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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty good overall. Freshman year I ended up getting one of the best dorms (Allen) so I had a pretty good time. But god help you if you get stuck in Battell...Overall though all of the dorms are decent, although things can get pretty grimey Friday and Saturday nights what with all the partying. Also be warned, if some drunk bros decide to break a window or something, your entire floor is paying for it.

Some dorms like the one I was in area bit farther away from the main part of campus, but everything's pretty walkable. The social atmosphere really depends on the type of person you are. If you fit in well with the dominant Middlebury culture chances are you'll have a good time (and if you're not sure what that is I'll break it down in 3 words: Patagonia, PolySci/Econ/Neuroscience Majors/Nalgene Water Bottles).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of living options at Middlebury: from spacious singles to off-campus houses. From personal experience, the administration is very accomodating if you need to change rooms or need to be on a certain floor. Middlebury's housing shapes the social life. Sports teams typically take a large suite in Atwater and host parties. If you are part of a social house you can live there. And of course there is a plethora of special interest housing. I've gone to the weybridge "local food and environmental studies" house just for some good farm-to-table food.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Space is limited, but that's true of most dorms. Bathrooms are always clean and all-gender. Most dorms have kitchen spaces available. There are also laundry facilities in most dorms. The lottery process is really easy and everyone who needs on-campus housing gets it.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: First year housing is based on your first year seminars and the rooms range from extremely nice to extremely unpleasant depending on which hall you get allocated. In my case, I got allocated to the most "social" one but also the worst one in terms of amenities. It's all based on luck.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Overall, housing is pretty great at Middlebury. Freshman year you have no say over where you live, and the range in quality of freshman dorms is by far the largest. That being said, if you live in Battell, which is typically described as being the worst dorm, the atmosphere is unique and bonding. I haven't met anyone who has regretted being placed in Battell. Housing just gets better as the years progress, with upperclassman housing being both spacious and just great all-around. The housing process can be stressful though, and if you get a bad number you better hope one of your friends did better.

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Middlebury houses most students on campus and keeps them relatively satisfied for four years, so the College must be doing something right. From the outside, all of the dorms are almost uniformly impressive granite castles, and on the inside, they’re pretty plush, too, with cozy amenities to boot. Freshman and some sophomore rooms are just big enough for you and your stuff. Junior and senior rooms, however, will not only fit you and your stuff, but allow your guests a bit of room to breathe at an impromptu party, as well. If you’re lucky, you may even get to live in a house or a suite your senior year.

Every dorm has a kitchen, at least one TV or study lounge, a bike room, and someone to clean up after your unfortunate Friday night boozing accidents in the bathroom—not that you shouldn’t clean up after yourself! Singles are great because they not only afford much-needed privacy, but they also simultaneously allow you to be a socialite at your discretion. Room draw will typically allow you to choose a better room every year, depending on your random draw number. Some of the dorms, like Hepburn and Gifford, are in prime locations, but their rooms are small. On the other hand, dorms, like those in the Ross complex, offer more space, yet are set off from the center of campus. Smaller “houses” that serve as dorms, such as Fletcher and Homestead, offer the most spacious rooms on campus and parking right outside, although they're on the outskirts of campus. Regardless of your rooming situation, Middlebury is leaps and bounds ahead of other colleges when it comes to “luxurious” student living.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,433
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Commons system
  • Environmental house
  • Five social houses
  • Foreign language house
  • Multicultural house
  • Special housing for disabled students
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
97%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
19
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
Ross Commons (Hadley, Milliken)
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Atwater Residence Halls
Worst Freshman Dorms
Battell Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Gifford Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Language houses, modular houses, social houses, special-interest houses, substance-free housing.
Available for Rent
MicroFridge (minifridge and microwave), small refrigerator, small microwave
Did You Know?
There is a laundry service provided for those students too preoccupied or unmotivated to walk down to one of Middlebury's 12 laundry facilities. The price can be steep, however, depending on how often you have your laundry sent out. The average cost is around $300, and students will typically have their dirty clothes picked up every Thursday.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Allen Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchen, conference room, TV lounge, study lounges, vending machines; part of Atwater Commons
Atwater A & B
Floors: 5 in Building A; 4 in Building B
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles), four- and five-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Bike storage, elevator, laundry facilities, library, recycling, seminar room, study lounges; part of Atwater Commons
Battell Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suite (double)
Special Features: Bike storage, community kitchens, lab, social lounge, student storage, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines; shared by Cook and Wonnacott commons
Coffrin Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, suites (singles, doubles), one 2-bedroom apartment (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchens, laundry facilities, storage areas, study lounges, TV lounges; part of Atwater Commons
Forest Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, suites (singles)
Special Features: Bike room, community kitchens, elevator, film/print/dark rooms, Islamic prayer space, laundry facilities, recycling, student activity room, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines; part of Cook Commons
Gifford Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (singles, doubles), two-bedroom apartment (single, double)
Special Features: Bike storage, classroom space, community kitchen, elevator, Gifford Annex (used for meetings, concerts, lectures), student club area, study lounges, TV lounges, vending machines
Hadley Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (singles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, elevator, laundry facilities; part of Ross Commons; connected to Ross Dining Hall and Kelly, Lang, Milliken, and Ross Towers residence halls
Hepburn Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (singles, doubles), three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Bike storage, college newspaper office, community kitchen, elevator, seminar room, student lounge, student storage, study lounges, Zoo Theater; part of Brainerd Commons
Kelly Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, recycling, storage areas, study lounges; connected to Ross Dining Hall and Hadley, Lang, Milliken, and Ross Towers residence halls
LaForce Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, suites (singles)
Special Features: Bike room, common space in each suite, community kitchen, elevator, fitness center, laundry facilities, library, seminar room, study lounges, Ross fireplace lounge, TV lounge, vending machines; part of Ross Commons, home to Ross Dining Hall
Lang Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Bike storage, community kitchen, recycling, student lounge; connected to Ross Dining Hall and Hadley, Kelly, Milliken, and Ross Towers residence halls
Le Ch√Ęteau
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, elevators, student storage, study lounge; part of Atwater Commons; also houses classrooms, French department offices, and the Grand Salon.
Milliken Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Bike storage, faith group room, lounges, storage rooms; part of Ross Commons, overlooks Ross Quad as well as the Champlain Valley
Painter Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Community kitchen, student lounge; part of Wonnacott Commons; Painter is the oldest college building in Vermont.
Pearsons Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites (singles), one 2-bedroom apartment
Special Features: Classroom space, community kitchen, computer lab, lounge/party space, storage room, TV lounge, vending machines; part of Cook Commons
Ross Towers
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: Elevator, exercise room, recycling, student lounges; part of Ross Commons
Starr Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Bike room, kitchen facilities, large TV lounge, vending machines; part of Wonnacott Commons, member of Old Stone Row (one of the three oldest buildings of the College)
Stewart Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Bike storage, community kitchens, conference room, laundry facilities, rec room, reception lounge, student lounge; part of Brainerd Commons
Voter Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Bike room, common living space in each suite, computer labs, elevator, Library & Information Services, kitchenettes; part of Cook Commons

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

College Street Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 3
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Full kitchen, living room
Part of Cook Commons
Main Street Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 2
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Full kitchen, living room
Part of Cook Commons
Shannon Street Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 2
Bathrooms: Private (two per unit)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Basement, dining room, full kitchen, living room
Part of Cook Commons

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