At my local college, it has been a “tradition” for freshmen to live in the housing without any air conditioning.
I think it is, honestly, just more laziness and an unwillingness to spend money on the college’s part but, sure, let’s call it a “tradition”. Anyway, my incoming class was the first class at the school to ever have freshmen housing with air conditioning. I have to say, though, the air conditioning was really nice. The college sprung for a multi split air conditioning system. This means that it’s ductless air conditioning. I had never heard of such a thing but it’s actually a great alternative! It’s way more expensive to have installed but it lasts a lifetime- where ducted air conditioning usually only lasts about 30 years (so the college will probably never have to replace the air conditioning again; they also won’t have to pay for ductwork cleaning). The multi split air conditioning is much quieter than ducted air conditioning. The multi split air conditioning distributes climate control more equally throughout the dorms as well. While I do think the college likely waited far too long to have air conditioning in freshman housing, I do think that they made the right decision by choosing the multi split air conditioning system to do it. The multi split air conditioning is more efficient, sleeker, quieter, cheaper, longer lasting and is a better distributor of climate control. I really enjoy the air conditioning in my dorm room housing; hopefully the upperclassman housing will upgrade to multi split air conditioning soon.