Housing Reviews 2015: Ruggles Hall
Location: 508 West 114th Street
Nearby dorms: John Jay, LLC, Carman, Brownstones, Broadway
Stores and restaurants: Strokos, Artopolis, JJs, Hamdel, St. Luke’s (important). It’s basically on Amsterdam, but the blocks immediately around it aren’t the most happening.
$9,470/year (same as Claremont, EC, Hogan, Watt, Woodbridge, SIC’s, and Brownstones. More money than last year.)
Bathrooms: Two full baths in the 6- and 8- person suites. One full bath in the 4-person suites. They’re nothing special.
AC/Heating: No AC. Heating, but not individually controlled by rooms.
Kitchen/Lounge: Killin’. Each suite has a large kitchen with a full fridge, oven, stovetop, and microwave. Loooots of cabinet space. Probably the best communal space in all of the dorms.
Laundry: 5 washers and 5 dryers in the basement; not great considering all of the students who live here. The laundry room is in the renovated basement, accessible only via elevator.
Computers/Printers: Just one printer in the lobby. No computer lab. Bring a laptop.
Gym: 2 ellipticals and 2 treadmills, plus a TV. The ellipticals go first. Not very large, but also not very used. New as of 2013.
Intra-transportation: One elevator, one staircase. Be sure to leave room in your schedule for transit.
Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood hallways and rooms.
Floor Plan. Color-code represents suites.
On each floor:
One 4-person all-single suite (on even floors this is the RA suite)
One 6-person 2-double/2-single suite
Two 8-person suites (either 2-double/4-single or 3-double/2-single).
NOTE: The first floor has only one 8-person suite, with 2 doubles, 1 single, and 1 walk-through double. The first floor is weird.
Singles in 4-single suites can get as small as 85 square feet, some of the smallest on campus. But 6-person suites have 135 square foot singles, so keep the specific room you’re getting in mind.
Doubles don’t have the same variety, all being square and ranging from decent (170 sq. ft.) to good (200 sq. ft.)
4-person suites went to all seniors (cutoff 1548)
6-person suites went to seniors and juniors with good numbers (cutoff for juniors was 497)
8-person suites went to seniors and senior/junior mixes (cutoff was 371 for a mostly junior suite)
Have specific rooms in mind! 8-person suites in particular can vary drastically, so please be aware!
If you follow the recommendations of our own Tatini, Ruggles
is the worst place to live. We really like the light pastel colors on the interior rooms. It’s not a dealbreaker, it’s just fun.
Don’t live in 509. Trust us.
“It can get really hot, especially in the spring, and the ventilation isn’t great.”
“The singles in the first floor suites are pretty tiny and dark.” (Note: First floor singles vary from 83-166 square feet)
“It’s the best place you’ll ever live.”
“You can always switch rooms halfway through the year if you’re stuck in a double and don’t like it.”
“It’s really quiet during the day, and even on party nights, you can find an okay place to study.”
“It really sucks that we can’t control the temperature in our own room.”
“You have to take your garbage to the basement, which sucks when you get lazy.”
“The RA’s are always pretty nice. We haven’t gotten busted once this semester, and we’ve been pretty loud.”
Kitchen – fully stocked, with lots of cabinets!
(New) fitness center – get there early to get the ellipticals!
Big suites have thin hallways to go from room to room.
The basement lounge, at the cleanest it’s ever been
Nicer than Carman.
A furnished double – most are about this big.