Join Date: Oct 2004
Haggett Hall [Frango Box] - rooms are hexagonal, quite unique for this
building. Each floor has a limited set of these hexagonal rooms, and
generally quiet. Each floor has about 3 rooms each side per division,
about 6 rooms total with about 12 occupants per division. There may be
divisions per floor. Generally, I believe this is one of the least
halls. Social life is moderately active as you interact with about
people on this floor. Bathrooms are shared by all members of the
At the time I was there, floors can be co-ed, but each division was
generally same sex.
Haggett Hall and McMahon Hall have shared basements which is also the
cafeteria dining area. The cafeteria in this area is fairly huge with
group conference rooms in each, and is one of my favorite places to eat
I have classes nearby this area.
McMahon Hall [Cluster] - double-rooms are fairly small but a unique
advantage to this hall is that 4 rooms form a private cluster with a
common meeting lounge area. Consider this a "5th" room, where you can
fridge, tables, etc here. The noise is limited to whatever your
clustermates' output, and generally you will interact with your
the most often. There are 3-4 rooms (with 2 people in it) per cluster,
totaling 6-8. Bathrooms are shared by people per cluster, and is
within your own cluster, so it's the most 'private' bathroom
Members within the same clusters are same-sex. However a floor, which
contain 6-10 clusters, are effectively co-ed if you count across
Terry Hall [Socialite Haven] - typical dorm hall, essentially a row of
rooms on each side. The noise can be noisy due to the sheer number of
people. There are, however, designated silent areas in the basement
it's usually a decent place. I stayed in Terry Hall for 3 years, and
problems with noise with next-door tenants (smoking hall, usually the
rowdy), but when I moved to a different floor, the entire floor was
relatively silent (except weekends). However, Terry Hall offers one of
largest double-rooms any dorm can offer, and has a great social life.
Typically there are about 10 rooms each side, totaling 20 rooms. About
people per floor, but the dorm is essentially segregated to two floors
a public meeting room and stairwell that joins two floors) so you can
up to 60-80 people to hang out with on a normal basis from these two
Most of the RAs have a reputation of taking advantage of this and
many group outings or activities which work out fine (for instance, my
[who is an outdoorsman] scheduled a REI campout to camp the REI store
hours to wait for their used sale where you can buy almost anything at
off). The duo-floor is conveniently arranged so that one floor has all
males, the other floor has all females. This building has 11 floors,
with the exception of the 1st floor (reserved for people with
requirements), the duo-floors are grouped as is: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7.. etc.
Generally the even floors are female, and odd floors are male.
are shared among all occupants on a floor and is the largest set, but
should get used to sharing the same shower / bathroom with 20-30
The showers/bathrooms for women require a key, something you may want
Terry Hall and Lander Hall share basement floors and also has a common
dining area. Cafeteria is medium-sized and is not as nice in terms of
as McMahon-Haggett, but I found no problems with it.
Lander Hall [Barracks] have these really small doorways, and tend to
people in small rooms. However, the hallway space is fairly big.
Hall is essentially like Terry Hall except smaller and older (Terry
one of the more recent build dorms).
East/West Mercer Hall [Dungeon] - really old, really cramped, and the
smallest rooms/closets you can find on earth. My best friend lived
a year before wising up and rooming with me in Terry Hall and then
Court. The walls are all brick (and hot during sunny days), and the
hallways are dark and stuffy, something you'd see in a horror movie.
are no dining facilities, and students must walk two blocks to
to get food. The advantage is that this dorm is virtually silent,
due to the lack of anything that encourages social interaction.
Hansee Hall - these are essentially single private rooms (unless they
changed resident arrangements, which is not surprising due to
When I was there, this hall had 24-hour silent rules, meaning it is
to be quiet all the time regardless of the time of day and day of the
Generally, 2nd year or older students live here as it is ideal for
Stevens Court - resident apartments, they fall under the UW housing
and is generally reserved for 2nd year+ students. First-come,
I lived here in my 4th and 5th year and it was great. They're
room apartments with a kitchen, bathroom, and everything else you'd
in a typical apartment. You may choose to have a meal plan or not
(kitchen). Since this is an apartment and not dormitory, I would
encourage looking into this, and compare price rates. The price hike
too bad either. Noise/social life is generally independent on the
these are 4 person apartments.
2040 House - refer to the brochure, I am not 100% sure what this house
for but I believe it's a house for about 20 students and is possibly
for only study-attuned folk.
> Which dorms are the quiet study dorms?
Although I have not lived in all of them, I would assume that the
(quiet-loud)would rank like this:
Hansee >> 2040 House >> Mercer Hall >> Haggett >> Steven's Court >>
>> Lander >> Terry
> Which are the social ones?
Terry >> Lander >> McMahon >> Haggett >> Steven's Court >> 2040 House
Mercer >> Hansee
Which are nicest?
2040 House (unknown, never been there)
Steven's Court >> Hansee >> Terry >> Haggett >> McMahon >> Lander >>
> What are the pros, cons and prices of each?
(see above descriptions)
> Are there are honors dorms? If so how do they compare?
(possibly 2040 House, I believe this house is reserved for those with a
common interest, and that may be in a particular field of study, so it
There are no "honors dorms" as anyone can apply to any dorm, however
typically find the most studious persons in Hansee because they're
single rooms with older students. If you're a person that likes a mix
interaction but wants a controlled study environment, then I suggest
McMahon, Terry, and Steven's Court.
> Is the internet and cable in the dorms free? > If not, how much is
All dorms by 2004 should have free Ethernet 10base-T ports. You would
wise to take advantage of this. UW is one of the leading Ethernet /
internet research facilities in the world (in part due to Microsoft),
World Wide Web 2 experiments under way, so it would be a joke for them
not support Ethernet for students.
> How big are the dorms?
If you count "dorms" as your person room plus any limited common area
restricted to your group:
2040 House >> Hansee >> Steven's Court >> McMahon >> Terry >> Haggett >
Lander >> Mercer
> How is coed and single sex dorms arranged?
2040 House - unknown, guessing co-ed
Haggett - floors are co-ed, divisions are not
Terry - floors are same sex, interfloors are co-ed
Lander - unknown (co-ed I believe)
Mercer - unknown (same sex I believe by floor)
Hansee - co-ed
Steven's Court - same sex within same apartment, unless married, entire
court is very co-ed
> What comes with the dorms?
Basic furniture, cabinet, table, chair, possibly nightstand, etc. Bed
obviously included. You need to bring your own linens.