All students are required to stay on campus during their time at Olin at one of two dorms, West Hall or East Hall. West Hall features a private bath, air conditioning, and cable while East Hall has several single occupancy bedrooms. The residence halls can hold up to 354.

Currently, Olin only has two competitive sports teams, Soccer and Ultimate, but students are free to participate in clubs and intramurals at the nearby Babson and Wellesley Colleges, although they are not permitted on the varsity teams. Many choose to take part in rugby, martial arts, fencing, the Boston Marathon, and more. Students can also take advantage of the gyms and fitness facilities at the two colleges as well as the ones featured in their own halls.

There are several clubs and organizations at Olin, including the Honor Board, film club, orchestra, Power Chords, and the Council of Olin Representatives. SERV is also a popular choice which focuses on volunteering and community service in the surrounding cities. If students find there isn’t a club that fits their interest, they can apply for funding at the Students Activities Organization.

Every year, Olin participates in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, where students received the highest rating in 2002 and 2005, also winning the INFORMS prize in the later year. Other competitions include the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Mini-Baja and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Human Powered Vehicle. Academic career counseling, placement services, a library, and employment services are also available to all students.

Students are also encouraged to visit nearby Boston, only 14 miles away, where they will find a vibrant culture with educational opportunities, museums, delicious food, and plenty of history.

Campus Housing - Dorms and Meal Plans

Provides on campus housing

Residence hall capacity

Does college offer a meal plan?
Yes, number of meals in the maximum meal plan offered

Must all students live on campus?

Number of meals per week are provided with the meal plan
Residence halls on campus:
st Hall

Campus Services and Programs

Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Library facilities
Access to digital/electronic resources
Access to library collections that are shared with other institutions
Established library hours
Organized collection of printed materials
Physical facilities
Staff trained to provide and interpret library materials
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Hospital on campus?


% of students with registered disabilities

Nearby Restaurants

Cafe Fresh Bagel

Miles From Campus: 1.49
This is hands down the best bagel place in Massachusetts. They are always always busy, yet the service is incredible and they always get your food out...

Wasik's Cheese Shop

Miles From Campus: 1.66
An attribute of great customer service is how an organization responds when it lets it customers down. I wanted to buy a couple bottles of nice wine that I...

Jake's Falafel Corner

Miles From Campus: 4.55
This is my goto place for a falafel fix. The Baba Ganoush and hummus are home made and amazing as well. Jake the owner is a great guy. He's been kind...

Morano Gelato Chestnut Hill

Miles From Campus: 4.91
This place is kind of randomly located in the mall, but it's a nice little gem to find. There's a good range of flavors and I'm glad there's an option for...

Recreo Coffee & Roasterie

Miles From Campus: 5.57
I really like the coffee and atmosphere at this place. I also love Recreo's philosophy of social responsibility; their coffee is all grown at their family...


Miles From Campus: 5.68
I seriously do not have enough good things to say about this place. My fiancé and I live down the street and at least one of us goes here at least once per...


Miles From Campus: 5.75
Grocery shopping is just one of those things; it's a chore. However, when it comes to Russo's, it's an activity! Maybe it's just me, but one of the strange...


Miles From Campus: 6.31
Amazing Amazing Amazing Absolutely love this place from the first day that I went here, people who working here are nice, Finally healthy option in...

Twelve Hours

Miles From Campus: 6.44
Second time here! As good if not better than the first. I got the street soup, yummo!! Loaded with fresh goodies. Love it here. 2/11/18 - ice now lost...

Meat Spot

Miles From Campus: 6.5
Hot pastrami and Swiss sandwich was awesome! I live in CT and occasionally go into Boston for work. I've been looking for a good sandwich place off the...

Super Fusion Cuisine

Miles From Campus: 6.56
Ever since my boyfriend introduced me to Super Fusion, I have yet to find a go-to sushi spot that I love more. We've come here nearly a dozen times...

Johnny D's Fruit and Produce

Miles From Campus: 6.82
This place is an absolute gem. We got 2 bags full of still gorgeous produce at the end of the day, at the end of the week, for less than $16. The produce...

Jim's Deli & Restaurant

Miles From Campus: 6.83
Nostalgia never tasted so good! Jim's Deli was my first stop after our red eye into Logan. I have history with this wonderful place, during my years at BC...

Esperia Grill

Miles From Campus: 6.87
Incredible food, but kinda pricey. You get what you pay for, though. I used to love getting the kabobs from here. Absolutely one of the best places in...

Barcelona Brookline

Miles From Campus: 7.13
Value: 9/10 Experience: 8/10 Taste: 10/10 Popular spot with phenomenal tapas at a very reasonable price. Great for dates! Highly recommend: -Potatas...

Whole Heart Provisions

Miles From Campus: 7.72
I'm not Vegan, but with restaurants like this, I easily could be! Everything here is super fresh and delicious. I'm glad to see more restaurants like this...


Miles From Campus: 7.73
FoMu uses coconut milk as their dairy substitute, which is great for my lactose intolerant boyfriend. This place serves the best vegan ice cream I ever had!...

In House Cafe

Miles From Campus: 7.88
Third time I've been here. The food is tasty and fresh, the service is good, and the atmosphere is quirky and great. I love this place and it's quickly...

Carlo's Cucina Italiana

Miles From Campus: 7.96
Carlo's is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Boston. Reminiscent of my youth growing up as an Italian American in northern New Jersey, this...

Boston Brew Tours by City Brew Tours

Miles From Campus: 10.92
One heck of a place to enjoy your Saturday night with your friends. I am new to Boston and have been to just a few other breweries but this has been my...
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Nearby Social Spots


Miles From Campus: 1.6
Juniper is an all-around delight. The staff start the experience off with warmth and great recommendations. The cocktail selection is fun and adventurous -...

The Farmhouse

Miles From Campus: 1.68
Fantastic. Love the food, service, and ambiance. It's a rustic yet upscale look: water served in mason jars, beautiful paintings of New England...

Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails

Miles From Campus: 1.7
We stopped at Three Squares for dinner after a funeral. Being from out of state, we had no idea what was available in the area. I am so glad we choose this...

The Biltmore Bar & Grille

Miles From Campus: 2.46
I came here the other day with a coworker after a grueling day at the office. It was my first time but my coworker has been there before and warned me that...

The Bagel Place

Miles From Campus: 2.73
This place is great. The food is fresh and delicious. The team that runs it are always super kind and helpful. The Baja breakfast sandwich w extra bacon and...

The Paint Bar

Miles From Campus: 5.01
Love this super cute getaway to unwind. Love the different art work that you can choose. A lot of fun and would recommend it for a girls night out!!

Arnold Arboretum

Miles From Campus: 7.25
This is a wonderful park in the middle of Boston (in Jamaica Plains). The park is quite large and has a lovely collection of bonsai and dwarf trees....

The Publick House

Miles From Campus: 7.25
Now that I live in Somerville, one of the things I miss most about Brighton/Brookline is Publick House. They always have an awesome selection of beers, and...

Deep Ellum

Miles From Campus: 7.73
We decided to try a sampling from both Lone Star and Deep Ellum today. Both had wonderful, tasty drinks. I love to see a restaurant that carries some of...

Fenway Park

Miles From Campus: 9.27
Amazing place. 1) The tour was one of the best I have ever experienced. 2) Although the tour was long, it was worth it. 3) Will be back.

Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks

Miles From Campus: 9.41
Been here twice. Went once for a holiday luncheon with my coworkers, and when I told my wife how great it was, she made reservations for us to go today....

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Miles From Campus: 9.45
I had a great time here with my girlfriend! The lobster roe noodles are INCREDIBLE. I also really appreciated all of their willingness to accommodate us -...

Toscanini's Ice Cream

Miles From Campus: 9.73
A thousand stars for the Vienna finger cookie flavor!! Loved the large chunks of soft cookie that were thrown in. The green tea is very rich in matcha...

Craigie On Main

Miles From Campus: 9.75
Attn vegans and vegan-friendly friends: Don't be fooled by the meat-heavy you menu, cuz we enjoyed the best vegan meal of our lives last night at Craigie On...


Miles From Campus: 10.08
This place was great! I have always heard very good things about Toro, but never had a chance to go. It was always so busy! I had a rehearsal in the area,...

Atlantic Fish

Miles From Campus: 10.12
Growing up in Maine I must admit my expectations of Atlantic Fish were not high at all. I've been living here for years and never gave much thought to the...

Neptune Oyster

Miles From Campus: 11.68
The wait is long and 100% worth it. We thought we'd go in on a whim at 8pm on a Friday night but didn't want to wait the 4 hour seat time so we went back...

Giacomo's Ristorante

Miles From Campus: 11.84
Probably one of the best restaurants I've been to. The plate for two is an absolute heaven ($60.00 well spent). You can add a bottle of wine for additional...
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