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Not Your Average Dorm – 6 Cool Places to Live during College

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Forget cookie-cutter, off-white rooms with barely enough space to hold a mini-fridge. Students nowadays have a variety of housing options to choose from while pursuing a degree, and some living arrangements are downright awesome!

Here’s a look at a few places people are proud to call their “home away from home.”

Le Mans Hall

Ready to channel your inner Meghan Markle? Anyone who has ever dreamed of living in a castle will love the majestic bell tower, high ceilings, big windows, hardwood floors, crown molding, and third-floor chapel in Le Mans Hall at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Every room is unique (some even contain a fireplace). And the surrounding plush lawns ensure the outside of this iconic building looks as regal as the inside.

Aldo Leopold Residence Hall

Designers made sure the exterior of this multi-tiered residential building complemented the historic Lakeshore Housing District in which it is located. But the 1,000+-square-foot rooftop greenhouse leaves no doubt that residents of this dorm at University of Wisconsin-Madison have modern concerns on their mind. Students learn about sustainable practices by planting, growing, and distributing produce year-round. Features such as roof-mounted solar panels and low-flow plumbing fixtures helped the building earn LEED Gold Certification.

Barnett Residential Complex

It’s not easy to add to a campus already home to 12 beloved Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, but renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern took on the challenge. Paying homage to Wright’s style without trying to copy, Stern created Wesley and Nicholas halls to expand housing options at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. While the broad overhanging eaves, distinctive colors, and triangular staircase bring Wright to mind, residents also enjoy modern amenities such as sand volleyball courts, a wellness center, and a microwave in every room (not to mention timeless views of Lake Hollingsworth). And first-time residents often marvel at their new bed – cleverly designed to sit three feet off the floor with space underneath for belongings!

The Lawn

Why are a bunch of rooms that lack air conditioning and their own kitchen some of the most desirable living quarters on the University of Virginia campus? Well, how many times in your life do you get the chance to live in an historical landmark designed by no other than Thomas Jefferson himself? These 54 single rooms were part of Jefferson’s original Academical Village in the center of campus, and what they lack in amenities, they more than make up for in cultural significance. Most do have fireplaces, and the built-in sink closet proves handy. And don’t worry – they do sport a wireless connection to the university’s computer network.

Luby Wood Hall

On the opposite end of the construction timeline, Luby Wood Hall at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, just opened in 2017. But in a give-people-a-voice spirit even Jefferson would admire, administrators surveyed undergraduates for their ideas and needs before building the new residence hall. The more than 900 responses received went into creating a four-story building with 174 rooms, laundry facilities, a convenience store, a bike garage, a sunny common area, meeting rooms, and three full-size kitchens with appliances.

Senior Village

Think the greatest perk of senior year is first crack at registering for classes? Students at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, may beg to differ. Before heading out into the “real” world, seniors live in their own campus community of Charlestonian-style houses complete with full kitchens, living rooms, and dining areas. But the front porches seem to be the favorite feature of most residents, as their charming rocking chairs provide a perfect place to rest with friends after classes or dream about the future.

Beth Hering
Universities.com

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