Student Residence Halls
More Than Just a Place to Live
When it comes to residence halls, BVH often turns the conversation from a space for students to live to the true value of a residence hall, which impacts student retention and success and their maturation into independent adults. Residence halls are often not just the place where a student lives away from home for the first time, but also a place where they come to learn what independence means for them.
Building a Space for Community
What Makes a Residence Hall Different?
Residence halls support students as they grow in their college careers and mature into the adults that will walk out of those doors and into the real world. So what can a residence hall do, aside from giving students space to sleep and study?
- Social Maturation: What does it mean to live in a community that doesn’t include your family? This community of peers quickly builds an important network to foster student success academically, athletically, and professionally.
- Transversal Skills: Just as many academic programs require lab work, students also need a “lab space” to hone and practice their soft skills, achievable through learning and communal living spaces sprinkled throughout the resident units.
- Rebounding From Failure: Many students may face failure for the first time once they get to college. When placed with other similarly talented or better athletes, academics, or performers, a failure for a student that has never faced this within their previous high school career can be devastating. How can the community within the Res Hall provide a support network for students to help rebound from failure or celebrate success?
Residence Halls Strengthen the Campus Community
Enhanced Collegiate Experience
Although not deemed an academic building, the inclusion of programmed and informal learning spaces sprinkled throughout the environment will foster continuous learning outside of the classroom.
Ownership in Creating the Campus Context
Invite current students to weigh in on what matters to them, creating spaces that come from the student view point on furniture comfort, ease of use, and function, but more importantly their perspective and priorities.
Colleges must compete with the myriad of attractive amenities within new privately owned housing. Students expect low barriers to consistent strong, high-speed internet, spaces for meditation or prayer, kitchens, and more.