Campus Housing

Location
Sarasota, FL
Undergrads
801
Tuition (in-state)
$29,812 ($6,783)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: As a former RA, New College housing is very... unique. Pei is super cool. The letter dorms are nice but over-priced. B-Dorm is where all the cool kids live.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing at New College is pretty decent. Our rooms are larger than average and most are pleasant to live in. There are four housing options at NCF: Pei dorms, Letter Dorms, Dort/Goldstein, and B Dorm. The Pei dorms are usually reserved for first years and each of its three courts has its own unique community and personality. The letter dorms are more quiet, spacious, and the newest housing option available. Dort and Goldstein have large common rooms and a kitchen with a stove, fridge, microwave, and sink. B dorm is old and run-down but also cheap and has a strong community- or a lot of bitter thesis students- depending on the year. NCF allows mixed housing and every residence except pei has separate rooms for its occupants (either apartment-style single or with a shared common room). There are also a limited number of studio singles available in the letter dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The good: Dorms are spacious. If you are not a first year you are pretty much guaranteed to live in an apartment style suite with your own room and a bathroom shared between you and suite-mates. The best dorms also have dishwashers, microwaves and stove tops.

The bad: Dorms are often in bad shape and in need of repairs. It is difficult to get permission to live off campus. Housing lottery is stressful. Housing is expensive. Food is BAD (although they are working to make improvements so fingers crossed).

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The Freshman dorms at New College are beyond terrible. All through August and September, my room mates and I had no air conditioning. It was horrific. The school was very slow to fix our problems, and they weren't upfront about moving us to a new room so we could have A/C. After that was fixed, the room was still kind of a mess. Pei is falling apart. And those rooms are really not big enough for three people to live in comfortably.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms for the first years are terrible. They are old, and ugly, but they work well enough. The other dorms are a lot nicer. One thing I appreciate is the abundance of bathrooms.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 119th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 195th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 208th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1317th
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Taylor Welsh
Hometown
West Palm Beach, Fl
Major
English Literature/Socioloy
Grad Year
2014
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The main dormitories were designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei and were constructed in the 1960s, but they have recently undergone renovations. Replete with balconies, proximity to main buildings, courtyards, communal areas, equipped lounges, and their own special charm, there is little to complain about New College housing—though, of course, some may disagree.

Most first-years begin at the social and communal Pei Complex, which is made up of three courts. Pei fosters social interaction thanks to its unique design and multiple common areas. The courts border a central area known as Palm Court, which is the heart of social activity at New College and where most large outdoor gatherings are held. The "letter" dorms are where mostly second- and third-year students live. Many complain about the corners that were cut in the building process—none of the rooms are equipped with overhead lighting, and the kitchenettes have neither stoves nor ovens. The Dort and Goldstein residences, commonly abbreviated as “Dortstein,” are quieter, mostly inhabited by upperclassmen, and popular for their privacy. Both of these options are well-suited to students who already have formed a solid friend group and are more concerned with solitude than socialization. B-Dorm is located on the West Side of campus and is unanimously considered the shabbiest of the housing options. Still, because of its cultural charm, comparatively low price, and proximity to other facilities and the bayfront, it continues to be popular among students.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
636
Average Housing Costs
$5,901
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
76%
Freshmen Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
2
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
7
Best Freshman Dorms
Pei Complex
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Dort Residence Hall
  • Goldstein Residence Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Triples in Pei Complex
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
B-Dorm
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Blinds
  • Bookshelf
  • Chair
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Dresser
Available for Rent
Refrigerators are permitted in the residence halls and can often be rented from local vendors.
Did You Know?
The five "letter" dorms are named so because they were given letters rather than names while they were being constructed.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

B-Dorm
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: B-Dorm offers a community atmosphere. It's close to the library and is the cheapest housing available.
Pei Complex
Floors: 20
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Located in a cluster around Palm Court, this complex's unique design was completed by renowned architect I.M. Pei.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Dort Residence Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include kitchenette and living area.
Dort is great for privacy. Students are not required to buy a meal plan, and the hall is occupied by mostly older students.
Goldstein Residence Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include kitchenette and living area
Goldstein is a mirror image of Dort. Just as in Dort, students are not required to buy a meal plan, and Goldstein is occupied by mostly older students.
Peterson Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles), two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Each unit includes a kitchenette. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, Peterson is LEED certified.
Pritzker Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles), two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Residents share a common space, a bathroom, a kitchenette, balconies, lounges, full kitchens, and laundry facilities. There is a third story, an open-air lounge, and a central courtyard. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, Pritzker is LEED certified.
Searing Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments (singles)
Special Features: Residents share a common space and a kitchenette. The hall includes high-timbered roofs with arched windows. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, Searing is LEED certified.
V Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles), two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Each unit includes a kitchenette. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, V is LEED certified.
Y Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles), two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Each unit includes a kitchenette. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, Y is LEED certified.

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