You Won’t Believe These College Dorm Rooms Of The 1960s

By | September 24, 2018

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1960: Co-eds playing campus chess with the men's dorm opposite by moving big cardboard pieces into visible windows, after first plotting strategy on a real chess board. (Photo by Jon Brenneis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

College dormitories in the 1960s were small, spartan affairs that might look primitive to today's students. College life has changed in so many ways since the 1960s and one of the most noticeable changes is in the dorm room. Today’s newer college dorms can be downright luxurious compared to the cramped, cinder-block squares that the sixties college students lived in. Amenities were scarce, as were members of the opposite sex. A glimpse at some of the uncomfortable college dorm rooms from the 1960s will make you understand why students flocked to the library to study. Despite how inhospitable they seem, college students made the most of dorm life in the sixties. 

Dorm Life Meant A Lack of Privacy

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A dorm room at Ohio State, from 1967. Source:

Four students, sometimes more, crowded into a tiny room with narrow beds or bunk beds in 1960s college dormitories. Living in such close proximity to one’s roommates meant that privacy was non-existent. Students had to sleep, study and change their clothes in front of each other. And one’s belongings were up for grabs, too, since there was little storage space and certainly no locked closets.