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Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live off campus but I have seen pictures and they look like normal dorm rooms.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Personally, I lucked out when it came to housing. I lived in the basement and the basement rooms are a really nice size and I enjoyed not having to walk up a bunch of steps. We have four types of housing options, Typically dorm style, suite style, apartment style and townhouse style. All shared rooms, unless you pay for a single, are an RA or don't have a roommate.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I believe it would be better some students respected the space as much as others attempt to. The janitor department does a great job of keeping things clean, but one must keep in mind that not everyone learns how to wash clothes or take after themselves prior to college. This sometimes resulted in the washing machine being out of order.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Salem has so many strict rules that it has made my experience here terrible. You would not believe how many things they consider fire hazards that other colleges do not. And we have to have a doctor's note to have an AC unit! We are also not allowed to walk on the grass.... which is completely ridiculous. The social atmosphere is not the best either; most of the girls that go here are stuck up and talk down on you. Salem also makes it hard for you to live off campus. My roommate and I are wanting to get an apartment next year but they are making up all of these reasons to why we can not do so. I am 20 years old but they treat us like we are 10. Everything about living on campus is ridiculous. I hate it, and do not even get me started on the cost of living there. Lets just say if it was not for the small classes and awesome professors then I would have left after the Fall semester.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Overall it is well for being a historical campus. There are lots of bugs and problems with amenities. For money's sake I would expect better response to problems and for the fixtures to last.

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There are two dorms for first years: Gramley and Babcock. Gramley is newer but is the second farthest building from main campus; while Babcock is waiting for renovations and new furniture, it is closer to classes. Beginning second year, students can choose their own building to live in, based on a lottery system. The upperclassmen residence halls are South, Strong, Bitting, Clewell, Bahnson, and Fogle Flats. Clewell tends to have a more traditional dorm life with suite-style rooms, but is too loud for some tastes and is in need of renovations. Bitting and Bahnson both have 24-hour visitation policies, where other buildings have specified visitation hours, so they are popular. Strong recently became an honors house restricted to students in the honors program. South is pretty casual and laid back. The Fogle Flats are townhouses at the farthest end of campus. These are designated as senior priority housing, but juniors can room there if it doesn't fill up. There are six students in each two-story townhouse.

Salem College says that the term "dorms" implies where someone sleeps. Salem students do so much more in their buildings than just sleep, so the school prefers the term "residence halls." Each residence hall is different and seems to have its own personality, so there is quite a debate among students as to which are the best and which are the worst. It really depends on a student's personal tastes and preferences, as there are good and bad points to each building.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
528
Average Housing Costs
$5,780
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
52%
Freshmen Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
7
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Bahnson
  • Bitting
  • South
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Babcock
  • Gramley
What You Get
  • Bed frames and mattresses
  • Chairs
  • Chest of drawers
  • Desks
  • Ethernet connection
  • Sink with mirror
  • TV hookup

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Babcock Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, limited visitation hours, TV lounge with pool table and foosball table, vending machines
Bahnson House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal and private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: 24-hour visitation, community kitchen, lounges
Bitting Hall
Floors: 3 plus basement
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Suites (singles and doubles)
Special Features: 24-hour visitation, community kitchen, laundry facilities, lounges, vending machines, wood floors
Clewell Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Laundry facilities, limited visitation, TV lounge with ping-pong table, vending machines
Gramley Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites (doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, limited visitation, TV lounge with pool table, vending machines
South Hall
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Sophomores and juniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, laundry facilities, limited visitation, lounges
Strong Honors House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen honors students
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen and dining room, laundry facilities; community develops building contract to set visitation rules, quiet hours, and community standards

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Fogle Flats
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Three-bedroom apartments (doubles) with full kitchen, formal dining room, living room, and laundry room
Special Features: 24-hour visitation

Student Polls

Rate campus housing on the following subjects    Based on 47 responses

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  • Overall building quality
  • Amenities/perks
  • Cleanliness
  • Ease of housing process/lottery system
  • Proximity to classes
  • Resident community
  • Social atmosphere
  • Spaciousness
  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
  • Value

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