A 3D rendition of a room in North Hall

Interactive Tool Allows Students to Design Dorm Rooms

The first day of classes is approaching fast, and students residing on campus this fall semester are probably starting to think about how to furnish the dorm rooms they will call home for next few months. For those eager to express their sense of interior design, the Notre Dame College Office of Residence Life now offers an interactive cool that lets incoming students layout their rooms.

At http://rezplanner.floorplanner.com/notredamecollege, students can select the floor plan of their dorm rooms and rearrange the existing furniture with a few mouse clicks. They can then add personalized accessories such as rugs, plants and flat screen TVs. They can bring in their own couches, change the color of the bedspreads and even place themselves inside the room.

The basic floor plan for a room in South HallOnce they have designed their living space, students can save and print their layout and e-mail it to friends.

“We wanted to give incoming students a real-life feel of what the rooms look like and give them the opportunity to plan how to layout their rooms,” Director of Residence Life Ron Wiafe said. “It’s a pretty cool tool.”

With less than a month until move-in day Notre Dame’s five residence halls are already filled at 90 percent capacity, Wiafe said. He is sure that all 655 beds will be filled by the time classes start.

That is partly due to the College’s policy that, with a few exceptions, all freshmen and sophomores have to reside on campus. Due to Notre Dame’s continuing growth, this means there is limited space for upperclassmen to live in the dorms.

The residence life staff, however, is working hard to help the remaining students find off-campus housing. It provides resources listing affordable apartments close to campus such as Huntington Green Apartments in University Heights and Colony House Apartments in Lyndhurst.

For more information on residence life at Notre Dame College visit NotreDameCollege.edu/student-life/residence-life.