Where to Live Your Freshman Year Based on Your Personality
Private Certified Housing
Bromley Hall is Private Certified residence hall for undergraduate students. If social life is important to you, the Bromley is the place to live. Many students are from the Northern suburbs of Chicago, so there is a great sense of community within Bromley. Bromley offers study rooms on each floor, as well as suite-style rooms with shared bathrooms and showers. The downside of Bromley is that you do not get university food credits, and therefore don’t have credits to use at I-57 (a university-run convenience store), other dining halls, or The Caffeinator (a coffee shop run by university dining).
Newman Hall is another residence hall that’s part of Private Certified Housing. Newman is a co-ed, religiously-affiliated community that offers both suite-style and traditional-style rooms. If you are looking for the perfect balance of social life and school, Newman is perfect for you. Like Bromley, you will not get credits to use at other residence halls.
Also know as, “The Ike,” Ikenberry Commons is a group of residence halls all located in the same area. The Ike includes Hopkins Hall, Nugent Hall, Weston Hall, Wassaja, Bousfield, Scott, Snyder, and Taft Van-Doren. Some of these dorms are more updated than others, and all offer a traditional style of housing. Many of these halls are co-ed. All of them offer credits, which can be used at any university dining hall, as well as any of the university-run stores. The Ike is one of the most common areas for undergraduate students to live.
Pennsylvania Avenue Residence
Pennsylvania Avenue Residence, or PAR for short, is located in Urbana. It is co-ed by floor and offers a few living-learning communities. The rooms are standard dorm style. PAR is typically quieter than other dorms, so finding a quiet place to study is never a problem. Again, PAR has credits that can be used at any dining hall or any university-run store.