Living in the dorms can be a major part of your US college experience — you will be spending a lot of time studying, sleeping and socializing in your room.
A campus tour is the perfect time to get answers to all your burning questions before you choose a place to live for the next year or more!
Questions to Ask Yourself When You Visit College Dorms
- Is there enough space for the things you plan to bring to college with you?
- Is the parking lot close to the dorms, if you plan to bring or get a car?
- How far are the dorms from your classes?
- Will you feel comfortable living in co-ed dorms?
- Have you heard anything from students about living in the dorms, including which dorm has the best (and worst) reputation?
- Will you be sharing a bathroom with an entire floor or just a few students in the dorms?
- Is there a full kitchen on every floor?
- Is there space to study or hang out with friends outside of your room, such as an indoor common area?
- What furniture does the dorm provide?
- Is there a computer lab in each dormitory?
- Are the beds arranged in loft or bunk-bed style, and if not, can they be rearranged to increase space?
What to Ask the Tour Guide About Living in the Dorms
- Will you be given a choice of a single, double or triple room?
- Do the room sizes vary depending on the dorm?
- Where is the closest dining hall, and what are its hours?
- Are any upperclassmen living in the college dorms, and if not, where do they tend to live?
- Are the dorms co-ed or single-sex?
- Are the dorms locked at night (or any time during the time), requiring a key or password to get in?
- Are there security guards or cameras in the dorms? Have there been any break-ins?
- How many times did the police or campus security visit the dorms last year?
- How many students had to go to the hospital due to incidents when living in the dorms?
- Are the dormitories closed for holiday breaks?
- Is there a laundry room in the dorms? If so, how many per building?
- Is there help available with cleaning and pest control, such as renting out vacuums, carpet cleaners or bug spray?
- What is the policy on visitors? How many guests can be in your room, and how long can they stay?
- Is there a list of prohibited items for students living in the dorms?
- Are quiet hours enforced, and what are the penalties for breaking these and other rules?
- What happens if a student does not get along with a roommate when living in the college dorms?
- Can students paint the room or hang pictures on the walls?
- How long do you have to move in, and can you ship any belongings to the dorms before move-in day?
Living in the dorms is a great way to stay close to your classes for at least the first year of college. It can also be a great way to socialize and meet friends. You should find out the basics about living in the college dorms before you even choose a school, and you can do so by asking the tour guide and seeing for yourself when you visit the college campus.