Campus Housing

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
1,647
Tuition
$34,350
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: In the typical undergraduate fashion, the lottery system generally improves as one rises in status. First years are usually placed in Simmons, Mesick and Dix halls with seniors aiming for Evans, Smith or Arnold. depending on the dorm, students may have their own bathrooms and/or common rooms within the upperclass student housing.

Graduate students applying after Fall 2013 are not guaranteed on-campus housing, and those who do have the choice can choose between South and North halls, located on either side of Bartol dining hall. These dome are older and have not been recently renovated (no elevators and limited handicap accessibility), but they do provide a general separation between graduate and undergraduate students.

Housing selection times change per year. Undergraduate housing can take at least 2 hours at earliest recollection, as it caters to at least 300 students. At graduate housing selection this year there were 15 of us and the process lasted less than a half hour. In both cases, students must choose a list of rooms they desire (first picks usually don't work out for undergrads) and when called tell the proctor. H/Sh/Ze then calls out the hall and number and trays out the area. The student(s) is/are then moved to a side table for confirmation and to the back of the room to check out.

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am not a resident student, and so have no opinion on campus housing.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not the best, not the worst. I live in a quiet dorm. I'm glad I did because friends complain of screaming girls all night long in the hallways.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 689th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 985th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1116th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1254th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Krista Evans
Hometown
Florence, AL
Major
Political Science/International Relations
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With the expansion of Simmons, Residence Life has quickly renovated many of the dorms on campus. Within the past several years, six of the nine dorms have been renovated, with plans for the rest within the next five years. The introduction of suite-style rooms in Smith and Evans has filled the niche for students thinking about apartment living. Rooms are assigned through a housing lottery, and seniors are given priority. First years looking to have the best room on campus are given a hard dose of reality, and unless they have requested specialized housing, they are randomly assigned a room and a roommate or roommates.

Typical rooms host two students, though triples are a possibility, and suites house four or five students. Living on campus is not for everyone, but students who choose to move off campus often miss the community and even Bartol. The dorms are modestly furnished—most students just need a rug or refrigerator. Cable and Internet access are free to students, local phone service and voicemail are also provided, and each hall has at least one kitchen for students. There are restrictions when living on campus—hot plates, candles, and incense are not allowed. Much to the disappointment of students looking for on-campus housing, the increase in the number of undergraduates has eliminated the four-year housing guarantee once offered.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,039
Undergrads Living On Campus
55%
Number of Dormitories
9
Best Dorms
  • Arnold
  • Evans
  • Smith
Worst Dorms
  • Mesick
  • Morse
  • Simmons
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV connection
  • Dresser
  • Internet access
  • Local phone line
Also Available
Special housing options are available: The Wellness Hall requires residents to agree not bring the influence of alcohol or other drugs into the residence hall. Special programs and events are provided to encourage students to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The limited visitation floor holds guest restrictions allowing visitors only between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with no overnight guests permitted. The community service floor asks for students to make a commitment to service. Residents must participate in 20 or more hours of community service a semester.
Available for Rent
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DormitoriesWhat's This?

Arnold Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 103
Bathrooms: Community bathrooms
Coed: No
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Computer lounge, elevator, laundry, kitchen, study rooms
Dix Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 130
Bathrooms: Community bathrooms
Coed: No
Residents: Upperclassmen, some first-years
Room Types: Mostly doubles, quads
Special Features: Kitchens, laundry, lounge
Evans Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 70
Bathrooms: In-room, singles share community bathroom
Coed: No
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites, triples, singles
Special Features: Study lounge, piano living room, multicultural group offices, study lounges/group meeting areas, elevator, laundry
Mesick Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 129-137
Bathrooms: Community bathrooms
Coed: No
Residents: First-years, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Laundry, kitchen, lounge, computer lounge
Morse Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 138
Bathrooms: Community bathrooms
Coed: No
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Laundry, kitchen, study rooms
North Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 67
Bathrooms: Community
Coed: Yes
Residents: Graduate students
Room Types: Graduate and Dix student singles
Special Features: The only coed dorm on campus, it is specifically set aside for graduate students.
Simmons Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 221
Bathrooms: Community bathrooms
Coed: No
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Computer lounge, kitchen, living room, floor lounges, laundry
Smith Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 102
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: No
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Five-person suites, four-person suites, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, Quadside Café, study lounge, television lounge, laundry, private bathrooms, computer lab
South Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 105
Bathrooms: Community bathrooms
Coed: No
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles, quads
Special Features: Living room, kitchen, laundry, Wellness Hall

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