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Best/Worst Dorm Rooms

LOLZbabeLOLZbabe 301 replies50 threads Member
edited February 2010 in Prep School Admissions
Preferably for SPS, Lawrenceville, Choate, Milton, Peddie and Brooks. I have already seen all of them, but I want to know some other people's opinions.
edited February 2010
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  • toombs61toombs61 775 replies0 threads Member
    Of these six listed, we have toured dorms at SPS, L'ville and Choate. We were most impressed with those at Lawrenceville, especially some of the smaller houses that had the feel of homes.
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  • deepsy52deepsy52 41 replies9 threads Junior Member
    The ones I saw at Choate were by far the nicest, I couldn't believe how big they were!
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  • Izzy Busy BeeIzzy Busy Bee 3712 replies50 threads Senior Member
    keep in mind that at many schools there is variation even within the dorms. some are older, some are newer, so you can have a crappy room even at a school that seemed to have the best dorms (schools usually show you the best rooms on tours, i know they do here).
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  • cdnhockeymomcdnhockeymom 263 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Izzy Busy Bee hit the nail on the head. The dorms within a given school can vary plenty. 3 of my sons friends are all at the same school and their rooms are all VERY different. We loved SPS, Brooks dorms - those we saw - were pretty old.
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  • Princess'DadPrincess'Dad 1077 replies46 threads Senior Member
    cate has best rooms. Hammocks on each balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
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  • kafkarebornkafkareborn 675 replies77 threads Member
    From the dorms I have seen at the various schools I have been to when visiting friends, I would have to say that Hotchkiss has both the best and the worst dorms. Some dorms like Edleman are the cream of the crop. Others like Dana need to be demolished ... soon.
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  • toombs61toombs61 775 replies0 threads Member
    Kafkareborn is dead on spot about Edelman at THS. My son resides there now. It is a palace. I have been in a host of dorms, both college and BS, during my many years on this earth. Edelman is the best I have ever seen. It is more like a fine hotel (w/o restaurant or bar) than a dorm. Truly remarkable.
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  • neatoburritoneatoburrito 3373 replies76 threads Senior Member
    Is Edelman the one they show you on the tour? Because that was what my son said, it reminded him of a nice hotel.
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  • neatoburritoneatoburrito 3373 replies76 threads Senior Member
    Funny thing about dorms....boys dorms anyway.

    At SEVERAL of the schools we looked at, there was dirty sock on the stairs in the dorm! How weird is that? What is it with guys losing socks? I don't think we saw stairs at Hotchkiss in the dorms, but I'd put money down that some guy has lost a sock.

    Son found it endearing, by the way.
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  • toombs61toombs61 775 replies0 threads Member
    Neato, if you saw a sock in the hallway at Edelman, it probably belonged to my son. He is a little slob. He really shouldn't be allowed to live in Edelman. It is much too nice for him. THS should force him to live and sleep in the corner of the boys' locker room on a stack of dirty socks and other used athletic gear. His living in Edelman is like allowing a swine to wallow among pearls. (I'm sure that other parents have sloppy boys at BS's, but I'll put my son up against the best of them.)
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  • ThacherParentThacherParent 848 replies50 threads Member
    LMAO....!!!! Toombs61, that was too funny!
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  • BenleyBenley 1542 replies101 threads Senior Member
    ThacherParent, while you are here - I visited Thacher a couple of years ago. I remember the dorm room they showed me was one of the flat-like rooms in a row. Heat comes from the ground and there's a skylight on the top to get in the sunshine (correct me if I am wrong; been a while). There's no bathroom attached to each room. I forgot to ask but have been wondering - do they share a bathroom? Does that mean if they need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night they have to step out of the "building"? The weather is sure nice but it could still get chilly at night. Curious.
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  • toombs61toombs61 775 replies0 threads Member
    TParent, pretty funny but pretty true.
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  • ThacherParentThacherParent 848 replies50 threads Member
    Hi Benley - In the last two years, Thacher has built two new dormitories (freshman boys and sophomore girls), beautiful structures. A couple of the dorms on campus are fully enclosed, but most have an open format in keeping with the environment. To get to the bathrooms, you may have to walk as far as 20' under roofed walkways; you always stay within the footprint of the building. I never heard anyone complain about the temperature. There are different heating sources, usually radiant I think. I believe that all bathrooms are shared - and kept amazingly clean by the staff and students.

    I'm not an architect so I don't know the right terms to use, but the dorm layouts, their architecture and siting, and the building materials are well integrated with the mountain topography and the SoCal climate. The effect promotes successful dorm function but also provides a sense of ease and beauty.
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  • Mainer95Mainer95 356 replies5 threads Member
    cate has best rooms. Hammocks on each balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    Can they see Russia from the hammocks? :D

    Sorry, it's late, it's silly time, and I guess I lost it.
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  • prepsch00lprepsch00l 106 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Berkshire's dorm rooms are very nice! :D
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  • Rad-in-Plaid96Rad-in-Plaid96 3158 replies49 threads Senior Member
    Berkshire's dorms were overdone. They were too...clean and symmetrical. And who has a punch code AND a swipe card per door!? that was toooooooooo much for me!
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  • WintersetWinterset 715 replies2 threads Member
    And enjoy what you have. Most kids at most schools find that their boarding school dorms had nicer rooms than their college dorms.
    [size=-2] (Of course you room at home may be better than either, but you are not surrounded by a bunch of other teens, just parents.)[/size]
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  • DappleDapple User Awaiting Email Confirmation 194 replies20 threads Junior Member
    Lawrenceville is building a brand new girls dorm... :)
    I thought the rooms were OK. Pretty nice, actually, some of them had walk-in closets. Honestly, I don't like the rest of the dorm much, but maybe others are different. I only saw one dorm.
    I didn't like the Peddie dorms. They remind me of the locker-rooms for swimming.
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  • hadeswisherhadeswisher 120 replies41 threads Junior Member
    Peddie probably reminded you of swimming because of their insane swim program.
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