Mar

20

Bwog Housing Review: Broadway

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Location: 2900 Broadway (actual entrance on 114th, shared with Hogan)

  • Nearby dorms: Hogan, Ruggles, Carman. Worth noting that Broadway shares an entrance with Hogan.
  • Stores and restaurants: Close to Lerner and Butler, across the street from Amir’s, Havana, International. Morton’s is only a block away across Broadway.

Cost:

  • $6,718 (same as Furnald, McBain, Schapiro, Wien)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Corridor-style, so shared M/F bathrooms… but there are two of each per floor!
  • AC/Heating: AC and heat.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each floor has a decently-sized kitchen/lounge combo that has two separate stoves, a dishwasher, a microwave, and a large flatscreen TV. Broadway’s skylounge is easily the best around. There’s also a large first-floor lounge with ample space for group studying.
  • Laundry: In basement. Didn’t accept Flex last semester, but now it does.
  • Computers/Printers: Computer lab with printer on the third floor. Printer prone to be fussy.
  • Gym: No gym.
  • Intra-transportation: Three blazing-fast elevators. They have a tendency to malfunction at odd hours of the day… but still, there’s three elevators.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood/laminate.
  • Bike storage: You might be able to squeeze one in the larger singles or doubles.

Room variety:

  • Most floors have three doubles, one of which is pretty spacious (200 sq. ft.)
  • Rest of the rooms are singles: exterior (more desirable) and interior (shaft, less desirable). Sizes range from 95 sq. ft. to 120 sq. ft.

Numbers:

  • Seniors can get the large singles, with juniors and lucky sophomores snagging up the less desirable ones.
  • Doubles generally go to sophomores.

Bwog recommendation:

If you’re a senior and in General Selection, Broadway pretty much guarantees you decent housing. Juniors in General Selection should look at Broadway before Schapiro or Wien, given the amenities, room sizes, and proximity to campus and shops/restaurants. For sophomores, large doubles in Broadway are a good alternative to Furnald or McBain.

Resident opinions:

  • “Equidistant to north part of campus and Westside Market, meaning you can actually walk back to your dorm in between classes.”
  • “Hardly any parties despite extremely laid-back RAs that you see maybe twice a week.”
  • “Floor-bonding is virtually non-existent for first couple of months but eventually picks up a little. Still, the social life is academically-geared and lounges are strictly for studying on weekdays.”
  • “Overall Broadway is mostly criticized for its lack of any character and unbalanced personality dynamics. Sometimes its blandness will make it feel like living in your generic college residence hall. Redeeming qualities are ease of living, location, and spacious lounges.”

Gallery:

Some photos by Elyse DeWitt.

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30 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    are some floors newer (renovated) or better than other ones?

  2. Anonymous

    You can't store bike or anything else in the hallways. It's against housing policy. Bad advice Bwog!

    • David  (Bwog Staff)  

      You're right! How could we have possibly been under this impression... We've corrected our advice.

    • Anonymous  

      you also can't smoke, have large refrigerators, have have halogen lamps, be too loud, throw things out of windows, etc. in Columbia housing. And yet people still do...

      But you're right, I'd rather Bwog give us a white-washed impression of what it is like to live in different dorms. Why would I want to know what the dorms are really like? Silly Bwog for trying to be practical...

  3. CC 2014  

    Can you guys do a post about open housing? I'd really like to know the details.

  4. Bucket List on Sunday PLZ

    I can haz?

  5. senior  

    Just a heads up: 3rd floor shaft rooms have bars on the windows. It's really depressing. And as of last year, they had carpeting. You'd probably do better to choose into a higher floor in Schapiro or Wien.

    That said, between the single I had in Wien and the single I had in Broadway one summer (+ the room on the shaft my friend had last year), I actually liked Wien better. It was surprisingly more social, and the 9th floor has awesomely high ceilings which makes more of a difference than you'd think.

  6. Curious  

    As a senior with a lottery # in the upper 200's, would you live in Broadway or elsewhere?

  7. Anonymous  

    Is there any wi fi?

  8. river rat  

    why hasn't bwog done a review on River? best dorm out there, hands down

  9. Anonymous

    what rooms in Broadway have the best views?

  10. Anonymous  

    Hey, bwog/people, can you get into a Broadway single as a rising junior with a lottery number in the low 2000s? Or are Shapiro and Wein the only options?

  11. Anonymous  

    That's not a picture of Broadway hall building, that's not even on the right side of the street...

  12. 30:2800-something  

    Broadway: the beige of senior-year housing.

  13. Anonymous  

    could two sophomores get small singles with 10/9?

  14. Anonymous

    why is there so much emphasis on the 127 sq ft 19 line when the 07 line is 134 sq ft? plus it looks to be a single with three windows? is there something i'm not getting?

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