Average Rating 2.7 out of 5 18 Reviews »
Lifestyle average

Location / Convenience 3.8

Quiet Study Envoirment 2.2

Parties / Social Scene 2.0

Resident Atractiveness 2.7

RAs / House Staff 3.6

Room average

Room Size 3.0

Cleaniness 2.8

Parking 2.6

Bathrooms 2.5

Kitchens 1.5

18 Student Reviews

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Overall Rating 2.6 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 3

Quiet Study Envoirment 2

Parties / Social Scene 1

Resident Atractiveness 4

RAs / House Staff 3

Room

Room Size 4

Cleaniness 4

Parking 1

Bathrooms 3

Kitchens 1

I lived here as a Freshman, and honestly I loved it. Granted, I didn't have much to compare to, and yes there's a lot of legitimacy to what other negative reviewers have said as well, but did Commonwealth deserve to be put on the list of Worst Dorms in the Country. In my opinion it didn't. Pros: -It was sort of quaint how small the building itself is -Room size (while not a palace) was totally sufficient for me and my roommate. -Internet in my room was fine (I was halfway between the elevator and the exit on the far-side of the building close to Dominion). -Party scene on my floor was dead and honestly I was fine with that. -Suite style (N/A in Park or Univ Commons) -Laundry--oddly enough I hardly ever had problems washing my clothes. Granted, if you're stupid enough to try during a rush time like Sunday evening of course you're going to run in to issues, but when you're a Freshman pulling all-nighters for no real reason the issue is pretty insignificant. Inconveniences: -Light bulbs in the elevators being stolen/left shattered on the floor of the elevator, -Elevator breakdowns were common (but stairs are good for you) -Less-than-great smell of the water from the sink and shower, -Seat cushions in lounges were removable and often missing -No kitchen (but if you're a Freshman do you really need one? C'mon now, people--one of my biggest issues with Mason Housing is they gave Eastern Shore--which has a kitchen on each floor--to Honors and Freshman) -(*Not an issue anymore*) but when I moved in they were building Hampton Roads right across from Commonwealth and oh good gracious those construction workers would be firing up that equipment at freaking 7am every weekday and it killed me -Price--if you're a Freshman, Eastern Shore and Commonwealth/Dominion are your most expensive housing options. Though still no where near as expensive as an Apt on campus (not that they're available to Freshmen anyway) it doesn't take much to look at the price tag on Commonwealth compared to Park/UC and cringe just a little--esp if you're paying your own way. And if you're an Upper Classman, you can get in to Hampton Roads/Chesapeake for the same price (which, though not without issues of there own are much better so...why even consider Commonwealth...?) Is it the best housing on campus? Psh, no. But is it a good way to get used to campus housing if you're a Freshman? Sure--after all, you can really only go up from there and besides, the only GMU freshman housing I'd rank higher is Eastern Shore and possibly Adams hall in Park (but keep in mind Adams has Community bathrooms and there's no guaranteed pick of what building you get if you choose Park on your Freshman Housing App).

Overall Rating 2.3 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 4

Quiet Study Envoirment 1

Parties / Social Scene 1

Resident Atractiveness 1

RAs / House Staff 3

Room

Room Size 3

Cleaniness 4

Parking 4

Bathrooms 1

Kitchens 1

Room size is fine if you get creative with your set up. They wash the main floor with a mop an unnecessary amount of times and vaccum each floors. They should provide cleaning for bathrooms since they have no ventilation. If you pay for the overpriced Rappahannack parking deck pass then yes parking is quite close but otherwise the closest spot is across 123 at the field house. The location is actually quite nice to classes and for food. Bathrooms are better than communal but again have no fan or vent system. There is no kitchen. The only "study space" is the nook behind the elevators that are usually freezing and lack consistent internet access. Studying in your room isn't really possible seeing as you can hear straight through the walls. The building is far from pretty. If people party in this building it goes unnoticed. RA's try the best with what they've been given.

Overall Rating 1.6 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 1

Quiet Study Envoirment 1

Parties / Social Scene 1

Resident Atractiveness 1

RAs / House Staff 2

Room

Room Size 2

Cleaniness 3

Parking 3

Bathrooms 1

Kitchens 1

One of my windows does not open, and the other's mechanism broke quickly into the school year. Maintenance would only fix this after I told them the heat wasn't working (heat was blowing cold air after the central-air switch over). Commonwealth has two wings, and there is a router in the middle of each wing. Pray that you get a room in the middle, or you will have to tether your computer to the wall to get internet in your room. Either way, you will have to deal with the University's mismanaged network which makes it a chore to get a connection to the internet, much less maintain one. I have seen airplane bathrooms bigger than the stall shared between four people. Narcissists will be pleased to know that the bathroom has a massive mirror with two medicine cabinets on the sides. Good luck keeping them clean though! The shower is the standard not-big-enough by not-big-enough dimension, but the icing on the cake was the ripped shower curtain that came with the room. You will be kicked out of your room over winter break (regardless of the fact that you're still paying for it), your card-access to the building/elevators revoked. Housing policy dictates that you have a kitchen in your room/suite to stay on campus, but you won't even find a communal kitchen in this building. Hopefully you study well in your bedroom, because there are no common study areas, save for these slivers of "lounges" tucked behind the elevator shafts. There is little furniture in these rooms, not that there's ample space to put this non-existent furniture. Your only option is your desk in your room, or the nearby Starbucks, who's hours have recently shrunk to not be 24/7 anymore. You will have to look elsewhere for parties, if that's your thing. Beds must be bunked to have a prayer of having enough floor space to fit people in the room. In reality, the hall is not even set up to meet people. Residents tend to walk from their rooms to the elevators and back. As a result, there is little interaction between floor mates. Housing at George Mason is an afterthought to many other programs the University has going on. Current students already understand this, but prospectives beware: this is a commuter campus. Live somewhere other than Commonwealth, if you can.

Overall Rating 2.7 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 4

Quiet Study Envoirment 2

Parties / Social Scene 2

Resident Atractiveness 3

RAs / House Staff 4

Room

Room Size 3

Cleaniness 4

Parking 2

Bathrooms 2

Kitchens 1

The building is built back in the late nineties. It is space efficient but lacks of colorful decoration, unique architecture, and advanced common area's necessities such as TV, kitchen, game room...etc

Overall Rating 3.9 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 5

Quiet Study Envoirment 4

Parties / Social Scene 4

Resident Atractiveness 4

RAs / House Staff 5

Room

Room Size 4

Cleaniness 4

Parking 3

Bathrooms 5

Kitchens 1

Commonwealth is great living for Sophmores you dont have to share as much space as you do as a freshmen

Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 5

Quiet Study Envoirment 5

Parties / Social Scene 4

Resident Atractiveness 4

RAs / House Staff 5

Room

Room Size 5

Cleaniness 5

Parking 4

Bathrooms 5

Kitchens 4

For a freshman dorm it was great.

Overall Rating 2.0 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 3

Quiet Study Envoirment 2

Parties / Social Scene 1

Resident Atractiveness 4

RAs / House Staff 3

Room

Room Size 3

Cleaniness 1

Parking 1

Bathrooms 1

Kitchens 1

The windows are often broken at the hinge, so they either swing wildly in the wind or don't move at all. Lighting in the rooms is poor, so it gets pretty dark at night, even with the light on. The cinderblock walls serve both to hinder the WiFi signal and make each room look like a prison cell. Security is laughable. There is no security desk in the lobby, and if there are security cameras, they don't do any good. I've broken into my own room so many times that I'm honestly a little scared. The locks pop right out of the doors, so if you live in the building, you can just switch out someone else's lock for your own and help yourself to their room. Common room furniture has become so scarce that it gets stolen and taken to other floors on a near-weekly basis. The bathrooms have no real ventilation to speak of, so it's very easy for them to get moldy and mildewy. Maintenance responds only to trivial things like stacking and unstacking beds. If you actually need anything fixed, God help you. Washing machines tend to flood on occasion. The elevators break every so often, as does the only door to the only staircase accessible from the lobby, which causes a high-pitched whine to emit from the "maintenance" alarm, an alarm that is rarely responded to within four hours. All other staircases are emergency only and accessible only from floors 2-5. As a rare and special treat, the door to the stairs and the elevators sometimes synchronize their watches and break at the same time, leaving residents stranded from their own rooms. The RAs do try their best to liven things up, but it's kind of a dead hall. You expect this kind of torture from a freshman dorm, not an upperclassmen dorm.

Overall Rating 3.8 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 4

Quiet Study Envoirment 3

Parties / Social Scene 3

Resident Atractiveness 3

RAs / House Staff 4

Room

Room Size 4

Cleaniness 4

Parking 5

Bathrooms 3

Kitchens 5

not as bad as everyone makes it out to be

Overall Rating 1.2 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 3

Quiet Study Envoirment 1

Parties / Social Scene 1

Resident Atractiveness 1

RAs / House Staff 1

Room

Room Size 1

Cleaniness 1

Parking 1

Bathrooms 1

Kitchens 1

If you ever have to live there, shoot yourself.

Overall Rating 3.2 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 4

Quiet Study Envoirment 3

Parties / Social Scene 1

Resident Atractiveness 3

RAs / House Staff 5

Room

Room Size 3

Cleaniness 2

Parking 5

Bathrooms 5

Kitchens 1

Good rooms, plenty of space, carpeting unnecessary-hard floors would make it easier to clean, shared bathroom with room next door is convenient.

Overall Rating 1.8 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 3

Quiet Study Envoirment 1

Parties / Social Scene 1

Resident Atractiveness 1

RAs / House Staff 3

Room

Room Size 2

Cleaniness 3

Parking 1

Bathrooms 2

Kitchens 1

very small bathroom and room. the housing office has terrible customer service and is incompetent. they took more students than they could house and as a result of their greed and lies, had to fit three or four people into rooms that were meant to house two. in addition, because they were scrambling to find housing for all the students, they did not inform us of our housing situation until two weeks before the start of school. also, not everyone who was guaranteed houses was granted housing. they told people two weeks before school that they had to commute until housing became available. this happened two years in a row. probably the most unprofessional, shady, deceitful, down right ridiculously stupid experience i have ever had.

Overall Rating 2.5 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 4

Quiet Study Envoirment 2

Parties / Social Scene 1

Resident Atractiveness 4

RAs / House Staff 4

Room

Room Size 3

Cleaniness 2

Parking 3

Bathrooms 1

Kitchens 1

Elevators are constantly breaking down, extremely poor internet connection, looks like a prison

Overall Rating 2.2 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 4

Quiet Study Envoirment 1

Parties / Social Scene 2

Resident Atractiveness 1

RAs / House Staff 4

Room

Room Size 3

Cleaniness 3

Parking 1

Bathrooms 2

Kitchens 1

Exteremly overpriced

Overall Rating 2.5 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 5

Quiet Study Envoirment 1

Parties / Social Scene 2

Resident Atractiveness 2

RAs / House Staff 4

Room

Room Size 3

Cleaniness 2

Parking 4

Bathrooms 1

Kitchens 1

Okay dorm. Kind of small.

Overall Rating 2.6 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 4

Quiet Study Envoirment 2

Parties / Social Scene 3

Resident Atractiveness 4

RAs / House Staff 3

Room

Room Size 3

Cleaniness 2

Parking 1

Bathrooms 3

Kitchens 1

Overall not bad but a little small and rather old.

Overall Rating 3.8 out of 5
Lifestyle

Location / Convenience 5

Quiet Study Envoirment 5

Parties / Social Scene 1

Resident Atractiveness 3

RAs / House Staff 5

Room

Room Size 5

Cleaniness 4

Parking 3

Bathrooms 4

Kitchens 3

Dorms arn't the best of quality on campus , but when you get shoved off the side of housing this is what you end up with

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