Campus Life

Dorm Life

Boarding at Chatham Hall is educational, safe, and most importantly, fun!

The rooms in our three dorms are unique, comfortable, and spacious. You will enjoy shared common spaces around each dorm, and everything is centrally located. Getting to the dining hall, classrooms, library, and other campus facilities is as easy as walking down the hall.

There are a range of rooms, including singles, doubles, and triples, so you can find what's comfortable for you. Outside of the dorm, you can connect with faculty in their homes on campus during Advisory meals and experience fun activities each week including bonfires, baking, and movie nights.

Boarding FAQs

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  • Will I have a roommate?

    Yes! All new students have roommates. This is an important part of growing your Chatham Hall family and making connections with classmates. Learning to live – and have fun – with a roommate is a fantastic skill and is a great part of dorm life.

    As you progress through your time at the School, you can request a single if you wish, but only a certain number are available each year.
  • How are roommates chosen?

    Once you enroll at Chatham Hall as a new girl, you fill out a roommate survey which helps determine your roommate your first year. The survey asks many questions about your interests and your living habits. Are you messy? Neat? Do you like the room cold or warm? Do you like to sleep in? What type of music do you
    like? Your responses help us make sure we match you with a roommate who is compatible and fun!
  • What is dorm life like at Chatham Hall?

    Dorm life is fun and dynamic! Students live and learn together as a community, sharing their space and experiences, and also taking alone time as needed. Students leaders and dorm advisors live on each hall and act as guiding presences for all students. Plus, you and your roommate can decorate your space as desired!

    First years often live all on one dorm to start the class bonding process right away. In the following years, you'll have opportunities to choose your roommates and request certain dorms.
  • What if I get homesick or sick?

    Our Prefects and Honor Council student leaders live in each dorm and often spend time with girls helping them navigate those bumpy patches of homesickness. It is something all students go through! It's very important you know that this is very normal. Everyone can relate to this feeling homesick sometimes.

    You can also always talk to your dorm advisors, adults who live in the dorms, who are happy to be helpful and, of course, your advisor, coaches, school counselor, and teachers. Plus, between afternoon activities, dorm life, and all the exciting weekend activities, you'll always be connected and busy as you navigate your time at Chatham Hall.

    If you aren't feeling well, the Health Care Center is easily accessible to you. Nurses are present 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help. A nurse practitioner is also on campus and appointments off campus are an option if needed. The Health Care Center is set up with comfy beds, handmade quilts, and is a warm environment where you can stay – just like you would be cared for in your own home!

Student Spaces

The bottom floor of Dabney Hall serves as the student center, featuring  many resources and spaces for you to be you.

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  • Bookstore & Mail Room

    You can stop by the Bookstore to get everyday essentials, as well as spirit items and apparel. Plus, you have access to a snack bar with ice cream, coffee, chips and hummus, and much more! You can also receive and send mail as needed through the Mail Room.
  • Fitness Center & Trail

    An important wellness asset, the Fitness Center is open for you when you want to get a workout in. In addition to cardio equipment, you can use weights, medicine balls, and more. When you want to get some fresh air, you can head outside to the Fitness Trail, a mile loop through the woods, or other paths on campus.
  • Niche & Viewing Room

    The Niche serves as the students commons. Recently redecorated with modern and comfortable furniture, students are often found hanging out in the Niche in between classes or in the evenings. The Niche is right next to the movie theater-style Viewing Room, which is perfect for your next movie night.

Roommate Spotlights

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  • Elinor H. ‘24 & Alina G. ‘24

    What's your favorite thing to do together?
    E: We love to go on long walks together, whether it's to the soccer field or the Fitness Trail. That's where we can just blast music and dance outdoors. 
    A: Listen to songs and dance

    What's your favorite thing about having a roommate?
    E: My favorite thing about having a roommate is just being able to be with your best friend all the time, and because we are living together there's so much that we experience as independent people, together. 
    A: It’s not boring and if you have a bad mood, she will help you

    Do you have similar living habits?
    E: We have a lot of differences, but no matter what those differences keep bringing us together. I get to do things I typically wouldn't do and it's the same for her. Our living style is to be very clean and tidy. We both like having a nice room and will even put flowers all around.
    A: We clean our room so much and we decorate our room
  • Zoey '22 & Velda '22

    What's your favorite thing about having a roommate? 
    V: Always having someone not too far away to talk to. We have had such good memories and laughs with each other, and I love how we are able to share our troubles and happiness with each other. 
    Z: I love how she makes me a better person.

    Do you have similar living habits?
    V: We both are organized people and are similar when it comes to living habits. Our room is also very different, but an environment where everything just works and flows together.  
    Z: We are both very neat people and care a lot about our studies.

    How would you describe your room's vibe in one word?
    V: Chill!
    Z: Our style would probably be like a very modern homey vibe.
  • Lizzie-O. '22 & Charlotte '22

    What's your favorite thing to do together?
    L: We love singing songs and getting ready together!
    C: We love hanging out, cracking jokes and making quality TikToks

    What's your favorite thing about your roommate?
    L: We are always laughing with each other! We are best friends so it’s never boring.
    C: I like that we have the opinions and sense of humor and that I’m always around one of my most favorite people in the world.

    Do you have similar living habits?
    L: We are both pretty relaxed when it comes to our space so it's super easy to live together.
    C: We are for sure messy (I like to think in a good way haha). We have a pretty similar sleeping schedule and school work load so my schedule works well with hers and visa versa.

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