Residence life

student lifeMost students live on campus which creates a close-knit residential atmosphere.

Students are constantly interacting and learning from one another in the residence halls, and, at the same time, building lifelong friendships. Living on campus is an amazing, essential part of the collegiate experience. You'll make close friends and be exposed to new and different ways of thinking. 

At Bluffton University, you will experience a sense of community. One that is unique and based on respect. Through hall activities based on service, education or social outcomes, you'll be provided with an opportunity to be who you want to be. Living on campus will give you a chance to make your own discoveries.


move inFall 2018 move in: 

New students may check into their rooms Friday, Aug. 24: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Returning students may check into their rooms at the following times: 
Saturday, Aug. 25: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 26: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.



Make your room a home-away-from-home:

Each spring new Bluffton students are asked to complete a housing questionnaire to assist the student life office in making housing and roommate assignments for the next academic year. Housing assignments are determined by the date you pay your deposit to the university. If you have additional questions about residence life, please do not hesitate to contact the director of residence life at 419-358-3247 or by email at

Apartment living

Community to Classroom

Perks of living in the Riley Court apartments include a full kitchen, laundry facilities and a common area to share with six of your best friends. Upperclassmen are given priority for apartment living.

new student Housing


Here are some tips to make your residence hall room your home-away-from-home: including what to bring and what to leave at home, and the housing questionnaire.

Residence Life Staff

Residence life staff

Advice and guidance are available from hall directors (HD), student resident advisors (RA) and ministry assistants.  Resident advisors live on each floor, while hall directors and ministry assistants are assigned to the overall hall. >>> more