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Campus Housing

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Campus housing is definitely above average though it depends on your year. Freshman/Sophomore years students are typically housed in the dorms which vary pretty wildly in quality. South quad dorms (McClellan, Wilmarth, Penfield, Kimball) are not great (though they did fix them up a little bit a year or two ago). North quad dorms, especially Howe-Rounds and Wait, are nicer.

The on-campus apartments, mostly inhabited by Juniors and Seniors, are a massive step above the dorms. Their only downside is the cost which is borderline unacceptable considering the relatively low cost of renting property off-campus (Saratoga is a summer town so renting during the school year can prove a budget-friendly choice).

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms (like doubles in Wiecking Hall) are amazing. Most, though, (triples everywhere else, unless you get a special one) are smaller than the reviews say, and frankly, Skidmore really does need to build a new dorm. This year they over-enrolled, and had to offer an incentive to students to move off campus. When that didn't work, they built new dorms in dorm common rooms, which is a huge shame, because that was where my floor really came together and made friends. Every dorm has a window seat, which is cool, but doesn't really help when you are your two roommates are having problems. People mysteriously pee in the Jonnson Tower elevators, and the stairs are pretty dirty. I loved my RA and made good friends on my floor, but the dorms are depressing and small. Great access to classrooms, but that just due to the small size of the campus. Apartments are AMAZING, but super hard to get now. Off campus options are really good too--low rent and close to campus. I don't know why more people don't take advantage of that.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have not had issues with my room, though I know people who have, but Res Life has always sorted that out.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you have a good RA like I did, you get a really nice community feel on the floor and a chance to bond with everyone freshmen year.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although I live in a triple room, but it is big enough for me. And the residential faculty will clean the common area and bathroom every day, so it is clean.

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Campus housing is very good at Skidmore. Dorms and campus apartments are divided into North Quad (Howe-Rounds Hall, Jonsson Tower, Northwoods Village, and Wait Hall) and South Quad (Kimball Hall, McClellan Hall, Penfield Hall, Scribner Village, Wiecking Hall, and Wilmarth Hall). All of the dorms, except for Wiecking Hall, are set up suite-style, so there are rooms that are offsets of the hallway, and a cluster of approximately four rooms share a bathroom. The suites are generally arranged by gender, though there is gender-neutral housing in Wiecking. First-year students are generally put into triples, and the College is continuously renovating the dorm rooms so that they are no longer "forced triples," but there are equal closets and desks for three students. Sophomores can either be in doubles or singles, depending on the lottery number for a housing option. The doubles are extremely spacious, and the singles are lovely. Dorm rooms all have window seats, which are a nice addition to a college dorm.

The dorms are all incredibly close to everything on campus, a perk for those early-morning classes. Typically, freshmen and sophomores live in the dorms, unless they are invited to live in Scribner. Students are not allowed to move off campus until junior year. There are two on-campus apartment options: Scribner Village and Northwoods Village. While Scribner Village is a popular option for juniors, it is in the process of being knocked down and completely rebuilt. Northwoods is a popular option for seniors. Both apartment villages are furnished in both the living room and the bedrooms. Northwoods Village has either three-person or four-person apartments, and is definitely considered "better" and newer than Scribner, though that will all change. But, in the meantime, Scribner has a bit of a dirty reputation, and that is where most of the on-campus parties are hosted.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,178
Average Housing Costs
$7,214
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Gender-neutral wing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
85%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
Howe-Rounds Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Northwoods Village
Worst Freshman Dorms
Wiecking Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Scribner Village
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV and Internet connections
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
Also Available
Gender-neutral housing is available in Wiecking Hall.
Did You Know?
Every dorm room has a window seat. Perfect for reading, people watching, etc.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Howe-Rounds Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Community kitchens, computer lab, floor lounges, laundry facilities, TV lounge with pool table, vending machines
Jonsson Tower
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Community kitchens, floor lounges, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge with pool table, vending machines, workout facilities; home to Campus Safety and the radio station (WSPN)
Kimball Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Community kitchens, floor lounges, game lounge with ping-pong and pool tables, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
McClellan Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Community kitchens, floor lounges, game room with foosball and ping-pong and pool tables, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
Penfield Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Community kitchens, floor lounges, game room with pool table, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines
Wait Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Community kitchens, floor lounges, game room with pool table, laundry facilities, study lounge, TV lounge, vending machines
Wiecking Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchens, floor lounges, game/TV lounge with ping-pong and pool tables, laundry facilities, study lounges, vending machines; gender-neutral housing
Wilmarth Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Suites (singles, doubles, triples)
Special Features: Bike storage, community kitchens, floor lounges, game room with ping-pong and pool tables, laundry facilities, study lounges, TV lounge, vending machines

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Northwoods Village
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three- and four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, wireless Internet; complex features bike storage, laundry facilities, vending machines
Students are allowed to stay in the apartments over college vacations.
Scribner Village
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two- to seven-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: Units include back porch, full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features laundry facilities
Residents are allowed to remain in the apartments over college vacations.

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