If you decide to attend UM, there will be a form you fill out ranking the residential colleges by preference. This seems to be basically useless, as almost all freshmen are placed in Hecht or Stanford, also called the Towers. Although the other dorms are bigger and don’t have communal bathrooms, most students agree that spending a year in the Towers is a good experience because it forces you to meet people. The suites in Mahoney, Pearson, and Eaton are nicer, but some students like the atmosphere in the Towers so much that they keep their rooms for the next year. The Towers are definitely the most wild and fun dorms, then Mahoney and Pearson, where some floors have a good social atmosphere. Eaton is generally considered the quietest of the residential colleges, which many people might prefer.
If you’re lucky and you have a good RA, your floor will turn into a big family. Video game tournaments and hallway sports are common, and chances are, at least a few people on your floor will be friends that you keep in touch with for the rest of college. A lot of upperclassmen try to get into the apartments, which are tough to reserve. The layout is nice, but the buildings themselves are old and in random areas of campus where it’s hard to meet new people. In the past, there have been overcrowding issues, and students have been sent to the Holiday Inn across the street from campus. Even though a free hotel room with maid service and HBO might sound like a good deal, avoid this at all costs if you have any desire to meet people and make friends.