Campus Housing

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
1,543
Tuition
$31,575
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Student

Campus Housing: Besides White Hall( which honestly isnt even that bad), the hosuing is fabulous! It basically feels like you are living in an elegant fancy home which is fabulous!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many great places to live and a few not so great places to live.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus, but i hear that the dorms here are pretty average.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The Dorms are overall pretty good! The suites are a great place to live and are very well taken care of! Everyone lives in houses rather than dorms!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is not bad. The individual houses are great. The actual 'dorms' are a little dingier, but better than most colleges. I plan to live off campus as soon as possible, but this is because I dislike residence hall living.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 727th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1166th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1258th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1271st
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roxanne Griffith
Hometown
Amesbury, MA
Major
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
2014
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There are a few different options for students looking to live on campus. Students can choose to live in a traditional dorm (such as Wolfard or Mackenzie), a renovated Victorian house (such as 16-18 Wendell), or suite-style housing (such as 1 Wendell). The traditional-style dorms are pretty standard, consisting of mostly double rooms that are relatively spacious. They also tend to be pretty clean, and while a cleaning staff takes care of all public areas and bathrooms, as with the Victorian houses, students are of course responsible for maintaining their own rooms. The Victorian houses are another great option for students. This style of dorm offers a more “homey” atmosphere, as the dorms retain the same set-up and structure of the original home. While both the traditional and Victorian-style dorms are available to everyone, you have to be at least a sophomore in order to live in suite-style housing: 1 Wendell, the only dorm that is currently suite-style, has four-, six-, and eight-person suites. This variety of on-campus housing is the most independent, as students are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms and common rooms, which are shared among the suite.

Depending on whether a student is attending AIB or Lesley College, some campus housing is more convenient to class than others. Dorms located on Main Campus are usually more convenient for Lesley College students, as many classes are located on that campus, and they are also closer to University Hall, where classes are also offered. Technically, Brattle Campus is located closer to AIB, though it is still necessary to take a shuttle or public transportation to reach the AIB campus. Also, Main Campus is known for being a bit livelier, whereas Brattle Campus tends to be a quieter living option.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
835
Average Housing Costs
$8,350
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Theme housing
  • Victorian houses and suite-style residences
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Undergrads Living On Campus
57%
Freshmen Living On Campus
86%
Number of Dormitories
20
Best Freshman Dorms
  • 16-18 Wendell
  • Mackenzie Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • 1 Wendell Street
  • 3 Wendell House
  • Lawrence Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Dorms on Brattle Campus
  • White Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • White Hall
  • Wolfard Hall
What You Get
  • Bed (raisable) with mattress
  • Carpet
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
Also Available
Lesley offers substance-free living, quieter living, and dorms with emphases on the arts, recreation and wellness, and community service.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

1 Wendell Street
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: The ground floor has a lounge with a flat-screen TV featuring cable.
16-18 Wendell
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Victorian-style house
17 Mellen
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
3 Wendell House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Victorian-style house
35 Mellen House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Victorian-style house
Compass House (14 Wendell)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Victorian-style house
Doble Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Special interest hall (theme changes every year)
Jenckes House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Victorian-style house
Kidder Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Kirkland House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Victorian-style house
Lawrence Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Mackenzie Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Substance-free living
Malloch Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Mellen House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Victorian-style house
Reed House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Victorian-style house
Rousmaniere Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: There are kitchens on the first and second floors.
Sacramento House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, quads
Special Features: Victorian-style house
White Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, quads
Special Features: Each floor has its own lounge that features a kitchenette, fridge, and cable TV.
Winthrop Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: There are kitchenettes in each tower.
Wolfard Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Special interest hall

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