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Written by Staci Harper
The housing at ISU ranges from disgusting to posh, and the majority falls in the middle. Students seem generally satisfied. Even if the dorms are less than lush, students tend to make strong friendships and find places to party. Undeniably, dorm life is an important part of the freshman college experience. Most students enjoy it if they enjoy who they live around. Maple, Willow, Larch, and Friley receive positive recommendations. Many students, especially girls, prefer coed dormitories, as single-sex dorms can be less social.
Roommates can make or break even the best dorms, and how much you enjoy dorm life depends on the people instead of the dorms themselves. The dorms are not a terrible place to live. They aren't exactly Hilton suites, but they are a far cry from prison cells. Until you get to know Iowa State and Ames, it is a good idea to live on campus. For upperclassmen, Frederiksen Court offers University-owned apartments. Everyone should experience at least one year of dorm life—it's part of the college experience.
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