Bwog Housing Review: Watt

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Location: 549 W. 113th Street

  • Nearby dorms: Across the street from Symposium and McBain.  Next to (but on the opposite side of the block from) Broadway and Hogan.
  • Stores and restaurants: All the same locations as McBain and Nussbaum.


  • $8,324 (same as EC, Ruggles, Hogan, Woodbridge)


  • Bathrooms: Individual bathrooms in each suite/single.
  • AC/Heating: No AC, but many suites have multiple windows so it is possible to create great airflow.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Full kitchen in each suite/single.  Amazing!
  • Laundry: On each floor, dryer and washer.
  • Computers/Printers: Shares with McBain.
  • Gym: No gym.
  • Intra-transportation: Single elevator and stairs.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood.
  • Renovations: Watt will get new windows this summer!

Room variety:

  • Studio singles and studio doubles.
  • 1 and 2 bedroom doubles.


  • Studio doubles go to mostly Juniors, and maybe a few lucky Sophomores.
  • Studio singles go to very lucky Seniors.
  • 1 bedrooms go to lucky Juniors.
  • 2 bedrooms go to lucky Seniors.

Bwog recommendation:

  • Rising Juniors looking for a double should think of Watt as their first choice.
  • The singles and two bedrooms are amazing options for rising Seniors.

Resident opinions:

  • “The rooms are really hard to beat. All have kitchens and bathrooms within them; really big fridges, stoves, lots of storage space.”
  • “The location is fantastic (across 113th from McBain) and you can get to Nussbaum, Milano, and even Westside and Duane Reade with only a brisk walk (also International is like a two-second walk when you want to get your drink on).”
  • “The building is an old apartment building, so it’s got a cool, rustic look and feel. People say that the hardwood floors are scuffed in a cool way, and it feels lived-in and homely.”
  • “It is not very social. At all. Because the bathrooms/kitchens are within the rooms, you never really run into anyone else on your floor (I couldn’t recognize most of my neighbors at a police lineup). Also, there are no lounges and TVs.”
  • “There is one elevator, and it’s one of those super old ones that feels like it’s from the Civil War because you have to pull open a door to use it. I’m pretty sure I can walk up the stairs faster than it travels, but it’s a bummer because you have to use it to go to the basement to throw out your trash like in Claremont.”
  • “I think I have an RA, but I’m not really sure. Sometimes people try to organize events (Watt is part of the Block thing) but no one really goes to them I don’t think.”
  • “Delivery people like to buzz you with the intercom (if it still works) but you can’t answer back so they just hold the button down.”


Photos by Elyse DeWitt.

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  1. dazed

    These are very strange angle choices...

    • Everyone's an artist...  

      Yeah, expect for the last one it's really not representative of the building as whole.

      Whoever took these, I imagine a landscape facebook profile and a FlickR account filled with black and white photos of lawn chairs.

    • Anonymous

      at least they manage to capture the fact that watt has terrible shaft views out of every single window

  2. Unnecessary  

    photoshop ftw.

  3. cutoff points

    is there a list somewhere that states what previous years' cut-offs were for housing lottery? i am completely useless at website navigation apparently :/

    i need watt like symposium's flaming cheese.

  4. Alfred Lerner  


  5. Innappropriately Loud Shaft Singer?  

    Speaking of Watt; does anyone know who the douche always practicing opera with his windows open is?

    Day and night! It sounds like he literally stands in front of his window singing this sh!t at the top of his lungs.

    It echoes throughout the shaft and well frankly, I need to punch this guy in his throat at least once before graduating. Just once.

  6. Anonymous

    does anyone know if the kitchens in the Watt and Woodbridge suites have refrigerators?

  7. College Chef

    Is the counter-space in those "full kitchens" as small as it seems from the photos?

  8. Anonymous

    Watt in the but??

  9. Anonymous


  10. Anonymous

    are all Watt rooms selected during Suite Selection?

  11. Anonymous

    What is the Watt Studio Single cutoff?!

  12. Anonymous  

    are the watt studio singles spacious?

  13. Anonymous  

    are there dishwashers in the doubles?

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