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7 Things to Know About HBCU Dorm Life

Dorm Life

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! It’s finally time to head to the Historically Black College or University (HBCU) of your choice. Amidst all the excitement, you may wonder, “What’s HBCU dorm life really like?” We’re excited to share some of the great things you can expect as you transition to life on an HBCU campus. 

Tip #1 – Your dorm is a great source of new friends 

Dorm life makes finding new friends and meeting new people easy.  Dorms throw parties, host game nights, hold contests between floors, compete against other dorms, and arrange other fun activities. We know your studies always come first, but you should also take advantage of your dorm’s social activities. They are designed to help you make friends and deepen your HBCU pride. 

Tip #2 – Your roommate(s) will be a big part of your life

Good news! Your roommate(s) or hallmates might just become your new best friends. Take time to get to know each other. If you become forever friends, great! If you don’t, respect each other’s space and keep it positive. You’ll still have a great year.  

Tip #3 – Explore your own style

Dorm life is a great opportunity to create your own space that reflects your signature style. Do you want a sporty look that lets everyone know how much you love your favorite team? What about posters and statues that represent the pride you have in your Black heritage? However you decide to approach it, dorm decorating provides a fun chance to make everything around you – from the bedspread to the wastebasket – reflect your unique style. Have fun with it! 

Tip #4 – Participate in campus life

Events at libraries, athletic stadiums, and classroom buildings are a huge part of life on an HBCU campus. Living on campus can make it easier for you to have a vibrant social life.  You can go to a step show on “the yard,” a sports event, fraternity or sorority events, and so much more. Get ready for a fun social calendar with plenty of options for everyone.

Tip #5 – Convenient access to great food

One of the best parts of HBCU dorm life is the dining hall. Many HBCU cafeterias pride themselves on offering tasty down-home cooking. Some even host special themed menus or days or events such as “Soul Food Wednesdays” or “Fried Fish Fridays.” But dining halls don’t just provide good food. Mealtimes are also a great time to deepen friendships as you and your new friends chat over breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

Tip #6 – You can connect to the larger community  

Many HBCUs pride themselves in encouraging students to give back.  Some dorms will host their own community service projects.  Participating with your dormmates will not only give you the opportunity to get to know them a little better, it will also help you learn more about the surrounding community while doing a great cause.

Tip #7 – Create fond memories 

Your first year at your HBCU will be a defining moment in your life. Your HBCU dorm will be your home away from home during an important time in your life. The things you love about your HBCU dorm experience will become cherished memories. The friendships, the parties, the all-night study sessions, and everything else can be experiences you discuss for decades to come. 

We wish you the best of luck in your HBCU journey!

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