Residence Life

At Nichols we believe that residential living offers students the chance to live and learn in a supportive environment. We believe that a student should develop into a responsible citizen capable of giving back to their community, and that every single person is important and critical to our collective success. Our staff is made up of both student Resident Assistants (RAs) and full-time professional Area Coordinators (ACs) as well as student programmers and community managers. Our staff and policies are in place to strive to make our residence halls safe, convenient, and welcoming. Nichols students take personal responsibility for their behavior and surroundings and set high expectations for civility and community.

Living on campus during this exciting time of your life is a privilege, and your time at Nichols will not last forever. Take advantage while you’re here to make the most of it – leave your room, put down the cell phone, close that laptop, and engage with one another. Learn from one another, respect one another, and embrace all the opportunities that this wonderful campus holds for you.


We strive to create a vibrant, inclusive residential community experience that fosters intrinsic leadership, personal growth, and appreciation and respect for all.

To support its mission, Residence Life

  • Creates a safe and welcoming environment
  • Offers opportunities and resources for student success
  • Provides programming and events to support the overall well-being and holistic development of our students
  • Cultivates and maintains a caring, competent, diverse and well-trained staff


Students will apply for housing by filling out an online New Student Housing Application. The application can be accessed through the housing portal.

We will wait until after Orientation to assign rooms so that students may select their roommate preference through our Online Housing Portal. You will receive an email at your account no later than the 3rd week in July detailing your building & room number, your roommates and their contact information, as well as valuable move-in information.

You may pick the person or people you would like to live with. Every effort will be made to house roommate requests together. You will notify us of your roommate choices by completing the online roommate match information via the housing portal.

First Year students are placed in Shamie hall, priority goes to roommate groups of three. Roommates are placed together on a first come, first serve basis. While we set priority to groups of three, please understand that we cannot guarantee that you will be roommates.

If you are in a group of two, please realize that while we try our best to house you together, we cannot guarantee that you will be roommates, as priority goes to groups of three.

The largest residence hall on campus, Shamie Hall, houses more than 330 students. Common lounge areas, study rooms, and laundry rooms are located on each of the three floors. Shamie Hall primarily houses first-year students in triple rooms with private bathrooms in each room. Right outside of Shamie Hall is a wiffle ball field, half basketball court, and a patio for students to enjoy.

Relax and socialize in the 2nd floor Common Lounge, where there’s a pool table, as well as two big screen TVs for students to watch their favorite game or movie!

Shamie Hall is air conditioned with elevator access for students. Shamie Hall renovations have been completed as of Fall 2019. This three year renovation project added a new lobby, lounge areas, community kitchens, and updated laundry facilities to the hall.

All Shamie rooms include a bed, mattress, wardrobe/dresser, desk, chair, shade/curtain, and shower curtain.

outside of shamie hall

collage of the inside of shamie hall

Every incoming student will have their picture taken during Orientation. ID cards will be issued on check-in day.

Please visit for our What to Bring List, FAQ’s, and other information.

Important Dates


Housing Application/ Roommate Matching Opens


Registration for Move In Appointments Due


Housing Application/Roommate Matching Due


Housing ADA Accommodation Paperwork Due

July 25, 2024

Room Assignments will be emailed out

Meet Our Team

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Kevin Donahue
Area Coordinator
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Brittany Watson
Area Coordinator
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Sam Whitaker
Area Coordinator

About Us

Contact Information

Office Hours

Mon - Fri:
8:30am - 4:30pm

Summer Office Hours

Mon - Thurs:
8:30am - 4:30pm


Fels Student Center
3rd Floor
Suite 301