Campus Housing

Location
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Undergrads
2,095
Tuition
$29,326
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are relatively nice depending where you live. University Towers for other years has nice apartments.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: No heat. Buildings are falling apart.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in probably one of the smallest singles on campus, but it's still great and I love it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I commute, friends who dorm say it's a great experience and allows them to be part of the campus life

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is expensive to live on campus many students are already looking at off campus housing because it is cheaper than staying on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 365th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 988th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1026th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1252nd
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Frail
Hometown
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Major
Communications
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While Wilkes has a traditional style coed dormitory, most of the residence halls scream of uniqueness and nostalgia. In the 19th century, the area lining the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre was home to some of the most prominent people in Luzerne County's history: coal barons, bankers, lawyers, ice harvesters, and businessmen. And, as time passed, many of these stately mansions were donated to Wilkes University. Some of these buildings are big gothic mansions, while others are New England, Romanesque, classical revival, Cajun, Tudor, and Greek-revival style. What makes this better than cookie-cutter residence halls is that each room is unique. Some features include built-in bookshelves, stained glass windows, high ceilings, window seats, original fireplaces, beautiful trim work, and more! Some of these mansions are designated male or female, and many of them, like Rifkin, have apartment-style living. Waller Hall even has some secret passageways. For students looking for really socialized living, the traditional dorm, Evans, offers four floors and seven wings of coed quarters. Each floor has a kitchen and lounge. There is a bathroom between every two rooms, meaning students have their own private bathroom, shared only with their wall buddy. Again, the way the mansions are designed, whole floors will share the facilities. There are off-campus dorms too. Wilkes University entered an agreement with a local apartment complex, University Towers at Ten East South Street, one of the tallest buildings in Wilkes-Barre, to provide additional housing.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
878
Average Housing Costs
$7,228
Undergrads Living On Campus
45%
Number of Dormitories
15
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
10
Best Dorms
  • Roth Hall (Chesapeake and Delaware)
  • Slocum
Worst Dorms
  • Sterling
  • Sturdevant
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser or wardrobe
  • Ethernet access
  • Kitchen in each dorm
  • Laundry facilities in each dorm
  • Lounge in each dorm
  • Phone
Available for Rent
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DormitoriesWhat's This?

Catlin Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20
Bathrooms: 6
Coed: No, women only
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Stone patio, extra-large lounge.
Doane Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 12
Bathrooms: 4
Coed: No, women only
Residents: First-years, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Formal living room, fireplace.
Evans Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 200
Bathrooms: Shared by two rooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly underclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air-conditioning, vending machines, free in-building laundry.
Fortinsky Hall - 229
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 21
Bathrooms: 3
Coed: No, men only
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one triple
Special Features: Central location to campus.
Rifkin Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 34
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartment-style
Special Features: Kitchen, private bathroom, spacious apartments.
Ross Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 17
Bathrooms: 5
Coed: Yes
Residents: Members of the Multicultural Student Coalition, all years
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Intricately designed staircase, stained glass windows, Multicultural House  
Roth Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 72
Bathrooms: 9
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Roth Hall used to be a double block comprised of Chesapeake and Delaware, two of the most rundown dorms on campus. With recent renovations, the structure is sound, beautiful, and air-conditioned.
Schiowitz Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 31
Bathrooms: 6
Coed: No, women only
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Large lounge, central to campus, ping-pong table.
Slocum Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 44
Bathrooms: 12
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Close to SUB, Learning Community program dorm.
Sterling Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 23
Bathrooms: 6
Coed: No, men only
Residents: First-years, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Ornate iron work on front porch, cupola above the third floor which offers great view, pool table, study lounge, rec lounge.
Sturdevant Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 45
Bathrooms: 13
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years, sophomores, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Renovated in 2002.
Sullivan Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 43
Bathrooms: 12
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Semi-private bathrooms in some rooms, renovated in 2004, large lounge area.
Waller Dorms North
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 21
Bathrooms: 6
Coed: No, women only
Residents: First-years, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Many rooms have fireplaces and mantles, connected to Waller South on the third floor, large lounge.
Waller Dorms South
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20
Bathrooms: 5
Coed: No, women only
Residents: First-years, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Fireplaces and mantles, connected to Waller Nouth on the third floor, large lounge.
Weiss Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 22
Bathrooms: 6
Coed: No, women only
Residents: First-years, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Fireplaces, built-in bookshelves, pocket doors, richly carved woodwork, stained glass windows.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

321 South River St.
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 20
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 3- and 4-person apartments
Special Features: On-site laundry facilities.
325 & 327 South River Street
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 18
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 3- and 4-person apartments
Special Features: Washer and dryer in each apartment.
339 South River Street
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 12
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years, upperclassmen
Room Types: 4-person apartments
Special Features: Community Service House, instead of an RA, a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) presides over house and coordinates activities.
58 South River Street
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 11
Bathrooms: 5
Coed: Yes
Residents: First-years, sophomores, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triple
Special Features: Wrap-around porch, close to the student center.
Fortinsky Hall - 225-227
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 20
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Triple and quad apartments
Special Features: Central to campus.
Henry Northampton St. Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 21
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Single bedrooms within the apartments.
Henry Ross St. Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 23
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: 4-person apartments
Special Features: Singles within the apartments
University Towers Apartments
Floors: 14
Number of Units: 101
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: 3-person apartments
Special Features: Air-conditioning, balconies with a view of the city or the mountains.
YMCA
Floors: 1 (Wilkes leases the fourth floor)
Number of Units: 21
Bathrooms: One per apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 2- and 4-person apartments
Special Features: Located in the YMCA with all the features of the health club right there.

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