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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The male dorms do not have air conditioning which can be a struggle in early fall and late spring. People in the dorms are friendly and helpful. Community bathrooms encourage social interaction. Dorms are very close to both food and classes which is nice. Buildings are fairly old.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Covenant, which is the farthest from classes of all the resident buildings. We each get one roommate, compared to the other girl's dorm which has 4 girls to a room (although sometimes you can get in with less). I thought in Covenant, the room size was great. You have the opportunity to do all sorts of things with your room, in the other dorm, not so much. I spent the night in West and I found it claustrophobic. If you don't mind the walk (and I actually love it, gives me some exercise :) ), then Covenant is great! The bathrooms are shared with the whole wing, but they are kept very clean and I have enjoyed the community that comes from having shared bathrooms.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love how easy the registration process is for picking roommates.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Each hall wing have an RA(resident life assistant) and they do a great job trying to make a wonderful atmosphere in the dorm

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus anymore, but I am now married. However, I lived on campus for two years and really enjoyed it. The female dorms are new and include an elevator and air conditioning. The RAs are great and set up fun and engaging wing events. I never had to stand around and wait for a shower because each bathroom has 5 showers. It's pretty expensive to live on campus, but I knew that when I signed up. I liked being right there on campus next to all my classes and friends. I never once had an issue registering for housing. Even upperclassmen pretty much get what they want and about 90% of Dordt students live on campus. The senior apartments are AMAZING. The entire campus is beautiful.

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Freshmen and sophomores are split into four different residence halls—North, East, West, and Covenant. Formerly, North Hall was all guys, East Hall was all girls, and West Hall and Covenant Hall were coed. Although Dordt is all in favor of encouraging a close-knit community, the different halls and the distance between them causes quite a bit of separation amongst the students, and the problem isn't getting any better. Currently, North Hall and East Hall are designated for guys only, and Covenant Hall and West Hall are designated for girls only. North, East, and Covenant all have two-person room capacities, and a community bathroom is in each hall. West is set up to have four girls in a room, and the rooms have a built-in bathroom. That may sound nice instead of having to deal with a community bathroom, but West has the most-cramped living quarters. The rooms are not made to fit four people. If all else fails, moving from one dorm to another is possible.

Covenant is about a 10-minute walk from the other halls, the classroom buildings, and the Commons. The other three halls are more centrally located, and students who live in those halls only have to walk a minute or two to get where they need to be. Covenant is the newest dorm, with a big student draw because of its "party hall" reputation. That probably won't be the case anymore since it is no longer coed.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,311
Average Housing Costs
$3,510
Undergrads Living On Campus
85%
Freshmen Living On Campus
95%
Number of Dormitories
4
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Covenant Hall
  • East Hall
  • North Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • New apartment building (not yet named)
  • Southview Apartments
Worst Freshman Dorms
West Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
East Campus Apartments
What You Get
  • Closets
  • Desks and chairs
  • Twin, extra-long beds with mattresses
Also Available
Summer housing is available for students who wish to stay and work at Dordt during the summer.
Available for Rent
Storage space

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Covenant Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only.
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: This hall features a large computer lab and a large lounge area in the basement, along with laundry facilities. There are four lounges in all, two kitchenettes, two study rooms, and two practice/prayer rooms. There is also elevator access.
East Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only.
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: 99 doubles and 5 singles
Special Features: This hall features a lounge on the first floor, a computer lab, and laundry facilities; it is not air-conditioned.
North Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only.
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: 98 doubles and 5 singles
Special Features: This hall features a lounge on the first floor, laundry facilities, and three computer labs; it is not air-conditioned.
West Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only.
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: 38 quads and 2 doubles
Special Features: This hall features three designated lounge areas, laundry facilities, and air conditioning.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

East Campus Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Cooking facilities in each apartment and electronic security system for each building. Each apartment building has eight apartments that house four students each.
There are currently eight East Campus apartment buildings. The plan is to demolish two of them and renovate the other six.
New apartment building (not yet named)
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: 2
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors, mostly seniors
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Laundry facilities and study areas are located on each floor. A large, two-story community space will feature coffee and a snack bar. To accommodate for live performances, there will be a portable stage, sound equipment, and special lighting options available in this lounge area.
Each room has three bedrooms with two individual shower rooms, which are separated from the other bathroom facilities.
Southview Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Two community rooms, a computer lab, six lounges, elevator access to the entire building, and laundry facilities are all available in Southview.
Formerly, mostly seniors would live in Southview, and mostly juniors would live in the East Campus Apartments. But with the new apartment building opening, mostly seniors will be living there, so Southview will be opened up to mostly juniors.

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