3. Usen Castle, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Usen Castle lives up to its name. The building is literally a Norman castle, which was intentional on the part of the people who built it in 1928 on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. In total, it houses 100 sophomores, who can choose between either singles, doubles, or triples on single-gender floors or suites on gender-neutral floors. Whew, that’s a lot of choices.
Living in Usen Castle is interesting because no two units are the same due to the structure’s eclectic construction. Better still, the location houses both a coffeehouse and a late night snack bar, while the Usdan Student Center, along with all of its amenities, is situated next door. Best of all, Usen Castle is built on one of the highest points of the campus, meaning that its residents can see far and wide from the right vantage points.
2. Founders Hall, New York University, New York, New York
Located in East Village near Union Square, Founders Hall is a fairly new dormitory. Seven hundred freshmen are housed in the 26-floor building. Some of the amenities are study and TV lounges, wi-fi, trash facilities close to the rooms on each floor – believe me, that’s crucial! – , a lovely courtyard and a laundry facility inside the building. Because of its location, living in this dorm allows students to learn about New York City and also about life in the US. Founders Hall was built on the of a former church; it has managed to retain the historic facade which contributes to the unique look of the dorm. Founders Hall is situated two blocks from the subway system, which provides its residents with convenient access to the whole city and it is within walking distance of Washington Square.
1. The Lawn, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
There are a number of reasons why students in their final year of study as undergraduates might be interested in competing for one of the 54 Lawn rooms. First, the Academial Village is located at the center of the University of Virginia, a position it has managed to hold over the entire course of its existence. Second, the location possesses incredible historical interest, as shown by the fact that The Lawn is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. And it was designed by Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence.
Third, while the rooms are not as adorned with amenities as some of their counterparts at other universities, they do come with a bed, desk, chair, sink and a working fireplace. Residents of the Lawn rooms are asked to respect tradition by leaving their doors open whenever possible. The combination of history, the beauty of the Lawn area and the great tradition at UVA have placed the Lawn rooms first on our list.
Maybe Your Dorm is the Best Dorm ……..
Of course, which is the best dorm is not a question that can be answered by other people. Instead, it is a question that each person has to answer for themselves based on their particular combination of needs and desires for their college education. As a result, those who are interested in commenting on what makes for a comfortable dorm experience shouldn’t hesitate to speak up at their leisure.