Living on Campus
IU’s residential campus is shifting its housing options from dormitories to residence centers
With five kids in the family, Marianna Eble shared a bedroom most of her growing up years, first with her older sister and then with a younger one. But she wasn’t sure how she would respond to dorm life at IU Bloomington.
“I had heard so many horror stories about bad roommates,” she explains. “But I was fully prepared to live around lots of other girls and to share a community bathroom.”
Even though she had no roommate when she arrived at IU, her door in the Collins Living-Learning Center often was propped open to socialize with two girls across the hall who became her best friends. A 10- by 15-foot room, she learned, can be a comfortable home, even a destination spot, given the right touches: a tapestry to soften the overhead light, a coat rack, and a few floor lamps.