Housing at UD and How it Affects Your Social Life
- Article by Elise Barbeau
- November 17, 2011
You’re at a bar or a house party and a fine specimen catches your eye. You sidle over to him or her and, in an attempt at drunken conversation, introduce yourself. One question that inevitably comes up is “So, where do you live?” Interestingly enough, this isn’t always something that comes up solely as a way to guarantee an invitation for a post-game, or for a more illicit activity. Here at UD people take pride in where they live, and don’t you worry, you’re judged for it. Autumn is the time to sign leases, don’t go into the process thinking that Main Street Courtyards is in a nice neighborhood. So take note underclassmen. Here are some stereotypes and opinions based on where you throw down and pass out.
Cool: Rodney, Dickenson, Russell, Thompson, Laird Campus
Living in a dorm your freshman year is a rite of passage. The shittier the accommodations, the more respect you’ll get from others. For example, we all know Rodney is gross and ugly on the inside and out. However, people that live there will talk about it for the rest of their lives, and see themselves as hoodrats. (Rodjects, west side, holla.) I suppose the fact that there’s mold coming out of holes in the walls is something to bond over.
Not Cool: Warner, Squire
If you come to college and you are not down to interact with students of every type, whether its men, women, drinkers, or non-drinkers, then you need a reality check. The world is full of different types of people, and living in a co-ed dorm is one of the best ways to acclimate yourself to the weirdos that you’ll eventually meet on the streets of Newark. So don’t shut yourself off by only chilling in “substance free” housing. You’re missing out the best aspect of college, and that’s being able to do whatever the hell you want.
Cool: Laird Campus (average cool), The Towers (cool, but still a dump), Ivy (major cool points)
Laird and the Towers are perfect sophomore housing options. You don’t yet have the responsibility of having an actual house, but you don’t have to share a bathroom with 30 disgusting people (Hairballs in designed shapes on the shower walls? I mean, really?).Though the inconvenience of having an RA to break up parties and pre-games is still there, at least the cops are avoided in most situations.
Ivy is sophomore year’s black hole in both a positive and negative sense. You’ll have a great time at an Ivy party, but there are no guarantees that you won’t wake up in the old Chrysler plant or in the field for the School of Agriculture next door. Living there is a great way to meet a lot of party buddies, but don’t be surprised if people start to take advantage of your apartment every time they’re looking to do a keg stand.
Not Cool: Off-Campus Housing
You don’t want to jump the gun and show yourself to be the poser that you most definitely are. You’re not a properly-trained college student yet, so we can’t send you off to rage against the unsupervised machine. There’s also a strong possibility that you find your best friend from freshman year you were so stoked to live with turns out to be a complete nightmare of a roommate. Test the waters first in the dorms. It’s just like that Simon & Garfunkel song says; “slow down you’re moving too fast…”
Juniors and Seniors:
Cool: Most off-campus housing options, especially stand-alone houses or duplexes/town houses.
Any place with a decent amount of space and a full size kitchen, not like the half-ass ones in the Towers, is perfectly acceptable. Bonus points for a porch, backyard, and your own room. Did I hear someone say day drink?
Not Cool: Any On-Campus Housing
On campus housing is something meant to be saved for the newbies in UD’s community. If you are older than 20 and still unpacking your things on Laird, Houston, we have a problem. The Courtyards are an option for those too lazy to buy furniture (who doesn’t love a free sofa?). Some places are so far away from everything they might as well have their own zip code. I can’t be sure, since I’ve never had enough stamina to get there.
So, for all of you out there making the frustrating decision about where to park your carcass next year, keep these factoids in mind. After all, no one wants to be the kid who had it all wrong in the world of house hunting. You may pay for it at the bar years later.