Campus Housing

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,041
Tuition
$43,402
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living in the dorms! Most of the dorms are very recently built and nice. It always keeps you socializing with other people and it's never more than a 5 minute walk to the dining hall or class. Room draw is a very archaic and stressful time of the year, however. But first years do not have to worry about that.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All the dorms are great. There's only one dorm building that is older, but it's the cool dorm since there's a lot of art and many single dorms there plus a living room in each suite. The rest of the dorms are brand new and eco-friendly. They're open and really spacious.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are new and very nice and clean. They are actually pretty spacious and youll never have more than one roommate. Also, on of the new sophomore dorms is platinum lead certified!

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The brand new dorms are the best! Perfect room temperature control and very clean. I love the huge showers and private bathrooms. The housing is very convenient and only 5 minutes from the Pitzer classrooms. Mead is the oldest dorm. While older and therefore dirtier, the rooms are much bigger. The freshman dorms are very similar to the new East and West dorms. East and West are the best in terms of amenities, especially the bathrooms.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are only a few years old so they are really nice, well-maintained, and the pool is right in the middle of them for easy access! You also only have to share a bathroom with 3 other people.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 9th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 44th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 234th
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Peterkin
Hometown
Greenwich, CT
Major
English and World Literature
Grad Year
2012
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The dorms at Pitzer constantly spark conversation among students, specifically because housing plays a great role in the overall atmosphere of the College. Freshmen are lucky enough to live in the PAS (Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn) dormitories. These "new dorms," as they are colloquially called, were only recently built and inhabited for the first time by the freshmen during the 2007-2008 school year. The PAS residence halls received a "green"  or eco-friendly distinction and were awarded a Gold LEED certification by the United States Green Building Council. Freshmen live in suite-style dorms with two doubles sharing an adjoining bathroom. Students often claim that the new dorms are like resorts, especially with the Gold Center pool located conveniently in the middle of the freshman dormitories.

Sophomores live in Holden and often move in to the older dorm with grunts and grimaces. Holden definitely has evidence of wear and tear, but it is the next building to be demolished in order to make room for newer dormitories. Upperclassmen live in Mead, and some also choose to live off campus. Mead residents are able to enjoy a suite of eight rooms and a shared common room. Students can choose to live in singles or doubles with a roommate, but room choices often depend on room draw numbers. These numbers are based on the number of credits a student has, which puts him or her into a specific group number. Then, within that group, each student is given a random, computer-generated number that determines the order in which he or she will choose a room. Because Pitzer is relatively small in campus size, all of the dorms are only a one- or two-minute walk to any building on campus. Parties on campus tend to be low-key, especially when they are in the dorms. Whether you live on or off campus, Pitzer is a close-knit community that will always welcome you.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
851
Average Housing Costs
$8,028
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
65%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
0
Best Freshman Dorms
Sanborn Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Mead Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Atherton Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Holden Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV jack
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Pitzer's themed halls are the community involvement tower, substance free, and Holden's Ultimate Study Hall (HUSH).
Available for Rent
Microfridge
Did You Know?
  • As of 2008, Pitzer changed its policy to allow men and women to live together in the same room if they so choose.
  • Pitzer offers a Roommate Search application through Sakai (intranet site for students) for students looking for a roommate.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Atherton Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Laundry facilities, living room, mail room, music practice room, study lounges; home to Jumpstart office and Lenzner Family Art Gallery
Holden Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, living room, rec room, study lounges, TV lounge; home to HUSH (Holden's Ultimate Study Hall), substance-free living, theme housing
Mead Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, in-suite living room, laundry facilities, substance-free living, TV lounge; home to Arboretum Manager Office, Career Services, Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS), community involvement tower, Marquis Library, and The Rabbit Hole (substance-abuse education and outreach)
Pitzer Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Laundry facilities, living room, study lounges; home of Admission Office
Sanborn Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, living room, study lounges

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