Housing selection process begins: dorms vs. apartments


The student housing life at Seton Hall provides on-campus Pirates with the option to live in different places such as in apartments or dorms. While they are different, it all depends on what type of living conditions that you prefer especially when it comes to the view that you would want to wake up to.

Dorms- Boland (3rd Floor Boland South) Student interviewed: Freshman Criminal Justice Major Ariana Galambos

View from the window: Outside of this window on the third floor of Boland South, students bear witness to the towering majesty of North Boland.

Kitchen/Appliances: From microwaves to mini fridges, dorm students often choose to bring their own appliances to campus in the absence of a kitchen. Ariana Galambos, a freshman criminal justice major, said that in collaboration with her roommate, they enjoy commodities such as a mini fridge, a TV and a microwave.    

Bathroom: The bathroom in Boland South is communal style. For many people, sharing a bathroom with 20 other girls may sound like the plotline to a badly-written horror movie. However, Galambos said that with everyone’s routines being so different, there is never really a crowding issue. Also, you can put your toilet brushes and gas masks away, the bathroom is cleaned twice a day.

Bedroom: Confined space is a defining characteristic for most dorms. However, students are finding ways to work around this dilemma. For example, facing limited closet space, some residents are using the adjustable amount of space under their beds for storage bins, a classic room-cleaning method for all ages.       

Sharing space: Students in dorms may find themselves in a variety of living situations, whether it be having a roommate, suitemates or singles. Galambos said even though having a roommate puts a crunch on the amount of space they have, she gets along well with her roommate.

Apartment Living-Turrell (Second Floor) Student interviewed: Senior Psychology major Alexa Danback and (First Floor) Student interviewed: Senior Psychology and Criminal Justice major Mae Manzano. Ora (Third floor) Student interviewed: Junior Elementary and Special Education major Linette Perez

View from the window: From the window of her first floor apartment in Turrell, Mae Manzano, a senior psychology and criminal justice major, said she can see the hustle and bustle of students and others in the South Orange community as they crowd the sidewalks and street.

View from the window (Ora): From her third floor apartment in Ora, Linette Perez, a junior elementary and special education major, said she can see the sprawling community of her fellow residents on Turrell Ave.

Kitchen/Appliances: Kitchens in this apartment all come equipped with a stove, oven, refrigerator and a microwave. The different styles of apartment in both Turrell and Ora such as single, double, triple or quadruple means that sometimes kitchens are shared. Alexa Danback, a senior psychology major, said she shares a kitchen with a roommate in Turrell. However, she explained that she still as tons of cabinet space.

Bathroom: I hope you grabbed your rubber duck before you moved in. Unlike some the communal bathrooms in the dorms, the private bathrooms in these apartments come with a full shower bath and what residents describe as ample cabinet space for supplies.

Bedroom: With their more spacious surroundings, residents are better able to customize their room. In particular, Manzano, does not share a room with her roommate, is able to move her furniture around to her liking. She is also able to make it feel more like home by hanging posters and pictures of family and friends on her wall.

Sharing a space: Sharing a space in these apartments seems to be less of a crunch. Perez explained that even though she and her roommate share a two-room apartment in Ora, she has enough space to decide where she wants to hangout or study.      

Julie Trien can be reached at julie.trien@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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