Campus Housing

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
24,382
Tuition (in-state)
$23,422 ($13,596)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Temple is trying to better housing, but it is very expensive, they need to keep trying and make it more affordable.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: More and more housing is getting built.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: They do the best they can.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms are small and it can be annoying living with another person, unless of course you get along well then it's great. They let you pick whoever you want for a roommate which can be really nice.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The renovations and redevelopment of dorm facilities is bringing a better and more cleanly experience. I live in Morgan Hall which was built in 2013. The dorm is a modern take on dorm living. Compared to last year, I enjoyed my time at Morgan Hall. I would prefer to live in an apartment next year.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 359th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 778th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1018th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 1291st
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

With weekly activities that get students involved, the freshman dorms at Temple allow people to meet each other. The dormitory known as "1300" offers single, double, and quadruple suites and apartments. It has a fitness room, a game room, a computer lab, mini-food store, and TV and study lounges. This dorm is located near classrooms and the student rec center. Temple Towers offers the same features. 1940 Residence Hall is conveniently located near a hair salon, 7-Eleven, and classroom halls; it is also clean with good amenities, but there is no apartment-style housing available. The least favorable dorms are Peabody (e.g., “the projects”) because it lacks air conditioning and is rundown, and White Hall (or “Killer Hall”) because outside of this dorm is where most “incidents” occur; you can take a guess by their aliases on why they are the least popular.

It’s a big problem that not all students receive housing. However, Temple is trying to build more dorms. Make sure your housing is in order—especially any financial aid—before you leave for the semester. Follow the letters Temple sends out, so you won’t be one of those people sleeping on your friend’s sofa. If you become one of the unfortunate ones, there are apartments nearby Temple. But don’t forget to keep up with your housing status in subsequent years—there are still students left struggling to find a place to live even after freshman year.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
5,069
Average Housing Costs
$6,956
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Living/learning communities
  • Special housing for disabled students
Undergrads Living On Campus
18%
Freshmen Living On Campus
77%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
1300 Residence Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Temple Towers
Worst Freshman Dorms
Peabody Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
The Edge
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Free campus calls
  • Free utilities
  • Wireless Internet access
Also Available
Graduate Student Housing: Triangle Complex and Podiatry Housing Complex apartments
Did You Know?
  • The odds of a student getting housing are all based on a lottery system. Pay your deposit, receive a letter with a lottery number, attend the bidding, and you either have your first pick or are left searching for an apartment and a roommate.
  • Out-of-state students are not given preferential treatment for housing! As many times as the administration has responded to this dilemma, incoming students still find it hard to swallow. As it may be, all students who apply for housing are given an equal chance at the "lottery." Out-of-state students feel they should have an edge because they can't commute. In-state (especially in-city) students feel that if they don't want to live at home, they shouldn't have to.
  • You can be a resident adviser; though it is a very competitive position, those who are chosen speak very highly of it and have the bonus of living on campus for free. It's also good to help the freshmen adjust to campus life. A negative aspect is all the time you spend in the dorms. You are there for your residents at any cause, which can be seen as a good or bad thing. Keep in mind that it is a job, and you have to be committed to it like any other responsibility.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

1300 Residence Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 1,000+
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (doubles), studios (singles, doubles), one- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, elevator, game room, laundry facilities, on-site dining, study lounges, TV lounge
1940 Residence Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites (doubles), one-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, elevator, game rooms, laundry facilities, multipurpose room, study lounges, TV lounge; home to Residential Organization for Community Service (ROCS) and Leadership and Sustainability living-learning communities
James S. White Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Suite, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites (doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, elevator, laundry facilities, open-air courtyards, study lounges, TV lounge
Johnson and Hardwick Halls
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Air conditioning, elevator, game room, laundry facilities, on-site dining, TV lounge; home to College of Engineering, College of Music and Dance, and School of Communication and Theater living-learning communities
Peabody Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, art studio, community kitchen, elevator, laundry facilities, sitting porch, study lounges, TV lounge; home to Tyler School of Arts living-learning community.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

The Edge
Floors: 5
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Units include carpeting, full kitchen, furnished living areas; building feature air conditioning, handicapped accessibility, laundry facilities
Elmira Jeffries
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include carpeting, full kitchen, furnished living areas; building features air conditioning, elevator, laundry facilities, handicapped accessibility
Temple Towers
Floors: 6
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studio, one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; building features air conditioning, handicapped accessibility; coffee shop in lobby.

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