U Of Iowa/Indiana U. College Dorms

Updated on September 26, 2012
M.N. asks from Mundelein, IL
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Hi, I have a HS senior looking at colleges, and these are two on her list. Just wondering if anyone can give me some brief info on which dorms are convenient, updated with wi-fi, secure, comfortable, private, have a/c, etc.

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answers from Iowa City on

At the University of Iowa most residence halls have "quiet" floors (7PM to 10AM), laundry facilities, loft beds with desks underneath, air conditioning, single, double or triple occupancy, co-ed or female only floors. Some halls have rooms with a bathroom included. They all have carpet. They are all "substance free." Some have in house computer labs and fitness centers. They all offer wifi and/or high speed wired internet. Some having dining halls. They all offer cambus service.

As far as being comfortable...it is communal living and they are dorms so they are small.

I think if you go to the university's website you can take a virtual tour of some of the residence halls.

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answers from Boston on

I have a friend whose daughter just started at Indiana. I can probably get some info for you if you don't get other replies.

My guess is that every college dorm will have wireless internet, as will the classroom buildings, student center, library and so on.

Security is probably a campus-wide standard. If some dorms are locked and accessible only by a scanned card, then they all are.

Convenience is going to be relative depending on where the specific classes are. For example, my son's dorm was not all that convenient to the engineering building but it was to music/arts. I think you could get all kinds of info from the college websites as to how the dorm assignments work - the better dorms (bigger rooms, more modern, etc.) are going to go to those with higher lottery numbers, which means seniors and juniors, then filtering down depending on what percentage of upperclass students live off campus. Some schools have dorms set aside for freshmen, others don't. Some schools let kids organize in dorms by interest areas - for example, my son's college had interest groups (taking a floor or a wing of a dorm) based on international relations, environment, and so on. I think your best bet is to have her figure out which school she wants, and then go from there.

I'm not sure what you mean by "private" - do you mean isolated in a quieter area of campus, or less of a party zone (see if there's a substance free dorm), or with smaller rooms (freshmen will definitely get those!), or with private baths (hardly ever). All of the rooms will have the standard issue beds & mattresses if that's what you mean by comfortable. They'll get a dresser, a closet and a desk - and that's it. Suites with small living rooms are available on some campuses but often go to upperclass students. My son had a kitchen & living room for his last 2 years, and was in a modular apartment (campus owned but farther away) in his sophomore year. But that's entirely a school-by-school thing.

Best info will come from the Residential Life office (or whatever they call it) but it's all going to be in play until she is accepted and, most likely, enrolls. If you haven't taken a tour of these campuses, do so, and ask those questions on the tour (generally given by a trained student who will give you the scripted response but also his/her real opinions).

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answers from Bloomington on

Go Hoosiers! As you can see, I live in B-town. I work with a bunch of IU students at the Boys & Girls Club. I can ask them and get back to you, if you'd like.

Just to plug Indiana.....I grew up in the north part, and now live here. It is beautiful here and the campus is very easy to navigate. And yes, the food. :)




answers from Cumberland on

My daughter went to Indiana U at Bloomington-her first yr, she lived in the dorm with no AC-but, I'm sure there are air conditioned dorms, technology is state-of -the- art everywhere on campus-and Indiana is considered a "public Ivy" school-it is an amazing school-and Indiana is beautiful with nice people and nice students-Bloomington is a very cool college town with fantastic places to eat! I used to love staying at the Scholar's Inn B&B-it is an experience-much better than a hotel-very old-have to see it to believe it! Their restaurant is fabulous! I really miss going out there-you can probably tell. Plus-the campus is gorgeous and beautifully kept. All the best! Go Hoosiers!



answers from Washington DC on

Visit them in person. Absolutely do not sign on the line unless she's been to the campus, even if it means you take some vacation time to do so. My SD had two schools in mind. She visited both and realized that school A was not for her because the vibe on campus wasn't what she was looking for. Your DD needs to go see the dorm more than hear what other people think. It matters what SHE thinks.

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