Living in the residence halls at Bethel University is an integral part of students’ educational experience. The intent of living among peers and in the residence halls is to help individuals develop their full potential in all areas of life. As students seek to become whole and holy people, Bethel understands learning opportunities do not just happen in the classroom. At Bethel, the residence hall is more than a place to sleep and study; it is a place to connect with people, which is one of the most significant aspects of the college experience. It is in the residences that social, spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual life blend together as in no other campus environment. This is also where students put their independent living skills into practice through real-life learning opportunities. BUILD staff partner with Student Life to create a safe and rewarding environment for the students in the BUILD program. 

2022-2023 Housing

  1. Nelson, Edgren, Getsch, and Bodien - Residence halls for first-year students 
    1. Bodien: https://www.bethel.edu/undergrad/student-life/residence-life/halls/bodien
    2. Edgren: https://www.bethel.edu/undergrad/student-life/residence-life/halls/edgren
    3. Getch: https://www.bethel.edu/undergrad/student-life/residence-life/halls/getsch 
    4. Nelson: https://www.bethel.edu/undergrad/student-life/residence-life/halls/nelson
  2. Rooms for students in the BUILD program are located throughout the residence hall, not all on the same floor or side of the hall.
  3. Students in BUILD have roommate(s) in BUILD.
  4. Students are assigned a double room, unless an accessible housing option is needed.
  5. Neighbors next to and directly across from students in BUILD are not students in BUILD.
  6. Housing Mentors for first-year students also live in Nelson, Edgren, Getsch, and Bodien.
  7. Wingblade & Widen, North Village - Apartments for second-year students: https://www.bethel.edu/undergrad/student-life/residence-life/halls/north-woods

    1. Apartment living experience provides transition to the next level of independence.
    2. Housing Mentors for second-year students also live in apartments in Widen and Wingblade.
    3. Students in BUILD have roommate(s) in BUILD, and request who they would like as their roommates.
    4. Rooms for students in the BUILD program are located throughout the residence hall, not all on the same floor or side of the hall.
    5. Neighbors next to and directly across from students in BUILD are not students in BUILD, unless an accessible housing option is needed.

Each year the housing arrangements are re-evaluated by Student Life and BUILD staff to determine which residential living options will best meet the needs of students for the following academic year. 

Residential Support Systems in Place

  • Housing Mentors: Housing Mentors live near students in BUILD and help develop life skills that transition students to living more independently. This includes self-care, home management (laundry, cleaning, etc.), weekly meal planning and preparation including grocery shopping, and social/community participation. Housing mentors provide encouragement, verbal reminders, modeling and coaching, but do not provide any direct care or personal care assistance, and do not make decisions for students. Housing Mentors are on-duty weeknights from 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. and on the weekends from 7:00 p.m. on Friday until 7:00 a.m. Monday.
  • Assistant Residential Supervisor: The Assistant Residential Supervisors (ARS) are on-duty 20 hours per week between the hours of 4:00-11:30 p.m. ARSs live and work in the residence halls where students in BUILD also live. The ARSs assist the BUILD Residential Supervisors (BRS) with housing mentor training, answering the BUILD On-Call phone, events including the Bethel Student Government (BSG) Unified Sports Club, and student follow-up as needed.
  • Residential Supervisors: The residential supervisors are professional staff who live on campus. There is a residential supervisor on-call weeknights from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. and on the weekends from 4:00 p.m. on Friday until 8:00 a.m. Monday. Residential supervisors provide oversight for the residential components of the BUILD program including teaching the Independent Living Lab, supervising BUILD housing mentors, and assisting with community and student development as well as conflict management. Students in the BUILD program can reach the residential supervisors at any time during these hours. 
  • Resident Assistants: Resident Assistants (RA) live in the residence halls near students. Their role is to develop relationships with students in order to walk alongside them as they learn about themselves, their relationship with Christ, and the Bethel community. RAs plan social and educational programming, advertise events, facilitate requesting repairs for residence hall rooms, address behavioral issues, and respond to emergencies. 
  • BUILD Professional Staff: The professional staff for the BUILD program answer the on-call phone from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The BUILD Office is open from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. During these hours BUILD staff are available to help answer questions and navigate situations when students call or visit the BUILD Office to ask for support.

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