Welcome to chapter 1 of my College Move In Series and today we are talking about how to choose the best dorm room for you!
By now you should know what college you’re going to at least and weather or not you are staying in a dorm. Some colleges, like mine, require first year students to live on campus so some of you have to choose a dorm room, others may not have to.
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If you are one of those people choosing to live on campus you have to decide where exactly you want to live. This may not seem that important to you, and it might not be. But to some people it is very important.
Here are some things to consider:
- Do you have friends going to the same college as you? Where will they be staying? Do you want to be close to them?
- Does your school have designated areas on campus for specific majors that you should be living in order to be close to your classes?
- Do you like to eat a lot and will be spending a lot of time at the dining halls?
- Do you like to work out a lot and want to live near a gym?
- Do you want AC or not?
- Would you rather live in a single, double triple, quadruple, or something else?
- Do you like being near everything? Or kind of far away from everything?
- Are you going to be taking a bus system a lot that you will need to be close to a stop or not?
- What is your price range for housing?
- Are you the party type and want to be near all of the hustle and bustle of downtown or a main street?
- Are you the studying type and want to stay near libraries and coffee shops?
- Do you want to live in specified gender floors or buildings?
- Do you want to live in specified year ranking buildings (freshman only, etc.)
- Are you going to have a car on campus and want to be near a parking garage?
- Are you going to have a job on campus or off campus that you want to be close to?
- Do you want to live in a big building or a smaller building?
- Do you want your own bathroom in your room? Or do you want communal bathrooms (shared by everyone on your floor)?
- Are you going to be doing a lot of laundry and want a facility inside your building?
- Do you want a building that has brass keys for your rooms or swipe access with your university ID?
That is not everything you should be thinking about, but it is a good list for you to start out with. Go through those questions and answer them for yourself and take a look at your school’s website and look at a map of all the buildings and what each of them have to offer you and see if you can find one that is in the perfect spot with everything you want inside of it and near it.
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In my case, I wanted to be on South campus of OSU because that is where everything is. The Ohio Union, J.O. South (which is a gym), High Street (which has clubs and a lot of restaurants), a dining hall is close by, libraries, and the Oval. My building, Siebert, was in the perfect spot for me. There are underground tunnels in my building that I can take to the dining hall so in the winter I don’t have to go outside at all. Right outside is a bus stop if I want to take it, and parking nearby for family and my boyfriend.
I looked at maps and asked people that were already here where the best place to live is to get an idea of where I wanted to live myself. If you have any friends who are at the college you will be attending don’t be afraid to ask them what’s around and what they recommend.
Visit your college website and see if you can access blueprints of dorm rooms for each resident hall that is on campus. This gives you a chance to see how big the rooms are, what comes inside the rooms, and what is available in that resident hall.
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I also recommend going on a college visit or open house at your university to go and see the dorm rooms in person. This allows you to get an idea of the options you have to choose from. Walk around campus and see what you want to live around for yourself.
I hope these tips on choosing your dorm room has helped. Pretty soon your college will be contacting you about making that decision and now you will be one step ahead to making that decision!