A recent feature in The New York Times highlights what it describes as the “Dorms You’ll Never See on the Campus Tour.”
These residence halls stand in stark contrast to many of the opulent living situations colleges now use to lure students on campus.
“Built in the middle of the last century or even earlier, they have survived to shock and dismay new freshmen with their cinder block aesthetic and dingy common rooms,” Times reporter Vivian Yee writes. “Air-conditioning is a distant luxury. Bathrooms are nasty, crowded and few.”
The Times article shines a light on some of the most “loathed” dorms around the country. Here’s what it’s like to live in a few of the worst:
Quadrangle Hall, at the University of Iowa, is slated for demolition in 2017.
Designed to be a World War I barracks, Quadrangle Hall is almost 100 years old. Here it is in 1923:
The age shows. “It kind of always smells like it’s 100 years old … It’s kind of like a mixture of mildew and old people, I would say,” one resident told The Times.