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Fri, Jun. 12th, 2009, 01:57 pm
ashlerose: Dorms

I know it's a bit late in the game, but I'd like to know the low down on the dorms at NIU. I'm an incoming freshman, and due to money being tight at home, I've just put in the prepayment for housing and dining. I porbably won't have much choice, but what dorms do I want to avoid? And can anyone tell me if there's any chance that I might get into the TEACH housing at Lincoln? (I'm thinking it's gotta be full already, but I'd like to try for that if I could). Thanks!

Fri, Jun. 12th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)

When I came in to NIU I was so excited to be on the Lincoln Teach House Quiet Lifestyle floor. I honestly didn't think I had a solid enough academic record or extracurriculars or whatnot to get in. I also expected a very quiet floor with a lot of serious nose-to-the-grindstone type students that worked in their room with their doors closed, maybe acknowledged each other with a nod passing in the corridors with their respective cups of coffee, and might now and then go out to a bar or party, but certainly not take such rukus home with them to their quiet academic sanctuary.
Was I EVER disappointed. I think there was only one other person on the floor who had requested quiet lifestyle, and maybe half the students weren't even teaching majours. They were people who had registered late, didn't have a dorm to go into, and since the teach house wasn't full, were put there. And the pinnacle of academic ideology? Forget about it. A bunch of dramatic loud partiers. I could go on but lets just say don't get to excited about getting into the teach house. If you do, bring ear plugs, a mask, and sleeping pills. You will need them. It's probably the worst possible place for a dedicated student to live.

I know grant also has a reputation for being pretty bad. There were several fights there last year.

I think Stephenson is supposed to be pretty good but I'm not sure.

Sun, Jun. 14th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)

My experience with the TEACH house was quite different. We were a fairly social bunch, but it rarely got loud (and when it did, a polite "could you please turn that down a bit" did wonders).

Fri, Jun. 12th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)

everything sucks except for Stevenson (far from campus) and nepture (closest to campus

avoid grant like the plague.

Sat, Jun. 13th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)

You have no chance of getting Stevenson as a freshman. Enrollment for there is for sophmores and up.

Each dorm has their own pluses and minuses, My grant floor experience was excellent minus fire drills from the 11th floor

Sat, Jun. 13th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)

You really won't have much a choice. If you join a *insert group type* dorm you can be around people of your major or interest, but they're all the same as far as when you can get into.

On the plus side you can use your dining money at any dorm so.. you can at least visit the nice ones ;)

Thu, Jun. 18th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)

I got into Lincoln as an English major. It isn't that great- the cafe is to-go style (or at least was when I was there) and most of it was awful. The rooms are bigger and nicer than Grant, though.

Neptune is awesome. Try and get Neptune.

Mon, Jun. 22nd, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)

My freshman year I was in Douglas, in the Honors House, although half my floor wasn't in the honor's program. During the week it wasn't too bad, but during the weekend everyone was partying.

I was in Stevenson the next 2 years - huge change in enviroment - for the most part our floor was really quiet!

I knew people that lived in Lincoln, they thought it was okay. The people I knew who lived in Neptune really enjoyed it there, and Grant... my high school bf lived there his freshman year. It wasn't too bad on his floor, but I heard some of the other floors were a bit crazy, not to mention most the dorm fights tend to break out in Grant, since that's where the majority of the freshman get put. I heard the all girls floors in Grant North were a nightmare!

Wed, Jul. 8th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)

I lived in Grant one year and got the hell out of there, Stevenson is an upperclassman dorm, Neptune is falling apart.... don't know a whole lot about Lincoln or Douglas....

But really? It's totally going to depend on whomever ends up on your floor. Grant was absolutely terrible for me, but I know people who had great experiences. Same goes for the rest of the dorms.

That being said, Grant has tiny push-in cot beds and a piece of shower once fell on my head. I don't like Grant.

(Neptune is nice and centrally located, though? And the Trident had SUCH GOOD MUFFINS)