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Campus Housing

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. I currently live in what is generally considered the worst dorm on campus, and I still really like it; I would be happy to keep living here for the next three years of college. Since Haverford does not have a huge campus, most dorms are really close to classes - it takes me less than five minutes to walk to my farthest class.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There is enough housing for all students. There are a variety of housing options and it is generally not too difficult to get your first or second choice (a little harder if you are a rising sophomore). The housing coordinators are extremely accessible and kind. We have community houses, dorms, and on-campus apartments, all of which are generally good quality.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is great because most people can get a single. I have yet to have a roommate at Haverford, and with just one year left, I don't plan to have one. Tritton (a freshman dorm) and Kim (an upperclassmen dorm) are the nicest college dorms I've ever seen--they look like 5 star hotels. I think our housing cost is higher than other schools, but you can clearly see why when you get on campus. Gummere is largely considered the worst dorm because it is old, has a confusing layout, and has small showers, but it's honestly on par with most other colleges' dorms.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are a lot of housing options where some are designed for freshmen and the others for upperclassmen. The custom people live with you during freshmen year. The apartments are a little further from campus so that's a minus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others. Freshman housing is decent; even Gummere, which is by all accounts the worst dorm, is fondly talked about by its residents. Except for the two new dorms, Tritton and Kim, which are sparkling clean and have nice facilities and amazing bathrooms, the rest of the campus housing options are remarkably average.

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A majority of the dorms are singles, which suits most students very well. The rooms can be a little on the small side, though. The main singles-only dorms are Gummere (mostly freshman), Jones, Comfort, and Lunt. These last three constitute the "North Dorms," which are mostly occupied by sophomores and juniors. The majority of campus housing is single rooms, so you'll likely get the peace and quiet of living by yourself unless you opt for a roomie or get placed in the Apartments. There is a general shared opinion among students about the Apartments: students love the full kitchen that comes with a large fridge, stove, oven, a nice living room, and their own bathroom. Students also hate that they have to clean all of this stuff themselves and that the apartments are a bit removed from the rest of the campus. But never fear-if you live with fun people, a freshman apartment can be great. If you hate your roommates, it can be a disaster.

The awfully complex (and arguably unfair) room draw ensures that the best dorms are kept to upperclassmen. Fortunately, there aren't any really bad dorms, though. Even Gummere, with its tiny cinder-block rooms, is pretty good, and it's great to have both the singles and the Apartments available. The specialty houses have very nice facilities, though you have to apply for them specifically and must demonstrate a serious interest in them. With some of the comforts from home incorporated into on-campus living, you'll find that you will be content in most of the College's residence halls, or at least make yourself pretty comfortable.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,187
Average Housing Costs
$7,870
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
99%
Number of Dormitories
13
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Dorms
  • Barclay
  • Leeds
  • Lloyd
Worst Dorms
  • Gummere
  • HCA (on-campus apartments)
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Free campus phone calls
  • Mirror
  • Window coverings
Also Available
The College offers a few “themed” houses, like Cadbury House for quiet students and La Casa Hispanica for students majoring in Spanish or those interested in the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.
Available for Rent
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Did You Know?
When the College opened in 1833, the 21 enrolled students all lived in Founders Hall, the College's first and only building during its early years. Today, Founders is used mostly for administrative offices (including the president's) and classrooms.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

710 College Ave.
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 11
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Mostly singles, one double
Special Features: Foyer, living room, kitchen, laundry.
Barclay Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 131
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Mostly doubles, some singles
Special Features: Large television room, laundry, storage.
Cadbury House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 13
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Mostly singles, some doubles
Special Features: Study lounge, laundry, quiet housing, no alcohol.
Comfort Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 71
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, singles arranged into suites
Special Features: Rennovated in 1995.
Drinker House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 18
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Mostly doubles, some singles
Special Features: Recreation area, living room.
Gummere Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 153
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Basement lounge, storage, laundry
Ira De A. Reid House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 5
Bathrooms: One on each floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: 2 doubles, 1 single
Special Features: Living room, dining room, kitchen, lounge, resource room, special-interest house for students active in the Black Students League or interested in the culture and politics of Africans and multicultural activities which affect Black students.
Jones Dormitory
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 70
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Laundry, storage, basement houses the Sexuality and Gender Alliance Lounge and the Hillel Lounge.
La Casa Hispanica
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 6
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Lounge, foyer, laundry, special-interest house for Spanish majors or those interested in the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.
Leeds Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 62
Bathrooms: Shared by suite (5 single rooms per suite)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Mostly singles, one double
Special Features: Common rooms (1 per suite), laundry.
Lloyd Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 108
Bathrooms: Shared by suite (6 single rooms per suite)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Common rooms (1 per suite).
Lunt Dormitory
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 70
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Laundry, café in basement.
Yarnall House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 13
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Mostly doubles, some singles
Special Features: Lounge, laundry, storage, pool table.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

HCA (Haverford College Apartments)
Floors: 2 floors per building, 21 buildings, 2 apartments per floor
Number of Units: 380
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Mostly doubles, some singles
Special Features: Kitchen, small living room, one bathroom per apartment, laundry and storage in basements, HCA 30 has a computer cluster.

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