Campus Housing

Location
St. Petersburg, FL
Undergrads
2,064
Tuition
$35,926
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is horrible, very limited choices.

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is horrible. Eckerd has recently started admitting way more students than they can accommodate and not everyone ends up getting housing. Competition for upperclassman dorms nor any non-traditional housing is very stiff and some people are unlucky enough to get stuck in a traditional double for years. Room draw is based on the lottery system, and there are no incentives like high grades to get better housing. The dorms were meant to be temporary and were never renovated and students get sick from the vents that are only cleaned every 10 years. There is someone who cleans the dorms every day, but the bathrooms are always disgusting and you just see the cleaning people sitting around outside. Not to mention, the price is ridiculous for what you're getting. The housing department is impossible and rude to deal with. Housing is definitely one of the worst things about this campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There aren't very many options. You're basically stuck in traditional housing until you are a senior and can live in Omega (apartment style) or off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is nothing special and maybe a bit overpriced. The layout is very good though, as all dorms are close to the library, cafeteria, and pub. They are also close to the beach, waterfront, and kappa field. Some dorms are much nicer than others and have nice community kitchens, while others are very run-down.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are options to where you want to leave. You can live in Simga/west lodge which are the nicer dorms with bathroom. Its a hotel-like buildings.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 153rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 825th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1316th
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elise Luce
Hometown
Los Alamos, N.M./Decatur, Ga.
Major
Environmental Studies
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Sure, the dorms are old, but the location is unbeatable. Most have a view of the bay, especially the upperclassman dorms, some of which even have balconies. All dorms are accessible to some key feature on campus, such as the library, cafeteria, or waterfront, and all of the residential buildings compose a sloppy semicircle, so no dorm is really far from anything. The traditional dorms are shared and small—they are dorms, after all—but have large windows, so they are tolerable for the first two years. Most traditional dorms are coed with guys on one floor and girls on another, and the bathrooms on each floor are communal, typically with four showers, three sinks, and three stalls. There is also a separate dish/dry room on each floor for washing dishes or hanging a bathing suit up to dry out. Each dorm has a lounge with a couch and TV. Additionally, four "houses" make up a complex, and each housing complex has a lounge with a dining area, game table, kitchen, TV, and bathroom. Upperclassmen live in suites with more privacy. The worst part about the dorms is that they date back to when the college was built, which was when asbestos in ceiling was no cause for nightmares. However, this may not be as big of a problem anymore because Eckerd had redone some of the dorm ceilings.

A nice feature of the dorms is the social interaction within each complex. The dorm holding the reputation for being the quietest, craziest, or having the most night owls changes year to year, but regardless of which dorm you’re in, there is usually a lot of interaction among the residents. Resident advisers (RAs) are there to facilitate concerns and fun and plan communal activities; generally, if you get along with them, they are great to have around.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,584
Average Housing Costs
$4,956
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Community service housing
  • Pet dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
78%
Freshmen Living On Campus
95%
Number of Dormitories
11
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
0
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Any of the traditional dorms
  • Iota
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Nu
  • Omega
Worst Freshman Dorms
Sigma
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Iota
  • The traditional dorms
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Large window with blinds
Did You Know?
Eckerd has some really cool themed dorms on campus, including several very popular pet-friendly dorms that allow you to have everything from a ferret to a puppy, as long as they meet certain size restrictions.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Iota Complex
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes, except for one all-girls house
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: The newest residential building on campus has balconies, bike storage racks, courtyard, mediation rooms, pool table, and a recycling program.
Nu Complex
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four doubles in each eight-person suite
Special Features: Suites have common living area, half kitchen with full-sized refrigerator and sink. Complex has a courtyard and is located next to the recreation field and south beach rec area.
Omega Complex
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment suites with singles, doubles
Special Features: Each apartment has kitchen with dishwasher, full-sized fridge, microwave, range/oven; living area; shared balcony; and two bathrooms.
Sigma Complex
Floors: 2
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Formerly known as CEC East Lodge, this complex has a student lounge and is adjacent to CEC Café.
Traditional Dorms (Alpha, Beta, Delta, Epsilon, Gamma, Kappa, Zeta)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes, except for the five all-girls houses
Residents: Mainly freshmen and sophmores, some upperclassmen
Room Types: Mostly doubles
Special Features: Corner rooms are significantly bigger and are available in all traditional dorms for an additional fee, but the extra room makes a great place for a couch and coffee table. Each dorm has a lounge and wash/dry rooms on each floor. Each complex (made up of four houses) has a lounge with a dining area, game table, kitchen, and TV.

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