Campus Housing

Location
Bryn Mawr, PA
Undergrads
1,309
Tuition
$42,246
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings sure are mostly pretty old but that what makes living in these dorms so special. It also doesn't mean that the facility is bad. It looks old outside but totally modern inside. Residential life is great with the Honor Code and residential life assistants too.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms may be a little small when you're an underclassmen, but it gets better! The least strict of housing is Radnor and the most strict is Brecon.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The lottery process can be very very stressful especially if you are a freshman. The dorms are very old but very gorgeous. Though because of their age, mice and bugs, slow internet and lack of A/C should be expected.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living on campus! Each hall and overall dorm is pretty close, and we love to spend time with each other. Each dorm has its own character and different student personality, so there is a perfect fit for everyone! There is also off-campus housing, which is nice, and allows people to be on their own, but still connected to the school.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Even though the buildings are old, students here live like queens.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 76th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 99th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 201st
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1100th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kaitlin Menza
Hometown
New Brunswick, NJ
Major
Sociology
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For better or worse, everyone from rambunctious freshmen to thesis-writing seniors lives in one of Bryn Mawr’s dorms. Occasionally, this creates abrasive situations, but far more often, this amalgamation leads to an atmosphere of beneficial social mingling and a strong, united community. Freshmen who do not specify a preference for a single room or a language hall could wind up in any dorm, with none of the results being too disastrous. Rock is the most spectacular dorm visually. Its location, beauty, spacious rooms, and reputation for being a fun place to live make Pembroke a favorite among upperclassmen and freshmen alike. Erdman’s cave-like architecture emphasizes concrete and empty spaces, but this dorm does provide the most extensive food selection and single rooms for everyone.

As upperclassmen, students are assigned a random number for room draw. The many singles in dorms like Rock, Rhoads, and the Pembrokes fill up fast, though dorm preferences tend to depend on the class. The rest of the singles follow for the lower-numbered students. Some students aim for a dorm with window seats and lovely architecture, while others want the dorm with the best parties on campus. Regardless of their final choice, almost every student who wants a single can get one, and everyone winds up in a living arrangement that makes them feel at home.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,246
Average Housing Costs
$7,620
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
95%
Number of Dormitories
13
Best Dorms
  • Merion
  • Pembroke West and East
  • Rhoads North and South
  • Rockefeller
Worst Dorms
Erdman
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Fireplace (some rooms)
  • Lamp
  • Mirror
  • Window seat (some rooms)
Available for Rent
There is nothing available for rent on campus.
Did You Know?
  • Two dorms are said to be haunted. Merion has a friendly ghost named Lilian, who has been known to turn off a TV and be sighted in the room she inhabited as a student. Some students claim to have seen a male ghost wearing a military uniform in the halls of Pembroke West.
  • Pembroke West is also famous for being the college home of Katharine Hepburn when she attended Bryn Mawr in the late '20s. Her room is on the first floor.
  • Architecturally set apart from more traditional castle-like dorms, Louis Khan designed Erdman Hall to resemble a modern Scottish castle. Students' level of appreciation varies, but the building has won international awards for its design.
  • On Dorm Dress-up Day during Hell Week, the freshmen in each dorm dress up to match their dorm's theme. Rhoads residence dress like rodents, Erdman residents dress as nerds, Merion residents are ghosts, and Breconits are Catholic school girls, as Brecon used to be part of a Catholic school.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Batten House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 13
Bathrooms: Two shared by the house
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Kitchen, living room, breakfast nook, terrace, laundry, basement
Brecon Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 82
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Game room (air-hockey and pool tables), living room, tea pantries, Kosher kitchen, laundry
Denbigh Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 109
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Freshmen doubles and triples, upperclass singles, doubles, and triples
Special Features: Back smoker, living room, tea pantries, laundry, language lab in basement
Erdman Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 153
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Freshmen singles, upperclass singles, and suites
Special Features: Living room, the Pit, back smoker, tea pantries, laundry, Women's Center Library, dining hall
Haffner Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 78
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Living room, courtyard, foreign language hall, audio-visual resource room, library, dining hall
Merion Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 97
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Freshmen singles, doubles, and quads, upperclass singles and doubles
Special Features: TV room, living room, back smoker, tea pantries, laundry
Pembroke East
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 131
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Freshmen singles, doubles, triples, and quads, upperclass singles, doubles, and suites
Special Features: TV room, living room, tea pantries, laundry, dance studio, attic study room
Pembroke West
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 107
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Freshmen singles, doubles, triples, and quads, upperclass singles, doubles, and suites
Special Features: TV room, living room, tea pantries, laundry rooms, dance studio
Perry House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 7
Bathrooms: Bathrooms centrally located; double has a private bathroom
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and one double
Special Features: TV room, kitchen, dining room, living room, laundry
Radnor Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 71
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Freshmen doubles and one quad, upperclass singles and one double
Special Features: Storage, large entry room, living room, TV rooms/study lounges
Rhoads North
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 106
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Freshmen doubles and triples, upperclass singles, doubles, and triples
Special Features: Two TV rooms, living rooms, laundry, tea pantries
Rhoads South
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 71
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Freshmen doubles and triples, upperclass singles, doubles, and triples
Special Features: Two TV rooms, living rooms, laundry, tea pantries
Rockefeller Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 158
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Residents: Freshmen and Upperclassmen
Room Types: Freshmen singles and doubles, upperclass singles, doubles, one triple, and one suite
Special Features: TV room, extra-wide stair cases, living rooms, laundry, tea pantries

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