Campus Housing

Location
Northampton, MA
Undergrads
2,643
Tuition
$41,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Smith College housing is wonderful. While some houses have better amenities than others the general consensus is that even the bad rooms here are better than the rooms at other schools.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most dorms are extremely OLD! Even though Smith renovates them frequently, there are still many problems with those old houses. However, staff at housing facilities are really helpful. If you report something is wrong in your room like a broken light, it will be fixed very soon. Some dorms are definitely better than the others but it really depends on personal preference. For example, living in the QUAD can be very inconvenient and noisy, however, some people like it a lot because houses have pretty good amenities. The cost of living and dining at Smith is VERY HIGH but you do get pretty good services.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The house system at Smith is great. The houses are small, so its a tighter community so you get to know the people you live with.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Its okay but when you are a person of color, there is a lack of support and feeling comfortable or even belonging.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: House system is great. Awesome house community. School too strict in some cases, like parties.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 20th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 30th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 78th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Hometown
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Major
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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Smith’s unique housing system is a big draw for many students, and they are rarely disappointed. Rather than dorms, there are more than 30 residential houses on campus. Some are converted mansions, and others are newer and built exclusively by Smith. Some of the houses have as few as 12 residents, while the largest houses approximately 100 students. Each house has its own traditions, history, and self-government, and although many say that the houses are not very different from one another, it is important to find a house that suits your personality. Some students argue that particular houses are drama-filled and noisy, while others are quiet and have a laid-back atmosphere. But, truthfully, since older students graduate and new students arrive, every house community is different each year, which makes the Smith houses an incredible and dynamic place to live. All class years live together, which means students can make friends of every age and stage in their college experience. The houses force students who might not usually be friends to get to know one another and to be respectful of everyone’s space.

While the housing system cultivates a great sense of community, it can be hard to make friends outside of your house. Also, if a student is stuck in a house that she feels doesn’t fit her personality, it can be an isolating experience. However, the overwhelming majority of students say the housing system is one of their favorite parts of Smith. Complete with pianos, fireplaces, and often their own dining rooms and kitchens, the houses are intimate communities and are truly beautiful places to live! Living in a Smith house is a fantastic experience that gives students an immediate support system, and many alumni say the friends from their houses are the ones they keep in touch with for years after they graduate.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,461
Average Housing Costs
$6,940
Types of Housing Offered
  • Cooperative housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
94%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
38
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Free campus and local phone calls
Also Available
About 5 percent of students choose live in on-campus, non-traditional housing. This includes Dawes (a French language house), Tenney and Hopkins (co-ops in which students are responsible for their own meals), and the Friedman apartments.
Available for Rent
Fridge (delivered to your room)
Did You Know?
  • There are four areas of campus: Green Street, Central Campus, Elm Street, and the Quad. Green Street houses are the closest to the academic buildings and have a reputation for being the quietest. The Central Campus and Elm Street houses are also close to the academic buildings, but they have a more energetic reputation. The Quad houses are the largest on campus, with an average of 80 residents per house.
  • There are major prejudices and stereotypes about each house and area of campus. Green Street residents are thought of as boring, uptight, and overly intellectual by everyone who doesn't live there. Elm Street and Central Campus are moderate houses-they host parties that are generally small and exclusive. Most people who don't live on the Quad think of it as superficial, heterosexual, and too loud. Of course, every stereotype has some grain of truth to it, but there are no set rules.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

150 Elm House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Non-traditional students
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Houses Ada Comstock Scholars; located on Lower Elm.
Albright House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, two triples
Special Features: Gym, high ceilings in rooms, large closets, large windows, pool table, rec room; located on Lower Elm.
Baldwin House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Fireplace, foyer, high ceilings, living room, piano, porch; located on Lower Elm.
Capen House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Ballroom, foosball table, living room, porch swing, private garden, study nook, winter banquet; located on Upper Elm.
Chapin House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Geographic center of campus, overlooks gardens of Lyman Plant House; located on Green Street.
Chase House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Seniors
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Student loan library, three living rooms, weekly film nights; located on Lower Elm.
Comstock House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one triple
Special Features: Bell tower, covered front entrance, hardwood floors, house ghost; located on West Quad.
Cushing House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one triple
Special Features: Fireplace, living room, two study rooms; located on East Quad.
Cutter House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Courtyard, fireplace, one of the two more modern houses, reading room, TV; located on Center Campus.
Dawes House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, one double
Special Features: French language and culture house; located on Upper Elm.
Duckett House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Central location, large closets, living room, study; located on Lower Elm.
Emerson House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Annual "Medeival Banquet," study rooms; located on East Quad.
Gardiner House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one triple
Special Features: Large study, living room, two common areas; located on West Quad.
Gillett House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Houses Ada Comstock scholars, large living room; located on Lower Elm.
Haven/Wesley House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Close to the library and Campus Center, some rooms have private porches; located on Center Campus.
Hopkins House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Co-op kitchen, front porch, view of Mount Holyoke mountain range; located on Center Campus.
Hubbard House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Annual anniversary alumnae reunions, close to academic buildings, piano, study lounge; located on Green Street.
Jordan House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one triple
Special Features: House library, large living room; located on East Quad.
King House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, one double, one triple
Special Features: Courtyard, fireplace, hosts bands on semi-formal weekends, living room, study room; located on East Quad.
Lamont House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one triple
Special Features: Central location, fireplace, large study area, living room; located on Upper Elm.
Lawrence House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Annual celebration (November 11) for alumnae namesake "Tippy Lawrence"; located on Green Street.
Morris House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Fireplace, large front porch with old-fashioned swing, piano, TV; located on Green Street.
Morrow House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one triple
Special Features: Grand piano, poetry room with volumes collection; located on West Quad.
Northrop House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Fireplace, living room, located across the street from PVTA bus stop, study area; located on Upper Elm.
Park House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Microwave, scenic location, soda machines; located on Center Campus.
Park House Annex
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Microwave, scenic location, soda machine; located on Center Campus.
Parsons House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Intramural teams, term cocktail parties with Parsons Annex; located on Upper Elm.
Parsons House Annex
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles,doubles
Special Features: Intramural teams, term cocktail parties with Parsons House, two living rooms; located on Upper Elm.
Scales House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Courtyard, fireplace, living room, piano; located on East Quad.
Sessions Annex
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Living room, piano, small parlor, sun room; located on Center Campus.
Sessions House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Fireplace, living room, secret staircase, TV room; located on Center Campus.
Talbot House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: House games and traditions, large living room, stuffed moose house mascot; located on Upper Elm.
Tenney House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Vegetarian co-op, kitchen, yearly faculty dinner; located on Center Campus.
Tyler House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Close to both academic buildings and athletic facilities, holiday traditions, house library, living room; located on Green Street.
Washburn House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Computer lab, grand piano, house library, pool room, TV room; located on Green Street.
Wilder House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one triple
Special Features: Bell tower, covered front entrance, yearly social event; located on West Quad.
Wilson House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Covered entrance, hardwood floors, large closets, large living room; located on West Quad.
Ziskind House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Central location, fireplace, house library, one of the two more modern houses TV room; located on Center Campus.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Friedman Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: One per unit
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-person apartments, one six-person apartment
Special Features: Townhouse-style apartments are fully furnished with a kitchen.
Located on Center Campus.

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