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What to Expect from Dorm Life and Some Helpful Tips

Aug 30, 2021

For many, dorm life is a big part of transitioning from living at home with your family into adult life. Taking your first steps into the “real world” can be a daunting experience.

College may be the first time you’ll live on your own. 

While this is an exciting time, it can also be kind of stressful. There are responsibilities to independent living that you’ve never had to worry about before. And the prospect of sharing this new space with a roommate who’s basically a stranger might be uncomfortable. 

In order to ease that anxiety, we’ve put together this article to share some tips and tricks for living on your own and give you a glimpse of dorm life at ENC. 

Entering Dorm Life: Application and Roommates

The first step to living in a dorm on ENC’s campus is turning in your Housing and Commuter Application (which can be accessed through the ENC student portal). This way we know to begin the process of finding you a dorm room to live in for the next year.

Once the ball is rolling, we work with you to match you with a roommate. (Some dorms have single rooms, but many students will be living with another person.) If you want to request a specific roommate, you can do so until late June. 

Choosing a Roommate

Picking a roommate is an important decision for any college student. The ideal person is someone whose habits and values align well with yours. 

Here are a few things to think about when picking a roommate: 

  • Try to find someone whose standards of cleanliness are the same as yours. If you care about keeping things neat, and your roommate is messy, that could be a recipe for disaster!
  • Room with someone you feel comfortable communicating with. That way, when problems need to be solved, you can handle them as responsibly and straightforwardly as possible. 
  • Talk with your roommate beforehand about how you plan to use the room. If one of you always wants to have lots of people over, while the other prefers mostly peace and quiet, it might be better for both of you to find a better match. 
  • Pick a roommate who shares similar values as you. This helps avoid conflict and also ensures the best situation for your emotional and spiritual health while on campus. 

Getting Matched with a Roommate

If you don’t know anyone, or want to room with someone new, that’s an option too! We’ll pair you with someone we think you’ll work well with based on your application. 

Once you’re with your roommate, it’s still a good idea to go over some of the topics mentioned above, like cleanliness and communication, in order to avoid unnecessary conflict down the road. 

What to Bring

Adjusting to dorm life requires balancing having everything you need with not cluttering your room with what you can do without. 

For starters, there are some essentials you don’t need to bring because ENC provides them for you. Every student in an ENC dorm is provided with:

  • twin bed and mattress 
  • desk
  • chair
  • dresser
  • trash can

What you bring depends on your specific needs as a student. We have a good list to get you started. It also includes a few things not to bring, like toasters, candles, or animals, in order to keep you and your neighbors safe. 

Laundry

Though many college students have probably been doing their own laundry at home for a while, there are a few things to keep in mind when doing laundry at college that might be a little different from how it worked at home. 

At ENC, every hall has its own free-to-use washers and dryers for the students who live there. Those machines serve a lot of people though, and you wouldn’t want to lug your laundry all the way to the machines only to find that they’re all full. 

That’s why it’s useful that ENC’s laundry machines are connected to the internet so that you can scope out which machines are free before walking down to the laundry room. You can even check the time left on your laundry, from your phone or computer!

And don’t forget, even though the washers and dryers are free, you are responsible for bringing your own laundry detergent!

Your Residential Assistant (RA)

Each floor in every residence hall has a residential assistant, or RA, who is there to help make ENC feel like a second home. RAs are undergrads like you who have undergone a rigorous selection process to earn their job.

What They Do

An RA’s responsibilities are to help foster a healthy and friendly community on the floor. They do this by organizing community events, where you can meet and enjoy the company of your floormates. 

How They Help

RAs can also help you out if you have any questions about adjusting to college life, especially questions about your dorm life. An RA is also a good person to go to in order to help arbitrate any disputes that might arise with your roommate. And they’re your go-to person if you find yourself locked out of your dorm room. 

In general, RAs are responsible and mature members of your community, happy to help ease your transition into college and dorm life.

Get Ready for Dorm Life at Eastern Nazarene College!

No matter where you’re coming from, we want to make sure ENC can be a second home for you while you’re with us. That’s why it’s important to us to help you feel prepared for dorm life.

As a Christ-centered college just outside of Boston, ENC is ready to provide you with a rigorous and exciting college experience while also providing for your social and spiritual needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about Eastern Nazarene College, reach out to us today!