Peter Anders, Opinions Contributor

At the University of Iowa, a common debate among students is which dorm is the best to live in. Some argue for Peterson Residence Hall, others for Catlett, and some even argue for Mayflower. But the best dorm to live in without question is Burge Residence Hall.

The most obvious reason to argue in favor of Burge is the fact that it has many simple conveniences other dorms on campus lack.

It has the Burge Market Place and Clinton Street Market, which are both conveniently located on the first floor. Even Catlett doesn’t have that convenience.

While Hillcrest Residence Hall has both a dining hall and Hillcrest Market Place, it is located inconveniently across the Burlington Street Bridge and is under construction. But Burge is within walking distance of the buildings across campus where many of the classes are being held, like Phillips Hall and the Pappajohn Business Building.

Burge is also arguably one of the more social dorms on campus, whereas some of the other dorms like Currier and Catlett are more subdued. Every Friday you can go to Burge, and there are usually groups hanging out in the lobby.

The other dorms have their merits, and it seems reasonable why some people would argue they’re better dorms than Burge. Even the allegedly haunted Currier has its upsides, but I would argue that Burge is the best for a variety of reasons.

It has the convenience factor and the party factor, and it is one of the more common dorms students try to get. Hence, Burge room reservations for the fall tend to run out almost immediately.

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