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Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms themselves (specifically in Brooks) are small. The high ceilings and easy access to the dining hall are the only amenities to the building. The best living situation on campus is North Village 1. The cost of living on campus is expensive. Also, due to the size of campus, most of the dorms are within a convenient distance from the academic buildings.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Allegheny has some great buildings to live in, but also some that aren't so great. Some of the dorms are very old and struggle with mold and dust, like Schultz. North Village I and II are the best places to live on campus. All housing options are very close to academic buildings and dining halls. The housing process is not the best. All students are entered into a "random" lottery and are assigned room numbers. In my time at Allegheny, I never received a number less than 400 (the lower the number the better). So some aspects could be improved, but it certainly isn't the worst place to live.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is typical. Rooms are smaller but the bathrooms are pretty bad.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are ok but need more apartment style housing

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The lottery housing system is an absolute mess and some dorms can get pretty gross, steer clear of Brooks third floor, but overall the residence halls aren't too bad. NV1 and NV2 are fantastic, but hard to get. Dorm rooms, besides Caflisch singles are pretty spacious, especially in Brooks. There are downsides and plusses to all the dorms. It's really about what works best for you.

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Housing at Allegheny can rock or suck. There are some dorms that are 100 years old and are your traditional college housing (like Brooks Hall). Then, there is North Village, which finished construction in 2010 and features quads and triples. A lot of the dorms on campus offer several different kinds of rooms within one building. For example, Brooks Hall, the all-female building, has mainly singles and doubles. On the fourth floor, however, there are giant one-room quads, and there is even one suite that has its own bathroom. Most of the buildings on campus have been renovated or reworked over the years. Rumor has it that Caflisch Hall was laid out by someone who designed prisons. What's great is that the College doesn't have any dorm curfews or restrictions on visitors. And depending on the building, guys and girls can live together.

Also, several of the main dorms are smack-dab in the middle of campus, so it's never a hassle to get where you want to go. There is new furniture in all of the dorms, and the school also allows the students a lot of freedom with their rooms. For example, you can paint your room as long as you paint it white again at the end of the year or if you can get the next occupant to agree to keep it. You can have any kind of pet that lives in an aquarium (although lots of people secretly have furry pets). The College is pretty lenient, so you can make it as homey as you want.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,895
Average Housing Costs
$5,220
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
78%
Freshmen Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
9
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
4
Best Freshman Dorms
Baldwin Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
North Village
Worst Freshman Dorms
Ravine Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Caflisch Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV jack
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet or broadband Internet connections
  • Free campus and local phone calls
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • Delta Tau Delta has a fraternity house on campus for members.
  • Phi Kappa Psi has a fraternity house on campus for members.
  • There are college-owned houses, including houses on Loomis Street, Sherman Street, and Park Avenue, as well as on many other streets.
Available for Rent
Minifridge with microwave
Did You Know?
Fraternities have houses (some owned by the College, some not), but sororities do not. There is a myth that sorority houses are prohibited because an old state law stated that a house containing a certain number of women was considered a brothel, but that is a long-held misconception.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Allegheny Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Lounge
Baldwin Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Television room, study lounge, laundry, kitchenette
Brooks Hall
Floors: 5 (including basement)
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Television room, study lounge, laundry, kitchenette
Caflisch Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Television room, study lounge, laundry, pool table
Crawford Hall
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Television room, lounge, fireplace
Edwards Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, quads
Special Features: Study lounge, laundry
Ravine Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Television room, study lounge, laundry
Schultz Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Television room, study lounge, laundry, carpet
Walker and Walker Annex
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Television room, study lounge, laundry

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Allegheny Commons
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Air-conditioned downstairs
College Court
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Courtyard
North Village
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Four Max Kada Language houses; spaces devoted to students of Chinese, Spanish, German, and French
North Village Phase II
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles, quads, apartments

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