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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is ok. Austin College forces you to live on campus for the first three years which sucks. I can only comment on the dorms, because I haven't lived in roo suites or apartments. Dorms are not clean. The bathrooms are consistently unclean, people don't flush the toilet, there is vomit on the floor etc. Several dorms are loud even during "quiet" hours. Rules are not enforced, boys and girls sleep in each others rooms over night, people smoke and drink in the dorms, the area coordinators are useless to go to if you have problems. Building isn't great quality, dorms are old and tired, community bathrooms. There are no perks to living in the housing.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The particular dorm I am living in, Caruth, has smaller rooms in the middle of the 4th floor and I live in one of the smallest rooms for my freshman year. However, it is the most clean out of the rest of the campus dorms and it is closest in proximity to most of the classrooms and dining hall. The elevators are very slow. However this is one dorm that has an AC adjuster in each room rather than a whole building set temperature. Overall I say this dorm is livable, it just takes some getting use to.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living at Austin College is nice. The campus is lovely, the dorms are up to date in some manners. If anything cleanness is a problem here and there but that really depends on who is in your cluster. The temperature does tend to fluctuate in Baker Resident Hall due to the fact there is one thermostat. If you want to choose how hot or cold your room is then you might want to room in the Coed Dorm Dean Hall. Although they have smaller rooms I will warn you. The social atmosphere is very accepting to anyone. Being a liberal arts college you not only get the diverse learning in the classroom but in the people and students themselves. When recruiters tell you it is a tight nit community it really is. By your second semester you come to know almost everyone you walk by if not by a friendship but in an acquaintance type relationship. There is always something going on. You just have to open your eyes and look around. The cafe food is pretty bad at times but then again it has its good days.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus isn't exactly like staying in a five star hotel. However, college students don't need much besides a bed to themselves. Schools have to house a lot of students and unless the school is very small there isn't enough funding to make on-campus living super nice for every student.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: AC NEEDS to renovate their dorms. ALL of them.

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At bigger schools, you might make it to class on time if you wake up ten minutes before class and run as fast as you can. However, at AC you can wake up at the same time and saunter your way over to your class after brushing your teeth, and you will still have time to spare. No matter what dorm you live in, you'll only be a five-minute walk from everywhere on campus, which is amazing. While Caruth, an all-girls dorm, may be the most convenient because of its central location, you won’t be slighted by living in any of the other halls. Students are required to live on campus for three years, but this isn't all that bad when looking at the convenience of the living situation.There are many apartments and small houses called The Cottages on campus for students to take advantage of as upperclassmen. Your first year and second years will most likely be spent in a dorm. Many students make their closest friends in the ready-made selection of people in their "cluster" freshman year. First-year students are assigned to a cluster of about 20 other freshmen with an upperclassman RA, so your new best friends will most likely also be your next-door neighbors.

The dorms are all pretty equal as far as cleanliness and updated features go, but you might sacrifice extra space for in-room temperature control. The halls are traditional in most senses—you will have roommates, communal bathrooms, and overseeing RAs with rules. That's all part of the living experience, and most students just accept it. Once you survive two years in the dorms, you can look forward to the Roo Suites, Bryan Apartments, The Flats, or The Cottages, where you gain freedom, a private bedroom, and semi-private bathrooms.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,072
Average Housing Costs
$5,205
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Jordan Family Language House
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for international students
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
75%
Freshmen Living On Campus
97%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
4
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Baker Hall
  • Caruth Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • The Flats at Brockett Court
  • Johnson 'Roo Suites
  • Jordan Family Language House
Worst Freshman Dorms
Dean Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Any of the residence halls
What You Get
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed
  • Cable TV
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet and wireless access
  • Free campus and local phone calls
Available for Rent
Brooms, cooking utensils, DVD player, mops, and vacuum cleaners are available to borrow from the residence hall office free of charge.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Baker Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal kitchen, computer lab, laundry room, study lounges, TV lounge
Caruth Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal kitchen, computer lab, laundry room, study lounges, TV lounges
Clyce Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal kitchen, computer lab, laundry room, roof access to fourth-floor balconies, study lounges, TV lounge
Dean Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal kitchen, computer lab, in-room temperature controls, laundry room, study lounges, TV lounge
Jordan Family Language House
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Students obtain academic credit for living in one of the five houses for language immersion in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, or Chinese. A native-speaking language assistant lives in each house. Each house has a common living area, and there is also a computer lab, classrooms, and a communal kitchen.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Bryan Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10–24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartment (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas
The Flats at Brockett Court
Number of Units: 25–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, washer and dryer; complex features community room
Johnson 'Roo Suites
Floors: 2–3
Number of Units: 25–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include furnished living areas, kitchenette; complex features communal kitchen, TV lounge
The Village on Grand
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10–24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include front and back porches, full kitchen, furnished living areas, washer and dryer; complex features parking

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  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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