Every year thousands of high school graduates pick Drexel University as the next step in their education. Freshman year is a very busy adjustment period when students must adapt to the new lifestyle. It is a time that includes a lot fun, but also a lot of stress. Choosing where to live your freshman year at Drexel University should not be one of the factors causes stress. That is why this blog was created. The purpose of this blog is to give incoming freshman honest ratings and feedback about the resident halls at Drexel University. It aims to provide incoming students with knowledge so that they can make educated decisions about where they want to live.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Millennium Hall

Millennium Hall is the newest and nicest of the freshman residence halls as Drexel University. It was opened in the fall of 2009 and so it is only a year old. It is home to mostly the Pennoni’s Honors College students, but also some students who are not in the honors college. Millennium is the tallest dorm on campus with 17 floors and has great views on the entire city. It is a very modern looking building with large windows and a metallic finish. It is the most visually appealing residence hall at Drexel University. Millennium has the traditional dorm rooms with two students per room and twenty rooms to a floor. Genders are separated by floor, so the floors are not coed. Students of all majors live on each floor. Each floor has two spacious lounges, private bathrooms, private showers, sinks, and a full kitchen.


The rooms in Millennium are among the smallest in any of the residence halls at Drexel University. They are typically only 157 square feet. However, the ceilings are very tall and this makes the rooms not seem as small. Every room comes equipped two beds, dressers, desks, desk chairs, and wardrobes. All of the furniture is moveable; so the room can be set up however the students choose. Millennium has central heating and air conditioning, which cannot be controlled by the students. The rooms have large windows with great views on the city. However, these windows cannot be opened at all. The doors to all of the rooms automatically lock when they are closed, so it is important to remember to bring your key when you leave the room. Each room is supplied with a doorstop to prop the door open.


The bathrooms in Millennium Hall can take some getting used to. They are private along with the showers. Each floor has six small bathrooms built like closets at one end of each of the corridors. At the other end of each corridor are six private showers, also built like closets. In the middle of each corridor there are three sinks and a large mirror. Each floor also has a handicapped bathroom with a large shower. This setup is nice and gives the students privacy, but at the same time is very different from traditional communal bathrooms.


The best part of each floor in Millennium is the lounges. Every lounge contains a flat screen television, a couple of tables with chairs, and several couches. They are big open spaces at both ends of each floor. Each lounge has a window wall with great views of the city. They are ideal places for kicking back and relaxing. The flat screen televisions make for a great movie screening. The floors in Millennium Hall are set up very nicely and well maintained. The narrow corridors and open lounges create a nice community feel and forces interaction between floor mates.    
Like all other residence halls, Millennium is very secure. Residents must scan their ID to enter the building and to again to get past the front desk. The staff is very nice and RA’s are very cool for the most part. The lobby of Millennium is very big with vending machines, a pool table, laundry room, three elevators and a study room. The laundry room is a little crowded with ten washers and dryers and a small space in between. There is no basement accessibly by the residents of Millennium. One of the down sides to Millennium Hall is that is the furthest dorm from the center of campus. It is located next Kelly Hall at 223 N. 34th Street. It is very close to North Side Dining Terrace and the other freshman residence halls. Over all Millennium Hall is great residence hall to live in; it has a great atmosphere, friendly staff, and a safe place to live. 

Personal Opinion

I personally do not live in Millennium Hall, but I do spend a lot of time there. Many of my friends live in Millennium and none of them have ever complained about living there. From personal experience, I know that Millennium is very nice. It is a very comfortable place to hang out in. The whole building is kept up very well and a lot cleaner than most dorms on campus. The only drawbacks that I have experienced at Millennium are the elevators and room size. The elevators are often broken and under service. The rooms are small and can feel crammed with more than a couple people in them. But this is not a huge deal when there is a very nice lounge on each floor.

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