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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The lottery system can be very annoying and frustrating if you don't get selected, and the bathrooms can get downright disgusting, but the rooms are pretty good. The freshmen dorms are extremely close to the music school, so that is a huge plus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus at UM is great your freshman year. The set up of having all the freshmen live together in two buildings right next to each other is awesome. You get to know so many people so quickly, and are able to make friends easily both on and off your floor. I liked that the floors were separated boys and girls, but that the buildings overall were co-ed. Downsides to the freshmen dorms were the showers in the bathrooms tended to be pretty disgusting no matter how often they were cleaned. The showers were also extremely tiny and poorly lit. Also there were definitely not enough laundry machines in the dorms for all of the students living there. Living on campus as a sophomore year was much different than freshmen year. I lived in Mahoney and I liked the dorm set up better living in a suite, but I didn't like the fact that there was no way to lock my door so that my suite mates or anyone in their room could walk into my room whenever I felt like it. The laundry situation was definitely better in Mahoney and I loved being even closer to my classes, but a lot of my friends had moved off campus to better places, so my overall experience in the dorms sophomore year was just average.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: You get a great dorm experience. The rooms are tiny but if you loft your bed you have enough room for a futon and a tv under the bed.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great housing options! I wish as a grad student I could partake.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: In the freshman dorms, the living situation is not the greatest. The rooms are very small, and they are all communal bathroom style. On my floor, there are two working toilets out of six, and two showers that are semi-decent. But, despite that, I have loved living in the dorms because everyone is so friendly and approachable: staff and residents included. Working through the housing system was pretty easy, and proximity to my classes is fabulous.

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If you decide to attend UM, there will be a form you fill out ranking the residential colleges by preference. This seems to be basically useless, as almost all freshmen are placed in Hecht or Stanford, also called the Towers. Although the other dorms are bigger and don’t have communal bathrooms, most students agree that spending a year in the Towers is a good experience because it forces you to meet people. The suites in Mahoney, Pearson, and Eaton are nicer, but some students like the atmosphere in the Towers so much that they keep their rooms for the next year. The Towers are definitely the most wild and fun dorms, then Mahoney and Pearson, where some floors have a good social atmosphere. Eaton is generally considered the quietest of the residential colleges, which many people might prefer.

If you’re lucky and you have a good RA, your floor will turn into a big family. Video game tournaments and hallway sports are common, and chances are, at least a few people on your floor will be friends that you keep in touch with for the rest of college. A lot of upperclassmen try to get into the apartments, which are tough to reserve. The layout is nice, but the buildings themselves are old and in random areas of campus where it’s hard to meet new people. In the past, there have been overcrowding issues, and students have been sent to the Holiday Inn across the street from campus. Even though a free hotel room with maid service and HBO might sound like a good deal, avoid this at all costs if you have any desire to meet people and make friends.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
4,310
Average Housing Costs
$7,122
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
44%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Dorms
  • Eaton
  • Mahoney
  • Pearson
Worst Dorms
  • Hecht
  • Stanford
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
  • Free campus and local phone calls (phone not included)
  • Trash can
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • Apartment for single students
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Quiet floors
  • Special housing for diabled students
  • Theme housing
Available for Rent
Carts and vacuums are available for loan.
Did You Know?
  • The campus cable network was upgraded recently to include HBO and 60 other stations that are free to students.
  • There is at least one Resident Assistant living on each floor whose job it is to help new students feel comfortable and to encourage friendly relations among floormates.
  • Under a newly passed law in Florida, there is no smoking allowed in campus buildings, including the residential colleges. Picnic tables and benches are set up for smokers outside of each dorm.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Eaton College
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: Approx. 400
Bathrooms: Shared between rooms
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Suite single, suite double
Special Features: Laundry, study lounges on every floor
Hecht College
Floors: Two towers with 12 floors each
Number of Occupants: Approx. 700
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Standard single, standard double
Special Features: Laundry, study lounge in lobby
Mahoney College
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: Approx. 700
Bathrooms: Shared between rooms
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Suite single, suite double
Special Features: Laundry, study lounges, kitchens shared by floor
Pearson College
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: Approx. 700
Bathrooms: Shared between rooms
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Suite single, suite double
Special Features: Laundry, study lounges, kitchens shared by floor
Stanford College
Floors: Two towers with 12 floors each
Number of Occupants: Approx. 700
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Standardsingle, standard souble
Special Features: Laundry, study lounge in lobby

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Apartment Area
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 12
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Laundry facilities between apartments

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  • Ease of housing process/lottery system
  • Proximity to classes
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  • Social atmosphere
  • Spaciousness
  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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