The Office of Residence Life is committed to fostering a clean, safe environment for the personal, social and intellectual development of every student, in order to enrich the liberal arts experience. We seek to empower and challenge students to become individuals, citizens, and leaders who understand their responsibility in creating effective and socially just communities at Bard and beyond.
The Bard campus offers more than 40 student residences that embrace a wide range of architectural characteristics, social styles, and sizes. All have Internet access, social rooms, kitchens, and laundries, and many boast beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains to the west. Most residence halls are coed, and roughly one-third of the rooms are singles. All first-year and sophomore Bard students are guaranteed housing; transfer students are not, although they may request on-campus housing.
Students who live on campus, as most do, take the meal plan, which offers flexible menus (including vegetarian, vegan, and limited kosher and halal selections) and extended meal times in the campus dining commons. The Bard meal card is also legal tender in the two cafés on campus and at the Green Onion, a campus grocery store.
An important aspect of residence life is the support provided by peer counselors and area coordinators. Peer Counselors (PCs) are students who live in the residential units and serve as leaders and resources for their residents. PCs are trained each year in topics such as student development and transitions, listening and referral skills, recognizing students in distress, and community building.