When The Heights opened in 2011, it marked the first time in the University’s history that every student who wanted to live on campus could do so – guaranteed.
History of housing
Lines to get into housing began even before Russ Hall opened in 1915. Back then, only female students could live on campus and paid $250 per year for a single or double room in Russ Hall, where they had access to a dining room, hospital room, study area and homelike living room with a big, cozy fireplace. The first Community Assistants were known as “housemothers” – women who mentored younger students and helped them through the difficult parts of living away from home and completing college-level work. Dorm life created a fun, social environment, but came with rules, too, like “except by permission of the matron, students are not allowed to go home or to leave town during term time. Permission to go home at week-ends will usually be granted on written request of parents.”
In the years following WWII, enrollment and the need for housing surged.
Temporary structures for returning veterans-turned-students served as both living and classroom space. Sixteen of these new buildings were for married veterans, who brought a new dynamic to campus – wives and children.
A community for everyone
As the campus continued to grow, so did the need for more, diversified living arrangements. Freeman Hall introduced suite-style living to campus in 1963, and the Clove Road Apartments, now Hawk Crossings, Montclair State’s introduction to apartment life. Now, students can choose from a variety of housing options including diverse Living and Learning Communities that let students live with others who share their interests, whether language immersion, leadership, cultural interests, science or the arts.
More than 4,300 students live on campus, and those who do live on campus report having higher GPAs and being more satisfied with their college experience. Come see for yourself what Montclair State University has to offer – it’s a place you can call home.