Surviving Iowa

For higher or for worse, a necessary a part of the faculty expertise is dorm life. In keeping with the UI’s Undergraduate Admissions workplace, almost 95 p.c of first-year and switch college students stay on campus, so choosing a residence corridor to stay in is a call a majority of incoming Hawkeyes need to face.


For me, deciding the place to stay was thrilling – and nerve-racking. For most individuals, the dorms are the primary place they stay on their very own, their first residence away from residence as an “grownup.” My freshman roommate and I made our determination primarily based primarily on meals (LOL) – we didn’t need to have to go away the constructing to eat, however we knew we didn’t need to stay in Burge (Soiled Burge, as I’d heard it known as). That left Hillcrest, the far superior of the 2, as a result of this was within the pre-Catlett days (which makes me sound older than I truly am).

Not everybody’s determination is as straightforward to make as ours, and Hillcrest is the one dorm I’ve ever lived in, so I used to be interested by folks’s experiences in different residence halls. You will have seen this on our weblog’s Insta story (@survivingiowablog), however listed here are their full-length solutions:


BURGE – Joslin, Freshman


PRO: I actually just like the folks – everybody talks to everybody, and it’s actually near all my lessons!

CON: The one factor I don’t like is the communal bathe, however that’s most dorms!

CATLETT – Ian, Sophomore

IMG_1357PRO: Every thing was positioned in a single constructing and was straightforward to entry. One other good thing was the views from the rooms as nicely.

CON: My least favourite half was most likely the elevator rides, as a result of the college wished to have extra rooms than methods for folks to get out and in faster.

CURRIER – Mackenzie, Junior

IMG_1342PRO: It was near all the pieces and there have been continuously occasions being placed on by CAB or the RA’s. We additionally had a gymnasium in there for the 2 occasions I felt like working off the freshman 15. In addition they simply redid all of the widespread areas in Currier, so the classrooms and recreation are at Catlett stage.

CON: The elevator is tiny, so keep away from it should you’re claustrophobic. Additionally, bats and cockroaches had been surprising guests.

STANLEY – Haley, Junior

IMG_1337PRO: Toilet and research space. It was simply good to not have regular dorm bogs and the research space had loads of home windows so it was a fairly place to review.

CON: The view of the river now could be coated by Catlett, so outdoors your window it’s only a constructing. And it was annoying to go all the best way to Hillcrest for dinner on Sunday because it’s just like the furthest away dorm. **

** Catlett Eating Corridor isn’t open on weekends, which is unnecessary because it’s by far the nicest, however I digress.**

DAUM – Libby, Junior

IMG_1355PRO: Lots of people assume Daum is a bunch of nerds that don’t have any enjoyable, however we have a ton of enjoyable – as a lot enjoyable as the opposite dorms, whereas nonetheless sustaining seriousness about lecturers. We could possibly be up till 4 a.m. getting drunk and rise up the subsequent morning and research all day collectively. It was the perfect of each worlds.

CON: Quiet hours – we needed to be quiet from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. All dorms have quiet hours throughout the weekday, however ours had been tremendous strict and longer than different dorms.

MAYFLOWER – Karly Lent, Senior

IMG_1362PRO: I’d say my favourite half was the room itself – it was huge, and we had our personal rest room and kitchen.

CON: Apart from the apparent distance from campus, my least favourite half was it was type of secluded as a result of you may have your sources. Since we had our personal rest room and kitchen, you by no means needed to depart the room, so I by no means met any folks on my flooring. There have been most likely 50-75 folks on my flooring, and I met, like, 5 of them. The gap actually wasn’t that dangerous both, nevertheless it was the building happening after I lived there that made it a ache.


HILLCREST – Me (as a freshie)

IMG_1376PRO: You don’t have to go away the constructing for meals, which, as I discussed, is the principle motive my freshman roommate and I selected to stay Hillcrest. This was particularly useful within the winter, as a result of even meals can be onerous to go away the heat of my room for throughout Iowa’s ~pretty~ winters.

CON: I used to be very hesitant to stay on the west facet of campus, however in all honesty, it wasn’t that dangerous, particularly since Hillcrest is the closest to the river of any of the west facet dorms. In actuality, my least favourite half was the colour of the partitions. I do know that sounds very superficial, however should you’ve ever been inside Hillcrest, you’ll know what I imply. Every flooring is painted a wild, in-your-face colour – my flooring (flooring 3) was a light-weight olive inexperienced; the second flooring was an aggressive vivid orange, virtually coral; the primary flooring was sky blue; and the principle flooring (which is totally different than the primary flooring, as a result of logic) was a child purple. I’m no inside designer, however even I do know it makes no aesthetic sense.

PETERSEN – Lauren, Junior

IMG_1381PRO: It’s new, and the rooms are actually huge, in comparison with the one I had in Hillcrest.

CON: The lavatory state of affairs. It doesn’t have sinks within the room, and you must share pod bogs with people who find themselves (generally) gross. Additionally, you must stroll outdoors for meals.

REINOW – Hannah, Sophomore

IMG_1392PRO: My favourite factor was on the finish of the day I went residence. With the ability to stay not close to the category buildings and having to take the bus or stroll hand-crafted me really feel like on the finish of the day I may depart the stress of college behind as a substitute of dwelling in school.

CON: That is going to sound so lazy however I lived on the 4th flooring, so if I took the elevator I used to be thought of a jacka**. That’s actually my solely grievance although, I actually cherished it.

SLATER – Marie, Sophomore

IMG_1406PRO: The coed flooring I felt like had been extra inclusive. Additionally, the pod model bogs are good.

CON: After I lived there final 12 months, at the very least one of many elevators was at all times damaged, so it at all times took FOREVER.

There ya have it, of us. In the event you’re an incoming pupil, take a few of these college students’ experiences into consideration when making your determination. However know that it doesn’t matter what dorm you find yourself in, it gained’t take lengthy for UI’s campus to really feel like residence.

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