Campus Housing

Location
Easton, PA
Undergrads
2,438
Tuition
$42,980
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: You can almost always live in a suite of some kind, which is great. A few of the dorms are old and unpopular.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you're a freshman South College is for sure the way to go. Close to all of your classes and living with upperclassmen is a huge must. They have the biggest rooms on campus and air conditioning. Remember though the assign rooms based on how soon your deposit gets in so most of the freshmen in south were early decision kids.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: On campus housing opportunities increase with class year. For first year students and sophomores, the dorm choices are limited, but junior and seniors can choose between suites, quads, and off campus housing. Lafayette also has special interest housing, which have great budgets that students can use for private and public events.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Pretty Good – I have only been at Lafayette one year, so I have not had the opportunity to see many of the dorms. Although the dorm that I was placed in was less than fantastic, it was not that bad. The dorms that most of my friends were in were pretty good, and most upperclassman dorms are a lot better.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It All Comes Back to Alcohol – Wellness environment? In name only. I voluntarily signed up for wellness housing my freshman year (I do not drink) and was horrified to find the amount of alcohol consumed by my fellow residents. Bottles of vodka were stuffed in dresser drawers and under beds. Underage students returned in the wee hours intoxicated, loud, and obnoxious. Weekend life revolves around fraternity parties where alcohol is readily available. If the school is taking a strong stand against alcohol in dorms, they sure are not doing a very good job. The school's indifference makes many nice dorms a frustrating place to live.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 464th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 525th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 815th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1041st
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shehtaz Huq
Hometown
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major
English, Film and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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One of Lafayette’s perks is that it guarantees on-campus housing all four years. First-year students fill out a housing survey over the spring of their senior year in high school; the Office of Residence Life then tries to match up students with their housing and/or roommate preferences. Some residence halls are designated for freshmen and sophomores; Conway, for example, has traditionally been a first-year dorm. Some of the older buildings, like Ruef and Marquis, are also mostly inhabited by freshmen and sophomores. Other dorms have mixed floors, with students ranging from freshmen to seniors. Dorms can also be coed by room or by floor, and special accommodations can be made for students who have specific housing preferences.

Starting sophomore year, students have more freedom when it comes to where they want to live. They can live in general dorms or in special-interest housing—a feature of on-campus residence that gives students the option to live with peers who share a common interest, like Caribbean culture, environmental sustainability, or US history. Most dorms—especially the newer ones, like Keefe, Rubin, and Fisher halls—are well maintained, adequately spacious, and clean. Older dorms, like Gates and McKeen, can lack amenities, like central air conditioning and walk-in closets. Students get the opportunity to get to know their floormates through floor programs and other social events. A commonly-held mantra on campus is that no two buildings are more than 10 minutes apart. Although some academic buildings/residence halls can be removed from the general hub of campus, distance is not unmanageable. During particularly bad weather, the College may declare a day off, if the walkways are blocked or certain stairways are made inaccessible by snow.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,286
Average Housing Costs
$7,834
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
94%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
18
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
Kamine Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Sullivan Lane Complex (Fisher East and West)
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Easton Hall
  • Ruef Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Ruef Hall
  • South College - Jesser Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet or broadband Internet connections
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Substance-free living option, special-interest housing
Available for Rent
Minifridge with microwave
Did You Know?
All Lafayette dorms are smoke-free.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

611 High Street
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Formerly a fraternity house, 611 High Street is a residence hall, as of fall 2012.
Conway House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: First-year experience house, large living room, study lounge/recreation area, laundry facilities
Easton Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, television room, and laundry area on the ground floor
Farber Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Lounge and study areas, laundry, cooking facilities
Gates Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Large lounge, cooking and laundry facilities on the ground floor
Kamine Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Study lounge
Keefe Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: The building has seven "houses" or living units to accommodate special interest groups. Each house has a lounge and kitchen area, and is air-conditioned. In addition, the building includes seminar rooms, study spaces, and a spacious commons area.
Kirby House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Features include a large library, living room, kitchen, multi-purpose lounge with television, and laundry facilities; Kirby House also is home to Gilbert's, a dining facility that serves lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks.
Marquis Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Marquis has kitchens, a laundry room, and lounges. The first floor of the building contains one of the two main dining rooms on campus and the all-night computer lab.
McKeen Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Laundry and cooking areas are on the basement level.
McKelvy House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: A historic Victorian home, McKelvy houses the McKelvy Scholars Program for invited students. The group leads dinner discussions every Sunday night.
Reeder Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: This house is home to the Reeder Scholars Special Interest House.
Rubin Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Study lounge
Ruef Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Each section in the four-story building is designed as a living unit containing student rooms and a resident adviser's room. Just inside the main entrance is a large lounge with television and pingpong table; laundry facilities are in the basement.
Soles Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: The basement includes a women's-only fitness center, lounge, and laundry.
South College - Jesser Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: The building has two living units per floor with study area, lounge, and kitchen. It is the oldest building on campus that is still standing.
Sullivan Lane Complex (Fisher East and West)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Living area, kitchen
Watson Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Facilities include a study/seminar room, lounges, recreational area, and laundry.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Watson Courts
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Each unit has a kitchenette, bathroom, and living room.
Located near Clinton Terrace entrance of campus

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