So here’s the scoop. If you still need housing on campus, well it’s almost too late, but here to help in your decision is a profile of some campus dorms that you may want to consider or reconsider.
This is the Regina George of the available dorms on campus (not including Sophia Gordon and Stratton, because obviously their the Queen Bees reserved for the Old Queens). Pristine, on the new(er) side, and Hogwarts-style, West is the dorm that you want to be in if you can get it and your lottery is high enough. Situated on the Academic Quad, right at the top of the hill, the dorm looks down on the others. If you’re taking a class at Olin, Barnum, or need quick access to the administrative buildings, West would be key. Plus, your friends will hang out with you all the time because the building is pretty immaculate. That being said, the dorm is reserved for sophomores and up and there are four steep flights to climb if you’re on the fourth floor, so try to be closer to the ground. Lofty goals with earthly needs – got to love the paradox.
West Hall / Tufts University ResLife
Now, South Hall, a mixed dorm primarily made of freshmen and sophomores right at the edge of campus, is…an interesting story. My professional opinion as a campus commentator would say to avoid South if you have to, but know that it is a solid option. Location wise, it’s close enough to Dewick and Hodgdon, there’s a direct road to the Campus Center, and easy access to the Aidekman Arts Center and Granoff music building. On the flip side, because the dorm is mixed, if you’re stuck with the wrong hall combo, leaving that door open to socialize might be the wrong thing to do. Also worth mentioning is that the rooms are the size of closets. Seriously, I lived there sophomore year and loved it simply, because of my awesome roommate, but I had about four steps of personal space. If you like being involved in your roommate’s life in a very, VERY close way, South is for you. If you’re normal avoid it.
South Hall / Tufts University ResLife
Don’t even get me started on Bush. I’ve been in Bush enough to know that being that close to Dewick and Hodgdon is not as worth it as it seems. Not to mention that there have been consistent rat and roach sightings each year that I’ve known people who live there, and that’s every year since I’ve arrived on campus. I place Bush at the bottom of the campus dorm food chain.
Bush Hall / Tufts University ResLife
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As for the other dorms that weren’t specifically profiled (Metcalf, Miller, Carm, and the others), I would rank them either on par with South or in between South and West. You’d be safe to go for those dorms before you go for South, and certainly before you choose Bush. Shoot for West – you might just get Carm.