Campus Housing

Location
Richmond, IN
Undergrads
1,065
Tuition
$40,020
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: old buildings, Bundy has no A/C, and reslife is difficult to work with at times.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My hall is good. The dorm rooms are fairly spacious, and the bathrooms stay relatively clean. Other places are more rough, but on the whole, I think campus housing is good.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Being in a dorm for the first time, not bad. Common area is decent.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most dorms are pretty decent. Bundy is out-dated, is the only dorm with no air conditioning, no kitchen on the 3rd floor, and all the laundry facilities are in the basement, but the lobby is the best for socializing and the rooms are the largest. Hoerner is very small and awkwardly shaped, plus the two floors are gender segregated and the kitchens are both in the basement. Barrett is the nicest as far as newly renovated, decent sized rooms (although inconsistent), kitchens and laundry on each floor, and closest to the student center (Runyan). OA virtually the same as Barrett, though closer to the Social Sciences and Humanities buildings (Landrum Bolling Center, Carpenter Hall). Warren, Wilson, and Mills are the newest dorms and make a U-shape (thus called "The U"), they are nice and renovated and some have private bathrooms, but they are the furthest dorms from central campus and are known for wild upper-classman parties and property damage (that everyone gets common-billed for). Earlham Hall is connected to the cafeteria so that's nice, it's also clean and functional, although it's deadly quiet.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms at Earlham College aren't great, but the options are great for upperclassmen. I like to avoid the new dorms and stick with the older ones that are right in the heart of campus."

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 192nd
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 466th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 626th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 770th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anna Benfield
Hometown
Takoma Park, Md.
Major
Women's Studies
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While some dorms may offer more spacious and attractive living spaces, and others host more eccentric bands of students, all campus housing is clean and livable. Warren, Wilson, and Bundy are popular dorms due to their recent facelifts, though some students contend that they are overly sterile and do not offer the same bonding experiences as OA, EH, and Barrett. EH and Barrett kids are notorious for their work ethic, and Hoerner (the quiet dorm, said to be designed by a prison architect) is in a class of its own. If you're a social butterfly, steer clear, or you'll end up feeling more like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Most students continue living in campus housing for most or all of their college career, tending to move out of dorms and into theme houses and friendship houses as sophomores and upperclassmen. Theme houses offer an opportunity for students with common interests to live together and build a community around shared languages, belief systems, or passions. By senior year, most students apply for friendship houses with a group of buddies or Brick City (a College-owned neighborhood of faculty and upperclassman apartments).

If you want to stay on campus all four years, Residence Life will be delighted, and you shouldn't have too much trouble accommodating your maturing demands. The only nightmare is the housing selection process, complete with lottery numbers, consensus processes, and pure dumb luck of the draw.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,001
Average Housing Costs
$3,990
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
95%
Freshmen Living On Campus
99%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
Barrett Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Earlham Hall (a.k.a. "EH")
Worst Freshman Dorms
Hoerner Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Hoerner Hall
Best Dorms
  • Bundy
  • Warren
  • Wilson
Worst Dorms
  • Barrett
  • Horner
What You Get
  • Access to a kitchen equipped with microwaves, full-size refrigerators, stoves, sinks, counter space, and some individual storage units
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Mirror
  • Towel bar
Also Available
Along College Avenue are 28 houses available for students who wish to move out of the dorms. To live in a theme house, students must apply and sometimes go through a consensus process. To live in a friendship house, a group of students must apply for the house as a group, and they will be considered according to their randomly-assigned lottery numbers.
Did You Know?
  • With authorization, students are allowed to paint their rooms, and are even sometimes provided with paint and supplies.
  • Students who live at the Miller Farm house care for a vegetable garden, chickens, beehives, a newly-planted orchard, cats, and more.
  • First-years are almost guaranteed to get doubles, which are available in all dorms. Singles, also available in all dorms, are used to accommodate resident assistants, students with special needs, and upperclassmen with good lottery numbers. There are a small handful of triples in extra-large rooms in Warren and Wilson, and East Hall offers a suite-style option. The beliefs of Egalitarian Friends (another word for Quakers) explains why all dorms are coed and mixed years with communal bathrooms.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Barrett Hall
Floors: 3, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal balconies, nicknamed "the Burrow"
Bundy Hall
Floors: 3, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Drink and snack machines
Earlham Hall (a.k.a. "EH")
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Indoor connection to SAGA and Runyan
Hoerner Hall
Floors: 2, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Designated Quiet Residence Hall; the only residence hall with skylights
Mills Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Cyber café on ground floor, connected to Warren and Wilson
Olvey-Andis Hall (a.k.a. "OA")
Floors: 3, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal balconies
Warren Hall
Floors: 3, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Part of "the Suburbs"
Wilson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: It's a mirror-image of Warren; also part of "the Suburbs"

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Campus Village Apartments (a.k.a. "Brick City")
Number of Units: 10–24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, apartments
Special Features: Year-long leases; EC faculty and staff are given housing priority, followed by married and housing-exempt students, and then people not affiliated with the College.

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