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Historical meaning[edit]

This article completly ignores, that dormitory was name for a common sleeping room in e.g. monasteries. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:05, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

Halls of residence[edit]

"Halls of Residence at boarding schools, colleges and universities used to house students in dormtories": at any rate, this fails to explain the complexity of the subject. Whether technically correct or not, students commonly continue to call what universities and colleges often promote the calling-of as "Residence Halls" as "dormitories" or "dorms." This should be explained in more detail. --Daniel C. Boyer 16:57, 4 Oct 2003 (UTC)


I suggest merging the dormitory and residence hall articles into one article. If there are usage differences among the terms, that could also be explained in the article.

But the mean thing is that people sleep in them, and a lot of times those people are students who attend the school which owns and operates the buildings. --Uncle Ed 18:09, 14 Jan 2004 (UTC)

I suggest the main article should be residence halls, and not dormitories. As a student affairs and residence life professional, it is important to understand that universities and student affairs/student services divisions have moved away from using the word dorm or dormitories, because the halls are supposed to reflect the holistic experience of living on campus, and not just a place where a student sleeps and showers. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

I've spent time in Residence Life as well. Trust me - "dormitory" is still by far the most common term for the facility. SchuminWeb (Talk) 20:16, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
Is that true across the board? Here in the UK the concepts are very distinct: a "dormitory" is usually just the room for multiple sleepers and the term is mainly used in boarding schools and hostels. A "hall of residence" is a building usually containing individual bedrooms, maybe some shared by two or three, and the term is primarily used for universities. Dormitories (in the UK use of the term) are generally shunned by university students who want privacy and security. It can be rather confusing to have what are to me two very distinctly different concepts covered by a single article. Timrollpickering 12:06, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

A place to sleep[edit]

that's kind of misleading, in fact this is probably an outright lie, it's not physicially possible to sleep in a dormitory, and I'd challange you to find a single dorm where that statment would be true

It's also quite impossible to get sleep, at least nearly enough, when you have school and/or a job to go to.

Clara Dickson Hall (size)[edit]

It only houses 450 students. I question whether or not it is the largest dorm on the east coast, but I do know that it is the largest single dorm in the ivy league. -Cornell Rockey

I don't see how the statements "The largest dormitory building is Bancroft Hall at the United States Naval Academy" and "The largest dormitory on the eastern half of the United States is Clara Dickson Hall at Cornell University" can both be true. Last time I checked USNA was in Maryland, which is on the east coast. User:fsiler

anyone notice the computer is on the dorm page on wikipedia?I am Paranoid 22:23, 22 March 2007 (UTC)


That is NOT a typical dorm room. For one, there are no piles of dirty laundry littering the floor. — Phil Welch 00:25, 17 October 2005 (UTC)

I assume the above was intended as a joke, though if you where indeed seriouse, I would say that the word "typical" is being used to refer to the layout and design rather then the state of cleanliness or organization. --Cab88 11:18, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

Nonetheless, this is rather atypical. It is clearly outdated, and not what most dorms these days look like. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:57, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

Single sex vs. coed dorms[edit]

I added a bit on coed dorms and coed dorm rooms. I do think it may be worthwhile to have a separate section on this topic, with info on the history of coed dorms and something on the arguments that have been made for and against coed dorms and the potential pro and cons of single sex and coed dorms. --Cab88 11:10, 26 June 2006 (UTC)

That would be awesome. Go for it! SchuminWeb (Talk) 05:45, 11 February 2007 (UTC)
As long as it's well sourced, please add as much information as you can to this (very poorly sourced) article. You might also want to mention the slow but noticeable growth of residence hall rooms that are assigned to roommates of different genders, mostly as a way to accommodate transgendered students. --ElKevbo 05:48, 11 February 2007 (UTC)


I was curious about where the concept of double rooms came from. My roommate and I don't share anything but a light--it seems to me that with one wall and an additional door, a lot of inconvenience could be avoided. Which then got me thinking, whose idea was it for people to share sleeping space in the first place? I don't know where I could get information on that, though. Does anyone have any tips? Salvar 19:19, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

In general, some of the more undesirable traits of American residence halls can either be traced to (a) cost (that additional wall and door add to the cost of the building, ongoing maintenance, safety issues, etc.) and (b) the booms in housing that have been driven by booms in enrollment, necessitating the quickest, cheapest, and most efficient way to house students. If you're truly interested in research, I'd first look to some of the books published by ACUHO-I. --ElKevbo 21:37, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Polish Dorm Kitchen[edit]

Why are the top of the cabinets in the Polish dorm kitchen overfilled to the brim with alcohol? Extremely different that what you'd find in the US. - MSTCrow 22:14, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

I agree - that's different than what you'd see stateside. I'd be interested to know if those bottles are empty or full. SchuminWeb (Talk) 01:15, 29 April 2007 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure, as a student of AGH, that these bottles are empty ;) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)
Empty bottles, left as a keepsake to remember past parties. Barry Kent 18:11, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
They don't make us Europeans wait til we're 21 to legally buy alcohol for one thing! And having been to Poland, they drink far more (and certainly more straight spirits) than us Brits. Kingal86 (talk) 08:16, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

"architectural-review" syndrome[edit]

this article, like the Colleges article, suffers from "architectural-review" syndrome, i.e. a high-emphasis on exterior, building shots rather than focus on the subject-matter at hand. no doubt, there are numerous wikipedia editors that are currently contributing from dorm rooms - can we not get a few more examples of "actual" dorms from them? Jackass110 (talk) 04:29, 4 June 2009 (UTC) This article is subject to related information about on-campus/school life.

Student in a dormitory, USC, ca. 1907 (uaic-tro-gal-248A~1)
Well... this just popped up on commons. Junkyardsparkle (talk) 05:35, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Co-ed bathrooms[edit]

I noticed that the following statement is marked as "citation needed": "Some colleges and university coeducational dormitories also feature coeducational bathrooms". I lived in a dorm with coed bathrooms, and here is an article from the University newspaper mentioning the co-ed bathrooms: I don't know how to add a citation to wikipedia, but if this counts as a reliable source somebody else can go ahead and do so.

Higher education[edit]

I want to propose to divide this article into two lemma/articles, an extra article about the paragraph Higher education as e.g. --Oursana (talk) 02:32, 4 February 2015 (UTC)dormitory (university)/student housing. This would support better linking on wikidata where we have dormitory (Q847950) dormitory in general like this article and halls of residence (Q3661265). Corresponding to this on commons we have c:Category:Dormitory rooms, which applies here and c:Category:Student housing. Therefore I will change the link the consisting commons cat.--Oursana (talk) 02:32, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

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It's great that the article gives specific information about UK and USA dorms, with facilities in a more few countries' discussed. But the rest of humanity is ignored. What's going on in Croatia, Pakistan, Cameroon, Chile, etc.? Recommend information about the rest of the world be included. RaqiwasSushi (talk) 05:44, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Never mind. It's a silly article, and badly written to boot. Eric talk 03:16, 23 September 2016 (UTC)