Residence Halls

Learn more about the different kinds of housing available at Lesley, including our special interest living communities.

Traditional-style housing

Just like the iconic dorms you’ve seen on TV and in the movies. Traditional halls boast coed and all-female living options for approximately 40 students each. Each floor is its own community, with shared bathrooms and spaces for working, cooking, and relaxing. Most popular among freshman, these halls are great for meeting new people.

  • Doble Hall

    Doble Hall is also home to our academic centers and student services. Our Information Commons, Student Life Office, Center for Academic Achievement, Career Resource Center, Counseling Center, Community Service Center, Fitness Center, and athletic training rooms are all located on the lower levels of the hall.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 40 students, coed by floor
    • Lounge with deck area, kitchen, laundry facilities
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Special interest housing community: Art, Theater, and Music
  • Lawrence Hall

    Designated for upperclassmen and transfer students, Lawrence Hall is a historic stone building within short walking distance to Doble Campus.

    • Brattle Campus
    • Houses 90 students, coed
    • Single, double, and triple units
    • Lounge, kitchen
    • Special interesting housing community: Recreation and Wellness
  • MacKenzie Hall

    Located in the heart of Doble Quad, you’ll enjoy the closest access to many amenities if you live in MacKenzie Hall. It’s also home to the McKenna Student Center, a café, Student Health Services, and the Copy-Mail Center.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 40 students
    • Lounge, kitchen
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Special interest housing community: Substance-Free Living
  • Malloch Hall

    First-year and upperclassmen students live together in Malloch Hall, which also houses offices for Athletics and Student Activities on the first floor.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 40 students
    • Lounge, kitchen
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Special interest housing community: Community Service
  • White Hall

    Located directly above the dining commons in the Doble Quad, White Hall is a three-story community of first- and second-year students.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 45 students, coed by floor
    • Lounge, kitchen, laundry facilities
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Special interest housing community: Community Service
  • Winthrop Hall

    Winthrop Hall is a beautiful stone Victorian-Gothic building located on Brattle Campus with double and triple rooms for up to 80 students.

    • Brattle Campus
    • Houses 80 students, coed
    • Double and triple units
    • Kitchenettes
  • Wolfard Hall

    Located in the Doble Quad, Wolfard Hall is also home to Marran Theater, Marran Gallery, Public Safety, and classroom and computer lab space. As a resident, you’ll enjoy many undergraduate activities and services nearby.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 40 students
    • Lounge with deck area, kitchen, laundry facilities
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Special interest housing community: Community Service

Suite-style housing

Want a bit more privacy? Suite-style halls offer adjoining rooms that share a private bathroom. You’ll have 1–4 roommates in your suite. So you can multiply roommate-bonding opportunities without sacrificing personal space. Besides larger lounge areas, these halls feature full kitchens and en suite kitchenettes.

  • 1 Wendell

    Living at 1 Wendell means convenient access to many retail shops, including the Hi-Rise Bread Company, which is located on the Massachusetts Avenue side of the building.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 70 students, coed, upperclassmen
    • Four-, six-, or eight-person suites
    • Lounge, kitchen, laundry facilities
    • Wheelchair accessible
  • Kidder House

    Kidder House is a three-story historic brick building within short walking distance to the Doble Campus.

    • Brattle Campus
    • Houses 24 students, coed
    • Suite, single, and double units
    • Lounge, kitchen, en suite bathrooms and kitchenettes

Victorian-style housing

Historic and homey, our Victorian-era halls keep the charm of Cambridge’s old neighborhoods. These restored halls house about 20 students each. You'll find a mix of single, double, and triple-occupancy rooms. Each hall contains a central lounge, kitchen, and laundry facilities.

  • Compass House

    Located on 14 Wendell Street, Compass House has a full-size kitchen with a table, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator, as well as a lounge with chairs, couches, and cable TV. Each floor has a shared bathroom.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 24 students, all female-identified
    • Single and double units
    • Lounge, kitchen
    • Special interest housing community: Scholarly Living
  • Everett House

    Located at the rear of 28 Wendell Street, Everett House has a combination of single, double, and triple units, each with its own bathroom.                                 

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 31 students
    • Single, double, and triple units
    • Lounge, kitchen, bathroom in each unit
  • Jenckes House

    Located across from Doble Quad, Jenkes House offers mostly single rooms for upperclassmen, with one double and one triple.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 20 students, coed, upperclassmen
    • Single, double, and triple units
    • Lounge, kitchen
  • Kirkland House

    Kirkland House, one of our smaller residences, is located at 61 Oxford Street, a few houses from the Doble Quad.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 15 students, upperclassmen
    • Single and double units
    • Lounge, kitchen
    • Special interest housing community: Holistic Living
  • Mellen House

    Mellen House is made up of primarily double units, with one single and one triple unit available.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 20 students, coed
    • Single, triple, and double units
    • Lounge, kitchen
    • Special interest housing community: Art, Theater, and Music
  • Sacramento House

    Sacramento House is a three-story home located two blocks from Doble Campus. The hallways have a number of study areas that allow even more space for schoolwork. A Graduate Resident Assistant also resides in the house.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 40 students, upperclassmen
    • Single, double, and quad units
    • Lounge, kitchen
  • Wendell “Wellness” House

    The first floor of Wendell House has two handicap-accessible double rooms, a fully accessible private bathroom, and a washer and dryer (for students requiring accessible access only). The second and third floors are each made up of double and single rooms with one full private bathroom and foyer area.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 24 students, coed
    • Single and double units
    • Lounge, kitchen, laundry facilities
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Special interest housing community: Substance-Free Living, Wellness
  • 3 Wendell House

    3 Wendell House, a Victorian row house for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, has 14 double rooms, a small second floor study room, and a ground floor lounge. This hall shares facilities with 1 Wendell Street so that students can do laundry and take advantage of other amenities, like a full-size kitchen.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 28 students, upperclassmen
    • Double units
    • Lounge, kitchenette
    • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wilson House

    Located at 16-18 Wendell Street, Wilson House has a combination of single and double rooms.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 42 students, coed
    • Single and double units
    • Lounge, kitchen, laundry facilities
  • 35 Mellen House

    35 Mellen House has a combination of single and double rooms on three floors.

    • Doble Campus
    • Houses 23 students, coed
    • Single and double units
    • Lounge, kitchen
    • Special interest housing community: Quieter Living
  • Rousmaniere House

    As our smallest residence, Rousmaniere House has a real home-like feel with room for 13 students on its two floors.

    • Brattle Campus
    • Houses 13 students, coed
    • Lounge, kitchen
    • Special interest living community: Scholarly Living

Special Interest Community Housing

Live and learn with students who share similar interests as you, while enjoying special programs and growing as a community. Throughout the year, you’ll work closely with your Community Advisor to plan activities for you and your housemates. You’ll even have the opportunity to become more involved and take on leadership roles.

Selecting a building that includes special interest housing does not necessarily mean you have to share that interest. You may live in a hall and choose not to be an active participant of the activities in that hall.

  • Recreational and Wellness Living | Lawrence Hall

    Love recreation, sports and the outdoors? Then Lawrence Hall is the perfect home for you. You’ll bond with other students that enjoy the same activities as you, whether it’s going on daily runs, creating intramural teams, or playing Frisbee on Cambridge Commons. You’ll also be able to work with your Community Advisor to create group trips to sporting events and recreation areas in the Boston area. 

  • Holistic Living | Kirkland House

    If maintaining a healthy mind-body-spirit lifestyle is more your thing, you’ll love living at Kirkland House. You’ll enjoy a large kitchen space where you can make healthy community meals. Past programs have included visits from health experts, yoga instructors, and Lesley University professors.

  • Substance-Free Living | Mackenzie Hall and Wendell House

    We have two great housing opportunities if you’re looking for a substance-free lifestyle. You’ll work with your Community Advisor to create healthy substance-free alternatives through hall events and activities. Some programs have included dinner and mocktails, 1960s themed open-mic night, and trips to the farmers market in Harvard Square.

  • Quieter Living | 35 Mellen House

    Are quiet study time and good sleep among your top priorities at Lesley? If so, consider living at 35 Mellen House. You and your housemates (as well as any guests) will be mindful while playing music or watching TV, and also keep from having loud conversations in common areas. Social interaction is not restricted in this hall, with many programs planned each semester.

  • Community Service | Malloch Hall and White Hall (3rd Floor)

    If you’re the kind of person who’s always helping someone in need, living in one of our Community Service halls may be right for you. You’ll work side-by-side with your neighbors on service projects, both within and outside the Lesley community. You aren’t committed to a particular amount of community service, although it is expected that you’ll be an active participant in the goals of your hall. Past programs have included working with Lesley Delivers and the Community Service Office. 

  • Art, Theater, and Music | Doble Hall and 24 Mellen

    If you have a passion for the arts, whether it’s visual or performance, you’ll enjoy living in one of these communities. Some past programs have included student art shows, museum visits, trips to the Theater District and open-mic nights.

  • Scholarly Living | Compass Hall and Rousmaniere House

    Compass Hall and Rousmaniere House are two great options if you’re interested in a quieter community where you can engage peers in their studies. You’ll also be able to plan and participate in events on campus that evoke thought and conversation. Community Advisors will work with you to invite faculty members to participate in hall programs throughout the academic year.

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