During my freshman year, I lived on the south side of campus in Parkside Arts and Humanities. This dorm is suite style, so there are 4 double rooms and 2 bathrooms that you share amongst the 8 girls. Although it was called Arts and Humanities, you could live in it regardless of your major. I lived on the music floor, which was also more of an interest floor. Yes, there were music majors on my floor, but there were also journalism, engineering, pre-med and economics majors on my floor as well. I liked my freshman living experience because I was able to get close with other freshmen of other majors and interests.
Sophomore year, I lived with my roommate from freshman year and two other friends from our Chemistry class. We lived 2 blocks off campus in University owned housing, Troy, which was apartment style. While it was great to get the freshman dorming experience, it was equally as great to move onto the next best thing – having a kitchen and cooking for yourself. I really liked Troy because of its proximity to everything – campus was a 2 min walk away, CVS was a 5 min walk, and all of my friends lived within a 5 min bike ride.
Last year I lived a block further from campus in an independently owned apartment complex. I lived in a beautiful townhouse that had 12 foot ceilings and an awesome main floor for entertaining. I lived there with 6 other girls; it was a pretty large townhouse. I really liked living there because it was still close to campus, and it was nice to live in an independent apartment, since we had more freedom with furnishing it and setting our own guidelines.
This year I also am living in an independently owned building; this time it is a cute little house. I am living with fellow VSA Natalie. I absolutely love this house; it is a block closer to campus than I was last year, our house is ADORABLE (everyone falls in love with it when they visit), our landlord is so nice, and the grocery store is right across the street. I love where I am living this year.
Whatever your living style may be, you can be sure to find the dorm that works for you, in addition to apartment style living that suites your style. Good luck with your housing search!