Campus Housing

Location
Norfolk, VA
Undergrads
14,949
Tuition (in-state)
$22,230 ($8,190)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Some housing needs to be updated. Many of the students even incoming freshmen have to find housing off campus if they are too late for the housing application which is unfair especially if they are coming far from out of the area.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorms are just as close to buildings as commuter lots. The atmosphere is great. Convenient locations.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I am a homeowner in the area.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus just nearby but from what I've seen the campus itself seems like it would be a pretty nice place to live.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great, if you can get a good dorm tha is. The dorms are not all that great and the majority of them are just plain bad. The best dorms are the ones in the quad. They house the freshmen dorms with two upperclassmen dorms and an honors dorm. But the other dorms are not that good. Its where the crime mostly happens. Getting into the quad is a first come first serve deal. You have to get lucky to get into there.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 389th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 527th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 690th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1211st
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bryoney Hayes
Hometown
The East Coast!
Major
English with a Journalism concentration
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Living on campus is a part of the archetypical college experience, and usually at the center of everybody’s “Remember in college, when,” stories. ODU’s on-campus housing will leave you with plenty of stories, but they will be a mixed bag of good and bad experiences. Because of a shortage of on-campus residences, ODU has a “lottery system” implemented to determine who will receive housing for the next year. Students are given a certain number of points based on class rank, behavior, GPA, student involvement and hometown. Those figures are tallied to give you a number that will determine your rank on the housing application list. Students with higher lottery numbers receive housing first. The bad thing about this is that if you’re a student who lives in Virginia Beach, has a 2.0 GPA and does not participate in student activities, you’re going to be pretty stressed about whether or not you have housing next year. The good part is that if you have a really smart and involved friend, you may not have much to worry about. He or she can “pull” you up on the list as his or her roommate for the next year, which also eliminates the stress of having a crazy, unknown roommate.

For the money, the dorms at ODU can be overpriced, and it seems like each dorm comes with a critical compromise. You can pay $2,500 per semester to stay in Powhatan, but you will probably have roaches. And tack on another $500 for a meal plan. You can stay in the The Villiage and have your own room, but you will pay $3,700 per semeseter. In between, there are the Quads, which are new, clean, and moderately priced, but they have paper-thin walls and come with one community kitchen for each hall to share. The freshman dorms are small and do not have kitchens, leaving you at the mercy of ODU’s cafeteria system, which tends to close on holidays and long weekends. Still, I haven’t spoken to anyone in college yet who just loved their university’s on-campus housing system, and for the first couple years, it is valuable to be at the heart of the University for the memories and learning environment.
 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
4,607
Average Housing Costs
$5,210
Undergrads Living On Campus
29%
Number of Dormitories
13
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Dorms
Powhatan
Worst Dorms
  • Gresham
  • Rogers
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Chair
  • Closet/Wardrobe
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Study desk
  • Window coverings

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Dominion House
Number of Occupants: 285
Bathrooms: 1 per 2-3 students
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles in suites
Special Features: Each suite contains a common room. The building is equipped with laundry/vending facilities, quiet study lounges, and social lounges.
England House
Number of Occupants: 156
Bathrooms: Shared between 2 residents
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-year and upper-class students
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Kitchens, study lounges, laundry rooms, community room
Foundation House
Number of Occupants: 9
Bathrooms: 5 sharerd between the residents
Coed: No, all female
Residents: Female upperclass students
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Applicants must be Virginia residents who demonstrate high academic promise and financial need. A special application and interview process is required. Qualified residents receive a room scholarship which pays for all costs associated with the occupancy, maintenance, and operation of the Foundation House. Residents are responsible for the cost of a full meal plan and a $125 per semester charge for voice, data, and cable services. As a group-living community, residents are expected to fully contribute to the overall management of the House through the sharing of household tasks, health and safety inspections, program development and house governance.
France House
Number of Occupants: 156
Bathrooms: Shared between 2 residents
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: It has laundry/vending rooms; two study lounges; a TV lounge and kitchen combination; and a large community room located on first floor.
Gresham East
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 135
Bathrooms: Shared between 2 rooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly first-years
Room Types: Doubles in Suites
Special Features: Study lounge (lobby), laundry, late-night eatery
Gresham Main
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 288
Bathrooms: Shared between 2 rooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly first-years
Room Types: Doubles in Suites
Special Features: Study lounge (lobby), laundry, late-night eatery
The Inn
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 117
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Laundry, television, kitchen, study lounges, private bath
Ireland House
Number of Occupants: 204
Bathrooms: 2 in each 4-bedroom suite and in each 2-bedroom suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles in suites
Rogers East
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 141
Bathrooms: Shared between 2 rooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles in Suites
Special Features: Study lounge (lobby), laundry
Rogers Main
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 296
Bathrooms: Shared between 2 rooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles in Suites
Special Features: Study lounge (lobby), laundry, First-Year Experience dorm
Scotland House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 270
Bathrooms: Shared between 2 residents
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Kitchens, study lounges, laundry rooms
Virginia House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 220
Bathrooms: Shared between 2 rooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen with a 3.0 GPA or better and freshmen Honors College students
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and triples in suites
Special Features: Each suite contains a common living room Upper floors have a laundry/vending room, two study lounges, a TV lounge and a kitchen
Whitehurst Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 594
Bathrooms: Shared between 2 rooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles in Suites
Special Features: Study lounge (lobby), kitchen, late-night eatery

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Nusbaum Apartment Complex
Number of Units: 20 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments
Bathrooms: One in each apartment
Coed: Single-sex apartments in a coed complex
Residents: Mostly graduate students, but some non-traditional students who are 21 or older
Room Types: Singles in apartments
Special Features: Each apartment is designed with a living and dining area, a full kitchen and one bath.
Powhatan Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 220
Bathrooms: Each apartment has 1 1/2 baths
Coed: Single-sex apartments in coed units
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 2 bedrooms per apartment, 2 people per bedroom
Special Features: Full kitchen, dining room, living room Study lounge, laundry rooms
Residents living in Powhatan Apartments may choose any meal plan on the Student Housing Agreement, however, they are required to purchase a minimum Block 25 meal plan.
University Village
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 200
Bathrooms: Individual to share between 2 rooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 2-bedroom apartments
Special Features: All bedrooms are private with locking doors, and residents can also take advantage private or group study areas.

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