2018 Best College Dorms Methodology

The 2018 Best College Dorms ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews. Top-ranked colleges offer outstanding campus housing that is safe and clean with modern amenities at reasonable prices. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Student Surveys on Campus Housing Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the quality of campus housing at each school. Self-reported by Niche users 70.0%
Average Housing Cost Average cost of campus housing, as reported by the college. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Housing Capacity Total housing capacity as a percentage of full-time undergraduate student enrollment, as reported by the college. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%
Student Housing Crime Rate Rate of crimes committed in on-campus housing facilities per 1,000 students, as reported by the college. U.S. Dept. of Education 10.0%

The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Dorms Grade for each ranked school as well as additional. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2015–2017, as self-reported by the colleges.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.