WPI’s newest residence, Messenger Hall, opened in August 2018. Centrally located on the Quad, sitting atop the Foisie Innovation Studio, Messenger is a co-ed, three-floor, 140-bed residence hall. Each floor includes two multi-use gendered (one male/one female) bathrooms and two single-use gender-inclusive bathrooms. Tech suites and open lounges offer many options for studying and laundry facilities are available on each floor.
The naming of the residence hall honors Priscilla and George Messenger Jr. ’51 for their lifetime support of WPI students. The couple established the George and Priscilla Messenger Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2001, and have made additional generous commitments to that fund over the years.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who lives in Messenger Hall?
- Priority for sophomore residents.
How many student staff members are in the building?
- 3 Resident Advisors (RAs) work with Messenger Hall, 1 RA per floor.
What type of building is Messenger Hall?
- A single corridor hall with double and single bedrooms on each floor.
- Entrance to Messenger is separate from Foisie Innovation Studio, but residents have access through a joint entrance during specific hours.
What are the amenities in the building?
- Air conditioning/heating units
- Two tech suites per floor
- 2 large lounges with soft seating and tables with chairs per floor
- Laundry room, located on each floor
- Trash and recycling room on every floor
- 2 single gender inclusive, single use bathrooms per floor in addition to the multi-use gendered bathrooms
- A uniquely connected building, Messenger does not feature traditional wired cable service; instead, residents are able to view WPI cable channels wirelessly through use of Roku devices or their laptop computers.
Do tech suites need to be reserved?
- Tech suites are on a first come, first serve basis. If a space is open and available, residents are permitted to use the space without a reservation.
Is a residential meal plan required in Messenger Hall?
- Residents of Messenger Hall are required to have a residential meal plan – either a 14, 19, 200 or VIP plan.
What is provided for furniture?
- Bedrooms are outfitted with a bed, desk, desk chair, and dresser for each resident. Messenger Hall closets are open facing closets with a shelf and hanging bar for clothing.
Can beds be lofted or bunked?
- Beds in Messenger Hall are able to be bunked. Residents need to ask for pins to bunk the bed, but are responsible for un-bunking the bed at the end of the year and returning the pins to the Residential Services Office.
- Beds cannot be lofted and lofting equipment is not provided.
Are beds adjustable?
- All beds in Messenger Hall can be adjusted up or down. Residents are responsible for adjusting the bed height. Beds can be adjusted to the top level, allowing the dresser to fit underneath the bed.