There are four residence halls on the historic Tougaloo College campus for all students, new and returning. Some areas of housing are specified by classification and special initiatives. Housing assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Renner Hall was constructed in 1972 as the upper class female residence hall. For twenty years, it was among the three newest buildings on the Tougaloo College Campus. The building was named for Jennie Renner, a member of the Renner Family that contributed $100,000 toward the construction cost. The dorm is unusual in design resembling a horizontal tower on stilts. It is a two story, concrete structure that has a capacity of 198 students which consists of five houses/sections and each house/section contains twenty rooms, a counselor’s apartment, two lounges, and two baths.
In 1992, the Tougaloo College male population grew and more space was needed for the welcomed increase of male students. The decision was made to make Renner Hall the main residence hall for male students. Judson Cross, a freshman female residence hall, was renovated into an administration building. Therefore, Renner Hall became the freshman female residence hall, and the males were relocated to Berkshire Hall.
A.A. Branch Hall was built in 1972 and is a shorter version of Renner Hall. It was named in honor of Dean A.A. Branch in 1995. It is a two story, concrete structure that has a capacity of 152 students which consists of four houses/sections and each house/section contains twenty rooms, a counselor’s apartment, two lounges, and two baths. Currently, male and female students reside in Branch Hall. The first 2 ½ houses/sections are for females, and the last 1 ½ houses are for males.
New Women's Hall
New Women's Hall was constructed in 2001 and is the newest residence hall on campus. It is a 3 story brick building plus a 10 room ground floor that has a 203 bed capacity for upper class females and two counselor’s apartments. This suite style hall consists of two person, three person, and four person rooms. All two and three person rooms share a full bathroom. The four person rooms have their own full bathroom.
Berkshire Cottage was completed in October 1992. The original Berkshire, erected in 1894, was destroyed by fire in 1990. The new structure represented the College’s total “Academic Living and Learning Center.” The center of the building—the Learning Center— houses classrooms and the Humanities Division. The Living Center, completed in 1993, was originally for female students and includes 140 bed spaces. Currently, it houses male students. The Living Center has two sides, A and B. Side A generally houses freshman males, and Side B houses upper class males.