Campus Housing

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Portland, OR
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$44,460
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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms can vary pretty vastly, but the nicest ones are quite nice.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen are assigned housing and roommates based on a summer survey, so dorm assignments are pretty much random and very easy. I ended up in an early 2000's dorm, which is clean, functional, and cozy. ODB (old dorm block) makes up for its aged facilities in its booming social atmosphere and 1 minute proximity to everything. Freshmen usually get divided doubles and sometimes singles. Upperclassmen often go off-campus, but the ones who stay usually get singles. The most recent (still under construction!) dorms are pristine: the famed Grove. If you're a sci-fi fantasy die-hard, science-math guy, outdoorsy type, or even circus performer, there are theme dorms.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Single Dorms for (Almost) All! Pretty much the only people who get roommates are freshman--and they almost always have divided doubles, which are two separate rooms connected by one door, with one room having the door to the hallway. Almost everyone else gets their own room, which is awesome. All of the rooms are pretty spacious and comfortable as well.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Great – The dorms on campus have a lot of character. Some are, I admit, rather homely (The Asylum Block--not its official name--and cross canyon dorms specifically), but almost all are spacious, unique, and harbor wonderful communities. Theme dorms are housed in specific areas (res life usually puts them in the ugliest dorms so people can actually choose to live in them) and attract quite the followings and stereotypes from people outside of them. We also keep getting new dorms, and the newest are both larger and nicer than the old ones, though Anna Mann and ODB will always be the most beautiful. Even the crappiest dorms have lounges and, generally, full or partial kitchens on every floor.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great, especially because the campus itself is so small. Every dorm is close to something good.

The best dorm is probably Anna Mann, or one of the language houses, because they're cottage-style and feel more like a house than a dorm.

ODB is great because it's 100 years old with a ton of history, but it can be drafty and spooky, especially at night.

The cross-canyon dorms are good because they're rich in community, but the rooms are a little small.

Naito/Sullivan are great because they're new, with lots of huge windows, but the rooms there are also a bit small.

FSM are considered the worst dorms, but are still good. They're mostly considered unfavorable because of room size and the state of the hallways, which are kind of "asylum-style."

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 97th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 200th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 517th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 588th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Hometown
Los Angeles, Calif.
Major
English
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Your enjoyment of living on campus at Reed depends on your willingness to sacrifice space and privacy for the ability to meet a ton of nice people in a cozy, close environment. Although campus rooms generally lack in size, the dorms themselves usually contain almost every amenity that a student could want: a fully-stocked kitchen, large and inviting social rooms, and all those wild and crazy college antics you've heard so much about. Actually, the Reed on-campus experience presents a great opportunity to truly get a feel for Reed, as you meet a diverse group of students from all places and backgrounds, and share a reasonably-sized space with them. As one student commented, friendships spawn in the dorms, not in classes. Reed offers many dorms to choose from, each varying in size, age, and appeal. However, unless you are extra picky, your freshman dorm generally depends on the luck of the draw; you could end up in the smallest room in the worst dorm or in a great dorm in a room overflowing with space. After freshman year, students either enter a campus-wide housing lottery, or apply to live in a theme dorm or a language house if they desire to remain on campus. Generally, half the people that apply to live on campus for their upperclassman years receive housing.

However, Reed now has a policy guaranteeing sophomore housing. People who really desire to live on campus generally can find their way into the dorms with little effort. In terms of individual dorms, most people either prefer the newest dorms or the oldest dorms, with Old Dorm Block, Bragdon, and Steele being the most popular living locations. At times, dorms can be conducive to studying, but your best bet would still be the library.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
947
Average Housing Costs
$5,960
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
63%
Freshmen Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
31
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
Old Dorm Block
Best Upperclassman Dorms
The Grove
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Anna Mann
  • The Foster/Scholz Block
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
The Foster/Scholz Block
Best Dorms
  • Anna Mann
  • Bragdon Hall
  • Old Dorm Block (ODB)
Worst Dorms
The Foster/Scholz Block
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Overhead light
  • Phone jack
  • Shelves
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Theme dorm options, substance-free dorms, quiet dorms, cat dorms
Did You Know?
Freshman rooms are usually either divided doubles or divided triples. Rarely do freshmen have to live in the same room with another student. After freshman year, Reed students living on campus are guaranteed a single. Additionally, there is a special housing lottery for seniors who want to live on campus in a selection of some of the best rooms on campus.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Anna Mann
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal kitchen with stove, microwave, and refrigerator, social rooms with a television, spacious laundry facilities
Bragdon Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal kitchens with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator, social rooms with couches, a big-screen television, bay windows that overlook Reed Lake and the canyon, laundry room, storage room, indoor bike storage area
Canyon, Farm & Garden Houses
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Canyon House has eight single rooms; Farm House has three singles and two doubles available; and Garden House has 10 singles available. There are common spaces, kitchens, dining rooms, laundry rooms, and storage facilities available, too.
Cross Canyon Residence Halls (Chittick, Griffin, McKinley, Woodbridge)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Each dorm holds approximately 25 students. Other amenities include full kitchens, large social rooms each with a large television, and theme dorms or quiet dorms are available.
The Foster/Scholz Block (Foster, Scholz, MacNaughton)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Foster holds 45 students, Scholz 43, and MacNaughton 70. There are also social rooms, a fully-stocked kitchen, laundry facilities, and theme dorms.
The Grove: Bidwell, Aspen, Sequoia & Sitka
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Each dorm has around 30 or 35 students. Other features include first-floor living, dining areas and kitchens, TV rooms with cable channels and DVD players, study rooms, a laundry room, plus outdoor "spill-out" terraces for socializing. These buildings were designed with sustainability in mind and are LEED certified.
Language Houses (Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Each house holds about eight students, except for the Spanish house which has about 17. Students are encouraged to speak primarily in language of the house and are aided by live-in language scholars and native-speaking students. The houses have bookshelves filled with educational materials and TVs with cable programming from the cultures.
Naito and Sullivan halls
Floors: 3 each
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Naito holds 74 students while Sullivan holds 83. Other amenities include social rooms with fully-stocked kitchens, occasional theme dorms, and a substance-free dorm in Sullivan.
Old Dorm Block (Abington, Doyle, Eastport, Kerr, Ladd, Quincy, Westport, Winch)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Kitchenettes, a reservable lounge with pool table, a laundry room, storage space

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Birchwood Apartments
Number of Units: 25–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, apartments
Special Features: Fully-furnished apartments with full kitchens, baths, living room
Students have the option to be on or off a board plan, and the apartments remain open to students during winter and summer breaks.
Reed College Apartments (RCAs)
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 25–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, apartments
Special Features: Fully-furnished apartments with full kitchens, baths, living rooms
Students have the option to be on or off a board plan, and the apartments remain open to students during winter and summer breaks.

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