HMDS stands for Housing Management and Dining Services. The HMDS Office is located in the center of campus, in Sage Hall 138. The HMDS staff can assist students with license agreements, room assignments, keys, meal plans and points, and Mills ID cards. For assistance call 510.430.2127 or email email@example.com.
Graduate women have the option of living in Warren Olney Hall, Mary Morse Hall, Ethel Moore Hall, Lynn Townsend White Hall, the Larsen House Co-op, and the Courtyard Townhouses. Graduate men may live in the Courtyard Townhouses, and Lynn Townsend White Hall. Graduate students with families may apply for the Underwood Apartments (PDF).
The move-in date depends on whether a student is new or continuing and is usually one to five days before classes start each semester. The move-out date is the day after the last scheduled final exam of the semester, unless otherwise indicated in section E. of the License Agreement for On-Campus Housing: Terms and Conditions, found in the Mills College Student Handbook (PDF). You can also see the Mills Academic Calendar for quick reference dates.
All residence hall occupants are required to leave when the residence halls close during the winter break, but students returning for the spring semester do not need to remove their belongings from their rooms. Students may stay in the residence halls during the Thanksgiving and spring break periods.
Ross House, Larsen House Co-op, Prospect Hill, the Courtyard Townhouses, and the Underwood Apartments are open during the winter break. Underwood Apartments (family housing) are also open during the summer, as are some of the apartments at the Courtyard Townhouses.
If I live in a residence hall that is closed for winter break, is it possible to stay on campus?
Winter break housing may be available for a few days or the entire break period. There are additional charges for room and board during this period. Space is limited, and students do not live in their normal rooms. Those interested should call 510.430.2127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
A Mills ID is issued to each Mills student after account clearance and arrival on campus during Orientation. Students are encouraged to email ID photos (in a .jpg format) to email@example.com by July 31 for the fall semester or by the end of the first week of January for the spring semester. If you want your preferred name on your ID card, you must make sure your preferred name is registered with the M Center before the above deadlines. By sending your image in advance, you will avoid waiting in line to have your picture taken during Orientation. You will also facilitate the printing of your AC Transit EasyPass card, which you should then be able to pick up during Orientation instead of having to wait three weeks after Orientation.
When emailing a photo for your ID card, please keep in mind:
First Aid items to bring:
Do NOT bring:
The Office of Residential Life and/or HMDS staff may conduct a walk-through of any residential space with 48 hours' advance notice, to look for health and safety hazards, policy violations, and maintenance concerns. Walk-throughs of the entire independent living community (apartments, townhouses, and houses) will be conducted once per semester with 48 hours' advance notice. During inspections, staff will be looking at the cleanliness of kitchens and bathrooms including stoves, floors, and tubs, and will check each individual bedroom. After closing the traditional residence halls for winter break, staff will walk through all of the traditional halls to assess the safety and security of the building.
For information on forbidden items and potential policy violations, please see "What are some suggested items I can bring (and not bring) to Mills?" and the Mills College Student Handbook (PDF). In preparation for health and safety checks, students should also be sure that their living spaces are clean.
Each Mills residential student receives a Personal Mailbox (PMB) for the duration of her/his residence agreement. Students will register for a PMB with the Mail and Copy Center on campus at Adams Plaza. Mail should be addressed as follows:
PMB [Your Personal Mailbox Number]
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613
Beginning three weeks in advance of your scheduled move-in date, you may send no more than 5 packages that do not exceed 50 pounds each to the following address:
[Your Building Name and Room Number]
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613
After move-in, packages should be sent to your personal mailbox (see "Where will my mail be delivered?", above).