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The Office of Residence Life is committed to providing you with a safe and rewarding environment in the residence halls. Our residence hall communities thrive on social interaction, academic support, personal and professional growth. The Residence Life staff is eagerly awaiting your arrival.

The mission of Chestnut Hill College is to provide students with holistic education in an inclusive catholic community marked by academic excellence, shared responsibility, personal and professional growth, service to one another and to the global community, and concern for the earth.

In light of our mission, we expect students to come to campus with an open mind, prepared for change and new adventures. The people you meet, from your roommate to classmates, all come from many different places and experiences. However, you all have one thing in common. You chose Chestnut Hill College. The CHC community is about commonalities and differences, so be ready to accept the uniqueness we all bring to the table.

Be sure to complete your on-line Housing Questionnaire when you receive it from Admissions. This will allow our office to make roommate matches based on compatibility factors. Room and roommate assignments will be mailed by the end of June so don’t delay in filling out the questionnaire. 

Care Package Program

Families will receive a few mailings throughout the year with an opportunity to send care packages to their student.

The College uses On Campus Marketing and they have a website with more information as well as other package opportunities. Go to for more details!

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Microfridge Rentals & Linen Program

If you wish to have a combination unit of a refrigerator and microwave delivered to your room, you can rent one very easily.

Go to University Logistics website or call (800) 525-7307. Save yourself the hassle of bringing one with you then taking it home. It even has a real freezer! Share the cost with your roommate and your savings and convenience will add up. 

You can also check out our Linen Program at . Have your bedding and other necessities delivered right to campus. This program has been very beneficial to students traveling from afar and abroad!

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Themed Living Communities

Check out Chestnut Hill College's two Themed Living Community opporunities!

The First Year Honors Community is for new students accepted into the Honors program. There are many unique opportunities for students in this program. You must be accepted to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program to participate. Go to the website for more details and to apply: If you have questions about the Honors Program, contact Sr. Kathy Duffy at
The LENS (Leadership, Engagement, and Service) Living Community is to connect like-minded first-year students who wish to become involved in the culture of service at Chestnut Hill College, and have a lot of fun at the same time! This program is ideal for students who have an interest in continuing a strong commitment to community service, as well as for students who wish to turn over a new leaf or get involved in community service for the first time. Accepted students arrive a few days early to participate in this immersion program. If you have any questions, or would like more information about the LENS program please contact Shane McCarthy, Service-Learning Assistant at 215-753-3695 or
Click here for more details about LENS. If you have any questions your journey to arrive on campus, please email us at  

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