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I would not recommend Morrill hall, but only because I didn't think it was very conducive to academic success. Fun was had, sure, but living off campus worked better for me.
Congrats! I myself chose my dorm late for freshman year, so I got placed in a single in Melrose, which isn't even a dorm anymore. But I'd definitely suggest N. Carrick or Reese. Presidential court is one of the best places to meet a lot of people quick. You'll have a good time there. Also, I remember Hess being closer to classes, but a crazy place to live, which is why it's known as "the zoo". And, if by some crazy stroke of chance, you can possibly live in Gibbs, do it. I don't think non-athlete freshman can get in there, but I lived there my sophomore year, and it was great. Best food on campus (steak every Thursday, and gator served the Friday before Florida games) and you get to meet the athletes pretty easily.
Congrats, man. Go to class! It's too easy not to. That being said, you'll be fine staying in either Reese or N. Carrick. The bathroom situation is much nicer in those two than anywhere else on campus and trust me that goes a long way.
Congratulations! Bring some good football luck with you.
Welcome to UT man. Congrats on the acceptance. I'm a senior here now. Put Gibbs as first choice and hope you get it- that's where I lived freshman year. Other than that, I had a lot of buddies in Reese that enjoyed it.
Anybody else on here live in Melrose back in the 80's when it was a dorm? Holy Chit, that place was a dump! We walk through the courtyard after every game and my wife and daughter just shake their heads. Scary thing is that it doesn't look any different today than it did 25 years ago.
South Carrick and Humes if you could pull it. But most likely you should go with Reese or North Carrick.
Congratulations. As a UT grad (2006-2010) I spent my first 2 years in Reese Hall. They were wonderful years I'll never forget. I had friends in N. Carrick and Hess who enjoyed their tenures, so I would say you cannot miss, although I recommend Reese/N. Carrick only because the Presidential Courtyard is a great gathering place for students.
I'll never forget when I got my acceptance notification to UT. As an out-of-stater (in NC) I received my notice on Christmas Eve, 2005. It was the best Christmas gift I've ever received.
~The Volunteer in Brooklyn~
Congratulations. I graduated in August and I'm already trying to figure out how to go back for grad school hah. Always rented a place off campus but I doubt you can go wrong with any of the Halls.
Congratulations! I live in Hess my freshman year way back in 1980 when it was known affectionately as the "Zoo". Later I lived in Reese and had a girlfriend that lived in Carrick. Would highly recommend trying to get in at Reese or Carrick - the Presidential Complex is a great way to meet new friends.
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
definitely go with hess, best location of any of the dorms
Congrats! I was in Gibbs in the late 90s. At the time, it had the nicest rooms, best food, close to Thompson Boling, and was cool to see all the players and coaches coming through. Negatives are it is kinda isolated from the rest of campus and the surface parking lot had really tight spaces.
The biggest shock I got was when we took our daughter for her orientation tour. They told us Hess Hall was the toughest to get into and it was mostly honors students. It's come a long way from the Zoo.
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Hess has a great location if you can tolerate community bathrooms. This is my second year living here
I lived in both Carrick and Reese back in the day, and I preferred Carrick due to closer proximity to the fairer sex. The Presidential Court rules. As others have noted, Reese and Carrick have better bathroom logistics than Hess.
Congrats and get ready for the best years of your life!
I was there from fall of '79 to spring of '81. The place was a dump but I was an education major and my classes were all about 2 minutes away. I had a single room there for 3 semesters and it was great.
Congatualtions on the acceptance to ole UT!
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"Never take for granted what it means to be a Volunteer." Peyton Manning
If all else fails I hear the Rucker Ranch has an extra empty bedroom...
I'm a senior now and lived in Reese my freshman year. It's not the Ritz Carlton, but it's probably the best freshman dorm. Avoid Clement at all costs. That place is a dump.
Carrick or bust in my opinion. Lived there my freshman year and being so close to a hoard of females, along with being across the courtyard from a Subway makes it even better. Currently living in Quarry Trail and I highly suggest getting tfo of dorms as quickly as possible (none of them are too great as far as living conditions go).
Offense taken, sir!
Butch Jones. Who???
Congrats!!! So here is the deal, the best two dorms (unless they have opened some new ones they were building) are Gibbs and Morrill. Morrill has women living in it and a cafeteria which is smaller and the food is better. Its also essentially in Presidential court so you are living with a bunch of freshman. Gibbs if you can do it is the best place to live. The beds are bigger to serve the athletes needs, and they have a specialized cafeteria. Unless things changed, you can eat in the Gibbs dining hall for no extra charge if you live there or you can pay extra to eat there if you don't (trust me, its worth paying to eat lunch there once in a while).
When I was in school, Morrill was upperclassmen only. Has that changed?
I lived in North Carrick when I was a freshman at UT, and I would say North Carrick and Reese are your best bets — and, in my opinion, the best-located and most entertaining places to live as a freshman. Presidential Court is a good area, with a dining hall conveniently located just across the courtyard. You'll also encounter plenty of hilarious and interesting things in the courtyard as you walk to and from class.
This post was edited by Ryan Callahan 17 months ago
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I lived there as a freshman in 05.....half the bldg was freshman....but its always changing.
I will say if they still do this, choose the least strict visitation policy. They may have changed all that, but the doors on those floors did not close and lock automatically. It seems like you would want the opposite, right? Except that having the doors open builds community. I lived on the third floor, it was like some medium level visitation policy. I didn't know many of the people that lived on my floor, my roommate was cool, but our suite mates were lame. I was very envious of the community that my buddies on the 9th floor built with their floor-mates and eventually moved in with two guys who I met through those friends. I always surmised that the difference was that their doors were always open. People would just stop in their room, including me.
If you do get a door that locks, put something heavy in front of it and prop it open while you're home, for at least the first few days.
Also, I second Reese/Carrick. Cuonzo Martin eats dinner at the restaurant outside Carrick.
This may be common sense to you, but once you're done meeting the people on your floor, go down to the courtyard (all the dorms have one, Presidential is just the best) and meet the ladies of South Carrick and Humes. They're all gathered together, and a lot of them are hot. It's a fish in a barrell situation that will probably not ever happen again in your life for a sustained period of an entire year. I hope that's PG enough for the board.
I was a Freshman in '04 and I even though I'm finishing up grad school there now, I don't know if any of my freshman campus advice is really still accurate.
Does Copper Cellar still do $5 burgers on Wednesday? That was usually a good time.
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