Campus Housing

Location
Ames, IA
Undergrads
26,103
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some of the housing provided for students is a little far from campus and is slightly inconvenient for students. The cleanliness of the building depends on what day it is really. The buildings can get really dirty between Friday and Monday.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorm atmospheres are great. There's quite a bit of space in many of the dorms. The best is probably Eaton since it's the newest. It's also one of the closest to the West side of campus, while Maple, Willow, Larch, Oak, and Elm are on the East side of campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: living just a few miles from campus is awesome, buses and some bike paths accommodate students well

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The last year I lived on campus, I absolutely loved it. It was close to class, close to the dining centers. It was in that perfect location, but unfortunately it cost a lot.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Currently, the school is having issues with the dorms on campus. We have too many people requesting housing compared to amount of rooms we have on campus. The dorms are nice and everything, but moving off campus was the best decision for me. I like having a kitchen that isn't shared with 30 other people. CyRide (the bus system) goes everywhere in Ames and commuter parking is great, so it isn't necessary to live on campus. Save your money and get an apartment. Or, live in SUV, which is "on campus" housing that is much cheaper.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 86th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 236th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 273rd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 725th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Staci Harper
Major
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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The housing at ISU ranges from disgusting to posh, and the majority falls in the middle. Students seem generally satisfied. Even if the dorms are less than lush, students tend to make strong friendships and find places to party. Undeniably, dorm life is an important part of the freshman college experience. Most students enjoy it if they enjoy who they live around. Maple, Willow, Larch, and Friley receive positive recommendations. Many students, especially girls, prefer coed dormitories, as single-sex dorms can be less social. 

Roommates can make or break even the best dorms, and how much you enjoy dorm life depends on the people instead of the dorms themselves. The dorms are not a terrible place to live. They aren't exactly Hilton suites, but they are a far cry from prison cells. Until you get to know Iowa State and Ames, it is a good idea to live on campus. For upperclassmen, Frederiksen Court offers University-owned apartments. Everyone should experience at least one year of dorm life—it's part of the college experience.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
10,635
Average Housing Costs
$4,093
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Undergrads Living On Campus
39%
Freshmen Living On Campus
94%
Number of Dormitories
14
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Friley Hall
  • Maple Hall
  • Willow-Larch Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Buchanan Hall
  • Frederiksen Court
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Buchanan Hall
  • Helser Hall
  • Wallace Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Friley Hall
  • Willow-Larch Hall
Best Dorms
  • Maple Hall
  • UDA Suites
Worst Dorms
Towers
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV jack
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet or broadband Internet connections
Also Available
  • Fresh Start Residence Halls are specially designed to meet first-year students' needs. These halls are for students who want to be actively involved in campus activities and in their education. Learning communities are set up to help students meet others in their area of study.
  • Learning communities, smoke-free, alcohol-free, coed or single-sex housing options
Available for Rent
Extra-long mattresses, some lofts

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Barton Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cable, designated parking lots, fitness centers, handicapped accessible accommodations, hall desks, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Birch-Welch-Roberts Halls
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, handicapped accessible accommodations, hall desks, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Buchanan Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, cable, designated parking lots, fitness centers, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, transportation, vending
Eaton Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, Fresh Start hall, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Freeman Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Friley Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 1,000+
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, Fresh Start hall, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, learning communities, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Helser Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Air conditioning, cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, Fresh Start hall, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Linden Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Lyon Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Maple Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, Fresh Start hall, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, sinks and mirrors in each room, study rooms, vending
Martin Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending, wood floors
Oak-Elm Halls
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Wallace Hall
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Cable, carpeted room, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending
Willow-Larch Halls
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 1,000+
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Cable, convenience stores, designated parking lots, fitness centers, hall desks, handicapped accessible accommodations, house meeting rooms, kitchenettes, laundry, lounges, recycling program, study rooms, vending

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Frederiksen Court Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and four-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Amenities center, community center with Hawthorn Market & Café, fitness center, maintenance, on CyRide Cardinal route, kitchen, washer and dryer
Schilletter Village (SV) Family Housing
Floors: 1
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassman families
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, living areas, parking, storage, washer/dryer connections in basement; some pet-friendly apartments are available.
Open to married students (or those in domestic partnership) and/or students with custody or visitation rights for dependent children.
University Village Single Student Apartments (UV)
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include air conditioning, full kitchen, living area, patio
UV is available to students 19 or older.

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