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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most dorms at Pitzer are newly built, two doubles share a bathroom. It could get nasty if you don't clean up your room and bathroom but overall the living quality is really nice!

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: The fact that you have to share a restroom with three other people is not great but it is better then sharing it with the entire building.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are basically a resort. Dorms are the largest of any college I've visited, and there's only four people sharing one bathroom. The hallways are all outdoors which creates a good social atmosphere. Also, Pitzer does an incredible job pairing roommate together for freshman year (for the most part). Of course, there are some cases of people needing to switch, but a majority of roommates get along very well. Roommates are based on a survey taken the summer before freshmen year, and a team of psychologists put roommates together based on their responses.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing is really great in PAS and East and West

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing for freshmen dorms (Pitzer, Sanborn, Atherton) and sophomore dorms (East, West) are suite style. You have one roommate and share a bathroom with another double. The bathrooms are fine, but the sinks get clogged really easily and you have to make sure that you clean the toilet, shower, etc. frequently otherwise it gets totally gross. Personally, I've felt a lack of community in residence life compared to my friends' experiences at other schools. The hallways are all outside, like motels. Until halfway through second semester, I still didn't know the names of people on my floor. And even in a tiny sized class, there are so many people that I've literally never seen before.

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The dorms at Pitzer constantly spark conversation among students, specifically because housing plays a great role in the overall atmosphere of the College. Freshmen are lucky enough to live in the PAS (Pitzer, Atherton, and Sanborn) dormitories. These "new dorms," as they are colloquially called, were only recently built and inhabited for the first time by the freshmen during the 2007-2008 school year. The PAS residence halls received a "green"  or eco-friendly distinction and were awarded a Gold LEED certification by the United States Green Building Council. Freshmen live in suite-style dorms with two doubles sharing an adjoining bathroom. Students often claim that the new dorms are like resorts, especially with the Gold Center pool located conveniently in the middle of the freshman dormitories.

Sophomores live in Holden and often move in to the older dorm with grunts and grimaces. Holden definitely has evidence of wear and tear, but it is the next building to be demolished in order to make room for newer dormitories. Upperclassmen live in Mead, and some also choose to live off campus. Mead residents are able to enjoy a suite of eight rooms and a shared common room. Students can choose to live in singles or doubles with a roommate, but room choices often depend on room draw numbers. These numbers are based on the number of credits a student has, which puts him or her into a specific group number. Then, within that group, each student is given a random, computer-generated number that determines the order in which he or she will choose a room. Because Pitzer is relatively small in campus size, all of the dorms are only a one- or two-minute walk to any building on campus. Parties on campus tend to be low-key, especially when they are in the dorms. Whether you live on or off campus, Pitzer is a close-knit community that will always welcome you.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
840
Average Housing Costs
$8,330
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
65%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
0
Best Freshman Dorms
Sanborn Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Mead Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Atherton Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Holden Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV jack
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Pitzer's themed halls are the community involvement tower, substance free, and Holden's Ultimate Study Hall (HUSH).
Available for Rent
Microfridge
Did You Know?
  • As of 2008, Pitzer changed its policy to allow men and women to live together in the same room if they so choose.
  • Pitzer offers a Roommate Search application through Sakai (intranet site for students) for students looking for a roommate.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Atherton Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Laundry facilities, living room, mail room, music practice room, study lounges; home to Jumpstart office and Lenzner Family Art Gallery
Holden Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, living room, rec room, study lounges, TV lounge; home to HUSH (Holden's Ultimate Study Hall), substance-free living, theme housing
Mead Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, in-suite living room, laundry facilities, substance-free living, TV lounge; home to Arboretum Manager Office, Career Services, Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS), community involvement tower, Marquis Library, and The Rabbit Hole (substance-abuse education and outreach)
Pitzer Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Laundry facilities, living room, study lounges; home of Admission Office
Sanborn Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, living room, study lounges

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  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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