Some colleges – namely, really old ones – don’t have the best dormitories. Freshmen often get stuffed on the top floor with no AC, hardly enough space, and linoleum floors that need replacing, which is enough to make them move off-campus the following year if they return at all. Your dorm is where you’re going to be living for the next nine months, so it’s important that it feels like home to you.
There are plenty of colleges in the US with acceptable dorms: heating/ac, comfy beds, a microwave, and enough closet space, and you’re good to go. Then, there are the colleges that go above and beyond. Looking for a school with housing that exceeds your expectations? Maybe check out one of the five best college dorms in the US.
MIT’s Simmons Hall, for Students who Don’t Wanna Grow Up
Simmons Hall is a cool enough looking building, affectionately named “The Sponge” or “The Space Waffle” since it has so many small windows that make it look like one. The architecture, however, is one of the less cool things about Simmons Hall. The walls are concrete, which might not be your first choice, save for the fact that students draw on the walls with sidewalk chalk all year round. Your furniture stacks like lego bricks, which is great for customization. When you’re done, take a dive into the ball pit, which occupies a full room in this very relaxed living area.
George Washington University’s Ivory Tower, for Everything you Need
Americans love when things are accessible, and that’s exactly the word that could be used to describe Ivory Tower. Every dorm room has its own living room, kitchen, dining area, and private bathroom, so GWU’s freshmen never have to know the struggle of the communal shower. In the basement of the building, fulfill your cravings with a Dunkin’Donut, Potbelly, Pita Pita, and full-on grocery store. You don’t even have to leave the building to get your dry cleaning done, because there’s a dry cleaner in the building, too. After you eat, jam out in the designated music practice room.
University of Virginia’s Academical Village, for the American Historian
Thomas Jefferson came in clutch in many ways, but the students of UV would probably argue that the creation of Academical Village was his finest moment. A lucky 54 students get to live in one of the historical lawn rooms, which come with sun-soaked porches, lazy rocking chairs, and cozy fireplaces. These spots offer total privacy from the rest of the residence halls as well as sink closets, which only history lovers will truly appreciate.
St. Lawrence University, for Becoming One with Nature
Let’s just get to the point: St. Lawrence has a yurt village. Your dorm is a yurt. If you love nature, this is the campus for you – these dorms are completely lacking in all things electronic, requiring you to chop your own firewood and sleep on an air mattress. It’s not for everybody, but there’s something to be said about students who live there for a whole year. Plus, it’s in the perfect location for hiking and kayaking, and comes with a sauna.
Brandeis University’s Usen Castle, for those who want to be Treated like Royalty
The Usen Castle is, quite literally, a castle that has been gutted to be a bit more modern inside. Entertain the jester in the lounge, which is equipped with a piano, or take a trip to the on-site coffee house, Chum’s, which resembles Central Perk from Friends. You can get situated in a single or double room, but if you’re lucky, you’ll end up in a gorgeous, spacious suite. Did we mention it’s a castle?