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Housing Reviews 2018: Furnald

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In this review, we’ll be tackling Hotel Furnald, one of the quieter dorms on campus. Whether you’re an incoming freshman who’s looking for a place to crank out UWriting drafts in peace or a bitter sophomore who’s trying to, for some reason or another, distance himself from the rest of his class as much as possible, you may find Furnald, a quaint corridor-style dormitory located mere seconds away from Lerner Hall and Butler Library, to be the place for you.

The Furnald lobby is undoubtedly one of the most aesthetically pleasing lobbies on campus.

Location:
2940 Broadway, right near the gate at 115th Street. It’s tucked between Lerner and Pulitzer.

Nearby dorms:
Carman is the closest dorm; John Jay, Hartley, and Wallach are also nearby, separated only by Butler.

Nearby Stores/Restaurants:
Morton Williams, Pret A Manger, Sweetgreen, Shake Shack, Starbucks, Amir’s, some random halal cart, Häagen-Dazs, and International are all right nearby.

Class Makeup:
Many freshmen and a fair amount of sophomores.

Cost:
$8,412/year for freshmen; $9,538/year for upperclassmen.

Amenities:
Cleaning: Kitchens and bathrooms are cleaned daily (Monday through Friday), but trash removal is the responsibility of the student.
Lounge: Each floor has a lounge with a kitchen and a television. These lounges are fairly spacious and contain four armchairs, a coffee table, and a kitchen table with another four chairs. There is also a spacious main lounge located in the lobby with plenty of seating area.
Kitchen: The communal kitchens, located in the floor lounges, have two microwaves, two stovetops, and an oven.
Bathroom: Bathrooms are communal. They are co-ed on the first and second floors and divided along gender lines on floors three through ten. Each bathroom has three showers, three toilets, and five sinks.
AC/Heat: It technically has both, but it’s not always reliable.
Floor: Hardwood in rooms; carpeting in hallways.


Laundry: Free laundry is available in basement. There are six washers and six dryers, but you can count on two of both not working at any given time.
Computers/Printers: There are two printers in the lobby. One computer lounge, home to two PCs and a Mac, is located on the first floor.
Wi-Fi: Yes.
Gym: Nope.
Intra-Transportation: Two fairly reliable elevators. Three sets of stairs.
Bonus: There’s bike storage in the basement. The more you know.

Room Breakdown:
Residential floors: There are ten residential floors.
Singles: There are 190 (!!!) singles in Furnald. They range in size from about 100 square feet to over 160 square feet.
Doubles: There are 28 doubles in Furnald. They range in size from about 170 square feet to over 275 square feet.
Views: Almost every room has a great view of either Broadway or campus. 10/10 would recommend.

Numbers:
There isn’t any data about cutoffs for doubles, but for singles, the cutoff was 10/1604 last year and 10/170 the year before that. In other words, the exact number fluctuates, but it’s never incredibly high. This may have less to do with a high demand for Furnald than it does with the fact that there isn’t too much room available for sophomores in Furnald, which remains a primarily first-year residence hall.

Bwog Recommendations:

  • Furnald is very, very, very quiet, even on weekends. It’s a great place to live if you’re the type of person who likes to be able to get work done without having to pack your bags and travel to Butler.
  • Though Furnald is widely considered to be an anti-social dorm, that reputation is a bit overblown. After the awkward first half of the first semester wraps up, people do begin to open up and spend time together in their respective lounges.
  • The views are DOPE. Honestly, they’re some of the best that this Bwogger has seen anywhere on campus.
  • You’ll be grateful for the AC during September. Trust me.
  • Everything is ridiculously clean, including the bathrooms. If sanitation is what you’re looking for, Furnald should be your first choice.
  • The lobby is a truly stunning sight to see—and it makes for a great studying environment, too!

Resident Opinions:

  • “Furnald is a great dorm to live in! We have decent singles and clean, nice-ass bathrooms.”
  • “Furnald is solid; the facilities are clean, the bathrooms passable, the rooms large, singles plentiful, denizens quiet (mostly), and AC existent.”
  • “Clean. I guess, quiet enough to get stuff done. People are generally pretty nice, I don’t know. Not a lot of problems as far as, uh, anything, which is, uh, good.”

 

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