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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: One of the things that made my freshman year a good experience was something housing works with the athletic department to do: house freshman athletes with their new teammates. As a result, I got on great with my roommate and the rest of my floor because even if they weren't on my team, they were other athletes. I am, however, rather upset that the dining hall doesn't have more organic options. I already have a limited diet and the food I get from the dinning hall I can only have so much of - I basically lived off of cereal and pizza. I wish the dinging halls would bring in a greater variety of fruit especially. This is only a problem for students who don't live in a dorm with a kitchen, which is an option for upperclassmen because if you have a kitchen or live off campus, you're not required to have meal plan. However, the dorms with individual kitchens are limited. Having not gotten one, I'll be spending an unnecessary amount of money on a meal plan I won't even use.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lucked out and lived in the Global Center during my first year, meaning that I had a lot of space and a personal bathroom. I have been in President's Park (first year dorms) before, and it's just like any other college freshman dorm. The cheapest place to live on campus would be the Student Apartments, which are also incredibly close to classes. It is a bit small, but there is a bathroom and kitchenette. However, if choosing to live in this dorm, you need to live on the second or third floor because the first floor gets flood damage as well as bug invasions. Overall, every building is within a 20 minute walk to a class on the opposing side of campus, and the RA's are great.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Eastern Shore, and it was really nice. I was able to live there because of a summer program, so I can't really say much about the price, yet I've heard that it is pricey.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I do not live on-campus. I can't comment on this matter.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Im not an on-campus student


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The most exciting part of going to college is the feeling of freedom that comes from finally moving out of your parents' place and into your own apartment—or in a freshman’s case, a dorm—and being able to do pretty much whatever the hell you want. Freshmen do have the option of living off campus their first year, but students moving to Mason from out of the area are better off in an on-campus dorm since it’s hard to meet people and get involved on campus that way. Other pros about on-campus living are the maintenance crew which will fix or replace anything that breaks for free, and the unlimited water and electricity use. Freshmen can pick from three housing areas: the University Commons, Presidents Park (where the majority of freshmen live), and Eastern Shore. Upperclassmen have seven different housing options which range from dorm-style living to four-person townhouses. If students want an on-campus social life, living on campus for at least one year to meet other students and get involved is definitely recommended.

With anywhere from two to four people per dorm, the facilities can get a little cramped, and students usually need a few weeks to warm up to the idea of sharing a bathroom with up to 16 other people. Overall, though, the dorms are clean and provide students what they need to get by. Most of the housing areas are close to the center of campus, but Presidents Park, Liberty Square, and Potomac Heights are about a 10-minute walk from the Johnson Center and popular class buildings like Robinson A and B. Still, living on campus is much more convenient than driving to campus and looking for a parking space for 20 minutes before walking to class.

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
Undergrads Living On Campus
Freshmen Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Eastern Shore
  • Presidents Park
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Liberty Heights
  • Northern Neck
  • Potomac Heights
Worst Freshman Dorms
University Commons
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Commonwealth and Dominion
  • Student Apartments
  • University Commons
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Chair
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Dresser
Also Available
Incoming freshmen can request to be placed into a Living Learning Community, which is a floor or building designated for students who want to live with other people in the same program or with the same interests. Offered Living Learning Communities include the Honors College, University 100, which is divided into ten sections such as Art and Green Living, and the School of Management, to name a few. Check out this site for a full description of all Living Learning Communities offered:
Available for Rent
MicroFridge, vacuum cleaners, games, movies
Did You Know?
Only about 5,000 out of the more than 30,000 students that attend Mason live on campus.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites and apartments
Special Features: Conveniently located in the center of campus, Chesapeake is right next door the Southside dining hall and Skyline fitness center. On the bottom level of the Shenandoah building is popular hangout game room, Corner Pocket. Starbucks and the One Stop Patriot Shop convenience store are also located in Chesapeake.
Commonwealth and Dominion halls
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: On the first floor of each building there is a lounge, vending machines and a laundry room. Floors two through five of both buildings have their own study lounge.
Eastern Shore
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Special Features: Eastern Shore is the newest residence hall on campus. Groups of 16 students share a common living room, kitchen and study space.
Hampton Roads
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Special Features: Hampton Roads will open this summer and feature lounges and study areas on each floor. The lobby will house vending machines, laundry facilities and elevator access. Brand-new restaurant Pilot House will be opening soon on the bottom floor of Hampton Roads.
Presidents Park
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples and quads
Special Features: In the middle of Presidents Park is Eisenhower Hall, which features a study lounge, TV room, vending machines, DVD vending machine, individual study rooms and a 24-hour service desk. Ike's diner, a popular late-night campus hangout is also located in Eisenhower.
University Commons
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles and triples
Special Features: The University Commons houses 11 Living Learning Communities and three sororities. Hanover Hall, located within the Commons features a study lounge, laundry room, kitchen area, vending machines and a service desk for residents.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

TAP (Townhouses and Apartments)
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: The townhouses, which include 34 two-bedroom buildings, are located less than a mile from campus on Chain Bridge Road. Each townhouse has its own living and dining room area, kitchen, two bathrooms, a patio and washer and dryer. The student apartments consist of nine buildings that house about 500 students and are located on campus. Students have the option of living in a two-person, four-person or six-person apartment and share a room with one other student. All the apartments have one bathroom, a kitchen and a living/dining area. Laundry facilities and vending machines are located in four of the nine buildings.
York River Corner (Potomac Heights and Liberty Square)
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Liberty Square apartments are available for 9 and 12-month leases and feature two and four person apartments, all with single bedrooms and one bathroom for every two students. Potomac Heights apartments can accommodate two, four or six students and feature both single and double rooms. Like Liberty, these apartments have one bathroom for every two students. Both apartment complexes have a kitchen, living/dining area and a dishwasher. York River Corner is located beside Presidents Park, with easy access to Ike's diner, and by the Aquatic Center.

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