Campus Housing

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,589
Tuition
$41,438
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Housing was fantastic. There was no way you could go wrong (except maybe freshmen double housing if you hated your roommate).

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you want a single you can get single freshman year. Some of the freshman dorms are a little small, but they have air conditioning which is great. The larger freshman dorms are tad bit nice but don't have air conditioning which means the first month of school is pretty miserable when your dorm room is 90 degrees or whatever.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There's a pretty wide range in housing on Pomona's campus. As a freshman, there is basically one kind of crappy dorm and the rest are really nice with great size rooms. I actually lived in the "crappy" freshmen dorm (Mudd-Blaisdell) and loved it. For one, none of the dorms are all freshmen, only predominantly freshmen. The rooms may be small, but that just means that you're out in the hall more often, which really helped us build a better sense of community. Pomona also has a language dorm called Oldenborg where students (sophomore+) can apply to live in halls with other students who study and speak their particular language of interest. Each language hall also has a language resident who is a native speaker from abroad. This language resident plans activities for their students that teach them about their culture and help activate their language skills. There are two upperclassmen dorms that are both gorgeous and LEED platinum certified. All in all Pomona's housing is pretty good!

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The student community in each residential housing unit is close-knit and bonded with each other. Everyone I know LOVES their freshman sponsor group.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Almost 98% of Pomona students live on campus, and for good reason- it's hard to beat Pomona's residential life and dorm quality.

Each dorm has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. On South Campus, Harwood has the smallest rooms, but it is also the prettiest dorm and has the best lighting. Lyon has gigantic rooms and access to a computer lab, but it has pretty bad lighting and a weird battleship coloring. Mudd-Blaisdell is not the best looking on the inside, but it is the only air-conditioned dorm available to freshmen, and the lounges are great. Gibson has large rooms and a tight-knit community feel, but it's excluded from the rest and has the least number of people to interact with. Wig is the closest to classes and the Village, but it is also the most isolated from the other freshmen dorms and far away from the dining halls and the other 5C's.

The dorms become better as you progress through the school. North Campus dorms look less like apartments and more like palaces, with courtyards, secret gardens, and giant rooms. Over 70% of the rooms are singles for upperclassmen, so you're pretty much assured one after freshman year, and even for freshman year just putting down that you want a single means you have a high chance of getting one. Best of all, unlike universities and some colleges, every room at Pomona costs exactly the same, regardless of size and location.

On the whole, Pomona dorms are spacious, beautiful, and conveniently located. There are a few bad rooms, but one will rarely go wrong with the options here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 39th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 54th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 63rd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 218th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Pomona's dorms are an eclectic bunch, and opinions regarding how nice they are vary widely. Something particularly nice about Pomona is that it is relatively easy to get a single if you want one. This can have all kinds of advantages, aside from the obvious romantic ones. However, there are some often overlooked benefits to having a roommate. It can be a valuable learning experience to live with someone else; you must learn to curb your habits, and you might gain that sought-after mark of maturity known as acceptance. Also, you won't get lonely with a roommate, and you'll find it easier to meet people, as well. What many underclassmen don't realize is that, to get the really nice rooms (the big ones with fireplaces and personal balconies), you must nearly always sacrifice the option of having a single as a senior. If you want a single but still want to be close to your friends, you may end up with a balcony or a courtyard, but the interiors of your rooms will resemble the interiors of tenement housing. For many, the choice between having a single and having a really nice room can be a tough one.

Dorms here are constantly being renovated, and as such, they tend to be relatively clean and well-appointed. As 98 percent of Pomona students live on campus all four years of college, the College places high priority on forming a "residential community."

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,519
Average Housing Costs
$7,876
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Theme housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
98%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
16
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Harwood
  • Mudd-Blaisdell
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Pomona
  • Sontag
Worst Freshman Dorms
Wig
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Albert K. Smiley
  • Walker
Best Dorms
  • Clark V
  • Mudd Blaisdell
Worst Dorms
  • Smiley
  • Wig
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
Also Available
Substance-free housing is available, but space is limited.
Available for Rent
Minifridges and microwaves
Did You Know?
  • Pomona's reputation of having "palatial" dorm rooms largely stems from one or two big rooms with fireplaces which you, in all likelihood, will never get to live in.
  • Smiley is the oldest dorm west of the Mississippi River. It's true—it's like living in a piece of history. The walls are so old and thin that once when there was a minor earthquake, they cracked. So, you might not want to try placing two mattresses opposite each other on the walls and bouncing between them, regardless of how fun it seems at first.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Albert K. Smiley
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Lounge, laundry, smoke free
B Hall
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, suites
Clark I
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Primarily two-room doubles
Special Features: Courtyard access, laundry
Clark V
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Some fireplaces in rooms, courtyard access, laundry
The Cottages
Floors: 3 buildings, I floor each
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Meal plan requirement waived, house-like residences
Gibson
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning
Harwood
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Special Features: Laundry, kitchen, grand piano
Lawry
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, suites
Special Features: Suite lounges, smoke-free living available
Lyon Court
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Lounge, kitchen, laundy
Mudd-Blaisdell
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, next to tennis courts and pool, conference room, two kitchens, two laundry rooms, sun deck
Norton Clark III
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Three social rooms, courtyard access
Oldenborg
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, quads
Special Features: Language building, air conditioning
Pomona
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites
Sontag
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, suites
Walker
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Several lounges, grand piano, laundy, smoke free
Wig
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one three-person apartment
Special Features: Small patio, kitchen, laundry

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