Residence halls are one of the most frequently mocked aspects of college life. But they are also one of the most important considerations for any family that is sending a child away to school. Residence halls are not called dorms anymore. Young children live in dorms when sent away to summer camp. Residence halls are a life experience.
Depending on the school, and its freshman living accommodations, you might be shown the nicest, or possibly the least attractive, residence halls on the campus tour. Whether the room that you see is occupied, or decorated as a “model” for tourists you will almost always see two beds, desks, dressers as well as a refrigerator. You also learn how to raise or loft a bed to make better use of the space. That’s where the similarities between schools end.
Visit a few schools and you will see some differences between residence halls:
No matter how spacious or sparse a room might be in a residence hall, the building might be the place where a college student makes their first true friends away from home. The person who lives next door might still be your friend on the day you get married.
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