Campus Housing

Location
Waco, TX
Undergrads
12,615
Tuition
$33,716
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: depending on what dorm you live in, its not that bad for 1 year

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is mandatory for all freshman. It is an experience that we all have to go through and we make it work. The normal dorms (not residential colleges) are gross. They are all over 20 years old and smell like it. Because Baylor is a Baptist University, they have strict curfew rules and if you are caught past curfew with a member of the opposite sex you can be facing some serious repercussions. Living in a dorm is fun because you are so close to the dining halls and classes, they are also a great way to meet friends. Community Leaders do a good job of organizing activities for the people on your hall.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really depends on where you live.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the Honors Residential College, and our community is extremely strong. I don't think this is the case at every dorm, however.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really depends on what type of dorm you are staying in. The traditional halls are old, and cramped. The newer dorms are very nice on the other hand.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 207th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 282nd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 536th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 956th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
Hometown
San Antonio, TX
Major
Environmental Studies
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Most students move off campus as soon as possible. Not because the on-campus housing is awful-it's mostly very convenient and respectable-but more because of Baylor's policy with visiting hours and alcohol. Smuggling stuff in makes you feel like a rum-runner in the 1920s. It's tough to throw a party and have upperclassmen attend in your dorm room. Visiting hours in almost all the dorms are Sunday through Thursday, 1-6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 1-10 p.m., and if you get stuck with a roommate that has no sense of humor about your shenanigans, things can be worse than the Red Scare. Every year, the duration of visiting hours is extended, but students have been chafing at this policy for years. The dorms on campus (with some exceptions) aren't really that bad because the school does go out of their way to accommodate its students in terms of amenities, and tries to keep students on campus, but inhabitants refer to dorm life as white-collar prison.

The biggest advantage to living in a dorm your freshman year is the people you meet and the friendships you make. These sometimes casual, sometimes close, friends can help you out at various economic low points in your life and, within your major, everyone has something to offer. Being in a group of people where none of you know what to do or what is going on can cut down on the confusion that's commonplace in the first year. It's a great venue to meet new people, learn more about the school, explore Greek life, and attend activities, but if you want your freedom, make a mad dash and get off campus ASAP.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
5,209
Average Housing Costs
$4,964
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
36%
Number of Dormitories
11
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
4
Best Dorms
  • Allen
  • Dawson
  • North and South Russel
Worst Dorms
  • Collins
  • Kokemot
What You Get
  • Bookshelf
  • Bulletin board
  • Chairs
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Mirror
  • Phone jack
  • Sinks
  • Window coverings
Also Available
All dorms and buildings are smoke-free.
Available for Rent
Refrigerators from Mustang Rentals.
Did You Know?
  • Baylor doesn't have RAs (resident assistants). It has CLs (community leaders) whose purpose and function is basically the same as an RA. If you become a community leader, you can typically have your room paid for, live alone (unless the dorms are over-crowded), and receive a stipend. The job is considered full-time employment through work-study, and you must apply, interview, and go through training for the position.
  • Students involved in the Honors program are housed in special dorms (Memorial for women, Alexander for men). Programs like the Leadership, Adventure, and newly formed Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Centers also have special dorms for their programs.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Alexander Hall
Floors: 4 and basement
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Mostly suites, 18 private, 2 community
Coed: No
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen; men only
Room Types: Mostly suites
Special Features: Houses upperclassmen and freshmen men admitted into the Honors College Living-Learning Center; adjustable bed height, wellness and exercise room.
Allen Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 189
Bathrooms: Mostly suite baths, 11 private, 2 community
Coed: No
Residents: All classes, but mostly freshmen
Room Types: Mostly suites
Special Features: Moveable furniture, adjustable bed heights, houses the men involved in the Leadership Living-Learning Center
Brooks Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 230
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen; men only
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Moveable furniture, adjustable bed height.
Collins
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 600
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No
Residents: Freshmen; women only
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Dining hall on lower level, sun deck, moveable furniture, sinks in rooms.
Dawson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 130
Bathrooms: Mostly suite baths, 10 private, 2 community
Coed: No, women only
Residents: All classes, but mostly freshmen
Room Types: Mostly suites
Special Features: Moveable furniture, adjustable bed heights, corner rooms are larger then most, houses the women involved in the Leadership Living-Learning Center
Kokernot
Floors: 3 and basement
Number of Occupants: 230
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No
Residents: Freshmen; women only
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Moveable furniture, bed height is adjustable.
Martin Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 320
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Extra-long twin beds; three-person rooms have one bunk bed and one extra-long twin bed, Green and Gold Gym is adjacent to building, located immediately next door to one of the University's parking garages and the Baylor Bookstore, moveable furniture, sinks in rooms.
Memorial
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Mostly suite baths, 12 private, 4 community
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors (mostly upperclassmen)
Room Types: Mostly suites
Special Features: Houses upperclassmen and freshmen women admitted into the Honors College Living-Learning Center, desks have built-in bookshelves, moveable furniture, dining hall in building.
North Russell
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 481
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Built-in furniture, pegboards, sinks in room with countertop and cabinet space.
Penland Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 538
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Dining hall in building, built-in furniture, pegboards, sink in room, twin beds in each room-one is standard size and one is extra long; three person rooms have standard size twin bunk beds and one single standard size twin.
South Russell
Floors: 3 and basement
Number of Occupants: 286
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Built-in furniture, pegboards, sinks in room with countertop and cabinet space.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Arbors Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 240
Bathrooms: Some suites, some private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Apartments housing, one-bedroom houses two students, two-bedroom houses four
Special Features: Porch swing, 680 sq. ft. of living space, outside storage closet, no monthly bills, visiting hours 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Baylor Plaza Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 98
Bathrooms: Suites
Coed: No, all male
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom houses four students
Special Features: 1200 sq. ft. of living space, outside storage closet, no monthly bills, across the street from the SLC, visiting hours 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
North Village Residential Community
Floors: 4
Number of Units: Over 600
Bathrooms: Mostly suites, 18 private, 2 community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, seniors
Room Types: Apartment-style rooms, 10 different styles, housing 1-6 people
Special Features: Not a truly co-ed dorm, but the closest thing to it at Baylor. The North Village consists of three different houses in the community: Heritage House, Texana House, both females, and University House, male.
Speight-Jenkins Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 65
Bathrooms: Suites, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Graduate, law, seminary, and married students
Room Types: 1 bedroom apartments
Special Features: Furnished living room and bedroom, no utility bills, monthly rent based on occupancy, full kitchen (does not include microwave), cable and Internet through local vendors.

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