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Campus Housing

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: First year housing is pretty average in terms of room size. Turck & Doty have sinks in every room which is nice, and Turck is generally regarded as the best. Dupre is where most first year parties happen. The housing process after your first year is a bit of a headache. Triples & suites disappear in a matter of minutes, leaving some students scrambling to find new roommates at the last minute.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are relatively nice and spacious. Living in dorms is a great way to meet other people and make friends. Two first year dorms, Doty and Turck, have sinks in every room. That being said, not having a sink in the room isn't all that bad! Everyone has to live on-campus for two years, which makes running into people that you know a lot easier!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are all a comfortable size. Some dorms have nice amenities like sinks in each room, large windows, and nice bathrooms/showers.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great sense of hall community.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Turck is the best for first year housing. Sinks in the room. Doty pretty much sucks. Dupre isn't the nicest, but the sense of community is huge there & many parties take place within. After your first year, housing is great unless you get stuck with last draw and get placed in Bigelow.

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Macalester students are bound to dorm life for their first two years at the College. Students often talk about ways of getting out of this stipulation, and rumor has it that the best way to leave the dorms behind as a freshman or sophomore is to get married. Most people find this measure a little too drastic for obvious reasons, because—rest assure—dorm life isn’t that bad. Students get entered into a drawing before their freshman year, and they are placed in dorms based on roommate-placement questionnaires they fill out before getting to campus. It’s a game of luck regarding which freshman dorm students will end up in, but each one has its certain charms. All of the dorms are in the same proximity to the rest of campus, so there’s no real fight for who has the best real estate. What really matters is who’s sharing that stereotypical cinder-block room with you.

For freshmen, there are two options: students either get placed with others in their "First-Year Course," or they live with a random assortment of other like-minded students. Both ways often lead to friendships that span throughout students’ college careers and onward. Though these friendships seem cemented in place at first, students find that it’s easy to navigate the halls of each dorm and scope out rooms and parties that are more than willing to invite a fresh face to chill. For everyone else, the quality of dorm life depends on two things: age and luck. Older students get priority in the room-draw lottery, but it is what it is—a lottery. Though students might not always get their first choice, what really makes a dorm room "home, sweet home" is the TLC put into it.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,301
Average Housing Costs
$5,412
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Theme housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
66%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
Turck Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • George Draper Dayton (GDD) Hall
  • Wallace Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Doty Hall
  • Dupre Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Kirk Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Connection to campus voicemail system
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Free campus and local phone calls
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Other options include the All Gender House, the Cultural House, the Eco House, the Healthy Living Community, Interfaith House, the Language Houses, and the Veggie Co-op.
Available for Rent
MicroFridges

DormitoriesWhat's This?

30 Macalester (30 Mac)
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, extended quiet hours, in-room sinks, TV lounge; drug- and alcohol-free
Bigelow Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, in-room sinks, laundry facilities, TV lounge
Doty Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchens, formal lounge with fireplace, game room, laundry facilities, study lounges
Dupre Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: 24-hour computer labs, community kitchen, dance and party space, exercise room, laundry facilities
George Draper Dayton (GDD) Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchen, laundry facilities, meditation room, seminar rooms; Wellness Center on the first floor
Kirk Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Singles, suites (singles)
Special Features: 24-hour computer lab, community kitchen, formal lounge, study lounge; home to Gender Free Living Community, Interfaith House, and quiet living areas
Turck Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, in-room sinks, laundry facilities, TV lounges
Wallace Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchen, formal lounge, hardwood floors, in-room sinks, marble stairs, study lounge; quiet and chemical-free living areas available

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

The Cottages
Floors: 2-3
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, single sex in each cottage
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Two- and three-bedroom cottages (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Full kitchen, furnished lounge and dining areas, laundry facilities, lofts with desks underneath
Grand Cambridge Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, laundry facilities on each floor

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