Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some answers to frequently asked questions and about living on-campus at Bay State College
Q: How many residence halls are there and where are they located?
A: Bay State College offers one residential housing option and it is located at The Revolution Hotel, located in the South End.
Q: What features does the building offer?
A: The Revolution Hotel has the following features which students can access 24 hours a day:
- Comfortable lounge complete with multiple plugs for laptops and televisions
- Wifi access throughout the entire building
- Outside Laundry Services
- Cafe on first floor
- Live-in professional staff member also known as a Residence Director.
Q: Are phone, cable, and internet service provided by the school in each room?
A: Each residence hall is equipped with a wireless network. Please be sure that your computer has the following requirements:
- Operating System:
- PCs: Windows XP or higher
- Macs: OSX or higher
- Wireless Network Card: 802.11 g/b/a
The costs of internet is covered by the Residence Hall Technology Fee. Phone service is not provided in each room. Cable is offered in each room, TVs are provided. Many students choose to use cell phones.
Q: I’ve never had to share a living space with anyone before. What will it be like to have roommates?
A: Learning to live with roommates is one of the best parts of the college experience. Hopefully, if you respond to the Housing Preference Form honestly and accurately, you will be placed with people whom you will share a similar lifestyle. It does take some compromising and patience to make the roommate relationship work, but many people end up becoming lifelong friends with their college roommate(s). The important thing is to be honest and open with your roommate(s), and most importantly, communicate with each other!
Q: Is there a curfew in the residence halls? How about a guest policy?
A: There is no curfew in our buildings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not allowing outside guests into the Residence Halls.
Q: If I am 21 or older, am I allowed to have alcohol in my room?
A: Policies at The Revolution Hotel prohibit outside alcohol being brought into the building.
Q: Will I be allowed to smoke in my room?
A: No, there is no smoking allowed inside any room or area of any of the residence halls. Residents are also prohibited from smoking in front of any of the residence halls as part of our “Good Neighbor Policy.” However, in order to ensure a better fit for each resident, we do inquire on the Housing Preference Form as to whether or not you smoke. We find that placing those with the same smoking preferences together results in a better living environment for all. When filling out the Housing Preference Form, you should indicate whether or not you are a smoker, keeping in mind that although smokers may be placed together, there is still no smoking allowed in any of the residence halls.
Q: Who exactly are these Community Advisors and what are they there for?
A: Each building has a live-in staff whose purpose is to aid in the development of those students who reside in the building. The Community Advisors are upper-class students at Bay State College. Each Community Advisor is responsible for students in his or her building and is there to guide them through their college experience. This is done by:
- Planning both social and educational programs and events throughout the year
- Providing support to students who are struggling with academic or personal issues
- Serve as a nightly presence in the building and,
- Responding to emergency situations as they arise.
The Revolution Hotel has a professional live-in staff member, a Resident Director, who supervises the Community Advisor and over sees the general operations and community development of the building.
Q: Are the residence halls safe? What kind of security protection is there in the buildings?
A: The South End, is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city of Boston. However, our staff takes all necessary precautions to make sure that our residents feel safe and secure. Each room locks automatically and the front doors of The Revolution Hotel locks at 11:00 PM and requires card access to enter the building. The Revolution has overnight security as well as a 24 hour front desk worker.
Q: What is life like living on-campus?
A: Living in the residence halls is one of the best ways to get involved at Bay State College and to meet new people. The staff encourages an open-door policy among residents, where people keep their doors open and venture from room to room getting to know each other. People are friendly and eager to make new friends. Residents are often found taking advantage of the common space in the residence halls to watch a movie, play cards, or share a late-night pizza. The residence halls are also beneficial for those students whose primary focus is academics. There are quiet hours in place each night to ensure that the halls are conducive to studying (or sleeping for those who have early classes).
Q: Is there a place where I can cook my own food on campus?
A: A community microwave located in the hallway available for students to use 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, individual microwaves are not allowed in the student rooms. This includes the microfridge combo that is sold at some stores.
Q: Is there a dining hall on campus?
A: Dining is not provided at The Revolution Hotel. There are a number of restaurants and cafes that provide discounts to The Revolution Hotel. There are grocery stores within walking distance of The Revolution Hotel.
Q: Is there a laundry room?
A: While The Revolution Hotel does not have a laundry room it does offer a couple options for laundry. Daily pick-ups from Lapels Dry Cleaner offers wash, dry and fold service at a cost to the students. There also coin operated laundromats within walking distance from the hotel.