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Yes. Berry College is a residential college and students are expected to live on-campus all four years unless they meet one of the criteria listed below. This housing contract is binding for the entire academic year and may not be terminated by the student.

Students who meet any of the following criteria may apply to live off campus: 1) 25 years old or older; 2) Married; 3) Residing with their parents or legal guardian within a 40 mile driving distance to Berry College; or 4) 5th Year Senior. If a student feels they meet one of the above criteria, they must complete an Off Campus Application and be granted permission to move off-campus before they may do so.

Please note that requests to change status from on-campus to off-campus must be received and approved prior to the following dates:  

  • Fall Semester, one week before the beginning of classes.
  • Spring Semester, during the last week of Fall Semester classes.
  • Mid-semester changes in status will not be approved.

Students enrolled in classes and not approved to live off-campus will be assigned an on-campus space at the discretion of the Office of Residence Life.

No, residence hall rooms are not available to be seen before move-in in August. Many of our halls are used either for summer school or camps and conference groups during most of the summer months. After these groups leave, our housekeeping staff needs time to prepare the halls for your arrival.

Freshmen move can move in beginning at 9am on the Wednesday before classes begin in August. Transfer students can move in beginning on the Friday before classes begin. Returning students may move in on the Saturday before classes begin.

Each resident will have a bed (twin extra long), chest of drawers, closet/wardrobe, desk, and chair. We encourage you to check out our partnership with On Campus Marketing for bedding and bathroom linen needs.

No. Rooms in Dana, Pilgrim, Friendship, Morgan, Deerfield, East Mary and West Mary contain furniture that can be lofted using the furniture provided in the room.

Room changes will begin two weeks into the semester. If you would like to request a room change, please first speak with your current roommate and then your Resident Assistant. Your Resident Assistant will provide next steps in the process. Please note that whomever makes the request for a room change is the person who will physically move spaces.

No, however telephones are available in halls and common areas.

Yes, and yes. Television is provided through Comcast Xfinity On Campus. If you choose to bring a TV, it must be capable of wireless or wired network connectivity and compatible with Roku or Chromecast. Amazon Fire TV does work, but Apple TV does not. If you need physical network access (network port), please submit a request to the Information Technology Helpdesk. Just log in at to start watching live TV, sports and thousands of shows and movies. You can download the Xfinity Stream app to watch your TV shows and movies on the go.​​ You can record and download up to 20 hours of your content to watch offline.​

Getting started is easy:

  • Download the Xfinity Stream app or visit
  • Tap “Sign in here” for Xfinity On Campus Students
  • Enter your school in the search field
  • Log in using your school credentials
  • Once authenticated, start watching

For a list of devices and assistance connecting, please visit

An RA is a fellow student trained to develop community among the residents of a hall. RAs are trained in emergency procedures, roommate mediation, programming and campus resources. There are two RAs per freshman hall. RAs report to undergraduate student Head Residents. Each residence hall community on campus has a full-time Area Coordinator for their area to serve as an additional resource to residents (see the Staff Directory).

Washers and dryers are provided in each residence area. Laundry is included in student fees and do not require any quarters for operation.

All residence hall buildings have window blinds.

Residence hall facilities are not open during winter break (the break between fall and spring semesters). Residents may leave their personal belongings (at their own risk) in their room during this break.

The residence halls are open during Fall, Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks. Residents do not need to move out during these breaks.

New students will be notified of their room assignment and given contact information for their roommate(s) in late June, after the summer SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) Sessions.

First, see if you can find the answers to your questions in the Housing Contract, the Viking Code, or the Resources Page on the housing portal as many questions can be answered through these resources. If you cannot find the information you seek, please email us with your questions at

Yes. We recommend using products that will not leave a residue such as 3M pull tab strips or painters tape. Putting holes in the wall is not allowed and could result in damage charges.

Please visit Dining Services Website or call their office at 706.236.1701.

Fish are the only pets allowed. Aquariums are limited to 20 gallons and must be well maintained. During Winter Break all electrical appliances (including aquarium equipment) must be disconnected.

*Please note that the policy pertains to the animal (fish) and not to the habitat/living environment in which they live (aquariums). Turtles, crabs, snakes, lizards, etc. are not fish and are therefore not permitted.

Visitation hours as follows:  
Sunday - Thursday .......... 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.  
Friday & Saturday ........... 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Security begins at the Welcome Center, where non-Berry decal holders are all screened. All our residence halls are on a card access system that works with the student's ID card. All Residential Halls are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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