So you want to know about housing? You have come to the right place. Across the globe these last few weeks Class of 2017 students have been receiving their housing packets and if you all are anything like me than you are frantically searching for any kind of info on your new possible home! Quick note: If yours has yet to come, never fear. It is on its way. For those who are starting to fill out their packet though, I'm sure you have a lot of questions. So, let me give you the rundown on housing.
Tip #1: think about what is important to you. Do you want to live alone? Do you want to live with one person, what about two people? Do you want to have a kitchen? How about proximity to campus? These are all important questions to keep in mind.
Let's start with the basics. The three most common placements for freshmen housing are LdV, Panera, and Giardino.
Dorm #1: LdV
|THE EXTERIOR OF LDV
|(from top R to bottom L) DOUBLE, SPLIT DOUBLE, DOUBLE w/ BALCONY, and DOUBLE
Dorm #2: Panera
|THE PANERA LAWN
|PANERA LIVING ROOM w/ PATIO
Dorm #3: Giardino
|THE EXTERIOR OF GIARDINO
|GIARDINO KITCHEN + BED ROOM AREA
Dorm #4: Ciliegi
Ciliegi is located right between the two campuses which is ultra convenient. This smaller dorm houses 16 residents. Each dorm has 1 kitchenette + 1 bathroom + 1 bedroom + 1 living room. Plus, Ciliegi is also the Alpine Adventure dorm, so residents go on hiking, camping, backpacking trips, etc. Not everyone in the dorm goes on these trips and even if you don't live in this dorm you are welcome to attend.
Dorm #5: Airone
|THE EXTERIOR OF AIRONE
Dorm # 6: Girasole
I actually don't have a single picture of Girasole...oops! But if anyone really really wants one, email me and I will be sure to connect you with the right person. Girasole houses 52 students and is located 15 minutes downhill from campus towards Lake Lugano. One side of Girasole is an "all-girls" dorm. It mainly has doubles and singles but their is also one triple occupancy room. The rooms are beautiful with wooden floors and large windows. But the tradeoff is being further away from campus. These apartments also all have a kitchen + bathroom + bedroom.
Dorm #7: Alba
Alba is located a 15 minute walk downhill from Main Campus and only 3 minutes away from the train station which is super nice because the train station is where every Franklin travel adventure begins. Alba is also much closer to downtown Lugano which is a fun experience as well. Alba offers single and double occupancy rooms.
Dorm #8: New Building A + New Building B
|EXTERIOR OF NEW BUILDING
The A side of New Building primarily houses apartments with 1 kitchen + 4 bedrooms + 2 bathrooms. Whereas the B side of New Building is a 24 hour quiet zone and the substance-free dorm. On B side all rooms have a kitchen and living room but the number of bedrooms varies from 2 to 6. These are the newest Franklin dorms (hence the name) and typically upperclassmen are the only ones who live in them. I am lucky enough to live on the B side of New Building and love it!
|MY OWN HOME SWEET HOME
As always if you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me!