New Student Housing

Welcome to Pitzer College Residence Life!

This page serves incoming New Students (first time first year, transfer, and exchange) seeking resources concerning all things Residence Life at Pitzer. Please use this page as an dynamic resource as you navigate Housing Applications, Roommate Matching, Move-in, and your first few weeks living in the Pitzer residential community.

Information for the Spring 2021 Semester

Pitzer will not be offering Campus Housing during the traditional January opening for the Spring 2021 semester. All students are expected to update their expected address and phone numbers within their Residence Portal (button below). Please contact with any additional questions. More information on for Spring 2021 can be found on the COVID-19 Informational site.

FAQ – Housing application, assignment, move in

Residence Life supports both the residential experience and the administrative support related to students living on campus. Please see the FAQ section below in regards to the administrative functions of applying for housing as a New Student, learning your room assignment and arriving on campus.

  • How do I apply for housing? How do I use Residence?

    ‘Residence’ is the online platform, accessible via the student portal, in which New Students apply for housing and provide Residence Life additional information used for roommate matching and room assignments. After admitted students have committed to attending Pitzer, New Students will be able to log in to their student portal, access Residence, and complete their New Student Housing Application – Fall 2020. Residence has the following functions

    Applications – Residence Life will often use applications or forms to collect information from students in regards to housing assignments, residential agreements, roommates, and meal plans.

    Roommate Groups – forming roommate and suitemate groups during a housing selection process. Students will be able to search information provided on the ‘Roommate Matching Profile’, as well as provide direct roommate codes.


  • What are the important housing dates I need to know?
    • First time first years
      • New Student Housing Application Live: TBA
      • New Student Housing Application due: TBA
        • All applications received after will be waitlisted
      • Roommate, Suitemate, and Room Assignments provided: TBD
      • Move In: TBD
    • Transfer and Exchange students
      • New Student Housing Application Live: TBA
      • New Student Housing Application due: TBA
        • All applications received after will be waitlisted
      • Roommate, Suitemate, and Room Assignments provided: TBD
      • Move In: TBD


  • What is in the New Student Housing Application?

    The New Student Housing Application will contain the following parts:

    • Type of application
      • Main Campus – The majority of First year students will live on campus in our Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Residence Halls
      • Off Campus – In unique circumstances, students can be approved to live off campus in the local community.
    • Documentation of a Disability – Request for a housing accommodation
      • Specified Room Type or Placement
      • Emotional Support or Service Animals (as defined by the ADA)
      • Severe allergies
    • Roommate Matching Profile
      • Majority of roommate matching information
      • Viewable by other students
    • Choose a Meal Plan
    • Residence Hall Agreement to abide by policies
  • How are Roommates and Suitemates matched and placed?

    The Roommate Matching Profile section of the New Student Housing Application includes questions around living practices. Residence Life staff will then review this information for best matches. It is important that students complete these fields with information that is accurate to how they predict they will live in college.

    • Roommate and Suitemate gender preferences
    • Any submitted requests for accommodation due to a disability
    • Level of cleanliness
    • Smoking practices
    • Wake/Sleep up schedule
    • Expectations of friendship with roommate
    • Social hosting preferences
  • Move in Day Logistics: How will I get my ID? What is a Room Condition Report?

    ID Cards – Provided Pitzer Orientation has received your information and photo, your ID card will be ready for pick up when you arrive for Move In. Your ID card is important, as it is how you access:

    • Residence hall exterior security doors
    • Residence hall individual room doors (non-Mead)
    • Claremont Cash (laundry, vending machine, and local community purchases)
    • Purchase food with Flex and swipe into the Dining halls

    It is important to always have your ID card on your person.

    Room Condition Reports – During Move In, students will be expected to complete a Room Condition Report on your Residence profile. On this form, students will note any pre-existing damage in the room. Rooms will be reviewed when each student moves out and any damage noted at that time will be compared to the Room Condition Report. That student will be financially billed for any ‘new’ damage (damage that the student did not originally report).

  • How do I declare a Meal Plan?

    Meal Plans can be chosen in the New Student Housing Application. The options for Meal plans include

    • 16 Meal Plan w/ $160 of Flex
    • 12 Meal Plan w/ $120 of Flex
    • 5 and 0 Meal Plans are available to apply for (with medical documentation) and/or Off Campus approval.

    Meal Plans can be changed throughout the first week of classes each semester. Communicate with Residence Life staff if you seek to change your Meal Plan. Afterwards, Meal Plans can only be increased in size.

FAQs – Roommates, Suitemates, and Life in the Residence Halls

Pitzer Residence Life strives to “Create a Caring Living-Learning Community” in our on-campus residence halls.  The majority of Pitzer students live in six residence halls on campus. Residential living enables students to share intellectual and educational pursuits while learning to live within a diverse community. It provides opportunities for individual growth through community involvement, interpersonal relationships, and social interaction. The first year residence halls are Pitzer, Atherton and Sanborn Halls (P.A.S).

Follow us on instagram @pzreslife to stay connected with Pitzer Residence Life.

More information about the Pitzer, Atherton and Sanborn Halls (P.A.S.)

  • What does a Resident Assistant do? What is a Residence Director?

    Residence Assistant: 

    Residence Assistants (RAs) are full time students who work to foster relationships and build positive communities on their floor and in their building as a whole. RAs support and facilitate social/educational programs, community meetings, connect students with campus resources, help with roommate conflicts, and perform nightly safety walks throughout the buildings.

    Each hall has a RA dedicated to building a community within their halls and you will meet your RA on move in day during New Student Orientation!

    Residence Director: 

    Residence Directors (RDs) are professional staff members that live in the residence halls, including Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn Halls. The RD supervises the RAs in the building, meets with students in roommate and policy concerns, plans building-wide programs, and helps the whole residence hall community function smoothly.

    Residence Life Team 2019-2020


  • How can I get involved in life on campus?

    Student engagement is one of Pitzer’s core values and some ways to get involved are:

    • Residence Hall Council (RHC) – RHC is the students voice for the Pitzer Residence Halls. We work on ways to improve the student residential experience. RHC recruits during the first few weeks of the semester and is a great way to get involved your first year at Pitzer! If you are interested, make sure to apply. Applications will come out during the first few weeks of the fall semester. To stay up to date on RHC applications, visit the RHC website & follow @pzreslife on instagram.

    Here is more in the new student guide on getting involved at Pitzer!













  • What tips do you have for living with a Roommate?



    Take the initiative and email your roommate once you know who they are. Introduce yourself and get the conversation going. And to avoid bringing too many items on move in day, you can talk about larger items and who plans to bring what (microfridge, microwave, etc…)

    The following are some tips we have for living with a roommate & suitemates:

      • Communication is vital to roommate relationships. Share openly on such issues as cleanliness, visitation, music, study time and lights out.  It is best to talk about issues early which is why we require all students to complete a Roommate Agreement form. After completion, your Resident Assistant(RA) will meet with you to go over it and discuss the expectations you all set for the year.
        • **Remember to chat with your suitemates as well and agree on community expectations for the bathroom since all of you will sharing that space.
    2. What to do if a problem arises?
      • It may be necessary to make adjustments as new issues arise (this is normal). A big part of the college experience is learning effective confrontational skills and initiating communication when there are problems. Often time, students try to live with the problem or ignore it which isn’t healthy. When a problem arises, take the following steps:
        1. Talk directly to your roommate first. Schedule a time to talk. The sooner the better!
        2. Don’t beat around the bush or drop hints. If it is an issue that was discussed in the roommate agreement, bring up what you both agreed upon. If it’s a new issue, edit the roommate agreement to include a solution for this new issue. Get some advice from your RA before having the conversation!
        3. If the problem persists, contact your RA to talk to them about this issue. They are trained to mediate conflicts and it can be really helpful during these situations.
    3. Things to remember when living with another person
      • Practice common courtesy when it comes to visitation. Make sure to communicate when someone is coming over. Your roommate might have a midterm the next day and you want to make sure they can study and sleep on time.
      • Express issues!! (Communicate!)
      • Honor your roommates’ rights to guests and socializing but not at the expense of your studies or health. Communication is key!
      • Communicate about borrowing each other’s stuff. Some roommates share everything and others share nothing. Try to find a balance. Share the microfridge but not your hot pockets! & if you would like a hot pocket, ask your roommate for permission!
      • Lastly, it is completely normal if you and your roommate are not best friends. The important piece is that you both respect one another, communicate, and are comfortable in your room.

    And remember, you aren’t the only one who might be feeling homesick, transitioning to college, or undergoing roommate conflict. There is help available from your RA, your resident director, and even your roommates! We are here for you and want to help Pitzer College become your home away from home.


  • What should I bring to campus when I move in?

    Check this out for a list of what you should bring!

    Room Specifics & What To Bring

    Some common things some students forget are the following: 

      • Waterproof jacket or an umbrella! We know it’s Southern California but it has been raining more than usual these last two winters. 
      • If you enjoy the pool, some swim clothes.
      • One professional outfit for interviews or events.


  • What should we NOT bring to the Residence halls?

    It can be tempting to pack everything you have and bring it to campus. We recommend our students think about what they would really need. When asked what NOT to bring to the residence halls, most students say:

    • Don’t bring too many clothes, shoes, or too many personal items! Think about what you really need versus what you want. 
    • Consider how often you would use a bike before bringing one! Look into the Pitzer Green Bike Program (GBP)! 
    • Big screen tvs! Not a lot of space for those.
    • Take a look at our student code of conduct for prohibited items (ex: candles, toasters, drugs, incense, hookah, drug paraphernalia, pets, drones, fireworks, halogen lamps, oil fueled lamps, weapons…)
  • Should I bring my own cooking/kitchen supplies?

    Feel free to bring some reuable dishes (plates, cups, utensils) but only bring pots/pans if you plan to cook. We have one kitchen in the PAS complex. You can also use the kitchens in the other complexes as well. Remember to chat with your roommate about bringing a microwave and/or mini-fridge so you don’t duplicate items! 

  • Should we bring a vacuum and other cleaning supplies?

    Vacuums and brooms are available for check out in the Residence Life Office in East Sanborn C300! You can also pick up toilet paper there. We recommend bringing some cleaning supplies like a glass cleaner, toilet cleaning supplies or buy them at a store nearby! (We have several stores near us)

  • What does laundry look like?

    Each residence hall is equipped with coin and/or card operated laundry machines.

    • In main campus residence halls, Claremont Cash or quarters must be used (see Claremont Card Center for additional instructions about how to add Claremont Cash to your ID card). 
    • At CCA, only quarters are accepted. You must provide your own laundry detergent and supplies.