The Office of Residence Life (ORL) maintains three very different housing options for The College of Idaho community.
The residence halls are traditional dormitory housing with shared bathrooms and common areas. Residents form strong community bonds in this setting and are supported in this growth by a wide-range of intentionally developmental programming. An example of this is that residents are responsible for crafting some of their own living policies. The residence halls are staffed with professional and student staff, trained to build strong communities, to respond to resident needs and emergencies and to connect residents with campus resources. Freshmen and Sophomores are required to live on campus and generally live in residence halls.
The Village apartments offer Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors the convenience of being on campus coupled with a more independent living environment. The Village is staffed with an apartment manager to provide minimal programming and to address concerns and apartment issues. Village residents are students who already have strong ties to the C of I community.
The college also owns a number of one, two, three and four bedroom houses in the immediate neighborhood. These houses are available to students to rent. These houses are intended for upper-class students who have already made a strong connection to the community and now wish for a more autonomous living environment. The ORL provides our house residents support and guidance (such as conflict mediation in roommate disputes). Addressing house-management issues, however, is the responsibility of the residents (such as paying bills on time, abiding by a rental agreement, house cleaning and care). This structure is intended to help students learn the concrete skills necessary to negotiate the world outside C of I.
Students are responsible for providing insurance against loss or damage to their property. The College of Idaho, its officers, employees, agents and/or the Office of Residence Life are not liable for property that may be lost, stolen or damaged in any way.
All students must participate in a meal plan. No food service is provided during the Thanksgiving, and Holiday break periods. Occasionally some food options will be available during the week-long fall, winter and spring breaks.