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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is sad that it is cheaper to live off campus and that its so difficult to live off campus

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The main problem is there just isn't enough room for the increasing class sizes. Unless you have older friends who can get you into the nicer dorms, you are stuck in a triple single Pei room. Campus housing beyond that is a toss up. Some rooms are fine (all of the dorms are spacious, even the Pei rooms compared to other campuses), but others suffer from mold, flooding, or insufficient pet cleanup. I personally have been lucky, though I do believe my first Pei room suffered from mold. Admin will do literally nothing to assist you/move you unless you have a second flood Pei and you've broken your leg. I've heard room changes for those with roommates they dislike isn't that hard. Dealing with housing is like pulling teeth and mentioning lawyers and parents (which is not always a privilege someone has >.>) is basically the only way to get anything done (and even then they will try to intimidate you into backing down). Getting off campus housing is a huge hassle and I personally wouldn't feel safe off campus anyways as the area directly off campus is, in my personal opinion, highly dangerous for anyone. People will try to convince you it's cheaper to live off campus, but unless you can find something under $500 a month, or that includes utilities, according to my math it's actually more expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some need repairs, but others are quite nice.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing staff: awful except for nate.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. I really enjoy the social climate here. However, housing is becoming more and more prevalent as the years go on. It's almost as if housing is acting as a police force, and that makes many students uncomfortable.

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The main dormitories were designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei and were constructed in the 1960s, but they have recently undergone renovations. Replete with balconies, proximity to main buildings, courtyards, communal areas, equipped lounges, and their own special charm, there is little to complain about New College housing—though, of course, some may disagree.

Most first-years begin at the social and communal Pei Complex, which is made up of three courts. Pei fosters social interaction thanks to its unique design and multiple common areas. The courts border a central area known as Palm Court, which is the heart of social activity at New College and where most large outdoor gatherings are held. The "letter" dorms are where mostly second- and third-year students live. Many complain about the corners that were cut in the building process—none of the rooms are equipped with overhead lighting, and the kitchenettes have neither stoves nor ovens. The Dort and Goldstein residences, commonly abbreviated as “Dortstein,” are quieter, mostly inhabited by upperclassmen, and popular for their privacy. Both of these options are well-suited to students who already have formed a solid friend group and are more concerned with solitude than socialization. B-Dorm is located on the West Side of campus and is unanimously considered the shabbiest of the housing options. Still, because of its cultural charm, comparatively low price, and proximity to other facilities and the bayfront, it continues to be popular among students.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
629
Average Housing Costs
$6,103
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
76%
Freshmen Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
2
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
7
Best Freshman Dorms
Pei Complex
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Dort Residence Hall
  • Goldstein Residence Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Triples in Pei Complex
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
B-Dorm
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Blinds
  • Bookshelf
  • Chair
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Dresser
Available for Rent
Refrigerators are permitted in the residence halls and can often be rented from local vendors.
Did You Know?
The five "letter" dorms are named so because they were given letters rather than names while they were being constructed.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

B-Dorm
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: B-Dorm offers a community atmosphere. It's close to the library and is the cheapest housing available.
Pei Complex
Floors: 20
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Located in a cluster around Palm Court, this complex's unique design was completed by renowned architect I.M. Pei.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Dort Residence Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include kitchenette and living area.
Dort is great for privacy. Students are not required to buy a meal plan, and the hall is occupied by mostly older students.
Goldstein Residence Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include kitchenette and living area
Goldstein is a mirror image of Dort. Just as in Dort, students are not required to buy a meal plan, and Goldstein is occupied by mostly older students.
Peterson Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles), two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Each unit includes a kitchenette. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, Peterson is LEED certified.
Pritzker Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles), two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Residents share a common space, a bathroom, a kitchenette, balconies, lounges, full kitchens, and laundry facilities. There is a third story, an open-air lounge, and a central courtyard. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, Pritzker is LEED certified.
Searing Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments (singles)
Special Features: Residents share a common space and a kitchenette. The hall includes high-timbered roofs with arched windows. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, Searing is LEED certified.
V Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles), two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Each unit includes a kitchenette. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, V is LEED certified.
Y Residence Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (singles), two- and three-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Each unit includes a kitchenette. Along with the other "Letter" dorms, Y is LEED certified.

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