Campus Housing

Location
Sioux Center, IA
Undergrads
1,339
Tuition
$25,520
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are in great condition and are of average size. Even if I had the choice to live in the dorms my freshmen year or somewhere else I would choose the dorms.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: East Campus needs to be replaced, but the rest are good to great. Great communities. Wish there were more options for off campus apartments, however.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not like living in East Campus. That building has been there for over 50 years. I really wish they would tear them down and get a new facility. The did just recently build the Kuiper apartments but only seniors get to live in them. The boy's dorms don't have air conditioning but that doesn't really affect me because I live in the girl's dorm which are relatively nice. Dordt is quite costly as far as on-campus living costs go.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Depends greatly on which Apartment you end up in. Dorms are all pretty even, but the Apartments vary a good amount. East campus is old and small, but generally well laid out and comfortable. Kuyper is big and new with many amenities but not well laid out. Southview is old and not well laid out

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms on Dordt are pretty good. There is one out layer, Covenant, where the girls have to walk twice as far as the other dorm residences. The buildings are really nice though and they are well taken care of.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 135th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 573rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 883rd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1049th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alyssa Hoogendoorn
Hometown
Rock Valley
Major
Individual Studies - Journalism
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Freshmen and sophomores are split into four different residence halls—North, East, West, and Covenant. Formerly, North Hall was all guys, East Hall was all girls, and West Hall and Covenant Hall were coed. Although Dordt is all in favor of encouraging a close-knit community, the different halls and the distance between them causes quite a bit of separation amongst the students, and the problem isn't getting any better. Currently, North Hall and East Hall are designated for guys only, and Covenant Hall and West Hall are designated for girls only. North, East, and Covenant all have two-person room capacities, and a community bathroom is in each hall. West is set up to have four girls in a room, and the rooms have a built-in bathroom. That may sound nice instead of having to deal with a community bathroom, but West has the most-cramped living quarters. The rooms are not made to fit four people. If all else fails, moving from one dorm to another is possible.

Covenant is about a 10-minute walk from the other halls, the classroom buildings, and the Commons. The other three halls are more centrally located, and students who live in those halls only have to walk a minute or two to get where they need to be. Covenant is the newest dorm, with a big student draw because of its "party hall" reputation. That probably won't be the case anymore since it is no longer coed.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,258
Average Housing Costs
$3,510
Undergrads Living On Campus
85%
Freshmen Living On Campus
95%
Number of Dormitories
4
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Covenant Hall
  • East Hall
  • North Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • New apartment building (not yet named)
  • Southview Apartments
Worst Freshman Dorms
West Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
East Campus Apartments
What You Get
  • Closets
  • Desks and chairs
  • Twin, extra-long beds with mattresses
Also Available
Summer housing is available for students who wish to stay and work at Dordt during the summer.
Available for Rent
Storage space

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Covenant Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only.
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: This hall features a large computer lab and a large lounge area in the basement, along with laundry facilities. There are four lounges in all, two kitchenettes, two study rooms, and two practice/prayer rooms. There is also elevator access.
East Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only.
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: 99 doubles and 5 singles
Special Features: This hall features a lounge on the first floor, a computer lab, and laundry facilities; it is not air-conditioned.
North Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only.
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: 98 doubles and 5 singles
Special Features: This hall features a lounge on the first floor, laundry facilities, and three computer labs; it is not air-conditioned.
West Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only.
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: 38 quads and 2 doubles
Special Features: This hall features three designated lounge areas, laundry facilities, and air conditioning.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

East Campus Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Cooking facilities in each apartment and electronic security system for each building. Each apartment building has eight apartments that house four students each.
There are currently eight East Campus apartment buildings. The plan is to demolish two of them and renovate the other six.
New apartment building (not yet named)
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: 2
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors, mostly seniors
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Laundry facilities and study areas are located on each floor. A large, two-story community space will feature coffee and a snack bar. To accommodate for live performances, there will be a portable stage, sound equipment, and special lighting options available in this lounge area.
Each room has three bedrooms with two individual shower rooms, which are separated from the other bathroom facilities.
Southview Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Two community rooms, a computer lab, six lounges, elevator access to the entire building, and laundry facilities are all available in Southview.
Formerly, mostly seniors would live in Southview, and mostly juniors would live in the East Campus Apartments. But with the new apartment building opening, mostly seniors will be living there, so Southview will be opened up to mostly juniors.

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