Every dorm/apartment I've lived in (except for the glorious couple weeks I spent in a condo) has had a communal laundry room. Here are some facts about the laundry room:
Fact #1: You will NEVER be alone in the laundry room. The weirdo of the apartment complex will always come in right as you're loading your undies into the washer. And, depending on the situation, he'll either keep his eyes down and mind his own business like a good little weirdo or he'll lean against the wall and watch you. This happened to me today. Nothing to see here buddy, move along. No? Ok, don't mind me as I put every pair of underwear I own in this washer. Take a picture, it will last longer.
Fact #2: I believe there is a special circle in hell for people that take other people's laundry out of the washer so they can use it. Like, could you wait five minutes? Also in this circle of hell? People that use class e-mail lists to invite people to take their stupid survey. Oh yeah, and people who play acoustic guitar without being asked in group social settings.
Fact #3: I'm all about separating whites and colors. I'm not about to turn all my Target white v-necks pink (contrary to what you see in movies, that's not actually how it happens. They usually just turn gray. But there's nothing, and I mean NOTHING, worse than a gray white t-shirt). But all bets are off when it comes to the dryer. It all goes in. I don't care. I'm a poor college student and I have a Cafe Rio lifestyle to maintain. I can't afford to shell out another dollar to separate my laundry in the dryer. Sorry, I'm not sorry.
Fact #4: In my apartment complex, the dryers are stacked on top of each other. That means you put your laundry in, close the door and then push the left button for the top dryer or the right button for the bottom dryer. 70% of the time, I push the wrong button. I close the door, push a button, and then suddenly the wrong dryer starts moving. I have to stop everything and unload all of my clothes, and put them in the other dryer. It's fine. It's an extra little show for the weirdo who's probably still watching me.
Fact #5: Laundry expands after you take it out of the dryer. I don't know why. But it makes an interesting walk through the parking lot back to my apartment.
One day, I will have my own laundry room. It will be wonderful and it will look like this:
Notice the lack of the weirdo leaning against the wall.