Dorm dwelling

By Summer Almaguer
On April 7, 2016

   As a senior, I have had the opportunity to live in many of the different residence halls on campus. In fact, I have lived in five of the seven dorms that ASU has to offer. With the exception of Carr and Concho. I have found that each hall has their own different pros and cons that make some halls more habitable than others.
   The Massies and Plaza Verde are polar opposites in my opinion. The Massies have a good personality, but you have to overlook the appearance to really get used to living there. Plaza Verde is beautiful outside, but my experience living there was not very pleasant. A con for the Massies is the lack of privacy in the rooms, but a big pro is the double closets. You do get more privacy in Plaza, but the fact that you can hear the rowdy people hanging out in the lobby is a big con. Vanderventer is average. Besides the fact that there is a full sized kitchen, there isn’t anything spectacular that comes to mind when I think about my experience living there. Because my cooking skills are nonexistent, I still ended up using the microwave to cook my meals 99 percent of the time. I will have to say that the kitchen is a big plus, but the huge lack of privacy is a very big con. 
   Texan and Centennial are very similar. A pro for both is that you get your own room. One difference is that Texan has a laundry room on each floor, where Centennial only has one large laundry room for the whole building. Another difference is that in Texan you get your own sink, and in Centennial you share a sink. I also really like that you can open your window in Texan because it’s nice to have fresh air sometimes. The only con for me is that it is far from my classes, but of course that is not the case for everyone. 
   Overall, I have enjoyed living on campus. I don’t have to worry about paying my rent or bills on time. I can have my room feel like Antarctica without worrying about my electric bill. Even though there are rules about visitors, for the most part you can have visitors over as long as your roommate is cool about it. Obviously it is close to campus, and it is relatively the same, if not cheaper, than living off campus.

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