5 Movies to Watch Before Living in Student Housing

These movies paint an entertaining, if not always realistic, picture of living on campus. Moving into student housing can be an exciting event in anyone's life. It's no wonder that so many movies have portrayed the experience. Check out these five movie dorms before you make the move yourself.

Pitch Perfect (2012)

Filmed on Louisiana State University's campus, Pitch Perfect puts Beca in the Barden Bellas right before their big acapella competition. Beca lives on-campus in one of the universityorms, for which real Pentagon was the stand-in. If you think Beca's dorm is standard, you're in for a surprise. Since the average student is underaged, many campuses restrict or forbid alcohol consumption. You can still have a swell time by getting involved with student groups that sing and enjoy other activities.

Animal House (1978)

Considered in most respects to be the definitive college movie, Animal House tells about Delta Tau Chi fraternity's decision to stick it to the Dean and put on a huge homecoming parade that no one will ever forget. Animal House captures the fun spirit and fast friendships roommates often form over the course of living together.

Monsters University (2013)

This movie, a follow-up to Pixar's Monsters, Inc., follows scanners Mike and Sully back when they attended Monsters University. Mike and Sully are randomly paired in the freshman dormitories in the center of campus, conveniently located next to the dining hall. They bunk the beds in their room. Partying is again part of the atmosphere, and things get hairy during the Scare Games. For student housing, different schools have different policies on rooming with friends or being paired with a random roommate. Like Monsters University, random roommates can sometimes lead to sharing friendships.

Legally Blonde (2001)

Elle Woods makes it look easy to get into Harvard Law and into a dorm. She brings Bruiser, her pet chihuahua, to live with her in room at Harvard, and quickly bedazzles the room with pink and glitter. On-campus student housing does not usually allow furry friends-you'll have to settle for a goldfish or a turtle. But you might be able to get away with the pink and furry decorations.

Accepted (2006)

Good-natured slacker Bartleby and all of his friends create their own school-South Hampton Institute of Technology-to trick their parents and friends into thinking they're hooked. The cool thing about the South Hampton's rooming situation is that it is totally communal. While this is not a style too many colleges use today, it does make for some fun parties. Most schools have moved to apartment style housing, which allows roommates a little bit more privacy.

Although these are all fun looks into dorm life, they're not always true-to-life. Today's college freshman does not have to live on-campus or in a frat house as crazy as Delta Chi Tau. There are often a variety of student housing options located near college campuses, both on-campus and off. Choose the student housing option that works best for your budget and lifestyle.