Housing Review: Hewitt

Housing selection is upon us! This week The Nine Ways of Knowing is planning to review the residence halls, so keep checking on us for updates!
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General Description

Hewitt is the only hall in the Quad dominated by upperclassmen

Hewitt is a quiet corridor-style dorm with mostly sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with the exception of the 8th floor, where there are about 12 first-years. It is mostly singles, facing either the Quad or Claremont. There is plenty of space for clothes and belongings with two under-the-bed drawers, an in-wall closet, and a dresser. Rooms are all around 16’ by 8’, but sizes vary depending on which one you get. All rooms come with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser.

Bathrooms
Hewitt has shared hall bathrooms that are cleaned daily. There is usually no trouble finding a shower, sink, or toilet, to use, as there are several in each bathroom, more so than in any other hall in the Quad. Sharing a bathroom with a hall is always a bit of a win-lose experience, but in my experience, any trouble I had with something happening in the bathroom was cleaned or fixed the next day.

Kitchens
Hewitt residents can use the kitchens in the Sulzberger lounges on each floor, which have a stove, oven, sink, countertop, dish rack, and cabinets for storage. The kitchens can get pretty gross sometimes when people don’t clean up, but they’re cleaned regularly.

Price
Singles are $10,400 for the year/ $5,200 per semester
Rooms with more than one people are $8,960 for the year/ $4,480 per semester
Pros

Get a room facing Claremont!
  • Hewitt was recently renovated so there’s no more crazy colored doors or walls! It has a hotel-like feel
  • Living in the quad means you can roll out of bed 5 minutes before class and not be late!
  • Quiet halls can be a great thing for some people
  • Right above Hewitt Dining Hall
  • Easy access to the gym and other Barnard facilities/buildings
  • Entering through Sulz lobby usually means finding some kind of free snack left out for Sulz residents!
  • Wireless internet
  • The view of Claremont is beautiful, especially at sunset (Although my room on the 8th floor had a window too high for me to see out of)
  • Access to the Sulzberger lounges with couches, a TV, and kitchen
  • Some rooms have enough space for a couch depending on their layout
  • Having a single means not having to work your sleep, study, or general habits around someone else!

Cons

  • Hewitt’s main doors are never open, and the Hewitt elevator only goes up to the 7th floor (sorry 8th floor!). I usually just end up using the Sulzberger elevators and walking around, because they are much faster anyway.
  • Thin walls— I’ve had to knock on my neighbor’s door a few times because I could hear her entire 2am conversations.
  • Signing people in requires you to go through Brooks and then to the loud, slow Hewitt elevator.
  • Pretty quiet considering the hall is mostly singles.
  • You have to pay for the Quad Upperclass Meal Plan (which is the 2nd highest one), with the exception of the first-years who are still required to purchase the full meal plan.
  • No AC but you have some control over the heat in the winter

Recommendations

  • Make friends with people on your hall so it feels less isolating!
  • Go for a room facing Claremont
  • The singles on the 8th floor are the most spacious (my room is 16’ x 10’ and it feels huge)
Images courtesy of Laura K. Garrison and Barnard Res Life

Housing Review: Sulz Tower

This is our last housing review for the year! Check out all our housing reviews from 2013 to learn more about other Barnard residential halls, and good luck!!

Rooms
Singles: 84
Doubles: 14
Find out which rooms are still available

General Description
As one of the most coveted living spaces on campus, Sulz Tower combines the privacy of Hewitt with the overall feeling of a shared suite. 124 students live on the 9-16th floors of the tower, and each floor is split up into two suites (A suite and B suite) for eight people with corridor style single and double rooms.

Prices (updated for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Single: $9,800 for the academic year/ $4,900 for one semester
Double: $8,450 for the academic year/$4,225 for one semester
Minimal Meal Plan: $300 per semester

Bathroom
There is a shared floor bathroom between the two suites that is cleaned daily by facilities. The bathrooms are relatively new, so there’s no need to worry about the plumbing. There’s also enough toilets and showers that you normally don’t have to wait for stalls.

Kitchens
There are two kitchenettes per suite with a sink, electric stove/oven, and a refrigerator. The kitchens also have a couch, table, and TV, exactly like the kitchenettes in the freshmen floors.

Pros
• AC baby!
• The singles and doubles are much larger than any other single you’ll find in the quad
• Living in the quad is super convenient, especially on those cold winter (or “spring”) mornings
• Sulzberger in general is the newest building in the quad, so all the facilities (including elevators, heating, and lighting) are top of the line (or as much so as you could hope for)
• The views from the upper floors are incredible
• You have access to the Sulz lobby’s flat-screen TV
• The computer lab, Furman counseling, and health services are just an elevator ride away
• The walls are relatively thick, which is convenient for pre-games or the occasional nighttime visitor.

Cons
• Let’s be real: Unless you’re a senior with an excellent lottery number or an underclassmen with outstanding luck (it happens once every blue moon), Sulz Tower will be filled before you even begin to set up your room selection group.
• The kitchens are not cleaned by facilities, so make sure to set up a cleaning plan with your suitemates or the kitchen will smell like burned ramen for the rest of the year.
• Sulz Tower doesn’t have its own set of laundry services, so you have to go down to the 8th floor or search around the other freshmen floors of the quad to clean those delicates.
• You don’t have control of when your heater switches to air conditioning and vice versa.
• Make sure you’re living in a suite with people you know, or else the whole situation can feel a bit isolating.

Recommendations
• The higher the floor, the better the view, so set your sights on the 16th floor
• Although the set-up in Sulz is a little different from a suite in the 600s or Plimpton, make sure to set up a cleaning plan and designated quiet hours with your suitemates within the first week.

What’s Your Number? A Survival Guide to Room Selection

By Laura K. Garrison

Lottery numbers and appointment times are out, sealing fates and breaking hearts across campus. If you’re cursing the Housing gods or consulting your interior designer (a.k.a. Mom), here’s how to survive room selection and end up in your dream space.

Rising Seniors

With all Plimpton corner singles converted to doubles,
it will be impossible for most
seniors to
get suites with only singles

You lucky ducks are going through your last room selection process and have the best numbers, so make it count! When looking through housing reviews, remember that floors five through ten of 620 and all the singles in Sulz Tower are reserved for seniors. Unfortunately for seniors, however, with all Plimpton suites containing doubles right now, unless your number is remarkably good (nothing above 70 will be a sure thing) getting a suite-style apartment with all singles has become ridiculously difficult. Start on your friends now if you think any of them are going to be willing to double if a suite is something you have set your heart on. If not, our prediction is that Sulz Tower, which in the past has been seen as a sure thing for Seniors is going to go very fast, so make sure you have a plan B (and if possible, a plan C), even if that means rearranging some groups in between appointments on Friday. If your plans and back-up plans involve switching group numbers, make sure everyone is fully clear on what is going on.

Rising Juniors
If you got screwed over as a first-year, this is your moment for redemption. Fortunately for you, you also have two years of dorm-living under your belt, and you should have a better idea of what you want out of your living experience. Single? Suite? Cleaning your own bathroom? Cooking your own food? While nothing is promised, good numbers have a decent shot at prime real estate (although don’t bank on anything that’s all singles) while bad numbers have to strategize. You should consider shooting for suites in the 600s or Plimpton, but blocking together in Sulz Tower will probably be a long shot. Have a backup plan, a backup-backup plan, and a private plan for jumping ship should the need arise. If you have a good number, you’re going to be everyone’s new best friend and have the power to broker very favorable deals (like guaranteeing you get the lone single in a suite). Remember it’s every woman for herself, meaning someone will probably end up in tears. Don’t be afraid to make your preferences clear, but be amenable when listening to friends’ requests. If you have a bad number, casually ask everyone about theirs and weigh your options. Once you’ve got an idea of who you want to live with, kiss ass. Bake cookies, buy her a Chipotle burrito – whatever it takes to make you number one on her list of potential suitemates. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Blocking Hewitt could also be considerably more
difficult than in previous years

Rising Sophomores
It’s your rookie housing season so no one is expecting much from you. Even a great first-year number is looking at leftovers (you’re probably getting shafted in the 600s – tough break). More likely you’ll end up in Hewitt or Elliot, which despite all the hate can be great places to quietly plan your ResLife revenge (and hit snooze in the morning). If you have a number in the thousands, ending up on the wait list is a very real possibility, unless you make a suicide pact with a friend with a significantly better number. As I recall, my number was around 1100 last year and I was assigned to a Hewitt single in late-July. This actually worked out better than expected for me (I can sleep in, a bunch of friends live down the hall, I can walk around naked in my own room, etc.) so don’t lose faith, and stay flexible. And for you first-years with dreams of the panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline in Sulz Tower – sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s NOT gonna happen. These rooms are senior-junior territory, and you need to stop fantasizing about impossibilities and find someone (or somebodies) who really love and care about you with which to lose your room selection virginity. If it doesn’t work out, pray ResLife doesn’t start indiscriminately turning singles into doubles the first week of August.

Long story short, room selection sucks. It’s never fair, and someone will undoubtedly get the short end of the stick. Friendships will be (temporarily) shattered, alliances will be broken, and sour grapes will abound. The important thing to remember is that you’re guaranteed somewhere to live. Every living situation has its positives and negatives, and you may be pleasantly surprised to realize you live best in a space you originally considered less than ideal. Like everything else in college, room selection is about perspective and self-discovery. So enter Brooks TV lounge with a brave face and an open mind. I wish you luck. And that you have a shoulder to cry on should you need it.

Laura K. Garrison is a sophomore at Barnard and Managing Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Housing Review: Cathedral Gardens

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Suites
6 singles: 4, with one designated for RA
4 singles, 1 double: 1
4 singles: 4, with one designated for RA
3 singles, 1 double: 4
2 singles, 1 double: 5
2 doubles: 2
Find out what rooms are still available.

General Description
With a relatively open floor plan and a fully furnished living room, Cathedral Gardens is probably the nicest place you will ever live in as a student in Manhattan. While the layout varies from suite to suite, each space includes a common area/living room, a kitchen (with a dishwasher!), a dining room table, and several individual rooms. There are many different combinations of living spaces, so make sure to talk with your suite to figure out how to best fulfill everyone’s needs. The laundry room is easily accessible on the tenth floor with more than enough machines to go around and a beautiful view to pass the time while you wait for the washing machine to finish. There are only 2 RAs for the whole building, so its a very hands-off assisting style. Perhaps the most interesting part of living in CG is that you might very well be living next to a Barnard professor and their family! That’s right, Cathedral Gardens is home to both students and teachers; but with the exception of the occasional awkward meet-up in the lobby, you will probably never interact.

Prices (updated for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Single: $9,800 for the academic year/ $4,900 for one semester
Double: $8,450 for the academic year/$4,225 for one semester
Minimal Meal Plan: $300 per semester

Bathrooms
The size, shape, and amount of bathrooms per suite changes based on what kind of space you choose. The quality of the bathrooms is pretty great, with clean tile floors and relatively reliable plumbing.

Kitchens
The major benefit to the kitchens of CG is access to an Honest-to-God dishwasher, particularly because you mostly feed yourself when you live 20 minutes from campus. They also include a working oven and stove, a large refrigerator, and plenty of space.

Pros
• A well stocked grocery store across the street, particularly important when you wind up cooking all your own meals. (They have Mexican Coke!)
• A whole new area for students to explore, particularly those that otherwise never leave campus. Also, access to Central Park.
• Occasional access to the 10th floor roof patio in good weather, and the gorgeous view over the parks it provides.
• Air conditioning and heating that you control!
• Beautiful living space.
• Access to the A, C, E and B, D, F subway lines, which are less crowded than the 1, 2, 3 and are not confined to following Broadway.
• A working TV in the 10th floor lounge that is almost never taken up.
• Very rarely needs repair work.
• Farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.
• New opportunities for takeout!
• Feels more like a home than a dorm room.

Cons
• No computer lab or printer.
• A three avenue walk to the 1, 2, 3 line.
• 20 minute walk to and from campus every day.
• No wireless internet.
• Nice thick walls, but flimsy doors that let sound out to the common areas.
• A pretty noisy neighborhood active at odd hours of the day. The windows do not block sound from outside.

Housing Review: Elliott

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Rooms
Singles: 64
Doubles: 8
Find out what rooms are still available.

General description
Corridor-style, mostly singles with four doubles per floor. There are two 12-person clusters per floor that share the lounge, but each comes with its own bathroom and kitchen. Singles are tiny; they’re not terrible, but there’s little room to move around. Each room contains a bed, desk, chair, and built-in wardrobe with dressers, a shelf, and a fridge alcove.

Bathrooms
Shared hall-style with two showers, two toilets, and three sinks. There’s generally no problem getting a shower, and the bathrooms are cleaned regularly.

Kitchen
The kitchen has a sink, and electric oven and stove. There is also pantry space in the hallway by the kitchen. It’s small, but gets cleaned regularly.

Prices (updated for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Single: $9,800 for the academic year/$4,900 for one semester
Double: $8,450 for the academic year/$4,225 for one semester
Minimal Meal Plan: $300 per semester

This schnazzy 21″ x 26″ x 23″
refrigerator alcove could be yours!

Pros
• Close to campus (just across Claremont from the gate at 119th)
• Especially close to Altschul (Science majors, you feelin’ me?)
• Privacy
• Two kitchens per floor
• Nice, large lounge with TV on each floor
• Career development and the babysitting and bartending offices are located on the second floor
• Computer lab on the first floor

Cons
• Small rooms
• Thin walls
• Narrow hallways
• Can be pretty isolating
• Closed for winter break
• Very few rooms with good views. Any that do are mostly on the west side of the building

Recommendations
• The rooms on Claremont and 119th have the most light, but the ones facing the courtyard aren’t bad.
• A mini fridge is necessary if you want to cook, as the kitchen doesn’t have one.
• Avoid getting a double, some are smaller than they appear on the floorplan
• Good choice for people who don’t cook a lot and really want a single

Images courtesy of Barnard Residential Life.

Housing Review: 616 W 116th St.

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Rooms

Looks like 620 but is slightly closer to campus.

4 Singles, 1 Double: 9
3 Singles, 1 Double: 11
2 Doubles, 2 Singles: 16
Find out what rooms are still available.

General Description
The combination of suite-style living and closeness to campus makes 616 a popular choice. You may appreciate the pre-war charm (the building was originally built in 1906) but it hasn’t been renovated since 1962 leading to complaints about things breaking or not working. The lounge has new furniture (and a piano) and there is also a computer lab. The kitchen is your common space unless you get one of the two suites with a common room.

Prices (updated for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Single: $9,800 for the academic year/ $4,900 for one semester
Double: $8,450 for the academic year/$4,225 for one semester
Minimal Meal Plan: $300 per semester

Captioned “My favorite room ever!”

Bathrooms
There is one bathroom per suite that you have to clean yourselves. The bathrooms are fine, but there are complaints about the plumbing.

Kitchens
You get a full kitchen with a gas stove/oven, sink and a full size fridge but kitchen size depends on your suite and who you live with, with many reviewers bemoaning their small size. Facilities issues also are frequently aimed at the kitchens, everything from blown fuses to broken ovens.

Pros
• The doubles are on the bigger side which could ease some grumbling about living in a double.
• Some rooms have great views or closet space.
• 616 is the center of activity in the 600s since it has the only building lounge.
• Campus is just across the street, meaning you can make it to class on time even if you hit snooze one too many times.
• The computer lab in the lobby makes it easy to print out assignments without having to go back to main campus.

Cons
• Room size varies widely within each suite so chose carefully. Some of the singles are incredibly small.
• With the exception of two suites in the whole building, there is no common space aside from the kitchen, which in many suites is too small to be much of a social area.
• Living on the shaft robs you of natural light, and a view, making it hard to tell what time of day it is or what the weather is like.
• The building is old so you’ll have to get used to regularly filing work orders to get this thing or the other fixed.
• There is no AC in the summer – invest in a fan or two.
• 616 is closed the first three weeks of Winter Break – plan accordingly.

Recommendations
• Live on a higher floor and avoid the shaft to get as much natural light into your suite as possible.
• Decide ahead of time who will get the bigger or smaller singles.

Images courtesy of Barnard Residential Life and Room Reviews.

Housing Review: 110 (a.k.a. 601 W 110th St)

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A studio single

Rooms
3 Singles: 1
1 Double: 11
1 Double, 1 Single: 4
2 Doubles: 9
3 Doubles: 5
4 Doubles, 1 Single: 2 (broken up into two 4-person groups and a single)
1 Triple: 2
1 Triple, 1 Double: 4
Studio Singles: 39
Find out what rooms are still available.

General Description
110 began its life as an apartment building, so there is a wide variety in room size and layout. Many of the bathrooms are still sparkling from recent renovation and residents rave about the building’s friendly staff. There are many doubles which can range from outrageously spacious to small and cramped. Some doubles awkwardly located within a suite (walk-through), and there are multiple instances in the floor plan where identical rooms (directly above or below one another) will be assigned to different numbers of people. The parts of the building that hasn’t been bought up by ResLife are still apartments, although many are occupied by students.

A kitchenette

Bathrooms
They are fairly new and in good condition (at least in most of the rooms). Many of the larger bathrooms have bathtubs, and some larger suites can have multiple bathrooms.

Kitchen
Whether you have a kitchen varies so check the floorplan, because some rooms have a kitchenette (mini-fridge, stove top and sink) as opposed to kitchens that fridges, stove tops and an oven.

Prices (updated for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Single: $9,800 for the academic year/$4,900 for one semester
Double/Triples: $8,450 for the academic year/$4,225 for one semester
Studio Singles: $14,500 for the academic year/$7,250 per semester
Minimal Meal Plan: $300 per semester


Pros
• The building staff is extremely helpful and friendly, and quick with repairs
• You don’t necessarily have to sign guests in, and staff can call up to your room if you can’t meet them downstairs
• Food delivery will come directly to your door!
• Location is probably the most ideal of all the residential buildings: West Side, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Five Guys, Chipotle and Starbucks are all within easy distance
• Rooms are much more spacious than anything you’ll find closer to campus
• Walls are thick, noise between apartments isn’t much of a problem
• Some furniture isn’t standard-dorm room issue, which can make it feel more homey
• Walk to campus can be enjoyable in nice weather
• Non-student neighbors can be nice, especially if they have adorable small children!
• Distance from campus can give it a nice apartment-feel and make it feel more like living in the city
• Good views on Broadway and 110th.
• Built in closets, some kitchens are well-sized too
• Laundry is more convenient than in other dorms—it’s very uncommon to have to wait for a machine

A bathtub!?!

Cons
• Elevators are very slow
• Some pest problems (reported issues with mice and roaches)
• Distance from campus means you have to count in at least 10 minutes if you’re trying to get to class on time
• Not particularly social (partially due to non-student residents)
• Broadway can be noisy
• No AC
• Walkthrough doubles have very little privacy
• Some roommates might need to share a closet
• No WiFi (you’ll have to buy your own)
• For the most part, you’ll also have to buy your own toilet paper
• Nine-person suites can also be overwhelming
• Most rooms are have limited lighting—be prepared to provide your own lighting
• Rooms facing Broadway on lower floors provide great people watching opportunities—but everyone on the street can watch you right back

Recommendations
• Darkest rooms tend to be on the sides that are shafted or underneath awnings on the entrance side of the building
• Best views are from rooms that face Broadway or 110th
• Some of the suite situations can be very unique in 110 (e.g., walk-through and studio doubles) Know the exact situation of the room and how you’re going to work this out with your suitemates beforehand—if possible, visit the current residents and find out how they dealt with the room.
• Consider changing walkthrough doubles into quad and a common room by moving all the beds into the bedroom-proper.
• K3 doubles and triples have bay windows, and some suites can even have two bathrooms

Housing Review: Plimpton

Plimpton singles

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Rooms
6-person suites, 4 singles and a double (56 suites total)

General Description
The size of your single is among the bigger on campus, depending on which room you get. However the formerly lusted-after corner singles are now doubles on all floors. While an acceptable size, it’s still not a ton of space. At 15 stories, Plimpton is one of the tallest buildings in Morningside and the views from the top floors are often absolutely beautiful. You’ll also have some Columbia students in the building, both male and female. Along with more residents (thanks to the doubles) the building is also getting more RAs for the 2013-2014 year with a staff expanding from 5 RAs to 7.

Prices (updated for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Single: $9,800 for the academic year/ $4,900 for one semester
Double: $8,450 for the academic year/$4,225 for one semester
Minimal Meal Plan: $300 per semester

Lots of storage space!

Bathrooms
There is one bathroom per suite that you have to clean yourselves. They’re nice enough, but make sure you own a plunger; Plimpton’s plumbing is older than you. Also play nice with the shower doors, they can get stuck or fall out of their tracks.

Kitchens
You get a full kitchen with a gas stove/oven, sink, full size fridge and lots of cabinets. However smoke alarms can be super sensitive and go off every time you cook. If that happens to you, the unit pops off the wall and you can stick it in a drawer until you’re done with dinner.

Pros
• Having a grocery store (Appletree) just steps from your front door can be a lifesaver for midnight snack cravings.
• Being on Amsterdam puts you closer to a whole new set of things (Kitchenette! The SIPA library!) as well as Joe’s Coffee.
• There is a computer lab and two printers on the main floor.
• When the weather is nice, there is the patio with tables and chairs off the TV lounge, and a porch type structure off the study lounge.
• For musicians, there is a piano in the study lounge
• The building’s super (Eugene) is friendly and responsive, residents often bring concerns to him directly, skipping the whole work order process (work orders are also addressed relatively quickly). The desk attendants are also some of the nicest on campus.
• Air conditioning!

The infamous Plimpton doubles 
(with only one closet)

Cons
• Noise travels like crazy in Plimpton, both within suites and between floors.
• It is a walk to campus (few blocks to Amsterdam and 120th).
• Within a suite, there isn’t really much common space (aside from the 7th and 8th floors). The only common spaces in the building notable size are the piano lounge and the TV lounge.
• It is not a very accessible building. Anyone or anything that can’t get up stairs to the main lobby has to come into the building through the basement.
• In all the suites, there’s only one toilet and one shower for six people. As previously mentioned, the plumbing is prone to clogging so make sure you have the public safety number in your cell phone (call them for the on-duty mechanic, who will come 24/7 to fix your toilet).
• While the layout of every suite is virtually identical, the building is not new so there’s plenty of cracked paint and worn furniture.
• You control the heat (or AC depending on the time of year) in your bedroom but its only controls are high, low, or off. Particularly with the heat, it can be hard to maintain the ideal room temperature.

Recommendations
• Seniors, go for the 7th and 8th floors, which are reserved for you. They were recently renovated, and have an island with bar chairs to replace the annoying wall that separates the kitchen from the rest of the suite on the rest of the floors
• If you live in a D suite you’ll be sandwiched between two RAs (who live on every odd floor), who will hear any party you attempt to throw.
• You have swipe access to Milbank’s door on 120th, which can be a lifesaver in bad weather.
• While true in any suite situation, having a suite conversation about guests and noise are essential in Plimpton. The walls between rooms in a suite are like paper so noise of pretty much any sort travels.
• Note: Some Plimpton suites on floors 9 through 13 are split into two “groups” (one group as four singles, one group as a double)

Images courtesy of Olivia Goldman.

Housing Review: 620 W 116th St.

Lottery numbers are out!! Let the Hunger Housing games begin!

Farthest of the 600s from campus, but who’s complaining

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Rooms
3 Singles, 1 Double: 1
2 Singles, 1 Double: 1
2 Singles, 2 Doubles: 7
3 Singles, 2 Doubles: 3
4 Singles: 12
5 Singles: 12 (Reserved for Seniors)
Find out what’s still available.

General Description
The suites in 620 are very variable. The top suites (from the 5th to 10th floor) are all singles, and generally sought after by seniors. The suites are characterized by narrow hallways and small common rooms, but storage is usually not a problem due to ample cabinets and closet space. Laundry machines are located in the basement. There’s a TV lounge with a piano on the first floor and a computer lab on the first floor of 616.

Get ready for some narrow hallways

Bathrooms
One bathroom per suite. Due to how old the building is, expect variable water pressure and drain problems.

Kitchen
Comes equipped with sink, a gas stove/oven, and a refrigerator. Some can be comfortable, others are quite small.

Prices (updated for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Single: $9,800 for the academic year/ $4,900 for one semester
Double: $8,450 for the academic year/$4,225 for one semester
Minimal Meal Plan: $300 per semester

Pros
• Two shared closets
• Upper floors have great views
• Quieter, further from Broadway
• Close to campus
• Wireless internet access

Real-person kitchens! (From a C suite)

Cons
• Building is really old — mis-matched paint, noisy heaters that don’t always work, etc.
• Expect to need repairs, and often
• Most views on lower floors are of an air-shaft
• At least one elevator breaks every few weeks, sometimes both at once
• Farthest of the 600s from campus
• No A/C
• Thin walls
• Overactive fire-alarms and smoke detectors
• Occasional pest problems
• Nearest computer lab and common area are on the first floor of 616
• Will be closed for winter break
• Four washers and four dryers make for a lot of crowding when more than a couple people try to do laundry at once
• Common area and kitchens are bound to be cramped, although this is common for most residential buildings
• Riverside and 116th is a common spot for muggings, burglaries, and assaults
• Rooms are very variable in size

Recommendations
• The rooms in the D suites tend to be mislabeled on the floor plans; the D1 room is actually a great deal larger than the D2 room
• C suites have the largest kitchens, but no common room
• Great option for groups that need a lot of singles and want to be close to campus
Floors 5 through 10 are reserved for seniors

Images courtesy of Barnard Residential Life.

Housing Review: 600 W 116th St.

A double featuring a random wall

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Rooms
3 Doubles: 20
2 Doubles: 5
1 Double: 6
2 Doubles, 1 Single: 1
3 Doubles, 1 Single: 7
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General Description
Suite-style living, organized for groups of anywhere from 2 to 7 people. Most rooms are doubles with some singles, and layouts of suites vary. Located above Ollie’s and Ivy League Stationaries, 600 is close to campus and the 1 train. The suites tend to be large and rooms are much more spacious than those in the Quad. Unfortunately this space comes at a price: 600 is an older building in desperate need of repair, despite recent renovations to suites, and the slow elevators are a primary complaint of residents. There is also a rodent and bug problem, especially in the lower floors (closer to Ollie’s). It’s important to study room plans of each individual suite because there is so much variation in layout within the building.

Bathrooms
Each suite has its own bathroom which residents must clean themselves. While they aren’t particularly spa-like, the bathrooms serve their purpose. Residents sometimes have issues with water temperature and pressure, but these are usually quickly resolved by facilities.

Kitchens
Kitchens vary amongst suites, as some are located in hallway space rather than in their own room. All are true kitchens, stocked with a fridge, sink, gas stove, and oven.

Prices (updated for the 2013-2014 academic year)
Single: $9,800 for the academic year/ $4,900 for one semester
Double: $8,450 for the academic year/$4,225 for one semester
Minimal Meal Plan: $300 per semester

Space behind a random wall
(see picture above)

Pros
• Five minute walk to campus and the 1 train – rolling out of bed is an option.
• Large bedrooms and living space make your first-year room look pitiful.
• TV lounge on the second floor includes HD channels – a good connection to the outside world.

Cons
• Mice and bugs may be your newest neighbors – stay on top of the trash!
• Slow elevators – build in extra time on your way to class.
• 600 is in rough shape – you’ll get to know your facilities guy well.
• You’re responsible for the bathrooms and trash, which may be a pro, depending on how you look at it. Make sure you work out a deal with your suitemates so you share responsibility.
• Carpeted floors are more difficult to keep clean – invest in a vacuum.
• No AC in the summer and heat overcompensates in the winter.
• Depending on the location of your suite you may be “shafted,” meaning you have a view of a brick wall and there’s little natural light – invest in lamps.

Recommendations
Residents suggest opting for a B suite which has two bathrooms. B suites located on lower floors also have more entry space. D suites are a good second option for 6-person groups, but the layouts of D suites can vary. Remember: always check floor plans before committing to a suite.

Photos courtesy of Ariane Rinehart.