Campus housing is a bookend kind of deal—most of the living arrangements are very solid freshman and senior year, but things get a little musty in between. Brandt and Ylvisaker, the main freshman dorms, have great locations, nice facilities, and allow for easy transition from living at home. All Ylvisaker rooms house two students, while Brandt rooms are for three students, except the “Penthouse,” which houses four students and is the nicest freshman living arrangement if you’re selected to live there. Towers is nearly universally hated for its cramped living quarters, outdated facilities, and general disorder. The only plus to it is that 80 percent of sophomores and juniors will live there, which enables you to get to know a lot of people.
By the time you’re a senior, your best on-campus housing options are the college apartments, a Farwell cluster, or the granddaddy of them all, Baker Village. Unfortunately, since Luther approves so few people for off-campus housing, some seniors can get shut out of those options, leaving them with either a Larsen room, an Olson suite, or (gasp!) a third year in Towers. Since almost all Luther students will live on campus all four years, it is important to consider where you’ll wind up and what you want to get out of it.