Residential Services

Cheshire Hall

Franklin Pierce is a residential university. More than 90 percent of student live on campus, which contributes to a close sense of community. As such, living in university housing is viewed as an integral component of each student's developmental and educational experience. University and Residential Life staff are committed to providing safe and healthy living communities that foster students' personal and interpersonal growth. The goal is to provided an environment that enhances academic life and helps students achieve their potential as individuals and participants in society.

All students are expected to live in university residence facilities unless they live with their parents, guardian, or spouse within commuting distance. A limited number of students may be allowed to live off campus by demonstrating extenuating circumstances. These circumstances must be described in an off-campus petition requiring the approval of the Director of Residential Life.

All students living in the following residence halls are required to be on a meal plan: Granite, New Hampshire, Mt. Washington, Cheshire, Edgewood and Monadnock. Requests for changes in the meal plan must be filed in the Office of Residential Life before the end of the add-drop period of registration.

Students gathering on move-in dayTo better enhance our students' experience, all class levels (First Year, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior) are housed separately. This aligns the residential experience of those in the same class with the academic progression of classes. Besides living with their peers, students benefit from special programming designed to bridge the classroom learning and residential living. This will also provide an opportunity for residents to establish meaningful friendships while engaging in area-wide community events.

First Year students are housed in Granite, New Hampshire, and Mt. Washington halls. These traditional residence halls are smoke-free, alcohol-free and students will reside on same sex hallways. The most common housing arrangements are double rooms but there are a limited number of triple rooms. Depending on availability and medically documented reasons, students may qualify for a single room. All rooms are wired for telephone, cable, and internet access. First Year students receive their housing assignment, roommate information as well as when to arrive in August. Learn more about first year housing.

Sophomores are housed in Cheshire, Edgewood or Monadnock. These housing options offer students the opportunity to choose from a traditional double room to a double room in a suite style setting with all rooms smoke-free and alcohol-free. Students will reside on same sex hallways and suites with at least one community assistant on each floor. All rooms are wired for telephone, cable, and internet access. Learn more about sophomore housing.

Juniors are housed in Mt. View, Northwoods and Pierce Village, which are four-person residences. These housing options provide upper-class students with an opportunity to enjoy additional amenities in the residence such as their own full bathroom and kitchen facilities so they can begin to learn to live independently. Residents living in the junior area do not have to be on a meal plan. Learn more about junior housing.

Seniors choose from Lakeview two-person efficiency apartments, six-person townhouses or Sawmill two-person efficiency apartments or four-person apartments. The location of these residences is across from Pearly Pond and is just a short walk or shuttle ride to the main campus. Senior housing is separated from other residence halls as these students are in their final year of university and ready to transition into life after university. This separation from other class-level residences provides seniors with a close-knit setting as they enjoy their final year in university. Residents living in the senior area do not have to be on a meal plan. Learn more about senior housing.

Family on move-in dayAll rooms are furnished with a bed, mattress, desk, desk chair, wardrobe/dresser for each student. Students are expected to provide their own linens, blankets, pillows, lamps, curtains, and other furnishings. Detailed information on residence halls, room dimensions, what to bring and not bring, may be found here. A non-refundable housing deposit of $250 is required of all students within fifteen days of receipt of their housing contract. This housing deposit will guarantee housing for the upcoming year.

The Residential Life staff is made up of live-in Experience Directors, Graduate Assistants and student Community Assistants. The staff directs its efforts towards maintaining comfortable residence facilities and developing a community environment that reflects responsible citizenship and concern for others.

For more information, contact Residential Life at 603-899-4176 or