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Community Living

Why Live on Campus?

Approximately 85% of U.S. college students opt to stay on campus during college. Many students are happier being closer to everything, and research shows that students who live on campus do better academically and have a greater chance of graduating.

Even as a junior or senior, the benefits of living on campus are many. Need more reasons? Check out these top 8 reasons to live on campus.

Upcoming Events

Important Dates for the Fall Semester

  • Residence Halls close at 12:00pm on Wednesday November 22nd for the November Break
  • Residence Halls re-open at 12:00pm on Sunday November 26th (Owl card access will automatically activate at 12:00pm)
  • All students are required to depart campus.


  • Students are expected to depart campus 24 hours after their last final or by 6:00pm Friday December 15th.
  • Students may leave belongings in their room but need to take any items that they will need over the winter break as they will not have access to the residence halls.
  • Winter Sport Athletes - coaches will communicate with our office if you are required to be back on campus during the winter break and we will then communicate with you.


  • Incoming New Students that are starting Spring 2024, Move-In Saturday January 13, 2024, Owl Orientation is on Sunday January 14, 2024.
  • Residence Halls Re-Open on Sunday January 14, 2024 at 8:00am.

Living on Campus

In order to ease your transition to college - and increase your chances for success - Keene State College requires all students with 59 credits or less to live on campus. This approach supports significant research indicating that students who live on campus are more likely to be successful academically, socially and developmentally. If you are a student that does not meet this requirement but feels there are extenuating circumstances that would prevent you from living on campus, please click on the forms link to the right and complete the corresponding form.


Communities help create a more seamless transition to college life by providing an environment where students with similar interests or academic pursuits can live together.



Contact Community Living

If you have questions about housing services (room assignments, housing contract, damage billing, etc.) and are unable to stop by the office, feel free to e-mail or call us.

Transitions & Community Living
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435

☎ 603-358-2339

Icon of clock Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed on campus holidays.

We're located on the 3rd Floor of the L.P.Young Student Center.