Living on campus next year? You might want to know more about the housing available to you (unless you already nabbed a program house/community-based living spot). Here’s an updated guide (courtesy of ResLife’s Fran Koerting and original writer, Ben Cohen ’10) to help you out during room selection nights (coming up on April 7):
Room selection nights are just one component of the Housing Selection Process, which also includes program housing and community based living. Ben’s original guide has been updated to reflect changes made over the past few years.
Each building has its own kitchen, lounge and study rooms.
Laundry: Butt A has 6 washers and 7 dryers, Butt B has 4 washers and 5 dryers, and Butt C has 5 washers and 8 dryers.
Other attractions: Summerfields Dining Hall is attached to Butt C, and there are grills and picnic tables outside of it.
Notes and minutiae: Parking is available on Lawn Avenue (except overnight—there’s no parking from 11:00 PM-7:00 AM) and from 5:00 PM-midnight and on weekends in the “L” lot.
The substance free floor as well as the quiet floor, both of which are community based living options, as well as the Green Hall option for first year students, are located in the Butterfields.
Copenhagens/Clusters: rising sophomores are able to form groups of six and select one of the copenhagens (four single rooms and one double room at the ends of some hallways) or clusters (same configuration of rooms but within a hallway) prior to the beginning of the room selection period.
Laundry: Located in the basement of Foss 5 (4 washers and 4 dryers).
Kitchen: Located off the Nic lounge (Foss 5).
Lounge: One lounge for the complex, located off of Foss 5.
Notes and minutiae: Program houses in each unit’s basement (Japanese Hall in Foss 5, Film Hall in Foss 6, and French Hall in Foss 7). The single-sex halls are located in Nic 5. All of these options are only available during the program housing/community based living component of housing selection. The Residential College is located on the 1st and 2nd floor of Nicolson 6, and is selected by first year students who then return to the building as sophomores.
Nic 5 rooms ending in 03 and 10-14 face Foss Hill, Nic 6 rooms ending in 03 and 11-16, and Nic 7 rooms ending in 03 and 08 through 15 face Foss Hill; all other rooms face Vine Street. Nicolson 7 does not house any first year students.
Laundry: 5 washers and 5 dryers located off the Foss 8 lounge. Additional 2 washers and 2 dryers located in the basement of Foss 10.
Kitchen: Located in the Foss 8-9 connector.
Lounge: Main lounge located in the Foss 8-9 connector. Smaller lounge (sans TV and couches), which also houses the laundry room, located on the ground floor of Foss 8.
Other attractions: Science Hall (Delta G) is located on the first floor of 8, making the second and third floors the only way to get from one end of the building to the other. It’s a moderate inconvenience.
Notes and minutiae: Rising juniors are encouraged to select Hewitt 9, where programming and staffing is particularly geared towards them. Common bathrooms in Hewitt 8 are gender neutral Rooms in Foss 8 ending in 08 through 15 face Foss Hill; those ending in 16 through 23 (and 01) face Mocon Circle. In Foss 9, rooms ending in 08 through 15 face Mocon Circle, and those ending in 16 through 23 face the Hewitt courtyard. Rooms in Foss 10 ending in 08 through 15 also face the courtyard; those ending in 16 through 23 face Wyllys Ave. In all buildings, 02 and 03 are two-room doubles at the end of the hall (with balconies). Singles ending in 09, 10, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21, and 22 have balconies. Note that the lower level in Hewitt 9 and 10 do not have balconies.
Laundry: Located in Hi-Rise.
Layout: All apartments have a full kitchen on the first floor in the front. There is also a living room in the back of the first floor. Bedrooms and a bathroom are all on the second floor.
Notes and minutiae: Lo-Rise is notorious for its small bedrooms. Block C is right next to Hi-Rise, with C-6 being the closest. Block B is the closest to campus, and C and D are set away from the street. Blocks A and E are the closest to William St./Traverse Square and thus the most likely to draw noise complaints. Parking is available in the Hi-Rise lot (“W” lot).
Laundry: 6 washers and 9 dryers, located on the first floor.
Layout: Large apartments have a common area with a kitchen off to the side and two rather generously sized bedrooms. Small apartments combine the kitchen and common area. Kitchens have a refrigerator/freezer and oven that are roughly 1/2-2/3 normal size.
Notes and minutiae: Apartments ending in 01, 03, 06, 08, 10, and 13 are large; those ending in 02, 04, 05, 07, 11, and 12 are small. 06es have arguably the best view. By fall 2011, all apartments will have been renovated. Hi-Rise has its own parking lot (the “W” lot).
Laundry: Located off the first-floor lounge, 4 washers and 4 dryers.
Layout: All five-person apartments, except for CAs. There are three apartments in the basement, five on the first floor, and six each on the second and third floors (so 20 total).
Notes and minutiae: Like Clark and Bennet, Fauver has a bike room and first-floor vending machines. It’s also the only building on campus with rooms a floor below the lounge (010, 011, and 012 are in the basement), which I suppose is kind of exciting.
7 APARTMENTS: (5 one-person, 2 two-person)
Laundry: None located in the building.
Layout: There are seven apartments; 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are one-person units, while 2 and 7 hold two people (both have two bedrooms). Apartment 3 has its own access to the outside.
Notes and minutiae: It’s almost directly across from Downey House, which I suppose counts for something.
3 APARTMENTS: (all five-person)
Laundry: None located in the building.
Layout: Three five-person apartments (A, B, and C) on three floors (A is on the first floor, B on the second, and C on the third). All have single bedrooms. Each apartment also has an enclosed porch/balcony.
Notes and minutiae: Nothing that I can think of, sadly.
3 APARTMENTS: all five-person)
Laundry: Located in the basement of the building, 15 washers and 15 dryers. Doubles as one of two woodframe laundry facilities (the other being 253 Pine).
Layout: Three apartments (A, B, and C), one on each of three floors (A on the first floor, B on the second, and C on the third). All have single bedrooms.
Notes and minutiae: The building isn’t too terribly exciting, but it is located right next to Neon. Pretty convenient.
See here for a complete listing of houses, capacities, and links to additional information about each house.
Laundry: Woodframe laundry facilities are located in the basement of 1 Vine St. (15 washers and 15 dryers) and at 253 Pine St (6 washers and 6 dryers).
Notes and minutiae: Every house with five or more beds is equipped with sprinklers, in addition to, according to my research, a few four-person houses (131 Cross, 29 Fountain, and 30 Fountain). New prototype houses are 19 Fountain (three five-person units), 20 Fountain (three five-person units), 25 Fountain (two five-person units), 231 Pine (three five-person units), and 14 Warren (one four-person unit and two five-person units). 20 and 25 Fountain and 14 Warren have geothermal heating . Bedrooms in 14 Warren and 25 Fountain have single beds, while the other prototypes have double beds. Select bedrooms in certain older woodframes are also too small for double beds; the ResLife website notes which houses have rooms with single beds. If you have a car, keep in mind parking on Fountain is only on the odd-numbered side of the street, and you will be ticketed if you park in your driveway without a Wesleyan permit. Finally, remember that all the houses on Lawn, Home, and Brainerd are “quiet houses.” If you select one of these houses, you will be asked to sign a contract that essentially states you will be mindful of your neighbors and won’t host any events unless the noise can be contained within the house.
Group rankings come out on April 3, and you have until April 2 to form your housing group. Other important housing dates here. Everything else and sign-up stuff can be found on e-portfolio. You can also access this housing guide here. If you have anything else to add, sound off in the comments!