Are your students in a dorm or an apartment?

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Are your students in a dorm or an apartment?
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Thu, 11-03-2011 - 11:31pm

My guys were going to get an apartment this year and get out of the dorms. What changed their minds? The forecast of another cold and heavy winter. In the dorms, they're right on campus and dont have to start the car and deal with icy roads just to get to school. When it's -40, that's definitely an attraction!

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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 2:18am

My college sophomore is in her second year in a dorm.

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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 8:44am
DS19's U is lucky enough to have a lot of on-campus apartments. He was required to be in the dorms last year but is in an apartment this year. He loves it EXCEPT it's across campus from 5 of his 6 classes - so that means he has to lug all his art supplies with him (studio art major) for 2 of them, and it's frankly bad for his already bad back! But anyway - next year he's talking about an off campus apartment; we'll see - there are closer on-campus apartments to the art dept... But as he'd rather cook, and hated eating in the dorm cafeterias, he's much happier in an apartment, not to mention he got to choose his roommate (he didn't want to freshman year and definitely regretted it!) It is required at his U to live on campus the first two years, freshman year being in the dorms, so the apartment is the way most go their soph year.

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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 9:40am

My dd21 lives at home. My dd19 is in an off-campus apartment building. I think it's very safe, but unfortunately, they currently are at the epicenter of probably the most infamous college-student missing person case in the country right now (Lauren Spierer) which is a little frightening. :(

The weather at dd19's campus isn't too crazy bad, but I'm sure she won't love taking the bus when the snow starts!

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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 11:13am

98% of the students at DS's college live on campus.

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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 11:32am

DD lived in a very big high rise dorm her freshman year and then lived in a sorority house the next 3 yrs.

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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 8:27pm

The students I know look forward to moving out of residence after first year. In fact, the universities I know, residence is for only first years.

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Fri, 11-04-2011 - 11:30pm

I find that really interesting and it makes sense that there arent enough places even for first years. In Saskatchewan, this doesnt seem to be the case. A lot of third and fourth years live on the quiet floors of the dorms. The boys tell me that by Christmas, half of the dorms are empty due to Christmas graduates. It helps that the dorms they are in are run by Lutherans and so they have a resident pastor with programs that a lot of the kids take advantage of. Some of the kids move out after their first year, only to come back a semester later. My son is allergic to wheat and milk and so the cafeteria makes some really wonderful meals for him. The food is not always to their liking, but neither is the food in my home. They really love meeting new people and this year, their RA who is a gamer, made sure that most of the gamers were on the same floor. The boys love their video games and when they need to let their hair down a bit and destress, there's always somebody in the lounge playing something. They are really enjoying their year this year.

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Mon, 11-07-2011 - 9:38am

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Mon, 11-07-2011 - 12:01pm

Interesting..

I was talking to DD this weekend. She reminded me that Regina & Saskatoon (don't know which university your sons are attending but I am guessing it is in one of those two cities or even the Peg) do have problems with crime, especially in the low income areas.

Also, kinda surprised that there is a religious organization involved in a university. Here, in Ontario, all the universities are completely secular.

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Mon, 11-07-2011 - 10:46pm
They're in Regina. That Lutheran dorm has been there forever. In Saskatoon, you dont know if you got into the dorm until the week before school starts and there's no preference to first years or any other year from what Im told. There are parts of Regina, you dont drive in, the poorer areas, as most cities have, are the crime areas primarily but not all the time. They're not crazy about living in the city, but small towns have crime too, just not as many places to hide.

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