The first-year residential experience at Fairfield University is all about helping students transition to college, promoting strong community and setting up a foundation for success. Students living in our first-year residence halls and participating in our commuter programs will:
Each of our first-year Residence Halls is overseen by a live-in professional staff member who serves as the Area Coordinator (AC). The AC supervises a caring student staff of Resident Assistants (RA). RAs are upper-class students who have daily interaction with first-year students. Each RA serves as a mentor and resource to ensure each student has a safe, enriching, and fun experience in the residence halls. The Office of Residence Life also works with our commuter student population and supervises the Commuter Peer Assistants (CPA). The CPAs serves as a mentor and resource for our commuter students and has ‘office hours’ in the Commuter Lounge as well as programming to support commuter students’ transition and development at Fairfield.
Each first-year residential community is equipped with study lounges with a white board, a TV lounge, and a kitchen. Students living in a particular residence hall have 24-7 access to these spaces. Students who are commuting or living in a different first year building have access until 11pm. This level of access allows all first-year students the opportunity to host or attend study groups or events taking place within the residence halls.
In addition to our First-Year Residential Experience, students can also opt into a First-Year Living and Learning Community.
The Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) are designed to support first-years in their transition to Fairfield and provide an added layer of connection and engagement for first-year students through intentional and fun experiences on their floor in the Residence Halls.
The first-year Living and Learning communities are open and available to all incoming first-year students. Fairfield offers 6 Living and Learning communities to choose from: