I found being in the residence halls was convenient, welcoming, and full of opportunities. The residence halls are located across campus in some pretty key areas in both side of campus, allowing you to eat in any of them you wish during the day. The residence halls are geared around you being a student and offer study areas, libraries, and work-out facilities to make it easy. Not to mention, all residence halls have buses that go directly to them.
Since the residence halls are largely filled with freshmen, you will meet friends in the residence halls. I lived in a Living and Learning Community, or LLC, for Women in Math Science and Engineering. So we had opportunities to get tutoring, go on trips, free music lessons, and have programs just for our floor to get to know people better—these are thing other LLCs do as well. However, all residence halls do make an effort so that you can get to know people on your floor and make connections. The residence halls and non-LLCs also had lots of opportunities to be in groups in the residence halls for just about any activity if you were interested.
All in all, I loved my freshman residence hall and my floor mates. I made a good number of my friends there, some not even from my floor. I always felt welcomed and relaxed. There was never a wait for the bathrooms, and I was part of a friendly community that felt like home all year. Many weekend nights we had movie nights in my room with friends from other residence halls and my LLC. I found study buddies easily with all the people being freshmen as well. And if you ever needed or wanted you could have late night dinner, which is only in the dining halls and something that upperclassmen usually miss having.
Class of 2019