Campus Housing

Location
Lewisburg, PA
Undergrads
3,515
Tuition
$45,378
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The newer dorms are really nice, however the older dorms need some serious renovation (ex. improve kitchen facilities)

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: living in a triple can be tight sometimes. But buildings are nice

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Campus housing varies greatly. The newer dorms are better in almost every aspect i comparison to the older dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everything is always clean. Visitors are impressed.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lucked out in the best freshman housing, its cleaned everyday and very nice

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 99th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 159th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 283rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 417th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jen Adams
Hometown
Washington, PA
Major
Economics/Political Science
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Compared to many other schools, Bucknell has very nice dorms for all class years. Most students live on campus at Bucknell, so the University always seems to be redoing and updating the dorms, including Swartz, which was renovated a couple years ago. Many of the older, less-popular dorms have been renovated recently, adding to their desirability, and most students seem to think that eventually all of the dorms will be renovated. Students also seem pleased that the University has installed digital cable in residence halls and common areas of campus, when only a few years ago, this normally standard perk was merely a common plea heard from students. Although McDonnell is considered the nicest dorm, there is not a general consensus on which dorms are better than others because each have their own pros and cons. Students do agree that the location of the dorm really matters, especially if you have to walk to class in the morning.

All of the dorms on Bucknell’s campus are livable. Some are nicer then others, but they’re all clean and have Internet connections, which is very important. Freshmen cannot choose what dorm they live in, but after freshman year, there’s a housing lottery. Housing is guaranteed all four years, and the higher your class year, the more seniority you have in the housing lottery. There’s also Greek housing available: There are fraternity houses all around campus and a large sorority dorm called Hunt Hall. Freshmen can end up stuck in some of the less-popular dorms, but most students find that the people in their hall all grow really close, and it doesn’t really matter how nice the dorm is—what matters is the people they meet there.

 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
3,017
Average Housing Costs
$6,330
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
87%
Number of Dormitories
25
Best Dorms
  • McDonnell
  • Smith
  • Vedder
Worst Dorms
  • Harris
  • Larison
Also Available
Substance-free living is available in Harris and quiet housing is offered in Trax and Kress. Hunt Hall houses 150 students and provides private residence rooms and common facilities for Bucknell's sororities.
Available for Rent
Microwave, refrigerator

DormitoriesWhat's This?

64 University Ave.
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 16
Bathrooms: 3
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common area, kitchen, Residential College Alumni housing, study lounge, TV lounge.
7th Street House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 21
Bathrooms: 7
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Home to the African American Studies House, kitchen, laundry.
Bucknell West
Floors: Thirty-four 1-story units
Number of Occupants: 272
Bathrooms: 1 per unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Bucknell West, better known as the "Mods," are small houses shared by four students. There are two double rooms connected by a common area and a kitchen. Air conditioning is in select rooms.
Carey House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 33
Bathrooms: 11
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry. all rooms are off-white in color and have blue/gray speckled carpeting.
Edwards House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20
Bathrooms: 6
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Alumni Residential College (Global College) housing for upperclassman students, kitchen, laundry.
Galloway House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 11
Bathrooms: 5
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Houses Bucknell's C.A.L.V.I.N. and H.O.B.B.E.S. organization (substance-free living), kitchen, laundry.
Gateway Residence Center or Mods (Roser Hall, Malesardi Hall, Kalman-Posner Hall, Vidinghof Hall, and Silbermann Hall)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250
Bathrooms: 1 per unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-person suites
Special Features: The Gateways are apartment-style on-campus housing. Each unit has a kitchen, bathroom, and living room, and four single bedrooms.
Harris Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 101
Bathrooms: 22
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: CHOICE program, common rooms, kitchen, laundry, study lounges.
Hulley House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 14
Bathrooms: 4
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, provides housing for the University Scholars Program.
Kress Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 113
Bathrooms: 27
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, kitchen, laundry.
Larison Cottage
Floors: 1 in each of the 3 cottages
Number of Occupants: 48
Bathrooms: 2 in each cottage
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Computer lounge, loftable furniture, study room, TV lounge.
Larison Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 275
Bathrooms: 29
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cafeteria, computer lab, laundry.
Leiser House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 16
Bathrooms: 5
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, provides housing for students in the International Studies Program.
Martin House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 8
Bathrooms: 3
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, lounge, residence hall for students who are members of SERV.
McDonnell Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 300
Bathrooms: 56
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common area with TV sitting area, laundry, opened fall of 2000, small kitchen. Offers mixed-class housing by floors including Foundation Seminars and Residential Colleges for first-year students.
Roberts Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 153
Bathrooms: 27
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Houses the LGBT Awareness Office, the Writing Center, the Women's Resource Center, the Bucknellian offices, and the WVBU-FM radio station.
Smith Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 220
Bathrooms: 50
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Common kitchen, computer facilities, laundry facilities, seminar and study rooms, TV lounges.
Swartz Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 367
Bathrooms: 61
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Located in the basement of Swartz in Uptown, the campus club where bands play on Friday and Saturday nights. Has air-conditioning, laundry, study room.
Taylor House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 15
Bathrooms: 4
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, provides Alumni Residential College (Environmental College) housing.
Trax Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 123
Bathrooms: 31
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, most rooms in this residence hall are singles.
Vedder Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 353
Bathrooms: 74
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Laundry, ping-pong, study room.

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