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Worcester, MA
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$38,450
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Easy
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Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are showing their age, but they are still functional. The dorms that are on the far side of Downing Street can seem quiet and isolated from the rest of the campus at times.

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Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are cool if you get past that fact that you feel like you're in jail. It's a great opportunity to meet everyone on your floor and other floors. If you manage to stay there longer, suites in Maywood Street Hall are awesome, other suites are okay, but they can get hot due to the brick walls and heaters you can't turn off.

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Campus Housing: The freshman `residence halls' are less than ideal, but what you give up in facilities, you make up for in friendships and relationships with others in your class. If you are female and can handle living with all women, I would fully advocate living in Dodd Hall. There are three times as many kitchens as the other halls, as well as rooms centered around kitchens and bathrooms rather than just a hallway. The rooms are typically larger than those in most of the other residences, too.

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Campus Housing: Personally, I loved living in Dodd. It was very clean and very quiet.

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Campus Housing: Avoid all dorms besides Maywood! They are old, generally dirty, and most things malfunction in them. Try not to get in an all-freshman dorm freshman year, and try to get a suite as soon as possible.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are fairly nice compared to some of the ones that I've seen. They're all comfy, that is if you make it comfy. The best one, however, is Maywood.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are typical of any campus, really. Freshman dorms are fun the first year, but after that, you pretty much avoid them. Definitely put a preference for where you want to live your first year, so you don't get stuck in a less-than-ideal situation. It's best to live in a freshman dorm first year because it's the best way to get to know the rest of your class. Once you hit upperclassman status, though, go for the apartment-like Maywood Street Hall. It's the cleanest and definitely a step up from the others.

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Campus Housing: Johnson is a great dorm if you like a quieter scene. Dodd has great facilities if you want an all-female setting.

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Campus Housing: Wright Hall is probably the nicest dorm, but stay out of Dodd. If a man walks in there, they automatically assume he's a stalker.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are okay. I prefer the mixed-year housing because they're usually a bit less frantic than the freshman dorms where everyone is really busy running around just because they can. Maywood is the nicest dorm, although the Downing Street apartments are the nicest that the college offers. I lived in the Johnson basement, and that's good. Living in the basement is nice because you are very close to the laundry, you don't have to climb as far, moving is easy, you share the bathrooms with less people, and you can go out the windows. Just watch out for the University police.

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Campus Housing: Housing is done through a lottery, with freshmen and sophomores guaranteed housing since they're required to live on campus. Seniors get to choose on-campus housing next, then juniors, then sophomores. Most of the time, anyone who wants to live on campus gets to, which is nice.

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Campus Housing: Well, Dana and Hughes were pretty awful places to live, but some people really like the dorms. I loved living in Maywood. Sanford was also pretty nice, but that was probably because it's where all my friends were.

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Campus Housing: Most dorms are nice; shoot for upperclass halls your first year if you like peace and quiet.

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Campus Housing: A lot of my friends chose to live in the First-Year Experience halls, but I chose a mixed-class hall. I still met people from my year, but it was great to live with sophomores, juniors, and seniors, get to know them, and hear their perspectives on the school. My hall was also quieter and easier to study in, which was definitely a plus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Clark has a rule that you can't move off campus until your junior year. When you do move off campus, there are a ton of apartments two minutes from campus, and they're not that expensive.

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Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people move into houses around campus junior and senior year, but a lot of those houses are Clark-owned. It can be a pain to deal with landlords and have to worry about finding a place to live off campus. Most people, unless they commute, live on campus or within a few blocks of it.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is pretty comparable in price to the dorms, but I don't think it is worth it. It is nice to have people clean your bathrooms, take your garbage, and be on call if anything goes wrong.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is generally great. It's a better deal than on-campus living, and plenty of it is available right next to campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: You can't move off campus until junior year, and it's only worth it if you aren't on the meal plan-cooking in the dorms is a hassle and a half. It is cheaper, especially if you want your own room, but there are extra responsibilities that are a pain.

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Off-Campus Housing: It depends where you are looking. Some apartments are not so nice, and some are okay. If you prefer apartment living, it may be better to go with the buildings owned by Clark.

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Off-Campus Housing: The apartments in the area are usually overpriced and not well-maintained. However, many find them to be decent alternatives to living in the dorms.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is an option as a junior and senior-it's definitely worth it and easy. The Office of Residential Life and Housing has lists of all available apartments, which makes it easy to find what you're looking for.

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Off-Campus Housing: Stay on campus as long as you can! It's cheaper, the price includes Internet, all utilities, and the custodial service, and you make more friends that way, that is as long as you don't hide in your room all day.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's convenient to live in off-campus apartments because you actually feel like an adult! Plus, you get your own kitchen and get to eat real food!

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Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of off-campus housing. I never lived off campus, and I probably wouldn't encourage it. It's cheaper to live in the dorms, most of the time. With apartments, you often need to sign a lease. With a dorm, I think there's more of a sense of security and closeness.

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Angela Wu
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The students say it best: Clark is a great place to spend four important—perhaps the most important—years of your life. Those who go to Clark report being glad they went. They say that they learned what they wanted to learn in their major, had a lot of fun, and grew up in the process. No campus is perfect, but despite Clark’s flaws, students still manage to fall in love with it and pursue their degrees until the end. Clark’s strengths lie in its academics, its community, and the city in which it resides. Even though that same city gives rise to some of Clark’s largest problems, it also exemplifies the diversity that Clark strives to provide for its students on campus. The city’s restaurants also provide a welcome escape from Clark’s dreadful meal plan!

Although Clark suffers from a poor social scene, low enthusiasm for organized sports, New England weather, and the double-edged sword of apathy and tolerance, Clarkies leave the school realizing that they have just lived through an incredible academic and social experience. It is an experience that stays with them throughout their lives via Clark’s professional reputation, as well as the bonds formed with professors and fellow Clarkies. Students agree: By the time graduation day rolls around, you will be equipped to face the world as an educated adult, but you will wish you had just a little more time at Clark.

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