I know actual dorm building is coed, as well as the bathrooms, but am wondering if the actual rooms are coed as well, specifically for frosh and soph years. A link to an article concerning this would be great. Thanks.
No, rooms are not coed. I do know a guy and a girl who lived together in a dorm room this past year, but when I asked, I believe he mentioned that they had to apply to live together. Everything else is all same-sex rooms, no matter what year you are. I don't have an article or anything, but I go to Reed so I pretty much know how it works..
So basically it's a couples only type thing? I mean, if you have to specifically apply. It's not like there is a box on the housing app that you can check that says you are open to living with a student of the opposite sex, then.
Well, they weren't a couple. He's gay and she's his best friend. Most couples at Reed don't live together, but occasionally sleep in each other's rooms.
No, there is no box on the housing app that you can check and I'm not even sure how you'd go about applying.
Is there a specific reason that you're asking/situation that you're asking about?
I'm a female who doesn't really get along with other women and would prefer living with another male (not weird for me as I have two older brothers and grew up surrounded by mostly males). But I'm sure living with another girl will be a great learning experience as far as my ability to cope and deal with things. Also, everyone I've met at Reed seems to be pretty laid back, so I don't think it will be much of a problem.
Ah, I see. Well, you're right about everyone at Reed being laid back and it's good that you're looking at it as a potential learning experience. Who knows, you may get along really well with your roomie. If not, you're really not required to spend that much time with her. You'd most likely have a divided double, so you'd have your own room and can have time to yourself whenever. And you can always bring friends over, go to friends' dorms, or hang out in common rooms/all other places on campus.
Uh, not in my experience. My roommate got to Reed several days before me and just gave me the inner room.
And it's not necessarily true that the inner room has more privacy. If you have the outer room and just close the door to the hallway, it's pretty much the same thing. Sure you might have some people that knock on your door to see if you want to do things, but it's not bad at all.
It really varies. Old Dorm Block (ODB) has some insanely huge rooms, but they have some tiny ones as well. Rooms in the Grove are decently sized. Really, ODB has the biggest rooms out of anywhere on campus, but there's no guarantee that even if you're placed there you'll get one of the big ones. (Although, I think the majority of Freshman rooms in ODB are big)