Contact the Office of Campus Life

All residents are assigned one or two keys when they check into their residence hall assignment. At the end of your room assignment, any assigned keys that are not returned to Campus Life will incur lock change charge.

Your assigned keys are important because they provide a layer of security for both you and your belongings while residing in the residence halls. Please make sure to keep your key(s) safe and with you at all times. Equally important to ensuring the safety of yourself and your belongings is to lock your room whenever you leave.

Locked out of your room? If you have locked yourself out of your room you may sign out a spare key in the Office of Campus Life to unlock your door temporarily.

Lose your keys? If you end up misplacing your keys, please make sure to come to Campus Life to start the lock change process.

Campus Life is located on the 2nd floor of Cotter Union and open 8am – 5pm Monday Through Friday.

A lock change request should be submitted as soon as you know that you have lost your key. This will help prevent someone from having unwanted access to your room.

Campus Life staff will provide a temporary spare key to use to access your space until the lock change is complete. Once you submit your lock change request, staff in Campus Life will notify the locksmith to complete the work and submit a $150 lock change charge to your student account.

Once the lock has been changed, you will be issued a new key for the space and you will be notified by Campus Life via email that a new key is available to retrieve from the Campus Life office.

Students are encouraged to submit their own work for issues they may be having in their residence hall room. A few examples of what you might submit a work order for are: your room is too cold/hot, there is a potential leak, your room door sticks, is there a draft around the windows, a leg on your desk chair is loose and wobbly, etc. 

The College’s work order system is directly connected to Facilities Services and is the quickest way to notify anyone of the concern. The following steps will have your concern addressed quickly and efficiently.

  • Go to the Facilities Services website ( Want to get to this site faster? Save this to your favorites on your computer web browser. Pro Tip: Use a computer not a phone or tablet as the pop-up and autofill options will not work unless on a computer.
  • Click on the orange button at the bottom right side of the page titled “Submit A Work Order.”
  • On the left side menu bar (blue bar), you will find the “Submit a Request” link. You will then be taken to the form to submit your request.
  • When using the form, please make sure to have your pop-up blocker disabled for this site to allow the form to help populate the desired information
    • Fill out the form using the drop-downs as well as the fields to enter text.
    • When completing the “Request” box, please be as specific as possible to share the concern and exact location. This way the correct member of Facilities can be assigned and dispatched to assist with your concern.


For urgent requests and need for immediate attention during the weekends and after hours, students can contact Security by calling 207-859-5530. From there, a member of Security will contact the Facilities On-Call Staff.

Students will find helpful and important information regarding summer housing, summer employment, and helpful policies about this time of year through the Office of Special Programs website.

Determining what to pack can often be difficult. We have compiled a list of items that are suggestions based on what past students have found necessary, or have realized they needed once they arrived in their room. 

The following is a list of recommended items to bring to campus.


  • At least 2 twin extra long sheet sets
  • Mattress cover
  • Foam mattress topper
  • Pillows



  • Full length mirror
  • Hangers
  • Trashcan
  • Storage containers
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Swiffer
  • Fan



  • Soap/body wash
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Face wash/cream
  • Lotion (body/sunscreen/etc)
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Towels, washcloth/loofah
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes/flip flops



  • Detergent & fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Hamper/laundry basket



  • Formal/professional wear
  • Rain/winter coat
  • Rain/snow boots
  • Scarves, gloves, hats
  • Sweaters



  • Passport
  • Drivers license
  • Car registration & insurance cards



  • Snacks
  • Reusable dishes & utensils
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Sponge
  • Microwave
  • Mini fridge (4.0 cubic feet or smaller)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Trash bags
  • Tupperware



  • Comb/hair brush
  • Contacts & solution
  • Eyeglasses
  • Tweezers & nail clippers
  • Tampons/pads
  • Medication



  • Chargers (phone, computer, etc)
  • Headphones
  • Laptop
  • TV
  • Video game console & games
  • Surge protector
  • Extension cord


DO NOT PACK (Student Handbook)

  • Space heaters
  • Christmas trees
  • Candles
  • Alcohol
  • Air conditioners

Community Advisor staff across campus will be to assist students in gaining access to trunk room as well as making sure that permissible items are boxed and labeled properly. 

Trunk rooms are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Their purpose is intended for students that cannot bring items home due to longer travel distances and inability to afford storage alternatives. Trunk rooms have a finite amount of space and so please know that any one of these rooms may become too full at any point.

Plan Ahead:  Students that need access to a trunk room are asked to plan accordingly  and work with a Community Advisor in advance to schedule a time. Community Advisor availability is dependent on their schedules (please be respectful and cognizant of their role as a student as well).  

  • During closing periods, a student that does not properly plan ahead to coordinate a time with a Community Advisor may be left without access and would therefore be required to remove all belongings from campus.
  • Trunk room availability is finite and when a trunk room is filled, the room is closed. At that time no other student belongings will be stored at that location. 
  • Any personal items left outside of trunk room spaces will be promptly discarded. The College is not responsible for any personal items that are left in hallways or outside of trunk rooms.


What’s Allowed?

  • Properly sealed and labeled cardboard boxes or plastic totes
  • Square luggage that can easily be stacked


What’s Not Allowed?

  • Furniture of any type (bookshelves, futons, couches, chairs, tables, etc.)
  • Appliances (refrigerators, microwaves, etc.)
  • Carpets
  • Items in bags (trash bags, shopping bags, etc.).
  • Loose items

Parking on campus is administered by Colby College Security.

Online parking permit registration for the 2023/24 academic year will open on August 11, 2023 and be available by class year according to the dates below. 

All student vehicles on campus are required to have a parking permit. There is limited student parking on campus.  First-year students should consider not bringing a vehicle to campus and be prepared to park off-campus in a remote parking lot. The remote parking lots have limited, mostly weekend, shuttle service to them. 

Complete details will be emailed the week prior to registration opening. Registration opens for each class year at 10:00AM on the dates listed below. 

  • Seniors – August 11, 12, &13  
  • Juniors and Seniors – August 14, 15, & 16
  • Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors – August 17, 18, & 19
  • Any student not yet registered (all classes, including first-years) – August 20 and dates after

The Office of Campus Life will once again offer transportation shuttles from Portland to campus for the fall semester. Students may purchase tickets at a subsidized rate (the cost is $20 per ticket).

Transportation resources including Colby sponsored shuttles from Portland can be found on the Colby Transportation Webpage.

Each year, Colby College publishes key dates for the academic calendar. The 2023-2024 academic year dates can be found here. Important dates for students include:

  • Thanksgiving Break 
    • The college, including residence halls, is closed beginning 12PM on Wednesday, November 22,2023 through Sunday, November 26, 2023
    • No classes on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 through Friday, November 24, 2024
    • Residence Halls reopen at 8AM on Sunday, November 26, 2023
    • The College and all offices are closed on Thursday, November 23, 2023 and Friday, November 24, 2023. College offices reopen on Monday, November 27, 2023 
  • Winter Break
    • Residence halls close at 12PM (noon) on Tuesday, December 19, 2023. 
    • All residents except those with extenuating circumstance or exemptions must vacate
    • The College reopens for students participating in Jan Plan on Saturday, January 6, 2024
  • Spring Semester Move-In
    • Residence halls open at 8AM on Monday, February 5, 2024 for students that were not on campus for an approved Jan Plan course
  • Spring Break
    • Residence halls are closed for Spring Break between Saturday, March 23, 2024 through Sunday, March 31, 2024.
  • End of Year Move-Out
    • Residence halls close at 12PM (noon) on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 
    • All residents, except those that have been officially approved and received confirmation for summer housing and/or seniors participating in senior week/commencement, must vacate the residence halls no later than 24-hours after their last final exam or by 12PM (noon) on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 – whichever is earlier
    • On-campus, summer housing information will be available to students through the Special Programs website (information will be updated in the spring semester)

Transporation Options & Schedules