The Busch Engineering, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T) Hall opened in 2011. B.E.S.T. Hall is a 3-building, 500-bed special interest community. Students who live in B.E.S.T. Hall are enrolled in the Schools of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy. In order to live in B.E.S.T. Hall, students are required to maintain active participation in the B.E.S.T. Hall community and must maintain a clean judicial record. B.E.S.T. Hall also houses the Health and Medicine Living-Learning Community and the Reilly Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community for Continuing Students. Learn more about the 2021-2022 Application Process.
Number of Students: 499
Number of Floors: 4
Average Room Size: 273 square feet
Availability: First year & continuing students in the schools of Pharmacy, Engineering, or School of Arts & Sciences with an interest in science.
Contract Type: Undergraduate Academic Year (Two Semesters)
The Busch Dining Hall, Busch Student Center, Busch Recreation Center, Pharmacy, Science Labs, Engineering Buildings, University bus stops.
- Air conditioning
- Vending machines
- Wifi throughout the building
- Laundry facility in each building
- Computer lab
- Lounges on each floor
- Study Lounge (West 2nd floor, open to all BEST residents)
- Flat screen television(s) (with cable)
- Pool table, foosball table
- Communal kitchen with oven (no stove top) in each building
- Public bathroom available on first floor of WEST building
- Accessibility Ramps into each building
- Automated entrance doors (automated swipe door only in East building)
What’s included in my room?
- Twin extra long bed and mattress
- Blinds or curtains
- Mirrors (in every room)
- Wifi in bedrooms
- Hardwood flooring
- Private bathroom in room
B.E.S.T. Hall 2021-2022 Application Process
The following information outlines the housing selection for 2021-2022 academic year only.
Only first year & continuing students in the schools of Pharmacy, Engineering, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Nursing, and the School of Arts & Sciences are eligible to live in B.E.S.T. Hall.
Apply for B.E.S.T. Hall
- All students must complete the “Housing Selection Application” before completing any other application in this process
- After the Housing Selection Application – students should locate the B.E.S.T. Hall Selection application under the 2122AC Heading of the housing portal. Only students who are eligible to participate are able to see this application.
- Fill in appropriate information that is requested in application, including roommate information.
Selecting a Roommate
- ALL group members must complete an application and properly fill out the roommate information.
- It is best to have full groups of 4 when applying, as full groups will take precedence. Students may also submit in groups of 2. Groups of 3 are not encouraged.
B.E.S.T. Hall Selection Process and Timeline
- Continuing students will follow the housing selection process. First-year and new transfers will be placed based on date of application.
- B.E.S.T. Hall Selection uses “Reverse Seniority Points,” meaning that rising sophomore students will have priority.
- Wait List Information: Not all students will be considered eligible to apply, based on available spaces and the number of applicants. A waitlist will be formed based on the eligibility list and additional selections may be provided if spaces remain.
B.E.S.T. Thematic Communities
- Please visit Health & Medicine Learning Living community website for information about this program. First-year students looking to live in Health & Medicine Learning Living Community should be make that selection through the “Residential Programs” page of the first-year housing application. The second-year B.E.S.T. Health & Medicine Learning Living community is a closed community for continuing students, only available to those students who have previously resided within their program.
- Honors College students interested in the Honors College specific spaces must participate in the “Honors College Selection.” For more information, please connect with the Honors College directly.
- Members of the DRC Reilly Douglass Engineering Program and DRC Computer Science Program who are interested in residing in that specific community should complete the “DRC Communities – Busch Campus” application. For more information, please contact Douglass Residential College directly.
- Students do not need to be a part of a specialty community to apply live in B.E.S.T., but must at least meet the eligibility criteria.