Residence Life

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Welcome to your home away from home! Mary Baldwin is a residential college for women, which means that most students live in residence halls on campus or nearby houses or apartments, creating a dynamic community where ideas are shared, interests are pursued, and differences are explored. Our professional residence life staff, as well as student resident advisors and area directors, support students in making connections between living and learning as part of the full undergraduate experience.

Click the “housing” tab on MBC’s virtual tour to see all residential options, or watch a short video of Spencer Residence Hall.

Residence Halls

Amenities include:

  • Internet, cable TV, and telephone connections in each room
  • Desk, chair, and bed for each occupant
  • Common TV lounge area, study nooks, kitchen, and free laundry

Freshman Halls

First-year students typically live in Spencer or Woodson residence hall (just steps away from Hunt Dining Hall), Tullidge, or the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) Center.


Spencer Residence Hall — named for MBC’s fifth president — accommodates two resident advisors, a lounge, kitchen, and a community television set on each floor. Rooms feature dressers, closets, large overhead storage areas, and built-in sinks. The ground floor has a student lounge with vending machines, laundry, and offices for student organizations. A large semicircular porch is shaded by mature trees and overlooks front campus.      See inside Spencer


Built in 1966 as part of the Staunton Military Academy barracks, Tullidge is conveniently located by the parade grounds and Physical Activities Center — and a short walk to the rest of campus. It features singles, doubles, and triples. All rooms have loft furniture. Laundry, kitchen, and vending facilities are on the first floor.



Woodson was an unnamed residence hall until 1963, when college trustees honored former trustee Margaret Craig Woodson by dedicating the building in her memory. Each room in Woodson has a built-in sink, wardrobe, dresser, and cabinet. The first floor contains a kitchen, laundry room, vending services, and a large TV lounge.




The PEG Center is MBC’s newest residence hall. Completed in November 2002, the bright, spacious building is ideally situated between Grafton Library and Pearce Science Center. Double-occupancy student rooms are arranged in clusters, each supervised by a live-in residence staff member. The center has study and lounge areas, washers and dryers, small kitchens, and supplementary storage. See inside PEG



Upperclass Halls

Residences primarily for sophomores, juniors, and seniors are located on the historic west side of campus.

HilltopHill Top

Hill Top is one of our most recently renovated living spaces. Its gracious design includes brass fixtures, updated furniture, carpeted hallways, hardwood floors in all residence rooms, a TV lounge, and a storage room. Hill Top offers single-, double-, and triple- occupancy rooms as well as a full kitchen, a vending room, and a laundry room. The building is air-conditioned and nonsmoking.



Kable Residence Hall was once part of Staunton Military Academy and currently includes double rooms, three-room suites, and singles. There are full kitchens, laundry rooms, vending machines, and television lounges on each floor. Located  adjacent to Deming Fine Arts Center, Kable also houses a ceramics studio on the bottom floor.




Named in honor of longtime Mary Baldwin Seminary business manager William Wayt King, the building originally housed a gymnasium, auditorium, and pool. As a modernized residence hall, King features loft-style rooms elevator, air-conditioning, suite-style accommodations, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and a large TV lounge. The first floor includes two large conference rooms.




McClung is our most recently refurbished residence hall — named after Agnes McClung, Mary Julia Baldwin’s friend and colleague. The first floor contains a TV lounge, kitchen, laundry room, study room, and vending machines. The second and third floors have double- and triple-occupancy rooms, along with remodeled bathrooms. Off the second floor, a spacious veranda overlooks Carpenter Academic Hall and the lawn of main campus. McClung is air-conditioned and nonsmoking.



Memorial is one of MBC’s recently renovated residence halls. Similar to Hill Top, Memorial has carpeted hallways, brass fixtures, hardwood floors in the residence rooms, a TV lounge, and a storage room. There is also a full kitchen, a laundry room, and vending machines. Memorial is all double-occupancy rooms and is nonsmoking.




HawpeHawpe House

The two-story brick residence Hawpe House accommodates nine students in one double and four single bedrooms. Featuring a wide front porch and is air-conditioned and has a full kitchen, living room, bath, and laundry facilities. This house is a safe zone for LGBT students.

Hawpe House Floor Plan (PDF)



CarriageCarriage House

Carriage House offers students two double bedrooms and one single bedroom with one full bathroom. It has a full kitchen and a living room. Laundry facilities are in the basement.





CoalterCoalter Street House

Students interested in Latino and African-American culture find an engaging living environment at the stately Coalter Street House, which is home to La Casa Rosario Castellanos and Umoja House. Coalter Street House is just across Sycamore Street from Hawpe House.

Coalter Street House Floor Plan (PDF)