Campus Housing

Location
Mechanicsburg, PA
Undergrads
2,710
Tuition
$29,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I haven't seen enough to thoroughly assess.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The process is very easy and the roommate I was placed with is great.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are very nice. They may not be the biggest, but they provide a nice living space and there are multiple way in which you can set up your room. You can make how you like.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty good but there's not enough of it. For two years in a row I was stuck in a forced triple. You live in gendered hallways and each one has bathrooms and a small kitchen and a common area.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The food at Messiah is great. I'm consistently satisfied by the options at the main dining hall, but they have recently installed a new meal plan system that I'm not a fan of. I feel that it is bad news for the college, both for the students and for faculty. It seems to be costing the college a good deal of money.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 59th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 151st
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 453rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 703rd
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Hometown
Yardley, Pa.
Major
Journalism
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During freshman year, your floormates and dormmates will become your first friends. The idea is simple: Put enough homesick and confused young people together, and they end up helping one another out and becoming friends. The only time you’ll spend away from your floormates during the first week of college will be when you’re sleeping. Likewise, the first female or male students you meet will be those living on your sister or brother floor. Fast forward a few months, and a typical Friday night will be spent on the guys’ floor with a movie or in the girls’ lounge with games of Apples to Apples and Dutch Blitz. Expect late nights of procrastination in the main lounge with a real guitar or a video game version accompanied by plenty of friends and fun. In a freshman dorm at Messiah College, you’ll never be short of people to laugh, cry, or talk with, no matter the hour. The people in your dorm will become like your family, and it’s often the only place you’ll need to meet friends.

The facilities where all this togetherness occurs almost seem insignificant when looking at the bigger picture. However, the dormitories and apartments on campus offer adequate living conditions for the average college student. Dorm rooms are spacious, and bathrooms are kept clean. Though some buildings are rather old, the College makes sure to renovate or replace parts of the buildings as it sees fit. There are two spots on campus for housing: North Complex and South Complex. Though North Complex is newer and slightly closer to the Union and Eisenhower Campus Center, South Complex carries an intense spirit and pride among students.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,383
Average Housing Costs
$4,640
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
87%
Freshmen Living On Campus
97%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
4
Best Freshman Dorms
Each of the three freshmen dorms is special in its own way. Each resident tends to be biased toward the dorm they live(d) in.
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Grantham Hall
  • Mountain View Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Witmer Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Bittner Hall
  • Solly Hall
What You Get
  • Basic cable
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
Also Available
  • Messiah College's Philly campus offers housing for 37 students on Broad Street in the heart of Philadelphia. Students take classes at Temple University or find an internship while living and learning together.
  • Messiah offers seven special-interest houses for juniors and seniors on the outskirts of campus. The purpose of these houses is to explore a common interest or issue in a living and learning environment. Students interested in living in a special-interest house can either join a current house or form a group passionate about a certain cause and apply to be placed in a house.
  • The Serving and Living Together (SALT) program in Harrisburg offers apartments that house 25 students on Dewberry Street. The purpose of this program is to provide a service-oriented living and learning environment in an urban setting. This opportunity is recommended for students who do not have a traditional class schedule, an internship, student-teaching, or research with a professor. It is also ideal for those who are passionate about service and need a break from Grantham.
Did You Know?
  • Consider yourself lucky if you're placed on a theme floor during freshmen year. These floors are considerably more exciting and spirited than regular floors. The most popular and established theme floors are Sparta in Witmer and Bruderhof in Hess.
  • Throughout the year, Residence Life holds events for first-year students to showcase their dorm or floor pride. Some examples include sporting and spirit competitions; Deck the Halls, a Christmas floor-decorating contest; and Imago Day, which allows students to display their Creation Projects from the "Created and Called for Community" course in the main lounge of their building. Floor prank wars, though unofficial and not sponsored by Residence Life, also entertain students.
  • Freshmen seem to love their dorm, no matter which one of the three they're placed in. However, Witmer residents have what is best described as a love-hate relationship with it. It's located on the outskirts of campus and is the farthest residence hall from the academic buildings, yet this isolation tends to bring people together. The sewage treatment plant behind Witmer constantly stinks it up, yet the building holds the largest first-year lounge to escape it. The hall has set the record for the most 3 a.m. false fire alarms, yet it also has the best all-hall snowball fights.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Bittner Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Exercise room, overlooks Bittner Beach, a large grassy field convenient for games, sports, and lounging.
Grantham Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly juniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Features the largest double dorm rooms on campus and has access to the Fish Bowl, a large lounge connecting Miller, Grantham, and Hess.
Hess Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Computer lab, access to the Fish Bowl, a large lounge connecting Miller, Grantham, and Hess halls.
Miller Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Access to the Fish Bowl, a large lounge connecting Miller, Grantham, and Hess.
Mountain View Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly juniors
Room Types: Triples
Special Features: South Side Café (student-operated café) is located on the ground floor.
Naugle Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads, quints
Special Features: Kitchens and study rooms on each floor.
Sollenberger (Solly) Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Computer lab, recreation room.
Witmer Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads, quints
Special Features: Computer lab, dance studio in the basement that offers nightly classes, and Witmer lounge, the large main lounge famous for fun and late-night shenanigans.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Fry Apartments
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Access to Fry Prayer Chapel on ground floor, home to Student Computer Services.
Kelly Apartments
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Computer lab, nearby sand volleyball court.
Mellinger Apartments
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Adjacent parking lot, computer lab, nearby volleyball court.
Smith Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Closest residence to Eisenhower Campus Center.

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