What size dorm room should I live in for college?

My hard work paid off, I got my certificate and SAT and I will be leaving for college next year, if you are like me you’ll probably be filling out a housing application soon. In an application, you may have a choice about what size dorm room you’d like to live in, where you specify if you want a single, double, triple, or a quad.
Deciding your ideal room size may be a bit tough, especially if you’ve never really lived on your own before. Both small and large rooms have their advantages and disadvantages.

How to decide what room

Consider what type of person you are — are you introverted and do you like your own space? Then a single will be more for you. If you’re outgoing and want to have a lot of fun, then a triple or a quad will be more of your style.
Doubles typically offer a strong balance between the two — through your roommate, you can expand, but you can usually still find your privacy too.

Living in a single

  • You have the place to yourself. In a single, you don’t have to worry about not getting along with a roommate or about conflicting lifestyles — it’s your space, and you can do whatever you want with it. You can also easily isolate yourself if needed.
  • Living in a single makes it harder to meet people off the bat. At first, your roommate is your best friend, especially if you don’t really know anybody at your school beforehand.  Eventually, you will meet more people in your building, but if you want to make friends off the bat while living in a single, you’re going to have to work harder to extend yourself.
  • Singles are a bit cramped. Dorm rooms aren’t known for being large and accommodating, and when you have a single it’s going to be pretty small. There’s not a lot of room to spread out in a single. Although you have the place to yourself, you won’t be able to have a lot of friends over because you simply won’t have the room.
  • Singles are usually more expensive. Because a single is the “sought after” room, be prepared to pay more to live in a single.

Living in a double

  • Only one roommate. You have one roommate, which means you only have one person to try to meet a balance with. If you’re assigned a good roommate, things will flow pretty well. You also have a person to share opportunities with — for example, if your roommate is going out, it’s usually fine to tag along. Having a roommate opens up your social circle a bit.
  • You don’t have your “own” space. Although you’ll likely have your own sides of the room or some other designated space, you do share the room. You won’t be able to completely isolate yourself, and to some degree, you have to be accommodating for your roommate, perhaps in keeping your side of the room clean or in the times you go to bed.
  • Some privacy. Although you’ll sometimes be in the room with your roommate, you will also have your own time — perhaps when your roommate has class or when he/she goes home for the weekend.

Living in a triple or a quad

  • A bunch of roommates. Having more than one roommate means you’ll have even more opportunities to network — there will be more social outings you’ll be invited to, you’ll have an easier time meeting people, and so forth. However, living with more roommates also increases the chances that you won’t be compatible with one of them in some way (such as in cleanliness or the times you go to bed).
  • Very little solitude or privacy. Although occasionally you may have the place to yourself, chances are that someone will usually be around, especially in a quad. You probably won’t have too many weekends to yourself. Also, with multiple roommates, you won’t really be able to isolate yourself as much in your room.
  • Larger rooms are usually cheaper. If you’re trying to save money wherever you can, larger rooms are usually cheaper.