By: Jill Morton
Most college students live on campus during their first year in the typical tiny dorm room with a roommate. Some people enjoy this lifestyle, while others not so much. At the University of North Dakota students can choose to live on- or off-campus after their freshman year. There are many things to consider such as price, location, size, parking options, and more. Here are a few students who all chose different housing options.
Dorm Dweller-Johannah Hayes
Hayes chose to live on campus in a dorm for her second year in college. She lives in a double room in Squires Hall.
“I chose to live in Squires because it was originally an all- girl dorm, close to all my classes and my job at the library,” Hayes said.
She said there are many things she likes about dorm life, such as the dining center being right below her, so she doesn’t even have to go out into the cold to get breakfast every morning.
“I like that there’s a piano in Squires,” Hayes said.
Squires is also fully furnished so students don’t need to buy a bed or desk or any other big pieces of furniture. Monthly rent is only $360.
However, there are also some bad things about living in the dorms as a sophomore, Hayes said, like how immature the freshman can be.
“I wish it was air-conditioned, but it’s not. So you have to have a fan going like all the time,” Hayes said. She also mentioned how she dislikes the five-minute walk to her car.
Though there are some negatives, Hayes said she thinks the positives outweigh them, so she is planning on living in Squires next year.
Hayes’ dorm room at Squires Hall
University Place-Kolton Brohaugh
University Place is a cross between dorm life and a real apartment. It is only for upperclassmen who want to live on campus. It comes fully furnished with a bed, desk, chair and dresser. Kolton Brohaugh has lived at Uplace for two years now because it is included in his tuition.
“If money wasn’t a factor, I’d probably live with friends in the Boden,” Brohaugh said. Monthly rent at the Boden would be around $690, whereas Uplace is around $770. But since it’s part of his tuition, he lives at Uplace for free basically.
He said he does like that he lives on campus, though, because it’s close to all of his classes so he can either drive or walk depending on the weather. The parking is also located just behind Uplace so it’s quite close compared to other options. He would prefer living on the first or second floor, but he’s used to living on the fourth floor by now.
Uplace comes fully furnished with all of the common amenities, such as dishwasher, microwave, fridge, stove and oven.
“You get what you pay for,” Brohaugh said.
One perk of living at Uplace is that all its residents get 200 dining dollars, which can be used at some of the dining places on campus. However, the Stomping Grounds in Uplace will be closing next year.
“In the morning I can just walk down in my PJs and grab myself whatever I want. And now it’s ridiculous because I’m going to have to go outside in negative 40 degrees to Wilkerson,” Brohaugh said.
Another thing that he doesn’t like about Uplace is the resident assistant surveillance since he’s an upperclassmen now. However, since it is part of his tuition, he will live at Uplace next year, too.
Brohaugh’s kitchen and living room at Uplace
Moving off Campus-Ayla Morehouse
Another option for students is to live off campus, and that’s what Ayla Morehouse decided to do. She lives at McEnroe Three on Garden View Drive. She decided to live off-campus because she wanted to be able to live with her dog, Molly. McEnroe is one of the only apartments in Grand Forks that allows dogs over 50 pounds, Morehouse said.
Besides the dog issue, Morehouse also likes McEnroe because of the nice layout and she enjoys the roommates she’s ended up with from UND underground. She said that the price of $340 per month is very good for the size. She mentioned checking out a different place that was a fifth the space for the same price, so she’s glad she got into McEnroe.
“It’s the perfect size. I’m not a person who likes to feel claustrophobic in anyway, and I have the biggest room and share the biggest bathroom,” Morehouse said.
The location is a little farther away from campus than on-campus housing, but Morehouse doesn’t mind it too much.
“I always have to take my car to get on campus, but all my classes are right next to the parking lot so once I’m on campus everything’s right there,” Morehouse said. She also said that she has a good location because it’s a quick drive to get to campus without having to go through University Avenue with all the traffic and pedestrians.
She likes that it’s not UND housing. She said she feels that it’s homier.
“I feel like you can personalize it a bit more. The apartment I could call home, but the dorms weren’t home,” Morehouse said.
“What I like is that because I’m on the ground floor it’s very convenient getting in and out with a dog and groceries,” Morehouse said. The only thing she dislikes is the lack of air-conditioning directly into her room, but not enough to move. She said she’s going to stay at McEnroe next year.
Morehouse’s kitchen and living room at McEnroe