Housing

<p>Anybody know about the Bluestone area dorms? I've heard a few kids say that was their favorite, is it because they are in the quad? Are they suites and hall style? Air conditioning?</p>

<p>My son has been in Bluestone for two years, Gifford first, then Logan. They have a/c and are mostly two rooms, with a bathroom attached between the two rooms. The rooms come off the hallway, but the bathroom doesn't. You have to clean the bathroom. Both are very nice dorms, IMO.</p>

<p>I guess it's a decision of whether to clean the bathroom in Bluestone, or not have ac in the village.</p>

<p>Really, it depends on where housing puts you. Daughter picked Bluestone as top choice. She is in Potomoc. Quite a bit of walk to classes, but the building is new and AC.</p>

<p>Do you think it matters how quickly you request housing?</p>

<p>In my son's case, he ended up in Bluestone, freshman year, because he applied to be in a learning community. There are several different LC's, each LC is major specific. The LC's are all housed in the same dorm building, along with other non LC freshman. Also, in the LC, you have some classes with the other LC freshman in your specific learning community. There is a separate application, for the learning communities, on the web site. In his freshman year, the learning community was housed in Gifford, in Bluestone. It can change, from year to year.</p>

<p>Can anyone tell me what they think about hillside or lake area?</p>

<p>My D also picked bluestone first and ended up in Potomac! She has been very happy there- especially since E hall has the best food :)</p>

<p>my D was wondering about the dorms.</p>

<p>can anyone tell me the differences between each dorm area? (bluestone, lakeside, village, skyline, hillside)? </p>

<p>such as suites, hall style, cleaning of bathrooms, a/c, which dorms are considered louder/wilder than others?</p>

<p>thanks!</p>

<p>My S lived in the village this year. It was his first choice because he felt it was central to the whole campus. He is a biology major so he has bio classes in the bluestone area and chem classes on east campus. He lived in a suite with five other boys and shared a bathroom with another suite of six. The bathroom is cleaned by staff which my S preferred because he did not want to clean them. The students are required to clean the bathrooms in some dorms. The village dorms are older so there is no air conditioning, but my S didn't find that an issue at all. You need a fan for about a month in Aug./Sept.</p>

<p>Warm weather's not the only reason to want A/C in the dorms -- my son has allergies from March through November, so he wants A/C. And he'll sweat his brains out without A/C.</p>

<p>Not all the Bluestone dorms have A/C. We heard a few weeks ago that the Village dorms are to be demolished and replaced in the next couple of years. Never even saw the Lakeside dorms -- they seem to be pretty far away from everything.</p>

<p>Not sure, but I think the earlier you send in your housing request the more likely it is that you'll get the dorm you want -- I think I saw that somewhere.</p>

<p>Which area is Potomac in? Is there an area where most freshman live?</p>

<p>There are no immediate plans to demolish and replace the Village dorms. This, along with alot of other things, is mentioned in the JMU master plan, but this could be many years away if at all.</p>

<p>Potomac is in east campus and freshmen live in all the different areas of campus.</p>

<p>Thanks blueshoe. I think it is hard to chose which dorm you would want to live in having only seen the village when we were on the tour.</p>

<p>According to the common set data from 2009/ 2010
99% of freshmen live on-campus
37% of undergraduate students live on-campus</p>

<p>Freshmen are approximately 23% of the student body. This means that only approximately 15% of the students living on-campus are upperclassmen. So, I think that you will find freshmen living in all parts of campus, since they are the primary group of students living on campus.</p>

<p>Good point!</p>

<p>I am a freshman, and I have filled out my college housing. I said I wanted to be on campus my sophomore year, I hope I won't feel I made a mistake. Why do only 15% of upperclassman live on campus?l</p>

<p>The reason so many students live off campus is the abundance of nearby off campus housing. Also JMU does not have anywhere near enough on campus housing for their 16,000 undergraduates. I believe they only have a little over 6000 on campus beds.</p>

<p>My daughter chose to commit to sophmore year on-campus housing when she entered her freshman year and is glad she did. Living on campus has many advantages, especially with no car.</p>

<p>Of the 15% of upperclassmen who do live on campus, most are sophomores. A lot of my sophomore advisees live on campus.</p>