Pre-frosh! Upon reading this review you will be appraised of 3/4 of your housing options! You’ve already learned your Carman from your John Jay. That’s like first-year housing ABCs! You’ll be ready for May 1st in no time.
Now, behold Furnald. It’s a pretty cool, and different, place. Tomorrow we’ll give you a taste of the LLC, and then you’ll be all set.
Furnald is, strictly with regard to physical quality, superior to all other freshman dorms. The place is often called a “hotel” for its beautiful lounge, carpeted floors, and damn fine facade. Furnald boasts great views of Broadway in west-facing rooms, and campus in east-facing rooms. If you’re lucky to get a high enough floor on the western side, you’ll have a view of Riverside Park, the Hudson, and Jersey. Living arrangements are mostly singles, mixed in with a few (smallish) doubles.
What really sets Furnald apart from Carman and John Jay is the presence of a few sophomores. Some Columbians contend that since sophomores have established social circles, floors are quieter and community is stunted; others hold that since most students make their good friends through student groups, having a quiet room to retreat to is desirable. Lately, however, the administration has been allocating more rooms to first-years and fewer to sophomores, so this perception may be growing outdated. Indeed, it could be useful to have a nice sophomore around for advice!
It may be the fact that it’s the less-social reputation which endows Furnald with “nerdy” and studious rep. Basically, if it were a Harry Potter house, it’d be Ravenclaw. But don’t let that turn you off from Furnald: there are plenty of places to party besides your own dorm, and really, it’s the nicest housing option. You can’t lose.
Just the Facts:
- Nearby places: Furnald, like all other freshman dorms, is basically close to everything. It’s adjacent to Lerner, across South Field from Hamilton, and a short walk from Butler. Also, Furnald is very close the the 1 (especially the 115th Street exit!) and Broadway attractions. It is the furthest dorm from John Jay dining hall, but we’re talking about a matter of a few feet.
- Bathrooms: Floor bathrooms, male and female.
- AC/Heating: Yes and yes!
- Kitchen/Lounge: The lounges at Furnald kick ass. Each floor has a big plasma TV, couches, and a full kitchen which—in most cases—is actually clean, and can provide community and a break from John Jay.
- Laundry: In the basement, 6 washer and 5 dryers.
- Computers/Printers: There’s a lab on the 1st floor with three computers and one printer.
- Intra-transportation: Two elevators.
- Wi-Fi: In the basement lounge; only Ethernet for the rooms