10 of the best college dorm rooms in America for 2023, ranked by the Princeton Review

A dorm room at Bryn Mawr College.
Inside a dorm room at Bryn Mawr College.Bryn Mawr College
  • The Princeton Review recently revealed its list of the best college dorms for 2023.

  • Some of the included schools are Bryn Mawr College, High Point University, and Emory University.

  • Their residence halls have been recognized for their spacious rooms, luxurious amenities, and more.

10. Marist College

Marist college campus
A view of the Marist College campus in Poughkeepsie, New York.Getty

Marist College is a liberal-arts school in Poughkeepsie, New York, that houses more than 3,000 students each year.

Its dorms are designed with "state-of-the-art" standards in mind, the school's website says, including co-ed spaces, laundry rooms, and study lounges that feature TVs for freshman students.

Upperclassmen, on the other hand, can live in a variety of dorms, including townhouses that allow mini-fridges and have balconies that overlook the Hudson River.

9. Scripps College

A dorm room inside Scripps College.
A dorm room inside Scripps College.Scripps College

At Scripps College in Claremont, California, students can live in one of the school's 11 residence halls. Each is designed to create a "sense of home and belonging," according to the school's website, with shared courtyards and in-house mentors.

The dorms also aren't divided by different groups of students, like freshmen in one building and seniors in another. Instead, students all live together in an equal setting.

8. Bowdoin College

A dorm room at Bowdoin College.
Inside a dorm room at Bowdoin College.Bowdoin College

At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, you'll find both residential halls for freshmen and apartments for older students. All students are required to live on campus, according to the school.

All buildings have on-site laundry machines, and some feature bicycle storage, elevators to reach upper levels, and housekeepers who maintain shared living spaces. The school also notes online that some dorms are designated as substance-free buildings.

7. Christopher Newport University

Inside a dorm room at Christopher Newport University.
Inside a dorm room at Christopher Newport University.Christopher Newport University

Located in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University has 11 different residence halls.

The school's website describes them as modern with air conditioning, internet access, and either a kitchen or mini-fridge and microwave.

Many of the dormitories for upperclassmen are designed like apartments, with two, three, or four bedrooms inside each, while rooms for freshmen have suite setups with shared living rooms and bathrooms. There are also residence halls designated for students involved in Greek life.

6. Bryn Mawr College

A dorm room at Bryn Mawr College.
Inside a dorm room at Bryn Mawr College.Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College — located across three townships in Pennsylvania — is the place to go if you're looking for a cozy residence.

Dorms are located in both modern and historic houses constructed between 1879 and 2015. Though they're not air-conditioned, according to the school, each room is said to have a unique design and is located near a common living area and vending machines.

Because Bryn Mawr College is a residential school, as it says on its website, "students are expected to live in campus housing and participate fully in the college meal plan for all four years."

5. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

A dorm at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Inside a dorm room at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.Bryan Cantwell/Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. Freshmen are required to live on campus, according to the school's website, but upperclassmen can choose to commute.

There are 10 residence halls on campus, which include apartments, standard dorms, some energy-efficient rooms, and more. Additionally, there are lounges, laundry rooms, and vending machines included.

4. High Point University

Inside a dorm room at High Point University.
Inside a dorm room at High Point University.High Point University

High Point University in North Carolina has some of the chicest housing options for students.

There are 10 residence options for freshmen, each of which has a different focus. One offers full-time academic assistance, while another is more focused on after-school activities and features a cinema and "upscale restaurant" inside, according to the school.

Upperclassmen have 15 residence-hall options, such as the Greek Village for sororities and fraternities and multiple buildings with outdoor pools.

And if you want to try something different, you could also try living in the school's community of tiny homes.

3. Emory University

Inside Raoul Hall at Emory University.
Inside the Raoul Hall residence at Emory University.Emory University Photo Video

Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is home to a variety of co-ed residence halls.

Some floors are divided by gender while others are shared, but each building features similar modern kitchens, free laundry machines, communal lounging spaces, and internet access, according to the school's website.

2. Texas Christian University

Inside a dorm room at Texas Christian University.
Inside a dorm room at Texas Christian University.Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University has sat in Fort Worth, Texas, since 1873. Its residence halls, however, are modern.

There are 16 buildings on campus, according to the school, with specific areas dedicated to first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior students.

The university also says there are multiple amenities on-site in each building. Some standouts include free laundry rooms, study lounges, pool tables, arcades, and movie theaters.

1. Washington University in St. Louis

Inside a dorm room at Washington University in Saint Louis.
Inside a dorm room at Washington University in St. Louis.Washington University in Saint Louis

Located in east Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis tops the Princeton Review's 2022 list of best college dorms.

There are numerous housing areas on campus, according to the school's website, including a space dedicated to freshmen and sophomores called the South 40.

The latter has both modern and traditional buildings with rooms that fit between two and six students each. According to the school, the South 40 also stands out because it features a "fitness center, dining facilities, technology center, meeting rooms, intramural fields, basketball and sand volleyball courts," and more.

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