About Our Residences
There are eight traditional residence halls on the Grantham campus. To enhance the first-year experience, the College has dedicated three of these halls to house first-year and transfer students. For the 2014–2015 academic year Bittner, Naugle, and Witmer will be these halls.
First-Year Student Halls:
- Bittner Residence Hall — A co-ed, first-year and transfer hall located in the South Complex alongside Mountain View and Sollenberger on the southside of campus.
- Naugle Residence Hall — A co-ed, a first-year hall located on the northside of campus. The ground floor will house female (A side) and male (B side) transfer students.
- Witmer Residence Hall — A co-ed, all first-year hall located on the southside of campus.
For the 2014–2015 academic year, five residence halls are dedicated to our upperclass students. They are Hess, Miller, Mountain View, Grantham, and Sollenberger.
Upperclass Student Halls:
- Hess Residence Hall — A co-ed, upperclass hall located in the North Complex alongside Grantham and Miller on the northside of campus.
- Grantham Residence Hall — An co-ed, upperclass hall located in the North Complex alongside Miller and Hess on the southside of campus.
- Miller Residence Hall — A co-ed, upperclass hall located in the North Complex alongside Hess and Grantham on the northside of campus.
- Mountain View Residence Hall — A co-ed, upperclass hall located in the South Complex alongside Bittner and Sollenberger on the southside of campus.
- Sollenberger Residence Hall — An co-ed, upperclass hall located in the South Complex alongside Bittner and Mountain View on the southside of campus.
The traditional residence halls have lounges some with televisions and most have game tables located somewhere in the building. All on-campus residences have laundry facilities located within the complex or the residence hall itself, and the traditional buildings maintain card-swipe locks which are locked at 7 p.m. Additionally, all residences have "open dorm" hours and co-ed lounges.
A Residence Director (RD) oversees each residence hall, and and all floors have at least on Resident Assistant (RA) to support students, sponsor residence programs (educational, spiritual, social) and assist in residential matters.
All apartments buildings are co-ed (individual apartments are single sex). Each apartments have individual kitchens and bathrooms, and have laundry facilities located within the apartment building itself.
A Residence Director (RD) oversees each apartment, and each apartment section also has an Residence Assistants (RA) that lives in the apartment section, and helps students build neighborhoods, encourages small groups, and assist in residential matters.
Serving & Living Together (S.A.L.T. ) House at Harrisburg
General Description: Harrisburg Housing, under the umbrella of the Messiah College’s Harrisburg Institute, is charged with working to provide residents with opportunities to engage the College’s mission through fostering a living-learning environment in an urban setting. Participation in this program is a privilege that carries with it great potential. Residents are given the opportunity to practice community life, engage with the city of Harrisburg, and examine their role in society in light of service within it.
The S.A.L.T. House at Harrisburg is located at 28 Dewberry St, one block away from Strawberry Square, 2nd Street, the Capitol Complex and other downtown amenities. The S.A.L.T. House at Harrisburg has apartments which can house up to 25 socially conscious and servant minded students. This is the perfect opportunity for students who are doing research with a professor, student teaching, have an internship, or are on an outreach team. Additionally, a shuttle for students makes daily runs between Grantham and Harrisburg
Other Housing Options
Special Interest Houses - houses that surround the perimeter of the Grantham campus. Students choose a theme for their house and work together as a group.