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what are the Best Dorms/Worst Dorms

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  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Posts: 12,290Super Moderator Senior Member
    Haha, I guess we haven't explained this too well.

    Timeline:
    CPW -- Check out dorms, meet residents, eat free food.

    Late May/early June -- receive a booklet with descriptions of each dorm written by residents, and a CD with resident-made videos. Rank each dorm and send in the form to be run in the housing lottery.

    July -- Housing lottery runs. Freshmen are assigned a temporary room (almost always one of their top two choices, sometimes third choice).

    August -- Arrive at MIT and put stuff in temporary room. Don't unpack. Run around and check out all the dorms and eat free food, decide if you want to enter the readjustment lottery to switch dorms. (You can stay in your temp dorm if you want.)

    August, after that -- Readjustment lottery is run. Final dorm assignments go out.

    August, even after that -- Each dorm does in-house rush, where students go around and meet people from all the floors/entries/whatever within the dorm and eat free food. Students rank floors and a lottery is run.

    Now we're probably into September -- Final room assignments go out. Students (with help from upperclassman muscle) move into their final room assignments. Everybody gets psyched.
  • stasteriskstasterisk Posts: 366Registered User Member
    Why did they change the name from rush to rex?
  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Posts: 12,290Super Moderator Senior Member
    *HEAVY EYEROLL*

    I believe the rationale behind the switch was to emphasize the exploration (REX = Residence EXploration) of various dormitories rather than the selection both on the part of the freshman and on the part of the living group that "rush" implies. When dorm rush was decoupled from fraternity rush (when freshmen were forced to live in a dormitory freshman year), the name was changed by the Forces that Be.

    There are two groups of people on this campus: those who refer to the process as REX and those who refer to it as rush. I will refer to it as rush, and everyone will have to live with that. :P
  • stasteriskstasterisk Posts: 366Registered User Member
    lol, nice facebook graphs. I like the huge spike in Math and CS around Random, and the huge spike in Management around Baker. I also like the most inclusive graph of Dorm vs. Political Stance.

    All tech men wear batteries -- all MIT students (seem to) like data and excel graphs.
  • zking786zking786 Posts: 680Registered User Member
    Quite a few people have recommended getting a single, rather than a double, since a) it's easier to switch to a double later than switching to a single, and b) you often don't get along with your new roommate. Would you agree that a) is valid or not.

    Also, how hard is it to get a single in EC?
  • stasteriskstasterisk Posts: 366Registered User Member
    I've lived at a boarding school for the past 6 years, and I would recommend a single if you are an only child at present, are used to working on your own (current I-study-in-the-library types especially) and enjoy managing your life independently.

    Doubles can be, with the right roommate, almost as productive as singles are in terms of ability to do work uninterrupted (in the best case). You get the added benefit of guaranteed social contact and the constant refreshingness of another perspective. A great roommate will also be a good person to ask for advice. I find generally that roommates of the same age work best. I also don't find, at least at my school and I imagine more so in a more mature (age) place like MIT, that first-time roommates tend not to get along. Of course it happens, but I don't believe it is the majority case.

    FRIENDS tend not to get along, I do not recommend choosing a roommate on the basis of an existing friendship unless you are very familiar with their living habits and believe that they are similar to your own. Sleeping habits would also be a key factor (note that they do not have to be the same, just compatible).

    I do recommend, however, that given the opportunity, one should know what it is like to live with other people, especially someone who is initially a total stranger. I recommend trying a double (or greater), at least once.

    My 2¢
  • mootmommootmom Posts: 4,162Registered User Senior Member
    It is possible to get a single in EC but don't count on it, especially not as a freshman. (There are at least two current EC residents who post here, perhaps they will comment also.)
  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Posts: 12,290Super Moderator Senior Member
    Haha, I'm not sure how true a) is, because I've never heard of anyone switching from a single to a double!

    I agree with basically all of stasterisk's points. Roommates here generally get along very well and become very close -- in many dorms, upperclassmen remain in multiple-occupancy rooms even though they could get singles, just because they want to keep living with their roommates. In the instances in which roommates fight (and they do, because you fight with anyone who's that close to you), the situation is usually resolved pretty quickly.

    One thing to keep in mind is that you're really just picking a single vs. double for freshman year. I think all of the dorms have enough singles that sophomores and above who want singles can get singles. (This is, in my humble opinion, yet another reason to go to MIT over bigger schools -- had I gone to OSU, I would have been in a quad the size of my current single!) So if you get a double and hate it, it's just for one year (or less -- you can put in a request for a single, and if one opens up during the year you'll get it).

    I think you have to know your own personality when deciding what room size is best for you. I ended up in Macgregor because I'm a light sleeper and have funny sleep habits, and I knew I wouldn't sleep well with a roommate. Having a single was the best thing I could have done for myself, and I didn't have to sacrifice my social life to do it -- my next-door neighbor became my "roommate", we were just in separate rooms. :)

    So do a little soul-searching -- are you a single person or a double person? There's no right answer, and both types of people can find a great living group at MIT.
  • frankenchris1frankenchris1 Posts: 386Registered User Member
    on my hall at EC, every freshman who wanted a single ended up getting one (all freshman but two pairs)...but that's rather unique to my particularly under requested hall...
  • mitsophmitsoph Posts: 51Registered User Junior Member
    I would agree with some of the posts, but would even take it further. If you do not have some huge reason which would force you to have a single, I would definitely recommend a double (or more if your dorm has it). I lived in Baker my freshman year and had a double. My roommate and I got along great and it definitely expanded my social life right away. He had been at school for football early so I met a lot of people that way. During the year, we hung out in the room but not so much outside of the room (not that we didn't ever go out together). I agree with the idea that you should not room with a friend unless you absolutely know them. You learn quickly that living with someone is very different from getting along with someone, so it may be best to stay friends and not room together.

    All in all, get roommates. If for nothing else, you get a great story or two out of it.
  • KirbusPrimeKirbusPrime Posts: 368Registered User Member
    Just throwing this out there. Don't brush off the whole "each dorm has it's own personality" as propaganda. That isn't just something they tell you, it is VERY true. Do your homework during CPW/Orientation. Make sure to get a couple of solid choices.
  • pebblespebbles Posts: 2,617Registered User Senior Member
    5East in East Campus will always have singles for freshmen :)


    and roommates aren't SOOO bad. I mean. I practically sleep in the same bed with mine and I'm a terrible sleeper. The clangy radiators will keep you up more often than your roommate. :P
  • zking786zking786 Posts: 680Registered User Member
    "clangy radiators" -- really :).

    Can someone describe the halls of EC, I'm sort of confused. Which ones are the less party-oriented and more silent, which halls have more single slots for freshman, etc.
  • mootmommootmom Posts: 4,162Registered User Senior Member
    zking786, it is probably best for you to explore during Orientation & Rush and see for yourself. Someone else's impressions of what each hall is like, or what each DORM is like, is not really meaningful. You really do need to visit all the dorms and all the entries/halls/floors and see what you think and how you feel: that's what Rush is all about! There is not "a description" which will serve to un-confuse you. And if you end up somewhere first year where you don't think you want to stay, you move for next year. Relax and have fun with it.
  • zking786zking786 Posts: 680Registered User Member
    That makes sense, it's probably difficult to describe something as subjective as a culture. I just wanted to gather some general perceptions before REX.

    Thanks for all the input.
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