Ohio State University Dorm Reviews

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Norton House

4 Reviews

I picked to live in Norton House as part of my E&I Scholars program. We were are first a little underwhelmed with the building and room, but after some time, it's turned out to a fantastic decision. Norton is located on North Campus, which I think is the better half of campus. For food there are definitely less choices close by when compared to South Campus, but it really isn't the end of the world. Traditions at Scott, the best of the 3 dining halls, is the building next to Norton. Curl Market is a short walk, Connecting Grounds and Juice 2 are also literally right next door, the Rohr Cafe is super close, and there's also a bunch of other coffee shops on the more Northern part of the campus area that are easily accessible, like the KSA Cafe, Terra Byte Cafe, and the Campus Grind. For gyms, the North Rec and JO North are right by Norton. If you're a business student, Norton is great because you're right next to the Fisher College of Business. Norton is also great for all students, because it's much closer to most classroom buildings than any South Campus dorm. As for the actual building, I don't have any major complaints. Everyone in Norton has their own bathroom, which is pretty great, and not common on campus. The building itself has a lobby study room and a private study room, but not many other amenities. We're apart of this thing called the MNS (Mendoza-Norton-Scott) Complex, because our buildings are small enough that they don't need different amenities for each dorm. This means that our kitchen, front desk, and package pickup is at Scott, which is a little annoying, but really isn't the end of the world, it's only like a 20 second walk. We only have 4 washers and 4 dryers, which I would say is enough for the size of this building, but just barely. I sometimes find myself bringing my laundry over to the Scott laundry room so I don't have to wait for ours to clear up. Overall I would give the Norton experience 4.5/5 stars. One of my roommates and I are planning on trying to live in this building again next year. It definitely isn't perfect, but as far as dorms go, its a very solid option. more
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Jones Tower

3 Reviews

Jones Tower is overall really good for a college dorm. I didn't have any issues with noise my first year, and minimal issues this year. The price you pay for Rate 1 is worth it if you get a room here. The single rooms are definitely big enough for one person to spread out in the space, and you get to make the space your own. If you don't want to be up in your room all the time but still in the building, the common area kitchen, living room, and study rooms are all good places to hang out. The bathrooms are in the rooms, and can be on the small side, but they are tolerable. The biggest issue I had with the dorm was that I had mold growing in between where the shower wall and tile in the shower met. It took me 3+ people coming to the room and several phone calls before it was removed; the first maintenance crew didn't believe me when I said it was there (I am highly allergic to it), and the person who finally removed it didn't even know that the shower wall wasn't flush against each other. My advice, look for it the second you get into your room, and be there to show them if it is there. If they tell you they won't remove it, tell them you'll call the health department. It will make you sick, do not mess around with it. The location of Jones Tower is really convenient if you are a STEM major of any variety, as the northernmost line of academic buildings are all STEM buildings. Also, if you aren't interested in the party scene, the North Campus dorms are the dorms for you. If you want to party, you can walk from North to South where the parties are, but if you are interested in staying out of that, North Campus is overall far quieter in terms of partying. more
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