There are five residences on campus, including Houston House, the former Inn on the Common. Apart from Houston House, which houses 12 students, each residence hall is home to approximately 20 students. These residences are set up in classic dormitory style, with shared bathrooms on each floor. The division of genders by residence is dependent on the student resident population and their needs. Off campus housing is also available.
Madison Residence faces Kane and Dunbar Hall and houses up to 25 students. Coin-operated washers and dryers and a root cellar are located in the basement of Madison.
Merlin Residence houses up to 25 students. Lounges are located on both floors and a coin-operated washer/dryer is located on the first floor. Major renovation was completed in the fall of 2000. Merlin is also home to the Wellness Center where a physician's assistant/nurse is available during scheduled hours to consult on matters of general, physical, or mental health.
Houston House is the newest Sterling residence. Formerly the Inn on the Common, the building includes a student lounge, dining room and extensively landscaped grounds. Houston House is the homebase for Sterling's summer culinary program.
Hamilton and Jefferson Residences are located on the “lower campus”. Surrounded by fields and adjacent to Cedar Swamp, these residences are a short walk from the main hub of campus. Each residence has rooms for up to 16 students, plus a faculty apartment. Both Hamilton and Jefferson underwent extensive environmental renovations in Summer 2011.