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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing is so great here. The dorms look like mini-palaces and have so much character like fireplaces and crown tiling. There are a lot of suite-style and two-room doubles, and housekeeping does an incredible job keeping the bathrooms and hall clean. There are some beautiful courtyards and great lounges too. I transferred from Brown to here and the dorms are SO much better.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the dorms and being close to everything. If you end up in a dorm without airconditioning, it can be a little rough and the beginning and end of the school year, but overall, it's really nice.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are spacious, but a few first-year dorms don't have AC

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is so spacious and the sponsor system makes it so that i'm living with a hall of people I am very compatible with.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you want to live in a single, it's fairly easy to get one. Many people live in friendship suites after their first year. The quality of the dorms is good--some don't have air conditioning, but they tend to be aesthetically gorgeous, so you can't really go wrong.

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Pomona's dorms are an eclectic bunch, and opinions regarding how nice they are vary widely. Something particularly nice about Pomona is that it is relatively easy to get a single if you want one. This can have all kinds of advantages, aside from the obvious romantic ones. However, there are some often overlooked benefits to having a roommate. It can be a valuable learning experience to live with someone else; you must learn to curb your habits, and you might gain that sought-after mark of maturity known as acceptance. Also, you won't get lonely with a roommate, and you'll find it easier to meet people, as well. What many underclassmen don't realize is that, to get the really nice rooms (the big ones with fireplaces and personal balconies), you must nearly always sacrifice the option of having a single as a senior. If you want a single but still want to be close to your friends, you may end up with a balcony or a courtyard, but the interiors of your rooms will resemble the interiors of tenement housing. For many, the choice between having a single and having a really nice room can be a tough one.

Dorms here are constantly being renovated, and as such, they tend to be relatively clean and well-appointed. As 98 percent of Pomona students live on campus all four years of college, the College places high priority on forming a "residential community."

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,531
Average Housing Costs
$8,200
Types of Housing Offered
  • Coed dorms
  • Theme housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
98%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
16
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Harwood
  • Mudd-Blaisdell
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Pomona
  • Sontag
Worst Freshman Dorms
Wig
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Albert K. Smiley
  • Walker
Best Dorms
  • Clark V
  • Mudd Blaisdell
Worst Dorms
  • Smiley
  • Wig
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
Also Available
Substance-free housing is available, but space is limited.
Available for Rent
Minifridges and microwaves
Did You Know?
  • Pomona's reputation of having "palatial" dorm rooms largely stems from one or two big rooms with fireplaces which you, in all likelihood, will never get to live in.
  • Smiley is the oldest dorm west of the Mississippi River. It's true—it's like living in a piece of history. The walls are so old and thin that once when there was a minor earthquake, they cracked. So, you might not want to try placing two mattresses opposite each other on the walls and bouncing between them, regardless of how fun it seems at first.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Albert K. Smiley
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Lounge, laundry, smoke free
B Hall
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, suites
Clark I
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Primarily two-room doubles
Special Features: Courtyard access, laundry
Clark V
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Some fireplaces in rooms, courtyard access, laundry
The Cottages
Floors: 3 buildings, I floor each
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Meal plan requirement waived, house-like residences
Gibson
Floors: 1
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning
Harwood
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Special Features: Laundry, kitchen, grand piano
Lawry
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, suites
Special Features: Suite lounges, smoke-free living available
Lyon Court
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Lounge, kitchen, laundy
Mudd-Blaisdell
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, next to tennis courts and pool, conference room, two kitchens, two laundry rooms, sun deck
Norton Clark III
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Three social rooms, courtyard access
Oldenborg
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, quads
Special Features: Language building, air conditioning
Pomona
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites
Sontag
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, suites
Walker
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Several lounges, grand piano, laundy, smoke free
Wig
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one three-person apartment
Special Features: Small patio, kitchen, laundry

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  • Social atmosphere
  • Spaciousness
  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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