My S is highly like to enter this fall. He is in Shippee (since joined learning community connecting with arts) Read a lot of your comment. Can you give a few point for new students on what to watch out?
D will be in Buckley come fall. Goldshadow when you say Buckley "sucks", what exactly do you mean.
Buckley and Shippee are right next to one another, so the following applies to both, for the most part.</p>
<p>I guess I should clarify, I believe I was referring to the dining hall and location when I said that it "sucks." Since I made that post, Buckley's dining hall has supposedly gotten better (I haven't eaten there in a long time, though, so I can't say personally whether this is true). It is pretty close to South dining hall though, which is where most people from Buckley and Shippee tend to eat anyway. As far as location goes, Buckley and Shippee are on the very edge of campus. They are relatively far away from the student union, library, co-op, and gym. They are also very far from most of the science/math/engineering buildings, but very close to the art and music buildings (which is what matters for somebody in the arts LC), and not far from a number of humanities buildings either. Another good thing is that they are right down the street from a number of restaurants and stores: Wings Over Storrs, Husky Pizza, Store 24 aka Tedeschi, Subway, and a little bit farther down the street: Domino's, Friendly's, Japanese and Thai places, Jack Rabbit's (burgers and hot dogs), DP Dough.</p>
<p>The rooms in Buckley are decent. Compared to the rest of the dorms, I'd say they are below average, but not the worst.
The rooms in Shippee are amazing. Each double room has its own bathroom, which is convenient.</p>
would you please elaborate on why Alumni is a "pretty good/okay" dorm to live in?
I didn't know freshmen could live in Alumni, so I guess this community service LC is a good deal for you! Alumni's location is pretty good. It is right between South and McMahon dining halls, and not far from the center of campus. There are basketball and sand volleyball courts adjacent. The rooms are also pretty good. Not quite as good as the rooms in Northwest (the default freshman dorm), but much better than the ones in North (primarily freshmen and sophomores). Alumni is far from most classroom buildings, but it is close to the school of business, if you're a business major. Besides that (distance from most classes), Alumni is an all-around good place to live.</p>
<p>Let me know if you have any other questions.</p>