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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The social atmosphere is great - the resident staff really care about all the inhabitants of the dorm where I live. However, it is a bit of a hike from Fischer to the rest of campus - we're really far away. The dorms are small but clean and functional and there's a great community.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a huge part of the Wheaton experience! The community in the dorms is amazing, floors are very tight knight, and you will grow so much spiritually living in community with others who are pushing you towards Christ. In my opinion, Smith-Traber has floors that are more bonded because of the community bathrooms, so I'd highly recommend living there.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Worth it. Growing SO much and great opportunities. Research as freshman? Amazing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My first semester here at Wheaton I had a difficult time with my roommate because of the clash of our emotional baggage, basically. It was too stressful for me to be living with her. I first spoke to my RA, then a GRA of Fischer. It took a month for me to talk to different people several times for me to find out that there was no where else for me to live on campus. Of course I couldn't change this, but it bothered me initially that I was treated differently because I lived close to campus. If I was from a different country I believe that they would have made room for me somewhere. However, my parents eventually spoke to the housing office after I moved home and began commuting. They were understanding and I was put first on the list for open housing for the Spring semester. It all worked out well, but less efficiently than what was possible. I am currently living on campus during my Spring semester.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I absolutely love the dorms here! I live in Fischer, and chose to live there again as a sophomore. The rooms are pretty spacious and the suite style bathrooms are awesome! The community within the dorms is fantastic as well, and people really love their floors and have floor pride. Dorm life here is really, truly awesome!

My one and only complaint is that Fischer is FAR from the dining hall/class buildings (fortunately, it is close to the gym!) and in the winter this can be miserable. But the community outweighs that one complaint, for sure.

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All Wheaton freshmen are required to live in dorms, and nearly 90 percent of the student body lives on campus all four years. While most college students would do anything to get off campus, housing at Wheaton is highly promoted and has profound effects on the social scene. Many upperclassmen claim that some of their best friends are those that lived on their floor freshman year, and some coeds on brother-sister floors end up in long-term relationships. Brother-sister floors are central to freshman and sophomore dorm life. At Wheaton, each dorm floor has a corresponding opposite-sex floor with which it shares community-building activities. Bro-sis meals, movie nights, and bowling excursions are common and well loved by students. Fischer is the only dorm containing individual bathrooms, shared by the four to five people within each suite. Fischer is also known to be the more social dorm—the lobby is consistently filled with people until the wee hours of the morning, and the Switzerlands (neutral lounges connecting boy and girl floors) are basically family living rooms. Smith-Traber, on the other hand, is arguably better for building floor camaraderie. Many students feel that the floor-shared bathrooms foster more friendships within the floors.

Upperclassmen have a good variety of housing options, including better dorms, three apartment complexes, and 13 houses. Each option has its own appeal depending on student preferences and needs. Housing assignments are done through random number lotteries, which can be frustrating when you just happen to get the last pick of rooms, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the dorms here. They’re all well maintained, clean, and spacious. If you choose to remain on campus for all four years, like most students, you won’t be disappointed.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,124
Average Housing Costs
$5,150
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Cooperative housing
  • Graduate housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students (as needed)
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
90%
Freshmen Living On Campus
100%
Number of Dormitories
4
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
5
Best Freshman Dorms
It's a toss-up between Fischer and Smith-Traber.
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Most upperclassmen get apartments or houses.
Worst Freshman Dorms
Again, some say Fischer, some say Smith-Traber. You really can't go wrong.
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
If your random housing numbers are bad, you will get put in either MacEvans or Williston. While both are nice dorms, upperclassmen prefer to live in apartments or houses.
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Carpet
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
  • Free campus and local phone calls
  • Window coverings
Also Available
There are also 13 campus houses available to juniors and seniors.
Did You Know?
  • Dorm life is a huge deal at Wheaton. The RAs on each floor go through a competitive application process for their positions, not to mention serious training once accepted, including several training sessions, scenario workouts, and a weeklong venture in the summer.
  • Wheaton has a strict open-floor policy in dorms, which means that boys and girls can only hang out on opposite-gender floors during certain hours on certain nights of the week. Let's just say it's not the most popular rule.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Fischer Hall
Floors: 5, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 500-749
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes. But individual floors are single-gender.
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: 24-hour computer lab, air conditioning, community kitchen, copy machine, hall lounges, laundry facilities, ping-pong, pool table, prayer chapel, quiet study room, TV lounge
McManis-Evans Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, Evans is men only and McManis is women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: 24-hour computer lab, air conditioning, bike storage, conference room, elevator, floor lounges, community kitchen, laundry facilities, ping-pong, pool table, quiet study room, TV lounge
Smith-Traber Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, Smith is women only, and Traber is men only
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores
Room Types: Doubles, triples, four-person suites
Special Features: 24-hour computer lab, air conditioning, bike storage, conference room, copy machine, elevators, floor lounges, foosball table, community kitchen, laundry facilities, ping-pong, pool table, prayer chapel, quiet study room, TV lounge.
Williston Hall
Floors: 3, plus basement
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: 24-hour computer lab, air conditioning, bike storage, community kitchen, copy machine, floor lounges, laundry facilities, Ruth Bell Graham prayer room; built in 1895 and fully renovated in 1994.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

College Avenue Apartments
Floors: 2 in 5 apartment buildings
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private (one per unit)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-, four-, and five-person apartments
Special Features: Furnished bedrooms and living room, air conditioning unit, electric heat, carpeted, one Internet port per person
College-Court Apartments
Floors: 3, plus basement
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private (one per unit)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-person apartments
Special Features: Furnished living room and bedrooms, two parking spaces, laundry, carpeted, outdoor bike rack, renovated in 2008
Michigan-Crescent Apartments
Floors: 2
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private (one per unit)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-person apartments
Special Features: Furnished living room and bedrooms, air conditioning unit, carpeted, laundry room in each basement, outdoor bike racks
Saint and Elliot Apartments
Floors: 3, plus basement
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private (one per unit)
Coed: Yes, in building
Residents: Juniors, seniors, graduate students
Room Types: Two- and four-person units
Special Features: Furnished living room and bedrooms, kitchen, electric heat, air conditioning unit, carpeted, one telephone, laundry room in basement, outdoor bike racks
Terrace Apartments
Floors: 2 in 4 buildings
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private (one per unit)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Furnished living room and bedrooms, one Internet port per student, electric heat, air conditioning, laundry room in each of the three basements, outdoor bike racks, major appliances in each kitchen

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