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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Wesleyan is an amazing school! The professors are great, the courses are great, the students are great, everything is awesome!

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: The Office of Residential life will screw you for every penny. They act like it's downtown Manhattan real estate when they cram you like sardines into dysfunctional facilities. Even when the school gives you houses, most of them have broken down heating and plumbing. The University rushes you to pack your life into boxes immediately after finals, giving you no time to say goodbyes or rest. They will slap you with egregious fines for staying late, for having dust on the floor, for having minor aesthetic flaws (a pen mark, a frayed screen) that were present before you moved in.

Somehow Wesleyan is simultaneously the worst place I've ever lived and the most expensive. Oh, and they forbid you to live off campus. It's in the fine print when you enroll in the college. They monopolize your life here to exploit your wallet.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are plenty of singles available for incoming freshmen and also sophomore classes. Some dorms have balconies and others allow you six people to a number of rooms in a corner area (called a co-op). The housing is better during junior year when you get either your own apartment or house along with other juniors/seniors. Senior housing is the best as you're almost guaranteed a quality house or apartment.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: My dorm has a bunch of great people that i see during the day and i say hi to. its never too loud and most people are respectful.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There were good options for underclassmen, and more independent options as you get older.

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At Wesleyan, you get better and better housing each year. Freshmen are in dorms, which are mostly identified by the type of person who tends to live in them. Organized from "Most Jocky" to "Most Hipster," the dorms include: Fauver, Clark, "The Butts," "The Nics," 200 Church Street, and "WestCo." With that being said, the stigmas and stereotypes attached to each dorm shift each year, with only the two most extreme (Fauver and WestCo) remaining purely "jock" and "hipster." Fauver has the best facilities, but all of the dorms come with a bed, desk, bookshelf, dresser, and closet, and none of them are unbearably gross or small.

Sophomores live in dorms (The Butts, The Nics, WestCo, and Hewitt) or program houses, which are houses that are dedicated to a theme—such as "Community Service House," "Earth House," "Out House" (shared love of the outdoors—and puns), and "German Haus." Some lucky sophomores even get apartments. Juniors and seniors live in apartments and wood-frame houses (the highlight of Wesleyan's housing situation). You can live in a house with a few of your friends, or depending on the size of the house, all by yourself! This makes for a fun incentive to stick it out until senior year.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,919
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
98%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
7
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Clark Hall
  • Fauver Apartments
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Low Rise
  • Wood-frame houses
Worst Freshman Dorms
Butterfield Colleges (A, B, and C)
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Butterfield Colleges (A, B, and C)
  • High Rise
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Closet or dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • Ethernet access
  • Free campus and local phone calls
  • Window coverings
Also Available
  • All Wesleyan housing is gender-neutral in an effort to allow students to live outside the gender binary. All halls are coed by room (there is one single-gendered hall somewhere in "the Nics," and it's not popular). Floors vote at the beginning of the year whether the bathrooms are coed or single-gendered. After freshman year, students are allowed to live with whomever they want, and many choose roommates of the opposite gender (freshmen are never assigned roommates of the opposite gender). These living arrangements also attempt to make it more comfortable for students with different gender identities (for example, transsexual or transgender students).
  • Program houses are residences where a small number of students may live together. Each program house has a particular theme (there are 25 houses), and tends to be actual wood-frame houses rather than dormitories. To enter a program house, a student must first fill out a housing application that is reviewed by the current members of that house. Program houses are not available to freshmen.
  • Special-interest housing lies somewhere between regular dormitory life and program housing. Available to freshmen and sophomores in 200 Church and WestCo, special-interest housing tends to be more focused on dorm community and/or particular special interests. There is also a certain degree of self-governance, as the special-interest houses tend to elect their own house presidents or assemblies to oversee the residential affairs of that particular house.
  • The Butterfield dorms (three-minute walk from Foss Hill) house the substance-free floor. In this space, alcohol and nicotine are not permitted. These halls are ideal for those who do not partake in drinking or drugs, and wish to live in a calm environment. An application is not required to live on a sub-free floor; however, all residents must sign a contract agreeing not to take alcohol or nicotine into their living area.
Did You Know?
  • Wesleyan housing is designed around a system of "graduated independence": Freshmen have a dorm experience, sophomores can live in program houses, juniors can live in apartments, and seniors can live in their own wood-frame houses.
  • Every semester, all program houses are reviewed by the Office of Residential Life to ensure that they meet resident needs and ResLife standards.
  • Freshman roommate assignment is totally random, and the people in the office of Residential Life have quirky senses of humor. One year, they put only people with names of characters on the Brady Bunch in one hall.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

156 High Street
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: This complex features two lounges, a kitchen, a laundry facility, and Wes Wings.
200 Church Street
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20-49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: 200 Church Street offers a specialized community for students of underrepresented racial, ethnic, and oppressed groups, and offers programs such as guest speakers, films, and discussions addressing racism and oppression.
Butterfield Colleges (A, B, and C)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: In addition to residence halls, the "Butts" also contain the dining hall Summerfields, the College of Letters, the Career Resource Center, and several classrooms and seminar rooms. It's also home of the "Butt Hole," a courtyard in between the three dormitories that hosts events like "Buttstock" and has grills for student use. Located slightly off campus, the Butterfields offer an open sub-community within the Wesleyan student body.
Clark Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Clark Hall contains kitchen and laundry facilities, lounges, a patio, a large open lobby, and is handicapped accessible. Clark Hall is located immediately astride Olin Library, across from Foss Hill.
Fauver Residence Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Home of the "Fauver Fishbowl," a large community kitchen and laundry facility, Fauver was designed to promote community interaction.
Hewitt - Foss 8, 9, and 10
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Hewitt is located on Foss Hill, and includes laundry facilities and common areas that host yoga, dance rehearsals, poetry nights, and other programs.
Nicolson 5, 6, and 7
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Located on Foss Hill and including laundry facilities, Nicolson hosts yoga, dance rehearsals, poetry nights, and other programs. It also contains the only single-gender floors to be found on campus (and they're not very popular).
West College (WestCo)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: West College (WestCo) residents attend weekly guidance meetings during which they participate in resident government. WestCo is located over the WestCo Café, where many concerts and comedy shows are held on campus.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

1 Vine Street
Floors: 3
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Five-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Kitchen and living room area
126 Pearl Street
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: One-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: All apartments contain a living room and a kitchen.
240 Court Street
Floors: 2
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments (singles, doubles)
Special Features: All units contain a kitchen. One-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments contain a living room.
65 Pearl Street
Floors: 3
Number of Units: <10
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Five-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Each unit contains a living area, kitchen, and porch.
Fauver Apartments
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Five-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, living space, and one or two bathrooms; building features an indoor bike room, laundry facilities, lounge, vending machines
High Rise
Floors: 8
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios (doubles), two-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include kitchen/common space, common closet, laundry facilities; building features elevators, lounge, parking lot.
The complex is located on Church Street, a little downhill from the rest of campus, but conveniently close to Wes Wings.
Low Rise
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include a big kitchen and common space downstairs; building shares laundry facilities and parking lot with High Rise.
Located directly behind High Rise, practically across the street from Broad Street Books and the Red & Black Café.

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