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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really enjoy living on campus at Colby. I am extremely close to all of my classes and dining halls (about five minutes maximum) and I absolutely love the roommate I was randomly placed with. Campus Life does a great job of random roommate placement for first-years.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: Each dorm on campus has its own personality and atmosphere created by the individuals who live there. First-years do not have the option to choose their roommate(s) or dorm building, but based on an initial survey, Housing does their best to place first-year students in an environment conducive to their needs as represented by their initial Housing form. Some dorm buildings allow for more space and privacy among individual rooms, while others feature straight halls of rooms that foster a stronger sense of community within the dorm. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors enter the Spring Housing Draw individually or with other students. depending on their personal living preference, and then have the option of choosing from an array of singles, doubles, two-room doubles, triples, three-room triples, suites, or Alfond Apartments (seniors only). The College's size allows for all dorm buildings to be within an approx. 2 minute walking distance from a dining hall, which is very convenient in the winter months.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: When I had roommate issues, the Campus Life office really helped me out! Moving in and out of dorms was a breeze for me!

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing obviously varies but in relation to other colleges it's great. Rooms are typically spacious and clean, and students keep them well-organized. Dorms are all relatively new and have all the essentials as well as nice, clean bathrooms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Colby College has dorms of varying quality and size, and so it would be impossible to rate them all as one category. If you live in Heights or Hillside, you're pretty far from the rest of campus (not that the campus is big to begin with) and in general parties are thrown, dorm damage is a very real thing, and cleanliness is lacking (at the fault of the students, not the wonderful janitorial staff). Chem-free housing is, as a general rule of thumb, clean, quiet, and lacking in dorm damage. Other students in normal housing could care less if the weed smell permeating your small used-to-be-frat-house dorm building is overwhelming, or if their subwoofer is making your walls vibrate after quiet hours. They also don't consider the possibility that sticky floors and stale beer smell in your bathroom on the weekends isn't something you enjoy. Perhaps this is a reality at all colleges, however Colby's have CA's instead of RA's, and they lack the ability to get you in trouble for such activities, which only succeeds in making aforementioned issues worse than they would be if there was a system that actually punished such activities.

That being said, many dorms have their perks. My dorm is currently in close proximity to a dining hall, all three libraries, and most of the academic buildings, and going all the way across campus takes less than 10 minutes (even in the snow). PPD does what they can to fix any issues you may have, pathways are generally cleared well, and some of the dorms are recently renovated and have LEED Green certification. Amenities are average, especially in smaller dorms that were originally designed to be houses. I think it would be a great improvement if showers had stall doors instead of just curtains, however it is a small complaint. All bathrooms have cubbies for all your shower stuff, and Colby is the kind of place where you can leave your stuff and not worry about someone stealing it.

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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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  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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