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Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is required for you first two years as a "New Student" to live on campus (exceptions to transfer students) thus you will be guaranteed housing. Living on campus provides quick access to anything you need on campus such as classes, dining hall, offices, etc. Everyone seems to gravitate towards the Little Building (LB) because of the popular notion it is the most social. However, my friends and myself, do not have any desire to hang out or live in LB because we find it very smelly, dirty, and incredibly easy to get caught partaking in social activities. During my first year I lived in Paramount and though I was at first very apprehensive, I am really happy I was provided the opportunity. It is INCREDIBLY difficult to get caught in Paramount, so if you know you will be hosting the social events yourselves I highly recommend living in Paramount as you are least likely to get caught here. My favorite dorm is definitely Piano Row because it is suite style, but unlike any other dorm besides a rare case in LB, it has a living room and counter space area in their suites. It is also pretty difficult to get caught in Piano Row but not unheard of like it is in Paramount. Finally, Colonial is regarded as the nicest dorms because of their common room and large hallways. However, their common room is completely open (no walls) and see through kitchen area so it is a personal turn off because many students like myself enjoy getting rowdy in the common room without having the entire floor to witness it. Overall the dorm experience is pretty nice and luxurious in comparison to most Boston Colleges (except LB, I have a lot of distaste for LB.)

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The best thing about Emerson College is that we live in Downtown Boston! Most of the dorms are very good, like hotels. We have a lot of suites.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very expensive!!!! Proximity to class is a plus though

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: No housing for graduate students

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Little Building, no matter how old it is, is the best for freshmen. The social connections you gain there are amazing. It was the best experience of my life. Piano Row, Paramount, and Colonial are all new, innovative, clean, and spacious. They just aren't as sociable. Usually freshmen get placed in Little Building (doubles, triples, singles for RAs, and 6 person suites with a kitchen cubby and living room) and Paramount (4 and 6 person suites, some doubles, all come with bathrooms, no living area). Piano Row (4 and 6 person suites, some with a kitchenette, and all with a living room and bathroom. 6 person ones have two bathrooms) and Colonial (singles, doubles, and suites with attached bathrooms and vanities, and a full kitchen on every floor) are known as sophomore to upper classmen rooms (juniors and seniors have to go through a lottery to be able to live on campus).

The rooming process is a lottery. You can go in first come and get the worst room. Prices depend on how many people you're living with-singles are the most expensive and triples are the least.

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The dorms at Emerson quickly breed loyalty in students. The College’s newest residence halls have quickly gained popularity among students. Piano Row is limited to four- or six-person suites and is home to the new gymnasium, various meeting rooms for student organizations, a dining and eating area, and administrative offices.

Freshmen aren’t required to live on campus, and they aren’t always guaranteed housing. Those who send their housing deposit in by May 1 will almost always be assigned a bed, though the school occasionally has to put a couple dozen freshmen in the local DoubleTree Hotel. Housing is virtually impossible to get for transfer students and becomes increasingly difficult each year after your first. Most Emerson students are the kind of people who look forward to moving off campus sophomore year anyway, and you should. Overall, residence life is good while it lasts, but few tears are shed when moving out.


Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Average Housing Costs
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Undergrads Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Best Dorms
150 Boylston St.
Worst Dorms
For those who get sick easily: 80 Boylston
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Free on-campus phone calls
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Learning communities in both dorm buildings
Available for Rent
Did You Know?
  • With the exception of a few single-gender floors, all floors are coed.
  • Microwaves and mini-refrigerators are allowed in both 80 and 150 Boylston. However, appliances such as coffee pots, toaster ovens, and George Foreman grills are not allowed.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

The Colonial (100 Boylston St.)
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 372
Bathrooms: Private by suite
Room Types: Suites of singles, doubles
Special Features: Common lounges with kitchenettes, game rooms, laundry, recently renovated, rehearsal rooms, study rooms.
The Little Building (80 Boylston St.)
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 750
Bathrooms: Common, in-suite
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: Air-conditioning, bookstore, convenience store, dining hall, fitness center, laundry, mail room, TV rooms. Home to Digital Culture, Local Action, and Wellness learning communities.
The Paramount Center
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 260
Bathrooms: Shared
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles, suites
Special Features: Brand new, floor lounges, kitchenettes, laundry.
Piano Row (150 Boylston St.)
Floors: 14
Number of Occupants: 560
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Four- or six-person suites
Special Features: Athletic facilities, The Max cafe, laundry, mail room, Max Mutchnick Campus Center. Home to Performing Cultures, STAR Community (Students Taking Active Roles), and Writers' Block learning communities.

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