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How to choose a dorm at Northwestern?

Liesel AnneLiesel Anne 37 replies10 threads Junior Member
I've pretty much decided to commit to Northwestern's class of 2021, but I'd like to know more about housing before I fill out the forms.
Are there any dorms known for partying versus for being generally quieter? Are some more centrally located than others? I toured but didn't really get to see the residential halls. Also, are there any dorms that are like.. nicer/newer/larger lol?
My state flagship that everyone's going to has dorms that match each category that I mentioned, but I'm not sure if Northwestern does. Thanks!
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  • kimfuge88kimfuge88 159 replies17 threads Junior Member
    If you're taking many social sciences / humanities courses or are in Medill, I strongly recommend Allison. If you're an engineer, I recommend Elder. Based on my experience, freshmen have had the best experiences with those two dorms.
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  • Northwestern777Northwestern777 12 replies1 threads New Member
    Dorms that are "nicer/newer/larger" would be Shepard Hall and 560 Lincoln, the latter being opened for 2017-2018. Based on what I've seen, the recently rennovated Shepard Hall is very luxurious compared to other residential halls. It features lots of space for studying, high tech equipment, and two kitchens. Though, I've heard this is probably one of the hardest dorms to get into as there is a lot of competition for a spot. I can imagine 560 Lincoln being extraordinarily good as well. Just don't choose Bobb Hall.
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  • nugraddadnugraddad 1325 replies13 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2017
    FYI: http://apps.northbynorthwestern.com/housing/2016/

    IMHO - Res Colleges are best - Full Disclosure: I have 2 kids that are NU alums and they both chose res colleges.
    Link to Slivka, best dorm on campus and the Science & Engineering Res College: http://slivka.northwestern.edu/prospective-students/viral-videos/

    Good Luck!
    edited April 2017
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