall, Gateways, and Corner House

Harris Hall Quad
(Rain Location: Harris Ground Floor Lounge)

  • For Larison Hall, Larison Cottage, Harris Hall, Hunt Hall, 64 University Avenue, 23 University Avenue, 400 St George Street, 7th Street House, Edwards House, Hulley House, Leiser House, Galloway House, Taylor Street House, Martin House, and Carey House

MODS (Bucknell West) Outside of MOD 22
(Rain Location: Inside MOD 22's Laundry Room)

  • For MODS (Bucknell West)

South Campus Apartments Center Quad Area
(Rain Location: Building 4 Lounge)

  • For South Campus Apartments, Swartz Hall, McDonnell Hall, Summit House, 125 Strohecker House, Lambda Chi Alpha, Kappa Delta Rho, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

From 4-11 p.m., contact the RA on Duty for your building/area to obtain keys. We will not accommodate any check-ins between 11 p.m and 8 a.m.

aerial view of smith hall


To request permission to stay in your room during a break period, you are REQUIRED to pre-register on myHOME. 

Fall Break

  • At 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018,
    campus housing closes.
  • At noon on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018,
    campus housing opens.

Thanksgiving Break

  • At 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018,
    campus housing closes.
  • At noon on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018,
    campus housing opens.

Spring Break

  • At 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019,
    campus housing closes.
  • At noon on Sunday, March 17, 2019,
    campus housing opens.


Winter Closing

  • At noon on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018,
    campus housing closes.
  • At noon on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019,
    campus housing opens.

May Closing

  • At noon on Thursday, May 9 2019,
    campus housing closes. All students who are not graduating are expected to vacate their rooms by this time.
  • By Sunday, May 12, 2019,
    students staying for summer programs must be pre-registered and must move to temporary housing. (Keys will be available starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.)
  • By 10 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019,
    all students required to stay due to Commencement activities must vacate their rooms.

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