It seems pretty obvious that while in your freshman year you'll be living in a smaller dorm room, your remaining years at Union will lead to living in some great dormitories. Over recent years, Union has put a lot of effort into revamping their housing system. And with Union's rapidly-increasing student body, the College is increasing its number of housing options available to students. The College purchased a former Ramada Inn, now known cleverly as the Inn. The Inn has over 200 rooms, a large portion of which is singles. So far, the Inn has been getting a lot of positive feedback from students. Although the rooms themselves have a pseudo-hotel feel to them, they are huge and have individual bathrooms.
But it's impossible to talk about campus housing without gushing over the new Minerva Houses. Three former fraternities have been transformed into beautiful buildings, and the four other Minerva Houses are renovated dorms with kitchens, social areas, study rooms, and most importantly, free coffee. Although you cannot live there as a first-year student, every student and faculty member assigned to a Minerva House has equal access to the house budget, which is about $30,000, for planning house events and the social spaces. The only bad thing about the renovations is that it makes the other dorms, such as Webster, Davidson, Fox, and West, look a bit sub-par in comparison. There is also a disproportionate amount of vandalism in the dorms designated for first-year students. The folks at Residential Life are more than willing to find a different living arrangement for you if your roommate and you don't jive.