Pros and cons of Chapman housing options

Which of the five prisons – err, we mean “residence halls” – you wind up in at Chapman has a lot to do with your major, undeclared included, as students are often placed with others who share their major.

Group living is always the same in some ways (sharing bathrooms, negotiating noise levels and visitors) but yet, each dorm also has its own unique culture as created by the people living in it. Here is a handy reference guide that lists the pros and cons of every Chapman residence hall.

 

Henley Hall

Pros:

– Known as the “Trap House”

– Has EVERYTHING

– Fully-functional laundry room

-Tiny 5-by-5 square-foot gym

-Pool table that also functions as a prime napping location

 

Cons:

-Known as the “Trap House”

-Laundry room never has an open dryer

-Cockroaches!

-Loud af on the first floor

 

Removable graffiti in the Henley laundry room.

Henley 1st floor repping Stranger Things.

Is it performance art? Versatile pool table in the Henley basement conscripted into other purposes. Photos by Julia Ha.

 

Pralle-Sodaro Hall

Pros:

-”Walk-in” closet

-That’s your only pro

 

Cons:

-You have to share a bathroom with five other, usually messy, people

-Lounges smell weird and are usually trashed

-Underdeveloped version of Henley

 

The disappointing Pralle basement.

Pralle residents recreate iconic vine with Post-it notes Photos by Julia Ha.

 

Glass Hall

Pros:

-Has hotel ~vibes~

-Pool view

-New (ish)

-Easy access to Jim Miller Parking Structure

 

Cons:

-Fun times dealing with clogged showers and sinks!

 

Seve Silvestre, freshman Health Science major and Glass resident, making a “professional ‘ phone call in Glass community room Photo by Julia Ha.

Glass residents getting frustrated with their bathrooms Picture via Twitter: @Pakiiinextdoor

 

Morlan Hall

Pros:

-Only one roommate = only one person to drive you nuts

-The existence of the Morlan bunny

-Community kitchen where students bake their stress away during finals week

 

Cons:

-Furthest away campus

-Printer that constantly prints photo of Taylor Swift

-Black goo from shower heads

-Building is haunted

Morlan residents’ reactions to their spooky daily occurrences. Picture via Twitter: @nocontextpawnee

The haunted sitting areas of Morlan. Photo by Julia Ha.

 

Sandhu Residence Center

Pros:

-Cute jail cell vibes

-Sandhu dance room is the size of your dorm!

-Some rooms have windows directly to the caf for easy sneak-in access

 

Cons:

-Quiet as solitary confinement

-Nothing cool happens

-Definitely will break your bank

 

The sad and empty hallways of Sandhu. Photo by Julia Ha.

Sandhu residents’ bank account.

 

Davis Apartments

Pros:

-Living representation of Chili’s

-Top on-campus housing option

-Cheap

 

Cons:

-You’ll most likely never get it because so many other students want it

 

A nice “Welcome to Chili’s” Poster on Davis. Photo by Julia Ha.

Accurate representation of students who did not get Davis. Picture via Twitter: @ParisHilton

 

Panther Village

Pros:

-A living meme among Chapman housing

-Always police cars across Panther Village arresting people

-Super cute old floral curtains that spice up your room!

-Loft is kinda fun

-Swimming pool that no one ever uses

 

Cons:

-Occasional eye contact with possums, racoons and homeless people

-Your shuttle is not always on time

-Never any parking

-Decorated like your grandma’s house

Police cars parked across from Panther Village at midnight. Photo by Ammar Khan.

Chrissy Teigen’s facial expression representing Panther Village residents. Picture via Twitter: @SoonSun_

 

 Chapman Grand

Pros:

– Your own bedroom, bathroom, closet, washer, dryer, etc.

-The pleasure of being envied

-A swimming pool that is actually swimmable

-Reassuring to know that they weren’t thousands of people before you who used the toilet seat

 

Cons:

-Maze Runner 2.0

-You will most likely get lost in building trying to find your way out

-Will frequently miss your shuttle

-Will frequently lose mail too

Chapman Grand residents enjoying their grand life. Picture via Maggy Vaneijk from BuzzFeed

Students waiting and falling sleeping as they wait for their shuttles. Photo by Julia Ha

Julia Ha

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