What type of housing should I apply for If I want to live alone in a bedroom and shar
e a private bathroom with only a few other people? By private I mean, like it is not a bathroom with stalls or anything but a normal household bathroom (With one toilet, one sink, and one shower) and that I can close + lock the door?
I visited Cornell recently and the thought of having to share a bathroom with a good portion of the floor disgusts me...I mean I can't imaging brushing my teeth while someone is doing #2.
Also, I don't necessarily have to live alone but I would like to. If I have a roommate, the room should be a little spacious.
Cost is not a factor.
So would townhouses be good? or does Cornell have suites or what?
The best you can do is request a single in a co-ed dorm. College is going to expand your horizons, man. This is a good thing.
My senior year I lived in the master bedroom of a house that had a bathroom with a dual entry -- both from my room as well as from the hallway. I often left the door to the bathroom open so I could grab a glass of water, etc. When I was working on a paper, it was pretty funny to just have a roommate walk in and start to do their business without closing their door.
The bathroom also had a dual shower, which was a lot of fun as we could pass shampoo and soap back and forth while chatting.
If brushing your teeth is an issue just brush them in your room and spit out the window.
yes there are rooms that would accomodate your scenario...a single in a suite-style dorm. but theres also a high likelihood if you request a co-ed single, you'll get dickson...which means youre sharing a bathroom with like 35 people. i suppose if you submit your housing form by mail you could write on there that you prefer suite-style and maybe they'll give it to you. you could also call housing if the idea of non-suite style housing really upsets you....they may be willing to accomodate you.
or the townhouses would be good. but you would have to share a bedroom with someone else. but the good thing is if you request the townhouses you're reallyyyy likely to get them and then you're guaranteed not to have the bathroom problem you're worried about.
Don't take this the wrong way, but I have heard otherwise. Friends of mine who have traveled through China and India have told me that the public rest facilities in those countries are absolutely disgusting... unless you are upper class. But I had the same experience in my travels through Eastern Europe. So it's probably just a second world -- developing country thing.
I was a Wilderness Reflections guide for four years. We took freshman out into the woods and taught them all sorts of great things about life. Like not showering for a day will not kill you. And that a lot of the product people put on their bodies is actually bad for you. The best was when students actually thought that there would be rest facilities along the trail. Our rest facility was a trowel. You dig your own port a potty and find yourself a nice clump of moss.
If it is really going to be an issue, I would suggest including a note with your housing application. They should be able to accommodate. And worse comes to worse, it's not hard to change dorms or rooms within six weeks or so of the start of school.
I would actually recommend that you look into doing a POST or a WR trip, SplinterCell, it will really help you transition to college life.
No one is automatically accostumed to this. I grew up in a house sharing the bathroom w/ only my parents or having my own bathroom. This is just a facet of college life. I'm not sure what you're talking about with only white people being used to this. I've used the bathrooms in China and Africa. Most bathrooms don't have toilet paper. Heck, in Africa, there are people SELLING toilet paper right outside the public bathrooms. Many times the "toilet" is just a hole in the ground. I think I prefer American bathrooms.