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Perks (and Pitfalls!) of Coed College Dorms

Would you rather live in a single-sex or coed college dorm? Though most colleges offer both options, coed college dorms are (for what may seem like obvious reasons!) the popular choice for on-campus housing.

Though that may seem like the better option, you may not have thought carefully about everything that coed college dorms entail. Before making your decision and choose your college, take a look at the pros and cons of coed college dorms:

Pros of Coed College Dorms:

  • Socializing! Given the close quarters, you get to easily socialize with members of the opposite sex during the many on-campus activities your college provides.  For many students (at least the heterosexual ones), this alone is worth sharing a bathroom with the opposite sex.
  • In the future, you’ll have to interact with men and women both professionally and personally. Student diversity, such as living with members of both sexes gives you the experience necessary to be better able to find a common ground.
  • And of course, dating! When you’re in such close proximity with the opposite sex, it’s difficult not to meet someone you’re interested in. Even if you’re shy, living in a coed college dorm gives you plenty of chances to work up the nerve to ask out the cutie you have your eye on.

Cons of Coed College Dorms:

  • Bathroom etiquette: It’s simple. Girls and guys typically have different grooming habits, use different products and often, have a different definition of “clean.” Sharing a living space, and especially a bathroom, can prove difficult for both genders that don’t want to come head to head with each others’ bathroom habits.
  • Privacy: When searching for student housing, take this into account. If you’re easily flustered, living in a coed college dorm is not for you. You’re likely to see people of the opposite sex walking around in bathrobes and towels, and occasionally even less than that. Sharing a living space with the opposite sex requires minimal squeamishness.
  • Distraction! Admit it — for many of you, living in a coed college dorm would make it close to impossible to concentrate on your school work and study for your exams. If your eyes (and mind!) wander at the sight of cute co-eds, coed college dorms aren’t the best choice for you.

Whether you’re living off campus or in the college dorm, it’s important to have the right social setting. Think carefully before you decide if a coed college dorm is the right choice for you!

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