Campus Housing

Location
Bethlehem, PA
Undergrads
4,824
Tuition
$42,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing on campus has never been disappointing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are okay. It really depends what house you get in. Dravo, M&M, and Drinker have AC, but the Centennial complexes don't. The dorms get kind of cold at night in the winter. That's the only thing I could complain about. Other than obnoxious party-goers every single night, that gets old quickly.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are pretty much just average. It is really all about location, usually lower cents is where the fun kids are and it is good location to classes, gym and a dining hall.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lucked out with getting the dorm that houses the most freshmen on campus. It gave me a great opportunity to meet a whole bunch of people without having to go too far out of my way. However there are some other dorms which are not as lucky as far as having so many kids.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms aren't the biggest, and they're old, but they're usually super clean.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 82nd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 197th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 889th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 1120th
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Charlie Gimber
Hometown
Sudbury, MA
Major
English and Journalism
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Since the option of choosing where you live as a freshman is gone, it doesn’t make much of a difference where you reside—chances are you’ll have a great time and bond with your hallmates anyway, and it seems that freshmen have fond feelings for whichever dorm they wind up in. M&M used to be the most requested freshman dorm because, despite its outdated furniture and small rooms, its close proximity to the Hill made it the No. 1 choice of many incoming students. Lower Cents has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over the last few years due to its status as the newest dormitory, which also offers the only floor of coed housing and the easiest walk to classes. The Quad (Richards, Dravo, and Drinker) is also a popular area to live, but it can be a bit out of the way for some students. However, the three dorms tend to foster a real sense of solidarity and dorm pride among its denizens.

After freshman year, many sophomores will move into the fraternity and sorority houses where they pledged. Fraternity men generally live in their house sophomore and junior year, and then elect to live off campus senior year. Sorority women live in their house sophomore and junior years, and most move off campus senior year. The cost of living in a fraternity or sorority is comparable to living in the dorms, albeit slightly more expensive with parlor and social fees. Other popular housing includes Sayre Park and Campus Square, but dorms will always play second fiddle to fraternities.

 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,461
Average Housing Costs
$6,450
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
69%
Number of Dormitories
9
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Dorms
  • Campus Square
  • Dravo
  • McClintic-Marshall (M&M)
Worst Dorms
Taylor College
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Blinds
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV jack
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Free campus and local phone calls
  • High-speed Ethernet Internet connection
Also Available
Substance-free housing is available
Available for Rent
MicroFridges

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Brodhead House
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 194
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites with either two doubles or one double and two singles
Special Features: Brodhead has its own dining facility, as well as laundry, a large TV/game room, and vending machines. Each of the upper floors has a kitchenette and a study room.
Centennial I (Upper Cents)
Floors: 6 buildings (Congdon, Emery, Leavitt, McConn, Smiley, and Thornburg) with 3 floors each
Number of Occupants: 264
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, sororities
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: The first floor of each building has a common area with lounge, including a game room, kitchen study area, and TV room. Laundry facilities and vending machines are located under the patio area.
Centennial II (Lower Cents)
Floors: Six buildings (Palmer, Stevens, Carothers, Beardslee, Williams, and Stoughton) with 3 floors each
Number of Occupants: 264
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: The first floor of each building has a common area with lounge, some have a game room, kitchen, study area, and TV room. Laundry facilities and vending machines are located in the basement of Stoughton.
Dravo House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 292
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Some singles, mostly doubles, some triples
Special Features: There are several small TV and study lounges, and one large fully furnished programming lounge with kitchen, study facilities, and TV. There are vending and laundry facilities on the first floor of Dravo, and there is a game room on the ground level.
Drinker House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 134
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores
Room Types: Some singles, mostly doubles, some triples
Special Features: Kitchen, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines.
McClintic-Marshall (M&M)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 292
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Each floor has its own TV or study lounge, and there is a kitchen, laundry room, large study lounge, and vending machines on the ground floor.
Richards House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Some singles, mostly doubles, some triples
Special Features: Game room, kitchen, laundry, lounge, study lounge, and vending machines on the first floor.
Taylor Residential College
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 145
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Some singles, mostly doubles
Special Features: The building is divided into three sections. Each section has a large multi-function room with a kitchen and TV (also known as the Red, Blue, and Center Lounges), and study facilities. Taylor residents are selected through an additional application process, and it is the only dormitory on campus to offer substance-free housing.
Warren Square
Floors: 2
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: All houses include multi-purpose lounges and study rooms. There is a kitchen and laundry facility in each house.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Campus Square
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 250
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments, complete with full kitchen, private bathroom, and fully furnished living room/dining room areas
Special Features: Campus Square is the University's newest dormitory, and all rooms are air conditioned. It houses the University Bookstore, a parking garage, and a pedestrian plaza. In addition, three restaurants are featured at Campus Square.
Sayre Park
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 146
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three- and four-person apartments with private bedrooms
Special Features: Each of the three residential buildings is air conditioned and has a common lounge, as well as laundry facilities. The commons building is a place for informal gatherings or special events. This building has a fireplace, lounge with a pool table and TV, kitchen area, tutorial/academic space, and a staff office.
Trembley Park
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 176
Bathrooms: One in each apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments have one double and two single bedrooms
Special Features: The kitchen includes major appliances such as a refrigerator/freezer, an oven, and a range. There is a kitchen table with four chairs in the dining area, and the living room has a sofa, lounge chair, and an end table with lamp. The complex has its own laundry, vending facilities, and a common area with a pool table and TV.

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