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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For starters, off-campus housing is being eliminated. However, on-campus housing is great, with a surprising amount of variety. You can live in suites, singles, doubles, triples, quads, and special "apartments". Greek housing does not exist but is not necessarily a bad thing. For the most part, all dorms make it easy to get anywhere on campus and are pretty spacious and clean. Of course there are exceptions, but usually are coupled with perks that make sense. For example, Dunham, a big mostly freshman dorm, may not have the nicest, most spacious rooms, but it always acts as a major social hub for freshman. Private bathrooms to rooms and suites do exist but are not as "necessary" as you would think as they are nice to have. Hamilton just switched to "all freshman housing", but most of these dorms actually still have a few upperclassmen. The dark side dorms are mostly made of stone and have the signature "waffle" ceilings and huge windows. The light side dorms have a different feel altogether, with opposites, and wherever you end up it's nice. There are "nicer, more desirable" dorms than others, but if you really get down to it, all of Hamilton housing is pretty nice.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On-campus housing is really nice... would've given it 5/5 if not for the administration taking away off-campus housing. When I was applying to the school, they marketed off-campus housing like it would be available to me. This year, they decided to take it away without any kind of grandfathering. This is representative of the interaction between the student body and the administration- they do what they want, when they want with no student input.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There's a great variety of dorms. It's not hard to choose the one that fits you if you are an upperclassman.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There's a wide range of housing that goes from awful to pretty good.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing here, though some may complain, is all really nice and well kept.

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Upperclassmen have first pick of housing and are guaranteed to live in the nicest residence halls. The former fraternity houses have been renovated and are gorgeous. The rooms are large, the carpets are new, and the walls are still freshly painted. Most of the residents of the former fraternity houses enjoy large common spaces and full kitchens. Wally J and Rogers Estate have a similar feel. Carnegie is where a lot of the weekend action takes place, it is primarily made up of two-room quads with generous common areas in each room and a private bathroom. The suites in Milbank and Babbitt also have substantial common rooms, which can be decorated by the residents and used for everything from studying to partying.

Most first-year housing is cramped and somewhat dumpy-although this might change. Freshmen cannot live in a single, and their dorms are shared by students of all class years. South is the most coveted dorm, and freshmen living elsewhere complain about having less living space than that provided in South's sprawling hardwood-floored quads and private baths. Dunham is notorious for its smell, and an architect with a passion for concrete constructed the dark-side dorms (Root, Major, Minor, McIntosh). Each dorm is a unique experience with an atmosphere like no other. Wherever you live your freshman year, you're bound to find a group of friends that you'll keep throughout your four years at Hamilton.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,856
Average Housing Costs
$6,400
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
21
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Dorms
  • Carnegie
  • Eells
  • Ferguson
  • Griffin Road
Worst Dorms
  • Bundy
  • Dunham
  • Keehn
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Quiet housing and substance-free housing
Available for Rent
minifridge with microwave, fridge/freezer, or microwave from an outside company
Did You Know?
  • All students have free cable TV access in their rooms. There is access to more than 40 channels including four ESPN stations, MTV, VH1, and TLC, in addition to all the standard networks.
  • Hamilton students run their own movie channel network broadcasting new and old films at all hours.
  • For language lovers and international students, standard cable includes foreign language stations as well.
  • In certain dorms, there are "pulls." This means you can live with your friends by pulling them using your lottery number. For example, Bundy has four pulls consisting of four singles.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Babbitt Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 160
Bathrooms: Shared with adjoining suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suite-style singles, doubles
Special Features: Each suite has common room with a TV and kitchen. Building has central lounge, multiple laundry facilities
Bundy East and West
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 160
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Larger than average singles, laundry facilities, lounges, recreation area
Carnegie
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 77
Bathrooms: Private by room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, quads
Special Features: Common area with TV, hardwood floors, kitchen area, laundry facilities, rec room, study lounge
Dunham
Floors: 3, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 250
Bathrooms: Shared by hallway, some doubles have private bathrooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, quads
Special Features: Art studios and full kitchen in the basement, central location on campus, fireplace, laundry facilities, largest hall on campus, lounge with pool table and TV
Eells
Floors: 3, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 70
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, quads
Special Features: Library and dining room on the first floor, rec room in the basement, full kitchen, laundry facilities
Ferguson
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 58
Bathrooms: Private by room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Building was former Delta Upsilon fraternity house, and has a dining room, full kitchen, library, laundry facilities, porch, rec room, study lounge
Keehn
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 64
Bathrooms: Shared by hallway
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one 2-bedroom apartment
Special Features: Common rooms with kitchenettes, home to Rainbow Alliance office, lounge with huge kitchen and pantry, laundry facilities
Kirkland
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 69
Bathrooms: Shared by hall, except fourth floor, which has private bathrooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, loft-style apartments
Special Features: Large common room, laundry facilities, storage in basement. Fourth-floor apartments have living room, full kitchen
Major
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 64
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one 2-bedroom apartment
Special Features: Common rooms on each floor, designated quiet housing on third floor, laundry facilities, lounges with kitchenettes
McIntosh
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 66
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common rooms with kitchenettes, laundry facilities, study room
Milbank
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 155
Bathrooms: Shared with adjoining suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suite-style singles, doubles, one 2-bedroom apartment
Special Features: Each suite has common room with a TV and kitchen. Building has some faculty offices, laundry facilities
Minor
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 66
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one 2-bedroom apartment
Special Features: Lounges with kitchenettes, laundry facilities, study room
North
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 112
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, triples, quads
Special Features: Central location, common area with kitchenette, laundry facilities, lounge with TV
Rogers Estate
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 17
Bathrooms: Shared with adjoining room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Laundry facilities, library, living room, lounge with TV, private chef. Residents at the estate are on a special meal plan and eat all means here, except lunch; distinguished guests of the College stay here, giving student residents a chance to interact with them
Root
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 78
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Entire hall is substance-free housing, home to Clinton Child Care Center where many students volunteer, laundry facilities, lounges with kitchenettes
Saunders
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 18
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: House has dining room, full kitchen, laundry facilities, living room with cable TV and foosball table, outdoor deck
Skenandoa
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 52
Bathrooms: Private by room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Former Psi Upsilon house, oldest building in New York to receive silver LEED certification
South
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 126
Bathrooms: Private by room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, quads, five- and six-person rooms
Special Features: Full kitchen, hardwood floors, large study lounge, laundry facilities room, lounge with cable TV, non-working fireplaces, recreation area
Wallace Johnson House (Wally J)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Large living room with TV, kitchen, laundry facilities
Wertimer House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 45
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes, by floor
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Dining room, full kitchen, large study lounge and rec room, laundry facilities, sweeping views of the Mohawk Valley. Also known as DKE House.
Woollcott Co-op
Floors: 2, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 20
Bathrooms: Shared by hall
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Dining room, large kitchen, living room, laundry facilities, and porch. Students living here are on special meal plan where breakfast is provided each day and dinner is planned and prepared by the house residents. Residents are also responsible for cleaning and ordering food

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Farmhouse Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 20
Bathrooms: Private by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments with singles and doubles
Special Features: House has three apartments that each have front porch, full kitchen, living room, laundry facilities House is centrally located on campus
Griffin Road Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 40
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 3- and 4-person apartments with singles, doubles
Special Features: Each unit has kitchen, living area, patio. Building has laundry facilities, rec room, and is across the street from a golf course

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