MatthewDaigneau @ Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:54 pm wrote:
Heads up though, some of the dorms there look like prison.
You fill out a preference form when you apply to residence, and if you don't list any of those residences (the South Residences) in your top four building choices, you're usually fine - if you want a single room then you'd be more likely to get one there, but they exist elsewhere too. Aside from the visual look and the smaller rooms compared to other residences, people generally don't mind living there too much.
On the other hand, a couple of the residences are really nice looking, but harder to get into as they're more popular and have much fewer rooms.
I hear that the guy who designed it was a prison architect.
I've never found anything to confirm that. Wikipedia has a dispute on that in the article, but there's no citation for that either (based on dates it's likely correct):
The persistent rumour that the residence was designed by the same architect as the Kingston Penitentiary is false. This would be all but impossible, as the historic Canadian prison was constructed over a century before South Residence.