Exactly how small are the dorms?

<p>I've read in some threads that the dorms suck. Well how small are they? What makes them so bad? Can someone please describe a typical dorm?? Are they really old and falling apart? I mean, are they really THAT bad? :/</p>

<p>they aren't really that bad.</p>

<p>It depends on the person, I don't take up a lot of space (Smallz, remember?), so the rooms are fine. It also depends where you are. Bowles actually gives you a fairly large space, as it is 3 rooms connected. The mini-suites are nice, and regular suites at the units are fairly small. Again, it depends on your needs and requirements.</p>

<p>So how's the privacy? Do you get a separate room? Or do you have to share with another person? Also, is there enough room for a twin bed, a desk, and a desktop computer to fit in your room? Or would you need to bring a laptop?</p>

<p>Im in a suite in foothill and there are 3 beds for 3 people, no bunks. I think there is enough room to be comfortable. I would suggest bringing a laptop because there is no point in taking up all this space for a desktop.</p>

<p>Oh ok thank you tivesrx. <em>Mostly</em> everyone's been telling me that the dorms are the worst part of the campus. Do you guys concur with that statment or no?</p>

<p>I think the dorms are comfortable enough. There's nothing special about them, like some really nice private schools might have, but that kind of stuff really isnt neccessary. I still get free cable, high speed internet. Food at the dining commons sucks, but there are ways to avoid it, like on campus cafe's. A lot of people dis up Berkeley because it doesnt provide a lot of luxury stuff like at richer private schools, but I have no problems.</p>

<p>Do I think the worst part of campus is the dorms? I don't know. Some of the dorms are good, and even the worst are alright. A lot depends on the particular dorm room. They vary fairly widely. </p>

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<p>The food's decent to fairly good at the DCs. <em>shrug</em> it has nothing on the city of Berkeley, though!</p>

<p>"Food at the dining commons sucks, but there are ways to avoid it, like on campus cafe's."</p>

<p>The Cafes aren't that good either... except Free Speech Movement Cafe, which u cannot use your meal points</p>

<p>I think Ramonas is alright. They aren't that good, but they're still better than the foothill dining commons. Usually I get one meal through meal points (ie cafes) and one meal from either Bongo Burger, La vals, La burrita, top dog, asian ghetto place next to echteverry.</p>

<p>My dorm room is actually pretty damn good (I'm in a corner triple in Unit 3, which is quite spacious and much larger than the general Unit rooms).</p>

<p>Crossroads (dining commons) is awesome. I don't know what you guys are talking about.</p>

<p>Hey, Stryker
I am also corner triple in Unit 3 (Priestley 802)
At first I thought the room would be too small but it's ok.
There is space even for a desktop.</p>

<p>I thought I would hate Bowles (all male, and the sleeping room is pretty small), but you get use to it quick. With the added central study room it's perfect.</p>

<p>I've never lived in the dorms, but the co-ops definitely have larger rooms, more singles (I got one second semester by seniority) and are cheaper. On the other hand, Cloyne, where I live, has made the national news twice in the last week: once due to 16 people being hospitalized from drug overdoses, once from someone actually dying on my floor (of the building, three rooms down, not actually my personal floor) in a separate incident. Of course, that could be a positive for some people - drugs are definitely easily available if you like that. Theoretically, there is probably more camaraderie too, since you eat, work etc. together, although this is my third year here and I know no one, but that's just my personality.</p>

<p>I think you'll find that rooms tend to open up after you lived in them for a while. When you realize that you don't need all the stuff you thought you did, it's evident that you don't need all that space.</p>