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Apr

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In your typical Reid double

In your typical Reid double

We reviewed Sulz and Brooks, but those two dorms aren’t quite enough to house all the Barnard first-years – pushed in between them is Reid, a tiny dorm with surprisingly big rooms. (And, less surprisingly, no AC.)

Location: 3009 Broadway (The Quad).

Nearby dorms: Sulz, Brooks, Hewitt, the 600’s.

Stores and restaurants: MoWillies, 116th halal cart, Vine, M2M, Starbucks, Sweetgreen.

Cost: $9,230

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: A gender-neutral or women’s-only restroom for each floor (decided by residents). Cleaned daily. Sulz residents on the Sulz-Reid will likely also use your bathroom, leading to the occasional shower line.
  • AC/Heating: No AC. Some heating. Basically, get ready to sweat during the warmer months.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: One on every floor of the quad, a short walk (to Sulz) away. Features a stove, an oven, a sink, and a microwave, all of which get very disgusting very quickly. There are a couple of couches and tables as well – beware of mystery stains/sticky areas. TV, with an HDMI cable for your movie-watching needs. A nice hangout spot, despite the questionable smells.
  • Laundry: Each floor has a small laundry room between Reid and Brooks (one washer, two dryers) and a larger one in Sulz (two washers, two dryers – or more, if you’re on the eighth floor.) The machines take laundry cards, which can be refilled (with cash) at machines on the first floor.
  • Computers/printers: Same as the rest of the quad – two computer labs in the basement, with two printers (usually functional, but be wary of low paper warnings.)
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators in lobby. Slower and smaller than the Sulz elevators, but every floor has signs showing which floor the elevator is currently on, which is a plus.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Carpet in hallways, grey linoleum in rooms, tile in bathroom. Same as the rest of the quad.
    WiFi: Yeah, but beware of Barnard Secure – it’s liable to cut out in the middle of your Netflix session.
  • Bonus: Easy access to the basement practice rooms (and vending machines!) as well as Brooks Lounge (on the first floor); water bottle filling machines; houses Well Woman and a lounge named after Zora Neale Hurston (the room itself isn’t particularly special, but what a cool lady, am I right?)

But what about those big rooms …?

Apr

27

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Brooks

Brooks from the courtyard up

Next up in our freshpeople housing reviews series: the infamous Brooks, one of the three options in the Barnard Quad for first-years. It also happens to be the oldest, which comes with some pros… and some cons. Here’s the info.

Location: 3009 Broadway (The Quad).

Nearby dorms: Reid, Brooks, Hewitt, the 600’s.

Stores and restaurants: MoWillies, halal cart/food trucks, Vine sushi, M2M, Starbucks, sweetgreen.

Cost: $9,230

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: A women’s only or gender-neutral restroom for each floor (decided by residents). Cleaned daily. Just a short walk to Reid bathrooms!
  • AC/Heating: Here’s the bad news: no AC. Here’s the OK news: a little heater that may or may not actually work. Unless you make a friend in Sulz during NSOP, don’t wear anything to bed that you wouldn’t want drenched in sweat.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each floor has a lounge with a TV, table, chairs, and couches, as well as a kitchen area with sink, stove, oven, and cabinets. The lounge-kitchen is shared between residents of Brooks, Reid, and Sulz on each floor, since all three halls are connected. The lounges usually smell like a mix of ramen, rotten takeout, and Pre-Med students with chem tests the next day.
  • Laundry: Each floor has two laundry machines and two dryers. There are additional machines and dryers on the Brooks side. Unfortunately, laundry is not free, and you pay using a plastic card you can refill in the Sulz or Hewitt lobbies (cash only, which is extremely inconvenient…).
  • Computers/printers: Two lovely tech labs in the basement, complete with computers, printers, and a scanner. Bring your own stapler/hole punch, though.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators in lobby, kind of slow and stinky.
  • Hardwood/carpet: No hardwood. Carpet in hallway. Grey linoleum in rooms. Tile in bathroom.
  • WiFi: Duh, would you even consider coming here if there wasn’t?? But beware–Barnard Secure WiFi is really shitty.

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Apr

26

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John Yay

John Yay

Named after one of our favorite founding fathers, John Jay is next on our freshpeople housing lineup. While this building is known for its dining halls (John Jay & its greasy younger brother, JJ’s place), there are other qualities that make it a desirable residence hall.

Location: 511 W. 114th Street, New York, NY 10027 (part of the freshman quadrangle)

Nearby dorms: Hartley & Wallach

Stores and restaurants: Hamilton Deli, John Jay (the dining hall), JJ’s Place, Arts and Crafts.

Cost: $7,928

Amenities: Nice piano lounge on the first floor, pajama access to two dining halls, vending machines, health center on the 4th floor

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Apr

25

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A typical Sulz double; probably much cleaner than yours will be

A typical Sulz double; probably much cleaner than yours will be

The fourth in our freshpeople housing reviews 2016 series, Bwog gives you the inside scoop on Sulzberger Hall–different from Sulzberger Tower, an upperclassmen dorm attached to the top 8 floors of Sulz Hall. Fond residents refer to it as “Sulz,” meaning no one really knows how to spell the “berger” part (u or e?).

Location: 3009 Broadway (The Quad).

Nearby dorms: Reid, Brooks, Hewitt, the 600’s.

Stores and restaurants: MoWillies, halal cart/food trucks, Vine sushi, m2m, Starbucks, Sweetgreen.

Cost: $9,230

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: A women’s only and a gender-neutral (on the Reid side) for each floor. Cleaned daily.
  • AC/Heating: Yes! And you can control it yourself!
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each floor has a lounge with a TV, table (except Sulz 2!), chairs, and couches, as well as a kitchen area with sink, stove, oven, and cabinets. The lounge-kitchen is shared between residents of Brooks, Reid, and Sulz on each floor, since all three halls are connected. That means a lot of ladies, so sometimes the lounges are full and/or kitchen areas gross. Make a pact with your floor at the beginning of the year to CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES.
  • Laundry: Each floor has two laundry machines and two dryers. There are additional machines and dryers on the Brooks side. Unfortunately, laundry is not free, and you pay using a plastic card you can refill in the Sulz or Hewitt lobbies.
  • Computers/printers: Two lovely tech labs in the basement, complete with computers, printers, and a scanner. Bring your own stapler/hole punch, though.
  • Intra-transportation: Four elevators in lobby, relatively fast. (Technically the two elevators on right side are for Sulz Tower residents, but this rule isn’t enforced). Four staircases, two on each end of the Sulz/Reid corridor.
  • Hardwood/carpet: No hardwood. Carpet in hallway. Grey linoleum in rooms. Tile in bathroom.
  • WiFi: Yes! But beware–Barnard Secure WiFi is really shitty!

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Apr

24

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Building4Freshperson

Building4Freshperson

Have you already started posting on the Columbia 2020 Facebook group in search of a roommate, not realizing you will both hate each other by the end of first semester and will never talk to each other again outside of “It’s your turn to buy hand soap.” Well, Bwog’s here to help nurture your neurotic tendencies: our first year dorm reviews will (hopefully) make your decision a little easier. Next up: Furnald. 

Location: 2940 Broadway & 115 Street, easily accessible from inside campus

Nearby dorms: Carman, Schapiro, the Brownstones, the LLC, and John Jay

Stores and restaurants: Ferris, Morton Williams, Starbucks, M2M, sweetgreen, Vine, Bernheim & Schwartz

Cost: $7,928 (the cost of all first-year living)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: From the third to tenth floor, there are separate men’s and women’s bathrooms that are cleaned every weekday. The floor bathrooms each have three showers, three toilets, and five sinks. The first floor has an ADA bathroom and those on the first and second floor are co-ed.
  • AC/Heating: Yes, which is great for the first month or so of school.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: The floor lounges are nice and roomy, with a seating area (four armchairs and a coffee table), cable TV, a large kitchen table with chairs, and a decent kitchen. The kitchen area has two microwaves, an oven, and two stovetops, along with granite countertops. There is a main lounge/lobby on the first floor that looks warm and inviting.

More Furnald advocacy after the jump

Apr

23

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Hartley_front_viewFuture freshmen have a look at this review if you think one half (the better half) of the LLC may be for you. Rising sophomores have already picked into this lovely dorm, so now it’s up to you to fill the leftover spaces.

Location: 1124 Amsterdam (between 115th and 116th, part of the freshman quadrangle)

  • Nearby Dorms: Hartley is connected by tunnel to Wallach and John Jay, so you’ll see a lot of everyone even if you’re in a separate building to many of your friends. Carman and Furnald aren’t far away, on the other side of campus near Lerner- this is only a distance of around 500ft but will end up being much of the exercise you have in your first semester.
  • Nearby Food: Conveniently, John Jay Dining Hall and JJ’s can be accessed with no danger from the elements and multitudinous wildlife of New York through your favorite connecting tunnel. Once you’re sick of these options (and it will be fast), Strokos and Hamilton Deli are not far, or if you’re feeling like a sit-down option, Artopolis is recommended (get the waffles). Ferris feels pretty far awa

Cost: $7,928/yr (first-year), $9,108/year (upperclassmen) (this is subject to change)

Life on the inside

Apr

22

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Welcome to the good life of Wallach Hall in the LLC!

Location: 1116 Amsterdam Avenue, accessible from inside campus

Nearby dorms: Connected directly to Hartley (part of the LLC) and John Jay; Furnald and Carman are located directly across Butler Lawns

Stores and restaurants: Artopolis and Strokos are located to the south across 114th, while Hamilton Deli and Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor are up Amsterdam. JJ’s Place and John Jay Dining Hall are both accessible without leaving the building.

Cost: $7,928 (the cost of all first-year living)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Floors 3-8: seven individual, unisex bathrooms per floor (shower, sink, toilet); one is handicapped accessible. Floors 2 and 9: three individual, unisex bathrooms per suite. These are some of the best bathrooms you can find in fresheople housing.
  • AC/Heating: No AC except in the 10th floor lounge and floor lounges, with new window AC units in floor lounges. Heating (outside of your control) in individual rooms, which means that you may have to leave your window open during the winter to balance out weird thermostat changes.
  • Kitchen: Floors 3-8: one kitchen per lounge. Floors 2 and 9: one kitchen per suite. Each kitchen has an oven, electric stove, and a good bit of cabinet space that you can reserve with Post-it notes. Unfortunately, no fridge in the kitchens.
  • Lounges: Floor lounges are fairly spacious on 3-8, with couches, armchairs, a table with standard chairs, and a flatscreen TV with cable and accessible HDMI ports. Building lounge on the first floor features a piano and more seating. Lounge on the 10th floor is a “sky lounge” with a good bit of natural light, some table to study at, and AC!
  • Laundry: Laundry in the basement underneath the LLC with 12 washers/dryers, but since it’s shared with Hartley, it gets busy during peak hours. John Jay’s laundry is also accessible through the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: No, but Hartley’s computer lab with printers is just next door, and there is a set of two printers on the first floor of John Jay.
  • Gym: Nope, not even an elliptical.
  • Intra-Transportation: Two elevators (one of which runs a bit slow). Four staircases. Nothing special, but they’ll get you where you need to go.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Fake hardwood in the rooms, carpet in the hallways. Some weird linoleum tiled flooring in the lounges that was described as “surprisingly resilient.”
  • Wifi: Solid connection pretty much everywhere.
  • Bonus: You’ll have the chance to live with sophomores and a few upperclassmen as a first-year, which is a unique experience and can lead to some really amazing friendships.

What’s in it for a chap like me?

Apr

21

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What it feels like to live in Carman

Hey, prospective students! We’ve given you a hard time these past couple of weeks (with all the crazy shit in your Facebook group, it wasn’t too hard), but to redeem ourselves in your eyes, we’re giving you an inside look of your digs for next year. Don’t worry, you’ll live through this next year. Probably.

Location: 545 West 114th Street, accessible from inside campus about 150 feet from the corner of Broadway

Nearby dorms: Broadway, Hogan, Furnald, and the Brownstones of 114th Street (windows look out on KDR and Beta)

Stores and restaurants: Café East and Café 212, Starbucks, M2M, Sweetgreen, Bernheim and Schwarz, Häagen Dazs, International Wines & Spirits

Cost: $7,928 (the cost of all first-year living)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: 1 bathroom per suite of 4, with a shower, a toilet, two sinks, and a decent amount of shelf space. They have poor ventilation, and are cleaned weekly.
  • AC/Heating: One of the biggest perks of Carman. Its AC and heating are strong, and rooms can control the fan speed of their climate control system.
  • Kitchen: Available in the basement only.

Did someone say paint parties?

Apr

11

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Aww, it almost looks pretty from the outside

Since today’s the first day of sophomore housing selection, we’re helping all of you rising sophomores with low lottery numbers accept your fate: you’ll probably have to live in Wien. Start convincing yourself it’s not so bad now, while you still can.

Location: 411 West 116th Street, between Amsterdam and Morningside

Nearby dorms: East Campus, sort of Hartley.

Stores and restaurants: Hamilton Deli, Strokos Deli, Artopolis, Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, Lenfest Cafe (dining dollars), Friedman’s, and, when it’s necessary, St. Luke’s.

Cost: $8,166 (cheapest tier)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Classic dorm-style bathrooms, separated by gender, with three showers each (but no paper towels). Also: a handicap, gender-neutral, single-stall bathroom on each floor.
  • AC/Heating: No air conditioning. The radiators in Wien are troubling, temperamental beasts, but at least they’ve been recently renovated. You’ll rarely be cold in the winder, but bring a fan for the early months.
  • Kitchen: You do not want to cook in Wien. There is one kitchen lounge on the second floor with two stovetops, two ovens, two microwaves, and one sink. It also has a large table and a TV. The kitchen lounge is frequently crowded and often grimy. One kitchen for a whole dorm is not very convenient.

But tell us about the pet sinks!

Apr

7

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Keep cheesin'

Keep cheesin’

Location: 6th floor of Lerner Hall (115 St. and Broadway)

Nearby dorms: Carman, Furnald, Schapiro, John Jay, and the LLC

Stores and restaurants: Ferris, mainly

Cost: $69,084/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: We imagine that there is one, perhaps in an inner sanctum that is forbidden to us.
  • AC/Heating: Yes.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: They have the raw ingredients (dough) but little finesse. There is a hallway between the various offices that could probably be used as a communal space to kvetch about dumb aid-seekers.
  • Laundry: No, but everything is white, so someone must come in and do all the cleaning.
  • Computers/Printers: There are actually several, but none for you. Unfortunately, they belong solely to financial aid officers, who are absolute whizzes and great at pointing at information on screens and printing out documents.
  • Intra-transportation: You can walk around, but your speed depends on yourself. The faster your pace, the more quickly you will get around the office. That’s a tip from us!
  • Hardwood/carpet: Hypnotically-patterned tile, to lull you into a false sense of security.
  • Wifi: Yes, but can you even bother under the weight of all your anxiety?
  • Bonus: Potted plants

How’s the room variety? Is there enough space for you to sprawl out in exasperated exhaustion?

Apr

4

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Rainy Day View

Bwog Housing Coverage 2K16 Continues! Today’s residence hall is… Claremont (as it is colloquially referred to)!

Location: 47 Claremont

  • Nearby dorms: Pretty far from the rest of Columbia’s dorms, but it’s close to Elliot, the Barnard Quad, and the 600s.
  • Stores and restaurants: Vine and Mo Willies are closest followed by a few Halal carts and M2M. You’ll start to frequent some great places north of campus you probably never bothered to walk to before: Chapati House, Jin Ramen, Pisticci, the blessing that is Oasis Juice Bar, and Falafel on Broadway. 1020, Hungarian, and West Side are ridiculously far away.

Cost:

  • $10,120 (same as Watt, Woodbridge, EC, Hogan, SICs, and Ruggles)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One per suite, which kind of sucks for the seven person suites. But quality-wise they are on a level with a nice Holiday Inn bathroom so at least there’s that. Also they are cleaned weekly.
  • AC/Heating: No AC, but generally good ventilation after the first brutal month of late summer. Expect to overheat in the winter. There are weird tiny radiators in some of the rooms: a young man with a Northern European accent came in to do some tests on them in midwinter but they still seemed to be malfunctioning or at least to be too hot for the unseasonably warm spring.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Decently sized kitchen until you realize that it’s also the only common space in the suite. All appliances are functional and they include: stove, oven, microwave, sink, and large refrigerator. If you cook often, beware of setting off the suite fire alarm. You can turn it off by pressing a button but it is also extremely sensitive.
  • Laundry: Basement laundry room. Never too busy.
  • Fire Escapes: In almost every room. Which you are NOT ALLOWED to use. This is enforced :/
  • Computers/Printers: Computer lab in the basement with one printer. Weird old map on the wall is fun to stare at while waiting for your stuff to print.
  • Gym: No gym.
  • Bike Storage: Yes.
  • Intra-transportation: One elevator, which is unfortunately the only way to get to the basement. Not terribly slow, but annoying if all you have to do is print off a single sheet of paper.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood.

Numbers, pictures, and opinions after the jump

Apr

3

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Working the angles @Furnald

Working the angles @Furnald

Location: 2940 Broadway (115 Street)

Nearby dorms: Carman, Schapiro, the LLC, and John Jay

Stores and restaurants: Ferris, Morton Williams, Starbucks, M2M, sweetgreen, Vine, Bernheim & Schwartz

Cost: $7,928/year for freshmen, $8,166/year for non-freshmen (cheapest tier: same price as Broadway, McBain, Schapiro, and Wien)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: From the third to tenth floor, there are separate men’s and women’s bathrooms that are cleaned every weekday. The floor bathrooms each have three showers, three toilets, and five sinks. The first floor has an ADA bathroom and those on the first and second floor are co-ed.
  • AC/Heating: Yes, although it has failed at inconvenient times.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: The floor lounges are nice and roomy, with a seating area (four armchairs and a coffee table), cable TV, a large kitchen table with chairs, and a decent kitchen. The kitchen area has two microwaves, an oven, and two stovetops, along with granite countertops. There is a main lounge/lobby on the first floor that looks very warm and inviting.
  • Laundry: Laundry room in the basement with six washers and six dryers.
  • Computers/Printers: A small computer lab on the first floor with three computers and one printer.
  • Intra-transportation: Two pretty slow elevators, one on the north side and one on the south side.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Hardwood floors in rooms, carpeting in some of the hallway.
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Bonus: Queer lounge and bike storage (!!) in basement

Everyone loves Furnald, right? lol yeah jk

Apr

3

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Are you a classy group of seniors too good for EC? Then Hogan is the right dorm for you. Situated at the corner of happy and healthy, Hogan resides behind Carman along 114th, with easy access to Bernheim and Mel’s, or the subway, if you’re a downtown kind of girl.


Location: 566 W. 114th St. (shares an entrance with Broadway on 114th)

  • Nearby dorms: Broadway, Carman, Ruggles, Theta & Co.
  • Shops and stores: Everything your heart could desire, from International to Amigos, Bernheim to Häagen Dazs, Book Culture (the smaller one), and University Housewares

Cost: $10,120/year (same as Claremont, EC, Ruggles, Watt, Woodbridge)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One private bathroom per suite, cleaning weekly by staff.
  • AC/Heating:  No AC, but heating in each bedroom.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: One (fairly large) kitchen per suite. Includes a full-sized fridge, dishwasher, stove, oven, and microwave, with ample cupboard space. Each suite has a large lounge, and some lounges even have a closet!
  • Laundry: One laundry room on the seventh floor (reminder: laundry is free).
  • Computers/ Printers: Shared computer lab with Broadway Hall on the third floor.
  • Intra-transportation: One elevator, seven floors. May the odds be ever in your favor.
  • Hardwood/ Carpet: Hardwood in bedrooms and suites.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes.

Room variety, the numbers you’ll need, and Bwog and resident recommendations, coming up, after the jump

Mar

31

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Real people live here, too!

Real people live here, too!

In our final installation of Barnard Housing Reviews we present one of the more *unique* dorms: 601 West 110th Street (it’s 110). This dorm can be a bit of a gamble, but you might get lucky. Read on to find out just what makes 110 so special. 

Location: 601 W 110th St (Between Broadway and Riverside)

Nearby dorms: Mcbain and Nussbaum, as well as all the frats/srats on 113th. Your friends from Plimpton will likely crash with you after a long night out so be prepared for guests.

Stores and restaurants: You’re in the heart of Columbia’s “night life,” right across the street from Mel’s, a block away from the Heights, a block away from 1020, 3 blocks from Cannons, and right next to the subway. Oh and don’t forget you’re only footsteps away from Chipotle, Starbucks, Koronets, and Westside.

Cost:  $9,230 (multiples), $10,712 (singles), $16,000 (studio singles)

Amenities:

  • Kitchen/Bathroom/Lounge space: Generally the “living space” is decent. Every suite has a kitchen of some sort and 1-2 bathrooms, but not all have lounges.
  • Laundry: In the basement. You will have to get a new card, since you can’t use the ones from your first year.
  • Computers/Printers: You will have to bring your own.
  • Gym: None, but you’re only a block away from Riverside and a couple blocks from Central Park. You also have to walk a couple of blocks to get to campus so you’ll get some daily exercise in whether you like it or not.
  • Intra-transportation: Two relatively slow elevators whose janky-ness fit right in with the 110 vibe.
  • Wifi: Fast. You get your own router. (ProTip from a resident: write the password somewhere in your room and hang it up for visitors because you will not want to check it every time someone wants to access wifi.)
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Again, it depends.

But what are studio singles?!

Mar

31

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Watt?!

Watt?!

You might be surprised to know Watt exists–that’s what makes it so special! Our housing review series continues with a look at this less-mainstream option.

Location: 549 W. 113th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway)

Nearby Dorms: Across the street form Symposium and McBain

Restaurants and Stores: You’re in the heart of Columbia University so reap in the benefits of all your faves (Milano, Dig Inn, Community, International, and Sweetgreen to name a few).  You can practically deplete your financial resources from your bed.

Cost: $10,120/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Private bathroom per apartment
  • AC/Heating: None (sad face) but there are large windows to let in a nice breeze if it’s out there.
  • Kitchen: Private per apartment – with a fridge, stove, and sink (YAAAS)
  • Lounge: None; which facilitate the fact that people don’t really know each other on their floors, which is either a blessing or a curse.
  • Laundry: One washer and dryer on each floor
  • Computer/Printer: One printer in the lobby
  • Gym: None, but McBain’s is very close and apparently spiffy.
  • Intra-transportation: One slow elevator for all six floors.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood (one point for aesthetic Watt.)
  • Bonus: Apparently everyone in Watt gets a comfy desk chair. So that’s…pretty boring af cool!

But does the cool outweigh the boring af?

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