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Welcome to Residential Education & Housing at Maine College of Art - where a small community feels like a large family! Here at MECA, we have a strong belief that our residence halls are more than dorms, which simply refer to a place where people sleep. Our residence halls are communities, which offer students the opportunity to interact with peers, to learn respect for self and others, to understand and appreciate diverse cultures, beliefs and backgrounds and are a setting where students can develop an awareness and an appreciation of what it means to become a contributing member of a supportive and tight-knit community.

In an effort to provide our undergraduate students with the best experience possible and help them be academically successful, we require all new first-year students at MECA to live in one of our three residence halls. We established this requirement because of the many benefits living in the residence halls provides students, especially during their first year at college. Exceptions are made for some transfer and commuting students. To request an exception to our on-campus housing requirement, please contact me directly so we can discuss your individual circumstance.

If you have questions about Residential Education & Housing at MECA, or if what you are looking for is not on the following pages, please do not hesitate contacting me.


Assistant Director Student Affairs, Residential Education & Housing
Maine College of Art
Housing@meca.edu
207.699.5067

 

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Oak Street Prices 

2014-2015
(includes 17 meals per week with $50 MECA Bucks per semester)

  Room Cost      Board Cost       Total Annual Cost
Single    $7,802          $3,496             $11,298
Large Double    $7,500          $3,496             $10,996
Medium Double    $7,164          $3,496             $10,660
Small Double    $6,610          $3,496             $10,106
Triple    $6340          $3,496             $9,836

Meal Plan Upgrade!

  • MECA Bucks can always be added in increments of $50.


Shepley Prices 


2014-2015

(includes 7 meals per week with $100 MECA Bucks per semester)

  Room Cost     Board Cost        Total Annual Cost
Double Apartment    $7,954        $1,706              $9,660
Quad Apartment    $7,620         $1,706              $9,326 
Triple Apartment    $6,810         $1,706              $8,516 
Quint Apartment    $6,438         $1,706              $8,144 

Meal Plan Upgrade!

  • For an additional $812 a year, Shepley residents can upgrade to the 12 meals per week plan (includes $100 MECA Bucks per semester).
  • For an additional $1790 a year, Shepley residents can upgrade to the 17 meals per week plan (includes $50 MECA Bucks per semester).
  • MECA Bucks Can always be added in increments of $50.

 

Miles Standish Prices 


2014-2015

(includes 7 meals per week with $100 MECA Bucks per semester)

  Room Cost  Board Cost          Total Annual Cost
Single Apartment     $8,024     $1,706                 $9,730
Double Apartment     $7,760     $1,706                 $9,466 
Triple Apartment     $6,200     $1,706                 $7,906 

Meal Plan Upgrade!

  • For an additional $812 per year, Miles Standish residents can upgrade to the 12 meals per week plan (includes $100 MECA Bucks per semester).
  • For an additional $1790 per year, Miles Standish residents can upgrade to the 17 meals per week (includes $50 MECA Bucks per semester).
  • MECA Bucks can always be added in increments of $50.

 

Oak Street Residence Hall

Oak houses approximately 91 students in a combination of single and double rooms with the majority of rooms sharing a bathroom with one other room. Oak Street is wheelchair accessible, has an elevator and several ADA compliant rooms. Building amenities include a laundry room on the first floor, vending machines, student lounge with cable television and wireless Internet. The atmosphere within Oak tends to be lively with residents from all floors socializing with each other and students often gather in the hallways to work on homework projects together.


Residents living in Oak Street have access to a kitchen in Shepley, which features a full-sized stove and refrigerator, a microwave, pots and pans and various cooking utensils. 

View pictures of a single room here.
View pictures of a medium double room here.
View pictures of a large double/triple* room here.

View a video of a large double/triple* room here
View a video of a medium double room here.

The rooms in Oak vary in size from room-to-room, but here are the average sizes:

Single: 6' X 17"

Small Double: 7.5’ X 17’

Medium Double: 9.5’ 17.5’

Large Double/Triple: 13’ X 17.5’

* When additional beds are needed on campus, the large doubles become triples.  These rooms are larger than double rooms and can accommodate three students.  

Shepley Street Residence Hall
Shepley offers approximately 63 students a more independent living community in either two, three or four person apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen, kitchen table and chairs, living room, bathroom, bedroom(s) and wireless. Laundry rooms are located in the basement along with a bike storage room and the building has wireless Internet. The student lounge in Shepley has cable television and local phone. The atmosphere within Shepley tends to be quieter with strong community within each apartments.

View pictures of a double apartment here.
View pictures of a quad apartment here.

View a video of a double apartment here.
View a video of a quad apartment here

Here are the sizes of the Shepley apartments:

Double: Room 1: 23’ X 10, Room 2: 9’ X 8’

Quad: Room 1: 15.5’ X 10.5’, Room 2: 10’ X 12.5’, Room 3: 9’ X 10.5’

Miles Standish Residence Hall

Miles Standish houses approximately 87 students in one, two and three person apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen, bathroom and two rooms. Miles Standish has wireless Internet, an elevator and a laundry room and bike storage located in the basement. Similar to Shepley, the atmosphere in Miles Standish tends to be quieter with strong community within each apartments.

View photos of a Miles Standish apartment here.
View a video of a Miles Standish apartment here

The size of the Miles Standish apartments are:

Double: Room 1: 14’ X 10.5’, Room 2: 10.5’ X 8’

 

All bedrooms in Oak, Shepley and Miles Standish come furnished with a standard twin bed and mattress, dresser, desk and desk chair and window blinds. The front doors of our residence halls are locked 24/7.


Meal Plans

Learn more about the MECA Café

 

 

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The Office of Residential Education & Housing is overseen by the Director of Residential Education & Housing and staffed by a team of Resident Advisors. The main office is located on the second floor of Porteous in the Administrative Center.

Director of Residential Education & Housing:
The Director of Residential Education & Housing is a full-time professional staff person who lives in the residence halls and has the primary responsibility of overseeing the community within the halls and their day-to-day operations. This includes establishing and administering community standards, supporting community programming and supervising the Resident Advisors

Some reasons you might seek out the Director include:

  • You would like more information about campus resources;
  • There is an issue you would like to speak to a staff person about or that you do not feel comfortable talking to one of the RAs about;
  • You need to discuss a room change;
  • There is a maintenance issue that has to be addressed immediately;
  • You were involved in an incident in the residence hall;
  • You are sick and need assistance in seeking medical treatment;
  • There is a question, comment, or concern you would like addressed.


Resident Advisors:
The Resident Advisors (RA) role is an undergraduate paraprofessional position. RAs are assigned a specific floor and/or building and are responsible for being available to their residents as needed. Some of the many hats RAs wear include; role models, teachers, administrators, mentors, policy upholders, leaders, and event planners. In short, their job is to serve the needs of residents while ensuring a vibrant and safe community. RAs are also part of a rotating duty schedule which ensures one RA is available from 9:00PM-8:00AM each day of the week.

Some reasons you might seek out an RA include:

  • You need to talk to someone;
  • Something in your room needs fixing;
  • You are having a conflict with your roommate;
  • There is an activity you want to suggest or help organize;
  • There is a question, comment, or concern you would like addressed.

 

What Does Gender Neutral Housing Mean?
Gender Neutral Housing means that MECA does not determine which students can live together based on their gender or gender identification. All students can choose to room with either a male or female roommate(s). Students living in Gender Neutral Housing will share a bathroom.

Gender Neutral Housing In Oak VS. Shepley & Miles Standish Halls:
In Shepley and Miles Standish, Gender Neutral Housing is on an apartment by apartment basis. If there are four students requesting to live in Gender Neutral Housing in a quad apartment, they will be placed together. However, if there are only three students requesting a Gender Neutral quad, this request cannot be granted because there is not that fourth student to fill the apartment.

In Oak, Gender Neutral Housing is available in connected rooms, provided that all students who share the bathroom request Gender Neutral Housing. Similar to Shepley and Miles Standish, Gender Neutral Housing will only be granted if there are enough students to fill all beds in the connected two rooms.

It is important to note that only students who request Gender Neutral Housing will be placed in Gender Neutral Housing.

What If A Vacancy Occurs In A Gender Neutral Apartment/Room?
If a vacancy occurs during the academic year, the students will have the following options to choose from:

  • Find a current residential student or a currently enrolled, matriculated MECA commuter student to fill the space;
  • Move out of the current apartment or room to fill another Gender Neutral living space, depending on availability;
  • Move out of the current apartment or room to fill another space on campus, depending on availability;
  • Pay for the vacant space in the current apartment or room; the pro-rated cost of the empty space(s) would be evenly divided between the remaining resident(s).

Vacancies which occur over the summer will be handled on a case-by-case basis through communication with the Director of Residential Education & Housing and the students assigned to the apartment or room.

-Q: When can I move into my fall housing?

A: Brand new MECA students and new transfers may move in on Friday, August 29, 2014. See your placement email for specific times.

Returners may move in on Sunday, August 31, 2014 between 9am and 2pm.

- Q: Do You Have Recommendations for Things To Bring With Me?

A: Yes, here's a link to our recommended packing list.

- Q: I Have Lots of Questions! Where Can I Get Info?

A: Download our Frequently Asked Questions sheet!

- Q: Where Can I Find the "Guide to Community Living"?

A: Here is a link to download our most recent Guide to Community Living.

- Q: What Do The Residence Halls Look Like?

A: Check out the pictures and videos below or on our Youtube account.  

Oak Street residence hall: 
View pictures of a single room here.
View pictures of a double room here.
View pictures of a large double room here.
View a video of a large double room here
View a video of a double room here

Shepley Street residence hall:
View pictures of a double room here.
View pictures of a quad room here.
View a video of a double room here.
View a video of a quad room here

Miles Standish residence hall:
View photos of a Miles Standish room here.
View a video of a Miles Standish room here.

Other Questions?

Please do not hesitate contacting: Assistant Director Student Affairs, Residential Education & Housing, Housing@meca.edu