We believe that life outside of the classroom is just as important as in. Which is why we strive to provide a healthy living environment where you can expand and grow as an individual. Living on campus lets you connect in a deeper way with the Northland community and imparts a sense of place, stability, and stewardship.
Our on-campus residential communities house approximately 80% of the Northland student body. Each residence hall has a trained Residence Hall Director (RHD) and a team of Resident Assistants (RAs) who live in the halls and work to organize programming, serve as resources, and provide guidance to residents.
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McLean Environmental Living and Learning Center
The McLean Environmental Living and Learning Community (MELLC) has been lauded nation-wide for its environmental design. Featuring sustainable architecture, a 120’ wind turbine, photovoltaic arrays, and a greenhouse, this co-educational residence hall is a campus favorite. It also overlooks the Mino Aki garden. The MELLC boasts a wide variety of room styles, including conventional double rooms, suites with a shared bath, and apartments, and is home to approximately 110 students yearly, many of whom are returning students. The residence hall provides ample social space with four kitchens, four lounges, and five study/meeting rooms. Approximate room dimensions: 11.5 feet by 16.5 feet.
Fenenga Hall is our largest residence hall, housing approximately 130 residents. This co-educational facility is located on the north edge of campus, right next to the Center for Science and the Environment and about one block from the Ponzio Campus Center. Fenenga houses a good mix of first-year students and returning students. Due to its size and number of occupants, Fenenga is a very active and lively building with lots of activities and energy present at all times. Its ravine-facing rooms are popular options for students who want a “naturescape” view. Approximate room dimensions: 11 feet by 15 feet.
McMillan Hall is a co-educational residence hall that houses approximately 115 students. McMillan’s location, adjacent to the Kendrigan Center, Dexter Library, and Ponzio Campus Center appeals to many of its residents. Like Fenenga, McMillan maintains a high level of activity and energy in the building. McMillan Hall also contains the primary facilities for small game cleaning on campus to accommodate hunting and fishing enthusiasts. Approximate room dimensions: 11 feet by 15 feet.
Mead Hall is our smallest residence hall and houses approximately 30 residents. It is a single gender dorm and is available to women only. Mead is centrally located near the Ponzio Campus Center and overlooks the Academic Mall. It is home to a mix of both first-year students and returning students. Due to its small size, Mead is a unique and close-knit residence hall community. Approximate room dimensions: 11 feet by 11 feet.
Built in 1926, Memorial Hall is our oldest residence hall. It is a co-educational facility that houses approximately 80 students. This three-story building is centrally located adjacent to both the Dexter Library and Wheeler Hall. Memorial Hall also overlooks the Mino Aki Production Garden. The building’s historic charm, fireplace lounge, and uniquely shaped rooms also contribute to its popularity. Approximate room dimensions: varies.
The Townhouses provide an on-campus housing option for returning and nontraditional students who are looking for more space and independence. These two-bedroom, two-bath, fully-furnished apartments enhance an independent lifestyle and are conveniently located on campus. There are seven two-story apartments that each house four residents.
Theme Communities are a long standing tradition at Northland. Each spring, groups of four or more students apply to live together under a central theme. Theme Communities are an enriching experience for those living together, and they also bring passion, knowledge, and resources to the campus community as a whole. Living in a Theme Community is available for returning students only; first-year students can be a part of them for their sophomore year and beyond.
Each community works with a faculty or staff advisor and hosts a variety of theme-driven outreach and education events throughout the year. Residents of these communities work with the the Residential Life staff on programming and community development.
Check out this year’s theme communities.
- Traditional Double: $4,069
- Group Living Double Room: $5,135*
- Single Room: $5,219
*Group living spaces include the MELLC apartments and the townhouses.
**Single rooms are available only in Memorial Hall, Mead Hall, and in the MELLC apartments. Spaces are limited.