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Housing & Dining

As part of the Lehigh family, you’ll be immersed in a welcoming and vibrant community where learning and living go hand in hand. We want your time on campus to be rewarding and enjoyable, both inside and outside the classroom.

Housing At Lehigh

At Lehigh, your education continues outside of the classroom. The residence halls are not only where you sleep, study and hang out, but also where you begin to put the puzzle pieces together — the intersections of your education, identity and society.

It's what we call "Residence Life." Think of it as one of the aspects of Lehigh that turns a campus into a community, your community. Each residential building cultivates that sense of community through spaces on campus where students can meet and mingle. So, meet the neighbors. Talk to your Gryphon. Grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat and engage with us. Choose to Live Lehigh.

All of our students live in learning-enhancing environments where we provide a variety of opportunities to live in a community that promotes diversity and embraces excellence, encourages insightful faculty-student interactions and works to develop a strong sense of community. In addition to these experiences, we also offer theme housing options where students are able to live and learn around a certain topic of interest. We encourage you to seek out information on our website to determine if a theme experience is right for you.

Most residence hall rooms are doubles, but there are also a limited number of singles and triples. Each room has a bed with a mattress, desk with chair, bookshelf, dresser or built-in drawers and a closet or wardrobe. All rooms are equipped with an active cable jack. Wireless internet access is available throughout all residence halls in both bedrooms and common areas. Within residence halls, common areas include lounges, kitchens, study rooms, laundry rooms and game rooms. Vending machines are also located in each residence hall.

Your learning-enhanced residential experience will continue as a second year student. If you choose to join a Greek organization, which has a chapter house on campus, you will live in the chapter house.

Some students will choose to build on their leadership skills and apply to become a Gryphon within the residential buildings. Others will take advantage of the expanded themed housing options for second year students. Even those students who ultimately select non-themed or apartment/suite housing will be given a variety of opportunities during their second year in residence to continue to develop their Blueprint.

Although third-, fourth- and fifth-year undergraduate students are not guaranteed on-campus housing, it is always our goal to house juniors and seniors who request housing. There are a variety of options for students to choose from as they progress into their final years at Lehigh.

Once again, students in Greek organizations which have a chapter house on campus can live in the chapter house. Students with chapter houses that are at capacity can live on campus by joining a themed community or participating in the housing lottery.

Some juniors and seniors choose to build on their leadership skills and apply to become Gryphons within the residential buildings. Others take advantage of the themed housing options. Students looking for non-themed housing can participate in the housing lottery for a chance to live in apartment housing.

Lehigh-affiliated housing refers to housing facilities that serve undergraduate and graduate students developed under a direct agreement between Lehigh University and a collegiate housing third-party owner and manager.

Juniors, seniors and graduate students who choose to live in Lehigh-affiliated housing contract directly with the owner and are responsible for all applicable expenses, including, but not limited to: deposits, damage fees and cancellation fees. All expenses are paid directly to the owner by the student.

SouthSide Commons is available to juniors, seniors and graduate students as Lehigh-affiliated housing. Greystar, one of the nation’s largest developers of collegiate student housing communities, owns, manages and operates SouthSide Commons.

For juniors and seniors, there are twelve Themed Housing Communities, which continue to foster students’ connections to both Lehigh and the greater Bethlehem community. Students have the option to choose from a pre-existing community or the chance to create their own themed community.  Information on how to create your own community will be shared during the themed community selection process toward the end of each fall semester.

Lehigh has a strong Greek community dating back more than 100 years. Most students interested in Greek life can find a house that reflects their individual needs and interests.

Many of Lehigh’s fraternities and sororities have their own chapter houses, most located on the “Hill” along Upper and Lower Sayre Park Roads. As part of Lehigh’s fraternity and sorority community, you’ll have the chance to develop lasting friendships with the other members of your house. You will also have numerous opportunities to gain leadership experience and play an important role in life on and off campus, as fraternities and sororities help the surrounding community through philanthropy and service projects.

It is important to consider all variables and to be well informed of the particulars of living off campus before deciding to do so. On our website, you will find information on the responsibilities, opportunities, decision-making processes and tricks and tips from fellow Lehigh students on their off-campus living experiences. The following information was compiled to benefit not only prospective off-campus students but also students currently living off campus, and those making the transition from on-campus student to a member of the community. If you have additional questions, contact the Housing Services Office at inhouse@lehigh.edu.

If you’re a grad student at Lehigh, or thinking about applying, check out our options for Graduate Student Housing. We have three locations available for residents that will provide a positive, inclusive environment for living — Saucon Village, Packer House and 230 West Packer.

The Residential Experience

Students who choose on-campus housing enjoy a number of added benefits. Lehigh offers unique programs and meaningful support to make living on campus as enjoyable, and valuable, as possible.

Gryphons

Gryphons

Gryphons, often referred to as Resident Advisors at other institutions, will be an integral part of students’ first year. They will act as mentors, answer questions and provide helpful information. They also develop and plan fun on-­ and off­-campus activities and trips. The term Gryphon comes from the mythological beast of Scythia that was known for protecting the area's gold. We use this term because Lehigh considers its students our "gold.”

Residence Hall Association

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) strives to improve the quality of life in all Lehigh University residence halls through social and educational programming, leadership development and student advocacy. RHA is comprised of students from each residential area, totaling over 2,500 members and constituents.

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Learn Where You Live

The aim of the Residential Studying & Tutoring program (RST) is to help promote effective study habits and bring academic support for some of Lehigh's most challenging and demanding courses into the residence halls. The RST program, developed jointly by the Center for Academic Success and the Office of Residence Life in 2012, was designed to provide students with the opportunity to connect with other residents, study with peers and seek the help of a knowledgeable tutor.