Every freshman at BU dreams of living in one of the glorious, 26 floor Student Villages that are luxurious, have kitchens, and private bathrooms. BUT that dream never comes true. So what are the options left for the lowly freshman at BU? Keep reading for the ultimate ranking of freshman dorms at Boston University!
Brownstones are known to be the best dorms for the lucky freshman who get to live there. Private bathrooms, only about twenty five other people living there, and no security guard that judges you when you come stumbling in at 3 a.m. after a party. Brownstones are where students get to live in their own privacy.
2. Kilachand Hall
Those who have worked hard, receive great reward. In this case, the honor students get to live in Kilachand Hall, where they have a pristine lobby, heating, air conditioning, and a common kitchen that looks like it came straight out of a Martha Stewart catalog. Rooms are spacious, and the study rooms have the best view of Boston.
3. Danielsen Hall
Although pretty far from central campus, Danielsen Hall has private bathrooms, a very nice common room, and a community kitchen. If you don’t mind the long walk to classes, Danielsen Hall is the place for you.
4. 575 Commonwealth (aka HoJo)
Just another one of the lucky dorm buildings that gets air conditioning and private bathrooms. The outside of the building is pretty hideous, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Another perk of HoJo is that it’s right next to Marciano Commons.
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5. Myles Standish Hall/Myles Annex
Another far walk, but Myles Standish Hall is located on Beacon, right by Kenmore. Not only is Marciano Commons right across the street, there are a ton of other dining options that area breath of fresh air from the chicken that is served every day in the dining hall.
6. 1019 Commonwealth
A small building that contains suites made up of doubles. There’s a common room and bathroom for each floor. The greatest perk of 1019 Commonwealth is the fact that it’s located right next to Star Market for those pizza roll cravings at 2 in the morning.
7. West Campus
“West is best”! This is fairly true; all three of the west towers surround Nickerson Field. Students with rooms facing the field don’t have to leave their rooms to watch the ongoing soccer, field hockey, or lacrosse games. The dining hall is connected to Claflin and Sleeper, but Rich gets the nice lounge on the first floor.
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8. Warren Towers
Warren Towers also have three towers, A, B, and C. All connected to the dining hall and laundry rooms, residents of Warren don’t have to leave their building to get food. Also, there’s late night dining in the Warren dining hall from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. But I’d say the best thing about Warren is the Jamba Juice located right underneath it.
9. The Towers
At the bottom of the list are the Towers. The Towers are located across the street from the SCI building and behind the Questrom building. There’s not many perks of living in the Towers other than that it’s pretty quiet and not heavily populated.
As a resident of Rich Hall in West Campus, I should list West as number one. But I would give ANYTHING to live in a Brownstone or cook in the community kitchen at Kilachand.
Which of these freshman dorms at Boston University did you live in? Share your dorm experience in the comments below!
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My name is Cindy Lee, and I'm currently a freshman at Boston University studying Nutrition Science. I'm originally from Chicago (go Cubs!) and I love baking in my free time.