Housing Reviews 2013: Nussbaum
Written by Bwog Staff
- Nearby dorms: McBain and Watt are across Broadway. Hogan and Broadway are only a block away.
- Stores and restaurants: On top of Nussbaum & Wu and Mill Korean. Across the street from Deluxe, Milano and Amigos. The rest of Broadway lies at your fingertips (shoetips?). You will thank the heavens for the ease of access to a hungover Nussbaum bagel. You will eat too much Milano.
Cost: $8,186 mid-range price, same as River, LLC, and Harmony
- Bathrooms: The number and exclusivity of bathrooms varies by floor. A1 and D2 doubles and the A7 and D2 singles have private bathrooms. Certain C1 doubles have private bathrooms. On most floors, bathrooms are shared with a 3 or 4:1 student to bathroom ratio.
- AC/Heating: Heating, no AC.
- Kitchen/Lounge: Some halls have their own kitchens, others share them with the adjacent hall. Kitchens vary in size depending on the floor and hall, but all have refrigerators, ample shelf space, a stove, and a sink.
- Laundry: The laundry facilities are located in the basement. Nussbaum charges the highest laundry prices on campus: $1.70 per washer or dryer, and you have to get a weird card from a machine that only takes cash in the lobby.
- Computers/Printers: One printer in the lobby.
- Gym: There’s no gym in Nussbaum, though there is what appears to be a work out bench in the basement. Use at your own risk.
- Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a stairwell. The elevators are relatively slow.
- Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi and ethernet.
- Hardwood/Carpet: All floors are hardwood.
- Facilities: Because Nuss houses non-Columbia residents, it has its own maintenance crew that gets stuff done fast. They clean the bathrooms and kitchens weekly.
- Doubles: 68 rooms, from a brutal 154 sq. feet to 210 sq. feet. (260 for walk-throughs)
- Singles: 49 rather roomy rooms, from 124 sq. feet to 160 sq. feet.
- Windows vary. The rooms in the bottom corner of the “U” have only one window and it faces your neighbor’s blinds.
- Last year’s last double went to 10/2828
- Last year’s last walk-through double went to 10/43
- Last year’s last single went to 20/724.
- This is a great choice for rising Sophmores looking for doubles. If you want to live with all of your friends but don’t have the Junior connections to work the numbers, choosing adjacent doubles in Nussbaum after a de-group is a good alternative (you cannot select into Nussbaum in suites).
- Singles are a good choice for seniors that don’t want to join a suite and want to cook. Plus, some of the rooms are quite large and have essentially private bathrooms.
- RAs are pretty hands off, and there is a lot of privacy.
- “Lobby makes you feel like you are living in a ‘real’ New York apartment building, and I guess the mice add some semblance of realism, but that’s about it. The hallways are awkwardly divided and super narrow; it’s super claustrophobic and not conducive to hanging out with the people who live around you. The common areas are sort of pathetic.”
- “Some floors don’t have RAs. Your parties are basically unbustable.”
- “It’s nice having a kitchen to a suite too (about eight-twelve people to one kitchen) but they get so dirty that you feel uncomfortable cooking there. I found a mouse in a pot I had left in the kitchen overnight. My screams were heard by the entire suite, which leads me to another point: the walls are paper thin. I heard all the bad techno my soccer-team suite mates were blasting on their super bass.”
- “Having a kitchen is great. But having a kitchen which is down a hall, through a strange handle-less door, to the right and shared with a bunch of strangers who keep dirtying your cooking-ware and leaving it in the sink is at times frustrating. Though this may not be universal, the RA practically non-existent. This is good when you want to throw a party in your room and bad when your neighbor wants to. The kids in the adjacent suite regularly have parties which span most of the hallway. Because Nuss houses non-Columbia residents, it has its own maintenance crew who gets stuff done fast. They clean the bathrooms and kitchens weekly. There isn’t a strong sense of community in Nussbaum.”
- “That being said, the doubles are actually pretty big and if you snag a single/double in one of the end rooms you get a walk-through closet and your own bathroom (otherwise you have to share one). They got new laundry machines this year, which apparently made a significant difference in the quality of washing.”
- Also check out this 2008 review.
Photos by Elyse DeWitt