I stayed at the NCCU dorms for three months in the begining of this year before I moved in with my girlfriend. You can find pictures of the dorm here: flickr.com/photos/eddieg/set … 149722499/ Here’s what I wrote in my travel report for my school:
This is one of the major decisions you have to make, to stay on campus or not. First, a disclaimer: At the end of the semester our corridor was evacuated for renovations. This could result in that you’re placed in the other dorms that are worse, the PhD dorms that are better (single room, bathroom shared with only one person), or maybe even the new “foreigner building” that is rumored to be finished already. Check this with Alison when you’re admitted. What I write below is based on my experience this semester and may be partly obsolete at the time you read it.
You share dorm room with another person, in my case a German guy. They placed all exchange students together at the end of a corridor. Only one guy who had specifically requested it to polish his Chinese ended up with a Taiwanese guy. The rooms are something like 12 square meters and very gray. You sleep in bunk beds and the furniture is made completely out of metal. The feeling of prison is overwhelming before you’ve added your own spice to the room with some nice Asian posters from Ximen. Even though the guys, as opposed to the girls, actually can bring a person of the opposite sex into the room even though it’s not allowed, this is not the kind of place you bring a nice lady. The rooms are infested with mosquitoes and you will get some form of mould in the room sooner or later. You share toilets and showers with the rest of the corridor. The dorms are located on top of a mountain, to this day no one knows why. There is a bus that goes up and down but after 23 and during weekends you’ll have to walk. This will make you very sweaty and pissed of. This also makes the trip to the city even longer. Zheng Da is located about 45 minutes from the city.
Still, I ended up living in the dorms for three months until I met my wonderful girlfriend and moved to the city. Why? There are some really good things about the dorms. They are free = more money for partying and shopping. They have free killer Internet access (but be beware of the 5gig per day upload limit). They have cheap and very fresh laundry machines and dryers (keeps the mould away). They have top modern air conditioning. There is very cheap and good food in the basement. There are pool tables and table tennis tables in the basement. If you like basketball, like me, the 10 courts outside the dorms are a pretty nice bonus. The air, even though it’s twice as humid as in the city, is not nearly as polluted as the air in the city. And last but not least there’s a great community feeling. You end up doing a lot of things together. The doors are always open, just knock and you have someone to talk to. I really miss this now that I’ve moved out.
This view is based on the boys’ dorms. The girls live in dorms that are way fresher and they’re also situated next to the College of Commerce and not on the mountain.