Thinking of choosing single occupancy?
You can always choose single occupancy, but if you do, bear in mind that just because you have the room to yourself, that doesn’t mean you’ll actually have a lot of space. Don’t book you own dorm room expecting that you’ll be able to fit a double or king-size bed in there because you won’t. Well, that’s a lie- you probably could, but it would take up about half of the floor space. Not a good choice. You’ll have a regular bed, just like you would in a twin room.
Speaking of twin rooms, if you’re staying in a twin room, you have two choices. You can either go with two separate twin beds or one bunk bed. Now each of these is a good choice in its own way, so don’t rule anything out just yet.
Twin beds, if you didn’t know already, are two regular beds in one room. They aren’t next to each other, and they aren’t piled on top of one another. They’re just two regular beds. Now, the benefits of having twin beds are obvious, but let’s point them out anyway:
- You have an entire side of the room that’s just yours. That means you can decorate the wall above your bed however you like, and your new friend doesn’t really have the right to tell you to change it. Try not to cause any arguments, though.
- You have a little bit of storage under your twin bed, which can be a useful space saver. You can keep any spare bedding there, so you can easily grab it and use it whenever you need to.
But of course, there is one major drawback to having twin beds: they take up loads of unnecessary space. Dorm rooms are designed to be tiny, and every square inch is used for something. That’s because colleges know that if each room is one square foot smaller, it means they could have up to a hundred extra rooms per campus, depending on how big your campus is.
But for you, the poor inhabitant of a said dorm room, it means you might be a little tight on space if you choose twin beds.
Bunk beds can be fun, but they can also be a nightmare. If you grew up with a little brother or sister and had to share a room, you might already know all about that. If you did, then you might prefer twin beds! But sleeping in dorm bunk beds really isn’t as bad, and they can be useful too.
Bunk beds have one chief benefit: they are absolutely amazing space savers. The space that previously would have been taken up by that extra twin bed is completely open, so you can have room for a sofa, a TV, a bigger fridge… Anything really! Considering that space is already at such a premium, this is really important, and it’s why most college dorms use bunk beds already.
Just like everything, though, bunk beds have their drawbacks too. It’s mostly to do with the fact that you’re jammed into a tiny space with another person, for years and years. It’s enough to stress anybody out, no matter how much you like them- hey, that’s why the divorce rate is so high. These are the drawbacks that spring to mind for bunk beds:
- You don’t have a lot of privacy in a bunk bed, where you can feel every snore or… Another movement of the other person in the bed with you.
- In a bunk bed, you will always have limited room. That’s because either you’re looking at the bottom of someone else’s mattress, or you’re up against the ceiling in the top bunk.
What’s the Verdict, Then?
Both bunk beds and twin beds have their advantages: that’s why you can find both in dorm rooms up and down the country. Some campuses don’t just use bunk beds as a form of punishment for students, and a reminder of what it was like back home with your siblings. They serve a genuine purpose: if you tried making a practical dorm room with four or even six twin beds, it would be impossibly big.
Of course, twin beds take up a little more room. But you’ll also gain that room back through the fact that you probably won’t be sharing with as many people. Your floor space might be a little smaller, so it might be cramped when you do yoga or Pilates. That’s the main drawback with twin beds (the lack of space generally, not the difficulty of doing yoga).
So really, it’s up to you. But we think that twin beds really are the better option because being so close to someone else can make you both uncomfortable. Even if your new dorm mate is the best of friends, it can stress you (or them) out having to listen to snoring every night. If you can, and if privacy matters to you, we recommend twin beds.