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Holland Hall advice

plplplplplpl Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
edited May 2012 in University of Pittsburgh
My D is thinking about putting Holland Hall as one of her dorm choices. Can I have some suggestions/advice on what current or past residents feel about the dorm - what are the advatages or disadvantage of choosing a double, triple, or Quad. thx
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  • AwesomeOpossumAwesomeOpossum Registered User Posts: 1,840 Senior Member
    I have heard that the Quad rooms are really not meant for 4 girls, and that they are shoved into a too-small room.

    The natural tendencies of living in an all-girls dorm may arise too (general craziness, or cattiness). I'm not saying everyone is like this (certainly not, my good friend was a wonderful RA to great girls), but the stigma is there...
  • pamom59pamom59 Registered User Posts: 1,283 Senior Member
    Hello my D lived in Holland Hall double last year (it was not one of her preferences).
    On the plus side, the rooms in holland are spacious and have large windows. The location is very convenient. No long waits for elevators, like in Towers.

    on the negative side, the layout of Holland is not conducive to socializing (unlike towers where students seem to get to know everyone on their floor, in Holland you mainly know people in your section of the hallway) and there are no lounges/common spaces in Holland to hang out it like there are in Towers. Also- there is variation among the rooms and some are very small while others are huge. Rooms on lower floors along Fifth Ave get a lot of street noise.

    I think my D liked Holland well enough, though I know she would have preferred a coed dorm. That said, she is going to live in an all girl sorority house next year which will be right in the same quad. Feel free to PM me any questions.
  • RachelleyLeeRachelleyLee Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    I lived in Holland my freshman year (2009-10) and *loved* it. Contrary to pamom59, I found that the layout made it easier to make friends because I wasn't expected to know seventy people's names instantly like in Towers. There is a lounge on the top floor, meaning that girls from all the floors hang out there and you can meet lots of people, not just your floormates.

    That said, I wouldn't live on a quad. It isn't like the quad suites in Sutherland where there are two rooms. Rather a quad in Holland is just a large room with four beds, four dressers, etc. It gets stuffy.
  • clarinetzclarinetz Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    The general feeling I hear about Holland is that nobody actually wanted to live there (because Towers was the first choice), but it turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable. Personally, I'd recommend it. I had some friends in there freshman year. The rooms are all different--some people luck out with private bathrooms or walk-in closets. A benefit to Holland is that the more roommates you have, the less money you pay. I don't think I'd recommend a quad, but if you opt for a triple it would probably save you a few hundred bucks each semester. And honestly, to me the rooms felt a bit more spacious than those in Towers.
  • RobinsongirlRobinsongirl Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    My daughter lived in Holland this year and really liked it. She was in a double, her room was much larger than the Towers rooms and her and her roommate had a nice large closet. She had friends in a triple and the quad and would not recommend the quad. She said they did appear to be triples that had been made into quads and were quite crowded. She had put Towers down as her housing choices but was very happy that she ended up in Holland. That being said Holland does not have the same party like atmosphere as Towers and she did not know all the girls on her floor but she was very happy with Holland.
  • pamom59pamom59 Registered User Posts: 1,283 Senior Member
    My D really wanted a co-ed dorm and her choices were Towers and Sutherland. While in retrospect Holland worked out fine and had its advantages, she felt she missed out on the great social experience that others had in Towers, especially the opportunity to make friends with boys. Just so your daughter knows, there is a good chance of getting Holland even if you don't select it.
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