Bard Basics

Vehicle Registration

Bringing a car to campus? Please complete the Student Parking Vehicle Registration Form from the Office of Security.

Bard Basics

Traveling and Arrival

The timing of your arrival on campus depends on whether you are a first-year, transfer, or visiting student. Please visit these pages for details. Information about where to go once you arrive on campus will be e-mailed to you via your Bard e-mail account in late July. Through the years we have discovered that many GPS systems have a hard time finding the campus. We suggest that you use the following address: 1 North Ravine Road, Red Hook, NY, 12571. VIEW MORE >>

Mailing Address

Each student is given a unique mailbox number upon arrival. Student mail should be addressed as follows: VIEW MORE >>

Phones

We do not have phones in individual residence hall rooms. All residence halls have phones in the hallway for emergency use, local calls, or calling-card calls. Calling cards can be purchased in the campus bookstore. VIEW MORE >>

Banking

During the Language and Thinking Program (and throughout the semester) there will be shuttles to Red Hook, where you can open a local bank account. There is an ATM on campus, owned by Key Bank, which is located in the Bertelsmann Campus Center. It charges a service fee for all other banks. Area banking options include: VIEW MORE >>

Renters’ Insurance

All students are encouraged to obtain renters’ insurance if they live on campus. While the College does not endorse any specific company, many students have utilized National Student Services.

Meal Plan

All students living on campus are required to be on one of six meal plan options. For incoming first-year students, the meal plan is set at 19 meals a week (breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Friday; brunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday). After the first semester, students are eligible to change their meal plan. All meal plans are of equal cost.

Bookstore

The campus bookstore is owned by Barnes and Noble. Declining balance accounts can be set up through our Student Accounts Office on arrival day; students can then use their school ID card to purchase items in the bookstore. Families might also choose to purchase a Barnes and Noble reloadable gift card. The bookstore accepts all major credit cards and cash.

Family Visits and Guests

Students are encouraged to invite their families to visit campus whenever they want. Students are allowed to have overnight guests as long as they have discussed it with their roommate(s). All guests need to be registered with the Safety and Security Office. Once registered, guests will receive a guest pass for the entirety of their stay. Advanced notice is not necessary; just bring your guest and their ID to the Security Office.

Save the date! Bard hosts a Family Weekend every year that features academic and social events for the whole family. This year, Family Weekend will be held October 24–26. Local accommodations fill up quickly, so it's best to make reservations as soon as possible. For more information on area lodging, see our accommodations page.

Course Registration

For their first semester, students meet an academic adviser and register for courses during Matriculation Days: Thursday, August 28, and Friday, August 29, 2014. During this time they will have the opportunity to meet with and to talk to faculty about specific courses and registration procedures. After the fall semester, students participate in online registration. Classes for the fall semester begin Monday, September 1.

Transportation

Cars: All students are allowed to bring cars to campus; however, Bard encourages biking and alternative methods of travel as a part of the College’s commitment to sustainability. An annual $100 vehicle registration fee goes toward the Green Fund, which supports campus sustainability projects and scholarships. Students are allowed to park in designated student parking lots only. Bard has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus. Visit www.zipcar.com/bard to learn more about the program and to sign up.

Shuttles
: During the semester, there is a free shuttle that travels through Tivoli, Red Hook, and Bard’s campus. There are also free shuttles that run to local grocery stores, the mall, and, on weekends, to the local train stations. During breaks and at the end of the semester, there are shuttles from campus to NYC/Albany airports for a $30 fee. Students make their own arrangements to get to the Poughkeepsie or Rhinecliff train stations and then they can take the free shuttle back to campus. For more information about shuttles, please see our transportation page.

Computers/Computer Labs

Bard has more than 250 public access computers available for use on campus. These computers are located in the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Stevenson Library, Henderson Computer Resources Center, and Henderson Technology Laboratories. Many students choose to bring a computer to campus. All residence hall rooms have either WiFi or an Ethernet port. VIEW MORE >>

Intersession Use of Residence Halls

During intersession, Upper College residence halls are typically used for conferences and groups, Citizen Science faculty, and Bard student athletes and other students in need of on-campus accommodations. Generally, students will not be allowed to remain in their rooms over intersession. Students will be notified in advance of the plans for use of their rooms. First-year students will live in their own rooms during Citizen Science. First-year students should plan to be on campus for the start of Citizen Science, Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Pets

Fish and small caged animals are the only pets that may be approved to live in a residence hall room. A student who wishes to keep a pet must obtain written authorization from the Office of Residence Life (reslife@bard.edu).

Laundry Facilities

Most residence halls are equipped with coin-operated washers and dryers. If there is no laundry facility in a residence, one is available within a short walking distance. VIEW MORE >>

What to Bring (and what not to bring!)

When considering how to best equip your residence hall room, we encourage you to consider purchasing products (lighting, computers, stereos, TVs, etc.) that have earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label. A room outfitted with these energy-efficient products can save about $130 per year on energy costs, reduce pollution, and help protect the environment. VIEW MORE >>