By: Chelsea Proctor
Spring room selection is upon us. While you all received a lovely PDF document explaining the how to’s of room selection, this article offers a few insider tips to help make your experience a little easier. As someone who has worked in the ResLife department for going on three years, I know the ins an outs of the process so here’s what you should keep in mind before you go into room selection night.
1) You want a single?
If you’re a freshman, that’s not likely to happen. However, a small loop-hole exists. If you are interested in being a member of a special interest community (community service, gender blind, global learning or healthy choices) you stand a better chance. Be aware, that you do have to write a short essay explaining why you are interested in the community and plan to participate in the community throughout the year.
If you have more than four lottery points (1 for each consecutive semester lived on campus), you stand a pretty good chance of obtaining a single for next year.
2) Spaces with the least suite mates.
As someone who has dealt with many roommate conflicts, I can testify that the more people in a space, the more issues seem to arise. The spaces in Willoughby that have the fewest occupants are the spaces ending in 05, 07, 08, and 14. Each of these rooms is a single and a double: three people to one kitchen and one bathroom.
If you are going for a triple, the 02 and 17 spaces are only a triple with no suite mates. Also, these rooms have completely renovated bathrooms.
Each suite has a maximum occupancy of five residents. Rooms that meet this cap end in 04, 12, 13, and 15. While these rooms are fuller, they are also more spacious overall, with a larger kitchen and at least a private half bath.
3) Biggest rooms.
The largest triple spaces are the rooms ending in 03B or 16A.
If you are cool with lots of suite mates, but you want a larger space, the spaces ending in 13 are your best bet for a double. The room is huge and can easily be separated into two spaces. The only issue is, one of the residents is going to be very close to the kitchen.
The largest singles are the spaces ending in 04C, 06B, and 13C, 12C, all of these spaces also have a balcony and private bath, which cost more money.
4) Special Exceptions.
Spaces ending in 15 or 04 alternate between being a double or a triple, depending on the floor. This is something to be aware of going in to room selection night. If the space is a double on the floor, it is an exceptionally big space for just two people.
Some double and triple spaces on certain floors have an additional wall that separates the space from the entry area/ rest of suite. These also vary by floor. If the room you select doesn’t have a separate wall, you can build one if you make arrangements with facilities.
Every one wants a bigger closet. If you have a lot of stuff, the spaces ending in 04 or 12 have the most closet space overall.
You can look at a floor plan to figure out which singles have full baths. However, the 02 triples have completely new and renovated bathrooms featuring a huge shower, clean everything, and non-florecent lighting. Over the summer the 01 and 18 spaces should also have the bathrooms renovated.
Esther Lloyd Jones is an amazing, yet forgotten, building for upperclassmen. If you are willing to live without a kitchen in your space (or don’t plan to use one in Willoughby anyway), then ELJ might be the best place for you. ELJ offers some of the most spacious doubles (especially the 03 and 08 spaces), hardwood floors and non-concrete walls. There is a kitchen on the main floor, a lounge and a foosball table. The building itself is beautiful and centrally located on campus. It does tend to be a more quiet building, which some residents prefer. There are also singles available, but they can be harder to come by considering how limited they are. ELJ is probably my favorite residence hall on campus, and it’s worth considering.
Overall, the best advice I can give you is to go into room selection night prepared (don’t miss your appointment time!!!!). Look at the floor plan and talk to your future roommates. If you know what you are looking for in a space, it is much easier for the ResLife staff to accommodate your desires. However, certain spaces do go quickly (the 01 and 18 spaces especially). Also, remember the RAs and RDs working room selection night are there to help you, not crush your dreams.