[US College Life] S1E2 Types of Campus Housing

[US College Life] S1E2 Types of Campus Housing

August 16, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


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I am finally back with the US campus life episode Today’s topic is “US Campus Housing Part 1 – Types of Housing” Most schools highly recommend or sometimes require the first year students to live on campus This way, the students can have easier time making friends, exploring campus, and get accustomed to the surroundings without having to worry about commuting. Number of different terms are used to refer to campus housing such as residence halls, dormitory, student housing There are a couple of different types of residence halls that are available in each school and you should be able to find out more detailed information about the residence halls in your school by going to your school’s housing website You should be able to reach it
from your school’s main website But if you don’t feel up to searching for the link, Try typing:housing.
or/housing Most likely you will be able to reach your school’s housing website this way so as I mentioned before, there are different types of residence halls available in most schools and One of them is the traditional dorm These are generally double rooms,
so two people sharing a room and most of the times,
these types of dorms are for the freshmen you’re likely to see
2 beds, 2 desks, and 2 closets in each room you will have to go out to the hallway to use the shared bathrooms or showers generally, there’s a shared kitchen
and a lounge area per floor There might be a laundry facility in the building as well The common areas are cleaned and managed by the housing staff, so you do not need to buy toilet paper or anything like that And some buildings might even have
the triple rooms or quads rooms so three people sharing a room
or four people sharing a room and If you pay a little bit more you might be able to use a single room which might be slightly smaller than a double
but the singles are generally not available to freshmen. So make a note of that so right now I’m showing you an example of a layout in a traditional dorm The left one shows the layout of a double room and the right image shows the layout of a quad This is what the traditional dorm rooms in the US look like in real life When you go out to the hallway that looks kind of like this You will find the shared bathrooms, showers lounge kitchen, and sometimes laundry facilities so next type of the dormitories that we want to look at: the Suites These are generally in a form of two single rooms sharing a bathroom and since the bathrooms are not maintained by the staff, the students will have to bring their own toilet paper and clean the bathrooms and I’m guilty of doing this so many times but After you’re done using the bathroom do not forget to unlock the door for the other student so that they’re not
locked out of the bathroom In the building, there are shared kitchens, lounges, and laundry facilities in the common area and Sometimes there are layouts with two double rooms sharing one bathroom. Layouts generally look like this with two rooms sharing a bathroom in the middle the left one shows the bathroom having two doors directly connected to each student’s rooms and the right one shows the bathroom with its own door so that students are not
accidently locked out of the bathroom Finally, there’s the apartment type of student housing
These are generally for the upperclassmen or the Grad students generally the number of students in each apartment varies by the number of rooms the apartment unit has But it’s usually between one to four students and Students have their own single rooms inside the apartment but the students living in the same unit have to share the bathrooms living room and the kitchen There might be a shared lounge laundry facility and workout facilities in the building as well This image shows a layout for the four person apartment You can see Through the door, there’s the kitchen and two bathrooms that are shared by these four students and the living room area that’s also shared So to talk about the pros and cons,
Pros for the traditional dorm are 1. lower rent 2, it’s much easier to make friends because freshmen generally live in these type of dorms And since there are also new to the school and don’t know that many people they’re more likely to mingle and Participate in more social activities 3. Since common areas are maintained by the staff, you don’t have to worry about cleaning or buying supplies and the cons are The fact that the traditional dorms are generally in older buildings which might mean dated amenities furniture etc. The fact that you are sharing an open space with a roommate It’s not going to give you much privacy and in other types of student housing you can definitely have more privacy in single rooms but the rents are generally higher compared to the traditional dorms and You could run into issues with your flatmates in cleaning buying supplies and decorating the shared areas Also outside of campus housing you might be able to find an off-campus housing near the campus and you can do so based on your preference and budget Also fraternities and sorority houses might be an option as well so they’re generally only available to the members, but when they have vacancies They might look for tenants outside of their organization They are often cheaper than the campus housing
and you might even be able to sign up for the
house meal plan But these places may not be as well-maintained or furnished as the campus housing Or could be really really loud from parties In America, students generally live in dorms starting in Fall semester through Spring semester and you’re most likely allowed to stay in your dorms during winter and spring breaks But you will most likely have to move out before the summer term starts So if you’re from out of town the storage units might be available on or off campus to rent and store your things in If you have a personal fridge do not forget to unplug defrost Clean and dry the fridge before you store them away Move-in and move-out dates for the campus housing are generally announced way in advance but They’re generally within Days before the start of fall term
and days after the final exam in spring term so plan accordingly Lastly some things to consider
when choosing campus housing Availability of elevator and accessibility if needed Check if the dorm has air conditioning or heating because some do not And location of the dorm is
also very important to consider check if the Building itself is on campus or off-campus and if it’s in a safe area of the campus If it’s in a quiet place
away from highways or football stadiums Because if you’re living in a dorm that’s very close to a football stadium, on the game days they’re super loud and you might have difficult time getting in and out of your building Also consider the proximity to lecture halls libraries shuttle bus stops and things like that. And also consider if you want to stay in dorm that has mostly freshmen or upperclassmen Think about if you want a roommate or not
and if you want a roommate Do you want a random assignment
or do you want to room up with your friend? Other things to consider are if the dorm is co-ed and if so is it by floor? is it by room? How does it work? And the last thing to consider is
if living in a certain residence hall requires you to sign up for a meal plan So this is it for today’s video.
Please post the comments or questions below Next video will be also on campus housing Focusing more on the things that you actually need to bring to your dorms Alright. Thank you and have a wonderful day