Housing Review: 616

Rooms
Singles and doubles in 5 to 6 person suites.

Prices
Single: $10,400 per year/ $5,200 per semester
Double: $8,960 per year/ $4,480 per semester

Bathrooms
One shared bathroom per suite. Members of the suite are responsible for cleaning the bathroom.

Kitchen
Each suite has a kitchen with a sink, a gas stove/oven, and a refrigerator.

Review

A panorama of a typical single… please ignore the messy bed.

After living in 616 for almost two years, I can safely say that it is a good housing option. Is it the best dorm ever? Does it have all the amenities you would ever want? Does it have a lot of common space? Although the answer to all these questions are a resounding no, it doesn’t mean that 616 isn’t a dorm that you will be happy living in.

Like most suites, 616 comes equipped with a shared kitchen and bathroom to use with your 4 or 5 other roommates. If you live in a suite of six people, like I do, it can sometimes feel a little claustrophobic since there is not enough kitchen storage and the bathroom will be in use a lot. But the fact that you get a kitchen with a full sized fridge, oven, stove, and sink is really great as well as a kitchen table. The kitchens are tiny and they are the only real common spaces that 616 has besides with lounges on certain floors. The hallway that connects the rooms is quite narrow and if you’re someone who likes to entertain/have a lot of people over, 616 might not be the dorm for you.

View of Claremont and 116th.

However, if you are just looking for a single in a building where you don’t have to share a kitchen and bathroom with total strangers, 616 might be the building for you. The singles themselves are pretty spacious and the doubles are as well. If you’re in a B suite, you face 116th St. and I personally enjoy spying on all the people below. It’s also great that in the building there are vending machines, a computer lab (with printers) and a study area in the lobby. Cleaning your own suite is an issue that sometimes arises since it’s really on you and your suitemates to keep it up to your own standards.

If you have 4 or 5 friends that really want to live together and if you are willing to sacrifice common space for a private kitchen and bathroom (as well as proximity to campus), then 616 is the dorm for you.

Images courtesy of Clara Butler.

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