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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of our efforts to be sustainable, Mills has gone paperless with its residence
application. The online housing application and information about the application
process can be found on our applying for on-campus housing page. If you are unable to access a computer and need to fill out a paper application,
please contact HMDS and we will mail one to you.
All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a minimum course load of one credit
are eligible for campus housing (unless housing privileges are revoked due to policy
violations). See the Eligibility for Campus Housing section of the Mills College Student Handbook for details.
All first-year students who are traditional-aged (17–19 years old) and are attending
college for the first time live together in our first-year wing in Warren Olney Hall.
Trained student staff and intentional programming are highlights of this experience.
First-year students with families may apply for the Underwood Apartments (PDF).
Transfer students may request an assignment in any building except our first-year
residence halls. You could live in some wings in Warren Olney Hall, Ethel Moore Hall,
or in any of the specialty living areas such as the Prospect Hill Apartments. New
students should be aware that continuing students have priority in room selection
during our room draw process, held each spring semester to determine fall semester
occupancy. Transfer students with families may apply for the Underwood Apartments (PDF).
Graduate women have the option of living in Warren Olney Hall, Ethel Moore Hall, and
the Courtyard Townhouses. Graduate men may live in the Courtyard Townhouses. Graduate
students with families may apply for the Underwood Apartments (PDF).
The Underwood Apartments are our on-campus housing option for students with families.
Each apartment has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, and an eat-in kitchen.
The apartments house up to four individuals; there can be two adults and two children,
or one adult and three or fewer children. You can apply via the Underwood Apartments Waiting List Application.
One of the special features about the residences at Mills is that each room is unique.
These are not cookie-cutter halls with identical rooms; each one is slightly different.
All rooms (with the exception of the Underwood Apartments, which are unfurnished) have a standard twin bed, desk, chair, small bookshelf, and
dresser. In contrast to many other college housing facilities, Mills housing is spacious
and charming. Check out our residential options web page for descriptions and pictures of our residential spaces.
In all cases, assignments for new students are made on a first-received, first-assigned
basis. Each student’s preferences are considered based on room availability at the
time the residence application.
New students entering Mills in the fall who have submitted their residence application
and housing fee before the priority housing deadline of June 1 are notified of their
housing assignments by June 15. Applicants who apply after the priority housing deadline
are notified as assignments are made. New students entering in the spring receive
their assignments upon arrival in January.
A one-time application fee of $250 is required before the housing application can
be accessed. The application fees will not need to be resubmitted by students who
reapply for on-campus housing in the future, but the housing application fee is non-refundable.
Application fees can be paid as the first step of the online housing application (accessed
through the Mills Resource Portal) or by cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard through the HMDS Office (by visiting Sage
Hall 138 or calling 510.430.2127).
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Registrar's Office before the above deadlines. By sending your image in advance, you will avoid waiting
in line to have your picture taken during Orientation.
When emailing a photo for your ID card, please keep in mind:
The photo must be a close-up with your face and neck clearly visible.
We need to be able to crop the photo to fit the required area (from the top of your
head to the bottom of your neck) inside a square. Taking the photo in a square or
landscape format is recommended
No hats or sunglasses (religious headwear is allowed).
No digital filters that alter the color and/or add in digital imagery
This image will be the first impression many Mills employees (professors, Public Safety
officers, etc.) will have of you; please select it accordingly.
The Mills ID card is also a keycard which lets you in to certain buildings on campus,
and a meal card and points plan card, if applicable. This card is valid for a student’s
entire stay at Mills College and must be presented at the HMDS Office each semester
for an updated validation sticker. A meal card without a current validation sticker
will not be accepted in the dining hall or by other departments on campus. Each student
with a meal plan must present a Mills ID card to the cashier before entering the dining
hall. A Mills ID card is for the exclusive use of the student to whom it is issued.
Misuse of the Mills ID card may result in a fine of $20. A replacement fee of $20
will be charged for lost or damaged cards.
Sheets (beds are standard twin size, not ;extra-long twin)
Mattress pad (mattresses have plastic covers for hygienic purposes, and are more comfortable
with a mattress pad)
Bathrobe and slippers
Cleaning supplies such as: disinfectant wipe and solutions, a broom, a dust pan, a
vacuum cleaner, a Swiffer-style mop, cleaning cloths, disinfectant wipes, and cleaning
Shower caddie for toiletries
Laundry basket or bag
Liquid laundry detergent (our laundry vendor reports that powdered detergent tends
to generate too many suds in our high-efficiency washers)
Electrical surge protector
Coffee maker and/or electric kettle (no exposed heating coils, please)
Mini-fridge (shared refrigerators are provided in the common areas, but some students
wish to bring their own; fridges must be under 4.5 cubic feet in size, and the use
of Energy Star appliances is strongly ;encouraged)
Portable music device
Digital converter box for personal television, if analog format (cable television
is provided in recreation rooms, but not in individual student rooms)
Flashlight, batteries, bottled water, and other personal safety supplies (also see
First Aid items, below)
In light of COVID-19, please be sure to also bring the following items:
Cleaning supplies (e.g., disinfectant spray or wipes, window cleaner)
Washable face coverings
Non-perishable foods for your room
First Aid items to bring:
Bee sting medicine
Medication for allergies and bites
Instant hot and cold packs
Bandages (in several sizes)
Something for an upset stomach
Sterile cleansing wipes
First aid ointment
Toilet paper/Paper towels
Personal hygiene products
Medical information (i.e., insurance information)
COVID-19 Go Bag
Extra phone charger
Prohibited items or items not needed:
Quarters for laundry (usage of laundry machines is included in housing fees)
Laundry detergent sheets (they clog the pumps in the washing machines; dryer sheets
Personal wireless access points/bridges (these conflict with the wireless network)
Hot plate or other cooking appliances (student-provided cooking appliances are only
permitted in the kitchens of independent living facilities)
Pets (other than fish in a 10-gallon or smaller tank)
You can use push pins, small picture hangers, and painter’s tape or drafting tape.
Products that leave adhesive damage or stains on paint, ceilings, walls, floors, doors,
windows, or Mills College furniture—such as command hooks, glow-in-the-dark stars,
adhesive liners or stickers, and adhesive putty—may not be used. Excessive use of
pins is forbidden, as is use of screws and large nails. Bulletin boards should be
hung to display small items. No wall-hangings or fabric are permitted on the ceiling
or over plugs, lights, doorways, or heaters, for safety reasons.
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.
Mills College is a tobacco and smoke-free campus. The use of any tobacco, marijuana,
or other smoke producing products (including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars,
pipes, water pipes, vapes, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, dissolvable
tobacco products, and medical marijuana) is not allowed anywhere on the Mills campus
including inside buildings, outside, or in a vehicle on the premises. See the Smoking
Policy and Alcohol and Drug Policies sections of the Mills College Student Handbook (PDF) for details.
Yes. All faculty, staff, and students must have a parking permit to park on campus.
Students can register their vehicles in the Mills Resource Portal and pick up permits in the Public Safety Office with proof of vehicle registration. Parking permits can be purchased from the Public
Safety Office at CPM 113. The permit is valid for the entire academic year.
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:
[Your Name] PMB [Your Personal Mailbox Number] 5000 MacArthur Boulevard Oakland, CA 94613
Pets or other animals, other than emotional support animals and service animals, are
not permitted in or around the residence halls, Underwood Apartments, Prospect Hill
Apartments, Courtyard Townhouses, Larsen House, or Ross House, with the exception
of fish in a 10-gallon or smaller aquarium. See the Animal Policy section of the Mills College Student Handbook (PDF) for details.
Animals required as aides for students with disabilities must be registered with Student
Access and Support Services (SASS) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS
requires all canines on campus to have a current city canine license. The city license
and all information regarding vaccinations must be presented to DPS for a Mills College
canine license to be issued to the canine owner. Questions regarding service animals
should be addressed to Student Access and Support Services at 510.430.2130. More information can be found on the Student Access and Support Services web pages.
Lynn Townsend White Hall is our gender-fluid location; the bathroom setups there are
single use and have gender-inclusive signage. In all other halls, they are multi-stalled
bathrooms that are gender inclusive. The signs look like this.
Select wireless devices are permitted for use on campus. Certain wireless devices
that are allowed but are not compatible with our network authentication method will
need to be registered before they can authenticate and connect. Visit the Mills intranet
for information about allowed network devices or to register your device(s).
Liability for Loss—Mills College assumes no responsibility, and does not provide insurance or any other
financial protection, for residents, family member occupants, their guests, or their
respective property. Residents are advised to obtain their own insurance protection
against loss, theft, or damage of personal property (such as computers, stereos, cell
phones, jewelry, cameras, etc.).
If you have a concern related to laundry machines, plumbing, door or window issues
or general maintenance or safety concerns within your residential community/ room
please fill out a Service Request to have the issue addressed as soon as possible. Our campus facilities team is a
group of highly trained and knowledgeable staff who will be dispatched to address
your concern once the issue has been reported through the service request system.
Submitting a service request gives permission to the attending staff member to enter
your residence to assess and address your concern.
In light of COVID-19, Mills College has implemented the following guidelines to help
mitigate virus exposure in the residence halls. Students are expected to abide by
the following policies for the 2021-2022 school year until further notice. Due to
the nature of the situation, students are expected to take heed of these policies
and should understand that any violation of the policies outlined below will subject
them to disciplinary action, including but not limited to, housing probation and termination
of their Housing Agreement.
What expectations are in place for students living on-campus?
Residents are expected to adhere to all new COVID-19 policies in order to live on
Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests, including the guest(s)
wearing face masks in the residence halls if the guest is not vaccinated.
Health & Safety
We expect that all members of the Mills College residential community—residents, staff
and visitors—act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those
around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all
community members. All residential students are prohibited from creating a health
or safety hazard within the residence halls and the College may request or require
a resident to leave Mills College housing if their continued presence in the housing
community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residential students
are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations
and health and safety guidance adopted by Mills College as it relates to public health
crises, including COVID-19. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis
evolves and may include, but is not limited to, social distancing, limitations on
mass gatherings, wearing a face covering, COVID-19 diagnostic and surveillance testing
(including before or upon arrival to campus), contact tracing, disinfection protocols,
limitations on guests into residence halls, and quarantine / isolation requirements
(including before or upon arrival to campus). Adherence to health and safety requirements
applies to all residents, staff and visitors and extends to all aspects of residential
life, including bedrooms, bathrooms, community kitchens, lounges, computer rooms,
courtyards and other common spaces.
Due to the increases in cases and the infectious nature of the Delta variant of COVID
and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mills will require
all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear a mask indoors until further
notice. Unvaccinated individuals, including guests, must wear a mask when within 6
feet of someone outdoors. Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals may remove masks
while in dining locations while actively eating and drinking.
Face coverings should cover a person’s nose and mouth simultaneously. Face coverings
can include cloth face coverings, disposable face masks, bandanas, scarves.
a. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests. b. Residents living in Ross House, Larsen House, Courtyard Townhouses, and Prospect
Hill must complete their Apartment Agreement prior to inviting any guests into their
apartment. All residents of an apartment must agree to the guest policy for their
apartment. Contact your Area Coordinator for additional information. c. Residents living in Orchard Meadow, Warren Olney, Ethel Moore, Mary Morse, Ege,
and White Halls are allowed to bring guests into the residence halls, including Mills
College students who reside in other residence halls. d. Residents in Underwood may bring guests to their apartments and are responsible
for the behavior of those guests while they are on the Mills College campus.
Other updates for Move In Day
We will be requiring all students and helpers to wear face masks that cover their
nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status.