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How old is too old to live in the dorms?

fijeeboifijeeboi Posts: 543Registered User Member
If I get accepted to Berkeley as a transfer student, I will almost be 26 years old when fall semester starts. I was wondering if I would be out of place in the dorms at that age. Sure I could live off campus, but I really like the idea of getting that "college experience" for at least a year. Give it to me straight guys, is that too old to live in the dorms?
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Replies to: How old is too old to live in the dorms?

  • LeftistHominidLeftistHominid Posts: 3,803Registered User Senior Member
    probably. most people in the dorms are 18-19
  • bartlebybartleby Posts: 1,222Registered User Senior Member
    The 'dorm experience' is primarily based on your social interactions with your fellow residents. All other benefits of res-hall housing, such as proximity to campus, can be obtained otherwise. Ask yourself this - do I have the same interests as 18-19 year olds? Will I be able to easily interact with them? Will I build connections with them? If not, no point in overpaying for living in a cramped little room.
  • fijeeboifijeeboi Posts: 543Registered User Member
    What about the apartments on campus? Do they have more older/transfer students? One of the main reasons I want to live on campus is because of the convenience. The fact that I will be living with young kids in a cramped space is not so bothersome. I lived in the barracks in the Marine Corps for many years, so i'm fairly used to it. I would love to have my own room though, that would be ideal.
  • macmac Posts: 21Registered User New Member
    55 would be to old for sure :)
  • UCLA77UCLA77 Posts: 656Registered User Member
    Wow, from the Marine Corps to Berkeley, seems like worlds apart.

    But to answer your question, I think requesting something like Channing Bowditch or Wada would be best if you want that college experience, especially at your age. It seems like the only social advantage you have living in the other dorms would be that you would be the designated purchaser of alcohol.
  • kenf1234kenf1234 Posts: 1,865Registered User Senior Member
    I think it depends partly on how old you look. If you can "pass".
  • liquidmetalliquidmetal Posts: 261Registered User Junior Member
    Im sure you could "pass". Most of my GSI's could live in the dorms. However, the problem is that you might be far too mature for most of the people who live in the dorms.

    A single in the dorms might be worth it. And if you stay in the dorms another year you can become an RA.
  • karabear1karabear1 Posts: 392Registered User Member
    I really wouldn't suggest living in the dorms unless you could get into Wada, which is mostly filled with transfer students. Most of the students in Wada will be around 20, but there are always a few older students as well, myself included (I'm 25).

    I'm sort of up in the air whether it was a really a good idea to spend the year in the dorms. On the plus side, I've made friends and gotten a taste of the “dorm experience.” However, there is definitely a difference in maturity level that is not really quantifiable. You'll probably find yourself having a difficult time relating to your fellow students unless you are good at adapting to different social situations. However, you might have an easier time depending on how good you are at getting along with people.
  • fijeeboifijeeboi Posts: 543Registered User Member
    What are the chances of getting a single room? Are they pretty hard to come by?
  • LeftistHominidLeftistHominid Posts: 3,803Registered User Senior Member
    For frosh and sophs, 1/1000 (according to an email housing sent me after I inquired; though, they did give me a single anyways).
    For jr.s and sr.s, >1/1000
  • AznN3rdAznN3rd Posts: 1,292Registered User Senior Member
    ^^ I greatly envy you
  • mercruzmercruz Posts: 348Registered User Member
    26? Try the apartments, not the Units/Foothill-you'll stand out I think.
  • changusmcchangusmc Posts: 257Registered User Junior Member
    fjee, I'm in the same boat...I'll be 25 when I transfer, and Wada really appeals to me.
  • fijeeboifijeeboi Posts: 543Registered User Member
    changusmc: Yea it's kind of a weird spot to be in. Especially for me because I would qualify for family housing, it just depends on my domestic situation at the time, which is currently in limbo. I'm going to have to keep my options open and decide when the time comes.
  • kenf1234kenf1234 Posts: 1,865Registered User Senior Member
    If you're talking about UC Village, that's a GREAT place to raise kids.
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