Campus Housing

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Hanover, NH
Undergrads
4,139
Tuition
$42,996
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: With two exceptions, the dorms are all beautiful. Many are new and those which aren't are picturesque colonial architecture (think fire places in rooms, though you're not allowed to use them). Every freshman is put onto a floor with other freshman and usually that's where you meet your first close friends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are great and some are awful. The housing process is unnecessarily tedious, so off-campus housing is advantageous for many students (it also allows more meal plan freedom)

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I loved my dorms on campus! They were fairly spacious and in close proximity to classes and the dining halls. It was nice to have your own space on campus, though the housing process to get a "good" dorm was sometimes stressful.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have a single room- no complaints. I also live in the farthest dorm from campus, but if you have a bike, everything is fine. Most dorms are good- just DO NOT LIVE IN THE CHOATES, unless you like load parties 24/7.
Here are the best freshmen dorms:
McLaughlin "Hotel McLaughlin"
Fahey-McLane (central location)
East Wheelock (far away but great community)
Russel-Sage (Russel Rage)

Here are the worst:
Choates (noisy and old)
River Cluster (far away and old, but they have a great community)


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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman floors become very tight, but there are definitely some dorms that are much better than others. Some of the worst are also the farthest from campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 60th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 113rd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 310th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 362nd
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Hometown
Warrington, PA
Major
Comparative Literature
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Of Dartmouth’s residential clusters, the Choates and the River are uniformly regarded as the least desirable. That being said, first-year students who find themselves in these unfortunate locations often report that the bonding experience of single-class housing makes up for the cramped, somewhat dingy quarters. According to its residents, the Choates’ major redeeming factor is its proximity to Frat Row—certainly, a mixed blessing in the eyes of many parents. East Wheelock offers what are arguably the most refined living conditions on campus, though its residents have garnered a reputation for their curmudgeonly ways and early bedtimes. The Hitchcock & Fahey-McLane cluster of dorms offers an enticing combination of features including a prime location straddling Tuck Mall near the center of campus and gorgeous, well-built interior spaces complete with world-class amenities. Dartmouth is improving and refurbishing old residence halls and constructing new ones all the time.

Dartmouth’s sense of community is strengthened by the fact that almost all of its students live on campus in dorms or Greek houses. Considering the spaciousness of most dorm rooms and the sheer variety of living arrangements available to first-year and upperclass students alike, this is hardly surprising. While only first-year students and sophomores are guaranteed housing by the College, most upperclass students manage to secure comfortable living spaces for themselves, since they get first dibs during room draw, Dartmouth’s housing lottery system.

 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
3,737
Average Housing Costs
$7,755
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
86%
Number of Dormitories
43
Best Dorms
  • Fahey-McLane
  • Hitchcock
Worst Dorms
  • Choates
  • River Cluster
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Chair
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
Also Available
Affinity housing: French and Italian (in East Wheelock), Asian Studies Center, Shabazz Center for Intellectual Inquiry (home of Afro-American Society), Chinese Language House, Hillel Apartments, Kade German Center, Russian Program, Sustainability Living Center, Gender Neutral Housing, Interfaith Learning and Living Center, Foley Cooperative, International House, La Casa, Latin American/Latino/Caribbean House, Native American House, smoke-free dorm arrangements, substance-free dorm arrangements.
Did You Know?
All Dartmouth students receive free cable and free long-distance calls.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Choates and North Cluster: Bissell
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 76
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Singles and doubles combined into eight-person suites
Special Features: Adjoining lounges, social dorm.
Choates and North Cluster: Brown
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 77
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Singles and doubles combined into eight-person suites
Special Features: Adjoining lounges, social dorm.
Choates and North Cluster: Cohen
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 77
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Singles and doubles combined into eight-person suites
Special Features: Lounges.
Choates and North Cluster: Little
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 75
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Singles and doubles combined into eight-person suites
Special Features: Social dorm.
Choates and North Cluster: North
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 19
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass students
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Quiet dorm.
East Wheelock Cluster: Andres
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 82
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Suite-style, with students in singles or doubles sharing living area and full bath
Special Features: Brace Commons, residential community, smoke-free.
East Wheelock Cluster: McCulloch
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 76
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Suite-style, with students in singles or doubles sharing living area and full bath
Special Features: Brace Commons, smoke-free.
East Wheelock Cluster: Morton
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 67
Bathrooms: Private (full-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Suite-style, with students in singles or doubles sharing living area and full bath
Special Features: Brace Commons, smoke-free.
East Wheelock Cluster: Zimmerman
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 84
Bathrooms: Private (full-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Suite-style, with students in singles or doubles
Special Features: Brace Commons, smoke-free.
Fayers Cluster: Mid-Fayerweather
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 107
Bathrooms: Communal (by floor) and private (half-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Mostly two-room triples
Special Features: Half-baths in most rooms.
Fayers Cluster: North Fayerweather
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 56
Bathrooms: Communal (by floor) and private (half-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Mostly two-room triples
Special Features: Half-baths in many rooms.
Fayers Cluster: South Fayerweather
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 63
Bathrooms: Private (half-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Mostly two-room triples
Special Features: Half-baths in most rooms.
Gold Coast Cluster: Gile
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 112
Bathrooms: Communal and private (half-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two- and three-room doubles, three-room triples
Special Features: Half-baths in some rooms.
Gold Coast Cluster: Lord
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 78
Bathrooms: Communal and private (half-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two- and three-room doubles, three-room triples
Special Features: Half-baths in some rooms.
Gold Coast Cluster: Streeter
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 67
Bathrooms: Communal and private (half-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two- and three-room doubles, three-room triples
Special Features: Half-baths in some rooms.
Mass Row and Hitchcock Cluster: Hitchcock
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 86
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two-room doubles
Special Features: Recently renovated.
Mass Row and Hitchcock Cluster: Mid Massachusetts
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 111
Bathrooms: Private (full-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass students
Room Types: Doubles, two-room triples
Special Features: Private bath and shower.
Mass Row and Hitchcock Cluster: North Massachusetts
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 68
Bathrooms: Private (full-baths) and communal (by floor)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, doubles, two-room triples
Special Features: Carpeted, laundry, private bath and shower.
Mass Row and Hitchcock Cluster: South Massachusetts
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 68
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, doubles, two-room triples
Special Features: Most rooms are carpeted.
McLaughlin Cluster: Berry
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 43
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two-room doubles, suites
Special Features: Each floor has a kitchen, living rooms, lounges.
McLaughlin Cluster: Bilder
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 61
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two-room doubles, suites
Special Features: Each floor has a kitchen, living rooms, lounges.
McLaughlin Cluster: Byrne II
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two-room doubles, suites
Special Features: Each floor has a kitchen, living rooms, lounges.
McLaughlin Cluster: Goldstein
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 39
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two-room doubles, suites
Special Features: Each floor has a kitchen, living rooms, lounges.
McLaughlin Cluster: Rauner
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 75
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two-room doubles, suites
Special Features: Each floor has a kitchen, living rooms, lounges.
McLaughlin Cluster: Thomas
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 75
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two-room doubles, suites
Special Features: Each floor has a kitchen, living rooms, lounges.
Rip-Wood-Smith Cluster: Ripley
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 45
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Mostly singles, some one- and two-room doubles
Special Features: Smoke-free
Rip-Wood-Smith Cluster: Smith
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 47
Bathrooms: Communal (by floor) and Private (half-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Mostly singles, some one- and two-room doubles
Special Features: Smoke-free
Rip-Wood-Smith Cluster: Woodward
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 47
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Mostly singles, some one- and two-room doubles
Special Features: Smoke-free
River Cluster: Channing Cox
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 68
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass students
Room Types: Apartment-style (kitchen, bath, four single bedrooms)
Special Features: Favorite for seniors.
River Cluster: French
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 98
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Singles, two- and three-room doubles
Special Features: Lounge, study rooms, substance-free.
River Cluster: Hinman
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 101
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Singles, two- and three-room doubles
Special Features: Lounge, snack prep areas, study rooms.
River Cluster: Judge
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 87
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Singles, two- and three-room doubles
Special Features: Lounge, snack prep areas, study rooms.
River Cluster: Maxwell
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 68
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass students
Room Types: Apartment-style (kitchen, bath, four single bedrooms)
Special Features: Favorite for seniors.
Russell Sage Cluster: Butterfield
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 55
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, doubles, two-room triples
Special Features: Substance-free.
Russell Sage Cluster: Fahey
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 62
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two-room doubles, suites
Special Features: Commons room, kitchens on each floor, living room, lounges.
Russell Sage Cluster: McLane
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, two-room doubles, suites
Special Features: Commons room, kitchens on each floor, living room, lounges.
Russell Sage Cluster: Russell Sage
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 119
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students
Room Types: Two-room triples
Special Features: Laundry rooms, substance-free.
Topliff, New Hampshire and the Lodge Cluster: Brewster
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 28
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass students
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: International house, library on second floor.
Topliff, New Hampshire and the Lodge Cluster: New Hampshire
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 120
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Singles, one- and two-room doubles
Special Features: Spacious lounges, remodeled.
Topliff, New Hampshire and the Lodge Cluster: The Lodge
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 72
Bathrooms: Private (full-baths)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Private baths.
Topliff, New Hampshire and the Lodge Cluster: Topliff
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 174
Bathrooms: Communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclass students
Room Types: Mostly singles
Special Features: Many rooms are carpeted.
Wheeler and Richardson Cluster: Richardson
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 63
Bathrooms: Private (half-baths) and communal (by floor)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Mostly two-room doubles and triples
Special Features: Adjoined lounges, some rooms carpeted.
Wheeler and Richardson Cluster: Wheeler
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 106
Bathrooms: Private (half-baths) and communal (by floor)
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year students, upperclass students
Room Types: Mostly doubles
Special Features: Half-baths in many rooms.

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