Professors Become More Common in Residence Halls

by Katie Sloan

More and more on-campus dorms are having faculty live in residence halls with undergraduates.

A story in today’s Washington Post highlights a growing trend in higher education: professors, and sometimes their families, live among students in on-campus residence halls. Professors get to live rent-free on campus in exchange for answering questions, attending floor meetings and hosting small gatherings of students. The trend may seem new, but it was once common to have professors and students live in the same housing on college campuses.

D.C.-area schools such as George Washington University (GWU), Georgetown University and Catholic University are two such schools that already house faculty on campus. In fact, GWU just opened a residence hall this fall that contains a faculty residence that houses two professors and their young family.


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