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Boarding School Dorms

maxsanden27maxsanden27 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited August 26 in Prep School Cafe
Hello everyone!
I'm quite new to this forum and I have some questions I'd like to ask about the quality of dorms at different boarding schools and what makes them better than others.
P.S. I'm starting a new thread so I can get updated answers.
Post edited by vonlost on

Replies to: Boarding School Dorms

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 27,985 Super Moderator
    edited August 26
    The question is really moot.

    The quality of dorms can vary by school and can also vary within each school. What makes one dorm, or room with a dorm, desirable is often personal preference. It can be location, it can be size, it can be the percentage of singles versus doubles, as examples.

    That said, a dorm is not a reason to choose a boarding school. Additionally, at many schools, you get what you're assigned, so you need to make the best of it. You should also assume that, especially for schools that do not have dorms exclusively for freshmen, the best rooms/dorms will have been selected by returning students.

    All dorms will have a bed, desk, chair, and a place to put your clothes. What else you are able to fit in can only be answered on a case by case basis.
  • maxsanden27maxsanden27 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Thanks for the help! @skieurope
  • SculptorDadSculptorDad Registered User Posts: 1,959 Senior Member
    The biggest aspect of most dorms is your roommate, which you can spend effort to make it working and/or try to personally choose (from the second year).
  • applejuice007applejuice007 Registered User Posts: 167 Junior Member
    edited September 21
    they're nice
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 14,765 Senior Member
    For my kids, the most important thing was whether they were living in the same dorm with friends or not. They'd forgo a nicer dorm, bigger room for proximity to buddies.

    IMO, for the schools I'm most familiar with, in general the dorms are nicer than college dorms. Partially because they don't get trashed by drunk people. :)
  • GMC2918GMC2918 Registered User Posts: 726 Member
    @doschicos: my daughter would agree with you about college dorms - she's not looking forward to being at the bottom of the housing heap again!
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
    our kids' dorms were not as nice as their college dorms. Most were in old houses, dark and old sometimes in the basement. Only once one of my two students got a new dorm with an elevator and air conditioning, new furniture etc.
  • buuzn03buuzn03 Registered User Posts: 513 Member
    Although I agree the dorm should not be the reason for choosing a school, I do think it says a lot about a school and how they view student life. We saw some schools that had absolutely beautiful rooms, in very well-maintained buildings. We saw others that had rooms as big as a closet with peeling paint and poorly sealed windows...I couldn't figure out how a person could get out of their bed without banging their shins on the desk, it was so cramped. To us, the way the dormitories were maintained said a lot about what the school felt was important. Students will spend a lot of time in those buildings and therefore, IMO they should be comfortable and maintained well. They don't need Ritz-Carlton accommodations by any means, but if I'm spending $50k per year, I don't want my kid living in a hovel either.
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