Residential Life

Residence Halls

How would you like a room with a balcony overlooking a mosaic-paved courtyard, or near a secret staircase leading to a rooftop bell tower? Our residence halls are distinctive and charming–just what you’d expect from Scripps. There are nine different halls, built between 1929 and 2000, each prized by students for its unique history and style. Every hall houses 70 to 120 first-year students, sophomores, juniors and seniors living in a community together. All halls at Scripps are smoke-free. Rooms are generally spacious, whether singles, doubles, or suites. You’ll want to meet with friends in the living room, study in the reading room or computer room, and relax in front of the television in the recreation room. Each hall also has a kitchen, a laundry room, and a grand piano, since music is such an important part of many students’ lives. Ethernet connections are found in each room, and Wi-Fi is available in the residence halls and throughout campus.

Roommate Selection

To maximize compatibility between roommates, incoming first-year students fill out a detailed questionnaire about their habits and preferences. While it’s not an exact science, many roommates end up becoming the best of friends. Each spring, returning students participate in Hall Draw, a lottery-based process through which students choose their rooms for the following academic year.

Dining on Campus

Good news: the food at Scripps is renowned for being fresh, tasty, and plentiful! Regular menu options include made-to-order wraps and stir fry, field greens on our salad bar, weekly sushi night, and freshly prepared desserts. You’ll enjoy sitting down in one of the three sophisticated dining rooms at Malott Commons for a meal. Yet you have so many other options…you can eat at the dining halls at Harvey Mudd, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, or Pitzer Colleges. Each offers special menus on certain nights, so you can schedule your week around your favorite foods! You also receive “board plus dollars” to use at restaurants in Claremont and at alternative restaurants throughout the Consortium, such as the Motley Coffeehouse at Scripps, Pitzer’s Grove House, and The Coop at Pomona. Find out more information about the available meal plans.