Any advice for choosing a dorm and dorm preferences, preferably North campus?

Submitted by Apureidiot on May 2nd, 2018 at 8:14 AM
Hello! Following the very awesome advice I got last time, I was wondering if you guys have any advice for choosing a dorm and dorm preferences?



May 2nd, 2018 at 9:42 AM ^

I lived in the dorms on North, Greek on central, and off campus again on North while doing engineering undergrad. It all comes down to your lifestyle/temperament. If you are a person who likes bar crawls and staying out to 4am, definitely live on central. If you prefer living in places with people that like to convert their entire hall into a massive gaming network (and similar activities), live in Bursley. If you are a private person and like quiet, live in Baits. If you like to have a car and use it frequently, live in an off campus apartment or North campus dorms.


May 2nd, 2018 at 11:30 AM ^

I lived on the hill my freshman year (not an engineer yet), West Quad my Sophmore (decided to switch to engineering halfway through), and off campus housing on south campus my remaining three years (all in engineering).  

Personally I enjoy being on central campus. My one house was down the street from Yost, which was awesome.  Makes it way easier to attend sporting events and go to parties.  During the week, I'd usually leave early in the morning and it'd take 40 minutes to get up to north campus classes, but was nice to have a long walk to the bus stop to start the day.  I'd spend all day up there usually going to classes, ME helproom for homework, or media center for group projects.  Then go home to centtral campus for dinner.  If I had to do more work, I'd usually go to Ugli to finish up. 

Having a clear break between my work time and playtime was nice for me, and I think it helped me enjoy weekends more.  This was over 15 years ago now, so I know things have changed quite a bit in how people interact and what they do for fun.  Our gaming nights were either Bond on the 64, or harrassing a friend playing Super Mario Brothers 3 on an old NES until they gave up and handed over the controller to someone else for harrassment.  

Hopefully has a grea time wherever they are placed.  Enjoy the time there.  It goes by quick, and then you end up like me, reminiscing about the good ol days. 

yossarians tree

May 2nd, 2018 at 12:34 PM ^

You don't want a car. Between parking, parking tickets, forgetting where you parked (!), and friends constantly asking if they can borrow your car, it's got to be a complete pain in the ass (I never had one for these reasons, but I knew guys who did). Also Ann Arbor is a terrible town to be driving around in--pedestrians own the road, traffic is bad, one-way streets, etc. Besides all the walking is good for you, and is way more social--lots of people you'll just happen to run into. 


May 2nd, 2018 at 8:39 AM ^

Prime location next to the Union.  You are central to everything.

I lived in the graduate dorm - Cambridge Hall - which used to be the Union Hotel.  You got your own room and your own bathroom, and you were attached to the Union.

I'd move back today if I could.

West Quad is next door, so it shares the prime location advantage.



May 2nd, 2018 at 9:13 AM ^

And smack dab between West & South Quad. 

When I was a senior back in 1981 they had a schematic up in the Union of the University in 2000 and when they put it up the Sig house was projected to be a parking lot.  And given that the Sig hous at Michigan was the FIRST Sigma Chi house built exclusively for the fraternity and not an existing house taken over later in life our members werent too happy about this projection and worked actively to stop it.

Last time I checked the house was still there.  


May 2nd, 2018 at 10:53 AM ^

Yep, that caught my attention as well. I lived in MoJo sophomore year. Two Long Island freshman girls got assigned a North campus dorm. They paid two girls in MoJo $10,000 to switch dorms at the beginning of the year. Was just telling this story to someone yesterday.

BTB grad

May 2nd, 2018 at 8:22 AM ^

You might be the first person to put down a first preference for North Campus. Even if you're an engineer, you'd prefer to be on central. Though if you end up on north, it's no big deal as you'll still be with tons of freshmen up there.


That said, West Quad and East Quad 


May 2nd, 2018 at 8:37 AM ^

Engineering classes wont really kick into full gear until you are a sophomore. you will have a few up there, but the majority of classes will be on central so you will be taking the bus either way. You want to live on central. Markley hall is the tits too. 


May 2nd, 2018 at 9:02 AM ^

It's joining a fraternity. There is a fair amount of stigma around it, but there are a ton of benefits. Some people will derisively say that it is buying friends. I found that it provided a lot of fun activities, social and academic support, and the shared experience created lifelong bonds I still cherish dearly. It's not for everyone, but the range of fraternities is huge. If you decide to do it, don't put up with hazing or disgusting group behavior; you can find another one where that doesn't occur.


May 2nd, 2018 at 9:07 AM ^


100% (or near it) live on campus as freshmen

50% live on campus as sophomores

12-15% live on campus as juniors/seniors. (and this number is likely lower now since they flipped selection priority after 2011-2012 school year so that sophomores pick before juniors and seniors).

I lived on campus my first three years and loved it. Burlsey, then Stockwell, then North Quad. And honestly I kinda wished I could have done it senior year too, but that was after the flipped selection priority went into effect, so I knew anything I'd get would be terrible.


May 2nd, 2018 at 9:18 AM ^

You can name a different preference every year, and as a sophomore, you get higher priority.  Honestly, though, I think you'll find that living off-campus in a house or an apartment will be cheaper than dorm living.

That said, as a freshman engineering student, you're still going to have most of your classes on Central Campus.  All your math, science, and liberal art prereqs are going to be on Central Campus.  If you're living on North Campus, you're going to be on the bus a lot for classes and just for social life.


May 2nd, 2018 at 9:48 AM ^

Physics, chemistry, and math are all on central campus, as well as any electives you take.  You'll have ENG100/101 (one class per semester) on north campus and possibly ENG110, but that's about it as a freshman.

LSA Aught One

May 2nd, 2018 at 8:52 AM ^

I had bad roommates in a high traffic dorm and it helped shape me into the man I am today. Dorms are a rite of passage; take what you get and make the best of it.


May 2nd, 2018 at 8:32 AM ^

I loved Baits. It's quiet and there are non-communal bathrooms. No dining hall but Bursley is just a few minutes walk away.


May 2nd, 2018 at 8:38 AM ^

They put me in Baits my freshman year. It’s cool if you like your own bathroom. And coed halls.
I think it was due to overcrowding so they may be back to grad dorms only, though.