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Freshman Dorms

jc40jc40 Registered User Posts: 1,621 Senior Member
edited May 2010 in University of Virginia
D just decided today to attend UVa. I must admit, when we were at Days on the Lawn, I could tell UVa started to rise above the other two schools she was considering. In seemed to embody the majority of what she was looking for in a college experience. However, when we toured both McCormick and Alderman housing, the choice became cloudy again. I must say, the dorms at UVa were a significant disappointment from all of the other schools we have visited. New Dorms seemed better, in her eyes, from old dorms. They had more storage, and the suite style was preferable. It's my understanding that this year freshman cannot stipulate their preference; is that true? Also, in the event she is placed in the old dorms, can one of the current female students suggest clever ways they found to store clothing that one normally hangs? (The ONE closet we saw in the sample room that was to be SHARED by two girls was the size of an individual closet for a one girl in most other school's double dorms!) Lastly, when we saw the Alderman sample the shared bathroom was not exactly clean. Are those in new dorms responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms, or is this a service that's provided by the school's housekeeping? If so, how often do they clean?
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  • hazelorbhazelorb Registered User Posts: 3,238 Senior Member
    No you cannot because before when you could there were racial divides.

    My roommate first year had a fold up closet ( portable closet - Google Search ) which I don't know if it would fit in old dorms rooms but it worked well for us. Also how many clothes do you really hang, most stuff fits in the captain's drawers under the beds. Maybe a few sundresses but that is it. If you need more than that you should watch what you are bringing!! Every year we joke about watching parents bring back stuff to the car that will not fit in the rooms. Pack light.

    They are cleaned but not maybe as regularly as a parent would? It's college, come on now. In Brown you have to clean your own bathroom though so our bathrooms all get gross. Haha. Boys bathrooms are the worrrrst.
  • jc40jc40 Registered User Posts: 1,621 Senior Member
    Thanks for the suggestion, Hazelorb. I'll check out the foldable closet; I've never heard of such a thing. Do you know the breakdown between new and old dorms? In other words, what percentage of freshman are placed in old and what percentage are placed in new? (She won't be applying for Brown.)
  • GiveherwingsmomGiveherwingsmom Registered User Posts: 283 Junior Member
    It would be nice to hear from current students about dorms. We've read the provided stuff (even down to room dimensions) but still don't have a good feel for the ins and outs.

    Is it true, for example, that gooch/dillard are a) opening for the first time to freshman b) are air conditioned, suite style but c) were never embraced by upper classmen for some reasons (distance, lighting, security, off the path etc).

    I'd love to here more from current students, especially about old dorms and security and on site studying (or must you go to the library to get this done).

  • hazelorbhazelorb Registered User Posts: 3,238 Senior Member
    I think the percentages are even, new dorms might hold slightly more students.

    1. open for the 2nd time to freshman (again you can't choose to live there) -- there were students there this year. They are knocking down and rebuilding the new dorms and so while they do this they took over gooch.
    2. they are suite style, dont know about a/c, but they are all small singles so it is a little different. basically hereford is singles hall style and gooch is singles suite style. they ARE newly renovated though.
    3. deeeefinitely no one ever lived there -- there were always TONS of open rooms there until this past year where they filled them to capacity with first years. they are so far away (like hereford), you might as well pay less to live off grounds and have a decent sized room and place to put your car, etc.

    if you can study in your room (I always do) then you don't need to go to the library. otherwise it is a short walk from old dorms and a trek from new dorms (but there are buses).
  • jc40jc40 Registered User Posts: 1,621 Senior Member
    If Gooch and Herford are mostly singles, and you request a specific roommate on your housing app, does that mean housing won't place you at either of these dorms?
  • hazelorbhazelorb Registered User Posts: 3,238 Senior Member
    probably but not guaranteed, hereford definitely has doubles
  • vhn20vhn20 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    So, I'm having the most difficult time trying to apply for the best dorm (like everyone else, I'm sure).

    I visited Humphreys Dorm when I went for Days on the Lawn, but I'm not sure if that's part of Brown College or what??

    I kinda want an A/C room, but that means an 10000000000 miles away dorm, right? I have a friend who lived in Hereford her first year, and she has mixed feelings about it, and others I talked to said they didn't like Hereford.

    So which one do you think is the best? or heard of is the best? I haven't been on the rooming form page, so I don't even know if you can sign up for a dorm or you can just do specific preferences?

    Thanks a lot. :)
  • jc40jc40 Registered User Posts: 1,621 Senior Member
    Vhn20...from what I've heard, this year, you have absolutely no say/preference; the school assigns everyone randomly. They used to allow you to state on the housing app if you prefered old or new, but apparently, things became too self-segregated. (Or at least that's what we were told.). Also, there are almost no dorms with a/c.
  • hazelorbhazelorb Registered User Posts: 3,238 Senior Member
    humphreys is part of old dorms (no a/c)
    brown college has a/c, but the app readers are good at seeing through who wants to live in brown for the good social fit and who wants to live there for its good location and a/c
  • vhn20vhn20 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Cool beans! Thanks guys. I just did the housing app, and you can only choose preference of
    1. Double Room in First year housing
    2. Single Room in first year housing
    3. Brown College
    4. Hereford
    5. IRC

    The Brown app looks pretty ... interesting, to say the least. I probably should save time to fill out scholarships rather than that application. Ha.
  • oneguy21oneguy21 Registered User Posts: 438 Member
    ^^^I was a little confused by the housing application. Isn't Brown single room?
  • Dean JDean J College Rep Posts: 4,313 Senior Member
    The different formats are laid out on the housing website.

    Incoming First Year Undergraduates, Housing Division, U.Va.
    Brown Residential College, Housing Division, U.Va.
    Brown College on Monroe Hill

    And I just saw that housing has a blog!
    [url=http://uvahousing.****/]U.Va. Housing News[/url]
  • hazelorbhazelorb Registered User Posts: 3,238 Senior Member
    Brown is not a single room. It is a double with a door in the middle of the room. So while it has many benefits of a single, you still have to go through your roommate's part of the room to go to the bathroom or leave (depending on whether you are next to the bathroom or the exit door) so it's not like you really have a single... Check out the plans as previously linked for how this works. I can also PM pictures.
  • PanserbjornePanserbjorne Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    do other people get that error saying "You were not found in our database.
    Please try again in a few days as new names are added to the database weekly. " when you click on the housing application?
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