Living in an Expanded Triple

While expanded occupancy triple rooms have a less space and privacy than double rooms, students assigned to triple rooms will have a successful experience, and even enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to develop close relationships with their roommates. Often when students living in triple rooms are given the opportunity to move to a double room, they decline the offer because of the connections they've already forged with their roommates.

Students sitting in a dorm room

What will a expanded occupancy triple room look like?

An expanded occupancy triple is the same size as one of the largest double rooms available. While the look and style of every room differs, each room will have three desks, three chairs, two dressers, one set of underbed storage drawers and three beds, two bunked and one lofted. Underbed storage drawers will be under the bunked beds and one desk and one dresser will be under the lofted bed. Students share closet space. Our staff has worked together to determine the optimal arrangement for triple rooms, so you won't have to worry about trying to figure out the best configuration when you move in. It will already be done for you. Storage space is limited and it's best to coordinate who will be bringing what in order to avoid having two or three of everything (the most obvious example is a refrigerator).

Why was I assigned to a triple room?

There has been a substantial increase in the demand for on campus housing. The Office of Residence Life has been working to ensure that this demand is met and as a result it is necessary to house students in triples.

If space becomes available, will it be possible to move into a double room?

As students withdraw from on campus housing it will be possible for us to de-triple rooms. As space becomes available, students living in triples will be offered the chance to move.

What are the benefits of living in a triple?

Many students who are initially concerned about living in a triple ended up loving it, choosing to remain in the room even when they have the opportunity to move into a double. It is worth mentioning that remaining in a triple until winter break enables those students to participate in the first round of housing selection for their class in the following year.

Many students and their families ask whether they will receive a discounted housing rate for being placed in a triple. It is Simmons philosophy to charge the same amount for all housing- singles, doubles, triples, and quads, therefore a student living in a single or suite in their junior or senior year will not pay more than a student in a double.

Will there be enough room for the three of us?

Expanded occupancy triple rooms were all evaluated to ensure that the school furnishings would fit in the available space, but if you are planning on bringing puffy chair, or extra furniture, you might find the space a bit tight.

Storage space is limited to the shared closets and under the beds, so we recommend bringing only what you need. If Simmons isn't far from home, bring what you need for one season at a time. Bed Bath and Beyond and Target are both within walking distance and many other popular stores are T accessible; consider postponing purchases of non-essential items until after you've arrived and assessed the space. The college bookstore will also be open during opening weekend and will have popular items for purchase. We recommend getting in touch with your roommates before Opening Weekend, not only to introduce yourself but also to talk about who is bringing large items such a fridge, ironing board etc, to avoid duplicates. Our Xfinity OnCampus system allows for streaming of all shows through devices such as computers, phones, or tablets. Most of our students forgo packing a TV. However, if you do choose to bring a TV, a Roku box will be needed to stream Xfinity to the TV or your TV can be connected via HDMI cord to your laptop.

Our students find many creative ways to maximize space, like:

  • Using shelving units or stacking bins to use vertical space.
  • Using double rack hangers and hanging shelves that allow you to store more clothes in a small area.
  • Using pop up laundry hampers that can be easily folded and stored in your closet when not being used.