Campus Housing

Location
Pasadena, CA
Undergrads
997
Tuition
$39,588
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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College Senior

Campus Housing: There is no campus housing. This is a satellite campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: They don't have housing at Institute of Technology. I travel an hour and 10 minutes to get to school, that is one way. So my travel time daily is 2 hours and 20 to 30 minutes.

College Junior

Campus Housing: This campus does not offer any housing options for students.

Niche User

Campus Housing: Campus housing is in fair shape, but it has all the essentials and plenty of storage. For the most part, the rooms are indestructible.

Niche User

Campus Housing: The South Houses are incredible. They are heavily customized, have murals everywhere, a large number of singles, sinks in each room, porches, balconies, well-equipped kitchens, and oh yeah, they're also falling apart. For example, the roof in Dabney's Alley leaks. Additionally, the metal mesh in the walls degrades cell phone and wireless network transmissions. Many of these issues should be fixed.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 643rd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 709th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 737th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 880th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mayra Sheikh
Hometown
San Fernando Valley, Calif.
Major
Chemistry
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Caltech housing is a breed of its own when compared to traditional dormitories. The housing here is a hybrid of a fraternity/sorority house and regular dormitories. There are seven main houses and a few alternative houses. The seven houses are split into the three North Houses and the four South Houses. The South Houses are all interconnected and very old, built in the 1930s. There is a kitchen that connects them, and they have a student activities center (the "SAC") on the basement level. The laundry room is also in the SAC. The North Houses are across a brick walkway, the Olive Walk (named after all the olive trees that line the path), from the South Houses. The North Houses, a few decades newer than the South Houses, are likewise interconnected and have a basement where the laundry room and storage space is. The other houses, Avery and Marks, are less frat-like and a little more like normal dormitories. Marks is pretty small and was built in the 1970s. Avery was built in 1996 and is pretty large. Avery also houses graduate students and professors, as well as undergrads.

All of the houses have their own traditions, murals, slang, and somewhat of a stereotypical personality attached to them, but people in all the houses intermingle in classes and elsewhere (some more than others). The housing is sufficient; there are bathrooms and showers in at least every other hallway. All housing is carpeted, except Marks which has tiled floors. There are sinks in each room and built-in closets, or wardrobes are provided. The bad part about the houses is that some of them were built during the Hoover administration and are extremely outdated. Overall, students at Caltech love the housing system and often become attached to their rooms.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
900
Average Housing Costs
$6,798
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Single family homes
  • Special housing for disabled students
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
85%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
Lloyd in North Houses
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Lloyd in North Houses
Worst Freshman Dorms
Dabney in South Houses
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Dabney in South Houses
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Couch (apartments)
  • Desk
  • Dining table and chairs (apartments)
  • Dresser
  • Kitchens with a gas range, refrigerator, stove, and a microwave oven (apartments)
  • Mattress
  • Sink

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Avery House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and triples
Special Features: Common rooms, air conditioning, wheelchair accessible, laundry
Braun House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Marks House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Kitchen, air-conditioned lounge, laundry
North Houses (Lloyd, Page, and Ruddock)
Floors: 2 + basement with laundry room
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Self-governing living groups, sit-down dinners with student waiters
South Houses (Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, and Ricketts)
Floors: 2+ a basement in each with a student activity center
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Special Features: Self-governing living groups, sit-down dinners with student waiters

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

The Apartments (Chester and Del Mar)
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 50–99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, apartments
Special Features: Furnished, laundry, pool, and barbecue pit in central courtyard

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