A double is a dorm room that houses two students. Incoming freshmen are assigned to either a double or a triple. Sometimes, rooms may vary between double and triple status. For example, many Watson rooms are large enough to straddle the line between the two categories, and may be assigned differently based on the size of that year's admission.
There are some notable types of doubles on campus.
In Goodhue Hall:
Arbside Double: The windows to these rooms face a wooded hillside in the upper arb, and as such get very little natural light. While not noticably smaller than other rooms in square footage, the lack of light and the configuration of the bathrooms in Goodhue can make these rooms feel like living in a cave.
Lakeside Double: Double rooms on the opposite side of the hall from the Arbside Double.
Balcony Double: One lakeside room on floors 2-4 in Goodhue has its own balcony. These rooms are positioned over the middle entranceway on the first floor of Goodhue. While these rooms have a popular "coolness factor", some residents complain about how cold the sliding balcony doors can make the room during the winter if poorly maintained and insulated. During housing crunches, one or both lounges on the upper floors of Goodhue have been converted to balcony doubles.
Proctor Double: One lakeside room on floors 2-4 in Goodhue is referred to as the "Proctor". This room is larger than normal double rooms, and has a slight "L" shape. During housing crunches, they have occasionally been used as a triple. The Proctor room on the first floor of Goodhue is used as its floor lounge. Proctor Doubles used to house the floor "Proctor", who was a staff member hired as a floor supervisor/advisor. The word "Proctor" was painted on the doors, and remained long after the college discontinued the Proctor system.
In Watson Hall:
Corner Double: Four rooms on floors 2-7 in Watson are referred to as "Corner Doubles", as they are situated on the corners of the building. They are slightly larger than normal double rooms, and as such are occasionally used as triples during housing crunches. They have an advantage of having windows facing two directions, letting in alot of natural light. However, when first designed the only light fixture was positioned close to the door, leaving the rest of the room underlit. This caused many problems as the campus policy fluctuated to if/what kind of lamps students could use for supplemental lighting without violating fire codes.