Campus Housing

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,270
Tuition
$22,683
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: At Howard, I think the saying, "You get what you pay for" is completely true. I stayed in the Quad freshman year and it's the cheapest freshman female dorm there was in terms of options and I had no microwave, no AC, and communal bathrooms. The Annex is also a dorm freshman girls can live in and it's about $500-1000 more expensive and they have there own bathrooms, ACs, and kitchens on every floor. Since living in the Quad, which was an awesome social experience by the way, I've always invested in the RSVP service for housing and requested exactly the dorm I wanted with all the services and amenities I wanted. Anyone complaining about the dormitories is too cheap to invest in a more decent living space. And most of Howard's housing is ridiculously cheaper than some other nicer schools with up to date facilities. Wifi service sucks in pretty much all dorms tho.

And I repeat, "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR."

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing at Howard needs improvement as well. Some of our dorms are historical so they keep the building but they could do a little changes here and there. Students in the 1970's and 2014 shouldn't live the same way. Things changes and things definitely need to be changed.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Your living on campus experience is COMPLETLY up to you. Depending on where you live, you may have a more pleasant experience than others. For freshman, if you are a girl, living in the QUAD would be a better choice because its close to campus, you develop a sisterhood with your floormates and there is so much history in that building that makes you proud to live there. Trust me, there is never a dull moment and you will enjoy every second of your quad experience. As for boys, you may want to chooe DREW hall becaus eits location is much more convient to campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms need to be renovated but we did just get two new dorms opening this school year for Freshmen girls and Coed Sophomores.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: new dorms should be nice, but the Quad and Drew hall are terrible. great places to live socially, but not comfotable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1201st
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1274th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 1380th
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Hometown
Orange County, California
Major
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
2015
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Because freshmen are encouraged to live on campus during their first year, all of the freshmen-designated dorms are located less than five minutes away from the heart of campus. There's always been a lack of housing for non-honors upperclassmen, but freshmen and grad students are always well taken care of, even though the latter very often opt to live off campus. Overall, the dorms are spacious and well-maintained. The freshman dorms are the closest to the main campus and the classrooms, and they are under the most supervision, followed closely by the upperclassman dorms. There is at least one RA on each floor, and there are strict rules sanctioning coed visitation, cooking, alcohol (underage or otherwise), drugs, pets, and burning incense or candles. Anyone caught violating these rules is subject to expulsion from the dorm, or worse.

The graduate student and honors dorms are almost three blocks away from the main campus-presumably to foster a sense of autonomy among the students who live there-and are apartment- style. While most students don't like having to adjust to the restrictions placed on them, older students agree that adjusting to campus life is essential to enjoying your time at Howard. The most social dorm is undoubtedly Meridian, partly because it's coed, and partly because it is an upperclassman dorm that freshmen might get into if there are more incoming freshmen than the originally designated rooms. Your preference, or lack thereof, for any of the other dorms would depend on what you're specifically looking for.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
4,440
Average Housing Costs
$6,470
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Married-student apartments
  • Men's dorms
  • Single-student apartments
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
55%
Freshmen Living On Campus
92%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
Bethune Annex
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Howard Plaza Towers
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Carver Hall
  • Meridian Hill Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Meridian Hill Hall
  • Slowe Hall
Worst Dorms
  • Drew Hall
  • Meridian Hall
  • The Quad
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Ethernet or broadband Internet connections
  • Free local and campus phone calls
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Special housing options for students with disabilities
Did You Know?
Only freshmen are guaranteed housing, so when RSVP comes, make sure to participate!

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Bethune Annex
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, computer lab, convenience store, laundry facilities, on-site dining, study lounge
Carver Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, snack room, social lounge, study lounge, weight room
Cook Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, laundry facilities, mail room, study lounge, weight room
Drew Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, computer lab, laundry facilities, pool table, snack room, social lounge, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines, weight room
Harriet Tubman Quadrangle (Baldwin, Crandall, Frazier, Truth, and Wheatley halls)
Floors: 3 in each of five buildings
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning (some rooms), computer lab, exercise room, laundry facilities, vending machines
Mays Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, exercise room, laundry facilities, study lounge
Meridian Hill Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, community kitchen, computer lab, convenience store, exercise room, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Slowe Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, community kitchen, computer lab, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, weight room

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Howard Plaza Towers East
Floors: 8
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles, triples), one- to three-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, common living areas; complex features 24-hour front desk, computer labs, parking, security system, study lounges
Howard Plaza Towers West
Floors: 8
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles, triples), one- to three-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, common living areas; complex features 24-hour front desk, computer labs, laundry facilities, mail room, parking, security system, study lounges

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