Evan Weidl, Opinions Columnist

The best dormitory on the University of Iowa’s campus is Catlett Residence Hall — and it’s not particularly close.

Catlett is the newest dormitory on campus, which creates many advantages. Being the newest means it is also the cleanest and requires less maintenance. The day-to-day and long-term moods of people can be significantly swayed by the space they live in, and Catlett offers a clean, modern living space, which can have a large impact, even if unrealized.

Catlett is the largest and most populated building on campus. For a freshman who’s trying to make friends and build a social life, being in close proximity to many other students is a huge benefit.

Catlett is also one of only three dormitories with a dining hall. Students living in Catlett have an easier time getting a meal than people who live in any other dorm building besides Hillcrest and Burge. Even though Catlett Market Place is closed on the weekends, the Burge Market Place is a short walk away.

Catlett’s location in town is hard to beat. While it may not be ideal for students who have a lot of classes on the west side, Catlett is a short walk away from the restaurants, bars, and stores on the east side. It is also close to the Iowa Memorial Union, the library, the Recreation Center, and many other popular spots on campus.

The UI dormitories all have their own pros and cons, but with all factors considered, there is little doubt that Catlett Residence Hall is the best dormitory.

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