Campus Housing

Location
Ewing, NJ
Undergrads
6,295
Tuition (in-state)
$24,530 ($14,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: freshman dorms are the worst. however, other residential areas are pretty nice. housing is pretty expensive

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The worst thing about housing is the lottery system. Underclassmen are guaranteed but after that it's all up in the air. Rooming conflicts are either solved by mediation or someone moving out. The dorms are nice but cleanliness depends on the people living on the floor. The dorms are close to classes.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I never lived on campus, I could never afford it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: When available, campus housing is great. However, it is not guaranteed all four years of school.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: After freshman year, housing gets a lot better trust me.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 420th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 590th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 659th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 692nd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sam Khazael
Hometown
Millburn, NJ
Major
Clinical Psychology
Grad Year
2011
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TCNJ's small size makes its dormitory placement within comforting and convenient proximity to all academic and student activity buildings. All dormitories are connected via paths to the center of campus, and all (with the exception of the College Houses) are within or situated on the College loop, Metzger Drive. Freshmen are often situated in either Travers or Wolfe halls; these dormitories are not air-conditioned. Instead, emphasis is placed on an open social atmosphere with plenty of activities organized by the residence hall staff. Sophomore and transfer students are often given choices between the mid-range dormitories such as Centennial, Norsworthy, and ABE (Allen, Brewster, and Ely). They are also given housing in the more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable Eickhoff and New Residence dorms, which are newer than the other dorms and are often preferred by students. Juniors and seniors are often given the Townhouses or campus apartments at Phelps and Hausdoerffer, which are also preferred. However, some are also placed in Eickhoff and New Residence, and many leftover junior transfer students are placed in Norsworthy, ABE, or Centennial. 

Campus housing is adequate, but it can be pricey for some, and as a result, many students end up either commuting during their last year or living with friends in noncampus apartments or rented houses, which saves money depending on the arrangement. The housing lottery is almost guaranteed to underclassmen, but upperclassmen must act fast and have alternate plans to secure housing, due to the College's increasing admitted population.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
4,000
Average Housing Costs
$8,006
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
62%
Freshmen Living On Campus
96%
Number of Dormitories
7
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
5
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Travers Hall
  • Wolfe Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Hausdoerffer Hall
  • Phelps Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Norsworthy Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Centennial Hall
  • Townhouses East

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Centennial Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common lounge connects the Lakeside and library wings together.
Decker Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Decker Hall was renovated in 1992 and also again in 2010.
Eickhoff Hall
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Home of the atrium
Ely, Allen, Brewster Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Allen Drawing Room main lounge is complete with a hardwood floor, fireplace, grand piano, and antique furnishings.
New Residence Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: New Residence Hall has a picturesque central courtyard.
Norsworthy Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Main lounge space, smallest dorm on campus
Travers and Wolfe Halls
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, quads
Special Features: Connected by a main lounge, café outfitted with widescreen televisions, 1950s-style cushion seats and tables

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

College Houses
Number of Units: 12
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three- to six-bedroom houses (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, laundry machines; some utilities included
There are three houses on Carlton Avenue and nine on Pennington Road.
Hausdoerffer Hall
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Five-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features community lounge, grassy park, laundry facilities, semi-private courtyard, study lounge
Hausdoerffer's twin hall is Phelps Hall.
Phelps Hall
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Five-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features community lounge, grassy park, laundry facilities, semi-private courtyard, study lounge
Phelps's twin hall is Hausdoerffer Hall.
Townhouses South
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Ten-bedroom townhouses (singles)
Special Features: Units include air conditioning, full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features laundry facilities, social lounges
Townhouses West
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Ten-bedroom townhouses (singles)
Special Features: Units include air conditioning, full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features laundry facilities, social lounges

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