An Easy Guide to IU's DormsMegan Tackett
Ahh college dorms. They represent freedom from parents, a new diet of dining hall food, and the reality that you will now be wearing flip flops while showering. Every dorm on IU’s campus has its perks, and while IU freshman can’t pick the specific dorm they want, they can rank which neighborhoods they would like to live in. Whether you’re an incoming freshman who wants to know more about the dorm neighborhoods at IU, or a current student who is looking to transfer; here are some of the details about what to expect at each of the dorms at IU:
Briscoe – Newly renovated dorm and air conditioned. No dining hall or food options. Great if you don’t mind paying for the enhanced rate. Rooms are very nice and they offer suites where you can share a bathroom with the room next door. Briscoe has a workout center and they often offer lessons for residents to enjoy. It is a little far from classes, so the A bus will soon become your best friend.
McNutt – Largest dorm on campus. Air conditioned. Home to the McNutt C-store. Pretty solid dorm for the northwest area if you’re looking to pay standard price. Don’t find many people who complain. There is also a Kelley LLC for business majors. Only con I’ve heard is that it can be loud at night since McNutt is known to have lots of party goers.
Foster – Air conditioned. Standard cost. Northwest residents will frequent the Gresham (Gresh) dining hall here and crimson creamery which serves up some delicious HUGE scoops of ice cream which you can buy with meal points. Known for the Global Village LLC for international residents.
Crimson Creamery at Foster
Collins – No air conditioning. You must apply to be a resident of Collins because the dorm itself is a learning community. All residents must take a 3 credit class in Collins where topics range from edible plant identification to Harry Potter spell casting. Speaking of Harry Potter, Collins has the nickname Hogwarts because it is BEAUTIFUL. The building has gorgeous stone architecture that stands out from any other dorm on campus. Collins has the Cheshire Café as well as the Edmondson dining hall where you pay one price for buffet-style eating. Residents of Collins have a reputation of being artsy and hipster-ish. This dorm is also very friendly for LGBTQ students. The location of Woodland and Tenth also makes it pretty close to classes.
Nothwest overall – I would consider Northwest if you’re a Kelley or SPEA major because the dorms are very close to both schools. If partying is your thing, have northwest on your radar. There are also a ton of people in the Northwest neighborhood who rush.
Wright – This was where I lived. No air conditioning. Cheapest dorm on campus. Home to the largest dining hall – the Wright dining hall. Also famous is the Wright C store which is open until midnight and serves addictive cookies. Wright is generally pretty close to classes and right next to the library which is good for late night study sessions. I lived in the “virgin vault” which was an all-girl section of Wright. This means cleaner bathrooms and was good because it eliminated the possibility of awkward hook ups between floor mates. But it also means no guy friends on our floor. Wright is OK in my opinion but it could use a renovation (especially the bathrooms).
Teter – Air conditioned. No dining hall but Wright is next door. Close to classes and generally people who live here love it. Home to the Teter Nest – which is a cool little computer lab area/lounge. Sometimes they even serve pancakes here at night free for residents. Teter (as well as McNutt and Forest) also have tutoring for math and a few other subjects available.
Eigenmann – Air conditioned. 14 stories high. Dining includes Cool Beans coffee shop, a cafe, and C-store. Far from classes but the 9, 6, and D bus stop at it. Eigenmann has HUGE dorms that are probably twice the size of regular dorms. You can have a double or a triple room if you want two roommates at a lower cost.
Central Neighborhood overview – Central is generally close to classes and there are so many different types of people that live in central so there isn’t a specific stereotype.
Read – No air conditioning. Home to the Bistro which sells waffles with ice cream (awesome), Mexican food, and subs. Read is unique with little bathrooms in between each room that have a toilet and sink affectionately referred to as “Johnettes”. Lots of Jacobs students go to Read because it is right across from the music school and has music practice rooms in the basement. Read is also really close to classes and has a parking lot in front if you’re lucky enough to score a pass.
Forest – Air conditioned. The new Woodland dining hall is SO nice. There is also a little café area where you can buy mocha and Carmel frappuccinos with meal points. How awesome is that? Forest is also close to classes and right across from Mother Bear’s pizza.
Woodland dining hall at Forest
Rose – New dorm. Air conditioned. No dining. Really nice rooms if you don’t mind paying for enhanced living. Even the bike racks are fancy with overhead shading.
Southeast overview – Just as close to classes as central living. Great for music majors or if you’re taking lots of classes near third street. Lots of my closest friends lived in the South neighborhood, and from visiting their rooms, I almost wish I had lived there too because it really felt like a community.
No matter where you’re assigned, it is likely that you’ll find your own advantages to whatever dorm you live in this fall. Whether it’s the new friends you make on your floor, or the secret study spot you claim for your own, be excited to join your new home.
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Hi I'm Megan! I'm a junior studying Journalism with a focus on Public Relations. I am also a student in the Liberal Arts and Management Program. I love being a blogger for WeAreIU.com because visiting this site was really influential in my decision to come here. IU has so many opportunities for students to get involved on campus. I'm currently completing two media-related internships at Author Solutions and the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology. I'm also a Hudson and Holland Scholar as well as a Cox Legacy scholar. My hobbies include frequenting Kirkwood eateries, travelling, and blogging.
Living in Read: A Dorm ReviewAnne Riley
The new school year is right around the corner, and if you're an incoming freshman, you may have just found out that your new housing assignment says you'll be living in Read! Lucky you! I lived in Read my freshman year and absolutely loved it... and I'll tell you why!
Awesome Things About Living in Read
~The Dorm Rooms~
1. The way the rooms are set up actually really gives you a lot of space! The default floor plan for a double room has two beds that are lofted with your desk underneath on one side and some shelving space and drawers on the other side. Along the opposite wall of the room are your GIGANTIC built-in closets! Above the closets you have even more storage space with little cubbies with sliding doors. These cubbies are actually a lot bigger than the ones in Teter. Seriously, the amount of storage space you get is one of the best things about living here. It's awesome.
2. Living in Read means that you get your very own half-bathroom that you share with the room next door. This is super convenient - great for brushing your teeth without having to leave your room. Sharing this space with your neighbors really helps you be able to better meet and get to know the people next door. And there's more! The janitors come and clean your half-bath (called a "johnette") once a week. You get the best of both worlds: you have your own bathroom right there as a part of your own space, and you don't even have to clean it. PLUS you get in on the social benefits of sharing.
3. Not to mention, you can still move the furniture around to customize as with any other dorm room at IU. I de-lofted my bed and made it into a half-loft.... (please pardon the slight mess).
4. There is also a bigger bathroom of showers located down the hall, so if you were really worried about missing out on the comradery of sharing a communal bathroom, don't worry -- you still get that in Read!
5. Every floor has a floor lounge -- a room where you can meet up. These lounges DO have air conditioning and plenty of couches! Some floors have a TV in the lounge, but not all. Not having a TV is not a big deal; if you want to watch TV in the lounge you can also use another floor's lounge that has a TV.
6. The building is X-shaped with four wings: Clark, Beck, Landes, and Curry. Clark and Landes are the females' wings, and Beck and Curry are the males' wings. The wings are pretty sectioned-off just with the structure of the building, but if you live in Read and have a key to the doors, all of the wings and floors interconnect.
1. Read is known for being located right next to the Jacobs School of Music... which probably means it is full of band geeks and music majors, right? Social suicide, right? Wrong. There are a lot of really cool people living here, music majors and non-music majors alike. This "all music people" stereotype most likely got started because of the Fine Arts LLC on Clark 3, and also because incoming freshmen music majors often preference the Southeast neighborhood when choosing housing because of its close proximity to Jacobs. While living in Read I had the chance to get to know so many people of a variety of majors. There were several people on my floor in Kelley, several in Jacobs, some journalism majors, some education majors (Read is also very close to the Education building), plenty in the College of Arts and Sciences, etc., etc., ...you get the idea.
2. Like any of the other dorms, Read offers tons of ways for you to get involved. Last year I was my floor's programmer (student government), so believe me when I say that there are always things going on that are planned for the residents, which is a great way to meet the people you live with. At the end of the second semester, the Read student government and the RAs put on Huge Fest, which is this awesome festival with bounce houses, a dunk tank, free T-shirts, comedy shows, free food... You should definitely go!
1. Unfortunately, the rumor is that the Bistro and the Landes Dining Room were taken out of Read this summer as a part of a renovation :'( but actually. This is a huge disappointment because both of these places offered really good food. And all last year it was super awesome to have three food options without even having to leave your building. I honestly don't know how students manage to live in residence halls that don't have any dining options. You have to leave the building to get food every time? What if it's raining?? Living in Read has made me so spoiled.
2. BUT! There is good news: The Hoosier Cafe is still standing on the main floor of Read so you can still eat without having to leave the building. Last year the Hoosier Cafe was basically a mini C-store (convenience store), which means that you could buy a lot of pre-packaged food here. There is also hot food available: 99 times out of 100 they are serving chicken strips. I believe it is actually being expanded this year into a full C-store, so hopefully we'll be able to buy things here that are not food-related, but will be super awesome to have access to in the residence hall (Floss! Yay!). Oh, and did I mention there is a mini-Starbucks? I repeat: Starbucks. Enough said.
3. Looking at food options lying outside the building, there will be a brand new really nice food court in Forest, which is pretty much 10 steps outside the building (I exaggerate, but you get the idea). It's also a really quick walk to Wright food court. The walk to Union Street Center isn't bad at all. The walk to the suuuuupppppper nice (arguably the best) C-store on campus in Willkie is also not bad at all.
4. And finally, looking at food options not within your meal plan (because you will get tired of it eventually), there are sooooooo many restaurants really close to Read. Mother Bear's Pizza is right next door on 3rd street. Also on 3rd street, Ami - a sushi restaurant. But it's actually delicious. I was really nervous to try sushi for the first time and ended up loving it. The entire menu is 20% off on Tuesdays, and they take your Campus Access card. And continuing our pattern of restaurants on 3rd street... there is another Asian restaurant with a name that I forget at the moment. From Read it's about a 10-minute walk to Kirkwood where you can basically find restaurant after restaurant after restaurant.
1. There are laundry rooms scattered throughout the basement of Read... just a quick elevator ride away. Tip: laundry on Sunday afternoon is crazy. Try doing laundry at seemingly odd times. But hey, if you're up studying on a Tuesday night anyway, you might as well have a load of laundry going, even if it's 2 a.m.
2. Read is the only residence hall with a CLDC, or Community Leadership Development Center. Basically, this is where all the RAs at IU come to "craft," or make your floor bulletin boards and door tags. But the CLDC is open for the residents to use as well! If you ever need to make a poster for a class, or you need access to scissors, glue, glitter, whatever, -- all for free -- this is the place to come. AND there are also computers and printers in here where you can print in your choice of black and white or in color. I believe this is the only place on campus I'm aware of where you can print in color for free. There is a limit of 5 pages (I think? Maybe 10?), but that's 5 pages per visit... meaning if you print 5, leave, and walk right back in you can print another 5 pages... #cheatingthesystem
3. There is a computer lab in the basement where you can also use a printer. It can get pretty crowded at about 3:00 - 4:00 and again at 10:00 pm and later, so I'd advise taking care of print jobs at basically any other time. It's very convenient to have this in your dorm, so you don't need to walk to the library every time you need to print something, and you don't need to buy your own printer.
4. In the lobby there are: three extra computers (sometimes I come here instead of the computer lab when it's a busy time), a printer, a copier, and the main desk area where there are always RAs working if you ever have any questions.
5. There is an MMM in the basement - Movies, Music, and More. Here you can rentDVDs, and also CDs, for up to 2 days. Renting from the MMM is waaaaayyy easier than bringing all of your favorite DVDs from home, and they actually have a really good selection!
6. There is a Game Room in the Basement of Beck Wing. I don't think I ever did more than just walk through it, but I believe it has a pool table.
7. There are a few formal lounges located on the main floor. These big rooms are full of couches and tables, which is really nice for studying.
8. If you are a musician, there are practice rooms in the basement.
1. Read is located in the Southeast Neighborhood of IU's campus... which means it's super far away from everything and basically in the middle of no where, right? Wrong. So wrong. I have no idea how this mentality got out there that Read is far away from everything. The walk from Read to Wright and Teter is literally not even 3 minutes.
2. Being a freshman, or any of class really, you will probably have multiple (if not multiple, at least one) class in Ballantine Hall. Read is without a doubt the closest dorm to Ballantine. Also, if you have classes in Jordan or in Swain, Read is the closest dorm to these. You have a class in Sycamore? The Chemistry building? Anywhere around the IMU? Read is the closest dorm to this entire area of campus where a huge amount of classroom buildings are located. Yes, Read is closer to these buildings even than the dorms in the Central Neighborhood like Wright and Teter. Don't believe me? Check out the walking distances from Read, Wright, and Teter to the buildings I just mentioned where you are likely to have a lot of classes:
3. Read is also really close to:
- the HPER (where you can work out!) The SRSC is a little farther, but if you're serious about working out you probably won't mind walking a little farther
- the TIS Bookstore (where you can buy your textbooks if you choose)
- The Village Pantry on 3rd street (for all of your occasional Village Pantry needs)
- Frats on 3rd street
- The College Mall! If you prefer walking over taking the bus, the walk is about 15-20 minutes and totally do-able
Things About Living in Read that are Less Awesome, but Not a Big Deal!
1. No Air Conditioning. Yes, Read dorms don't have AC. Please calm down right now. The first two weeks of the school year will not be so fun, but for the entire rest of the year I hardly noticed that I lived in a building without AC. Buy a fan. Buy a few fans, actually. I recommend a box fan to put in the window and a personal fan for yourself. Also:
2. It is a long walk to the stadiums on the northern-most part of campus that takes about 20-25 minutes. Walk with your friends -- I'm sure if you were going to a game, you'd be going with friends anyway -- and the time will fly. Or take the bus if you really don't want to walk.
3. It is an older building, so the fire alarms are sensitive. Just try to be careful about not scorching your popcorn... also, really don't light candles, and get used to the fire alarms going off occasionally. It's not a huge deal, just an adjustment to living here, and it's all part of the dorm experience.
And Everything Else
1. There are seven floors in Read: the basement, the main floor, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Students live on floors 2-6. Floors 2-5 are all doubles for the most part, meaning you have a roommate, and the 6th floor is all singles.
2. Each wing of the building has its own elevator. The elevator will pick you up and take you to any floor except the 6th floor. If you live on the 6th floor, you take the elevator to the 5th floor and then walk up one more flight of stairs.
- There is also a flight of stairs in every wing, and one flight in the center of the building.
3. Your RA's room will have AC (so make friends with your RA!)
4. Each floor has a supply closet where you can use a vacuum or broom if you need it, get more trash bags, more toilet paper for your half-bath, etc.
5. You have to supply your own hand soap for your johnette!
6. The mattresses are a size Twin XL, as with every other dorm.
7. Some of the floors have a small kitchen (stove, oven, sink, and some counter space) and others do not, but if you want to use a kitchen and your floor does not have one, you can always use another floor's! Just walk to a different floor, no big deal.
I hope you enjoy living in this residence hall as much as I do! Thanks for reading!
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I am a member for IU's chapter of Global Brigades where I am a part of the Water Brigade - over spring break we went to Honduras to build sustainable water collection and filtration systems to bring clean water to rural communities that don't currently have access to safe water. This year we are planning another brigade to Ghana in May!
I intern in the Anthropology Department's Zooarchaeology Lab (zooarchaeology = zoo + archaeology = animal bones). My goal for future semesters is to also have a museum internship. I also work as a tutor with the writing center, Writing Tutorial Services (WTS). I am a musician as well and have played flute in the All-Campus Band; although I also play piano and saxophone. And of course, I am a student blogger for WeAreIU.com!
I also love:
- Indiana basketball
- the SRSC
- indie rock music
- Pizza X
- How I Met Your Mother
- long walks on sandy beaches
I'm psyched to share my experiences and advice! Thanks for reading and GO HOOSIERS!