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Pittsburgh, PA
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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I'd prefer to live off-campus, cause of the cost

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing would be better if residents were encouraged to clean up after themselves.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings are in great condition, close to the classes and the housing process is very easy.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: All are in close proximity for an individuals' use.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Worst possible campus housing ever. Buildings were falling apart, leaked, balconies on buildings were physically separating from buildings. Roof had green vegetation growing on it, as it was so old it needed to be replaced, and leaked.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 60th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 130th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 163rd
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Dorssom
Redondo Beach, CA
Women's Studies
Grad Year
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Because Chatham was founded in 1869, the housing is unique. There are four main dorms, and three of these—Rea, Fickes, and Laughlin—are former mansions that have been converted into student housing. As a result, each room is unique and spacious. Woodland is the most recent addition and looks more like a typical dormitory, but all Chatham housing is beautiful. There are plenty of room options, including singles, doubles, triples, and quads. The mansion dormitories are beautiful, but their age means they are not air-conditioned, and Laughlin, Rea, Fickes, and the apartments are not conveniently located to the academic buildings or the library. The majority of students agrees that not only does Woodland have the best location, but it also is the only student housing option with a wireless connection. Residents in other residence halls must use an Ethernet cable in order to access the Internet. Students who live in Upper Campus housing are generally very social and congregate on their floors or in the common areas. Laughlin tends to be the quietest building, but students are still very social with one another. In all campus housing, at least one resident adviser (RA) is present to help resolve disputes, and each building is also assigned a graduate resident director (GRD), who works to ensure that students have a safe, enjoyable place to live during the school year.

For students not wanting to live in traditional housing, Chatham offers three living learning community options. Living learning communities are residence halls focused on a particular subject that help students connect around a central theme. Laughlin Hall is the the Intercultural LLC, Rea is the Environmental LLC, and the second floor of Woodland Hall is the First Year Experience Community. Throughout the year, the residents in the living learning communities host events open to the whole campus.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Average Housing Costs
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Undergrads Living On Campus
Freshmen Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Freshman Dorms
Fickes Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Chatham Apartments
Worst Freshman Dorms
Woodland Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Woodland Hall
What You Get
  • Coffee table (apartments only)
  • Couch (apartments only)
  • Desk and chair
  • Dinette set (apartments only)
  • Dresser
  • Single bed
Also Available
  • Chung Apartments (for graduate and Gateway students)
  • Duplex at Maryland Avenue
  • Haber Apartments (for graduate or Gateway students)
  • Hicks Estate (for graduate or Gateway students)
  • Linzer Apartments (for graduate or Gateway students)
  • Pelletreau Apartments (for graduate and Gateway students)
Did You Know?
Chatham provides students with contact information for roommates before arriving on campus. Many current students recommend contacting your roommate before school to determine what each person is going to bring and in what ways you are compatible.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Fickes Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: This former mansion has laundry facilities on each floor, a living room, a residential computer lab, study areas, and a television lounge.
Julia and James Rea House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Rea House hosts the Rachel Carson Environmental living learning community.
Marjory Rea Laughlin House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Laughlin House hosts the Intercultural living learning community for culturally and globally aware students.
Woodland Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Woodland is close to many of the academic buildings on campus, including the library and computer labs, as well as Café Rachel. Woodland has two computer labs, an elevator, kitchenettes and laundry facilities on each floor, and a sun porch that serves as a common space/television room.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Chatham Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Internet and printer access in each tower, on-site parking

Student Polls

Rate campus housing on the following subjects    Based on 42 responses

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