Housing

At Eastern Michigan University, students who are enrolled in The Honors College have the opportunity to live in designated Honors dorms. These are Downing Hall and Best Hall. Both halls are conveniently connected to The Commons, one of EMU'S dining centers.

Downing Hall gives preference to students enrolled in The Honors College while Best hall is open to students with a 3.3 GPA or higher. A variety of Honors College-related activities are regularly held in the halls, and students will have greater access to professors and The Honors College Staff. A number of Honors classes are held in the main lounge of each building. 

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Downing Hall

Downing is located adjacent to The Commons dining area. Typically, studDowning Hallents must be pre-admitted to the Honors College to reside in this hall. It is also directly across from Pray-Harrold, where the majority of general education courses take place.

Population: Approximately 300
Gender: Some floors single gender, other floors co-ed by every other suite
Room Type: 2 students in one room
Bathroom Style: Shared bathroom with neighboring room

Flooring: Carpet

Amenities & Services:

  • In-hall laundry facilities
  • Community kitchen
  • Lounges on every floor
  • Wireless internet & cable
  • Service desk 7 days a week
  • Overnight monitored access

 

 

Suite Measurements
Bedroom Area: 10’ x 11’ 6” Downing Hall floorplan

Living Area: 18’ 7” x 13’ 4” 

Bed: 85.5” x 39” Beds are lofted with variable height adjustment. 

 


Mattress: Twin (extra long)

 


Dresser: 30.5” x 36.5” x 22”, three drawers


Desk: 30.5” x 42” x 27”


Closet: 74” x 76”, shared by two residents


Windows: Bedroom: 65” x 41”, 
Living Area: 65” x 83”

 

To the right is a floor plan of Downing Hall. There are two beds per room and the two rooms are connected by a living room in the center. A bathroom is connected to the living room. 

 

Take a video tour of Downing Hall


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Best Hall:

Best Hall is adjacent to The Commons dining. Incoming students are pre-admitted to The Honors College or have a 3.3 GPA or higher. It was renovated in summer 2013. This hall is also located diagonally from Downing in the same complex and is very close to Pray-Harrold.

Best Hall

Population: Approximately 300
Gender: Some floors single gender, other floors coed by every other suite
Room Type: 2 students in one room
Bathroom Style: Shared bathroom with neighboring room

Flooring: Wood Laminate/Tile

Amenities & Services:

  • In-hall laundry facilities
  • Community kitchen
  • Lounges on every floor
  • Wired internet & cable
  • Service desk 7 days a week
  • Overnight monitored access

 

 

Suite Measurements:
Bedroom Area: 12’ x 12’


Bathroom Area: 6’ x 13’ 2”


Closet Area: 6’ x 6’


Bed: 78” x 39”. mattress: Twin (extra long) with clearance under bed

Dresser: 38.5” x 31.5” x 19”, four drawersBest Hall floorplan


Desk: 30” x 39.5” x 30”


Closet: 64” x 72”, shared by two residents


Window: 62.5” x 48”

 

 

To the right is a floor plan of a suite in Best Hall. There are two beds per room. Two rooms are connected by a single bathroom and shower.