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What are the best residential colleges at Rice and why?

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  • ChiGuy123ChiGuy123 149 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @rice2021 To add to JAMCAFE's post (which is pretty spot on), Duncan also has Fridays in the Quad (FITQs) on certain Fridays where people just hang out outside at whatever event is being held, which has included dog petting, bubble soccer, and DIY sundaes. Duncan also has Donnybrook, which is like capture the flag with nerf guns. And more recently, Duncan's been starting to become more competitive in IM sports.

    And to echo JAMCAFE's post, the rooms are quite big and are widely considered among the best to live in (tied with McMurtry since they're twins). However, the rooms are really bland looking and can look almost prison-like with no decorations.
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  • prodesseprodesse 1390 replies71 threads Senior Member
    I am fascinated to hear about the variety of the housing at Rice, and by the fact that the students apparently have no say in where they are assigned, but it works out OK?

    My question: If an entering student needs access to kitchen facilities, because of dietary restrictions, what would he need to do?
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  • JAMCAFEJAMCAFE 659 replies7 threads Member
    The university housing promises to help with special dietary needs if prescribed by a doctor. I suppose if not prescribed by a doctor, the student can mention the need to have regular access to a kitchen and they'll ensure the student is conveniently assigned a room close to a kitchen. The communal kitchens come equipped with refrigerator, stove, oven and microwave.
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  • txborntxborn 12 replies0 threads New Member
    Anyone on here have inside pics of Sid Richardson corner suites?
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  • JAMCAFEJAMCAFE 659 replies7 threads Member
    I found a dorm tour on YouTube titled, "Sid O-Week Tour".
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  • BellajackBellajack 24 replies2 threads Junior Member
    This is really helpful info guys! My son is applying ED to Rice. He is a recently realized gay student and concerned about housing. Do some of the colleges have more singles or suite style arrangement? He is a legacy at Hanszen so that is one option for sure. A single or suite would be ideal....but he is easy going...he can make the best of any situation....he doesn't care about the age of the building
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  • Houston1021Houston1021 Forum Champion Rice 1293 replies29 threads Forum Champion
    edited October 2017
    Students don't get to choose their college unless they are a legacy. If they are a legacy they can choose to be in the same college as their legacy affiliation or they can say they do not want to be in the same college. Then they take pot luck like everyone else. The students respond to an extensive questonarie about their living preferences. There are lots of LGBTQ kids and organizations at Rice. I believe the questionnaire asks if the student wants to live with a gay roommate, straight roommate, or doesn't care one way or the other. My daughter and the other 4 girls in her suite are straight, but her roommate is gay. None of them care about that. They get along fine. Each college at Rice is different. My daughter is in Martel and it is mostly suites with 2 or 3 double rooms attached to a common living area. There are a few suites with single rooms but the upper classmen have preference for the suites with the single rooms. I can't speak to the set up in Hanszen.
    edited October 2017
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  • BellajackBellajack 24 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Thanks for the info. Everything I have read about the LGBTQ environment at Rice is amazing....
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  • Houston1021Houston1021 Forum Champion Rice 1293 replies29 threads Forum Champion
    I reopened this discussion since the residential college assignments for Class of 2023 just came out.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 30456 replies59 threads Senior Member
    Really, what determines the best college is whether the mix of students works with your student. You can have the nicest facilities, the best activities and still not feel the fit is right. It’s also a moving target for that reason. Each year the composition of people changes. A house well run, with supportive housemasters, and good mix of students is far more important than the food and facilities. The older houses tend to have more space, bigger rooms, I noticed.

    My student was heavily involved with 3 colleges while he was there. So it’s not like you are stuck with where you are assigned. He had the best opportunities at Lovett, for a variety of reasons. But again, these things are individual, and change year to year. You don’t get to choose anyways unless you have some directed reason ( Legacy, special need).
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