Campus Housing

Location
Fairfax, VA
Undergrads
16,265
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus tries to keep all of its buildings in the same general area, and with a few exceptions, it succeeds. Most residence halls are near important buildings on campus (many border the JC or the Performing Arts Building), and the quality of these rooms are generally good.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are awesome. I know a lot of people have nothing but negative things to say, but I personally love the closeness the dorms provide. After your freshman year you will never have the opportunity to live in a dorm style set up and easily get to know everyone on your floor. The cost I feel is pretty standard. I live in the commons so I am very satisfied with the distance I have to walk to class and most eating places, not bad at all. The housing process is only as complicated as you make it.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The only redeeming aspect of on campus housing is the social atmosphere. Being so close to people makes it easy to make friends. Also, there are a lot of events in the fall held in the park. However, I am disappointed that these events stopped when the weather became colder.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I think it all depennds on where you live on campus. Some dorms have different amentities then others. For example, I love my dorm because everyone has their own room and we share the living space and kitchen together.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on where you live on campus, housing is generally alright. Most of the nicest dorms are farther away from the main campus. The freshman dorms are somewhat isolated too. Most of the dorms are the same in pricing and close in proximity to the main campus. The housing process is horribly and unnecessarily confusing.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 88th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 89th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1259th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 1288th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Hometown
Harrisonburg, Va.
Major
Communication
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The most exciting part of going to college is the feeling of freedom that comes from finally moving out of your parents' place and into your own apartment—or in a freshman’s case, a dorm—and being able to do pretty much whatever the hell you want. Freshmen do have the option of living off campus their first year, but students moving to Mason from out of the area are better off in an on-campus dorm since it’s hard to meet people and get involved on campus that way. Other pros about on-campus living are the maintenance crew which will fix or replace anything that breaks for free, and the unlimited water and electricity use. Freshmen can pick from three housing areas: the University Commons, Presidents Park (where the majority of freshmen live), and Eastern Shore. Upperclassmen have seven different housing options which range from dorm-style living to four-person townhouses. If students want an on-campus social life, living on campus for at least one year to meet other students and get involved is definitely recommended.

With anywhere from two to four people per dorm, the facilities can get a little cramped, and students usually need a few weeks to warm up to the idea of sharing a bathroom with up to 16 other people. Overall, though, the dorms are clean and provide students what they need to get by. Most of the housing areas are close to the center of campus, but Presidents Park, Liberty Square, and Potomac Heights are about a 10-minute walk from the Johnson Center and popular class buildings like Robinson A and B. Still, living on campus is much more convenient than driving to campus and looking for a parking space for 20 minutes before walking to class.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
6,238
Average Housing Costs
$5,510
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
Undergrads Living On Campus
26%
Freshmen Living On Campus
70%
Number of Dormitories
6
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Eastern Shore
  • Presidents Park
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Liberty Heights
  • Northern Neck
  • Potomac Heights
Worst Freshman Dorms
University Commons
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Commonwealth and Dominion
  • Student Apartments
  • University Commons
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Chair
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Dresser
Also Available
Incoming freshmen can request to be placed into a Living Learning Community, which is a floor or building designated for students who want to live with other people in the same program or with the same interests. Offered Living Learning Communities include the Honors College, University 100, which is divided into ten sections such as Art and Green Living, and the School of Management, to name a few. Check out this site for a full description of all Living Learning Communities offered: http://housing.gmu.edu/general/llc/communities.asp
Available for Rent
MicroFridge, vacuum cleaners, games, movies
Did You Know?
Only about 5,000 out of the more than 30,000 students that attend Mason live on campus.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Chesapeake
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites and apartments
Special Features: Conveniently located in the center of campus, Chesapeake is right next door the Southside dining hall and Skyline fitness center. On the bottom level of the Shenandoah building is popular hangout game room, Corner Pocket. Starbucks and the One Stop Patriot Shop convenience store are also located in Chesapeake.
Commonwealth and Dominion halls
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: On the first floor of each building there is a lounge, vending machines and a laundry room. Floors two through five of both buildings have their own study lounge.
Eastern Shore
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Special Features: Eastern Shore is the newest residence hall on campus. Groups of 16 students share a common living room, kitchen and study space.
Hampton Roads
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Special Features: Hampton Roads will open this summer and feature lounges and study areas on each floor. The lobby will house vending machines, laundry facilities and elevator access. Brand-new restaurant Pilot House will be opening soon on the bottom floor of Hampton Roads.
Presidents Park
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples and quads
Special Features: In the middle of Presidents Park is Eisenhower Hall, which features a study lounge, TV room, vending machines, DVD vending machine, individual study rooms and a 24-hour service desk. Ike's diner, a popular late-night campus hangout is also located in Eisenhower.
University Commons
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles and triples
Special Features: The University Commons houses 11 Living Learning Communities and three sororities. Hanover Hall, located within the Commons features a study lounge, laundry room, kitchen area, vending machines and a service desk for residents.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

TAP (Townhouses and Apartments)
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: The townhouses, which include 34 two-bedroom buildings, are located less than a mile from campus on Chain Bridge Road. Each townhouse has its own living and dining room area, kitchen, two bathrooms, a patio and washer and dryer. The student apartments consist of nine buildings that house about 500 students and are located on campus. Students have the option of living in a two-person, four-person or six-person apartment and share a room with one other student. All the apartments have one bathroom, a kitchen and a living/dining area. Laundry facilities and vending machines are located in four of the nine buildings.
York River Corner (Potomac Heights and Liberty Square)
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Liberty Square apartments are available for 9 and 12-month leases and feature two and four person apartments, all with single bedrooms and one bathroom for every two students. Potomac Heights apartments can accommodate two, four or six students and feature both single and double rooms. Like Liberty, these apartments have one bathroom for every two students. Both apartment complexes have a kitchen, living/dining area and a dishwasher. York River Corner is located beside Presidents Park, with easy access to Ike's diner, and by the Aquatic Center.

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