If you are starting college in the U.S., you might be one of the lucky freshmen moving into a fancy new dormitory. Many U.S. colleges have been on a building spree and adding luxury amenities to their dormitory buildings. And some schools attract students with their fabled, historic living quarters.
Whether a college offers you a chance to live among faculty, to enjoy smart technology or to study at a desk like the one at which Edgar Allan Poe penned stories, you are sure to learn a lot and make new friends.
Remember, there are many things, in addition to amenities, to consider when deciding where to live. Daniel F. Chambliss — a professor who followed nearly 100 students throughout college in researching the book How College Works — reports in Inside Higher Ed that he finds that “high-contact” settings, such as traditional dorms, are best.
These settings feature long hallways, shared rooms and common bathrooms, where students have no choice but to meet lots of peers. According to Chambliss, amenities or not, such configurations “are the single best device for helping new students to solve their biggest problem: finding friends.”
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