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Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing at Kenyon is like a cosine graph: It starts out pretty good, then gets bad, but increases around junior-senior year. For example, many seniors have the opportunity to live in North Campus Apartments, which are lovely.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is pretty solid no matter where you end up. Sophomore housing can be pretty tricky though, unless you manage to get an excellent lottery pick or are lucky enough to use an upperclassman's number. Altogether, housing is solid if unspectacular.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Personally, I think it would have been better for me to live on the Freshman Quad because it's much quieter and the rooms are nicer. The only complaint about my dorm hall is it's very loud and social, the rooms are kind of small, and it's not always as clean as it could be, especially the stairwells. Overall though, I like my roommate and I'm happy in my room.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I think overall, the housing is pretty good. However, the housing lottery is a bloodbath and I got the last available room on campus for this coming year, so I'm much farther away from a lot of my teammates and my classes than I would have liked. However, juniors and seniors do better in the housing lottery and I think there are quite a few great, spacious options for them that are also very close to the dining hall and classes. The size and cleanliness of dorms is probably average. Bathrooms aren't great but I usually shower at the athletic center so that's a nonissue. Only a small number of buildings have air conditioning. I just wish there were a few more housing options (the student body is growing and overcrowding the dorms) and I wish athletes had some sort of priority. I'm nowhere near the athletic center this coming year.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing here is expensive, in my opinion. For the most part rooms are small. Even the rooms that people here consider as "good" rooms are small. Dorms that are actually nice are ridiculously hard to get into. Campus apartments are pretty nice. NCAs (north campus apartments) are very nice. But all apartments are a lot of money.

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Students are required to live on campus all four years of their college careers. This is so that the College can foster a sense of community, but it's also to keep the student population contained. The boundaries between the College and Gambier are blurry, and residents of the town often find themselves frustrated with student antics. Housing is assigned through a lottery system, with each student receiving points based on his or her class status. Students who have committed academic infractions, have lived in division housing, or have had problems with the judicial board can lose points. When students don't have “full points,” they are put at the end of their class when the lottery begins. Students with the most points choose housing first, but the majority of the lottery is luck. 

Overall, the housing Kenyon offers is not great. There are only a few dorms that offer apartment-style living, kitchens, or private bathrooms. These amenities are available mostly to seniors and a few lucky juniors who have great lottery numbers. Most dorm rooms are doubles with shared bathrooms at the end of the hall. The facilities are clean, but the maintenance workers only clean public areas, so students are responsible for their own rooms. Campus housing is either regarded as North or South. South Campus is closer to the dining hall, classes, and parties. North Campus tends to be quieter and is much closer to the post office, bookstore, deli, and Middle Ground.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,779
Average Housing Costs
$4,870
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
98%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
13
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
6
Best Freshman Dorms
McBride Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Hanna Hall
  • Taft Cottages
Worst Freshman Dorms
Gund Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Mather Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Kitchen or kitchenette (apartments)
  • Light fixtures
Also Available
  • Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Cai House (theme housing)
  • Crozier Center for Women
  • Duff Street 109 (house)
  • Duff Street 119 (house)
  • Gambier Grill Apartments (behind and above Gambier Grill)
  • Hillel House
  • Murnen House (theme housing)
  • Snowden Multicultural Center
  • Spaid House (theme housing)
  • Unity House (theme housing)
  • Wilson Apartments
Available for Rent
The College is partnered with Bedloft.com to rent MicroFridges to students.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Bushnell Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeted hallway, community kitchen, large main lounge with TV, window blinds, movable furniture, large student storage room
Caples Hall
Floors: 9
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Adjustable heating and air conditioning, Carpeted rooms and hallways, community kitchen, handicapped accessible, laundry facilities, limited furniture provided in suite lounges, movable furniture, TV lounge with cable, Venetian blinds
Farr Hall
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Double, single, suites (singles), apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Cable, carpeting, laundry facilities; apartments include kitchen
Gund Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Laundry facilities, social lounge, tile floors, TV lounge; each room has a five-foot high divider with a bookshelf and bulletin board on each side.
Hanna Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Carpeted rooms and hallways, large rooms, large windows with Venetian blinds, TV lounges, wardrobes attached to walls
Leonard Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Bay windows (some rooms), carpeted rooms and hallways, large doubles with several windows, TV lounges, wardrobes attached to walls
Lewis Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Built-in wardrobes, community kitchen, laundry facilities, new furniture, rooms have large windows, TV lounge, vending machines; recently remodeled
Manning Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Carpeted hallways, community kitchen, laundry facilities, movable furniture, ping-pong table, study lounge with Internet ports, TV lounge, Venetian blinds
Mather Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Adjustable heating and air conditioning, carpeting, community kitchen, computer lab, laundry facilities, TV lounge, vending machines, Venetian blinds
McBride Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Adjustable heating and air conditioning, carpeting, community kitchen, computer lab, laundry facilities, movable furniture, TV lounge, vending machines, Venetian blinds
Norton Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Built-in wardrobes, community kitchenette, laundry facilities, movable furniture, TV lounge, vending machines, Venetian blinds with recessed curtain rods
Old Kenyon Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Carpeted rooms and hallways, community microwave, laundry facilities, movable furniture, patios, student storage, study lounge, TV lounges, Venetian blinds, wardrobes attached to walls
Watson Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Adjacent parking lot, built-in wardrobes, carpeted hallways, community kitchen, laundry facilities, movable furniture, small bookcases available, TV lounge, Venetian blinds; quietest dorm

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Acland Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Full kitchen, large common room, no air conditioning
Bexley Apartments
Floors: 1
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three- and five-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Adjacent parking lot, air conditioning, kitchenette, large furnished living room
Morgan Apartments
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three- and four-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Full kitchen, no air conditioning
To be considered for Morgan, you have to be a rising senior in good academic and judicial standing and meet other specific requirements.
New Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-, three-, four-, and six-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Adjacent parking lot, air conditioning, kitchenette, large furnished living room
North Campus Apartments
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three-, four-, and five-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
To be considered for North Campus, you have to be a rising senior in good academic and judicial standing and meet other specific requirements.
Taft Cottages
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air-conditioned, cathedral ceilings on third floor, kitchenette, large furnished living room, large windows, laundry facilities in building, window seats on second floor

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  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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