"Private" refers to any room that has less than it's maximum occupancy. This can mean a double room reserved for a single person or a triple reserved for one or two people. Private rooms are available most years, but Doane Housing always reserves the right to dissolve a private and assign a roommate if the need for housing demands it. Dissolution of privates is extremely rare, and we dissolve based on lottery points.
A single room is one intended to house only occupant. Singles cost a little more per semester, but not as much as a private double or triple.