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Housing Reviews 2015: Ruggles Hall

doesn't it look majestic

(the st)Ruggles

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.

Room variety:

color coded!

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.)


  • Last year:
    • 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)

Bwog recommendation:

  • 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.

Resident opinions:

  • “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.”


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