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Campus Housing

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: while some dorms are nice, others are in sad disrepair. Community members are sometimes destructive and damage public spaces. The housing staff is overworked and as a result they are often very ineffective. Housing frustrates most of the students on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are fairly standard, if expensive. Close to class.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are really quite large, larger than any other rooms I saw on campus tours. Many first year rooms in Pei have a porch or balcony, and it's quite comfortable even with 3 people (chances are you'll be tripled as an incoming student). The community is great though there is a ton of smoking, so if you have asthma, the doors are not insulated and it will come in - this is something that's an issue for me. I can't speak for the upper year dorms though apartment style living is availble by second year and occasionally for first years.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The rooms themselves I have no qualms with - for me, they have been perfect ever since my first year. However, the housing lottery process is a ridiculous hassle that requires a person to be online the second the system goes up, and even then you're unlikely to get a room. Moreover, any kind of housing accomodations (like animals or any ADA accomodations, which I am familiar with due to my roommates) can be extremely problematic due to the reticence of housing. They also tend to overcharge for damages or write down damages that were not present at the end of the year, though this was only a problem my first year.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: As a former RA, New College housing is very... unique. Pei is super cool. The letter dorms are nice but over-priced. B-Dorm is where all the cool kids live.

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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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