Choosing the right dorm is important as it can make or break your college experience. With so many options to choose from, how will you know which one would be the best fit for you? Here are 10 things to look out for when choosing a dorm.
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This is one of the most important things to consider. Decide whether you would want to live with a roommate or live alone as this will affect your perceptions on other factors, specifically price and space.
If you have decided to find a roommate, you may refer to our guide to finding the perfect roommate: https://dormy.ph/blog/how-to-find-roommates-that-match/
You have to consider the amount of space that you will have. Carefully plan this as in some areas, a square-meter difference would mean thousands of pesos difference in price. It would be best to have enough space for at least a bed, a study table, a cabinet, and a dining or cooking area.
When considering the price of the dorm, you have to factor in the invisible expenses as well. This includes monthly dues, electricity, water, and internet. Take note that there is a lot of disparity when it comes to dorm prices so meticulously compare dorms to make sure you get the best bang for your buck.
Most dorms come furnished, but some may only be semi-furnished. This means that you will have to buy some of your own appliances like a refrigerator, and an electric fan. On top of the deposits and advances, this can really be budget-heavy.
It would be best to find one with a bed, study table & chair, cabinet, heater, and air conditioner.
The amenities of dorms vary widely. Strive to find a dorm with a study area, a gym, and a laundry area. These will keep you productive and healthy, and save you a lot of time and a lot of money.
If you’re wondering, other amenities such as a rooftop, a swimming pool, and a basketball gym are rare. Usually, these are found in high-end condos.
Before committing to a dorm, try to observe the surroundings first. Some things to check are the noise levels, cleanliness, traffic, and most importantly, safety (street lighting & police visibility).
Usually, it would be best to move to a dorm that is within walking distance of your university. This will save you time and energy especially if you have morning classes. You do not want to come into your classes late and haggard.
This factor is usually taken for granted. You should consider the proximity of shops to your dorm as most of your daily needs will be bought from these shops. It would be convenient if there were grocery marts, pharmacies, laundry shops, water-refilling stations, and restaurants nearby.
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9. Rules & Regulation
Dorms do not usually put their rules & regulations out there. Thus, do not forget to ask for their cooking policy, visitation policy, and curfews. You do not want to come home past midnight only to find out that the doors are already locked.
Luckily, the rules & regulations are already included in Dormy’s listings so you won’t have to inquire one-by-one.
It would be nice to have friends within the same dorms or at least nearby. Having someone to call in case of an emergency will undoubtedly provide you with peace of mind. On top of this, interactions with them will be much more convenient.
Finding the right dorm may be confusing so feel free to take your time. Make sure to take these factors into consideration to find your perfect fit, and ultimately achieve the college experience you have always imagined.
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