Campus Housing

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Evanston, IL
Undergrads
8,542
Tuition
$43,779
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Great food. Dorms quality varies significantly. Housing process is easy

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got a pretty good dorm, but some are quite cramped

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is a really wide range of housing, you're certain to find something you like. There are two main areas of campus: South and North. North campus is where most science, engineering, and math classes are taught, and South campus is home to humanities, social sciences, communications, and performing arts. There are newer dorms on both sides (Allison is newly renovated in South, Slivka (engineering residential college) and Elder (freshmen only) are newer on North campus). There are traditional style dorms that are reflective of the typical college stereotypical housing (the main ones that come to mind are Elder and Bobb-McCulloch Hall) where you will likely find a more social atmosphere. There are residential colleges that you must apply to and typically have tighter communities. Res cols range in type; some are traditional layouts while others are suite style, meaning that you share a common living area and bathroom with only a few other people (which also tends to foster mini-communities). There really aren't bad or good, it all depends on what you want. Some options are significantly older than others, but that doesn't necessarily mean worse, they tend to have much more warmth and character even if they don't have the most modern layout and furnishings.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on which dorm you get, your opinion can range on dorms. I live in Hinman and I think it's one of the better dorms with it's own dining hall, which makes a huge difference. But the likelihood of getting the dorm you want as a freshmen is very small.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The proximity to classes, for me, makes campus housing so much easier to forgive it for its faults. I don't like being subject to the dining hall's schedule and menu, but it's better than paying money for food out of my own pocket every day. I love having friends all over the place in my dorm--it's a very tight-knit group, and it feels like one big family.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 243rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 341st
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 710th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1166th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shayna Starr
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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When it comes down to it, housing at Northwestern rides on one choice: North or South Campus? North Campus is known for two things: partying and engineering. Weird, right? The fraternity houses are all up north, as is Tech. So you are bound to find hard-partying frat guys and engineers who prefer to study. North Campus is also home to the biggest party dorm on campus: Bobb-McCullough Hall (known to students as "Bobb"). According to a recent study, Bobb is one of the biggest party dorms in America. South Campus students know how to kick back and have some fun, too, though. Allison Hall and Willard Residential College are known to have their fair share of wild nights. Overall, though, South Campus is a bit quieter, and is home to many theater, journalism, and humanities students. Since most students tend to eat and hang out on the side of campus they live on, there is bound to be a large chunk of the student body that rarely comes into contact with each other. However, many students make friends on the other side of Foster just fine.

Another important distinction to make is the difference between a residence hall and a residential college. Residential colleges are smaller themed dorms that focus on specific interests; students tend to develop a real sense of community, and events are planned for residents throughout the year. "Res colleges" are mainly set up suite style, where six or so rooms share a lounge and a bathroom. Residence halls are much bigger and have communal lounges and a bathroom per floor. Ultimately, the decision of where you want to live comes down to your interests and what you are looking for from a living space—community, partying, or a short walk to class.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
4,723
Average Housing Costs
$7,582
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
65%
Freshmen Living On Campus
99%
Number of Dormitories
27
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
0
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Allison Hall
  • Bobb-McCullough Hall
  • Elder Residential Community
  • Willard Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Kemper Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • North Mid-Quads (NMQ)
  • Slivka Hall
  • South Mid-Quads (SMQ)
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Bobb-McCullough Hall
  • Foster-Walker Complex
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
Also Available
  • 626 Emerson (Phi Mu Alpha fraternity house)
  • 720 Emerson (Sigma Alpha Iota sorority house)
  • Northwestern recently opened gender neutral housing. Here, males and females can be roommates. For the time being, the options are very limited and only offered in select areas of "Plex" (Foster-Walker).
Did You Know?
Residents can paint the walls of their sleeping rooms if they sign a room painting agreement, which can be obtained from the Housekeeping Office in the lobby of Foster-Walker.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

1835 Hinman
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenettes, Interfaith Hall, library, on-site dining hall and convenience store, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
2251 Sheridan
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, compost bin, sensor lights, solar generator, study lounges, TV lounge; home to GREEN House theme housing
584 Lincoln
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, main lounge, TV lounge
Allison Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, lounges, recreation room with pool tables, seminar rooms, study room, TV lounge, vending machines
Bobb-McCullough Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Air conditioning, bike storage, carpeting, lounges, recreation room, study room, vending machine
Chapin Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, computer lab, library, lounge, vending machines; home to Humanities Residential College
College of Cultural & Community Studies (CCS)
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, classroom, community kitchenette, computer lab, living room, recreation room, TV lounge
East Fairchild
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, computer lab, darkroom, lounge, radio studio, seminar room, vending machines, video editing lab; home to Communications Residential College (CRC)
Elder Residential Community
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, bike storage, carpeting, community kitchen, lounges, music practice rooms, on-site dining hall, recreation room, study rooms, TV rooms, vending machines
Foster House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Carpeting, lounge, recreation room, TV room, vending machines
Foster-Walker Complex (Plex)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, quads
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, community kitchenette, lounges, recreation room with ping-pong and pool tables
Goodrich House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, living room, study lounges, TV room
Hobart House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Carpeting (first floor), community kitchenette, computer lab, library, living room, terrazzo floor (second and third floors), TV rooms, vending machines; home to Women's Residential College
Jones Fine & Performing Arts Residential College
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Arts & crafts studios, carpeting, community kitchenette, computer lab, dance studio, music practice rooms, performance room, vending machines
Kemper Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, classroom, community kitchenettes, lounge, TV lounge
Lindgren House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, living room, recreation room, TV room, vending machines
North Mid-Quads Hall (NMQ)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, recreation room with foosball, TV lounge, vending machines
Public Affairs Residential College (PARC)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, community kitchenette, computer lab, lounge, seminar room, TV lounge, vending machines
Rogers House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Living room, recreation room with ping-pong table, terrazzo floors, TV room
Sargent Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, main lounge, on-site dining hall, recreation room, vending machines
Seabury Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, on-site convenience store, TV lounge
Shepard Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, classroom, computer lab, library, lounge, music practice rooms, recreation room with ping-pong table, TV lounge, vending machines
Slivka Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, bike storage, carpeting, community kitchenette, lounge, music room, on-site café, recreation room, study lounge, science and engineering lab; home to Science and Engineering Residential College
South Mid-Quads Hall (SMQ)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenettes, recreation room, TV room, vending machines
Thomas G. Ayers Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, bike storage, carpeting, community kitchenettes, computer lab, library, recreation room, seminar room, TV lounge, vending machines; home to the College of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
West Fairchild
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, computer lab, lounge, seminar room, TV lounge, vending machines; home to International Studies Residential College (ISRC)
Willard Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Carpeting, computer lab, library, lounge, meeting space with overhead projector, on-site dining hall and convenience store, piano, recreation room with pool table, TV lounge, vending machines

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