Campus Housing

Location
Wellesley, MA
Undergrads
2,368
Tuition
$39,420
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I really love the campus housing. The buildings are beautiful. My building has awesome custodial staff, but I've also experienced probably the worst.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living rooms and outdoor aesthetics are beautiful. The rooms can often be small though. Shower areas could be cleaner.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Each dorm has its own perks but also downfalls. For example, some dorms are really spacious, but far from many of the academic buildings. Other dorms are closer to more of the buildings, but have somewhat smaller rooms. Usually everyone ends up liking where they live regardless of whether or not it was their first choice, though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing is fine, some dorms have big rooms and some have tiny rooms. It's all a trade-off though because some dorms are very quiet and boring and far away from everything else on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: My dorm was like a hotel! Residents were very nice

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 42nd
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 156th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 314th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 592nd
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Hometown
Safety Harbor, FL
Major
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Housing at Wellesley really is a matter of taste—the dorms all have different personalities, and just as many students would prefer a dank room in Munger over a lake view in Stone-Davis, and vice versa. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of suites, mostly because Wellesley was designed to promote studiousness, not sociability. Some students also chafe at the strict supervision of residential staff. Every once in a while, students in the East Side dorms will attempt to rejuvenate East Side Pride, but the truth is that many students count themselves blessed to escape McAfee perdition after their first year. Tower is Wellesley's showpiece, with the beautiful Tower Great Hall and some fantastic rooms replete with wooden floors and window seats.

First-year students have no choice where they live, but after that, it's largely up to personal preference and luck in the housing lottery. But even if you strike out, you can try for a room swap. A lake view lifts the spirits, as does being in a social dorm where people are likely to prop open their doors from time to time. If you're going to be sticking to an early-to-bed, early-to-rise schedule after your first year, consider one of the more studious dorms. If you're looking for a more relaxed attitude—as in, no one knocking on your door to say you're playing your music too loud—consider Lake House. Overall, while Wellesley has beautiful, diverse housing, independent living is largely out, as is the more social setup that suites would provide.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,211
Average Housing Costs
$6,614
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Undergrads Living On Campus
92%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
16
Best Freshman Dorms
Tower Court
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Claflin Hall
  • Lake House
  • Severance Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Bates Hall
  • Dower Hall
  • Freeman HAll
  • McAfee Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Bates Hall
  • Dower Hall
  • Freeman Hall
  • McAfee Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookcase
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
  • Lamp
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • Small-scale, special-interest housing is available by application to everyone except first-years. These include: Casa Cervantes, near the Tower complex; French House, located slightly off campus; and Instead Feminist Vegetarian Cooperative, on the east side of campus. Certain dorms also have language corridors for those who wish to speak Russian, German, Chinese, or Japanese.
  • There are also on-campus housing options for Davis Scholars in Cedar Lodge and Homestead, located on the east side of campus.
  • There are several apartments located in dorms, offering kitchens, living rooms, and more independent living. Orchard Apartments in Dower and Hemlock Apartments in McAfee tend to go to upperclasswomen.
Did You Know?
  • Only dorms' TV rooms-of which there are only a few per building-get cable (and reception is difficult to get in many places), which can be both good and bad. It's fun to make friends over popcorn and a favorite show, but there can be showdowns over who's watching what.
  • Almost all upperclassmen live in singles if they desire, though occasional housing crunches put juniors with bad lottery numbers in doubles for a semester.
  • Feel the burn-all dorms in Wellesley were purposely built on hills in the 1870s to keep young ladies fit.
  • Men attending Wellesley are cross-registered students who actually attend other schools (such as MIT or Brandeis), so these students usually do not live on campus. Instead, they tend to be commuters. However, every so often, a stray dude finds his way into the campus and makes his home in one of the dormitories. But don't get too excited-campus housing does not have a specific dorm in which they house Wellesley guys; a male student is randomly assigned a room, so girls looking for coed housing at Wellesley will just have to get lucky. Also, this occurrence is highly uncommon.
  • When Mona Lisa Smile was shot on campus, the scene in which Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) is defending herself to the Board of Trustees was shot in the living room of Claflin Hall; other scenes from the movie were shot in Tower Great Hall.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Bates Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; East Side area
Beebe Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; part of Hazard Quad/Quint
Cazenove Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; part of Hazard Quad/Quint
Claflin Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads, suites
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; part of Tower Complex
Davis Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, pool table, small exercise room, student lounges; connected to Stone Hall, near center of campus
Dower Hall (including Orchard Apartments)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, Orchard Apartments
Special Features: Laundry facilities; East Side area
Freeman Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; East Side area
Lake House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; independent co-op style living with no RAs, part of Tower Complex
McAfee Hall (including Hemlock Apartments)
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (singles), Hemlock Apartments
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; East Side area
Munger Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; part of Hazard Quad/Quint
Pomeroy Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; part of Hazard Quad/Quint
Severance Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, small suites
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; part of Tower Complex
Shafer Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, student lounges; part of Hazard Quad/Quint, traditionally the gay pride dorm but by no means solely homosexual
Stone Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, pool table, small exercise room, student lounges; connected to Davis Hall, near center of campus
Tower Court East
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads, small suites
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, student lounges; part of Tower Complex
Tower Court West
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads, small suites
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, student lounges; part of Tower Complex

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