Apr

6

Housing Reviews 2018: Schapiro

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A Schapiro single.

Perhaps one of the most conveniently located dorms on campus, Schapiro has nice amenities and decently sized rooms.

Location:

  • Nearby dorms: Furnald, Woodbridge, 615 West 115th (LINK), River
  • Stores and restaurants: The UPS Store, the 115th halal cart, Morton Williams, Starbucks, Ferris, BookCulture, Sweetgreen, Shake Shack, Nussbaum and Wu

Cost: $9,538/year, like all upperclassmen housing

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Communal bathrooms, one for men and one for women per floor. Also one ADA single occupancy gender neutral bathroom per floor.
  • AC/Heating: Has both. Heating can get pretty hot in the winter.
  • Kitchen: Large, nice kitchen in each floor lounge.
  • Lounge: One on every floor, with a kitchen, TV, and comfy chairs. Also a building lounge on the ground floor, and a sky lounge on the 17th.
  • Laundry: Laundry room in basement.
  • Computers/Printing: Computer lab and printer on the first floor.
  • Fire Escapes: None.
  • Gym: None—the old Schapiro fitness room is now the Stephen Donaldson lounge.
  • Bike Storage: None
  • Intra-transportation: Three fast elevators.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood, but linoleum in lounge.
  • Bonus: Music practice rooms in basement.

Room variety:

  • 245 singles, which are pretty reasonably sized.
  • 85 doubles, which are also fairly spacious but sometimes oddly shaped.

Numbers:

  • Doubles: 10/2659
  • Walkthrough Doubles: 10/2842
  • Singles: 10/2395, although this is drastically lower than the AY 2016-17 cutoff of 20/1795. Usually only juniors get Schapiro singles.

Bwog Recommendation:

Schapiro is a solid option for rising juniors who want a single. The location can’t be beat, the rooms are reasonably sized (although not huge), and the lounges are easy to cook in. If you’re a rising sophomore, make sure that the double you’re getting is as big as you think it is. Some have a decent number of square feet, but some of that may not be usable. The laundry room gets crowded during the day. Residents also report some problems with the dryers.

Resident opinions:

  • “The stovetops in my lounge smoke when turned on. Fuck that.”
  • “The lounge and kitchen are really spacious and it’s nice to have so many places to do homework.”
  • “The sky lounge is alright if you’re into that kinda thing. Nice view from it.”
  • “The view from the higher floors is really beautiful!”
  • “The showers are small and kinda gross but you can only expect so much from a dorm room.”
  • From a particularly disgruntled resident: “It seems to attract people who steal shit.”
  • From a less disgruntled resident: “It’s a big floor, so there isn’t a lot of community among floormates.”

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    I can’t believe they got rid of the fitness center that every student would use.

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