Housing 101: Choosing Your Mercer Home

DSC_7833-You’re coming to Mercer and you can’t wait! Neither can we. That means you’ll need a place to live next fall, and we have plenty of good choices for living on campus.

To help you understand your housing options, here are some details along with a few photos from each of the first-year residence halls. Use this information as a guide to help you choose your housing. You may even find inspiration for how to decorate and arrange your room in the fall!

Legacy Hall

Legacy Hall was built specifically for first-year students and features 5 study rooms, a kitchen, and a courtyard. There are 4 common areas, each with a big screen TV. Every floor in Legacy has 2 community bathrooms with 6 showers per bathroom, and every room also has its own sink. Residents share a large laundry facility located on the 2nd floor.

Floors: 4
Capacity: 300
Gender: Coed
Flooring: Vinyl tile

Mary Erin Porter Complex

Call it MEP for short, the Mary Erin Porter Complex includes Boone, Dowell, and Porter halls. MEP features 2 activity areas on the main floor, each with a big screen TV, where students can host a group meeting or watch the big game. For outdoor relaxation, there’s a courtyard and patio. Scattered throughout the complex are 4 gathering areas that can be used to study or hang out with friends. Boone and Dowell both have community bathrooms with a total of 7 showers per floor, while Porter is suite-style. Each room in MEP has its own sink. All residents of MEP share a large laundry facility, centrally located in Porter Hall.

Floors: 3
Capacity: 300
Gender: Boone and Porter: Female, Dowell: Male
Flooring: Carpet

Plunkett Hall

Popular for its outdoor pool, Plunkett Hall offers 2 common areas, which include 3 big screen TVs as well as a Ping-Pong table and a foosball table, perfect for a friendly competition with your roommate. The bathrooms in Plunkett are suite-style, and each room has its own sink. Plunkett residents share two laundry rooms on the ground level.

Floors: 3
Capacity: 200
Gender: Coed
Flooring: Carpet and Tile

Roberts Hall

Look for the big flagpole out front, and that’s Roberts Hall. Located right next to Cruz Plaza, you can enjoy the views from your room or step outside to soak up the sun. Roberts also has a common space if you want to get together with your friends. Each floor in Roberts has 2 community bathrooms with 2 showers per bathroom. Residents of Roberts Hall share a laundry room on the first floor.

Floors: 3
Capacity: 75
Gender: Coed (subject to change)
Flooring: Carpet

What Every Hall Has in Common

You’ll find that your residence hall offers just about everything you’ll need. Every room has a bed, a closet/wardrobe, and a desk with a chair for each resident, and all residence halls have vending machines, cable television, wireless internet, and easy access to free parking. Rooms are also available to accommodate students with accessibility needs. For coed residence halls, each floor or wing is grouped by gender so that men and women do not share the same living space.

In real estate, they say location is everything. That’s another perk of Mercer housing. Our residence halls are within easy walking distance to many campus amenities, including Connell Student Center, the Caf, and Cruz Plaza in the center of campus. Curious where each first-year residence hall is located on campus? Check out this helpful map!

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Always keep your Bear Card handy. You’ll need it to enter your residence hall, to open the controlled access gates on campus, and to use the free laundry facilities – no quarters needed.

Also, we recommend doing laundry with friends – it’s loads of fun!

Community vs. Suite-Style Bath: What’s the Difference?

Community Bath: Residence halls with a community bath have a large common bathroom that is shared by residents of the hall. Floors often have multiple bathrooms to ensure that all residents have convenient access. Community baths feature individual shower stalls for privacy and are cleaned daily by custodial staff, so that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about.

Suite-Style Bath: A suite-style arrangement shares one bathroom between two rooms. For example, in a suite-style residence hall, you and your roommate would share a shower and toilet with two other residents in an adjoining room. Both rooms would have their own sink. Some students prefer the privacy of a suite-style bath, but just remember – this means you, your roommate, and your suitemates will be responsible for cleaning your own bathroom.

Ready To Submit Your Housing Contract?

Log in to your MyMercer account at my.mercer.edu. During the summer, you will have the opportunity to select your housing through the self-assignment process, which occurs July 5-12. You will receive an email notification through your MyMercer account the week of June 26, indicating when you are scheduled to self-assign. When you receive access to choose your housing depends on:

  • The date your enrollment deposit was submitted
  • Completion of your housing contract by June 4

For more information, visit the Housing and Residence Life website. There you’ll find a variety of resources, including FAQs, policies, rates, and room measurements and diagrams for each residence hall.

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