Residence Life

The residence life staff works collaboratively with institutional partners to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, with a focus on academic success, individual growth, and holistic development. We promote Curtis’s core values, emphasizing student leadership beyond the classroom, practice room, and performance space.


Lenfest Hall offers suite-style living with well-thought-out design and amenities in line with what most students expect in contemporary campus housing. Each unit can serve four to six students and features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a small common area. A kitchenette and a free laundry room are provided on the fifth floor. Each suite is equipped with wifi access, and cable TV is provided in the common area.

The building also features a convenient dining hall, offices, mailboxes, a fifth-floor garden terrace, and the magnificent Gould Rehearsal Hall. It has 32 studios for lessons, individual practice, classes, and rehearsals, which residents can access 24 hours a day. The building also has 24-hour security attendants and cameras.


Curtis is committed to involving Lenfest Hall residents in the discussion of issues that affect the quality of their lives. Each residential floor has a Resident Assistant (RA).

RAs act as liaisons to administration on such topics as procedures, policies, and proposals for the residence. They meet regularly to work on various residence issues, to develop activities, and to assist with staff assessment.


RA- and student-initiated activities in Lenfest Hall include:

  • Field trips to Philadelphia’s cultural establishments
  • Lectures
  • Informal concerts
  • Dramatic productions
  • Career workshops
  • Graduate school forums
  • Dinners with faculty and administrators
  • Game nights
  • Movie nights


Suites are approximately 1,119 square feet (103.9 square meters).  Each bedroom is approximately 138 square feet (12.8 square meters).

The bedroom has a bed with an extra-long mattress, wardrobe closet with mirror, desk with overhead lamp, built-in window shades, and wall-to-wall carpeting.

The bathroom has a stall shower, toilet, pedestal sink, and two built-in towel racks.

The common area has a sofa, two chairs, a coffee table, window shades, micro-fridge (combination refrigerator and microwave oven), TV cable box, and coat closet.

Upon acceptance to Curtis, you will receive a housing application in the mail. Included in the application are questions about your personal preferences, habits, lifestyle, and the attributes that you feel are important in your living environment. This information is carefully reviewed to ensure that you are matched with compatible suitemates. Students also have the flexibility to request living with a specific student or students.

Lenfest Hall is staffed with security guards 24/7. Curtis students, staff, and faculty must use their Curtis ID card to access Lenfest Hall. Non-Curtis visitors must sign in at the Locust Street guard's desk before they are permitted through the turnstile. Student residents will have access to private elevators to residential floors. Student residents are issued a personal security key card to swipe/enter their suite, and a standard door key to lock/enter their bedroom.

Housekeeping staff clean the common living room space and bathrooms each week. Students are responsible for cleaning their bedrooms; housekeeping staff are not permitted to enter or clean bedrooms. A laundry room is located on the fifth floor. There is no additional charge to use the laundry facilities.

Students will need twin-size extra-long sheets, a comforter, and a pillow for their bed. Regular twin sheets will not fit on the mattresses. Students will need to bring their own lamps for the common room and additional lighting in the bedrooms. No halogen lighting is permitted; lamps and lighting should use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

For 2018–19: All incoming students who were born on or after September 1, 1996 and will hold a high school diploma by September 1, 2018 are required to live in Lenfest Hall during their first two years of study at Curtis. Additionally, incoming students who are over 18 years of age and pursuing a high school diploma are required to live in Lenfest Hall during their first two years of study at Curtis.

Students who are 17 years of age and under and pursuing a high school diploma are required to live with a parent or guardian off-campus. Younger students who initially live off-campus with a parent or guardian are required to move into Lenfest Hall at the start of the academic year after they turn 18 or complete their high school diploma, whichever comes first.

Older students are strongly encouraged to consider the cost, safety, and convenience of living in Lenfest Hall.

A central cable box is located in the common living space. Students wishing to have cable in their bedroom must make arrangements directly with a cable provider for cable box installation. Residents must provide their own television. Wi-fi access is available throughout the building.

Animals are not permitted in Lenfest Hall. Persons with a disability and requiring a service animal with them to live independently are the only exception to this policy. In these cases, medical documentation must be provided and approved by Curtis. 

Student residents are expected and required to have a cell phone. No land-line service is provided in the suites or bedrooms at Lenfest Hall.