Office of Residential Life

Upton Hastings Hall

Upton Hastings winter


Upton Hastings houses approximately 300 first year students in double rooms. Here you will find the Living Learning Communities for First Year Transition, Health, Citizenship, and the Russell Scholars Program. Hastings Informal Lounge on the first floor is the prime gathering spot for hall-wide events; a large television, couches, cafe tables and a common kitchen encourage hanging out. The spacious laundry room is located on 2nd Upton, between the main section and the wing. The basement and first floor of Upton are home to Campus Card Services, Mail Services and student mailboxes, ResNet, University Health and Counseling Services, Student Affairs Office, Office of Community Standards and Mediation, and the Office of Residential Life. The first floor of Hastings wing is comprised of classroom spaces, used for the Living Learning Communities classes and general USM meetings.


Every standard occupancy room has a built-in closet, desk and chair, dresser, and standard twin size bed for each occupant, and a room micro-fridge. Enhanced occupancy rooms will include a third standard twin bed, and may have an additional desk and desk chair.  Every room also has active hookups for cable tv and high speed internet. Rooms are approximately 17' x 13'.


Upton Hall dates from 1960 and was originally a dormitory for women. It was named for Ethelyn F. Upton who taught mathematics beginning in 1932 and was the Director of Student Teaching from 1945 to her retirement in 1962. Hastings Hall, the adjacent unit, opened in 1968 and was named for Mary Hastings who preceded Miss Upton as Director of Student Teaching. This hall was built at a cost of $947,000 (quite a contrast to the cost of Corthell ($23,170.39), ninety years earlier!) The placing of the time capsule and the laying of the cornerstone by President Kenneth T. H. Brooks and Dean of Women Edna F. Dickey took place at ceremonies held on May 10, 1967. The Upton-Hastings complex houses 300 students. Dr. Brooks’ span as President, from 1960 to 1970, saw two large changes of name and function. In 1965, Gorham became a State College, thereby greatly broadening its academic purpose. In 1968, it became a unit of the newly created University of Maine system. 


Upton Hastings is a centrally located, active community which attracts a diverse and engaged student population.