Campus Housing

Location
Hamilton, NY
Undergrads
2,850
Tuition
$44,640
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are plenty of different housing options, and as you get older more of the options open up. First-years are mostly in doubles, triples, or suites. Sophomores have much more suite availability as well as the option to live in the townhouses which are really nice.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are pretty sweet compared to what I've seen at other schools.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The sizes of the dorm rooms vary greatly. They are all pretty close to everything, but campus is small so that's expected.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As far as location goes, freshmen housing is the best being up the hill, close to classes, and having an excellent sense of community. Sophomore housing is very tough bc it is down the hill and the buildings are oddly structured. Juniors and seniors have many off campus houses and seem to be happy.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Beautiful campus. Good access to educational buildings for first and second year students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 211st
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 314th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 389th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 794th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Esber
Hometown
New Franklin, Ohio
Major
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
2013
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For all intents and purposes, when it comes to on-campus housing, Colgate is divided into up the hill and down the hill. Up the hill, you will find the six first-year dorms clustered around the First-Year Residential Quad, offering quick access to the Academic Quad and two of the three dining halls. Down the hill are the University Apartments, the Broad Street Initiative, and the Townhouse Communities, and nestled in the space between are the three sophomore housing complexes. As you grow older, tradition dictates you move farther down the hill and gain a longer walk to your morning classes. That being said, Colgate both guarantees and requires on-campus housing all four years: a traditional dorm for the first year, a suite for sophomore year, and apartments and Broad Street houses (Greek houses and interest houses owned by the University) for junior and senior years. The exception to this lies with the small number of seniors granted permission to live off campus in an apartment or house within the Village of Hamilton.

Overall, students are satisfied with the housing options available to them, and they enjoy the increased privileges and responsibility that come with the move farther down the hill, whether it is a private bathroom in sophomore housing or a full kitchen in junior and senior apartments. Interest housing along Broad Street is also quite popular because of the convenient location on campus and the amenities that come along with these houses, like full industrial kitchens and cozy living rooms. Colgate takes pride in maintaining its buildings, and while these aren’t five-star digs, they suit students just fine.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,726
Average Housing Costs
$5,345
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
91%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
10
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
4
Best Freshman Dorms
Andrews Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Parker Apartments
Worst Freshman Dorms
Gate House
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Newell Apartments
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Window coverings
  • Wired and wireless Internet connections
Also Available
The Broad Street Initiative includes all nine Greek houses and a number of individually-themed interest houses including 104 Broad, 1934 House, Asia Interest House, Bunche House, Creative Arts House, Cushman House, La Casa, and the Loj. The Office of Residential Life provides community funding to these interest houses to promote inclusive and cooperative programing.
Available for Rent
Microwaves, mini-fridges
Did You Know?
  • Forget the quarters: Each residence hall and living community has its own laundry facilities that accept 'Gate card only for payment-no cash!
  • All first-year residence halls are substance free, but the top two floors of East Stillman offer wellness living and substance-free commitment options.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

94 Broad Street
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: 94 Broad Street includes the Leadership Options for Tomorrow: the Sophomore Year (LOFT: SYE) program.
Andrews Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: Two study rooms, two bike storage rooms, two laundry rooms, a kitchenette
Bryan Complex
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: This complex has four houses: Cobb, Crawshaw, Parke, and Russell. Each floor features a recreational and study lounge, and each building contains a laundry room and a game room. The complex also shares the Cutting Edge Bistro, Colgate's reservations-only dining hall by night and to-go marketplace during the lunch hour. Housed in Crawshaw is the Harlem Renaissance Center (HRC), a community for students interested in African/African American history and culture.
Curtis Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites (singles)
Special Features: Students housed here know that the doubles are some of the smallest on campus, but the common spaces are the largest of any first-year residence hall. The laundry facilities are linked to a website allowing residents to check for open machines and track the status of their load of dirty clothes, and the basement houses the Satellite Health Clinic.
Cutten Complex
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Cutten is divided into four houses: Brigham, Read, shepardson, and Whitnall. Read House is a healthy living community, and all houses have laundry facilities in the basement level. The four houses are connected by a large central space which is a popular study spot among residents.
Drake Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: The enclosed study spaces are the perfect places to catch up on reading without having to make the trek to Case Library. Drake's two "sky suites" are the most sought-after dorm rooms on campus. Each sky suite contains a large common room, bathroom, and lofted bedrooms. The laundry rooms are linked to a website that details machine availability and status.
East Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: The fifth floor houses two resident lounges, and the Center for Women's Studies is located in the basement level and accessible via an exterior entrance.
Gate House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Second floor lounge includes a TV, DVD player, couches, study tables, microwave, and vending machines.
Stillman Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (singles)
Special Features: The building is divided into three wings: East, Center, and West. There's a study lounge on the first floor of each wing and laundry facilities and bike storage in the basement.
West Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites (singles)
Special Features: Featuring a multimedia classroom on the first floor, West Hall is the oldest building on campus, completed in 1827 by student and faculty labor.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Newell Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; laundry facilities are in the basement.
Parker Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and three-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; laundry facilities and study spaces are housed in the Commons, centrally located to all 45 units.
Townhouse Community
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four- to eight-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Full kitchen, furnished living areas, laundry facilities
University Court Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; laundry centrally located in University Court Six.
Known to students as the "Birch Apartments."

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