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Campus Housing

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Each dorm community has it's own pro/con list, but no place is so awful that you wouldn't want to live there. Even the buildings notorious for falling apart (the cross-canyon dorms) have such an excellent community that people choose to live there year after year.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dormitories are beautiful and the food is much better than at other colleges. The professors are by far the greatest at what they do and really care about their students. Administrators and faculty are here to help students and not just enforce rules. Reed College is a place where everyone really cares about the education and institution.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Wish they we had more "good dorms" than "bad". Our nicest dorms are amazing, and the not so nice ones aren't really the worst it could be. So, overall, compared to most other colleges we hear about , it's pretty good.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are really beautiful and some are almost disgusting. The dorms with worse living situations generally have better community.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really really really depends on which dorm you're in. Living in a small campus has made me so lazy. For example, Sullivan is maybe only a 5 minute walk from the rest of campus, tops, but it's enough to be annoying, especially when it's cold. It does have the benefits of a full kitchen, so that's nice, and it is quiet, so if you actually want to sleep, it's great, but for social stuff, a little isolated. The Grove buildings are gorgeous, but also far (5 minutes). ODB is closest to everything, but doesn't have ovens or stoves, rooms can be either small or huge. So really, it does depend. Hope you get lucky!

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Your enjoyment of living on campus at Reed depends on your willingness to sacrifice space and privacy for the ability to meet a ton of nice people in a cozy, close environment. Although campus rooms generally lack in size, the dorms themselves usually contain almost every amenity that a student could want: a fully-stocked kitchen, large and inviting social rooms, and all those wild and crazy college antics you've heard so much about. Actually, the Reed on-campus experience presents a great opportunity to truly get a feel for Reed, as you meet a diverse group of students from all places and backgrounds, and share a reasonably-sized space with them. As one student commented, friendships spawn in the dorms, not in classes. Reed offers many dorms to choose from, each varying in size, age, and appeal. However, unless you are extra picky, your freshman dorm generally depends on the luck of the draw; you could end up in the smallest room in the worst dorm or in a great dorm in a room overflowing with space. After freshman year, students either enter a campus-wide housing lottery, or apply to live in a theme dorm or a language house if they desire to remain on campus. Generally, half the people that apply to live on campus for their upperclassman years receive housing.

However, Reed now has a policy guaranteeing sophomore housing. People who really desire to live on campus generally can find their way into the dorms with little effort. In terms of individual dorms, most people either prefer the newest dorms or the oldest dorms, with Old Dorm Block, Bragdon, and Steele being the most popular living locations. At times, dorms can be conducive to studying, but your best bet would still be the library.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
954
Average Housing Costs
$6,120
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
63%
Freshmen Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
31
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
Old Dorm Block
Best Upperclassman Dorms
The Grove
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Anna Mann
  • The Foster/Scholz Block
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
The Foster/Scholz Block
Best Dorms
  • Anna Mann
  • Bragdon Hall
  • Old Dorm Block (ODB)
Worst Dorms
The Foster/Scholz Block
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Overhead light
  • Phone jack
  • Shelves
  • Window coverings
Also Available
Theme dorm options, substance-free dorms, quiet dorms, cat dorms
Did You Know?
Freshman rooms are usually either divided doubles or divided triples. Rarely do freshmen have to live in the same room with another student. After freshman year, Reed students living on campus are guaranteed a single. Additionally, there is a special housing lottery for seniors who want to live on campus in a selection of some of the best rooms on campus.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Anna Mann
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal kitchen with stove, microwave, and refrigerator, social rooms with a television, spacious laundry facilities
Bragdon Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Communal kitchens with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator, social rooms with couches, a big-screen television, bay windows that overlook Reed Lake and the canyon, laundry room, storage room, indoor bike storage area
Canyon, Farm & Garden Houses
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Canyon House has eight single rooms; Farm House has three singles and two doubles available; and Garden House has 10 singles available. There are common spaces, kitchens, dining rooms, laundry rooms, and storage facilities available, too.
Cross Canyon Residence Halls (Chittick, Griffin, McKinley, Woodbridge)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Each dorm holds approximately 25 students. Other amenities include full kitchens, large social rooms each with a large television, and theme dorms or quiet dorms are available.
The Foster/Scholz Block (Foster, Scholz, MacNaughton)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Foster holds 45 students, Scholz 43, and MacNaughton 70. There are also social rooms, a fully-stocked kitchen, laundry facilities, and theme dorms.
The Grove: Bidwell, Aspen, Sequoia & Sitka
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Each dorm has around 30 or 35 students. Other features include first-floor living, dining areas and kitchens, TV rooms with cable channels and DVD players, study rooms, a laundry room, plus outdoor "spill-out" terraces for socializing. These buildings were designed with sustainability in mind and are LEED certified.
Language Houses (Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Each house holds about eight students, except for the Spanish house which has about 17. Students are encouraged to speak primarily in language of the house and are aided by live-in language scholars and native-speaking students. The houses have bookshelves filled with educational materials and TVs with cable programming from the cultures.
Naito and Sullivan halls
Floors: 3 each
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Naito holds 74 students while Sullivan holds 83. Other amenities include social rooms with fully-stocked kitchens, occasional theme dorms, and a substance-free dorm in Sullivan.
Old Dorm Block (Abington, Doyle, Eastport, Kerr, Ladd, Quincy, Westport, Winch)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Kitchenettes, a reservable lounge with pool table, a laundry room, storage space

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Birchwood Apartments
Number of Units: 25–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, apartments
Special Features: Fully-furnished apartments with full kitchens, baths, living room
Students have the option to be on or off a board plan, and the apartments remain open to students during winter and summer breaks.
Reed College Apartments (RCAs)
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 25–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, apartments
Special Features: Fully-furnished apartments with full kitchens, baths, living rooms
Students have the option to be on or off a board plan, and the apartments remain open to students during winter and summer breaks.

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