The only reason I chose 4 out of 5 instead of 5 out of 5 is my little logical brain: we don't exactly live in hotels (although have y'all SEEN Pat Barker?). Overall, our housing is close to classes and food options, relatively spacious, nicely upkept (my dorm was recently renovated, and housekeeping is wonderful), with AMAZING resident life staff. While I didn't become immediate besties with the girls in my wing of the floor, as I planned in my crazy pre-college-life dreams, I made great friends on the 3rd floor and became best friends for life with my roommate. Our residence staff were always there to look after us, and they organized amazing programs for us to unwind and hang out. Here are my specific impressions of my two fave halls:
Day Hall: This is where I'm spending freshman year. Day is the oldest, but the cheapest, and was recently renovated. My room is much larger than other dorms, and we get a huge closet (note: some Day rooms have wardrobes). On the second and third floors, there are real hardwood floors—okay, so I'm a HGTV nerd. The bathroom is hall style, but I only rarely had problems with both showers being occupied, and never had trouble with all the bathroom stalls being occupied. Besides, nobody stole my food from the community fridge (and I didn't need to buy a fridge—score!). We use actual real keys to open and lock our doors, which apparently isn't the case everywhere. Oh, and we have a TV and Wii in the lobby, and there's laundry machines on every floor.
Pat Barker Hall: One of my best friends lives in PB, so I'm pretty familiar with its hotel-style chicness. The rooms are smaller than other places, but they're gorgeous and completely remind you of living in a hotel. The lobby is huge with super-comfy chairs, multiple TVs, and board games to play. They also have elevators, while most of us need to climb the stairs! However, the laundry is all upstairs.