LaCumparsita wrote:Which dorm is the best? North seems ideal since it's newer than the others (right?) and you can have your own bathroom, but are the smaller rooms in North really small? Are the rooms in Gropius and Hastings really old? What is the social scene like in each of the dorms? Thanks!
The only unqualified disadvantage of North is the price (it's significantly more expensive than Gropius and somewhat more than Hastings).
North is, I'm told, less social than Gropius or Hastings. You do get your own bathroom, and there's not much in the way of common study area (except in the bottom floor), so you have very little reason to interact with others in your building, whereas in Gropius, just about everything is communal.
The rooms in North are relatively big and nice. They look exactly like converted economy hotel rooms, because they are. It's a couple of blocks off campus, whereas Hastings and Gropius are literally seconds from class. There are more LL.M.s and S.J.D.s (mostly foreign students doing Masters or doctoral degrees here); Gropius at least is dominated by 1Ls, with a handful of 2Ls/3Ls and LL.M.s/S.J.D.s.
There are various other comments about the dorms on pages 15-17 of this topic.