The Secrets You Need To Know About Living On Campus.
You can certainly read about the dorms and places to live on campus on the FAU Housing and Residential Life pages, but we asked my daughter and our interns for the inside scoop about living on campus…which is probably what you really want to know before you choose where to live when you become an Owl. Here’s what they had to say:
As an incoming freshman, I was beyond disappointed to find out that I would be spending the summer semester in Glades Park Tower simply due to the fact that I was assigned a double room. I had wanted to live in Parliament Hall, the newest dorm on campus. I had never shared a room before and definitely not with a stranger. However, soon after moving in, that stranger became one of my closest friends and we ended up living together for the majority of our time at FAU. Although I didn’t get what I wanted, living in Glades Park Tower gave me some of my favorite FAU memories and still offered many of the same amenities that the other dorms did like a communal kitchen, study lounges, and complimentary laundry services. Living in GPT gave me a sense of a community and made FAU truly feel like a “home away from home”.
Here is a breakdown of the dorms based on our experience:
Parliament Hall: Parliament hall is the newest residence hall at FAU. Parliament Hall features both single and double dorms. You share a restroom with your suitemates. Parliament Hall has amenities such as a communal kitchen, library, computer lab, fitness room, laundry facilities, and a two-story study lounge. Parliament is one of the most popular resident halls on campus; however, it is the farthest freshman dorm from the center of campus.
Glades Park Tower: Glades Park Tower (or GPT) features suite-style dorms with both double and single rooms. You share a restroom with your suitemates. GPT’s North tower is home to FAU’s Resident Learning Communities. In the Resident Learning Communities, students have the opportunity to live on the same floor as students with the same major giving opportunities for same class schedule, study group options, and learning community-specific events. The North tower features the same amenities as the South Tower. The South Tower of GPT is a freshman residential hall featuring complimentary laundry services, computer labs, outdoor grills, communal kitchen, Sand Volleyball, and study rooms.
Heritage Park Towers: Heritage Park Towers (or HPT) is a suite-style residence hall featuring both single and double rooms. You share a restroom with your suitemates. HPT features complimentary laundry services, computer labs, outdoor grills, and communal kitchen, Sand Volleyball, and study rooms. Heritage Park Towers is close to the breezeway, center marketplace, and the Atlantic dining hall.
Indian River Tower: Upperclassman suite-style dorm with both double and single rooms. Each dorm in Indian River Tower features a living room and restroom. IRT features complimentary laundry services, computer labs, outdoor grills, a communal kitchen, furnished sun deck, and study rooms. IRT is adjacent to the Sand volleyball courts, BBQ pits and close to the breezeway and center marketplace.
Algonquin Hall: Algonquin Hall is the oldest residence hall on campus. While it was renovated in 2011, Algonquin is undergoing changes in the summer of 2018 to make all the rooms doubles. The suites feature 4 double rooms and a common restroom for each suite consisting of 2 showers, 2 sinks, and 2 toilets. Algonquin Hall features complimentary laundry services, computer labs, and each suite is equipped with a mini-fridge. Algonquin Hall is old, the years show; however, this residence hall is the closest to the breezeway, dining hall, and student union.
University Village: University Village Apartments are apartment style dorms for upperclassmen, graduate, and medical students. UVA features 4 bedrooms, 2 story apartments or 1 bedroom studio style. Both apartment styles are fully furnished and feature kitchens in the apartment. The 4-bedroom style also includes a furnished living and dining area. UVA features complimentary laundry services, computer labs, and multipurpose rooms with TVs and pool tables. UVA is a great option for upperclassmen living on campus; it is close to the business and science buildings.
Innovation Village: Innovation Village features 2 towers, North and South. Innovation Village is exclusive to upperclassmen, graduate, and medical students The Innovation Village Courtyard, shared by both North and South Towers, has a resort style swimming pool, sand volleyball court, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and a convenience store. In both towers, every room is a single in a suite style. There are 4 bedrooms in each suite that share a full kitchen, in-suite washer and dryer, 2 restrooms, and a living and dining area. Innovation Village features complimentary laundry services, computer labs, outdoor grills, and Sand Volleyball, Fitness Center and study rooms. Innovation Village is within walking distance to the stadium and is one of the newest and nicest halls on campus.
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