Wait a minute, they are closing Shoreland??

<p>After being accepted, I am now contemplating about dorm selections. I just read in the housing packet that Shoreland will "retire as an undergraduate residential hall" in 2009. Is that for real? </p>

<p>I want consistency in my tenure in a dorm/house, so I don't really want to have to change dorm/house in the middle of my college career. If this information is true, I am not going to put Shoreland as my choice of dorm.</p>

<p>The Shoreland is already sold, so it's definitely going. </p>

<p>Remember that most U of C students move off campus after a year or two in housing, though, so if you only stay in housing for a year (which is pretty common) it won't be much of an issue.</p>

<p>Also, Shorelanders get dibs on New Dorm, which should be great once it's complete.</p>

<p>Second-years have the option to stay in their house and so the university should maintain that philosophy for Shorelanders, just changing location to the new dorm. Call housing --ask them how they are going to handle it!</p>

<p>Corranged already told you: that's exactly what they are doing.</p>

<p>Yup, I understand corranged answered but I was trying to clarify maintaining the integrity of the individual houses inside the larger context of the move. I thought that was part of the OP's question.</p>

<p>The university is renaming the houses of the new dorm.</p>

<p>Shoreland doesn't have quite as much "house integrity," as the cast of characters change considerably when, say, a somebody in Bishop with an open spot in a huge quad wants to pull in somebody from Dewey. Something similar happens with the Max P upperclassmen-- they will switch from house to house in pursuit of a single room. </p>

<p>If you want your surroundings and the people around you to stay more or less the same, your best bet is B-J. Even then, about half of the people living there won't return for the next year.</p>

<p>I don't know all of the details, but it sounds like newdorm (its interim name) will be a fair bit nicer than Max, so you are getting a pretty good deal picking shoreland and staying.</p>

<p>Here's the deal as I see it:</p>

<p>You live for a year in a beautiful old building with tons of character and sensational views in which people are conducting a bizarre social experiment: What happens when you put a bunch of smart teens in a place where there is no reason not to tear the thing apart from the inside out, but no one is going to spend $1 more than necessary on maintenance?</p>

<p>Then you get the option to move into a beautiful, new, soulless dorm where you will be asked to wear gloves to touch the door handles, and putting a tack in the wall will be grounds for discipline. Your house will change its name, and maybe the people will shift around some. You will be a mile from the cheap restaurants you like, but a mile or more closer to your dining hall.</p>