Dorm Tour!

Hello Everyone!

I hope you’re having a fantastic week! It’s great to be back at Luther, seeing friends and getting back into the swing of dorm life.

Speaking of dorm life, that’s going to be the subject of this post!

One of my biggest questions as a prospective student was “What is it like to live in a dorm at Luther?” So today I’m going to give you a virtual tour of my dorm, Diderikke Brandt Hall, which is the largest first-year dorm on campus.

Brandt has four floors and includes single, double, triple, and quad rooms. Some of the rooms have a built in dresser/closet wall; some don’t. I live in a double with moveable furniture, and my windows look out over the Brandt courtyard. If you want to bunk or loft your beds, the kits are free and relatively easy to assemble.

My room is very spacious, with lots of closet space, and, while it lacks air conditioning, that isn’t really a problem, because it’s winter for more than half the time we’re in school anyway. And the heating system is great!

This is a picture of my room:

I live here!
I live here!

 

My floor is mostly doubles, and there are several study lounges on our floor – two that fit one or two people and a larger one with a couch, a fireless fireplace (an actual fire would be a hazard!) and two big work tables. We also have a bulletin board, which the RAs decorate every month. My favorite month’s bulletin board had a piece of paper on it for every girl, and it asked people to write compliments on other girls’ papers. Everyone participated and everyone got lots of sweet compliments to keep at the end of the month!

The RAs also plan floor events – I think there is usually one a month. Past floor events have included watching movies in the Luther planetarium, a Disney night, going downtown, baking, and going out to eat. Floor events are a great way to spend time with friends and make new ones.

We also have a drinking fountain and a bathroom on each wing, east and west. The bathrooms are really very clean, considering they’re each used by, like, forty teenage girls. There are six individual shower stalls and seven sinks and three bathroom stalls.  Plus, the bathroom is beautified by the fabulous bathroom committee. If you’re reading this, bathroom committee: you rock.

Bathroom wall, beautified by the bathroom committee
Bathroom wall, beautified by the bathroom committee

 

Almost symmetrical...
Almost symmetrical...

Showers for showering.
Showers for showering.

 

Oh!  Also relevant to note, the floors are not co-ed. Most floors have a girls’ wing and a boy’s wing, separated by a lounge.

Speaking of lounges, the main study lounge on the second floor is another notable feature of Brandt. It has lots of couches and armchairs and computers and (usually) a working printer. It is also one of the only places with air conditioning, which is stellar in August.

The Study Lounge
The Study Lounge

 

We also have a social lounge with foosball and a ping pong table and more couches and tables and a television.

The Social Lounge
The Social Lounge

 

The social lounge is also home to the Service Center, where on-duty RAs work. You can borrow vacuums and laundry drying racks and other cleaning supplies there.

The Brandt Service Center
The Brandt Service Center

 

The social lounge also has vending machines, for food and beverages and other things that come out of vending machines.

Snacks!
Snacks!

 

The kitchen that adjoins the social lounge has a fridge and a sink and an oven and a microwave, and people often make popcorn or cookies there. (The Co-op downtown sells baking ingredients in small quantities, so if you just need a cup of flour for your recipe, you can buy a single cup of flour, which is great for dorm cooking.)

Kitchen!
Kitchen!

 

And finally, on the ground floor, there is a laundry room. I don’t have a lot to say about the laundry room. There are washers. There are dryers. There is also a sink. You pay with your laundry card which you can charge with cash in the Union at this special laundry-card-charging machine. And a few of the dryers take quarters instead.

Laundry!
Laundry!

 

And that’s Brandt!  If you’re coming to Luther next year and filling out your housing application, I would definitely recommend Brandt! It was my first choice for housing, and I’m so glad to be here. There’s a great sense of community, and we’re very centrally located.

If you’re interested in looking at more information on first-year residence halls, the Luther website has information, virtual tours, videos, and floor plans for Brandt, Ylvisaker, and Olsen.

Hopefully this post has given you a little extra information about Brandt and what it’s like to live at Luther!  This was something I was curious about as a prospie, and my hope is that this blog can answer the questions of potential students and their families. If you’re a prospective student, parent, or anyone else, for that matter, and you have a question about Luther or a suggestion for a future post, feel free to ask in a comment below! I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Have a wonderful week!

Brandt Hall

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Comments

  • June 23 2015 at 5:05 pm
    Abby
    This was so so so helpful! Brandt was my first choice and after reading this I am sure I made a good one. I was wondering, is there a policy for/against microwaves, mini fridges, etc...? I must have totally missed that in dorm tours and what not! Again, super helpful! Thank you!
  • July 7 2015 at 5:30 pm
    Lindsey
    I just moved out of Brandt Hall and found this to be a very accurate post! Thanks Jillian! However, I had some privacy issues during my stay. If you value your privacy and are looking for some alone time in your dorm, I suggest a bed tent. I got one after my friend recommended it to me and it was great. I got mines at Privacy Pop. http://www.privacypop.com/ But other than that, everything is like what Jillian said!
  • August 26 2015 at 9:19 am
    Jillian
    Hi Abby! Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to your comment - I haven't been checking my blog much over the summer, so I hope I'm not too late! In response to your question, mini-fridges are definitely allowed in Brandt rooms! You will have to defrost them for "closed" breaks (Christmas break, spring break), but they are certainly handy to have. I don't believe microwaves are allowed in the rooms, but there is one in the Brandt kitchen available for use. I hope that helps! If you have any other questions about the dorms (or anything else!) let me know! Good luck moving in on Saturday, and enjoy your first semester at Luther!! If you ever see me on campus, don't hesitate to say hello! :D ~Jillian

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