Bwog Housing Review: Wien

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Location: 411 W. 116th Street.

  • Nearby dorms: East Campus
  • Stores and restaurants: HamDel, food cart


  • $6,718.  (Same as McBain, Schapiro and Broadway)


  • Noteworthy: You get a sink in your room.
  • Bathrooms: Amazing!  Normal floor bathrooms.
  • AC/Heating: No A/C.  Pleeeenty of heat. Heaters also make a lot of noise.
  • Kitchen/Lounge:  Lounges on 5, 7, and 9 with a flat-screen, chairs and couches.  The only big kitchen is downstairs, so cooking isn’t really an option.
  • Laundry: Big laundry room near the kitchen.  Nothing fancy.
  • Computers/Printers: Computers and printers next to the laundry on the lobby mezzanine.
  • Gym: Nope.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a central stairwell.
  • Wi-Fi:  Wi-Fi and ethernet.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood or linoleum.

 Read more after the jump.Room variety:

  • Singles: Tons of John Jay-esque singles.  Maybe a little bigger. Around 118 sq. ft.
  • Doubles: A variety of single room and walk-through doubles.  Pretty random sizes.  Some are big! Averaging around 150 sq. ft. for each room.


  • The singles go to sophomores.
  • The big walk-through doubles go to the top half of sophomores, and all else go to the dregs of the housing lottery.

Bwog recommendation:

  • Wien has a bad rap, but it seems to have turned around after renovations. Read a classy defense of this much-maligned dorm!
  • The singles are a good option for rising sophomores and juniors who don’t want to go to Schapiro.
  • The doubles are hit or miss.  If you can score a good one, nab it.  But as a rising sophomore, you probably won’t have a better choice..

Resident opinions:

  • “I dont know why people talk shit about the sink it is the best! I was skeptical. But its the most convenient thing, at this point I am pretty sure I am dependent. And no critters.”
  • “The bathrooms are super nice! Seriously! Come check them out! Some fake marble business going on and little shower vestibules. Also a view of Harlem/central park from the toilet. I can watch planes land at JFK from the comfort of the last stall.”
  • “The toilets by the window on the higher floors have amazing views over the East Side and right into Prezbo’s backyard. it’s a little like being the Shitting Queen of Sheba!”
  • “The sink in the room thing cannot be stressed enough. it’s not gross and it’s amazingly useful-the mirror over the sink is actually a vanity, and the mirror slides open so you can access all your makeup/toiletries while still being able to use the mirror. technology.”
  • “The kitchen thing is really the only drawback. But my roommate and I were bequeathed a hotplate from an ex-wiener, and we invested in a toaster oven, and we can pretty much do everything.”
  • “Thin walls and more importantly thin doors-noise from your neighbor isn’t as much of a problem as noise from the hall.”


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  1. Anonymous  

    Are there any pictures of the main-kitchen and/or floor bathrooms?

  2. There aren't  

    lounges on all the floors. 5, 7, and 9 only. Get on your shit bwog.

  3. Anonymous  

    just wanna say that the wien singles are nearly impossible for sophomores - they were all gone by 100-200 last year, i dont know where that cutoff number came from

  4. hmm  

    2 Walk-through doubles in Wien or 2 doubles in Nussbaum? Very good lottery number. Help, please? :) Thx

    • definitely  

      get the walk-through in wien. i had one sophomore year and it's great, you get to live with a friend but still have your space (if that's a priority to you, which it certainly was to me)

    • Anonymous  

      you should go visit the walk through doubles in nussbaum. one of the rooms is ridiculously tiny (the two desks barely fit), so it ends up being a cramped shared bedroom with a weird shared work room...

    • 2 wien walkthroughs  

      definitely go for the 2 wien walkthroughs! that's exactly what i had this year and it's surprisingly great. just try to get the big ones or adjacent ones. 2 adjacent walk through doubles basically equals a 4 person suite of singles

  5. Anonymous

    The planes are most certainly landing at LGA unless that resident has super vision of some sort.

  6. Anonymous  

    not gonna lie, my wien sink has become one of the most convenient things ever for me this semester. i have a little water boiling thing, so i can cook anything i'd ever want to (aka instant noodles).

  7. Anonymous

    who's the orthodox christian?

  8. Anonymous

    Protip - even numbered rooms on the highest floors have some of the best views on campus.

  9. Anonymous  

    "The singles go to sophomores." Don't know when this was written but this is certainly not the case now!

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