Stores and restaurants: HamDel, Appletree Market, SubsConscious, Kitchenette (!) No banks or large grocery stores, but there is a Citibank ATM on the 4th floor of SIPA.
AC/Heating: Yes and yes.
Kitchen/Lounge: Yes and Yes. Also a hall lounge. Kitchens are very nice and have a dishwasher, but strangely lack a microwave. Not a huge amount of cabinet space for food and pots/pans for five people who all like to cook, but it’s not impossible for everybody to use it frequently.
Computers/Printers: Labs with a printer on the 10th and 18th floors.
Bathrooms: One (for five people), with a shower, bathtub, two sinks, and a toilet in a stall.
Gym: EC also has two floors with gyms. The term “gym” should be used lightly. There are several cardio machines on each floor, and usually about 80 percent of them are functioning. This is great in the winter though. No weights or anything like that.
Intra-transportation: Two elevators that are actually pretty fast and efficient.
Hardwood/Carpet: Renovated suites have all-hardwood floors and a linoleum kitchen floor. Other suites have carpeted rooms, and the hallway and lounge is carpeted.
Laundry: A ton of machines (“high-efficiency”) in the basement where there is never a long wait.
Most suites are 5-person with one double and three singles.
There is 1 coveted 6-person and 1 5-person suite on each floor that has all singles.
The sixth floor of EC has all doubles at 200 sq. ft. each.
You need at least one senior in your group to snag a highrise 5-person. There’s just no way around it; your point value needs to be higher than 20.
The all-single suites in the highrise go to 30-point groups, and are a little more popular than their Hogan counterparts, perhaps due to location.
6th floor doubles go to sophomores that don’t want to get shafted in McBain.
The double in the former exclusion suites sucks, but if you’re living with friends you’ve known for a few years, it’ll suck less. Think about the view.
If you’re a senior and didn’t get your first-choice suite, look to the 5-persons in EC during Senior Regroup; they’re hot commodities then.
If your lotto number is so bad that you’re considering a 6th floor double, just pick whatever room is the biggest on your day. If that’s a 6th floor double, so be it.
“Not as much annoying/gross drunk destruction as other ‘party’ dorms like McBain or Ruggles, since it’s mostly upperclassmen. Not a lot of hall vomit/mysterious elevator puddles/tearing down and spreading around of bulletin decorations. Though definitely still some vomit/mysterious elevator puddles.”
“Better vending machine than most dorms. In addition to the usual suspects, EC has an ice cream vending machine! This is only exciting for the first few drunken nights you stumble home, but exciting nonetheless.”
“The wind tunnel between the lobby and the elevators is terrible in the winter. It seriously must feel the same as dying. I think it’s actually colder/windier in there at night than outside.”
“Very good laundry room in basements with lots of high-functioning machines.”
“Proximate to like… Nothing. If you’re a rising sophomore and lucky enough to be in a group that scores a high rise suite, expect to see your same age friends never. Especially applies in wintertime.”
“Appletree market is pretty limited, so you’ll have to trek far for groceries.”
“Really hard to get delivery from anywhere besides Crack Del because people who aren’t intimately familiar with our campus won’t be able to find the EC entrance. Ever. And they’ll call you and yell at you when this happens, every time. You’ll sometimes have to go meet them on 115th between Amsterdam and Morningside.”