Bucknell continually renovates its residence halls to make them a welcoming place for students during their years at Bucknell. From traditional residence hall rooms to apartment-style living, the university offers a variety of housing options to students.

Kress, Trax and Roberts HallsKress, Roberts, and Trax Halls

Occupying a prominent place on College Hill is a complex of three large residence halls: Rush H. Kress Hall, Main College, and Harland A. Trax Hall.

The central section of Main College has been designated as Daniel C. Roberts Hall, in memory of the man who provided funds for its rebuilding in 1937. Nearby Kress Hall is named in honor of Rush H. Kress, Class of 1900, for 36 years a trustee of the university and a generous contributor to his alma mater. Trax Hall, built in 1907, is named for a trustee and benefactor, Harland A. Trax. Most rooms in these facilities, which together accommodate over 350 students, are singles.

Gateway Residence HallGateway Residence Center

Completed in 1986, these five buildings — Roser Hall, Malesardi Hall, Kalman-Posner Hall, Vidinghoff Hall, and Silbermann Hall — accommodate a total of 250 upperclass students. Each floor contains four suites accommodating four students each. Each suite includes four private bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and full bathroom facilities. Common laundry facilities are available within the center. On-grade suites are available for handicapped students.

Larison HallLarison and Harris Halls

Renovated in 1995, Larison Hall is a large residential building connected on the west with Bucknell Cottage and on the south with John Howard Harris Hall. Together they accommodate 275 residents. Nearby Hunt Hall, built in 1928, which houses some 150 students, is named in honor of former President Emory W. Hunt, and provides private residence rooms and common facilities for Bucknell's sororities. The building was completely renovated for occupancy in the spring semester 2003.

McDonnell HallMcDonnell Hall

Completed in fall 2000, this building features two four-story wings connected by corridors to a two-story center unit containing lounge areas and seminar rooms. Each floor houses two “neighborhoods” with one single and nine double rooms surrounding a common lounge. McDonnell Hall is named in honor of Elizabeth and James McDonnell III and their daughter, Katherine ’94.

Smith HallSmith Hall

Completed in 1986, this modern residential unit houses approximately 220 students in a three-story building that contains a wide array of common facilities including seminar and study rooms, computer facilities, TV lounges, and common kitchen and laundry facilities. The building is named in honor of Robert ’39 and Margaret Farrell Smith 41.

Swatz HallSwartz Hall

Located near the Academic Quadrangle, is named for James S. Swartz, long-time member and chairman of the Board of Trustees, and generous benefactor. Built in 1954, it houses 360 residents.

Vedder HallVedder Hall

Completed in 1965, Vedder is named in honor of Lee N. and Grace Q. Vedder, in recognition of the transfer to the University of the of the foundation which they endowed. It is home to over 350 residents, most of whom live in double rooms.

future residence hallOpening in August 2015

In November of 2013, construction began on four apartment-style residence halls. Opening in August 2015, the buildings will total 151,000 square feet and are expected to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification.

Bucknell West, a complex of residential units on the western edge of the campus, provides accommodations for 272 upperclass students. Each H-shaped unit has two wings, each of which contains two bedrooms, a bath, and a combination living room-kitchen for four students. The complex is accessible via a pedestrian underpass, completed in 1991.

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