The first thought that pops up when students plan on moving to any university, is about the types of dorms available. This is no exception at the University of Toledo. In order to help all potential students who plan to come to the University of Toledo, here is an extensive list of all the types of dorms available on campus, as well as a rating for each one.
Honors Academic Village
This dorm is probably the most comfortable dormitory at UT. Instead of being in the domain of University Housing, this dorm is privately owned and relies on a different form of payment than what is normally used. Honors Academic Village has many resources, such as the following: indoor gym and spacious rooms for single and double (bathroom shared by two people). However, you should be aware that the Honors Academic Village primarily chooses Engineering major students. Along with this, the Honors Academic Village is the most expensive dorms, with payments ranging from 4-5K per semester. Considering these characteristics, a proper rating for this residence hall would be 9/10.
MacKinnon Hall, Scott Halls, and Tucker Halls
MacKinnon Hall, Scott Halls, and Tucker Halls have spacious, nice looking individual rooms. The downside to having individual rooms is that MKST halls have community bathrooms (which are not so bad!), and each room does not have a sink, so washing your hands or cleaning requires a visit to the bathroom. However, you should be aware that the MKST halls primarily choose honors students (requires being accepted into Honors College). Along with this, MKST halls are also one of the most expensive dorms with payments ranging from 4-5K per semester. Considering these characteristics, this residence hall is rated an 8/10.
Parks Tower is the typical representation of a college dorm. The rooms are small and shared by two-four people. Along with these come the community bathrooms. Overall, throughout campus, Parks Tower is viewed as one of the worst dorms available. With this in mind, this residence hall should be rated 5/10. This should probably be one of your last choices when applying for housing!
Carter Hall is another typical representation of a college dorm. The rooms are small and are shared by two-four people. Along with these are the community bathrooms! Overall, throughout campus, Carter Hall is viewed as second of the worst dorms available after Parks Tower. Therefore, this residence hall also deserves a 5/10. This should also probably be one of your last few choices when applying for housing!
McComas Village primarily contains dorms exclusively for students in Greek fraternities. Being the least expensive on campus, McComas Village offers another good alternative. However, you are required to be in a fraternity and participate in the fraternity. Some fraternities are really beneficial, and some are questionable. First Year students cannot stay at McComas village; but if you were to join a fraternity in the Fall or Spring semester, you are eligible to move. Considering these characteristics, a rating for this friendly residence hall is a 7/10.
Presidents Hall is a suite-style room building with rooms shared by 4 to 6 people. Each room has one bathroom (shower and sink may be in the same room), living area, and two rooms. This building would be very comfortable for those who have friends or family members attending this university. If not, it is best to stay elsewhere, because it could take a lot of time to get used to how others behave (good or bad). Due to possible interactions at Presidents Hall, this building deserves a 7/10.
Ottawa (East and West)
Ottawa Halls are suite style room buildings with rooms shared by 4 to 6 people. Each room contains one bathroom (shower and sink may be in the same room), living area, and two rooms. Similar to Presidents Hall, students in Ottawa halls should be aware of the interactions that can occur due to having so many students in a dorm. It would be entertaining and fun to stay here with friends and family members who attend UT, but it could also be very annoying to stay here with others who may not have very appropriate behaviors. Apart from this factor, Ottawa is home to one of the dining halls as well as a convenience store. Considering these factors, this building deserves a 7/10.
International House is a suite style room building with rooms shared by 4 to 6 people. Each room has one bathroom (shower and sink may be in the same room), living area, and two rooms. It is similar to Presidents Hall and Ottawa Halls in terms of student density per room and interactions. Thus, in consideration of these factors, this building, similar to Presidents Hall and Ottawa Halls, will receive a 7/10 rating.
Academic House is another typical representation of a college dorm. The rooms are small and shared by 2-4 people. Along with these, are the community bathrooms! Compared to other typical dorms (Parks Tower and Carter Halls), Academic House is a good option. Most of the ratings are good, and students do tend to like this place. Therefore, this residence hall receives a 6/10 rating.
For more information on the types of dorms at UT, you can check out the website for a virtual tour of the dorms. Also, some buildings such as International House, Ottawa Halls, and Presidents Hall sometimes contain individual suite-style rooms. However, you need to be meticulous when applying because these are very rare and do not necessarily appear in the housing application. Prepare and plan earlier so you will get the dorm that you desire. Booking for housing is very quick, so you may get stuck with one of the least desired halls if you don’t plan ahead! Go Rockets!