Earlham Hall

Photo of the front of Earlham Hall with beautiful spring flowers

Earlham Hall is the central hub of campus. Originally built in 1855, it was mostly destroyed in a fire and rebuilt in 1957. You can find the Offices of Student Life and Residence Life on its main floor, and it’s connected to the dining hall and Runyan Center—a great perk for residents on rainy and snowy Midwestern days!

Earlham Hall’s second floor is also home to the Substance-Free Living-Learning community.

Living in Earlham Hall

Earlham Hall is a co-ed residence hall that can house up to 106 students. The hall features two full kitchens, conveniently located on the second and third floors and equipped with microwaves, full-size refrigerators, stoves, sinks, counter-space, and some individual storage units. There is a laundry room on the second floor and a TV lounge.

Room Amenities

Ethernet (network) data jack and access to the building’s WiFi connection are provided in each room. One standard cat-5 compatible Ethernet jack for 100 Mbps connection to the campus network and internet is available in each room. Students may utilize a standard splitter or network hub if additional ports are needed.


Limited storage space is available to students over the summer free of charge. Learn more about on-campus storage over the summer.


  • Co-ed hall with single and double rooms
  • TV lounge
  • Vending machines
  • Full kitchen and laundry


The College supplies the following items for each student:

  • 1 extra long twin-sized bed
  • 1 desk with chair
  • 1 dresser
  • 1 towel rack or hook
  • 1 bookcase per room
  • 1 mirror per room

Highlights and Floor Plans

Average Room Dimensions

  • Window: 2.5′ x 6′
  • Room: 12′ x 13′
  • Ceiling: 9.5′

Floor Plans

View by floor of residence hall – PDF format.

Safety Information

Each residence hall is equipped with an electronic fire alarm system consisting of strobe and horn fixtures, fire alarm pull stations, and smoke detectors in all resident room and common areas and thermal (heat) detectors in the kitchens. Fire extinguishers are located throughout the residence hall. Fire escape plans are located on the back of each resident’s door.

Instructions for properly heating/cooling your room safely are provided by the College.

All residence halls have a card access system. Students, teaching and administrative faculty with an encoded ID are afforded access. Campus phones outside each building provide access to residents or to Campus Safety & Security in case of an emergency.

I know where I want to live, what’s next?

Once you’ve selected a hall that you have a preference for, the next steps are to fill out a housing application. If you’ve already done that and know where you will be moving to, check out our page on moving in!

More information and resources

The Office of Residence Life works behind the scenes to keep you safe, healthy and fulfilled throughout your journey at Earlham College. Whether you are looking for academic advice, a shoulder to lean on, or opportunities for personal and professional growth, our team is here to support you through it all.

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.