So, last fall, I posted a little something about my experience living in a single dorm. I went a little bit like this:
“This post may be better for spring, but at this point, I will be talking about living in a single dorm. This post will be mostly about my experience so far, and I plan on doing a follow up to this in January regarding the process of requesting housing-single or other.
I requested a single room for many reasons. First, I have never had to share a room with anyone except on vacations. I also have a very specific way of living. I don’t like clutter. I realize that I may not be getting the normal roommate experience, but I am completely fine with that.
One of the benefits of a single room, at least at my college, is that I didn’t have to write a roommate agreement. I don’t have to live with another person and worry about their schedule or having to deal with sharing such close quarters with someone. One thing that makes my single dorm experience different from others is that my entire floor is single dorms. There are about 15 of us who all have our own rooms. Going into it, I was a little worried that everyone would keep to themselves. As someone who wanted their own room, I understand not wanting to spend their free time with strangers. That didn’t happen, however. I have made great friends with a couple of the people on my floor. We are all new to the university, even though we are not freshman. That definitely made things easier. If everyone had their own friend groups, I would have probably just been a loner.
I understand that a single room is not for everyone. Some people like the comfort of having someone else around to talk to. For others, the added cost of a single room (it does cost more than a double) is not worth it. Overall, I have had a great first month living in a single dorm, and I am looking forward to the rest of the year.”
Now, I am back, we are nearing the end of the school year, and I want to compare my thoughts within the first month and my thoughts now, many months later. Clearly, it is not January, but I digress…
If you want a single dorm, it is important to apply and fill out all of the paperwork sooner rather than later. Like any other dorms, singles are given out as they are available on a first come first serve basis. So get those babies in NOW. You might be able to wait, but don’t push it. Also, your grade level might be considered. Upperclassmen will usually get priority.
If you happen to live on a floor that is made up of all single rooms, as I said in the original post, it can be hard to make friends. It’s possible, but you will have to work a little harder. My biggest tip for anyone in a single room who wants to meet other people in the dorm is to go to floor events: floor programs, floor dinner (if that’s a thing at your school), or ask your RA for tips. They’re there to help you.
From talking to people about dorm life, I learned that if you are a freshman, depending on your university, it may not be an option for you to have a single room. If your school requires all freshmen to live on campus, odds are against anyone getting their own room. There is one exception that is made to comply with the ADA. At a large university or one that doesn’t require you to live on campus, you may have a chance at a single room. Just know that if you don’t get a single room, it won’t be the end of the world. Your roommate could become a lifelong friend or, at the very least, someone to talk to when you are bored.
I am still very happy with my decision to live in a single room, and I plan on staying in a single room (hopefully) again next year. I know that the added expense of a single room is not worth it for everyone. That is okay, and I don’t want anyone to think that wanting a single room makes them weird. Some people believe that the dues for Greek life are worth it. Others think that a private school is worth it. I, personally, believe that the expense of a single room is worth it, for both my sanity and that of others.
Thanks for reading!