Bwog Housing Review: Ruggles

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Location: 508 W. 114th St.

  • Nearby dorms: John Jay, LLC, Carman. Same block as a bunch of frat/sorority houses and Broadway Residence Hall.
  • Stores and restaurants: Nearly everything, especially on Amsterdam. Strokos is basically next door, and you’re just a short walk from HamDel, Artopolis, and Columbia Cottage.


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


  • Bathrooms: Two full baths in 6- and 8-person suites, one in the 4-person suites.
  • AC/Heating: No AC. You can’t control the heating, so it tends to be hotter than needed in the spring. Steam heating can be a little noisy too.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite comes equipped with a large kitchen, a full-size refrigerator, oven, stove, and microwave. One drawback of the kitchen is its general lack of counter space. The lounge isn’t huge, but it’s comfortable enough for a group to hang out.
  • Laundry: 5 washers and 5 dryers in the basement; regularly fills at peak hours. It’s also only accessible by elevator, so even the lower floors have to wait.
  • Computers/Printers: None.
  • Gym: No gym.
  • Intra-transportation:One elevator that runs reasonably fast and a narrow staircase.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood.

Room variety:

  • On each floor:
    • 1 4-person all-single suite
    • 1 6-person 3 double/2 single suite
    • 2 8-person suites (NB: first floor only has one)
  • 8-person suites are either 3 double/2 single (12 suites) or 2 double/4 single (2 suites)
  • Singles really depend on how awkward the suite layout is. They can be as small as 85 sq. ft. (in 8-persons) or as large as 170 sq. ft. (4-persons)
  • Doubles range from bad (175 sq. ft.) to okay (200 sq. ft.)


  • 4-persons go to all-senior groups who couldn’t get townhouses (or want something closer). Competitive with Hogan, but the singles in Ruggles are larger.
  • 6-person groups unable to get EC may drop down to General before looking at these Ruggles suites due to the small size of the two doubles. Expect these to go to junior groups and some lucky sophomores, but the 2010 cutoff of 10/1763 is misleading.
  • 8-persons generally go to junior groups, with the 4-single ones going first.

Bwog recommendation:

  • Go with Ruggles 4-persons if you want larger rooms, but take Hogan if you want a better lounge.
  • 6-person senior groups will probably happier dropping into General rather than risk ending up in a 175 sq. ft. double.
  • The floorplans of individual suites (even on the same line) vary a lot, so choose carefully!

Resident opinions:

  • “Awesome if you’re tight with your suite, but there really isn’t any sense of floor/building community, which can also be nice.”
  • “The RAs are really chill and the way most of the suites are laid out means that you can party/enjoy yourself with a limited amount of interference.”
  • “You pretty much know if you want to live in Ruggles. It’s undoubtedly the best choice for rising juniors who want to live in a suite, and for seniors who want a four-single suite.”
  • “It’s kind of annoying to have to walk a block to get to Broadway but other than that it’s ideally located.”


Photos by Johnathan Crnkovic.

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  1. Anonymous  

    California represent!

  2. Sometimes when you write too quick  

    you forget the difference between adjectives and adverbs.

    Still love ya, though.

  3. Anonymous

    the ruggles experience is kinda overblown. be prepared to wake up in the middle of the night to loud clanking and whistling, in a pool of sweat, because your heater is running its normal course of activity.

  4. Anonymous  

    what are those pyramid box things on that guy's desk in that one picture?

  5. Resident  

    I LOVE RUGGLES. Best decision of my junior year. Fantastic community, great suites, the fire escapes make for wonderful spontaneous interactions. It's also just beautiful with its grand fireplaces and marble stairs. I cannot stress enough how wonderful of a place Ruggles is. Live there.

  6. Anonymous

    “It’s kind of annoying to have to walk a block to get to Broadway but other than that it’s ideally located.”

    What? Seriously? What does this even mean? How can it be annoying to have to walk a block to get somewhere?

  7. Anonymous  

    it's an avenue block... and all you pass along the way are the hipsters outside adp, people making posters outside the irc, and people hanging out outside the frats

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