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Residence Halls

thesushithesushi Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
edited December 2010 in Arizona State University
I have been accepted and most probably plan to attend ASU. I would like to know about the residence halls. If you could just give me a brief description on each of the halls. Like size, parties, safety, etc.
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Replies to: Residence Halls

  • bchan1bchan1 Registered User Posts: 793 Member
    You will probably be happiest living in the residential college for your major or Barrett Honors dorms. Outside of Barrett, if most of your classes are in the engineering school you wouldn't want to live in the south neighborhood; you'd want to be on the north side of campus and living with others in your major can be a plus.
  • chaichiachaichia Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    North campus:

    PV Main, PV East, and PV West are all relatively similar. They aren't the nicest but they are conveniently located, have both a dining hall and Devil's Diner (open late). You do need to check in any guests that you bring to your room, which can be a hassle. Overall, it isn't a bad place to live.

    San Pablo is what my friends refer to as the "Jock" dorms because it seems like a lot of athletes live there. They are pretty spacious, really nice inside and are next to the PV's and Manzy.

    Manzanita: Definitely the one dorm I wouldn't want to live in. I think they're closing them down for renovations because of a mold issue so this is the one to avoid at all costs.

    Center Campus:

    Hayden, Irish, and Best are mostly for the art/film/design majors and have a close-knit feel to them. Floors are single-sex and share communal bathrooms, but the rooms aren't bad and you'll get to know those around you well.

    South Campus:

    Adelphi II: These are nice, they are your typical dorms and aren't too bad of a walk from campus.

    Sonora: These are a little farther away but have a shared living room that other dorms don't have, I wouldn't mind living in Sonora at all.

    Hassyampa: This is where I live and I love Hassy, they have lounges with tv's and kitchens you can use, a market, dining hall, a tutoring center and the UPS store. Everything about it is very convenient and the rooms are very nice!

    Barrett: The nicest option, if you're in Barrett then definitely live there! You'll love the dining hall, added benefits, and overall, nice appearance of the Honors College.

    Vista: Some freshman live in Vista, which is very nice. You get a private room and bathroom and basically live in an apartment setup. Overall, probably the nicest option but not your typical dorm experience.


    All of ASU housing is good, so don't stress because you'll find things you love about every place!
  • oxolojooxolojo Registered User Posts: 460 Member
    To be honest, you don't really get too much of an opinion in housing. They put you where they put you, and it all depends on your major. I currently live in Best C (part of Center Neighborhood) and I like it there, despite its major downfall: not having your own bathroom. My room is pretty far from the women's room, which makes having to pee at 4am very annoying. Hayden and Irish are also in Center Neighborhood, which is its own gated community. Best A and B are single sex by floor, Best C is co-ed. Hayden and Irish are both co-ed, but their hallways are also outside (meaning going to the bathroom at night could be either really warm or really cold. Also, you have to walk outside in a towel after showers...ehhhh...)

    Hassy and Barrett are really new, but I've heard from quite a few people that there tend to be a lot (A LOT) of fire drills. I've also heard that the furniture is very cheap. It may look nice, but I know a lot of people who have broken things doing normal things (such as climbing up to bed) and they then get charged for it. Also, it may seem like they have a nice location, but they're all the way on the other side of the SRC field, which doesn't seem huge until you try to walk by it. These dorms are fairly far out of the way from main buildings (such as the MU, COOR and LL).

    I've been in PV Main, it's very ehh. Very normal, very bland. It tends to be quieter, mostly guys (because it's an engineering dorm). All of the dorms on the north side of University have a really nice location; they're all centered E-W on campus and lie just barely north from a lot of things.

    I've never been in Manzanita, but you won't get assigned there if you're a freshman next year because they're doing some serious renovations. They wanted to start this year but had too many freshman and needed to open it up. Currently, they're trying to move everyone out of Manzy as openings occur so they can renovate. Which is good, because I've heard it's in dire need of renovation. But you won't get placed here.

    Undeclared's end up in either PV East or West with the rest of the FYRE kids. I wasn't too pleased with how these looked, but I know a couple of guys who live here and they seem to like it enough.

    I haven't heard of too many freshmen getting assigned to Adelphi, and I've never been in them, but they are across Apache, which puts them even further from main buildings than Barrett and Hassy. Vista Del Sol and Sonora are also across the street. All of these dorms are fairly new and nice, but again, their location almost makes them not worth the price as a freshman with many other options.

    Anyways, that's pretty much the lowdown. Housing at ASU is expensive, but you get everything you need, no matter where you end up. Again, you don't get too big of a decision in choosing your placement; your major chooses for you.
  • christalena2christalena2 Registered User Posts: 1,667 Senior Member
    ^ I agree with oxolojo, however I thought the community bathrooms were awesome cause I didn't have to clean them or pay for tp and soap! Once I moved to a suite with shared bathroom, I got tired of hearing my roommate complain every day that there was water on the floor or the shower wasn't sponged after every use (sigh).

    I lived in Best C for 2 years, then the new Honors dorms for 1. You can't beat the new dorms, but anywhere you live will be close enough to your classes/food that you shouldn't worry too much. People complain about the walks a lot, but it's good to get out and walk sometimes. You can also get a bike. Just try to be optimistic, keep your door open, and you'll meet tons of amazing people that will make your college journey the best it can be.
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