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Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 03:31 PM

I'm going to be applying to university soon and I'll have to rank my preferences of residence on the application as well. For the longest time I thought a single would be best for me but I don't know anymore. I'll give some pros and cons to both single and double rooms:

Pros:

Single:
- privacy
- don't have to worry about what kind of roommate you'll get
- can keep the room how messy/clean you want
- know that there is somewhere for you to come home to if you had a bad day and don't want to deal with people
- gives you a semi-quiet place to study if you need it
- know there is somewhere for you to be comfortable in an unfamiliar place

Double:
- cheaper than a single room
- allows you to be more social and get to know at least one other person
- enjoy the traditional "university experience"
- much easier to get than a single room (depending where you go)
- could meet somebody that you'll move in with off-campus in upper years of undergraduate

Cons:

Single:
- more expensive
- may make it a bit more difficult to make friends
- a lot more difficult to get than a double room (depending where you go)

Double:
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very little/no privacy
- always have to worry about your stuff. Even if you trust your roommate, you don't know who he/she is going to bring into the room
- have to worry about not getting along with your roommate
- have to worry about your roommate being loud/messy/etc.
- you don't have anywhere to be alone if you need to be



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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 04:22 PM

I'll definitely being going for a single room when I get to university. I hate sharing a room with other people, I'm pretty precise about how I want everything inside the room, so somebody in there with me would just mess everything up. Also, knowing my luck, I'd end up with a roommate who snores and that just ain't gonna work for me.

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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 04:28 PM

I'd prefer a single room, I like privacy. Plus I have trouble sleeping at night time if I can hear someone else breathing.
   
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 04:32 PM

I prefer single since I like my loneliness and privacy, I can't concentrate, study or do anything with someone else. I'm not much of a sharer . It really depends on how social you are.


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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 06:04 PM

I'm having a single room. I've got lectures, flat mates, hobbies and outtings to make friends and socialise. And then friends of friends. Everyone needs a bit of privacy now and then.




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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 07:03 PM

I'd always prefer single. Some of my friends who share do get on really well, but then some its just gotten really strained. Especially if one person has a boyfriend/girlfriend that they want to have round... even if they were just kissing, majorly awkward. I guess it really is luck who you end up sharing with!
   
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 07:04 PM

I cannot vote in your poll, because it's too hard to decide lol but I'll give you my opinion. For the first semester of my first year, I was in a double occupancy room with a roommate. Granted, she was really cool and stuff but we were just too different. She was extremely messy, and I'm really neat. She went to bed super early, and I was always up studying. I often had to go elsewhere in the dorms in order to get any work done, and when it came down to it, we just couldn't get along as roommates. It was really fun though to have someone to start classes with and to get to know. Plus it was nice having someone to confide in. We ended up making different friends, but when we had problems with those friends, it was nice to get advice from someone not in the same social group and hear their opinions and stuff. Second semester, she moved to a different room and I was in the same room all by myself all semester. It's was really nice because I got to rearrange it how I wanted it and I put things everywhere I wanted them. I got to study in my room and got my privacy. I was able to talk on the phone and get dressed without being shoved in my closet and it was just really nice. But it did get awfully lonely at times, to be alone and by myself. Sometimes it would've been nice to have someone there to talk to..and especially when my friends were busy, I was stuck in my room alone and it got awfully lonely. So it really just depends on your preference and what's best for you. In my opinion, if you really want to focus on school, and you work better in an environment where you're alone, a single is the way to go. But if you're okay with compromise and want to get a good experience while saving a bit of money, then a double is best. :]
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 07:05 PM

i'd go for a single room.. because if you get a roomate you don't like you're kinda screwed. there are plenty of other opportunities for socialising.. i wouldn't worry about not meeting people because you're in a single room.


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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 10:28 PM

I think you missed some pros for the double rooms. At many universities, they try to put people in the same program together so you can have someone who could be able to help you out with your work and studies. The biggest con though would be getting along with your roommate. If you manage that, then it's going to go smoothly.

For the single rooms, yes it does give you privacy but you're still going to hear whatever other noise other rooms are making. If you want to study in peace, then the best place for that is the library or an empty lecture hall.

I'd go for single rooms mainly because there's no issue on me getting along with a roommate. If cost is an issue to you though, then I'd go for double rooms.
   
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 1st 2009, 11:44 PM

Single room easily. I can imagine that it would be a nightmare sharing a room with someone at uni.

You will at some point need the privacy, people get on your nerves if you're stuck in a room with them for a year. Not to mention the chance that you'll be stuck in a room with someone you dislike for a year. Not to mention that university students aren't the tidyest people so you may be stuck in a room with a total pig, in terms of hygeine anyway. Plus what about sex? Chances are you'll want to bring someone back to the room at least once in the year, I can imagine it being awkward to do that with a shared room. And with the "needing to find someone to move in with next year" thing, well that's just as easy without a room mate, in fact more so as you may feel pressured to share a house with your room mate even if you don't like them that much. You'll make friends in your accomodation block and in your class, it'll be fine. Frankly I wouldn't have enjoyed my first year AT ALL with a double room, but that's just me.
   
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 12:56 AM

Single is standard here, I can only think of one Uni in which you have to share. I would struggle to share a room with a complete stranger. I appreciate privacy and can't stand being disturbed when I'm studying
   
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 02:37 AM

If money wasn't a issue I would still go for the double.
I don't like to be all alone in a room, plus you get to atleast have one friend in some universities they let you chose your partner, and in some they have like a day where you meet your roomate.


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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 04:09 AM

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I had a single room my first semester of college. I had to be in a handicapped room because I had surgery that made things difficult to maneuver. It was lonely at first, until I started meeting friends in my classes, and even just sitting with new people in the cafeteria at meals each day helped me meet people. I loved the privacy. I had my own bathroom, no one to bother me when I was studying, and no one to bug me about burning the midnight oil - me wanting to, or them wanting to.
Second semester, my freshman year, I moved into an apartment style dorm (4 people with individual bedrooms joined together with a kitchenette and 2 bathrooms). This was a totally different experience. Despite the walls between us, I constantly heard the partying in my roommates' rooms, my one roommate and her boyfriend having sex at night (I can tell you... he's got no endurance whatsoever, and she screams like a banchee). I had to clean up after them constantly. But, I was safe in my room. I pretty much hid in my bedroom and only hung out in the livingroom when the 3 of them were gone. Toward the end of the semester, I had become great friends with Jackie, but despised Blair and Adrienne. There was a LOT of drama that had been unnecessary when I was in a room with 3 other girls that I didn't have to deal with when I was alone.
Last year, I roomed with my best friend in another apartment style dorm, just the two of us. I LOVED it. We both cooperated with each other, and if we had problems, we talked it out. We did our own dishes and cleaned up our own messes, then teamed up on the bathroom or took turns shared areas. We respected one another when it came to partying (no parties in the dorm), study time, and play time.

If I were you, I'd go with either a single room or an apartment style suite if it's available. If you go with the suite, you get your own privacy, but also have people you live with and can enjoy their company. If you end up in a double, set boundaries. Share the work when it comes to cleaning, respect privacy, class times, sleep schedules, and study schedules. Make sure that you both know the conditions, and make sure you keep an open line of communication with one another so that if there are problems, you can talk to each other about it.
Also, once you get your room assignment, if you have a roommate, get their name and find them on facebook or myspace, or give them a call and get to know them. It'll make move-in day a LOT less stressful.

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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 05:14 AM

I would go for a double room, mainly because it's cheaper. But I personally tend do to better when there are other people around, and it would help with the shyness. I actually prefer to sleep near someone else, it makes me feel safer. But I shared a room for years growing up, so that might be why.


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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 06:12 AM

hey i have a related question. it's already set in stone that i'll be in a single dorm as a freshman this coming fall. the only problem i see with it is that im really shy so im not sure if it'll be harder for me to make friends or not. any insight please?


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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 11:29 AM

Single for me. I'm pretty territorial and I value my privacy, so if I'm put in a shared room it would probably end in a fight to the death. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating, but only slightly.
   
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 03:00 PM

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Single for me. I'm pretty territorial and I value my privacy, so if I'm put in a shared room it would probably end in a fight to the death. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating, but only slightly.
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I'd go double, but only because thats the kind of person I am. I have massive issues with being alone, I love being around people. I think I would get really lonely being in a single.
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 03:29 PM

I would definitely go with a double! Having a roommate in college is part of the grand experience! It'd be fun getting to know them, and even if it would be rough at first, it would be really rewarding to get to know your roommate --Plus, it's cheaper. & If you're so worried about privacy, wouldn't your roommate be, too? They wouldn't have time to snoop around--they'd be too busy being paranoid and guarding their belongings, like you, lol.
   
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 06:30 PM

I appreciate the company, I don't know how I could live by myself and have that much freedom to do whatever.


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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 06:57 PM

I'd have to go for a single room. I don't think I'd cope very well with sharing because privacy and having my own space are incredibly important to me... I'd probably go crazy if I didn't have somewhere where I could be by myself! To be honest, I don't think being in a single room would necessarily limit your social life, as there would be plenty of opportunities to meet people and to socialise regardless of whether you'd be living on your own or with someone else.

However, I can see how it could be a nice option if you're a particularly social person or don't crave having your own space. And should it be the case that you really didn't get along with your roommate, I'm sure you'd be able to swap roomates or to move elsewhere if things became totally unbearable.
   
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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 07:40 PM

I lived in a double my first year and a single for part of my second. Even though roommates can be a pain in the butt, it's so much better than being alone ALL the time. Being in a single makes it difficult to meet people, unless you walk around your floor a lot.
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Don't stay in your room. Get out, socialize, and have some fun on or off campus. When you go to class, sit next to people you think you might like to talk to. You can always strike up a conversation on the first day by asking about or commenting on the syllabus. You can ask them to be your study buddy or something similar if you can't think of anything to say.
Also, when you go to eat lunch or dinner, sit at different tables or with different people each time. Even if you're shy, if there's someone outgoing at that table, they'll probably ask you your name, what class you're in, and what you're studying. You could end up finding someone you have a lot in common with.
You will find a group of friends. It might take a little bit of time, but you will definitely find people to hang out with.


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Re: Single vs. Double Rooms in College/University - August 2nd 2009, 08:31 PM

I would always choose single if I had the choice. I like my privacy when I sleep / dress etc, I'm even bad when I stay at a partner's house ...
Is there not like a communal area that joins all the rooms? Because I know over here you have a single room and then you share a kitchen / lounge etc so you get to know people that way ...


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