By Lily | April 9, 2011
Several high school friends have asked me for input as to residence hall selection, so I thought I’d write a guide about the different dorms/housing options OSU has for your convenience. :)
First: Your major/where your classes will be
As you probably know, housing at OSU is divided into South, West, and North. Depending on your major, different areas will be convenient for you. Generally, students majoring in business, architecture, English, chemistry/physics, and engineering will have almost all of their classes on north campus. Those majoring in biology-ish majors will spend time on both north and south campus due to chemistry and biology respectively. Psychology and music/arts majors will be on south campus for the most part.
That said, there are other factors (and other majors I haven’t included–tried to hit the most common ones) to consider: if you’re planning on working part time in a medical school research lab (highly recommend for pre-health/bio majors!) West campus can be very convenient. If you’re an exercise junkie, West campus can also be helpful.
Second: what is your dorm to you?
This is a great resource to check out the floor plans of various dorms at OSU. Just click on a random dorm and put in a room number to get a picture of the floor plan. Anyway, the way the dorms are set up does a lot for how good of a fit each dorm is for studying, socializing, etc. Generally, if you’re looking for a social atmosphere the south campus dorms are better because bathrooms are communal and in the hallways as opposed to private and in each room (I know, right…weird but true) If you’re more concerned about your studies, north campus or west campus dorms would suit you better. West and North dorms have separate rooms for studying and sleeping while south dorms have everything in one big room. Also, I’d like to make a plug for air conditioning: all north campus and west campus dorms as well as Morrison tower have A/C and you might *think* you don’t need A/C, but well… it gets pretty toasty in May/June, especially if you’re on the upper floors.
Third: My own suggestions/random tips
For example, for a freshman biology major: (1) Morrison (2) Blackburn (3) Siebert (4) Mack
– If you’re an honors student, I highly recommend choosing an honors dorm
– Lincoln/Morrill and Lane Avenue Residence Hall are really far away from almost everything and everyone
– Don’t bother applying for Neil Avenue, Worthington, Neilwood Gables, or Drackett. Freshmen do not get into those dorms.
And of course I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. :) Just comment below or shoot me an email!