Survival Guide 2012: Residence hall face off
The classic Towson residence hall experience is complete with smelly, crowded triples, broken-down elevators, and flaming trash chutes. But being close to the Glen Marketplace, 7800 York Road and the rest of the main campus can have its perks. Whether you’re running late to class or in the need of a quick bite, not having to cross a road makes things a little easier.
After some much-needed TLC, the on-campus apartments are the place to be. They are spacious and fully furnished and close to both the Commons and the West Village Garage. However, one half of the room is certainly nicer than the other, you still have to deal with an RA, and the elevator is terribly slow.
The best part about living in Millennium Hall is that every person gets his or her own room and having a full kitchen is great to make your own meal, instead of having to eat dining hall food all the time. The only real con to living there is that residents don’t get to control the temperature of their apartments. Management controls when the building switches from air conditioning to heat and vice versa, so it’s recommended to have a fan for the early spring if it gets hot early.
Living on old side of campus – and I mean old side of campus – has its pros and cons. While the community in Scarborough and Prettyman can’t be beat, not having a personal bathroom is definitely a downside. Not to mention that you hear everything that goes on York Road, from ambulances to drunken ladies. On the positive side, it is right next to Newell, the best dining hall on campus. Downside is, Newell is never open.
The “new” side of campus is almost complete, but you’ll still have to deal with construction in the upcoming years. While being close to the Commons has its perks, being close to the heavily-trafficked road can definitely have influence on your slumber. The new buildings may be green, in environmental-friendliness not color, but the walls and doors are unbearably thin and not having control of your air temperature on cold nights and hot days is troubling.
Besides being the loner of all campus towers, Res Tower isn’t actually all that bad. It’s located conveniently close to Newell and the Den and it’s not a trek to get to classes. On the down side, Res Tower rooms are pretty tiny and have community style bathrooms. However, this quad style living can create close-knit floor communities. Who knows, your floor could be where you meet some of your best friends.