Comprehensive guide to campus housing options

Mallory Martin

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With on-campus housing deadlines looming after spring break, I have taken it upon myself to help YOU get as prepared as possible for the housing crunch. So what are your options? Check out my Housing Profiles below.

Unless otherwise specified, applications for specific residence halls are part of the basic lottery and require filling out the distributed forms after spring break, with applications for singles and triples due Friday, Apr. 13 and doubles due Friday, Apr. 20.

The Interest House Community

About Me: A small individual community as well as a large outer one. IHC residents have an investment in community and a desire to participate in planning and attending house and block events.

Application Info: The IHC has a separate housing form available in the Res-Life office. Applicants are expected to attend one dinner at each house they apply to. An interview with the native speaker is required for language houses. Due Friday, Mar. 9 at 5 p.m.

Why Me? “Being in the IHC requires a time investment, but the investment pays off in a big way by helping students develop leadership skills, close relationships that last long past graduation,” said RD Anastasia Zamkinos.

Lyman House

About Me: A mixed hall with a reputation for being quiet and studious, Lyman is a good place for students looking to have more time to themselves, and who prefer to keep the party elsewhere.

Why Me? “Lyman is just a really cool place to live in general. I really like the atmosphere where it feels like a home,” said Lyman RD Justin Daigneault.

Prentiss Hall

About Me: Prentiss is an all-female, mixed Greek and non-Greek dorm that does an excellent job at bringing together groups of diverse personalities. Prentiss doesn’t throw a lot of parties, but ladies who like baking and movie nights should definitely apply.

Why Me? “Prentiss offers students a unique experience in having Greek life and independent residents living all in one place,” said RD Danielle Gross. “Upperclassmen often return to Prentiss for the mixed-class environment and because the residents tend to have a great sense of community and involvement. Prentiss is an overall outstanding place to live.”

North Hall

About Me: Being far away from campus, North Hall has created its own community within itself. The hall used to be a hospital, so the rooms and hallways are bigger. North also offers a lot of singles, often with their own bathrooms.

Why Me? “We have our own pond, basketball hoop and volleyball court. Students have the opportunity to live in a community with members from all four classes,” said RA John Masla.

Tamarac House

About Me: Students applying to Tamarac should have a vested interest in the outdoors, because that’s what this house is all about. Applicants should also have the ability to cook, as Tamarac residents are given a reduced meal plan of $1,000 flex.

Application Info: Tamarac has a separate housing form available in the Res-Life office. Applicants are required to interview with the staff and attend one weekly potluck. Due Friday, Mar. 9 at 5 p.m.

Why Me? “The people make the house and I have been privileged to live with such wonderful Whitman students,” said RA Ryann Savino. “Also, the apartments are really nice, and there is so much natural light pouring through all the big windows.”

Douglas Hall

About Me: Douglas has a similar feel to living in Anderson or Jewett sections, but with a smaller group of people. Students looking to live with a group of friends or get close to new people will be happy here.

Why Me? “The best part of Douglas is the mix of independence and community,” said RA Walker Larson. “Douglas offers housing that is more independent . . . however, the suite design offers stronger interactions with people who don’t live with you.”

Marcus House

About Me: A cozy vibe similar to an interest house, but without the specified focus. Marcus offers the option of no meal plan and a large kitchen, as well as a big backyard and a barbecue. Primarily made up of singles, it offers a great place for those seeking a quiet atmosphere.

Why Me? “There are less people, so we get to know each other,” said RA Phoebe Horvath. “We have this great common area where people are playing pool or cooking in the kitchen and just hanging out.”

College House:

About Me: Co-Ho has an easy off-campus feel that enjoys the benefits of still being nearby. The rooms can feel a bit isolated, so students who are willing to work a little harder to make friendships will thrive.

Why Me? “Residents of CoHo are friendly, fun and easy to get along with,” said RA Lillian Bailey. “People who live here tend to bond with each other over potlucks, hanging out in their living rooms or late night Smash tournaments.”

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