Campus Housing

Location
Norman, OK
Undergrads
18,111
Tuition (in-state)
$20,343 ($8,706)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I never lived in the dorms.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: My freshman year, I lived in the cheapest dorms available but had to take out around $5000 in loans for one semester. However, I really enjoyed living in the dorms and made some wonderful friends. The social atmosphere was great for me, but I know plenty of people who hated the dorms and who experienced lots of drama. The housing process is fairly easy.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are dorms. But they are close to classes and living with other students is a great experience.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't the best and they are a bit run down. Living off campus is a better option.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On-campus housing is grossly overpriced. I haven't seen Headington Hall or the Honors dorms, but all the other dorms south of the South Oval are sweaty, sticky hells of mismatched personalities. I was stuck on the out-of-state floor of Walker my freshman year, and I was nearly suicidal some weeks. My roommate was the dumbest guy I've met who doesn't have an actual disability (as far as I know). I identified with nobody and was constantly kept awake by drunken animals and sports fiends. We are forced to pay exorbitant fees to enjoy the squalid, cramped corridors of Walker and Adams. You could at least employ some measure of personality matching to make people in the dorms more compatible.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 208th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 402nd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1115th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1194th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Hurd
Hometown
Oklahoma City
Major
History and French
Grad Year
2016
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The dorms at OU are generally nice and are located to the south of the main campus. Freshmen typically have three options for on-campus housing: Cate (community-style living), the Towers (suite-style living), and the athletic dorms. Cate is the oldest of these three building complexes, and while it's the closest to campus, it is the least clean. Despite being cleaned by staff daily, the rooms in Cate look outdated and unhygienic. The Towers are the next oldest, and while unattractive from the exterior, they are very clean inside and are generally the most popular freshman housing choice. The athletic dorms must house 51 percent non-athletes according to NCAA regulations and therefore are open to all students, though acceptance rates are low. The University keeps the dorms well maintained, and the furniture is durable and practical. All of the freshman dorms have easy access to one food source and are all so close together that the two main freshman cafeterias are only three minutes away from one another. These dorms and their associated cafeterias are social hubs for freshmen and provide open areas for relaxation and recreation.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
5,848
Average Housing Costs
$4,588
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cultural housing
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Honors housing
  • Men's 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
32%
Freshmen Living On Campus
80%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
4
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Couch Center
  • Walker Center
Best Upperclassman Dorms
OU Traditions Square
Worst Freshman Dorms
Cate Center
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Cate Center
Best Dorms
  • Adams
  • Couch
  • Walker
Worst Dorms
Cate Center
What You Get
  • Basic expanded cable access
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Ethernet and Wi-Fi
  • Small nightstand with two drawers
  • Twin extra-long bed
Available for Rent
All of the dorms offer microfridges for rent by semester. Each dormitory also has an office for Resident Student Association that rents out vacuums, DVDs, board games, and sports equipment (pool balls, footballs, ping-pong, etc).
Did You Know?
  • The University has begun offering a number of "Premium Rooms" in certain towers. These living arrangements contain mostly moveable furniture, allowing students to customize their room layouts and provide themselves with more space.
  • You can only have as much fun as your RA wants you to. Making friends with him or her is the key to a positive dorm experience.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Adams Center (Johnson, McCasland, Muldrow, and Tarman towers)
Floors: 12, in each of four buildings
Number of Occupants: 750–999
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, laundry facilities, music practice rooms, on-site dining, quiet floor; home to Housing Learning Center
Cate Center
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Laundry facilities, on-site dining, piano, ping-pong and pool tables, social lounge; home to campus police, post office
Couch Center
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Computer lab, laundry facilities, on-site dining, social lounges, special-interest floors, study lounges; home to Housing Center Student Association, OU IT Service
David L. Boren Hall
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen honors students
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Courtyard, library; home to Honors program
Walker Center
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Computer lab, laundry facilities, on-site dining, quiet floor, social lounges, special-interest floors, study lounges; home to Housing and Food Services Office

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Headington Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Units: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and four-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Kitchenette in unit, on-site dining; home to student-athletes and others
Kraettli Apartments
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (furnished and unfurnished)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, living areas, utilities included in rent; complex features barbecue areas, basketball court, laundry facilities, playground area, shuttle service
OU Traditions Square
Floors: 3
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, utilities included in rent, washer and dryer; complex features computer lab, hot tub and pool, putting green, shuttle, workout center
University Village (Health Sciences campus)
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, two-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, living areas; complex features barbecue grills, laundry facilities, parking, security patrol, shuttle, social lounge

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