Here's one reason: Dorms go extreme to lure students (cnn.com) Exactly forty years ago this fall, my first dorm room as a freshman was about 15x8 feet, shared with another student. Along one wall were our desks, clothes closets and dressers/mirrors. Along the other wall were two single beds which doubled as sofas, with backrests along the wall. We pulled the beds out at night, and pushed them back towards the wall during the day. The bathroom was down the hall, and the washing machines were in the basement. Neither of us had a TV or even a stereo. No refrigerator.