34 Photos Show How College-Dorm Life Has Changed Over 110 Years

When it comes to college dorms, some things never change. It may have modernized over time (WiFi, TV, air-conditioning, etc.), but when you see these college dorm photos, put together by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s archives department over the course of 110 years, you’ll notice how family photos are still hung on walls and how students still chill out with their friends in their rooms – some things never change.

Get a nostalgic tour through this incredible collection of old-timey dorm photos. Enjoy!
 
A woman’s dorm room in 1898. Times might have changed but a dorm room’s essentials stays the same: pennants, books, and a chair for studying.

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

The pictures and mementos gave this 1899 dorm room a rather homey vibe.

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

Male students raise their glasses, 1909.

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

Check out vintage typewriter in this 1909 photo.

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

Pin-up ladies decor, 1912

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

This 1912 or 1913 photo oozes out real college pride.

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

“An advert for a dorm room in 1927 highlights perks like running water, a phone, and an iron.”

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

A 1930’s single college dorm room filled with exotic souvenirs.

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

Students studying on bunk beds in this barracks-style dorm, 1945

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

In 1945, single men’s housing was at $13 per month. Smoking was banned, apparently not for this guy.

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UW-Madison Archives, via BI

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