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Single VS Double Room—Worth the extra $300/semester?

Classof2020KidClassof2020Kid 126 replies10 threads Junior Member
Hi, I'm an incoming freshman. My mom thinks I should live in a double room but I really want to live in a single. I'm introverted so I like having my own room to unwind and chill and "recharge." I like my privacy. I also like being able to set my own alarms, live on my own schedule, just be really independent. I've gone to summer camps before where I've stayed in dorms and I've usually not enjoyed the experience. My best friends of those camps were always people who weren't my roommates. So, do you think requesting for a single room is worth paying the extra $300 a semester?
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  • CTCapeCTCape 304 replies9 threads Member
    It’s funny—I’m encouraging my ds20 to get a single for a variety of reasons, and he wants a double. Yes, I think it’s worth it. Even more so, given COVID. Met my best college friend in 1988 at CU Boulder. She had a single, and we were all jealous eventually. I say go for it.
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6653 replies10 threads Senior Member
    I don't think that's a lot to pay for a living situation you think you would strongly prefer.

    Maybe you can tell your mom you'll consider a double next year when you can choose to room with a friend.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10111 replies118 threads Senior Member
    Offer to pay the difference.
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  • TS0104TS0104 1402 replies31 threads Senior Member
    That seems like a low amount to have a single, and you have your reasons. I understand your mom's concerns though, honestly I would have the same (my S is going into a single for sophomore year, I was surprised but understand).

    I do think that in a single you have to put a little more effort into meeting people during those first few weeks. Leave your door open (pack a door stop), go to hall events and get out and about. Having a roommate especially for an introvert can just bring some people into your sphere that you wouldn't have met otherwise, or be someone to get out and about with at first.

    Don't worry about that "independence" factor of a double, kids in doubles don't seem to really sync schedules even though that can take some getting used to if you are one going to bed earlier for example!
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 30390 replies59 threads Senior Member
    Is it worth it? $600/year. Depends upon who’s paying. If it’s not with it to the payer, why should They pay? If your parents are willing and able to pay, great. If you are willing and able to pay, great.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11376 replies152 threads Senior Member
    edited May 12
    OP: $300 a semester for a single room is very reasonable--especially in light of the current concerns about Covid-19 & "social distancing".

    As a freshman in college, you will meet a lot of new people so it is wise--in my opinion--to have a private space where you can relax & adhere to your schedule without worry about conflicts.

    Privacy is a both a comfort & a luxury that should help you to enjoy your freshman year of college.
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  • 123Mom123123Mom123 197 replies5 threads Student Voice
    Without a doubt in my book.
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  • twotoschooltwotoschool 26 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Keep in mind that if you are filling out a housing preference form and requesting a single, it is just that, a request. The odds of being assigned to a single may be greatly limited.
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  • eastcoast101eastcoast101 484 replies8 threads Member
    edited May 12
    In a typical year it is exceedingly difficult to get a single room as a freshman. However this year who knows? Just don’t assume you will get one because you request it.
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  • Classof2020KidClassof2020Kid 126 replies10 threads Junior Member
    edited May 14
    Thanks! Yeah, I know it's a request, so I'm not assuming that I am going to get one or telling people so, but I hope that I do!

    On my housing form, this is what I selected for my top 3 living requests:

    1) Single room, single sex floor

    2) Single room, coed floor

    3) Double room, single sex floor

    Do you think my chances of getting a single would be higher if I just eliminated another three and only specified the first two options, or will that not make a difference?
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  • eastcoast101eastcoast101 484 replies8 threads Member
    Typically, most if not all singles for freshmen are assigned through the disabilities office. Unless you have a medical issue that necessitates a single, you probably won’t get one. So you should assume your first and second choices will not be granted. Therefore if your preference is a single sex vs a coed floor you should definitely make that known, otherwise you may be put in a double on a coed floor.

    But who knows for this fall?
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  • Waiting2exhaleWaiting2exhale 3087 replies18 threads Senior Member
    @Classof2020Kid : "Do you think my chances of getting a single would be higher if I just eliminated another three and only specified the first two options, or will that not make a difference?"

    If the housing office exhausts the options open for the first two preferences before coming to your name, and you forego placing an express preference for #3 above in your list, you could wind up back in the general pool of those with no preference at all, and find the comments of @eastcoat101 in play.
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  • eastcoast101eastcoast101 484 replies8 threads Member
    @Classof2020Kid I wanted to share with you the latest on on-campus housing. Dorms will open, there will be a maximum of 2 students per room. Singles will be available for students who are immunocompromised or have other medical conditions that require such accommodations. You should not expect to get a single unless you fall into that category.
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  • Waiting2exhaleWaiting2exhale 3087 replies18 threads Senior Member
    "Dorms will open, there will be a maximum of 2 students per room. Singles will be available for students who are immunocompromised or have other medical conditions that require such accommodations. You should not expect to get a single unless you fall into that category."

    Hmm. I didn't notice that exclusivity for singles in the language. Will re-read.
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  • eastcoast101eastcoast101 484 replies8 threads Member
    The specific language used was “Single rooms will be available, and students who request those rooms because of medical conditions or circumstances requiring special precautions will be prioritized for single room assignments.“ This is specifically related to COVID.

    If you don’t have a medical condition you will go to the bottom of list so while it is possible there will be some available, it’s not something you should count on.
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