Campus and Residential Life

Summer Campus and Residential Life

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Your living and wellbeing at Wellesley will be supported by residential staff. Residential Directors are administrators, teachers, and mentors who foster strong and inclusive learning communities within the residential halls. In addition to Residential Directors, Residential Advisors will be available to students for support throughout the program. Residential Advisors are current Wellesley students who will live in the same residential hall as students, organize a variety of student activities including excursions, and provide non-academic advising.

Please note that on-campus housing is mandatory for students in the Pre-College Immersive Program, the Pre-College Exploratory Workshops and the Women's Leadership program, in order to gain the full program experience of combined living and learning.


Students will reside on campus in a Wellesley historic dormitory. Resident Directors and their staff will live among students. Students should keep in mind that residential halls are not air-conditioned when planning what items to bring with them. Fans will be provided.

Pre-College and Women's Leadership Students: Housing is included in the program fees therefore you will not incur any additional costs. 

Summer Term Students: Housing is available to female college students enrolled in the Wellesley College Summer Term for an additional weekly fee. Please note that we are unable to provide housing for high school students unless they are participating in the Pre-College Immersive Program or the Pre-College Exploratory Workshops. To guarantee housing students Visiting students should pay their housing deposit by the deadline for the specific Summer Term they plan to attend. Wellesley College students should email to make arrangements for housing. Campus housing is available during your registered terms from Sunday, June 3 through noon on Saturday, July 28th. If you have questions regarding summer housing, please call the Summer Housing at 781-283-2681.


Pre-College and Women's Leadership students will enjoy a full meal plan including breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Breakfast is available from 8am-9am, lunch is available 12:30-1:30pm, and dinner is available 5:30pm-7pm. Saturday meals will be provided except when on weekend excursions, during which meals will be provided off-site. Students may also purchase Meal Points, for an extra fee, for use on campus at the The Emporium and the Leaky Beaker. Students with dietary restrictions due to a documented disability should register with Disability Services for accommodations.

Summer Term Students can purchase Meal Points for use on campus. There are retail meal options available to both resident and non-resident students through AVI (Monday-Friday). Wellesley College is pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to utilize the Emporium in the Wang Campus Center, the The Leaky Beaker at the Science Center or Bae Pao in the Campus Center (July 1 - August 10, 2018) which offers dining facilities, coffee bars and a convenience store.  Dining services will be closed on the weekends, Friday nights and on Independence Day (July 4th). There are limited cooking facilities in the dormitories available for student use. Please contact Betty Daphnis at 781-283-2297 or in AVI for more information.

Social Activities

Summer Session students who live on campus during the summer have an opportunity to experience the residential life unique to Wellesley College.  The residential halls foster a sense of community for their members and serve as a focal point for both informal and planned activities. Students in residence have access to the summer facilities and campus activities.

Pre-College and Women's Leadership students will engage in regular group social activities and outing trips on and off campus. Optional weekend and evening activities may include movie nights, local activities, local college visits and trips to Boston & Cambridge and the beach. All planned activities fees are covered in the residential fee. Previous activities have included: The Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Science, The Freedom Trail, Fourth of July fireworks celebration and popular tourist attractions, including Quincy Market, Boston’s North End, and Fenway Park. Note: Offsite activites pertain to Pre-College Immersive Program. The Pre-College Exploratory Program has limited activities due to the limited length of the program.

Summer Term also offers organized outings. In the past they have included visits to area museums and summer theater performances, trip to the movies, a day at the beach, hiking, and excursions to Boston.

Free Time

During free time, students are encouraged to explore all that Wellesley's campus offers: students can take a stroll along Lake Waban trails, visit the on-campus Davis Museum, play a round of golf at Wellesley's historic Nehoiden Golf Course, grab quick eats at the Leaky Beaker snack bar, or spend some quiet time in the Clapp Library. Just a ten-minute walk from campus is the downtown of Wellesley -- fondly referred to as "the Ville" by Wellesley students -- which offers an array of boutiques, restaurants, and coffeehouses that students can enjoy during free time as well.

Students in the Women’s Leadership Program are free to independently visit nearby cities such as Boston. For recommendations on attractions, restaurants, and weekend events in Boston and surrounding cities, students are encouraged to consult their Resident Advisors and Resident Directors.

Campus Amenities

  • Students will have WiFi access across the entire campus.

  • The Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center includes facilities such as a convenience store (The Emporium), a bookstore, and an ATM, all open throughout the summer.

  • Students will also have access to the campus fitness center, the Keohane Sports Center, which offers gym facilities, dance studios, multipurpose gymnasiums, as well as sporting equipment for check-out. 

  • Services at the Wellesley Health ServicesStone Counselling Center, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will be easily accessible to students to support their physical and emotional well being. 

Transportation & Parking

Wellesley is fortunate to be located within walking distance of the commuter rail station in Wellesley Square. ZipCars are also available on campus. Free on-campus parking will be available to Summer Session students. Students who are bringing a vehicle to campus for the first time will need to go to Campus Police to register their vehicle during their orientation. There is no fee for parking. Please note: students in the Pre-College Immersive Program and the Pre-College Workshops are not allowed off campus unaccompanied.

Student Disability Services

Wellesley provides a full range of services and accommodations to people with disabilities. Students with a documented disability that requires accommodation have access to Disability Services. For more information, please contact Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services, at 781.283.2434 or

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