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2012-06-13 09:33:50 AM  
I remember we had a micro fridge, a small microwave / refrigerator combo, and that was SO COOL.

They were brand new and spotless when we got them.
 
2012-06-13 09:47:00 AM  
I'm staying at a nice old college at Oxford this week while here for a meeting, and I find it rather interesting to note that while it's an awesome old place that reminds me of Harry Potter (guess they filmed it here) it's got nothing on the new dorms these days that they're building. Guess you've gotta build something with those exorbitant tuition hikes?

/ had a cinder block dorm room with roommate the first two years before moving off campus
// in 2004, not like I can say "get off my lawn" yet or anything
 
2012-06-13 09:47:39 AM  
I'm starting to see why the cost of higher education is outpacing inflation.
 
2012-06-13 09:50:23 AM  
My dorm room sucked, but my RA was awesome. She was a black, lesbian anarchist who wanted to be called "Slick".
 
2012-06-13 09:50:34 AM  
Cinder blocks and moldy ceilings.
 
2012-06-13 09:53:36 AM  
Women were not allowed in male dorm rooms at any time, and curfews continued to dictate their movements around campus until well into the 1960s. But students found creative ways to skirt these restrictions; some sent messages to the opposite sex via Morse Code in the form of flashing lights across campus, like the young lady pictured here.


Oh, that's awesome.
 
2012-06-13 10:05:17 AM  
We used to make an "a55hole" which was a paper towel tube stuffed with dryer sheets, and blow our smoke through it so the RAs wouldn't smell it. We thought we were geniuses!

Turns out they were wise to our little trick.
 
2012-06-13 10:16:03 AM  
At this summer's conference for the Association of College & University Housing Officers, administrators swapped stories about the more outlandish requests they've received. (One tale involved a freshman who wanted to know about housing accommodations for his butler, who had accompanied him to the dorms).

What. The. Fark.

/it took two years for Dobby to make his way to Hogwarts
 
2012-06-13 10:18:34 AM  
And while some schools use high-end housing to draw prospective freshmen, Carbone says Rutger's academic record is appealing enough: "We don't have to go into the arms race to attract students."

1. Hey, article author: Learn to use apostrophes correctly!

2. Rutgers? Academic record? Appealing?
 
2012-06-13 10:39:49 AM  
What freshmen imagine their dorm room will look like:
g-cdn.apartmenttherapy.com

The reality:
www.core77.com
 
2012-06-13 11:12:06 AM  
NYU had some nice dorms. And rather than one bathroom for the whole floor, each room has its own. But I did get one of the shiattier buildings during freshman year. It was old, to the point that it housed a speakeasy at one point. There was no air conditioning, forcing you to open the windows when it was hot, which sucked on Sunday mornings since the church up the block rang its loud-ass bells all. farking. morning. The elevators sometimes shook when they stopped at your floor. And unlike most of the other freshman dorms, it had no dining hall. And my two roommates were pricks, though that wasn't the building's fault.

Senior year more than made up for it. I had the nicest freaking dorm ever. Modern building, enormous rooms for NYC, dishwashers (!), and some rooms even had views of the Brooklyn Bridge. And a bunch of my friends and I all got rooms on the same floor so it was fun as hell. The only downside was that it was *far* from "campus." NYU ended up not renewing the lease and instead built new dorms closer to "campus," which made sense both because of proximity and because that building never had any business being a dorm. Last I checked it's now a luxury apartment building where the cheapest studio is going for something like $2,000/month.

/CSB
//Class of '08
 
2012-06-13 11:15:52 AM  

Babwa Wawa: I'm starting to see why the cost of higher education is outpacing inflation.


This is actually the free-market at work. Universities build these lavish things to attract more (or better) students. Marketing at it's finest.
 
2012-06-13 12:26:13 PM  
Freshman year: On campus in the dorms - small, but fairly standardized
Sophomore year: On campus, crappy apartment system
Junior/Senior years: Off campus, lived in the fraternity's chapter house - my own room and housemates kicked ass, but communal living took some getting used to (Mostly along the lines of "Hey dumbass, do your dishes or I'll cut your room off from cable and internet")

/Some of the crap in the article is absurd
 
2012-06-13 12:52:56 PM  
UCF had the nicest dorms I have ever seen on a grand scale. I'm sure a lot of other schools had premium campus housing but even the shiattiest dorms there were comfortable. Their nicest ones rival luxury condominiums.

And the Jimmy Johns inside the dorm lobby was nice.
 
2012-06-13 12:53:05 PM  
Back in MYYY DAAYYYY we bunked three to a room, and the room was small enough it violated the state standards for prisons.
 
2012-06-13 12:53:18 PM  
My RA was great. She tolerated me smoking about two ounces a week in there.

And it was a (mildly) religious school.
 
2012-06-13 12:54:58 PM  
mmm... freshman year I had tiny mean little son-of-a-biatch as roommate. Room itself was cozy but usable.

Sophomore year my deposit was lost, so I got roomed with someone last minute. He disliked me and I disliked him. I'm a homebody and he kept on bringing girls over (and being gay, that's more then a bit annoying). He eventually got a room trade and I got another guy who was much nicer and we were both big geeks - 4 am showings of Star Trek: TNG were common.

Junior year we got a suite - 10 of us got 5 interconnected rooms with a commons and a private bathroom. Had a big TV with game systems common, plus a big DVD collection. Was also literally next door to my classes. Much nicer.

Senior year I moved off campus. Worst time ever. cost a lot, one roommate dropped out so we had a circulating roll of jerks filling in. And no one ever paid their bills.

I loved the dorm. I hated the people, a lot of the time.
 
2012-06-13 12:55:16 PM  
Picture # 8 in 1985, the school issued each incoming student a new Microsoft computer

Fark : Picture shows a Mac

The Microsoft product in the pictre is a box of "Microsoft Multiplan" - the predecessor to Excel
 
2012-06-13 12:55:31 PM  
UCSC Banana slug here.

My group of college friends consisted of the entire top floor of a dorm building. You can throw some fun parties when everyone is in on it. Hanging out in the hallways, hotboxing dorm rooms...
The only time we ever got busted was when we crammed about 30 people into a double for a round of smoking. And we were pretty sure it was the RA's biatch girlfriend who ratted us out.

/Best years of my life.
//I could tell you 100 crazy stories
 
2012-06-13 12:56:48 PM  
nancymorris.com

RIT
 
2012-06-13 12:59:52 PM  

SmackLT: What freshmen imagine their dorm room will look like:
[g-cdn.apartmenttherapy.com image 540x360]

The reality:
[www.core77.com image 450x600]


The first picture is closer to reality these days.
 
2012-06-13 12:59:57 PM  
 
2012-06-13 01:00:06 PM  

fruitbatnt: Picture # 8 in 1985, the school issued each incoming student a new Microsoft computer

Fark : Picture shows a Mac

The Microsoft product in the pictre is a box of "Microsoft Multiplan" - the predecessor to Excel


Yep. I'm betting the "writer" involved is too young to recognize that old Mac. And other mistakes make it clear there's no editor checking his work.

::adjusts onion on belt and shuffles away, mumbling to himself::
 
2012-06-13 01:00:51 PM  
I'd rather watch the evolution of slideshows into something web developers go to prison for.
 
2012-06-13 01:01:00 PM  
WE'RE ALL GONNA GET LAID?
 
2012-06-13 01:02:07 PM  

fruitbatnt: Picture # 8 in 1985, the school issued each incoming student a new Microsoft computer

Fark : Picture shows a Mac

The Microsoft product in the pictre is a box of "Microsoft Multiplan" - the predecessor to Excel


what's the predecessor to gay?? is it OWL?
 
2012-06-13 01:04:32 PM  

vernonFL: We used to make an "a55hole" which was a paper towel tube stuffed with dryer sheets, and blow our smoke through it so the RAs wouldn't smell it. We thought we were geniuses!

Turns out they were wise to our little trick.


Seconded. Only it was my RA who was smoking with me...
 
2012-06-13 01:05:23 PM  
Can't imagine why tuition keeps climbing
 
2012-06-13 01:05:28 PM  

FreakinB: NYU had some nice dorms. And rather than one bathroom for the whole floor, each room has its own. But I did get one of the shiattier buildings during freshman year. It was old, to the point that it housed a speakeasy at one point. There was no air conditioning, forcing you to open the windows when it was hot, which sucked on Sunday mornings since the church up the block rang its loud-ass bells all. farking. morning. The elevators sometimes shook when they stopped at your floor. And unlike most of the other freshman dorms, it had no dining hall. And my two roommates were pricks, though that wasn't the building's fault.

Senior year more than made up for it. I had the nicest freaking dorm ever. Modern building, enormous rooms for NYC, dishwashers (!), and some rooms even had views of the Brooklyn Bridge. And a bunch of my friends and I all got rooms on the same floor so it was fun as hell. The only downside was that it was *far* from "campus." NYU ended up not renewing the lease and instead built new dorms closer to "campus," which made sense both because of proximity and because that building never had any business being a dorm. Last I checked it's now a luxury apartment building where the cheapest studio is going for something like $2,000/month.

/CSB
//Class of '08


Youngin. Class of '02 here.

I take it you were in Brittany and, say Water Street? I was in Rubin frosh year, 3rd North soph and junior year, and Palladium (when it was brand new) senior year. During the summers I stayed at Hayden.

My freshman year, I had a GORGEOUS view of 5th Avenue. My parents told me the first move in day, "Enjoy this view now, because you are never going to have it again!" and we laughed. I told the other kids this and they all were so offended my parents would say that. I don't think they ever realized that view is quite literally a multi million dollar view, and chances are unless I married VERY well, my anthro degree was not going to be able to pay for that again in any time of my life.

I always preferred the pre-war charm of Hayden, Rubin, and Brittany to any of the other dorms in my opinion. Hayden was the best, I had my own little studio with a tiny kitchen every summer over looking Washington Square Park!

My parents both went to college in the 1950's, and never dormed. (Dorming, or going "away" to college was for the rich kids) and they were both pretty shocked when they figured out the dorms were co ed.
 
2012-06-13 01:07:10 PM  
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"But students found creative ways to skirt these restrictions; some sent messages to the opposite sex via Morse Code in the form of flashing lights across campus, like the young lady pictured here."
orriehitt.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-13 01:07:25 PM  

Tat'dGreaser: [nancymorris.com image 427x311]

RIT


Been there, done that. I even saw a girl there once
 
2012-06-13 01:07:25 PM  
Darn you, Boston Univesity current students! I had to spend three years in Warren Towers. And I liked it!!!

/actually did like it
//came in handy when we got snowed in
///bet the Freep doesn't even misspell headlines anymore
 
2012-06-13 01:07:53 PM  
wow. this looks like the local projects...just without the unemployment groups on each doorstep.

img.timeinc.net
 
2012-06-13 01:07:54 PM  
Damn, my dorm is a dump.
 
2012-06-13 01:08:15 PM  
Freshman year, shared a ridiculously small room (10 by 15) with a stranger. Building was built in the 40's
Sophomore year, had a ridiculously small room to myself (10 by 12) Building was built in the 70's
Junior year, upgraded to a newer building single with a common room shared 3 others who also had their own rooms. Room was 10 by 17. Building was built in the 2000's
Senior year, moved to frat house. Shared a room and common room with one other. Both rooms were 12 by 15. Building built in the 60's. Best time was achieved.

class of 2010. It was obvious that the newer the building was, the more room you were going to have, but that does not make for the best living situation. If you're in a fraternity and living in the house isn't the most fun, you joined the wrong one or just shouldn't have don it.
/csb
 
2012-06-13 01:08:25 PM  


img.timeinc.net

O HAI GUIZE WHATS GOIN ON IN HURR
 
2012-06-13 01:08:29 PM  
Rutgers University's $55 million Rockoff Dorm features a Coldstone Creamery, a 7/11 and a state-of-the-art gym; residents also enjoy grocery delivery, room cleaning and laundry services. One hitch: Rockoff is only open to juniors and seniors. "If you have all the things you need in your own unit, you never go outside," says Joan Carbone, Executive Director of Residence Life at Rutgers

That would be because it's in downtown New Brunswick, in between the College Avenue Campus and the Cook/Douglass Campus. Google Maps estimates a 23-minute walk from there to Brower Dining Hall on College Ave, compared to a 4-minute walk from Campbell Hall (my freshman dorm). It's a nice dorm, for sure, but I would've hated living there. No walking to class, or to the gym (I liked playing basketball, Rockoff just had a fitness center). Sitting around and someone comes by asking if you want to toss the football around? Enjoy waiting for the bus to come (Rutgers' bus system actually isn't bad, but still) instead of just walking out of your dorm right into the quad.
 
2012-06-13 01:08:34 PM  
Those luxury dorms come with special luxury pricetags; for the hoi polloi the old-fashioned cinderblock cell shared by two is still the norm.
 
2012-06-13 01:10:33 PM  
ag.purdue.edu

ag.purdue.edu

At Purdue, our dorms had the charm of a housing project. The bottom one is actually graduate housing which technically means it's better. I never lived there, I only snuck in to use the laundry room.
 
2012-06-13 01:10:35 PM  

SuperChuck: Been there, done that. I even saw a girl there once


No way! One escaped the photo building long enough to be seen? I hope she got away from the roving mobs of dorky computer nerds.
 
2012-06-13 01:11:07 PM  
The Corps is going to hell...

www.serviceacademyforums.com
 
2012-06-13 01:11:14 PM  
My freshman dorm sucked. It was in a "temporary" building built in the 50s which was supposed to be replaced in 25 years (this was 1996). My roommate was the type who would only take a bath (not a shower) once a week.
 
2012-06-13 01:12:11 PM  

busy chillin': WE'RE ALL GONNA GET LAID?


We are indeed.

I was an RA in the late 80's. I'd been in and out of school and was a 2-3 years older than the rest of the RA staff so me and one other were the "old guys" at 22. At Cal Poly most of the dorms went to the incoming freshman, with most older students going to off-campus apartments and shared rentals. Thus, fresh, nubile 18 and 19 year old women in my mixed-sex dorm would prance through the common area in their delicate underthings. Something about being on the third floor made the girls feel more at home and safer to go room-to-room in their T-shirt/panty ensembles. On occasion they would come to my door asking to make fark with me because, well, I was the RA.

It was a shame the program was limited to 1 year.
 
2012-06-13 01:12:22 PM  
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But as a member of UltraFark you get all th++++ CARRIER LOST
 
2012-06-13 01:12:32 PM  
i.qkme.me
 
2012-06-13 01:12:55 PM  
This is a picture of the dinning hall when I went to college:
4.bp.blogspot.com

Food was usualy pretty good, but at certian times of the year it sucked. Like on halloween, as they had to eat was candy. Couldn't even get a farking sandwich.

I went for a CompSci class, and found out I was the only one taking that course. Everyone was doing 'potions' or 'divination' or some kind of hippy crap.

And the farking constant troll attacks. Don't get me started on the troll attacks.
The uniforms didn't leave much to be desired, either. But this one time there was some kind of cross-school tournament, and I totaly hooked up with some French student from another school.
 
2012-06-13 01:13:12 PM  
at UMiami, our dorms were pretty nice for their purpose; our RA was non-existent, except when she confiscated my beer furniture sculptures, which i "found" on campus...admin asked "what is this?" me: "art"...dismissed...win.

we did have a freaking SWEET pool, community area, on-campus bar, indoor pool, sauna...all that stuff, which was rarely used...some on-campus apartments that were ok at best...for the price, though, with room and board, it wasn't all that bad at all..
 
2012-06-13 01:14:07 PM  

Mentat: Cinder blocks and moldy ceilings.


Stone, but no mold (too drafty) - dorm was built in '29 and used to board (army) pilots during WWII during training.

Rooms were small (10'x10') whitewashed stone but kept the noise down.
 
2012-06-13 01:14:52 PM  
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2012-06-13 01:14:56 PM  

Lollipop165: I take it you were in Brittany and, say Water Street? I was in Rubin frosh year, 3rd North soph and junior year, and Palladium (when it was brand new) senior year. During the summers I stayed at Hayden.


Yup, Brittany and Water Street. I just didn't like Brittany compared to the rest of the freshman dorms. And like I said, my roommates didn't help. Actually, 3 guys who are still close friends to this day lived directly below me but I didn't meet them until after freshman year. Would've made that year *much* better.

I would have really liked either Hayden or one of the newer ones like Third North. Rubin would have been ok, though it didn't have AC either.

I was in Lafayette for both sophomore and junior year. Not much to say about it, wasn't bad but wasn't amazing. The only notable thing was the rooms where the wall between the common room and the bedroom didn't go all the way up to the ceiling. I was in one of those sophomore year, as part of a suite with 8 other guys. Needless to say, there were shenanigans.

But oh my, Water Street. Even then I was thinking to myself "It'll probably be years before I can afford a place like this again."
 
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