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Located in the hamlet of Houghton, NY, Houghton’s residential campus sits on the Allegheny Plateau at roughly the 1,300-foot level, on the site of the former Caneadea Indian Reservation of the early 1800s. Fifteen miles to the north are the Genesee’s magnificent Portage Falls and Letchworth State Park
Houghton is located about an hour south of both Buffalo and Rochester, the second and third largest cities in New York State, This proximity provides the college with ready access to a wealth of cultural, artistic, natural and educational resources and experiences. Easy access to international airports in both Buffalo and Rochester provide a convenient gateway for students attending school from out of state.
Houghton College is home to a wealth of distinctive residence options. Whatever your preference, you are sure to find your housing fit here at Houghton.
"Shen" one of the two men's residence halls, is rich with tradition and spirit. It is located next to the Nielsen Physical Education Center and the up the hill from the Burke Athletic Center.
Shen is known campus wide for a spirit of brotherhood and passion. Distinctive events include “Shen Bloc” home soccer matches, the Shen bonfire, Shen Olympics and many other traditions that are dear to the hearts and minds of the men who call Shenawana home.
Built into the side of a hill next to Houghton Creek, Rothenbuhler is just down the hill from the Campus Center and close to the main student parking lot on campus. The two main entrances are on the first and third floor (accessed by a new bridge). The first floor, including the main lounge was renovated in 2007.
Gillette Hall is the largest residence hall on campus. It is centrally located, near the main academic buildings and next to the Campus Center. It is also only a short walk from Wesley Chapel.
The room types in Gillette are the most diverse of all the halls, with singles, doubles, triples and quads. Most students also have a shared sink room. There are lounges on every floor for studying or socializing.
When entering Gillette through the main entrance, you walk into a large and comfortable parlor that has been a social hub for generations of Houghton students. Downstairs is a full-functioning class room (used by the First Year Learning Community) and a fireside lounge for Gillette residents to enjoy.
Lambein is located near the Chamberlain Center (main academic building), Paine Science Center and the Houghton Library. It is a three minute walk from the Campus Center and Wesley Chapel.
The student rooms in Lambein are the largest doubles on campus, with plenty of closet space. All the rooms and hallways are carpeted and generally quiet. The rooms that face to the rear of the building have a beautiful view of Houghton Creek as it makes its way toward the Genesee River.
Houghton has 28 townhouse units on campus. Most units can hold seven or eight students. Each townhouse has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room and a kitchen. The kitchen comes with a refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave and a dishwasher. The bedrooms come with a dresser, chair, desk and bed for each student, and the living room has a sofa and table. There are Internet hook-ups for each student and the living room has a cable hook-up. In a typical year, about half of the units will be used for women’s housing and the other half will house men. Students apply in groups of seven or eight per unit.
Brown House is a themed living–learning community available to one male or female group of upper class students each year and houses 7–8 students. To be considered, students must obtain a faculty advisor and submit an application detailing the proposed theme and implementation plan to the office of residence life and housing. Applications are made available in the spring semester for the following academic year.
The Equestrian House is located on-site at the Houghton Equestrian Center. It is open to 7 upper class students participating in the Equestrian Studies Program to give more convenient access to the facilities. Students who live in the Equestrian House are held to the same board plan requirements as other on-campus students.
Community Living Options (CLO)
Students who prefer to find housing for themselves within the Houghton community may apply for a Community Living Option (CLO). The number of CLO's assigned each year is established by the Office of Student Life office based on enrollment and housing capacities. Preference is given to students with the greatest number of earned credit hours. This means that most of the CLOs allotted are typically granted to Seniors, though Juniors may also apply. CLO application forms are available in January and students are notified in mid-February if they have been approved. Students with CLO's make arrangements directly with local landlords to rent rooms or apartments. Please note that when a student elects to leave college-owned housing, the college can no longer take any responsibility for the quality of their accommodations, furnishings, or financial arrangements with landlords.