Article by: Kamille Jude

High school is the one thing separating us from college, and as this year’s seniors prepare for what’s to come, they can’t help but fantasize about potential college dorms and the food that each school may have in store. Aside from looking at the reputation of universities, another aspect that goes into selecting one’s school could be the available accommodations. If you’re going to be spending the next four years at this one location, you’re going to want to make sure the campus and facilities are right for you. Aside from that, we all need good food to fuel us through the hectic deadlines that come with being a college student. Here is a list of colleges with the best dorms and dining halls tailored specifically towards ISM students!

Dorms:

1. Hub at University of Arizona (Tucson – Arizona)

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At the Hub, located on the campus of University of Arizona, not only do you get private beds, bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen, you also get a spectacular view from the rooftop infinity pool. After a long day of classes, relaxing by the pool may be exactly what you need!

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2. Simmons Hall at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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The Simmons Hall, also called “The Sponge” due to its unique architecture, is a residential building that promotes community interaction and recreation. The dorm rooms are either singles or doubles and some are even equipped with their own private bathroom. To top it all off, John’s Smoothies, the five time winner of the World Smoothie award, is located in the building and happens to be vegan friendly! ISM’s many Jamba Juice aficionados will surely feel right at home here.

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3. Durfee at Yale (New Haven, Connecticut)

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This building at Yale University was specifically designed to ensure that the majority of the rooms are singles with walk-in closets. These rooms form a suite of usually six or nine rooms that share bathrooms and a common area. Fun fact: this is the exact dorm where Gilmore Girls was filmed and where Anderson Cooper stayed during his first year.

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4. Cuarto at the University of California, Davis (Davis, California)

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UC Davis’s Cuarto area is made up of three different halls; Emerson, Thoreau and Webster. The swimming pool, spa, and scenic courtyards makes this area the main attraction for most students along with a full service dining room!   

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Dining Halls:

1. Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois)

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The Northwestern dining hall host fun events such as “Moroccan Night and Reggae Night”, which allows for a more enriching and diverse social experience. With a campus dietician, hot cookie bar, and the use of locally-grown produce––the university looks towards reducing its waste while maintaining the quality of food supplied to their students––a factor particularly environmentally-conscious ISM students may wish to consider!

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2. Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)

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ISM’s Kantina is known for its excellent food, and the Johns Hopkins dining hall will surely uphold these high standards. Once a month in the Johns Hopkins dining hall, a fancy brunch is held with a live jazz band including meals with ‘baked brie, shrimp cocktail, bananas foster, cinder-brined pork, and butternut squash & leek frittata’ (Business Insider).

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3. Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)

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Brown has various amazing dining halls such as Verney-Wooley which supplies a variety of different food––as well as the Ivy room which has an exclusively vegetarian evening menu. ISM’s increasing numbers of vegan, vegetarian, or otherwise particularly health-conscious students should definitely take this into mind. With the diversity of food (most of which is purchased from local farms) found on campus, it’s sure to cover everyone’s dietary needs!

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4. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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The University of Pennsylvania has quick and easy portable meals similar to those found at the new “Grab and Go” stop in the Kantina, all-you-can-eat dining, and an entirely kosher café as well as an on-campus grocery store. Aside from the various facilities, students also have access to nutrition counseling regarding information on healthy eating (say goodbye to the freshmen 15!).

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Although this list is solely based on universities located in the United States, there are still great options out there and you shouldn’t cross out a school based on the extravagance of their accommodation or dining hall. College is all about obtaining a quality education while experiencing new things––so make sure to choose wisely!

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