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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live in chem free and I love it

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The substance free housing is excellent

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most of Colby's dorms are relatively small (no dorms have more than 4 floors and few have more than 150 residents). All the dorms are incredibly unique and it is baffling how diverse the quality of the different dorms is. Nicest dorm: AMS, worst dorm: Heights. The dorms are generally pretty clean with the exception of the weekends (barf and beer cans). Really though, the people you live with/near define your dorm experience.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Sometimes I feel like my dorm has no community, but in general community is pretty good at Colby.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Hillside and Heights are horrid, but MaryLow/ Coburn, AMS, and most of frat row are pretty good!

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Dorms are pretty hit-or-miss but no building stands out as really great or really awful. There aren’t really any phenomenal rooms, but nothing’s too abysmal, either. The dorms are renovated on a 20-year rotating schedule, so no building is more than 20 years old, and something is always being updated. Colby provides students with the bare basics, and they are adequate, but it’s often the other people living in the dorms that make them special and unique. Many claim that one of the best things about Colby’s housing system is that everyone lives together. All buildings are coed by room, rather than by floor, and there is no freshman housing, so freshmen, seniors, guys, girls, international students, and Mainers all live together. On the negative side, the housing lottery can be a pain for sophomores, but most students come out satisfied.

The dorms are not five-star hotel quality, but each dorm is cleaned daily by a custodian and all are kept very clean. Ever-optimistic Colby students can find something great to say about any dorm on campus, while still acknowledging the inconveniences. People in Mary Low might say they’d never give up their nice bathrooms and live on frat row, while the frat row residents would never move to a big dorm and give up the sense of community and fun the row has to offer. Chem-free is a surprisingly popular living option and carries no stigma whatsoever.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,779
Average Housing Costs
$6,080
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
95%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
25
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Averill
  • Johnson
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Alfond Apartments
  • AMS
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
Also Available
There is theme and specialty housing options available, including Green House, Arts and Music House, quiet housing, and chem-free housing.
Available for Rent
MicroFridges, Microwaves

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Anthony (the `A' part of AMS)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, six-person suites
Special Features: Connected to Mitchell and Schupf; laundry facilities, lounges
Averill (The Quad)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one-, two- and three-room triples, quads
Special Features: Laundry facilities, lounge with study rooms and a kitchen
Coburn
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Connected to Mary Low; laundry facilities, lounge with fireplace
Dana
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, five-person suites
Special Features: Dana dining hall, laundry facilities, lounge
Drummond (Roberts Row)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Laundry facilities, lounge with fireplace
East Quad (The Quad)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, one- and two-room doubles, two-room triples
Special Features: Laundry facilities, lounge, overlooks Johnson Pond
Foss
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, two-room triples, quads, six-person suites
Special Features: Connected to Woodman; Foss dining hall, laundry facilities, lounge
Goddard-Hodgkins (Roberts Row)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, one suite
Special Features: Recently renovated
Grossman (Roberts Row)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, one suite
Special Features: Art and Music Dialogue house, close to the athletic center
Heights
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, one- and two-room doubles, quads
Special Features: Huge lounge used for popular and well-attended dances, laundry facilities, smaller lounges on each floor
Johnson (The Quad)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: Lounge, study room
Leonard (Hillside Complex)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, one- and two-room triples
Special Features: Laundry facilities, lounges
Marriner (Hillside Complex)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Laundry facilities, lounge
Mary Low
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, one- and two-room doubles, one- and two-room triples, quads, suites
Special Features: Connected to Coburn; houses the campus coffeehouse, the Annex (a six-person suite on the first floor), and the Co-op (a collection of rooms on the first floor that share a kitchen); laundry facilities, lounge with a piano
Mitchell (the 'M' part of AMS)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, quads
Special Features: Connected to Anthony and Schupf; laundry facilities, lounges
Perkins-Wilson (Roberts Row)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one suite
Special Features: Recently renovated
Pierce (Roberts Row)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, one suite
Special Features: Lounge with ping-pong table and TV, recently renovated
Piper (Roberts Row)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: View of Johnson Pond
Schupf (the 'S' part of AMS)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, five- and six-person suites
Special Features: Connected to Anthony and Mitchell; laundry facilities, lounges
Sturevant (Hillside Complex)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, one suite
Special Features: Located between Taylor and Leonard
Taylor (Hillside Complex)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: One lounge on every floor
Treworgy
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, one six-person suite
Special Features: Laundry facilities, lounge with fireplace
West Quad (The Quad)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, one- and two-room doubles, two-room triples
Special Features: Laundry facilities, lounge
Williams (Hillside Complex)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, one suite
Special Features: Common room with ping-pong, laundry facilities, lounge; occasionally referred to as "Wild Bill's"
Woodman
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, one- and two-room doubles, two-room triples
Special Features: Connected to Foss, which is home to Foss dining hall; laundry facilities, lounge with a TV and a kitchen

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Alfond Residence Complex (The ARC)
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Seniors
Room Types: Four-, five-, and six-person units
Special Features: Private bathrooms and kitchenettes.

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