The hunt for housing: hustle, hassle and headaches

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Jessie Cocking
When Lindsey Taylor learned she would be living in the Newman Center, the newest dorm on campus, she was thrilled, but a little reluctant. She said she was worried about how quickly the dorm had been built.
“While living in the Newman Center, I only had a few problems,” said Taylor, a biomedical sciences major from Spanish Fort who was a sophomore in the spring.
While living in Newman Center, Taylor’s only concern was maintenance issues.
“The AC in the Newman Center never seemed to work because it was always so hot in the building,” Taylor said. “The air problem was one of the only issues I ever had while living on campus.”
She said she liked how clean the new building was.
“My favorite thing about living in Newman was how close it is to the dining hall,” she said. The Newman Center is within walking distance from The Trojan Dining Hall, known to some students as “Saga.”
As freshmen at Troy University, all students under the age of 19 are required to live on campus.  There are many different housing options that students can choose from on campus.
The campus has 12 dorms, including coed buildings, suite-style rooms and apartment-style rooms.
Students also have multiple choices for living off campus. Apartments, houses and mobile homes are a few options.
“The most popular choice when it comes to off-campus housing is apartments,” said Griffin Allen, a history major from Troy who was a junior in the spring.
Allen has lived off campus for two years now, and she said she enjoys the freedom. “It is nice not having a curfew or visitor rules,” she said.
Being at college is a big change for many students.
“I would say that I absolutely love the idea of being on my own,” said Adrienne McCall, an exercise science major from Ashford who was a sophomore in the spring,
She lived in Shackelford Hall as a freshman and this spring lived at The Grove. She said that she prefers living on campus.
“You are just so close to everything, and you get a good feel of the college life as long as you’re involved in things,” she said.
When it comes to living off campus, McCall said she enjoys having her own room and bathroom as well as a place to cook.
“Some cons would definitely be that I have to drive to campus every day,” McCall said. “I can’t just run back to my dorm room in two minutes if I forgot something.”
“I have really enjoyed living on campus,” said Laken Berry from Athens, Alabama, who was a freshman undeclared major in the spring.
Berry enjoyed being able to walk everywhere.
“It has been very convenient being so close to everything on campus,” Berry said.  “All of my classes and the food options are within a 10-minute or less walk.”
There are some essential items to bring with you when you move in. Troy University no longer supplies microwave ovens and room-size refrigerators to the dorms, with the exception of Trojan Village and Pace Hall.
The reason is that “we found they did not take care of them,” said Sabrina Foster, the housing coordinator.
She said that students are more likely to take care of items that they have bought.
Students may bring their own microwaves and small refrigerators
“One item I found vital to my everyday life in a dorm was a box fan,” McCall said.
“I would tell students to invest in an alarm clock,” Foster said. “We have had parents call this office before asking if we have wake-up calls available for the students.”

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