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Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't love it but I don't hate it also. It's an okay place, I guess.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing includes RAs who want to bust you for any violation as well as a cleaning and maintenance staff that rarely does their job. Aside from that, location is great and the rooms are relatively big.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is incredibly expensive in comparison to living off-campus - you're also required to buy an overpriced meal plan when you live on campus, which can be a source of irritation to many students here. However, the dorms are relatively nice, and you're never more than five minutes away from any of your classes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I enjoy being in a living learning community, but the rooms themselves are a tad on the small side, especially if you are three to a room.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not remotely worth the price. Equivalent to army barracks, with the price-tag of an apartment in Georgetown. The "amenities" are a joke. The rooms aren't so bad but MUCH too overpriced, therefore making everyone feel a chump for much more than they bargained for. Communal bathrooms and showers often disgusting and not cleaned reliably - same with communal kitchens. I live in Anderson though and don't know about the other dorms. The dorm walls are incredibly thin. Be prepared to hear every word your neighbor is saying. And vice versa. Not spacious at all, particularly for triple rooms. The housing and dining services are notoriously terrible. If you have an issue with your room, even one detrimental to your health, you're on your own. Heating unpredictable. Also, expect to have fire drills at 2am multiple times a month. Honestly no fun to live here. You're paying way too much to have such a sub-par experience.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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AU dorms cater to students of varied dispositions. The North Side dorms of Hughes, McDowell, and Leonard are considered quieter, and residents there say they have tight-knit communities because they are smaller. The South Side dorms of Letts, Anderson, and Centennial are home to more frat brothers and sorority sisters, and are therefore a little rowdier.

Leonard is home to the school’s many international students, and there are specialized floors elsewhere, including all-women's floors and community service floors. Honors floors and Learning Community floors, where students live with similarly interested roommates, are becoming increasingly popular. Most students are satisfied with housing options, as long as they live somewhere appropriate to their personalities. Many freshmen live on campus and say it makes meeting people easier, but by junior year, students start moving off campus.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
3,977
Average Housing Costs
$9,466
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
Undergrads Living On Campus
64%
Freshmen Living On Campus
96%
Number of Dormitories
11
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
Anderson Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Centennial Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
McDowell Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
McDowell Hall
What You Get
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Desk
  • Heater
  • Plenty of closet and drawer space

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Anderson Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 750-999
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Largest residence hall on campus; access to South Campus computer lab and Greek Lounge; home to offices for the Housing & Dining programs and Residence Hall Association.
Capital Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Home to transfer and Washington Semester students; located on Tenley Campus, about a mile from main campus
Centennial Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: Home to South Side Honors Community
Clark Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: This hall opened in the fall of 2010.
Congressional Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Home to transfer and Washington Semester students; located on Tenley Campus, about a mile from main campus
Federal Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Mail room, on-site dining facility; home to students in the Washington Mentorship program; located on Tenley Campus, about a mile from main campus
Hughes Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Classroom, computer lab; home to University Honors Program
Leonard Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Home to intercultural/international living experience; renovated in 2007, lounge designed and furnished by Crate and Barrel
Letts Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Formal lounge, Sky Lounge, study areas; home to South Campus Fitness Center
McDowell Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: Common room for quiet study space, computer cluster, formal lounge on first floor; home to North Area Recreation Center (NARC)
Roper Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: This hall opened in the fall of 2010.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Nebraska Hall
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and graduate students
Room Types: Two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Full-sized beds, kitchen, living room

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  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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