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Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life itself will be partially remote for the Spring 2021 semester. We will answer the phone lines during business hours, 8:30am-4:30pm as well as  responding to emails that come to the [email protected] address. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. 

Need assistance after-hours? To speak to a member of the professional staff, please call Public Safety and ask to speak to the Prostaff on Call.

Resident Advisor Application Available

The 2021-2022 Resident Advisor application is currently available for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applications are due by April 25. Additionally, all applicants must solicit two references to fill out the 2021-2022 RA Reference Form by the April 25 deadline.

Questions should be directed to [email protected].

There will be no on-campus housing this summer. Looking for off campus housing? Residence Life has compiled a list of  Off-Campus Housing Resources students can use to find temporary housing options for the summer in the Boston area. There is also the Simmons Off-Campus resource specifically for Simmons students seeking apartments in the Boston area. You can also learn about apartment hunting, budgeting, renters’ rights, and more by viewing this Off Campus Housing How-To Webinar. The passcode is gIq4gM&B.

2021-2022 Housing Application

The 2021-2022 Housing Application for returning students is now live, and you will access it via StarRez. Please be sure to read through the following information carefully before submitting an application.

Housing License Agreement

Before applying for 2021-2022 housing, you must read through the terms laid out in the Housing License Agreement. Please note that applying for housing is like signing a lease; the Housing License Agreement is a contract between yourself and the University with regards to on-campus housing. And as with a lease, there are charges associated with withdrawing. The Withdrawal Charges Schedule is excerpted below for your reference:

Application Withdrawal Charges Schedule

  • Withdrawal between April 16th – May 3rd: Forfeit $250 housing deposit
  • Withdrawal after May 3rd: Forfeit housing deposit + $400 administrative fee
  • Withdrawal after June 11th: Forfeit housing deposit + $600 administrative fee
  • Withdrawal after July 2nd: Forfeit housing deposit + $800 administrative fee
  • Withdrawal after July 30th: Forfeit housing deposit + $1000 administrative fee

The full cost of Room and Board for the 2021-2022 Academic Year will be $7,946 per semester. This cost includes the meal plan, which is a required element of the Room and Board plan. Students will be able to select their specific meal plan type over the summer before arrival.

Once you have read through the Housing License Agreement, you can access the Housing Application via the StarRez Portal when you are ready, or at the link below! Remember to submit your application by April 19th!

Accessibility Accommodations

If you will need to request accommodations for accessibility for 2021-2022 academic year housing, please visit the Office of Accessibility Services website. Applications for residential accessibility accommodations must be submitted by May 5th. If you have any questions about applying for accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at [email protected].

Spring 2021 Residents

As a member of the residential community for the spring, we’d like to highlight the following resources for your review:

Interested in Spring 2021 Housing?

Any Simmons undergraduate that. is still interested in housing and apply following the instructions outlined below. Please read full information about changes to the residential experience and picture yourself living on campus!

Simmons has prioritized housing based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Need
  • Enrolled in required on-the-ground courses and/or a clinical/practicum placement
  • International Students
  • Hardship Exemptions
  • General Interest/Housing Lottery
  • Priority based on class year

Hardship Exemption Process

We understand that for some members of our community, it may not be possible to remain at home and there may be no safe place for you to go during the spring semester. We understand that this may impact some of our most vulnerable communities, and the fear of having nowhere to go may be very real. For that reason, full-time enrolled students can petition for an exemption to return to the residential campus for Spring 2021 if they are not a part of the group of students who have been identified to return.

The hardship exemption criteria include:

  • Simmons is your legal residence
  • Travel restriction to your permanent address
  • Essential employee status at area hospital or agency
  • Unstable internet
  • Home environment isn’t conducive to successful online learning
  • Do not have reasonable alternative housing options, including:
    • You do not have a home to go to, or
    • Returning or staying at home would be unsafe, or
    • You are financially independent, or
    • You are housing and/or food insecure

Major Changes to the Residential Experience

  • All students will be assigned to single rooms to adhere to physical distancing requirements as set by the CDC.
  • Room assignments will be conducted by the Office of Residence Life
  • All Residential Accommodations will be single-occupancy. If you lived on campus in the Fall, you may have a different housing assignment in the Spring.
  • All students will be required to complete a daily attestation, disclosing potential COVID related symptoms.
  • All students will participate in twice-weekly COVID testing, organized by Simmons University Health Center.
  • Dining will be exclusively grab and go. Traditional dining at Bartol and main campus eateries will be closed.
  • Laundry use will be scheduled to ensure that proper physical distancing guidelines are met.
  • No guests are permitted on campus, including other residential students, parents and family members.
  • All Spring semester residents are required to get a flu shot by December 31, 2020. This vaccination must be documented via the Student Health Portal in order to be allowed to move into the residence hall in January.

There will be additional information regarding move-in protocols and requirements for students prior to arriving on campus, which will be sent out to students via email in January.


To help aid in your decision making process, we’ve created a robust Frequently Asked Questions Guide to outline specific questions and provide additional information.

Picture Yourself on Campus

The Office of Residence Life in collaboration with Marketing presents a Spring 2021 Residential Living video which outlines how changes to campus for the spring semester. We encourage you to take a look and picture yourself on campus while viewing.


The cost for Spring 2021 on-campus housing is $7,790, which includes both a single accommodation room and unlimited meal plan for the Spring 2021 semester. The charge for spring housing will only be added to the accounts for students who chose to live on-campus.

Want to Apply for Spring 2021 Housing?

We currently still have space on campus for additional residents, so if you have not yet applied for Spring 2021 housing, you still have an opportunity to do so! Barring any additional restrictions at the state or local level for campus occupancy, we will be accepting applicants for Spring housing on a rolling basis.

To apply for housing for next semester, please complete our Spring 2021 Housing Application.Once we receive your application, our office will communicate additional information including housing assignments, move-in details, and more.

All interested students must read and review the following as they outline specific changes to the residential experience and student responsibilities:

Need to Order a MicroFridge Unit for Spring?

Simmons will be contracting with NE Student Services to provide microfridge units for the spring semester. We have reserved a certain number of units with the company for Simmons residents, but they may run out, so we encourage you to order early.

If you did not live on campus for Fall 2020 and would like to order a microfridge unit for the spring, you will need to place your order online at

(You can also order by emailing [email protected] or calling 401-405-0920.)

If you did live on campus for Fall 2020 and would like to have your MicroFridge unit relocated to your Spring housing assignment, you will need to contact the MicroFridge company at 1-800-525-7307 to request that they move your unit to the new location.

There are a limited number of units reserved for Simmons students for the spring, so ordering early is beneficial. When placing an order, do not enter a room number, as your room assignment will not be sent out until mid-January.

No Longer Need Spring Housing?

If you applied for Spring semester housing, and no longer wish to live on campus, you will need to submit a cancellation request via the StarRez portal. Please follow the steps outlined below to cancel your housing request:

  1. Log into your StarRez portal
  2. Select “Request to Cancel Housing”
  3. Select the Spring 2021 term
  4. Select your reason for canceling your housing request
  5. If your reason for canceling requires further documentation, the next screen will ask you to provide it (e.g., financial hardship statement, etc.)

Once your cancellation request has been submitted, it will be sent to the Office of Residence Life for approval on a rolling basis. You will receive an email from our office once your cancellation has been approved.

Please keep in mind that the deadline to withdraw from Spring semester housing without penalty is January 22, 2021. For more information on the withdrawal timetable, please refer to the Spring 2021 License Agreement Addendum.