Number of Roommates..

<p>Well, I guess this applies to all colleges but since I started questioning after I looked over the Rice roommates questionnaires...</p>

<p>If I say that I prefer to live with more than one roommate on the questionnaire, does that mean that if I do get more than one roommate, the room cost would decrease?</p>

<p>So basically, is it cheaper to have more than one roommate in college dorms?</p>

<p>Room cost doesn't decrease. Roommate numbers typically only go up when you're in a suite. I know there are triples in some colleges, but they're definitely pretty big. Last year I lived in a six-person suite with five other girls - we had a three double rooms, a huge common room, and a bathroom with two showers/two toilets/two sinks all to ourselves. So cost may not necessarily decrease, but room quality may go up.</p>

<p>Just to clarify, your room costs WILL NOT decrease. It is a fixed rate to live at Rice for a semester/year. I live in a quad, and my costs are the same as my friends' who live in a double.</p>

<p>Just in case the OP or others are confused by this discussion of triples and quads, I don't think there are any rooms at Rice that house more than two students. There are singles and doubles. When people here refer to triples and quads they're talking about the number of rooms in a suite, not the number of people in a room. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on that.</p>

<p>Can we get a pros and cons list going for one roommate vs multiple roommates? I get the impression that one roommate = more privacy, while multiple roommates = more fun, but I'm not sure how true that is.</p>

<p>Oh, and would you say my preferred number of roommates will affect the likelihood of being placed in one of the newer colleges?</p>

<p>No and no to your questions. And although both my kids lived in some of the least nice housing on campus, I am still glad that Rice has same room and board costs for ALL oncampus students. I really don't like that at some colleges the "haves" with more money end up in the luxury apartments and the "have-nots" end up triple-bunked in the non-air conditioned dorms. The housing stock at Rice may not always be equal, but it's distributed in a fair and equal manner, and most Rice kids wouldn't trade their rez colleges for another rez college even if the rooms are nicer. :)</p>

<p>What's considered the least nice housing? How would you rank best to worst? I know assignments are random but it would be good to have an idea of what to expect.</p>

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Just in case the OP or others are confused by this discussion of triples and quads, I don't think there are any rooms at Rice that house more than two students. There are singles and doubles. When people here refer to triples and quads they're talking about the number of rooms in a suite, not the number of people in a room. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on that.

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<p>I know of at least one triple next year where there will be three people in a single room. I've heard of a previous year where there were 5 people in a single room, it was voluntary and it was a larger room than the typical double.</p>

<p>Triples do exist on campus but they're rare - I know Hanszen has some rooms where there are three students living in a two-room setup. I think what they usually do is place all three beds in one room and use the other as a common room, but it varies.</p>

<p>Lovett is commonly named as having the worst housing situation, and I agree - most (all?) Lovett rooms are two doubles joined by a bathroom. Will Rice and Baker are being renovated right now (and will open next year), and those may end up being nice, but for the time being I'm going to have to say that Martel has the best rooms. Martel freshmen typically either have rooms with two or three doubles attached to a large common room with a private bathroom, upperclassmen are essentially guaranteed singles, and the building itself is just nice to look at (outdoor balconies for the win!). Wiess is similar, with smaller common rooms. Duncan and McMurtry, however, have larger doubles, though no common rooms (except for the corners) and indoor hallways. Rooms at Hanszen and Brown vary; some have a suite structure, and some are just doubles off of a hallway (with hall bathrooms). I'd also say Jones rooms are bad, but I really really hate Jones. They have a hall set-up with suites reserved for upperclassmen, and it smells odd. I thought Sid had bad rooms until I started dating a guy there, and I've grown to really like their setup. Their rooms consist of 4-person suites, with two L-shaped doubles sharing a bathroom; the shape of the rooms allows for privacy and makes them feel very roomy.</p>

<p>someone please answer posts 5 & 6</p>

<p>i think hanszen has the ugliest interiors/dorms, to be honest. lovett too</p>

<p>best: martel, wiess, duncan/mcmurt</p>