This past July, when housing assignments came out, I learned that I would be living in a quad. Full disclosure: I wasn’t super excited at first. I mean, I didn’t hate the idea, but living in a double was so ingrained into my fantasy of what freshman year would be like. Well that, and the fact that everyone I told responded with, “Yikes, good luck.” However, a month into freshman year, I can confidently say that I like living in a quad. Here are some of the reasons why:
- You’re (almost) never locked out
Everyone has a different schedule and usually when one person leaves, another person comes up five minutes later. Most of the time I don’t even have to take my key out because the door is already open. It also comes in handy if you’re incredibly disorganized and forget your ID in your jacket, because chances are, someone can grab it and bring it down to you when you get out of class. It’s quite nice and very stress-free.
- The view
Before I go on, I just want to say that this point is specific to the upper levels of C Tower in Warren Towers, though I assume that the other two towers get similar views. Anyway, the view is really great. It’s kind of hard to see at first because the curtains open towards the middle of the window, instead of the edges. But once you masterfully tie up the curtains — washi tape can be a quick solution if necessary — the view is great. Here’s proof:
- There are always people to talk to
The first weeks of college are very overwhelming. You’re experiencing a multitude of emotions: excitement, nervousness, confusion, homesickness. In a quad, you’re not left alone with these feelings because even if one person is busy, someone else probably has some free time. At a big school like BU, it’s important to have someone to talk to.
- There’s more space
College dorms are notorious for being small, and quads happen to be bigger than doubles. There are closets that aren’t built into the wall and — if you move the ladders — a lot of floor space. Sure, technically each person only gets one corner of the room, but the size of the room paired with the aforementioned big window makes everything seem less claustrophobic. Plus, the little corner under the loft bed is a nice bit of privacy in an otherwise very crowded building.
Everyone has different preferences, and some people really don’t like the idea of living with three other people in the same room. I get that. However, to the people who dismiss the idea of living in a quad right away, you might want to reconsider.