A big part of each student’s life is where they reside and how they live comfortably while studying. Choosing a dormitory is one of the most significant decisions to ponder as an incoming freshman. In so, a lot of features has been considered by students and even parents before choosing the dormitory of their interest. To enjoy and have the best college experience, here are some of the factors to consider what type of dormitory to look for:
Accessibility of the dormitory also reflects its location particularly to key essential places. With the busy lifestyle, the value of time and convenience of students is a must. Having the ease of access to different areas such as the library, convenience stores, canteens, coffee shops, laundry shops, terminal or bus stations is an advantage especially those with hectic schedules. In such better to look at the campus map and determine the distance between the dorm of your choice to your class buildings and other essential places. Furthermore, having ease of access to a critical area not only give convenience but also help students reduce the stress of taking a long walk to go from one place to another. Plus, when extreme weather happens (heavy rain or snow), the location and accessibility of your dormitory will make a difference.
Amenities (Internet, microwave, common kitchen)
Besides the room size and its style, one big factor of choosing dormitory is the availability of internet and common pantry with equipment such as microwave, fridge, washing machines, a computer lab with a printer. Having these amenities like access toward web and internet is very promising for students, since most of the academic requirements, school activities, and even online part-time jobs currently involve the use and application of web and internet. While for those who are tired of going out to eat can have a shared kitchen where they can prepare their meal.
Given that you spend most of your time in this room from eating, studying to sleeping, any upgrade or refurbishments from dormitory buildings are also important factors. Upgrades such as the new coat of painting, installments of heaters or aircon or smoke detectors, and new room dimensions are some of the things to check with.
Privacy setting in dormitories exhibits the set-up of room sharing. Whether a student wants to be alone or lives together with new friends they meet, is a question of how a student can be able to bear not only the expenses but also their social interaction to an individual who may or may not have the same interest with them. In such, students who are introvert or those sensitive living with other people, primarily aims to choose or rent a private-solo room. However, those students who have a tight budget look for room-sharing dormitory. Furthermore, selecting this setting in a dormitory, also shows how student consider security since it is difficult to trust living with another person not familiar to you.
Being safe and keeping safe while studying describes the security measures in choosing a dormitory. Spending most of the time in dorm requires a safety and security protocols not just in terms of having CCTV cameras, but also the means of being safe from natural disasters like earthquake, flood, and fire. Uncertainties of this incident are controlled by available safety features such as fire alarms, fire extinguisher, earthquake-resistant building and free from flood occurrences. It is critical to note, that security measures of dormitories are specified so as potential renters have the assurance that the management is serious in keeping their safety and security.
Availability of Sports and Interactive Facility
Those students who aim to have a balanced lifestyle in their studies and extracurricular activities, can look for dormitories that have a facility that activates their physical bodies through the gym, swimming pools, interactive games or those dormitories that encourage pampering their selves through spas or salons. Other features to consider in finding dorms is the availability of cozy hubs and co-working spaces that enable students to work their projects or school work inside their dormitories especially if libraries are too crowded or too far the group to work. Furthermore, having this additional feature in dorms not only help student interact with other people but also dissuade their academic worries to other fun activity.
Importance about house rules such as the do’s and don’ts, curfew hours, and visitation policy should also be considered especially to those students who have special needs and requirements such as those students who have evening classes or students who want to cook their food instead of taking out food from fast-food and convenience stores. In such, house rules should clear and convey adequately.
So, regardless of your needs, requirement or constraints, selecting a dormitory of your choice imitates your priority.