Even small French door refrigerators are larger than what is allowed in most dorm rooms. Because they have at least three compartments, French door refrigerators need to be larger than comparable side-by-side refrigerators.
Dorms typically don't allow large appliances, and all available French door refrigerators are firmly in the "large" category. This restriction is not only due to their large size; refrigerators are among the most energy-hungry appliances in homes, and the cost of the electricity they draw is significant. Fortunately, those living in dorm rooms typically have access to full-size refrigerators in common areas, but those who insist on having access to nearby snacks are best served with mini-friges, many of which are marketed toward college students.