On-campus housing can be hit-or-miss. A small percentage of students love living on campus where they have all the amenities of home and are close to their classes. Florida State is working hard to renovate the older dormitories and bring them all up to par with the newer facilities, so the new and renovated dorms are very nice, and most are suite-style. The biggest downfall is that many are home to groups that you need to be a part of to live there, and anyone living in the East campus dorms must purchase a meal plan. As far as suggestions go, your best bet is to visit campus and see the dorms for yourself. It doesn’t hurt to ask around. Some of the dorms are fairly quiet and are better suited for the heavy studier, while others tend to house the late-night revelers. If nothing else, dorm living is a great way to meet people and make friends. Just remember, don’t expect it to be as nice as living at home.
FSU has been refurbishing the dormitories over the last few years, with favorable results. The upgrades include high-speed Internet access and modern conveniences, such as suite-style bathrooms and working elevators. The older dorms are livable, but they’re not the kind of places you’re going to write home about. They’ve seen better days, but they aren’t project tenaments, by any means. Relying on word-of-mouth is an excellent way to avoid the less-luxurious dorms. If you have no other choice but to stay in a dorm, consider it a learning experience.