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Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Many perks for residential communities, clean facilities, close to my classes, made a ton of friends.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing at Northwestern really depends on where you are on campus. There are some dorms that are particularly high quality, and others that aren't. If you're looking for a really close-knit social life in the dorms, residential colleges are the way to go. You apply specifically to live in them and there are typically tones of activities like formals, munchies, and fireside discussions planned throughout the year to engage residents and help them get to know each other. However, there is not much diversity in terms of what is available in Northwestern housing and most of the dorms are classic single, double, and triple style, resulting in many juniors and seniors choosing to live in apartments off campus. Overall, Northwestern housing isn't the greatest, but it definitely isn't the worst.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Your experience really depends what dorm you're living in. Bobb-McCulloch is on North Campus and has great proximity to the frat houses and Tech, so it's a great place for you if you're involved in Greek life or taking a lot of math and science classes. The rooms are on the small end and it can be a little bit rowdy at night on Thursdays and weekends, but everyone is nice and the location and community can make up for that. On the other end of the spectrum is Chapin Residential College, located on South Campus right near downtown Evanston. The biggest rooms on campus, hardwood floors in the hallways, and very quiet. Whatever you're looking for, it's likely you can find it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great- it's convenient to get to wherever I need to be (only a twenty minute walk to the opposite end of campus), and it's beautifully laid out. The buildings are swell, with a sprinkled variety of nice, quiet places to study, chill with friends, or just be alone.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the res college system, but it's expensive.

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When it comes down to it, housing at Northwestern rides on one choice: North or South Campus? North Campus is known for two things: partying and engineering. Weird, right? The fraternity houses are all up north, as is Tech. So you are bound to find hard-partying frat guys and engineers who prefer to study. North Campus is also home to the biggest party dorm on campus: Bobb-McCullough Hall (known to students as "Bobb"). According to a recent study, Bobb is one of the biggest party dorms in America. South Campus students know how to kick back and have some fun, too, though. Allison Hall and Willard Residential College are known to have their fair share of wild nights. Overall, though, South Campus is a bit quieter, and is home to many theater, journalism, and humanities students. Since most students tend to eat and hang out on the side of campus they live on, there is bound to be a large chunk of the student body that rarely comes into contact with each other. However, many students make friends on the other side of Foster just fine.

Another important distinction to make is the difference between a residence hall and a residential college. Residential colleges are smaller themed dorms that focus on specific interests; students tend to develop a real sense of community, and events are planned for residents throughout the year. "Res colleges" are mainly set up suite style, where six or so rooms share a lounge and a bathroom. Residence halls are much bigger and have communal lounges and a bathroom per floor. Ultimately, the decision of where you want to live comes down to your interests and what you are looking for from a living space—community, partying, or a short walk to class.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
4,724
Average Housing Costs
$7,887
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
65%
Freshmen Living On Campus
99%
Number of Dormitories
27
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
0
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Allison Hall
  • Bobb-McCullough Hall
  • Elder Residential Community
  • Willard Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Kemper Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • North Mid-Quads (NMQ)
  • Slivka Hall
  • South Mid-Quads (SMQ)
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Bobb-McCullough Hall
  • Foster-Walker Complex
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
Also Available
  • 626 Emerson (Phi Mu Alpha fraternity house)
  • 720 Emerson (Sigma Alpha Iota sorority house)
  • Northwestern recently opened gender neutral housing. Here, males and females can be roommates. For the time being, the options are very limited and only offered in select areas of "Plex" (Foster-Walker).
Did You Know?
Residents can paint the walls of their sleeping rooms if they sign a room painting agreement, which can be obtained from the Housekeeping Office in the lobby of Foster-Walker.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

1835 Hinman
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenettes, Interfaith Hall, library, on-site dining hall and convenience store, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
2251 Sheridan
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, compost bin, sensor lights, solar generator, study lounges, TV lounge; home to GREEN House theme housing
584 Lincoln
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, main lounge, TV lounge
Allison Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, lounges, recreation room with pool tables, seminar rooms, study room, TV lounge, vending machines
Bobb-McCullough Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Air conditioning, bike storage, carpeting, lounges, recreation room, study room, vending machine
Chapin Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, computer lab, library, lounge, vending machines; home to Humanities Residential College
College of Cultural & Community Studies (CCS)
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, classroom, community kitchenette, computer lab, living room, recreation room, TV lounge
East Fairchild
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, computer lab, darkroom, lounge, radio studio, seminar room, vending machines, video editing lab; home to Communications Residential College (CRC)
Elder Residential Community
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, bike storage, carpeting, community kitchen, lounges, music practice rooms, on-site dining hall, recreation room, study rooms, TV rooms, vending machines
Foster House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Carpeting, lounge, recreation room, TV room, vending machines
Foster-Walker Complex (Plex)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, quads
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, community kitchenette, lounges, recreation room with ping-pong and pool tables
Goodrich House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, living room, study lounges, TV room
Hobart House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Carpeting (first floor), community kitchenette, computer lab, library, living room, terrazzo floor (second and third floors), TV rooms, vending machines; home to Women's Residential College
Jones Fine & Performing Arts Residential College
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Arts & crafts studios, carpeting, community kitchenette, computer lab, dance studio, music practice rooms, performance room, vending machines
Kemper Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, classroom, community kitchenettes, lounge, TV lounge
Lindgren House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, living room, recreation room, TV room, vending machines
North Mid-Quads Hall (NMQ)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, recreation room with foosball, TV lounge, vending machines
Public Affairs Residential College (PARC)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, community kitchenette, computer lab, lounge, seminar room, TV lounge, vending machines
Rogers House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Living room, recreation room with ping-pong table, terrazzo floors, TV room
Sargent Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, main lounge, on-site dining hall, recreation room, vending machines
Seabury Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, on-site convenience store, TV lounge
Shepard Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Air conditioning, carpeting, classroom, computer lab, library, lounge, music practice rooms, recreation room with ping-pong table, TV lounge, vending machines
Slivka Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, bike storage, carpeting, community kitchenette, lounge, music room, on-site café, recreation room, study lounge, science and engineering lab; home to Science and Engineering Residential College
South Mid-Quads Hall (SMQ)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenettes, recreation room, TV room, vending machines
Thomas G. Ayers Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, bike storage, carpeting, community kitchenettes, computer lab, library, recreation room, seminar room, TV lounge, vending machines; home to the College of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
West Fairchild
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Semi-suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Carpeting, community kitchenette, computer lab, lounge, seminar room, TV lounge, vending machines; home to International Studies Residential College (ISRC)
Willard Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Carpeting, computer lab, library, lounge, meeting space with overhead projector, on-site dining hall and convenience store, piano, recreation room with pool table, TV lounge, vending machines

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