Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3419 If you go to a four-year college in a different city or town, you will probably be required to live in a residence hall during your fresh- man year. (Students call residence halls dorms, so that’s the term we’ll use here.) Living in a dorm is a wonderful way to meet new people and make new friends. Freshman dorms can also be a lot of fun. Everything is new, and everyone’s excited about starting college. Many lifetime friend- ships were started in a freshman dorm. What are dorms like? While most freshman dorm rooms are designed for two students, some dorms rooms are suites—these rooms are large enough for four or more students. Students are usually provided with a bed, a desk, and a chair. Students bring their own blankets, pillows, curtains, carpet, pictures, etc. Some dorms have both male and female students living in them (co- ed dorms), and some dorms are single sex. In co-ed dorms the boys and girls are usually separated. For example, there may be one floor for girls and one for boys. Almost all dorms have an area for students to watch TV or socialize, along with quiet areas for students to study. Many dorms also have dining halls where students can eat their meals. How do you get a roommate? If you and a friend are going to the same college, you can request that you be roommates. Most students, however, just sign up for a dorm, and they’re assigned a roommate. Colleges try to put students together who have things in common, and roommates often end up becoming great friends. “I was really nervous about meeting my roommate at the beginning of the year, but he’s cool. We like a lot of the same things and we’re getting along great.” Marcus, college freshman Living in a Dorm