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Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: housing is getting better slowly as they build newer dorms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: i lived in the QUAD my freshman year and i experienced the sisterhood everyone kept talking about. however, the quad is a little run down.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the older dorms don't have basic amenities such as air conditioning. The dorm I stayed this past year (Slowe Hall) in didn't have elevators, so it was a hassle moving in and out of the building. There were also always constant issues with hot water, heat in the colder months, and a/c in the warmer ones. The bathrooms were also almost always filthy and disgusting and the carpeting throughout the building always smelled of mold/mildew.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Getting housing in general is like the Hunger Games and once you have housing, you're usually fine depending on where you chose (or got placed) to live.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings for the most part, are old and need to be updated.

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Because freshmen are encouraged to live on campus during their first year, all of the freshmen-designated dorms are located less than five minutes away from the heart of campus. There's always been a lack of housing for non-honors upperclassmen, but freshmen and grad students are always well taken care of, even though the latter very often opt to live off campus. Overall, the dorms are spacious and well-maintained. The freshman dorms are the closest to the main campus and the classrooms, and they are under the most supervision, followed closely by the upperclassman dorms. There is at least one RA on each floor, and there are strict rules sanctioning coed visitation, cooking, alcohol (underage or otherwise), drugs, pets, and burning incense or candles. Anyone caught violating these rules is subject to expulsion from the dorm, or worse.

The graduate student and honors dorms are almost three blocks away from the main campus-presumably to foster a sense of autonomy among the students who live there-and are apartment- style. While most students don't like having to adjust to the restrictions placed on them, older students agree that adjusting to campus life is essential to enjoying your time at Howard. The most social dorm is undoubtedly Meridian, partly because it's coed, and partly because it is an upperclassman dorm that freshmen might get into if there are more incoming freshmen than the originally designated rooms. Your preference, or lack thereof, for any of the other dorms would depend on what you're specifically looking for.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
4,200
Average Housing Costs
$6,470
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Married-student apartments
  • Men's dorms
  • Single-student apartments
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
55%
Freshmen Living On Campus
92%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
Bethune Annex
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Howard Plaza Towers
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Carver Hall
  • Meridian Hill Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Meridian Hill Hall
  • Slowe Hall
Worst Dorms
  • Drew Hall
  • Meridian Hall
  • The Quad
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Ethernet or broadband Internet connections
  • Free local and campus phone calls
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Special housing options for students with disabilities
Did You Know?
Only freshmen are guaranteed housing, so when RSVP comes, make sure to participate!

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Bethune Annex
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, computer lab, convenience store, laundry facilities, on-site dining, study lounge
Carver Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, snack room, social lounge, study lounge, weight room
Cook Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, laundry facilities, mail room, study lounge, weight room
Drew Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, computer lab, laundry facilities, pool table, snack room, social lounge, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines, weight room
Harriet Tubman Quadrangle (Baldwin, Crandall, Frazier, Truth, and Wheatley halls)
Floors: 3 in each of five buildings
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning (some rooms), computer lab, exercise room, laundry facilities, vending machines
Mays Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Community kitchen, computer lab, exercise room, laundry facilities, study lounge
Meridian Hill Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 500–749
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, community kitchen, computer lab, convenience store, exercise room, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Slowe Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, community kitchen, computer lab, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, weight room

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Howard Plaza Towers East
Floors: 8
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles, triples), one- to three-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, common living areas; complex features 24-hour front desk, computer labs, parking, security system, study lounges
Howard Plaza Towers West
Floors: 8
Number of Units: 250+
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles, triples), one- to three-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, common living areas; complex features 24-hour front desk, computer labs, laundry facilities, mail room, parking, security system, study lounges

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  • Spaciousness
  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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