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What are the advantages of living in a suite vs. a dorm that is just off a hall?

Topic: Housing | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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A suite would have more room, a better view, and is more private. In a dorm, you will have to share a room with at least one other student (sometimes it can be up to 4, though it's usually 2-3). Also, in a dorm, the room is all you have. Most schools have bathrooms which is shared by all dorms, but a suite would have its own private bathroom. Also, in a suite, you'll most likely be able to have your own room and a kitchen too, so you won't have to buy a huge meal plan. Lastly, a dorm building is very crowded and can get very loud; you may be disturbed and find it hard to study. Meanwhile, suites are usually a bit further from the campus and are less crowded buildings, so you won't be disturbed.

Answered by: Mayell U. | almost 4 years ago
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Suite +'s: You share the bathroom, kitchen (possibly), and common spaces with fewer people. Social suitemates often leave their doors open, allowing a more friendly atmosphere than a hall. Tidy suitemates also leave you with nicer common spaces than you would have on a hall. Suite -'s: If you end up not getting along with your suitemates, they are all you have to socialize with on your "hall," and it is harder to avoid them. If you like having people around, you may not like that there will be some times where everyone else is out, which isn't so likely on a hall. If your suitemates aren't tidy, you may have a smaller, now messy space to deal with. Dorm +'s: You can meet more people on your hall than you would within your suite, and it is easier to avoid people you don't like. Dorm -'s: People often close their doors for safety reasons, so you may feel more alone. You also have to share your bathroom, kitchen, and common spaces with more people. Due to the increased number of people you share spaces with, the probability of the spaces' being messier is higher.

Answered by: Anrimala36 C. | almost 4 years ago
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Living in a suite can present many advantages. For one, it would be much more quiet when living in a suite. There would be less people around to bother or distract you. Living in a suite also keeps you from being tied down by rules that the dorms have. You will have much more freedom to do what you want.

Answered by: Advisor D. | over 3 years ago
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Suites can be nice in that you have a private room but a shared living space (or in some cases just a shared bathroom). Suites will provide you with a small group of people to hang out with and get to know in the first few days of college--which can be a great way to make friends. Many regular dorm rooms are shared with a roommate which has its own pros and cons. While roommates can often be great friends, sharing a small space with another person for an academic year can be difficult for those who require more time by themselves. If you will be sharing a room, it is generally a bad idea to choose someone you are already friends with since the dynamics between roommates are very different from those between friends.

Answered by: Carolina Girl X. | over 3 years ago
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In my opinion a suite has many more advantages then a dorm. For starters, most college suites that I have seen are much larger then typical dorm rooms. Some suites even allow the student to have their own room. A lot of suites tend to have some sort of a kitchen, and this can lessen the students food bill. Ultimately, you have to compare the rooms at the college of your choice.

Answered by: Em Ugrad08 P. | almost 4 years ago
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Living in a suite has its advantages because it is like living in an apartment. You will have a common or living space and a kitchen, with however many bedrooms. Living in a dorm that is just off a hall you will only have the one room that will be serve many functions in one. The suite resembles more of the type of living environment that you will have after college. It also gives you much more space, especially if you will be rooming with someone else.

Answered by: Cookiemonster K. | almost 4 years ago
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Suites are nice in that you get your own bathroom. They are sealed off more so than dorms so they might keep you from meeting new people. Meeting new people is half the battle when going to college.

Answered by: Zolty F. | almost 4 years ago
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In a suite you get a 'living room' and your own private bathroom for the suite. I prefer suite due to those two features. In just a regular hall dorm you must share the bathroom with the whole floor and you have no living room area.

Answered by: Cause K. | almost 4 years ago
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Dorms are very social environments with many students from different places. A dorm, however, can be difficult to study in. Many times dorms comes with good meal plans as well.

Answered by: College Student808 W. | almost 4 years ago
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The major advantage of living in a suite versus living in a dorm room is the privacy such an arrangement allows the individual living there. A suite has private restroom facilities, and you won't be sharing a room with a roommate. The situation may prove to be more enjoyable for students who prefer having their own space, and the lack of distraction can also make it easier for students to apply themselves to their studies.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | almost 4 years ago
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Living in a suite provides a better place for studying. Because of the relative quietness of the suite, less distractions are likely to occur. The living conditions of a suite are also much more comfortable than that of a dorm.

Answered by: Nail Guy V. | almost 4 years ago
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A suite has the advantages of limited number of people making for a more closely knit community. You may also find it gives you a slightly greater degree of freedom since you are less likely to have to deal with an RA type figure. Also the advantage of having your own room can't be overlooked vs. having a roommate. You will also find it quieter for the most part.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | almost 4 years ago
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Suites generally have their own bathroom so it really comes down to a privacy issue. Suites will offer you more privacy but a dorm offers you more comradry. If you have a group of friends that want to live together I would suggest a suite. If you want to make friends get a dorm and leave the door open.

Answered by: Zolty F. | almost 4 years ago
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By far the biggest advantage of living in a suite is the bathroom. If you have a problem showering with several of your peers at the same time, you probably want a suite. Same thing for the toilet; if the idea of using a public toilet exclusively for the next several months bothers you, the suite is your answer. Be advised that you will probably have to clean this bathroom yourself, whereas the dorm showers and bathrooms are cleaned for you a few times a week. In general, suites feel a lot more private and personal. The suites at my school felt more like an apartment building; the dorms felt like an institution. In spite of all of that, living in a dorm instead of a suite can be insanely fun at times. For me, living in the dorms was like having thirty friends at arms reach, and at least a few of them were up for something fun if I ever got bored.

Answered by: Apalmer822 B. | almost 4 years ago
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In a suite you usually have more people, so chances are you will be good friends with at least one of them. Suites often have kitchen space and bathrooms, so the creature comforts are better. In general you have more space, so you and your roommates do different things. For example, if you want to study, but your roommate doesn't, he can go in the common area of the suite. One negative,is that a dorm with suites are generally less social. People don't need to go down the hall to use the bathroom, etc. So its harder to meet other people on your hall.

Answered by: Sloan U. | almost 4 years ago
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I consider myself very lucky to have lived in a suite through my first two years of school. There are the obvious benefits, such as not having to use communal showers and toilets, but there's more to it than that. In a suite you get the experience of living in an apartment style setting, and you begin to appreciate privacy much more. You also get a large group of people (depending how big your suite is) that you can get to know and learn how to live with. I strongly suggest living in a suite if you're given the option!

Answered by: College Grad31 Y. | almost 4 years ago
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Making a lot of friends your first year in college can make the transition away from home a lot easier. By living in a suite you are exposed to more people, and a greater variety. If you end up disliking your immediate roommate, at least you have 3-5 other people who will understand.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | almost 4 years ago
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The advantages of a suite vs a dorm depends on the colleges. The only real difference is the suite is a larger room and they may have a full bathroom inside the suite. This will make the suite private instead of the dorm which they showers are in the community center.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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A suite has a little bit more privacy. You'll be sharing rooms with a smaller group of people, and you may have a semi-private kitchen, bathroom, or lounge, depending on the layout of the building. On the downside, you might be responsible for keeping those areas clean!

Answered by: Laura46 I. | almost 4 years ago
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A suite consists of all facilities including a bedroom cum study and a washroom whereas in a dorm one has to share facilities with one or two other students. A suite is more private and one has the freedom to use facilities as one pleases. Certain suites also consist of a kitchenette so the student can actually cook his own lunch and dinner rather than depending on a cafeteria or a mess for food.

Answered by: Marshavaz Y. | almost 4 years ago
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You will have much more privacy when you are living in a suite than in a dorm because there won't be as much noise to distract you. The living conditions of a suite are far superior to that of a dorm as well. It is much more advantageous to your academic career to live in a suite.

Answered by: Bob A. | almost 4 years ago
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Living in a suite may give you a little more room, a little more privacy too. Dorm living can be very difficult if you have noisy roommates. It can actually hurt your academics if you spend sleepless nights. A suite usually provides a little more privacy so you'll be able to study or sleep in a more quiet atmosphere.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | almost 4 years ago
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A dorm room is often more social and easier to make friends in. At the same time, a suite will probably be less noisy and easier to study in. Less temptations.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | almost 4 years ago
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Living in a suite presents a much more comfortable living style than that of living in a dorm. The quietness of a suite is also ideal when studying. A dorm, however, offers more opportunities to socialize and make friends.

Answered by: Jiimmy C. | almost 4 years ago
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Making a lot of friends your first year in college can make the transition away from home a lot easier. By living in a suite you are exposed to more people, and a greater variety. If you end up disliking your immediate roommate, at least you have 3-5 other people who will understand.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | almost 4 years ago
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The advantages of a suite vs a dorm depends on the colleges. The only real difference is the suite is a larger room and they may have a full bathroom inside the suite. This will make the suite private instead of the dorm which they showers are in the community center.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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A suite has a little bit more privacy. You'll be sharing rooms with a smaller group of people, and you may have a semi-private kitchen, bathroom, or lounge, depending on the layout of the building. On the downside, you might be responsible for keeping those areas clean!

Answered by: Laura46 I. | almost 4 years ago
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A suite consists of all facilities including a bedroom cum study and a washroom whereas in a dorm one has to share facilities with one or two other students. A suite is more private and one has the freedom to use facilities as one pleases. Certain suites also consist of a kitchenette so the student can actually cook his own lunch and dinner rather than depending on a cafeteria or a mess for food.

Answered by: Marshavaz Y. | almost 4 years ago
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You will have much more privacy when you are living in a suite than in a dorm because there won't be as much noise to distract you. The living conditions of a suite are far superior to that of a dorm as well. It is much more advantageous to your academic career to live in a suite.

Answered by: Bob A. | almost 4 years ago
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Living in a suite may give you a little more room, a little more privacy too. Dorm living can be very difficult if you have noisy roommates. It can actually hurt your academics if you spend sleepless nights. A suite usually provides a little more privacy so you'll be able to study or sleep in a more quiet atmosphere.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | almost 4 years ago
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A dorm room is often more social and easier to make friends in. At the same time, a suite will probably be less noisy and easier to study in. Less temptations.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | almost 4 years ago
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Living in a suite presents a much more comfortable living style than that of living in a dorm. The quietness of a suite is also ideal when studying. A dorm, however, offers more opportunities to socialize and make friends.

Answered by: Jiimmy C. | almost 4 years ago
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The suite is a larger room where you can place more then two students in the room. There may be a full bathroom inside the suite instead of a dorm were the may be a community shower in a central location. That are the only real difference between a suite and a dorm room.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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A suite has either a bathroom or a lounge room that you share between you and your roommate and your neighbors next door. It is more convenient and you have more space. It is fun if you share it with people you are close friends with. Living a dorm, you can get your own room or share with roommates. The bathroom and lounge is usually at the end of the hall and you share it with people in your hall.

Answered by: Nycpigeons Q. | almost 4 years ago
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Living in a suite is obviously costlier as compared to living in a dormitory. But for a student, you require environment and surroundings of such type as to encourage and motivate for the studies. Living in a suite would provide you a peaceful atmosphere, with the gate being marked "Don't Disturb, Until Called".

Answered by: Subhash Chander R. | almost 4 years ago
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It really depends on the actual school as to what a suite consists of, but, if you get along well with the people you live with there can be many advantages. For one, most suites have their own bathroom. This usually means there are far fewer people using it and if everyone agrees you can keep some of you belongings in there. Also, suites sometimes have their own kitchen facilities where you might be able to do some cooking. Most dorm rooms right off the hallway are tiny boxes and you have to go down the hall to a common room where you have no control over the noise level or who else is there if you want to get out of your room. Most suites have their own common room that you would just share with your other roomates. Finally, many colleges don't have single rooms for all students but most people living in suites get their own bedrooms.

Answered by: Zombie Kitten K. | almost 4 years ago
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A suite typically houses more students than a dorm room. While the term suite sounds larger, per occupant it is actually smaller. Consequently, a suite will probably cost less than a dorm room.

Answered by: Cdbulloc Y. | over 3 years ago
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Having lived in both a suite and corridor style housing I can easily say there are pros and cons to each. Living in a suite provides you with more space since you have your bedroom, a common area, and a bathroom. It gives you a place to hang out with your friends besides your bedroom. Since you have a common area you and all your friends don't need to pile on your bed when you want to watch TV or just hang out. You only have to share a bathroom with 5-6 people instead of 30-40. You really get to know your suitemates, but that could be a good or bad thing!

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | over 3 years ago
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Most suites vary in the numbers of people they hold instead of a typical two person room. This can help by cutting down on living costs. Also, more space will be provided. In alot of cases, suties come with kitchens and personal bathrooms as well. In dorms just off the hall community bathrooms, usually the only choice. For personal hygine reasons, the suite is the best route to go.

Answered by: Lmukeeper O. | almost 4 years ago
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In a suite you have your own bathroom! The hall bathrooms are shared by tens of people and gets messy so fast. A suite bathroom is much more manageable!

Answered by: Mtmarshmallow X. | almost 4 years ago
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A suite provides a cozier atmosphere. You often end up seeing your suitemates more than you would see your hallmates, simply because in a suite you all are going to be coming in and out of the central living area. In both a suite and a hall dorm, you will be sharing a bathroom with a set group of people. Some people prefer hall dorms because you interact more regularly with a greater number of people. In a suite, you are more closed off. It's a trade-off. The suite lets you get to know your small group of suitemates better, but a hall dorm gives you a chance to meet a greater range of people.

Answered by: Mem4dr A. | over 3 years ago
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The suite is a larger room where you can place more then two students in the room. There may be a full bathroom inside the suite instead of a dorm were the may be a community shower in a central location. That are the only real difference between a suite and a dorm room.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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