Best And Worst Freshman Dorms at JMU
Start writing a post
Student Life

JMU's Best And Worst Freshman-Year Dorms, Ranked By Area

Dingledine definitely has the weirdest name.

18874
JMU dorm rooms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng5lKSWlurI

As much as JMU would love to advertise all their residence halls as beautiful, rewarding places to live, there are still obvious winners and losers. AC or no AC, suite style or hall style, we're all paying the same price, so get cozy. Unless you live in Lakeside or the Village, where getting cozy is just too hot. Bring out the box fans.

Bluestone

The Best: Hoffman

Hoffman is nicknamed "Hotel Hoffman" for a reason. It's air-conditioned, with suite-style bathroom, wooden floors, and a location that can't be beaten. Walk out the beautiful front door and you're right at the Hoffman Hall bus stop. Just a short, 30-second walk will bring you right to the Quad.

The Worst: Spotswood

Spotswood is bittersweet. You're lucky enough to have a gorgeous Quad view, with a prime location to all your Main Campus classes, but you're cursed with the only Bluestone dorm without air conditioning. Don't worry, it won't matter too much for most of the year. Bring fans and thank your lucky stars you weren't put in Lakeside.

Village

The Best: Hanson

The Village, in general, has an excellent, very central location, but Hanson Hall has it the best. You're right outside the Hanson Hall bus stop, which is a great place to catch a bus going to East Campus. You're also the closest dorm to UREC. Smoothies and workouts every day!

The Worst: Dingledine

The Village dorms are all pretty much the same, so it's hard to pin down the real loser. Dingledine just has a weird name and it's in the middle of the Village, which seems to be where all the campus diseases originate.

Hillside

The Best: Hillside

The Hillside area dorms are all the same. The only differences they have are in terms of location. Hillside Hall is closest to the Quad and only a short walk up the hill will get you to SSC!

The Worst: McGraw-Long

It's not much worse than Hillside, seeing as they're all pretty much the same. It's just further from everything else.

Skyline

The Best: Potomac

All the Skyline dorms have the hugest rooms, stunning views of East Campus, and air-conditioning, with the small drawback of hall-style bathrooms. Potomac is within paces of E-Hall and Festival, which are arguably the most delicious dining halls on campus.

The Worst: Shenandoah

Just because you have to walk just a little bit further to get to the grilled cheese station in Festival. Other than that, it's just as good as Potomac.

Lakeside

The Best: Eagle

The only time the word "best" can be used to describe Eagle is when comparing it to the other Lakeside dorms. Eagle has no AC, hall style bathrooms, and elevators that always seem to break down, but at least it has the reputation of being fun. You'll make memories in Eagle.

The Worst: Shorts

You've got everything bad about Eagle without the fun of saying you live in Eagle. It's a lose-lose situation. But don't worry, at least you're close to Newman Lake, which is the place to go for lonely crying sessions.

Although JMU definitely has good and bad residence halls, we can all agree that we're still the greatest university on the planet. Remember, we beat Tech in dining hall food. That's all that really counts, right?

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

89683
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

62011
loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets
StableDiffusion

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments