Colleges offer quiet housing for students who prefer a more academic atmosphere
- "Quiet housing" takes many forms at different universities, ranging from various floors in a building labeled as quiet to entire residence halls designated as quiet buildings, with even the meaning of the "quiet" label open to interpretation as some schools simply extend quiet hour policies in the specified areas as opposed to requiring 24-hour quiet hours.
- When WIlliams College decided to add quiet housing three years ago, it devoted an entire 54-bed building in the middle of campus to the effort and still receives twice as many applications as the program can accomodate.
- Schools with quiet floors in select buildings report that sometimes the problem of noise carrying vertically arises, but they report that it isn't anything that can't be easily resolved.
From the article:
Not everyone likes to study while listening to their neighbor's jazz music in one ear and the party next door in the other. So for those who prefer physics problem sets to parties - or at least want the option of studying on a Saturday night - universities designate certain residence halls or floors "quiet." "Even though we offer many lounges and many spaces on campus where they can study, I think many students are most comfortable studying in their own environment," said Bridget Reeland, assistant director for residential life at Illinois State University, where about 1,400 of the 6,000 housing spots available are designated as quiet ...
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