Residence Life

Residence Life Overview

The Residence Building will be your home away from home during your training. When you arrive on campus, you’ll be welcomed by staff and other students who will show you the ropes of dorm life. They’ll make sure you know about all the resources and activities that are available to you as a resident student.

Residence Building Highlights:

  • Single rooms with private bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi and Internet access throughout the building
  • Computer lab with specialized equipment
  • Library
  • Lounge areas with large-screen TVs, satellite hook-up and DVD players
  • Closed circuit TVs
  • Video phones and amplified phones for calls to family and friends

Your Space

Bedroom with bed, dresser, mirror, desk, chair and curtain-covered windows.You’ll live in a single dorm room with a private bathroom, which includes a stall shower, a sink and a toilet. There is a doorbell outside of every room. Some rooms have a buzzer and flashing light that go with this bell. If you are unable to see or hear these bells or lights, there is an alerting system that can be used in your room. All rooms and bathrooms are connected to a “nurse call” system, so you can alert staff in the event of an emergency.

Tactually marked washers and dryers are located on ground and first floor of the Residence. All sheets and towels are supplied by HKNC, and housekeeping is available. Of course, if you’d rather do your own cleaning, supplies are available for your use.

Depending on your goals and skill level, you may have the opportunity to move from a dorm room to one of our on-campus apartments located in the Residence which includes a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom and a bathroom.

Once you’ve mastered on-campus living, you may have the option to move into one of HKNC’s off-campus studio apartments, where you’ll continue to receive support from HKNC staff as you enjoy a new level of independence.


The cafeteria serves three meals a day:


7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (Weekdays)

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Weekends/Holidays)

Cold cereal, yogurt, fruit, tea and coffee are available for self-service starting at 7 a.m. every day.


12:15 p.m-1:00 p.m (Monday-Thursday, Saturday-Sunday)

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. (Fridays)


4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

There also is an evening snack provided nightly at 7:30 p.m. in the 1st floor lounge.

Menus are accessible electronically and also are posted inside the cafeteria in large print and braille. If you don’t like a particular meal, alternate options also are available. The kitchen staff can accommodate special dietary requests made for medical or religious reasons.

Picnic tables and chairs are set up on the patio during spring and summer months so you can eat outdoors.

Students sitting at tables in the cafeteria. There are two pieces of art on the brick wall in the back of the room and a wall of windows on the right.

Support Staff and Security

Except during meal times when staff are assisting in the cafeteria, at least one member of the Residence staff will be near the Residence Office at all times. A “staff alert device” with flashing light and bell can be used to call for staff assistance. All rooms and bathrooms are connected to a “nurse call” system, so you can alert staff in the event of an emergency.

If there is a fire in the building, there is a light that flashes and a bell that rings in addition to the fire alarm. Staff members check every room to make sure that all residents are safely out of the building. The Residence schedules monthly fire drills. Your mobility instructor will provide you with training on how to exit all buildings safely.


The Residence offers a computer lab, a telephone room and Wi-Fi service to ensure that you can stay connected 24 hours a day.

Resources include:

  • Computers
  • Braille displays
  • Screen magnification
  • CCTVs
  • Internet access
  • Videophone
  • LVD

In the Residence Office, there are braille writers, radios, vibrating alarm clocks, irons and other devices that you can borrow.

Your instructors will teach you to use this equipment, and Residence Building staffers are always willing to answer any questions you may have.


There are two lounge spaces, where you can play games, watch TV, read or just hang out with friends. Both lounges feature large-screen televisions with satellite connection and VCR and DVD players.

The main lounge, located on the 1st floor, is the spot for a wide range of recreational activities. Group activities are scheduled weekday evenings and during both day and evening hours on weekends and holidays. Even if there’s nothing special planned on a given day, snacks are provided each night at 7:30.