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THE BENEFITS OF LIVING IN RESIDENCE HALLS have
attracted increasing attention, yet it remains uncertain
which particular aspects (academic performance,
interpersonal outcomes, or personal development)
students perceive as most beneficial from their residential
experience. The present study examined the relative
strength of the aforementioned outcomes and explored
how relationships of students with hall mates, tutors, and
wardens might have impacted these gains. Data were
obtained from 1,329 undergraduate students currently living
in residence halls. Results showed that the most significant
gains were related to interpersonal outcomes whereby
students expressed improved social communication skills
and greater awareness of others' feelings following their
residential experience. Moreover, their relationships with
hall mates had the strongest impact on all gains related to
the residence hall experience. These findings highlight the
importance of social interactions in strengthening various
aspects of development during university lives.

. . . residence halls
are more than
mere geographical
boundaries. They
are educationally
rich living
communities
where students
live and interact
with each other
and develop

Note: This work was supported by a teaching development grant under
Grant number HK$496,440. We thank the hall wardens and hall tutors
for assisting with data collection for this study. All procedures in our experiments involving human participants were performed in accordance
with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research
committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later
amendments or comparable ethical standards. The experiment reported
here was approved by the Local Ethical Committee of the University of
Hong Kong. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Unlike dormitories where individuals are simply placed together
to sleep and eat (Blimling, 2013), residence halls are more than
mere geographical boundaries. They are educationally rich living
communities where students live and interact with each other and
develop a sense of attachment and commitment to their university
(Chu et al., 2019; Paine, 2008). While some studies have focused
on the impact of residence hall living on academic performance

a sense of
attachment and
commitment to
their university.

Sam Chu did not appear
as an author in the first
publishing of this article
in November 2020. JCUSH
was not aware he was a
contributor at that time.

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