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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in the closest dorm to campus, so I probably had a better opinion on my proximity to campus. Many amenities were close by, including food places, the gym, other dorms, classes, and the heart of the school (University Union). My dorm was set up where you enter a main lounge to get to the rooms, so I met a lot of people from hanging out in the social areas. On each floor, there was a lounge where a lot of people would mingle or study together. It was easy to meet other people with this kind of set up.

There are other dorms with different layouts, that don't seem to be as welcoming. I had friends living in other dorms who complained that not many people knew each other within the dorm because there weren't main areas to hang out in.

There are also on-campus apartments above the campus, as far away as some off-campus housing. Those apartments are more expensive, but some people think it's worth it. Each apartment comes with plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a kitchen, which most dorms don't really have. The apartments also have cleaning included in the cost. The main inconvenience is the distance from campus.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living in the dorms and being able to see my best friends in the common room every day.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Every freshmen should be required to live on campus. The dorms are a great way to meet people and your best friends!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is nothing special which is what is expected and it gets the job done but would not spend more than one year on campus

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms area good but not with the $900 that we pay


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There are three main types of housing on campus: "Red Bricks" or South Mountain Halls, apartments (Cerro Vista or Poly Canyon), and "the Towers" (which are also known as Yosemite and Sierra Madre—collectively, the "Connections" towers). All are freshman housing, with the exception of Poly Canyon Village (PCV), which is reserved for second-year students and above. The Red Bricks are divided by college; there's one building for each of the six colleges. Roughly 70 percent of the students in each of the buildings are in the college associated with that particular building. For example, in the building associated with the College of Engineering, 30 percent of the students will be from any of the other five colleges. 

The apartments are mixed majors. The Honors College housing is located in Cerro Vista. Apartment-style living is the only housing with single rooms on campus. Yosemite and Sierra Madre are broken up into different special-interest housing groups. One tower is designated for music lovers, another for foodies, and a third for international interests. Each tower has a different theme. Living on campus is a must for a social life. Most of your friends will come from the hall you live in, and those late-night common-area chats about life and the universe will make your first year truly unique. It's not hard to find a group to go to dinner with or to keep you company in the library. The buildings are safe and clean, which is important, given the number of students who share such close quarters. Overall, living on campus is a necessary and enjoyable experience!

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Average Housing Costs
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing
Undergrads Living On Campus
Freshmen Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Freshman Dorms
  • South Mountain Halls
  • Yosemite Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Poly Canyon Village
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Cerro Vista Apartments
  • North Mountain Halls
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Cerro Vista Apartments
  • Poly Canyon Village
Best Dorms
Sierra Madre
Worst Dorms
South Mountain
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV jack
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Ethernet access
  • Free campus and local phone calls
  • Mini-fridge
  • Window coverings
Available for Rent
Did You Know?
The Living Learning Program is open to freshman students and features communities based on interests.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

North Mountain Halls (Diablo, Lassen, Palomar, Shasta, Whitney)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Three laundry rooms, suite-style living, surrounding grass and picnic tables
Santa Lucia Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: College of Engineering students often live here.
Sierra Madre Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Six community towers, laundry room, microwave on each floor, pingpong and pool table, TV lounge, small kitchen, study lounges
South Mountain Halls (Fremont, Muir, Santa Lucia, Sequoia, Tenaya, Trinity)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Friendly atmosphere, two laundry rooms per hall, study rooms, TV lounge, pingpong and pool table, computer lab, Living Learning Program, each hall dedicated to a single college, allowing students with similar interests and career goals to live and interact with one another, opportunities for field trips, lectures from faculty and professionals on relevant subjects, and study groups
Yosemite Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Laundry room in each tower, microwave on each floor, pingpong and pool tables, TV lounge, small kitchen, great security, farthest from campus, meaning more privacy

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Cerro Vista Apartments (Bishop, Cabrillo, Hollister, Islay, Morro, Romauldo)
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Fully-furnished living room, kitchen with appliances, adaptable to ADA (American Disabilities Act) standards, beautiful hillshide setting with panoramic views of campus
Poly Canyon Village
Floors: 4–5
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Fully furnished living room, kitchen with appliances, beautiful scenic walks

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