Residence Life

Historic Neighborhood

Virginia Hall

The Historic Neighborhood is a unique community located in the oldest part of Elon’s campus. It encompasses the oldest building on campus, West residence hall opened in 1905, as well as the five buildings erected in the wake of the 1923 fire. The vibrancy of the Historic Neighborhood is enhanced by the fact that it includes not only ten residence halls, but also a number of academic buildings and a dining hall; hence activity in the neighborhood begins early and ends late. Some of the university’s oldest and most well-known traditions occur within the Historic Neighborhood, including convocation and graduation each year "Under the Oaks." View a 360 degree view of the Historic neighborhood.

700 students, mostly first-year students live in ten buildings.

Living Learning Communities and Theme Housing

Academic Linkages

  • A number of academic buildings are located throughout the neighborhood
  • Linked sections of Freshman Foundations courses for first-year students in the neighborhood
  • Faculty Connects and Faculty Affiliates programs provide students opportunities to interact with faculty members at social events throughout the neighborhood.
  • Jason Aryeh, the Faculty Director, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

Signature Programs/Traditions/Experiences

  • Neighborhood community gatherings in the area basketball and volleyball courts and outdoor grilling pits
  • McEwen Mondays dining with invited faculty and administrators
  • Smith and Carolina BBQ takes place in September
  • West Birthday Party in October to celebrate the oldest building on campus
  • Service opportunities throughout the year at our partner site, North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center
  • “Pi” your RA day takes place on March 14th every year and all proceeds go to charity
  • Historic Block Party in May is a great way to end the year in Historic, and graduating seniors are invited to return to the neighborhood for this event.

Buildings and Room Types

  • Carolina Hall – This residence hall is named in honor of the Congregational Christian Churches of North Carolina who pledged the money to pay for this residence hall. It is a traditional style design that houses 125 female students in double rooms with a hall bath.
  • Hook Hall, Brannock Hall, and Barney Hall (HBB) – HBB is comprised of three suite style residence halls, named in memory of three long-time Elon faculty members, Dr. A.L. Hook, Dr. Ned F. Brannock, and John W. Barney. Each suite has four double rooms with built-in furniture and a shared bathroom.
  • Isabella Cannon Pavilion – Built in 2002 and named in memory of Isabella Cannon '24, the first female mayor of Raleigh and a longtime beneficiary of Elon. Houses 22 Elon College Fellows in a co-ed design (same gender by suite) with two bedrooms that share a bathroom. The building has two classrooms as well as a kitchen/lounge area.
  • Kenan Honors Pavilion – Built in 2002 and named in honor of William R. Kenan Jr., a chemist and industrialist with wide-ranging business interests. Houses 22 Honors Fellows in a co-ed design (same gender by suite) with two bedrooms that share a bathroom. The building has two classrooms as well as a kitchen/lounge area.
  • Sloan Hall – Named in honor of Dr. W. W. Sloan and Bessie Pickett Sloan, this facility is a traditional style design that houses 93 co-ed students in double rooms with shared suite bathrooms. It is adjacent to McEwen Dining Hall and the School of Communications. It is home to the Communications Learning Community and the Area Office.
  • Smith Hall – Smith is named in honor of Dr. L.E. Smith, former President of Elon. It is a traditional style design that houses 125 male students in double rooms with a hall bath.
  • Virginia Hall – This residence hall is named in honor of the Congregational Christian Churches in Virginia who pledged the money to pay for this residence hall. It is a traditional style design that houses 87 co-ed students in double rooms with sinks in the room and suite-style bathrooms. It is adjacent to Carlton Building.
  • West Hall – This the oldest building on Elon's campus and serves as the backdrop to annual commencement exercises. It is a traditional style design that houses 87 female students. It is adjacent to Carlton Building. Features both traditional hall design and suite-style rooms.

360 Room View

Virginia Bed Room | Pavilion Bed Room | Pavilion Bathroom

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