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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus housing is all good,it's just all very different. You should make your choice in housing based on what you want your situation to be socially not by cleanliness or space because those are the only really drastic factors.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is excellent for full-time students. Your classes are never more than 10 minutes away. This also gives you great access to your professors as well and any school activities you want to be a part of. The LB is by far the least favorable dorm, the triples are a nightmare due to lack of personal space. Many freshman have their first dorm in LB. All other dorms have showers in their space. There are doubles in paramount, as well as doubles inside of suites. Doubles in suites in Piano Row and singles are offered in suites in LB and Colonial (the doubles in Colo are huge).

For the most part getting housing isn't too difficult and if you really need it there is a housing request process for medical/financial reasons. Getting out of your housing contract however, is more difficult. The cost is very expensive. About 6-7,000 a semester. Somewhat appropriate for the downtown area and quite a few rooms have gorgeous views of the Boston Common, but it's a view... Emerson requires freshman and sophomores to live on campus so enjoy it and appreciate it and then get out of there (or become an RA and live there for free) because at the end of the day it's way too expensive.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing + community are the best parts of Emerson

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: It really all depends where you live. The rate of living is definitely not equal between little building and piano row. But no matter what even the farthest residence hall is only 5 minutes away from classes, most are only 2 or 3 minutes away and all are beautiful buildings.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are great. Freshman typically live in the Little building which is less clean and new but is very social and is built so that it is easier for floors to bond and for new students to live in. Colonial in my opinion is the nicest dorm building and is a great option for students after their freshman year. The other two buildings are also very nice and clean and are right above great places to eat.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 59th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 536th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 990th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1040th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Waterford, CT
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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The dorms at Emerson quickly breed loyalty in students. The College’s newest residence halls have quickly gained popularity among students. Piano Row is limited to four- or six-person suites and is home to the new gymnasium, various meeting rooms for student organizations, a dining and eating area, and administrative offices.

Freshmen aren’t required to live on campus, and they aren’t always guaranteed housing. Those who send their housing deposit in by May 1 will almost always be assigned a bed, though the school occasionally has to put a couple dozen freshmen in the local DoubleTree Hotel. Housing is virtually impossible to get for transfer students and becomes increasingly difficult each year after your first. Most Emerson students are the kind of people who look forward to moving off campus sophomore year anyway, and you should. Overall, residence life is good while it lasts, but few tears are shed when moving out.


Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Undergrads Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Best Dorms
150 Boylston St.
Worst Dorms
For those who get sick easily: 80 Boylston
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Free on-campus phone calls
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Learning communities in both dorm buildings
Available for Rent
Did You Know?
  • With the exception of a few single-gender floors, all floors are coed.
  • Microwaves and mini-refrigerators are allowed in both 80 and 150 Boylston. However, appliances such as coffee pots, toaster ovens, and George Foreman grills are not allowed.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

The Colonial (100 Boylston St.)
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 372
Bathrooms: Private by suite
Room Types: Suites of singles, doubles
Special Features: Common lounges with kitchenettes, game rooms, laundry, recently renovated, rehearsal rooms, study rooms.
The Little Building (80 Boylston St.)
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 750
Bathrooms: Common, in-suite
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: Air-conditioning, bookstore, convenience store, dining hall, fitness center, laundry, mail room, TV rooms. Home to Digital Culture, Local Action, and Wellness learning communities.
The Paramount Center
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 260
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles, suites
Special Features: Brand new, floor lounges, kitchenettes, laundry.
Piano Row (150 Boylston St.)
Floors: 14
Number of Occupants: 560
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Four- or six-person suites
Special Features: Athletic facilities, The Max cafe, laundry, mail room, Max Mutchnick Campus Center. Home to Performing Cultures, STAR Community (Students Taking Active Roles), and Writers' Block learning communities.

Student Polls

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