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Hi there Kristen.

Other than the dorms being closer to campus, what is the difference between living in and apartment against living in a dorm? What are the pros and cons of each? Thank you!


Hey there!

I went to UT, so please see below for my answer... but if you want several answers, I'd check out the Real Life section - there are about 10 students who would be happy to answer it too :) www.FreshmanSupport.com/ut/theRealLife

The dorms aren't necessarily closer to your classes on campus - Dobie is actually way closer to the business school than Duren. The only real difference is that the private dorms (Dobie, Towers, Castilian, Callaway, SRD, Hardin House) are all owned privately and not by the university.

They all have their own pros/cons, but in general:

-the private dorms are slightly less expensive (yeah, counterintuitive! most people think they are more expensive).
-the private dorms are larger - Dobie, Towers and (I think) Callaway all have a living room in addition to your room
-most of the private dorms will have private bathrooms (with the exception of a few of the female-only).
-some of the private dorms have a reputation of being primarily 'Greek'. This isn't true, but there are a number of Greek students who live in private dorms.
-you can choose how many meals you want to purchase / week from the private dorms. This is great because - trust me - you'll get really sick of their food.

Personally, I much prefer the private dorms over the public dorms. I lived at Dobie my freshman year, and my friends at most of the public dorms were pretty jealous.

I think regardless of where you live, you will get sick of the cafeteria food (nothing beats mom's cooking, regardless of who your mom is). One advantage of living on-campus is that you can go to the different cafeterias once you get sick of one... You can do that anyway if you live in a private dorm, but depending on how many meals / week you purchased, it could mean that you paid for the meal at the private dorm and didn't eat there.

You can actually go tour a lot of the dorms before deciding, so one thing you might consider is checking out the 'Visit' section, which tells you the timing of each dorm tour (so, if you were going to come to UT for one day, what we think you should hit up). http://www.freshmansupport.com/ut/visit/.

Hope that helps!


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