JCU’s eight residence halls each have their own characteristics. Each also have advantages and disadvantages, depending on the many different preferences of the students.
Bernet Hall, according to the Office of Residence Life, is the most sought-after residence hall on campus. This is because it has a bathroom and living area in each apartment-style suite. It can house 100 students in two, four and six-person suites.
However, residents Andrew Ware and Mike Seitz suggest one need for the hall.
“More washers and dryers,” Seitz said. “We’ve got three of each, one of which works at a time usually.”
Even though they like the apartment-style living, they also advise checking out each living area.
“Definitely take a look at the rooms before you choose because you’ve got some rooms that are really small and some that are a lot larger,” Ware said.
Another option for upperclassmen is Dolan Hall. This co-ed dorm contains primarily super-singles rooms, which are former doubles rooms with more space and an extra wardrobe.
“It’s close to everything,” said resident Lauren Beatty. “[Although] if you have a roommate, it’s really small. But you can [arrange] your room so it doesn’t seem too small.”
The thing Beatty liked most in Dolan was the people on her floor.
“The people that I live with and the people that live here are my really good friends,” she said.
Millor Hall is similar to freshman dorm Sutowski Hall and can house almost 250 students. It is close to many important campus buildings, which is a plus for resident Kristen O’Brien.
“It is nice to be able to leave my dorm a couple minutes later than my friends in Hamlin [or] Campion have to,” she said. “I can get anywhere on campus quickly.”
O’Brien suggests living on a floor with friends and not rooming near the noisy common areas.
Sophomore Kim Bennett, a resident of Hamlin Hall, likes having a big room, but feels dorm life can sometimes be noisy.
“It varies,” she said. “Most of the time it’s pretty quiet.”
One option students have is specialty housing, which includes substance-free floors, special floors for students in the honors program, ROTC, the entrepreneur program, and seven Greek organizations.
Honors floor resident Rebecca Bartlett found both pros and cons to living in Campion.
“It’s quiet and the rooms are bigger,” the freshman said. “[But] it’s across the street, so it’s more walking and I have to carry more stuff with me.”