One of my best decisions I made during my college career was deciding to room in LaFortune House and be part of the International Living Community. This is one of the most underrated residence halls on campus and was a perfect home for my sophomore year. It could be your home, too!
LaFortune House, or “Lafo” as it’s called by some residents, is home to suite-style living, rooms with sinks, and a huge lobby area fit for hosting equally large weekly international dinners. American students are mixed in with suites of mostly international students and through this they are given amazing opportunities to experience different cultures. If you’re hoping to learn a new language, this is the place to do it since nearly every major language is represented!
This experience also offers a unique view of your own way of life. During the first snow of every year, many of the international students get to see their flakes falling from the sky. Teaching new friends how to make their first snowman, teaching them American football, or taking them trick-or-treating on their first Halloween is by far one of the best ways to feel like a joyful kid once again.
LaFortune is located right next to the Reynolds Center (home of the TU basketball and volleyball teams), H.A. Chapman football stadium and Lorton performance Center. It’s location makes it a hub of entertainment on campus. It’s also reasonably close to the engineering buildings. And let’s be honest, TU’s campus is small enough that it only takes 10 minutes to get anywhere on campus.