Campus Housing

Location
Schenectady, NY
Undergrads
2,209
Tuition
$45,219
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All depends on what housing you get freshman year and your lottery numbers

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is good. Different residence houses with spacious rooms and an opportunity to create a new friend by having roommates and resources to resolve any sudden roommate issues. The rooms are carpeted which is a bad side for me because I am allergic to dust mites and the carpets make me miserable throughout the year. For the cost, the residence halls are not of equal rating which is not fare for the equal pay there is.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My RA is awesome, but my dorm is the farthest from every academic building. My room is a double but used to be a triple, so it's very big. I hear that is rare, however. I've been to other rooms in other dorms and they seem pretty nice as well. Furniture is hit or miss, but the worst thing that happens is maybe a drawer doesn't open as easily as the others. The dorms are big and people who live on the same floor seem to form social groups. Depending on your dorm, floor, and RA, you'll get mixed results, but none of them are terrible or anything like that.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: They have Minervas which are houses but each student can have a single or a double but you have to apply to enter a lottery for these house. They are in great condition and it gives you more independence. Freshman dorms are kind of old.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the suite style for freshman, great for social interaction. Minerva housing has its perks and college park has AC

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 220th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 459th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 478th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 595th
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cassandra Skoufalos
Hometown
Greenwich, CT
Major
Political Science/Spanish
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It seems pretty obvious that while in your freshman year you'll be living in a smaller dorm room, your remaining years at Union will lead to living in some great dormitories. Over recent years, Union has put a lot of effort into revamping their housing system. And with Union's rapidly-increasing student body, the College is increasing its number of housing options available to students. The College purchased a former Ramada Inn, now known cleverly as the Inn. The Inn has over 200 rooms, a large portion of which is singles. So far, the Inn has been getting a lot of positive feedback from students. Although the rooms themselves have a pseudo-hotel feel to them, they are huge and have individual bathrooms.

But it's impossible to talk about campus housing without gushing over the new Minerva Houses. Three former fraternities have been transformed into beautiful buildings, and the four other Minerva Houses are renovated dorms with kitchens, social areas, study rooms, and most importantly, free coffee. Although you cannot live there as a first-year student, every student and faculty member assigned to a Minerva House has equal access to the house budget, which is about $30,000, for planning house events and the social spaces. The only bad thing about the renovations is that it makes the other dorms, such as Webster, Davidson, Fox, and West, look a bit sub-par in comparison. There is also a disproportionate amount of vandalism in the dorms designated for first-year students. The folks at Residential Life are more than willing to find a different living arrangement for you if your roommate and you don't jive.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,974
Average Housing Costs
$6,069
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
88%
Number of Dormitories
6
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Dorms
  • Beuth House
  • Golub House
Worst Dorms
Webster Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
Also Available
  • Minerva Housing: some students are randomly assigned to live in one of seven houses plan events and are governed by a student council.
  • Theme Housing, in which students with a common interest share a living space. Examples include community service, languages, and cultures.
Available for Rent
MicroFridges
Did You Know?
  • In 1824, the College's annual fee of $55.50 covered tuition, room, board, stove, and the use of books, firewood, and candles. Today, fires and candles are prohibited in dorm rooms.
  • Until the 1950s, faculty members had permission to graze their livestock on campus fields and lawns. Today, we use lawn mowers.
  • During the height of steam locomotive manufacturing in Schenectady, Union students often awoke to more than an inch of soot on their dormitory windowsill.
  • The Union campus lost more than 500 gigantic elms to Dutch Elm Disease in the 1960s. Only very recently have large trees again become part of Union's campus landscape.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

College Park Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 253
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Dining kiosk, fitness center, ballroom, campus safety department
Davidson Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 282
Bathrooms: 1 on each floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites, doubles, singles
Special Features: A section of the building is designated as Greek housing. Building also includes a piano, a tv, study furniture, vending machines, laundry, and a kitchen.
Fox Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 278
Bathrooms: 1 on each floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: A section of the building is designated as Greek housing. Building also includes a piano, a tv, study furniture, vending machines, laundry, and a kitchen.
Richmond Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 136
Bathrooms: 2 on each floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, singles
Special Features: Laundry, lounge, study rooms
Webster Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 52
Bathrooms: 5 on each floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Triples, doubles, singles
Special Features: TV, kitchenettes, vending machines, laundry, pool table; "Focus-Study" living, free of tobacco or alcohol products
West Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 168
Bathrooms: 2 on each floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Dining hall, corner lounges

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Seward and Hull St. Apartments
Floors: Varies by apartment
Number of Units: 150
Bathrooms: Varies by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, living room, carpeted floors, laundry; some have campus Internet, phone, and cable systems

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