Campus Housing

Location
Harrisonburg, VA
Undergrads
17,086
Tuition (in-state)
$17,932 ($4,642)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I personally like living on campus. Everything is relatively close. Depending on where you live you could have at most like a 30 minute walk to class, but that would be from one side of campus to the other. The dorms are decent. Every one of them has their positives and negative. Bluestone dorms have air conditioning and are very nice, however, they only have wifi on the first floor, so you have to use an Ethernet cable. Hillside dorms are okay, that is where the freshmen football players live, and they are close to dukes and top dog, have a/c, but they also don't have wifi. The village is older, they don't have a/c (although all the tv lounges will have a/c by next year) but they do have wifi all over the building; they have suite style so there are 3 double rooms connected by a common area and two suites share a bathroom so its only 12 people to a bathroom opposed to a whole hall; it's also in the middle of campus so it only takes at most 10 minutes to walk to any class, and its near the stadium and the gym, and the bus station. Lakeside is near Mrs. Greens and the stadium; they have bigger rooms and this is where the sophomore football players stay, they only have 6 people to a bathroom. Skyline is really nice; they have big lounges and a microwave on every floor; they have bigger rooms, wifi, and a/c (I think). Lastly, Rockingham is an off campus dorm for upperclassmen. It used to be an old motel so the rooms are 33% bigger with a private bathroom, a/c and heat, big closets and drawers, a balcony (if you're on the second floor) or porch (if you're on the first floor), convenient parking, they allow microwaves in the room and they offer super singles, so you could have all of that to yourself!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really depends on where you live. There are some really great dorms (most Bluestone and Skyline), and some really bad, old dorms without AC (Lakeside-Eagle, Shorts, Chandler). The village isn't that great as a dorm, but its always got stuff going on. All freshman live on campus, and about half of sophomores do. There are tons of off campus options for upperclassmen of varying prices and quality. I recommend living off campus after freshman year, as the dorms available for sophomores are not that high quality and the lottery system is convoluted.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The off campus housing is great, but some of the dorms (Lakeside & village) could use some updates

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on where you are you could have the s****iest housing or the best.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: it was good to be close to classes first year.

it is highly suggested to be off campus after year one

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 34th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 50th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 524th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1133rd
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Hometown
Great Falls Virginia
Major
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
2015
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Dorm life is largely enjoyed by the underclassmen, though this depends on both the location and the inclusion (or lack) of air conditioning. East Campus dorms, including Chesapeake, Potomac, and Shenandoah Hall (aka the honors dorm), offer some of the most beautiful views overlooking the campus. These dorms are also in close proximity to the usually packed recreation center, just minutes away. The downside to these dorms is the time it takes to get to the main part of campus. Unfortunately, you have to give a little to live in luxury, and in this case, this means sacrificing 15 minutes to arrive on class punctually.

If you’re really looking to land the best, Wayland, Wompler, Logan, and Converse offer not only air conditioning, but also a prime location for classes and a view of campus overlooking the spacious Quad. Of course, Lakeside dorms and Village dorms provide a grimmer portrait of on-campus living. Devoid of air conditioning, with kids living in tight, close quarters, Eagle Hall in particular has sometimes been referred to as a "tower of sex, booze, and parties."

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
6,213
Average Housing Costs
$4,350
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
36%
Freshmen Living On Campus
99%
Number of Dormitories
28
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Gifford Hall
  • Hoffman Hall
  • Shenandoah Hall
  • Wayland Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Converse Hall
  • Logan Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Eagle Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Chandler Hall
  • Rockingham Hall
Best Dorms
  • Chesapeake Hall
  • Converse Hall
  • Gifford Hall
  • Hoffman Hall
  • Logan Hall
  • Potomac Hall
  • Wampler Hall
Worst Dorms
  • Eagle Hall
  • Shorts Hall
  • The Village (during the summer)
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Ceiling lights
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Free local and campus phone calls
  • Phone
  • Window coverings
Available for Rent
Refrigerators, microwaves, lofts

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Ashby Hall
Floors: 2
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, international hall, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounges
Bell Hall
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
Chandler Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchens, elevator, laundry facilities, student storage, study lounges, TV lounge
Chappelear Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Quads, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Chesapeake Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, elevators, laundry facilities, outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, storage area, study lounges, TV lounges
Converse Hall
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounges
Dingledine Hall
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private, communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Quads, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Eagle Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, elevators, laundry facilities, TV/study lounge
Frederickson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Quads, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Garber Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Quads, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Gifford Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles, triples)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounges, vending machines
Hanson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Quads, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Hillside Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, computer lab, community kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
Hoffman Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounges, vending machines
Huffman Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Ikenbery Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Logan Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suites
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
McGraw-Long Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchens, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
Potomac Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, elevators, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge
Rockingham Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, outdoor volleyball court, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
Shenandoah Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, elevators, laundry facilities, storage area, study lounges, TV lounges
Shorts Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Laundry facilities, elevators, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
Spotswood Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounges, vending machines
The Tree Houses (Cedar, Dogwood, Magnolia, Maple, Oak, Poplar, Spruce, Willow)
Floors: 3 in each of seven buildings
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, outdoor basketball court, recreation room, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
Wampler Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles, triples)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounges, vending machines
Wayland Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounges
Weaver Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Quads, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
White Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recreational equipment, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines

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