I have lived on campus for two years now, and while I am moving next year, it is me not the dorms. I would defiantly recommend the dorms to anyone coming to Western, as a Freshman or transfer student. They are a great way to get to know people and get involved.
First we have Mathis and Nash. Two dorms, but basically identical in atmosphere, room size, and student residence. Nash rooms are a touch bigger on average then Mathis, but both offer wonderful views on one side of Bellingham Bay, and the Canadian Mountains. They have a boy floor and a girl floor alternating with each floor sharing a bathroom between about 20 people on the floor. Both of these are what I call "Freshmen dorms," because the people who live there are mostly freshmen.
Another "Freshman dorm" is Higginson, mainly because once you live there, you don't come back. Higginson is unique in that all of the dorms, you enter the rooms from the outside. To get to the rooms, you must go in the building, but up the stairs you find yourself on a deck that goes all the way around the building. Higgi, as it is known on campus, has suites, where two rooms share a bathroom between them. (4 people per suite.) I would not recommend this dorm to anyone, because aside from outside doorways, the desks and beds are not moveable as they are in all the other dorms, so you can not alter the room to get more floor space by bunking the beds. Higginson has male and female suites on the same floor, but no cooed suites. None of the suites on campus are co ed.
Edens North, and Edens Hall, (Edens Hall is known as Edens South to residents) are connected to each other with a sky bridge and share lounges, pool table, and piano. South has suites of four people. It's a quiet dorm, but that doesn't mean anything except you have a means available to you if your neighbor is blasting REM at 3PM and you're trying to study. South has the most variable room size in all of campus. There are three corner rooms that are absolutely huge, but there are also a few smaller ones. The nice thing about South, is that the rooms are all carpeted, which is not the same as the other dorms.
Edens North is like Mathis and Nash, with each floor alternating boys and girls, and each floor sharing a bathroom among themselves. Edens North and South are considered one community, but North is predominantly Freshmen, while South is predominately Upperclassmen.
Anyone who is new to college or new to this college should live in the dorms. Anyone who can't live without their Dalmatian or Persian, should get a house. Since the dorms allow nothing but fish as pets. And they will find them. Trust me.
I don't know much about other campus's housing, but from what I've heard about the UW, Western's housing is much nicer. Another big pro to living on campus is you can get up 15 minutes before class and get there on time. North campus housing is especially close to the library, main dining hall, and bookstore. It's also approximately a three to five minute walk to Red Square from North campus dorms.
If you are big into sports, the Ridge is closest to the gym and the middle of campus. If you are into sciences or environmental studies, South campus dorms, Fairhaven, or Buchanon Towers are closest to the science buildings but quite a walk from Red Square where most of the GUR's are held. They're also farther away from the library.
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