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Stern Reviews

3.1
12 reviews

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Stern Hall, located on the quieter and safer side of campus, offers a mix of experiences according to student reviews. The dorm provides beautiful views of the bay and the Campanile, with sightings of deer and turkeys adding to its natural charm. While some students appreciate the larger rooms and common areas conducive to studying, others mention issues such as dated facilities, sporadic heating, and occasional plumbing mishaps like exploding toilets and leaks. The proximity to Foothill Dining and the E Sport center are highlighted as major perks, but the uphill trek to the dorm can be a deterrent for some. Social dynamics vary, with some finding the atmosphere quiet and conducive to concentrating on academics, while others find it challenging to make friends due to the layout of the building. Despite concerns about cleanliness, pests, and the building's age, some students value the spacious rooms, safety of the area, and occasional proximity to music events at the nearby Greek Theatre. Overall, Stern Hall offers a unique mix of pros and cons, making it a dormitory where experiences can greatly differ based on the specific room and wing you are assigned to.

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2 months ago

I stayed in a double, and it was much larger than I expected. Some of the bathrooms can be kind of dirty, but the one near my room was super clean since it was at the end of the hallway. Being close to Foothill Dining is probably one of the best parts of Stern Hall, and Stern is definitely on the sa...

Lived in adouble room
1 year ago
Verified Student

Stern is a very old building. Most bathroom haven't been renovated and heating comes and goes. There is no set standard from dorm to dorm, so some dorms have doorbells, others have more furniture. It's located on top of a hill and honestly it's annoying to keep walk up everyday. We are pretty isola...

Lived in adouble room
2 years ago
Verified Student

Building is old and worn down, but I enjoyed living there. I wish there were more study spaces with outlets. I also wish the showers were renovated and updated. Otherwise, the location is amazing. I enjoyed the nature and the closeness to campus.

Lived in asingle room
3 years ago

Honestly was super worried to live in Stern after I'd heard a bunch of horror stories about it from the year before. I'd never been there before move in, but ended up liking it a lot once I'd moved in! There was a lot of common space and areas to do homework, the room was big compared to the units, ...

Lived in adouble room
3 years ago

It seems like an almost haunted building. The only way you can actually get to your dorm is by taking Bear Transit at night or walking up an extremely steep hill. Also, we had a rodent problem which the university did not solve for various months and it wasn’t until we were able to get featured on d...

Lived in atriple room
3 years ago

I feel like in Stern you either get really lucky or really unlucky. I didn’t choose to be in stern, but had a really great experience and would choose it again if I could. There’s a newer wing that feels cleaner/bigger/nicer and I just happened to get a room on that side. The room was huge, had amaz...

Lived in adouble room
3 years ago

I'm not sure what everyone is talking about. I had a pretty great time at Stern. For reference, I had a double on the fourth floor. I was also scared because I heard so much about how terrible it is but damn it was fun. It depends on your own needs though. Yes, it was antisocial especially at first ...

Lived in adouble room
4 years ago

I don’t know where to start, living in Stern was a terrible experience. The building is by far the oldest dorm on campus and desperately needs to be renovated. I had many issues with the hot water in the bathroom and had many cold showers. The toilets and showers were constantly out of order and man...

Lived in adouble room
4 years ago

I honestly had a fairly good experience at Stern! The triple room was huge with more than enough closet and storage space as well! We had no problem with bugs or flies and I think keeping your room clean is really the most important. We even stored a lot of food in our dorm but never ran into proble...

Lived in atriple room
4 years ago

Overall it was a lovely experience. Before I moved in, I read about some rooms having rats/rodents which worried me a lot, but I didn’t experience it luckily. The rooms are really spacious compared to the units, and I lived in a triple! It can get hot sometimes but we just pop open the windows. The ...

Lived in atriple room